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3 Great Ways to Stay Mentally and Physically Healthy After Retiring

When you retire, your whole life changes. Or, at least that’s how it feels. For most of us, our careers are a huge part of our entire identity, and you will probably feel a lot different once you hang it up.

That can be good and bad. For some, it is fully and undeniably a great feeling on day one. A dream come true. For others, the transition is difficult. And that can lead to some negative effects — both mentally and physically.

The best way to make sure you can adapt quickly and avoid any severe downside is by staying active and staying healthy. The more you can do to remain physically, mentally, and emotionally fit, the better it all will go.
The following represent three great ways to maintain your physical and mental health after retiring.

1. Pick Up Something New

By the time you hit retirement age, you are probably pretty set in your ways. The last thing that might seem like a good idea is even more change. But it really can help. It doesn’t have to be something major. Replacing the hours you normally spend at work with something else, however, will do you a lot of good. Join a new club, pick up a new hobby, or get involved in your community in a new way. It can really help you adjust — you won’t be just losing something but adding something as well.

2. Embrace the Water

One of the difficult parts about getting older is that it’s harder to exercise and stay in shape. Even people who have always been fit and love to run or play sports have trouble maintaining their routines because it can be so hard on the joints. The solution? Jump in the pool! There’s a reason that even pro athletes rehab in the water. You can continue using you body and strengthening your muscles — plus your lungs and heart — without risking injury.

3. Get Top Coverage

Of course, no matter how fit you stay, there will always be some health concerns. That’s just inevitable as people age. So you need to make sure you have the best possible healthcare coverage. For most seniors, this means going with some type of Medicare Advantage plan. This allows you to expand upon the coverage of the traditional program at a very affordable rate. There are many different types, but it’s hard to go wrong with a Medicare Advantage PPO plan that includes benefits that Original Medicare doesn’t. Make sure you have access to all the medical care you need.

Staying Mentally and Physically Fit

After you retire, there will be an adjustment period. But you can minimize the negative parts of this transition by implementing the right strategies. The goal for everything should be staying healthy — and improving your health. 

After all, you don’t have to grind away at a 9-to-5 anymore. You might even be able to strengthen your body and sharpen your mind with more free time and more energy to devote to yourself.

Start by replacing your work hours with some new hobbies. Stay fit with low-impact activities like swimming. And make sure you have the best healthcare coverage possible. This alone will help so much. You can embrace retirement head on and start loving your life more and more every day.

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5 Tips for Staying Active at Home

Are you like the majority of people who are spending way more time at home than you usually would? With lockdown measures happening across the country in 2020, and then the slow return to the new normal, people just haven’t been out and active like they normally would. While it’s been an adjustment, there are ways you can stay healthy and active despite being home so much. In fact these may be habits you decide to keep up with even after the pandemic is under control. To get you started on your path to a more active lifestyle at home, here are five tips you can start using right away.

Make Use of Online Exercise Videos

One of the hottest trends to hit during lockdown was an interest in online exercise videos. YouTube is one of the best places to find this content, with thousands upon thousands of free videos to check out. In particular, you can use these videos for cardio workouts, Yoga, and Pilates. You can go about things at your own pace, choose the length of the workout video, and do them as often as you like during the week. Many of these don’t require any sort of special equipment or workout gear, just enough space in a room to move about and perform the various exercises.

Get Yourself a Golf Simulator

If you’re an avid golfer, why not take this time at home to brush up on your skills and therefore improve your game. You can buy your very own golf simulator like one of these that you can set up in your house. With these simulators, the weather outside never matters; you can enjoy a “game of golf” whenever the mood strikes. What’s really great about these simulators is the amount of information and feedback they provide, which you can use to better your game. You’ll get information on your swing, speed, stance, accuracy, and so much more.

Backyard Sports Games

If you happen to have yard space, you have access to a whole host of additional activities. Anything sports related that can be played in your own yard is a fabulous option. This could include activities like badminton, soccer, baseball, bocce ball, lawn darts, croquet, and so forth. If you have kids, these are also the kinds of activities they can get involved in. 

