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Even Though You’re Not A Beach Person, You’ll Want A Beach Vacation Right After Reading This

Even Though You’re Not A Beach Person, You’ll Want A Beach Vacation Right After Reading This

When it comes to choosing the perfect vacation spot people usually look for something that is relaxing, something that can soothe the mind and nourish the body. After all we only have a little time to pamper ourselves and relax before we have to get back to the salt mines, so picking the right destination is very important. One of the most popular options is a vacation on the beach, and it’s not just about all the scantily dressed people walking around! Not only do we get to strip ourselves of the constraints of the modern age – i.e., clothes, obligations and formality – but we also get plenty of sun and exercise. According to science, all these factors are incredibly beneficial to our physical health as well as our mental well-being. You just don’t get the same benefits from other places. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the ways that a vacation at the beach can benefit your overall health.

1. The sandy beach and clear water is one of the most serene sights imaginable

Beach in Bali

    When people are first taught to control their emotions, apart from proper breathing techniques they are often told to visualize a calm environment, a serene scene from nature. It is usually a beautiful sandy beach with waves slowly crashing into the rocks and palm trees being caressed by the gentle wind. The kind of scene you would find in Bottom Bay, Barbados. If you close your eyes and think hard about such a location, you will soon start to feel a wave of good feelings come over you. That is how powerful an effect nature can have on us. I mean, chances are a good percentage of people reading this have a similar beach as their desktop image.

    Experiencing the real thing can be 1,000 times more powerful, as the different sensations wash over you – the warm sun on the skin, the wet sand on your feet, the smell of the ocean, the sound of the waves, the clear sky and stars at night … A beach vacation will calm your nerves and help you let go of all that pent up stress.

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    2. The sunlight and warm weather will improve your mood by boosting serotonin

    sunshine on a beach

      While we are on the subject of mood, ever notice the huge smiles on the faces of people living by the sunny seaside? Are you aware that there is such a thing as winter depression, where people fall into depression during the cold months when there is barely any sun during the day and the nights are longer? Where am I going with this? Well, it’s a proven fact that physical activity can help with depression, alleviating the symptoms somewhat, but exposure to sunlight has also been shown to noticeably increase serotonin levels too.

      At the beach you get plenty of sun exposure, combined with the soothing environment and a boost of physical activity from all the swimming and the clichéd long walks along the beach – provided, of course, you have a long enough stretch of sand like in Falassarna Beach, Crete. You may or may not get an additional boost of serotonin if you run across a beach straight into your lover’s warm embrace while dressed in all white. No studies have been done on that, so I’m just going to go ahead and assume that Hollywood was right all along.

      3. There are plenty of activities that challenge you physically

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      activities on the beach

        Most people hardly move in the city, let alone find the time for some serious physical activity. The beautiful thing about the beach is that even just walking in the sand will require a bit of effort, and you will be tempted to swim for a good part of the day. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise as there is no hard impact and high levels of pressure being put on the joints, and it gets virtually every muscle in your body working. Switch between a couple of different swimming styles for a couple of hours and you’ve pretty much exercised your entire body. Some diving will improve your lung capacity too. Some locations like Long Beach have excellent hiking trails nearby, so you can combine two great forms of exercise and see some breath-taking sites.

        4. Being away from civilization allows you to focus on bonding and stimulating the mind

        Bonfire at the beach

          We are always in some sort of a rush and under all sorts of pressure in the city. There are just too many people, noise and electronics. Even at home we are bombarded by emails, messages and phone calls; that is, when we are not staring at a screen for entertainment. At the beach there may still be a bit of a crowd, but the people there are trying to have fun and bond in a very tech-free way. Going back to our roots and interacting with people the old school way – i.e., face to face – can be a breath of fresh air, especially when we have no obligations or strict social norms.

          Many popular tourist destinations, like Bali, have a number of interesting retreats where this form of free socializing is encouraged. You can meet new people, learn about the local culture and receive singing lessons or take the time to learn some other skill. This way your mind is kept sharp, you learn something new and you gain new friends, which will boost your confidence and make you more positive.

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          5. You get tons of vitamin D that you wouldn’t get normally

          Taking in the sun

            Apart from the sweet, sweet serotonin, all that sun will also provide you with a good deal of vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for healthy bones, lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and keeping a strong immune system. The body synthesizes vitamin D through sun exposure, although you can get it from some foods, mostly modern products like vitamin D fortified eggs and milk. We don’t get nearly enough sun exposure in our regular life, especially in northern climates. A good way to make up for this is to spend some time at a beach like Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where the temperatures change very little throughout the year and you get plenty of sun, but not too much heat.

            6. The sea water and air are great for your respiratory system

            Happy woman breathing deep fresh air on the beach

              Sea water will get into your nose, eyes and mouth as you swim, it can be a bit irritating but it is inevitable. Well, it can also be a good thing as it clears out you airways and is particularly beneficial for people with allergies and sinus problems. It doesn’t irritate the lining of the respiratory system and helps wash out any allergens. The sea salt present in the air near the sea or ocean in tiny particle form can help alleviate the symptoms of a number of pulmonary diseases including bronchitis.

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              7. The sand and salt water will do wonders for your skin

              White sand and crystal clear water

                The salty waters of seas and oceans are antiseptic and may help heal wounds, and several studies have shown them to be beneficial in curing skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema brought on by allergies. Sea water also contains high amounts of magnesium, which helps the skin stay moisturized for longer. A lot of the studies on these matters where done in the Dead Sea, but even waters with a lower salt content have these healing properties. The salt and sand also serve as excellent exfoliators, peeling away dead skin and keeping your body soft and smooth.

                A short beach vacation is as good as a spa treatment for your skin, more potent in improving mental health than some drugs, and excellent way to get your body in shape. It’s great for meeting new people and self-improvement and highly beneficial to your physical health. Taking a beach vacation is a great experience, and unlike anything else when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and mind.

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                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                • (1) Research
                • (2) Deciding the topic
                • (3) Creating the outline
                • (4) Drafting the content
                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                • (6) Revision
                • (7) etc.

                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                2. Change Your Environment

                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                6. Get a Buddy

                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                Reality check:

                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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