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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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