Invest in an Exercise Machine

If you plan to keep up with your at-home physical activity in the long-run, it can make sense to make an investment and purchase an exercise machine. Some of the more popular options include a weight machine, a treadmill, an elliptical, a stationary bike, and a rowing machine. The catch with these machines is that you need enough space to use them and store them, so they aren’t usually ideal for smaller sized homes and spaces.

Those House Chores are Exercise Too

Then there are the house chores that need to be done regularly. This includes both the indoor and outdoor chores. These act as their own form of physical activity as you can really work up a sweat and burn some calories doing them. Chores that are known for burning the most amount of calories are vacuuming, mopping, laundry, gardening/weeding, and mowing the grass. In order to get the best results from household chores make sure you do at least one strenuous chore daily.

No Need to Leave the House to Get Active

As you can very well see there is absolutely no reason to leave the house in order to be active and stay healthy. Each of these tips will help you to achieve your health goals.

Bingo illustration by Rita Azar

The Health Effects of Playing Bingo

Bingo has come a long way since its inception, particularly with regards to the way the game is played in modern society.

Although bingo has its roots back in the 1500s, it wasn’t until the 20th century that it truly crossed over into mainstream consciousness.

It became popular in the United Kingdom during the 1950s, most notably amongst the working classes in northern towns and cities.

Bingo suffered a decline in popularity towards the end of the last century, but the creation of the internet sparked a resurgence that has continued up to the present day.

A little-known fact about bingo is that it also has numerous health benefits, so read on as we take a look at why this is the case.

Bingo is an Inclusive Activity

Whether you play at a land-based venue or online bingo on the internet, bingo is a game that be enjoyed by everyone.

It is really easy to learn and doesn’t require much in the way of skill – just buy some cards and hope that your luck is in.

Although previously thought to be the sole preserve of the working classes, modern bingo is a thoroughly inclusive activity.

Players can enjoy bingo regardless of which societal group you may align yourself with, making it one of the best forms of entertainment.

Bingo Stimulates the Brain 

Studies have shown that bingo helps to reinforce key skills such as concentration and memory – a factor that is tremendously useful for people of all ages.

It can improve both hand-eye coordination and reflexes as you strive to mark off the numbers on your card as they are called.

Maintaining an active brain is hugely important as people grow older and bingo provides a non-challenging way to achieve that.

Whereas some games like chess can be difficult to get to grips with, the simplicity of bingo is the key to its enduring popularity.

Seniors and Bingo

Maintaining good cognitive abilities is important for everyone, but it is a particularly pertinent point amongst older people.

In addition to the previously mentioned boosts for concentration and memory, research has also shown that playing games can help stave off the onset of dementia.

Bingo can be adapted to help in this respect, with larger cards, brighter colours and playing in smaller groups amongst the ways that it can be modified.

The health benefits of bingo for seniors should not be underestimated and highlights why it used to improve their quality of life.

Bingo Improves Health & Wellbeing

Bingo not only boosts cognitive abilities, but it also has the power to improve a person’s emotional and physical health.

Regardless of where you play the game, bingo has a social element attached to that means you can interact with other people.

It’s a great way to spend time with family, meet-up with existing friends or even forge new friendships with like-minded individuals.

Maintaining strong social connections has been proven to help people of all ages live more fulfilling lives, further showcasing bingo’s positive health attributes.

Bingo & Health in the Future

The future of bingo looks to be in safe hands, with a new generation of people latching onto the many benefits the game has to offer.

Innovative events like Bongo’s Bingo, Reggae Bingo and Dab & Drag Bingo are helping to attract an entirely different demographic to the game.

All of the points relating to inclusivity, cognitive benefits and improvements to health & wellbeing still apply, with the ‘fun’ element to these new versions clear for everyone to see.

Whether played in person or online, bingo looks well placed to continue being beneficial to health for many years to come.

Cruise illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Take a Trip with CruiseCompete!

River cruise ships offer a more private and intimate ambiance, along with personalized service and the advantage of being able to port almost anywhere. Passengers get a feel for the water and experience destinations in a very up-close and personal way onboard and in the towns and areas visited with CruiseCompete

Overall, cruise ship sizes range from megaships (almost 7,000 passengers) to very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens (as small as 16). Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation. 

CruiseCompete has divided today’s ships into categories and provides information on the benefits each provides, from the very small and intimate, to medium and up to the very large, mega ships.

