50 Ways to Relax Without Spending Money 69

50 Ways to Relax Without Spending Money - Let's Reach Success

This is a guest post by Marilyn, a freelance writer and digital nomad currently based in London, England. She writes about the intersection between lifestyle and business, focusing on personal growth, productivity techniques and the importance of work/life balance.

Ambition is a fantastic fuel for getting things done, but what really sets the achievers apart is matching this ambition with the same level of dedication.

If you regularly find yourself working through your lunch break, closing the laptop long after dark, and collapsing on the sofa exhausted after an epic day’s work, then it’s likely you’ll pride yourself on just these traits.

But working so hard without respite can be damaging in the long run, and even impact on your productivity in the short term. It is far more effective to ensure you’re looking after your mental and physical well-being as you go, and you needn’t spend a fortune to safeguard your sanity.

Keeping relaxed while maintaining your productivity mostly involves making some small tweaks to ensure that you’re attentive to the little things in life while you strive towards the big picture.

For example, it’s likely if you recognize the above scenario that you are also a big coffee drinker. Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing like caffeine to push us that extra mile. But rather than automatically picking up a pricey take-out as you stumble to work, taking a more mindful approach to your morning Joe may help you find a better groove.

Get a up a few minutes earlier, and take the time to make a proper coffee, maybe even grinding the beans to get that sensual engagement before you start. The smell of a good coffee can reduce your stress hormones; and you’re more likely to feel the effect of each cup if you really take your time over it. Invest your care, and not your hard-earned cash, in that morning coffee.

Likewise, those supermarket sandwiches and fast food burgers are killing your lunch break and draining your pockets. Arrive at work with your own lunch already prepared, and you can use the time you’d usually be queuing to go for a walk in the park or do some stretches.

Taking advantage of this opportunity to get some sunlight exposure will cheer you up and also help regulate your body clock. That means better sleep, better morale, better productivity – and a few bucks saved.

When the time comes to leave the office at the end of the day, you may feel pretty exhausted, but walking home in the fresh air can actually re-energize you and set your mind towards a nice, relaxing evening.

Exercise is known to be good for stress levels and to work against depression. And guess what? You just saved your train fare home. Your head is clear and you can actually value your free time rather than going around in circles about the work you’ve yet to complete.

These are just some glimpses into the little tweaks you can make to get through the day intact without breaking the bank, but  the infographic below compiles a whopping 50 such solutions into a single guide. Take a look at it without delay, and you’ll soon pick up on the changes you can make to get back in control of your stress throughout the working week.

What other ways to relax without spending money do you know of?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!

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This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.