Avoiding negativity

6 Positives You Might Not Know About Travelling Abroad

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Travelling is something that people either love or loathe, right? Many people spend their days dreaming about the next time they jet off, whilst others can’t see it far enough. Regardless of how you feel about travelling abroad on your next trip, I’m sure you’ll want to minimise any potential hiccups along the way, take a look at these things you might not yet know about travelling abroad and simply by being aware, your next trip abroad should hopefully run a little smoother.

 1. Travel Can Lower Stress

I mean, we could all do with being a little less stressed every now and then, couldn’t we? Well here’s some good news for you— believe it or not, travelling does come hand in hand with a lot of health benefits and one of these benefits is that is can reduce stress. Yes, this is a little confusing as most of us experience increased stress levels when navigating through the airport and trying to catch our flights.

However, if you look at the bigger picture, you will understand that travel can do you a world of good. When we are abroad, we tend to relax, allowing us to come back down to reality and tune into our inner thoughts and feelings. This then gives you time to focus on who really are, what really matters in your life and it encourages you to let go of any negativity you may have.

2. Travel Can Make You Fitter

When travelling, you will become much more active. It’s something that you don’t have very much control of as you’ve got to do some walking and maybe even running in order to get to your destination. Many people associate travelling with eating lots of specialty dishes and trying new, calorific things that you’re not used to eating. I mean, we are all guilty of doing this more than once, aren’t we? But if you want to keep fit it’s completely up to you to keep it up and try your very best to resist the mouth-watering meals that you could easily overindulge on.

3. Your Creativity Can Be Increased By Travelling

We all know the struggle of trying to get our creative caps on, it’s not an easy thing to do at all. Somedays the creative ideas will come to us without very little thought, but other days we face a total mind blank and can’t think of a single thing to create, it’s normal though and it happens to everyone.

Travelling abroad opens a brand new door that has a ton of creative ideas behind it. Many famous creative writers, drawers, musicians and filmmakers will book themselves a trip abroad when they feel like they need some inspiration for their work and more times than one, they say that some of their best work is created when abroad. The scenery, the temperature, the atmosphere and so much more can play a huge part on your creativity, allowing you to get lost in your work and produce a masterpiece.

4. Your Career Prospects Can Be Improved By Travelling

So you can improve your career prospects by travelling abroad? Ok, I’ll be on the next flight out of here, thank you! I mean, seriously, how amazing is that?! Of course, you will need to be wise when travelling and push yourself to learn new things and meet new people if you want to improve your chance of landing a dream job. Unfortunately, heading on a lads holiday or staying in a spa during the duration of your time abroad will not get you too far and your career prospects won’t be much different to what they are now.

You have complete control of making this happen though. When heading abroad, simply learn the language of the country you are travelling to and you will instantly become more employable. You don’t need to be fluent, but if you try your best to learn the basics and mention this in your next job interview, then you could be waving goodbye to your current job and saying hello to something shiny and new!

5. Shipping Your Luggage Abroad Can Save You Time & Money

This is something that I am forever telling people about and once they take my advice, they never look back! Using a luggage shipping company to transport your belongings abroad can save you both time and money. Nobody wants to pay expensive excess baggage fees, it can totally ruin any excitement you have for your trip and then having to trail these heavy bags to the airport, then onto a train, bus or taxi to your destination can be a total pain. Shipping your luggage abroad means you an travel stress and luggage free, why would you reject that offer?! Oh and best of all, it’s completely affordable!

6. It Comes With A Feeling Of Accomplishment

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of accomplishment in life and knowing that you have done something successfully. We’re often too hard on ourselves and many of us lead busy lifestyles, which has meant that the little things that we accomplish often go unnoticed. When travelling, this isn’t the case,  you feel proud of yourself every step of the way. Travelling is a pretty big and brave thing to do, regardless of where you are going and who will or won’t be going with you. If you are able to get up and travel to another country, then do it and don’t feel bad for taking time off work or avoiding your long to-do list. Instead, accept the feelings of accomplishment that you get throughout your trip and be proud of yourself.