For River Cruise Ship Size, from Extra Small to Small with guest capacity from just 18 to almost 260, and only a couple over that number, see details here.

From Avalon Waterways Treasure of Galapagos with 18 guests, to the American Queen Steamboat Company American Queen river ship that sails USA rivers with 417 guests , there is a ship size for everyone.

CruiseCompete member-agents are the most well-educated, forward-thinking and trusted cruise specialists in the industry. If you’d like more information or assistance planning a future cruise or a cruisetour, please visit CruiseCompete and try the Virtual Cruise Advisor™ or Live Help.

CruiseCompete has been the premier online cruise marketplace since 2003 (see media praises). Consumers come to CruiseCompete to research and book cruise vacations. More than 1.5 million users have generated close to 4 million requests from consumers, and agents have delivered 17.5 million quotes since 2003. They can compare offers from trusted travel agents, see consumer reviews of agents and agencies responding, then contact travel agents directly for more information and to book cruises. CruiseCompete is a member of the Family Travel Association, the leading authority and resource for family travel information and is home to the Sea Tales 2020 Family Cruise Travel Planner at Travel Resources.

CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ offers monthly stats for an inside look at consumer trends and what consumers want in cruise vacations. CruiseCompete takes top honors in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 60 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers” with an honorable mention. The Wall Street Journal praised CruiseCompete as “Best Cruise Travel Site,” The New York Times says, “… independent travel agents compete to offer you the best deal,” and follows similar praise from Travel + Leisure, Kiplinger and The Washington Post. The Street says, “Score luxury cruises at bargain prices.” 

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Rita Azar, illustrations, travel, 360 MAGAZINE

4 Travel Goals You Need to Check Off in 2020

2020 has been a tough year so far. With lockdowns, isolation and social distancing, it has been difficult to really live life to its fullest. 

If you are feeling a bit itchy to get out, know that you are not alone. In fact, research shows that 72% of Americans are already booking their trips now for when restrictions are lifted, with 35% of those willing to head out during the summer. 

Has 2020 become the year for people to finally start ticking off their travel bucket list items? It sure seems so! With this in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the most popular and most memorable experiences you can do this year, and most of them will not involve huge crowds of people. 

RV Through the US

This particular trip tops the list of almost everyone who has a serious drive for adventure and travel. The beauty of RVing through the US is that you can choose the length of your trip, as well as decide which route you want to take. 

Whether it would be taking in the majestic Rocky Mountains and stopping in at museums, diners, and, of course, Yellowstone, or a trip through the south to revel in some music, food, and incredible scenery through Florida, New Orleans and of course, Texas, you definitely won’t regret it. 

There are endless possibilities that will lead you on totally different adventures, through vastly different scenery. 

RVing is something that you will need to prepare for thoroughly because you can never know what might happen and whether you’ll have the right resources at the time being to fix it. This is easily avoidable if you just have everything at the ready so you can enjoy your trip to the max. One of the more important things to consider is to make sure you have enough fresh water and a good RV water softener solution that will tie you over in even the most desolate areas. Remember that water should always be your top priority,  Make sure you also plan your trips in detail before heading out so that you are not caught in the middle of nowhere without supplies and emergency services. 

Explore the Wonders of Cape Town

Although Cape Town has been listed as one of the top beauty spots to visit globally by various sites, it is still one of the most chronically underrated spots to visit in the world. What makes Cape Town so special you ask? Well, it has almost everything you want out of a trip. This South African city, perched at the tip of Africa, has a uniquely international feel to it, and for the most part, you will forget that you are in fact, in Africa. 

Besides boasting one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain, the city has long stretches of white beaches, a bustling city life; bursting with art and culture, and sunsets that will make you want to live there forever. 

Not even an hour out of Cape Town, you will find the sprawling Winelands, tucked into spectacular mountain ranges with some of the best wine in the world. Might we add that the food in South Africa is something not to be missed, from the fresh seafood to the world-famous braais, you will be in for a treat. 

The city is steeped in history, and even if you are after a safari experience, you can also find this within a short drive out of the city. If you are a foodie, a wine snob, a coffee connoisseur, or an art fanatic, this city has it all!

