Places to Visit for Relaxing Getaways

The great thing about taking vacations is that you always have a choice on how you want to spend them. You could go for an active adventure theme, an art or culture exploration, and whatever it is that you want to spend your time on. But there may be a time when you just want to slow down and get away from the frantic rush of everyday life. When that happens, here are some destinations for a relaxing getaway.

Bali
Bali
Why go: Several places to go if you want to stay away from the crowd, enjoy the serenity, sign up for a wellness retreat, breathtaking scenery

Caribbean
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Why go: Take your pick of beautiful islands, diverse activities to choose from, pristine beaches with powdery white sands, stunning natural scenery, laid back atmosphere, hidden getaways where you can escape the hustle and bustle of city life

Costa Rica
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Why go: A great place for active adventures or quiet relaxation; beautiful and serene beaches, lush rainforests

Iceland
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Why go: Picturesque villages, amazing landscapes, breathtaking and diverse natural wonders, the Northern Lights

Ireland
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Why go: Dreamlike natural scenery that includes dramatic cliffs by the sea, picturesque villages in the countryside, literary tours, quiet libraries, pub crawls

Koh Lanta in Thailand
 Koh Lanta
Why go: Stunning beach scene with fewer tourists, cliff top views, leisurely walks along the beach or to a nearby waterfall

New Zealand
New Zealand
Why go: Explore the dramatic scenery of LOTR filming locations, scenic views of landscapes, tranquil countryside

Rishikesh in India
Rishikesh
Why go: A popular wellness retreat destination, quiet and peaceful, “The World Capital of Yoga”, spectacular scenery

Seychelles
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Why go: Unspoiled beaches and other natural attractions, soothing environment, tranquil space for relaxation

Little Ways To Relieve Stress

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Stress is a normal part of life. Just like other kinds of emotions known to man, stress is actually a healthy way to prevent yourself from completely blowing up – be it over an unfinished chore from home or over a wrong report from work.

The only problem?

It’s when stress becomes an unusual part of life, which might cause adverse effects – not just in our life, but also in other people’s lives. It’s also when you get stressed even with the simplest of things like your tea getting just a bit cold.

That being said, you need to learn how to relieve stress – even in the littlest of ways.

Here are some of them:

Write down at least four things you are grateful for everyday.

To be grateful is to identify what makes you glad to wake up every morning, even if things aren’t really looking good. To be grateful is to identify what makes you want to wake up every morning, even if things aren’t really going right. You don’t need to write down a gratitude essay for it. You only need to write down at least four things you are grateful for everyday. This will serve not just inspirations to keep going in life, but also as strength when times get rough.

Run outside for at least 30 minutes.

Running is not just about strengthening your arms and legs. It’s also about strengthening your heart and mind from any challenges life throws at you. It’s also about strengthening your will and patience from trials that make you want to let go of the things you’ve always worked hard for. Even more so, running helps clear your mind from anything that will only cause more stress – and yes, via endorphins (a.k.a. happy hormones) as you get more active when running outside.

Any other tips on how to relieve stress – even in the littlest of ways? Share them with us below!

The Daily Burn: Why Exercising Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated

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Everyone gets extremely busy at some point. For some, it may even be the norm. Constant busyness, however, can take its toll regardless of how good you are at juggling things. The hectic pace you set trying to accomplish the things on your to-do list could get in the way of your fitness routines. And it may also impact your eating habits. Dropping the fitness ball to make room for more “important” stuff may seem like the best option. But it does not have to be the case. Here are some ideas on how to take better care of your health despite the busy schedule you may keep.

Take charge. Complete control is an illusion. It would be too much to expect that you can control every single thing that happens to you at any given day. But it does not mean you cannot stay on top of things to avoid being overwhelmed. You have to take charge when it comes to your health. Make a conscious decision to introduce small positive changes to your lifestyle, if needed. This can help you stay on track with your health and wellness needs. Start focusing on how you can develop health-friendly behaviors that would stick.

Look for opportunities to keep moving. You never know when things do not go as planned. A cancelled meeting or an unexpected free time is an opportunity to get moving. Take a leaf off some running enthusiasts’ habits by always keeping their gears handy. They are the people who manage to squeeze a run during lunch breaks or after work. Pick your choice of possible exercises to do on your spare time. You can keep compact gears handy like a jumping rope or resistance band. This way you can use something for a quick workout when you have time to spare.

Keep your sight on your fitness goals. Healthy living hinges on the habits you build. And making positive habits stick is part of the challenge. You have to stay focused on your fitness goals. But first, you have to be realistic and do not let big, daunting goals stop you. Break down your end-goal into mini-goals that you can work on slowly but steadily. It is easier to accomplish one small goal at a time than aiming for one huge milestone at once. If your goal is to get back in shape by losing ten pounds of excess weight, you can set your sights on shedding one to two pounds every month. You can customize your goals according to what is realistically possible for you given the frequent traveling that you do.

Have fun. Choose a fitness routine, a physical activity, or sport that you enjoy. Avoid restricting your diet too much that it becomes burdensome. Instead, indulge from time to time as long as you do not overdo it. Eat healthy meals and reward yourself with your favorite treats. Try different workouts to keep exercise interesting. Engage in everyday physical activities that you can incorporate in your daily routine. Keeping your healthy lifestyle fun helps you stick to habits that improve your health.