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5 Exciting Ways To Spend Your Holidays

5 Exciting Ways To Spend Your Holidays

So, the holidays are coming, but you don’t feel much enthusiasm about it. You have already been to all the traditional holiday destinations, tried everything offered by travel agencies and the prospect of yet another trip to yet another similar-looking location bores you out of your mind.

Congratulations – it is high time to try out something really exciting and new; the world still has a lot to offer!

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1. Go Extreme

If lying on a beach or shooting selfies against the backdrop of all-too-familiar landmarks has acquired this ‘meh’ quality for you, why not go and actually do something? There are dozens of extreme travel activities available in all corners of the world, ranging from well-known thrills of bungee jumping and ziplining to more exotic pastimes like sandboarding and ice-climbing. Just make sure you are physically fit enough for these kinds of exertions and follow all the safety precautions – at least if you don’t want to get more excitement than what you’ve bargained for.

2. Take up a New Hobby

Trying out something new and having a good time doesn’t necessarily mean you have to travel far away from home. There are hundreds of activities that can bring excitement and novelty into your life – why not sign up for a course in one of them? Your vacation will be more than enough to master the basics of a new skill and have time to practice it. It may be something artistic, like floral design or crafting, or a physical activity you’ve never thought about, like bouldering, or just something far away from your usual circle of interests – and who knows, perhaps it will be a beginning of a new passion?

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3. Throw a Party

If you don’t go anywhere during your holidays and know that some of your friends stay in town as well, you may liven up the time by doing something as simple as inviting all of them over and throwing a big party. Just make sure to organize it in a way that would turn it into a memorable occasion that both you and your guests will remember fondly for years to come. There are dozens of ways to bring an element of surprise into any gathering – organize a theme party, or think of an unusual menu, or ask guests to invite along people outside of your usual circle of contacts – just let your imagination run free.

4. Go to a Music Festival

Music festivals are being held all the time in all parts of the world – you may time your vacation with one held nearby, or travel overseas specifically to get to one. If you put your mind to it, you are certain to find something that will cater to your tastes in music and lifestyle.

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5. Tick Something off Your Bucket List

A ‘bucket list’ is a list of things you want to do before you kick the proverbial bucket; perhaps you have one, perhaps you’ve seen the examples of them on the Internet, it doesn’t really matter. If you really want to do any of those things, why not do one (or more) of them right now, without putting it off any longer? There is no time like now, after all, and most things that we think would be great to do ‘sometime’ usually don’t get done at all.

With any luck, this list will show you that there is much more to holidays than usual routines repeated year in and year out. There is always space for something new, and there are always possibilities to spice up your life no matter where you are and how much you can spend.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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