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5 Benefits of Attending a Concert

5 Benefits of Attending a Concert

Seeing your favorite band in a live setting can be an exciting and exhilarating thing, but unfortunately, concert tickets are typically expensive. When you add in service charges, parking fees and costs for food onto the price of your ticket, you may be looking at spending a large chunk of money for the experience. There are more reasons than just having a good time why attending a concert can be good for you; if you’re debating whether or not to purchase a ticket to that concert that you are dying to see, consider the following reasons why attending a concert can actually be good for you.

1. You’ll Burn Calories

Most concerts involve a lot of standing, jumping and dancing which can help you to burn calories that you would otherwise hold onto. Attending a concert may not be the most direct form of exercise, but it’s definitely better than sitting on the couch watching TV. Even the walk from the parking lot to the venue can burn more calories than you would normally burn in an evening, so if you enjoy dancing and singing along to music, this is a great way to burn some calories and get your heart rate going while you’re enjoying your favorite music.

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2. Raise Your Spirits

Everyone can use a little extra boost to his or her spirits during the day. Attending a concert is typically a fun activity, and it can help to boost your emotions throughout the entire day, if not longer—it’s common for people to feel a lightness of spirit for several days after attending a concert. The excitement of purchasing a ticket, preparing for the show, attending with friends, and savoring the memories can provide happy memories and feelings for several weeks at a time. The expense is well worth the positive experience you will have when you hear your favorite band play live.

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3. Get Involved

You don’t have to go to a large venue to experience the fun of a live concert: many communities offer live music as a way for people to socialize and visit in a safe setting. Local bands may play live in parks or venues, and attending these shows gives you a chance to get out, meet new people, and get more involved in your community. You also have a chance to support local entertainers and help them get their careers off the ground when you attend these smaller events. These concerts are a great way to show that you support your community. and that you are eager to get involved.

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4. Discover New Sounds

Most bands will offer an opening act or two to get the crowd excited and on their feet. These acts may be bands or individuals you have never heard of. Attending a concert gives you a chance to experience their music live and discover new sounds that you didn’t know you liked. For most people, music has a huge impact on mood, and finding music you love helps to improve your mood. And what if that band you see live turns out to be incredibly popular, and you can say you saw them as an opening act?

5. Safe Outing

If you make smart choices and stay where you’re supposed to be, a concert is a great opportunity to be surrounded by people in a safe area. Though concerts are notorious for drugs and alcohol, you make smart choices and avoid these situations and simply relax and have a good time surrounded by thousands of people who are doing the same thing. A concert is a great way to get out of the house and stay safe while you are attending a large event, but remember—it’s up to you to make the choice to stay away from the things that are dangerous.  If you do this, you are almost guaranteed to have a positive experience at your concert.

If you are still debating whether or not to purchase a ticket that may seem like a large expense, consider the alternative. You can either go to the concert and enjoy all the things listed above, or you can spend another night at home watching television, and nickel and dime the money away on something you won’t remember.  Attending a concert is a great way to invest your money in memories that you will carry with you forever.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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