Written by Stuart Cooke, Blog Editor at UniBaggage.com a door to door luggage delivery service.

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How Avoiding Negativity Improves the Work Day

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“A happy employee is a productive employee”. We’ve all heard this quote numerous times, but is there any truth to it? It turns out, there is. A recent study done by the University of Warwick showed the productivity of a happy employee increased 12 percent when placed in a positive and happy environment. So, how do we create this happy environment for ourselves?

In with the Good, Out with the Bad

Negativity has a scientific term when associated with the biological systems of the body. The emotion of negativity is directly related to the hormone cortisol. Cortisol’s primary function is to trigger a stress reaction in the human body. It is our body’s natural built-in system to create the feeling of stress. In today’s world, the concept sounds foolish. However, if you were a caveman crossing paths with a saber-toothed tiger, you may want a built-in system that lets you know you are in a dangerous situation.

Have you ever heard stories of police officers or military talking about the hair on the back of their neck standing up? That’s cortisol letting the brain know it is in a hazardous environment. In these hazardous environments, cortisol being dumped into the system in large quantities over a short period of time is a very effective system. However, in a workplace setting, cortisol being pumped into your system in much smaller and much more consistent doses is something we want to work positively to avoid. This steady stream of the stress hormone has been linked to depression, weight gain, weakened immune system, and a shortened lifespan. The power of positivity on your health can be measured in loads.

Get Moving Towards a Brighter Day

Endorphins, also known as the activity hormone, are a cortisol suppressing hormone. These are released in almost any physical activity, from running a marathon to spending some quality time with your partner in the bedroom. To release this hormone at work, start scheduling some activity into your workday. See if there is a lunchtime workout class close to your office or a nice running trail. If not, set an alarm on your phone or utilize an app for a predetermined set of time. When the alarm goes off, get active! Calisthenics, yoga, or walking lap around your building will do the trick.

Have Your Cake and Eat it too

You know that feeling of euphoria when you bite into a decadent piece of chocolate cake? How about that wave of comfort or relaxation after finishing spring cleaning or organizing your desk. That’s dopamine, the “mission accomplished” hormone. How do you release this hormone? You guessed it, accomplish missions! Start every day by writing down a “to do” list. As you accomplish the tasks, deliberately scratch the items off the list. Consider doing it while listening to feel good music that has been found to have positive effects on the emotional areas of your brain. With each cross off, you’ll get a healthy dose of dopamine. By the end of the day, you’ll wonder how you were ever feeling down, to begin with.

Get Talking

Serotonin is quite similar to dopamine; it too is a “mission accomplished” hormone. However, this hormone is socially engaged. It is very hard to trigger a serotonin release on your own. The emotion most often associated with serotonin is pride — not pride in yourself, but when you feel how proud the people in your life are of your accomplishments. Feeling proud of someone else’s accomplishments can create a rush of serotonin as well. Try fostering a mentor/mentee relationship where you commit to using only positive language with one another. Regardless of what side of the relationship you are on; as soon as one of you has a great accomplishment, the serotonin will soon follow.

Servitude and High Fives

Oxytocin, the most powerful cortisol suppressant, has been proven to help aid with depression, substance abuse, and can even increase your lifespan. Like serotonin, this hormone is difficult to release all by yourself. There are two effective ways to release oxytocin in a social setting: physical contact and acts of service. A hug or even a high five time can help to lighten another person’s day, as well as your own. Committing acts of service, such as organizing an office blood drive, park clean up, or soup kitchen staffing will help create a positive working space for yourself and your colleagues.

Author’s Bio

Avery T. Phillips is a freelance human being with too much to say. She loves nature and examining human interactions with the world. Comment or tweet her @a_taylorian with any questions or suggestions.

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