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How to Live Your Best Life: Lessons I’ve Gathered

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 I run a weekly men’s group in town and we discuss a variety of topics from emotional abuse, using childen, isolation, economic abuse, spiritual abuse, etc. This particular group, we fell into a debate about the key things that we need to live a good, healthy life. We landed on: strive to be free of stress — negative stress. Be content. Be fearless (accept the uncontrollable). Stress Doesn’t Live Here Anymore A 70-year old male began with his most honest advice: “Jon, I can tell you the best way to live is stress free. How can one live stress free in today’s environment, especially if one lives in a big city, they always ask. Well, what is the damn thing? [Stress] Stress is...

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How to Identify and Handle The Stress In Your Life

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  Stress is a part of daily life and is only becoming more of a presence in this increasingly-connected world. This can be a problem, as there are all sorts of negative physical and psychological effects of leading an overly-stressed life. This article will discuss some causes of stress and the negative effects that result from stress. There are also plenty of easy ways to reduce stress and increase one’s well-being, though, so this article will end on a positive note by providing actionable ways anyone can reduce stress in their lives. First, a distinction must be made between positive stress (sometimes called eustress) and negative stress (sometimes called distress) (Niki, 2016). Positive stress is healthy stress, such as the...

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The Best Ways to Jump-Start Your Morning (Even if You Aren’t a Morning Person)

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Get out of that morning funk and into a more productive day with these easy tweaks. It can be hard to get the day going and doubly hard when it’s the start of the week. You wake up in a comfy bed and face a day of stress and pressure. The kids are yelling at each other already and the coffee maker is busted. You hit snooze a few times, hoping things will magically go away. They don’t. Rinse and repeat. That might sound a bit like your morning. We crawl out of our beds in a funk and in a fog, half-dazed before our days even begin. Mornings are stressful and they’re only made worse when we wake up feeling...

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11 Ways Being Outdoors Gives You Quality Life

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For so long, outdoor activity like hiking, camping and brisk strolls through parks were taken as the natural preserve of nature freaks. But who knew they’d become a medical prescription someday? Who knew someday your doctor would look you in the eyes and say “take a hike”? Yes, that day is fast bearing down on us too. In a 2016 White House Roundtable on “Health Benefits of Time Outdoors”, Michael Suk, the chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Geisinger Health System actually mentioned the possibility of doctors writing prescriptions for outdoor activity. Yep. Basically, “Go camping once a week, then see me in 6 months”. It isn’t half as ridiculous as it sounds either. There’s a mounting volume of studies...

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Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

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Hiking is a free exercise option! No matter where you are at in your fitness level, it can provide you with a number of health benefits. Not sure about joining a gym or prepared for the costs? Hiking can be a great option for you and get you on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle.  Being a mental health junkie (seriously beyond being intrigued, so much so that I have taken up a career in the field), I am always looking for ways to share the benefits of physical activity, in relation to our minds. While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your body and soul, science continues to show...

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Gear up for this: Denali National Park

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IMPORTANT for any hike:  Never underestimate a hike and plan accordingly for weather, in the event something happens. Some trails are marked easy, but be prepared for the walk - hydrate before, during, and after. You WILL run into wildlife at some point and always have a chance at getting lost; always communicate someone your location, when they should expect you back, the distance, etc. Additionally, avoid tough, thick brush and be wary of the streams.  Country: United States Location: Alaska Area in Square Miles: 7,408 Established: 1917 You can't complete a trip to Alaska without visiting Denali National Park. This park is one of the most toured destinations in the last frontier and covers roughly 6 million acres of land. It features one skimpy...

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5 Must-See Trails in Alaska

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Alaska is a massive state, home to nearly 500 hiking trails. With so many options, it can be tough to know which paths are worth doing. To help you out, here are some of our favorite trails:   5. Hatcher Pass – Mat-Su Valley Gold Cord Lake, Hatcher Pass. Photo Credit: Jim from Lexington, KY Admittedly, this one's cheating. Hatcher Pass isn't exactly a trail; instead, it offers easy access to your pick of the Talkeetna Mountains. Hatcher is friendly to hikers of all skill levels, making it a great family destination. While you're there, check out the historic mine, lakes, berry picking, wildlife viewing, and even cliff gliding that goes on during the day!   4. Flattop Trail – Anchorage View from Flattop Mountain. Photo Credit: Hike...

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5 Things You Need To Bring Camping

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Your camping bag does not have an unlimited amount of space. As tempting as it is, you can't take all the comforts of home with you. So, a new camper might be asking, how do I know what I need to take with me? Here's a quick list of our favorites.   1. An Appropriate Tent This seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how much of an impact a tent can make on your camping experience. Take it from someone who tried to squeeze four people into a two-person tent: Two-person tents are for two people. Apparently.   2. A Reliable Light Source   It gets dark at night, even in the bright Alaskan summers. For your safety, make sure you have...

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The Best 10 Tips for a Cross Country Move

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Packing up everything in your house is never fun, especially when you have to drive it thousands of miles across the United States. My wife and I first did it when we packed up my jeep and tripped across country to northern Alaska! Safe to say that the trip wouldn't be made better without a plan. We would like to help take some stress out of your cross country move by giving some tips that we have used over the years. Check out this article written by Patrick Newell.      1. Check to see if your company will help with relocation costs. We all know that cross country moves can be expensive, so any extra money to help out...

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Six Days on the Oregon Coast

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Blog Post by: Mike Perea (IG - @MikePereaPhotography) (MikePereaPhotography.com)   The Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I was lucky enough to be able to spend 6 days driving and photographing the entire coast from South to North in February. Well, technically from North to South, then back North again. We flew into Portland, and drove 5.5 hours south to Brookings where we stayed our first night. Now we expected to have a typical Oregon winter trip full of rain and overcast clouds, however, we got up early and drove to the Oregon Coast Highway Viewpoint anyways. There are no markings for the place but it can be found with Google Maps. We parked on...

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