Trek Through Peru 

This is certainly not for the faint-hearted nor the chronically unfit. But, if a spiritual journey and soul-freeing trip is what you are looking for after months of cabin fever, this is for you. There are a plethora of trails and treks to choose from in this tourist popular region, each with its different levels of difficulty and challenges. 

One of the most popular trails, the Inca trail is an iconic four-day hiking trail which leads you through the steep high mountains, from km. 82 all the way to the majestic Machu Picchu. You will follow the route taken by the original Incas to the historic World Heritage Site. 

What do you need to be prepared for? Because of the height of the mountains that you will be hiking, you are most likely to suffer from altitude sickness, insects, dehydration, and of course, the blisters, injuries, and pain that comes from trekking through deserted mountainsides. But, it is totally worth it once you cross the last mountain and come face to face with Machu Picchu. 

Take it Easy in Thailand

If this all sounds like too much effort, and what you feel like right now is just lying back on a warm beach, drinking cocktails, Asia should be your next destination. 

Not only is Thailand incredibly affordable, but it offers visitors endless adventures and activities. The beauty of the islands is indescribable, with long, white beaches, still blue waters and dotted palm trees to really get you in the holiday spirit. 

The food is incredible, the people are warm, friendly, and accommodating, and the weather is hot and humid at all times. 

You can choose to island-hop to the various idyllic islands spotted around the crystal blue waters, including the iconic island that featured in the movie, The Beach. There are a number of other islands to visit, including Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan, and Ko Phi Phi Don. 

Alternatively, you can head up into the jungle and trek up through the mountains on an elephant adventure, or on foot to explore the rivers and waterfalls on this amazing island. 

Wrapping Up 

From world-class beaches to bustling cities, there are endless options for you to choose from. A desert adventure in Morocco could be down your alley, or a Northern Lights display on the tip of the Arctic. Whether you are a foodie or looking to take in some good live music and dance the night away, choose something that suits your unique personality and that will create memories that will last a lifetime. If it is unwinding in the sun after this stressful time, or feeling alive in the crisp mountain air, you know what your soul needs to ensure that 2020 is a year to be remembered. 

Rita Azar, illustrations, games, 360 Magazine

Building a New Normal after the Wave of Covid-19 Passes Over

Perhaps the single most important unifying factor that brought every individual of the planet together was the pandemic of COVID-19 that hit the humankind towards the end of 2019 when everyone was busy making plans for the New Year. And ever since that, six long months have gone by in the blink of an eye. We have learnt to stay indoors and build a new normal for us, where we must practise social distancing, work from home and go out only when it is necessary. And this has not been the case with just one country. This has been the case for every country that you can spot on the world map. The Novel Coronavirus has changed our lives, and how.

Though, the governments of different countries are now lifting the lockdown in a calibrated manner, and we are allowed to go out keeping in mind the rules of this new life, it will still probably be many more months until we go back to what we knew as the normal. In fact, we might have to stitch a new normal for us and come to terms with that life. We have stayed indoors for way too long now, and most of us might already be wondering what life looks like on the other side of the pandemic. Here is what you need to know about life once the worst is over.

Companies Will Continue to Engage the Measure of Working from Home:


Organizations, no matter what their scale, might make working from home a permanent thing for employees who can go about their jobs from their houses. And for the companies that need their employees to report to work, there might be the rotations and shifts. This will prevent the total workforce from reporting at the same time and increasing the chances of a second outbreak of the virus. Wearing masks and carrying hand-sanitizers will be the new dress code for work.

People Will Depend More on the Internet for their Doses of Entertainment:

Most of us have spent a significant amount of time glued to the cyberspace with the pandemic wreaking havoc outside. We were forced to stay inside to battle an invisible entity and, therefore, had to find means to keep ourselves entertained. This had led to the blossoming of online entertainment portals like several streaming platforms and gaming websites.

Online gambling, according to USGamblingSites.com, had also taken a front seat. Once the pandemic is over, this is what shall continue to happen for a very long time. People might still be dependent on the internet for their daily doses of fun.

Traveling Shall be Calibrated:

Tourism or travelling for any other reason will see a more calibrated approach. Flights have already resumed operations, but in a very controlled manner. This shall continue to be the norm for several more months as people start travelling from one place to another for work or recreation. Public transport shall also continue to follow the norms of social distancing, and thermal scanning passengers before they travel long distances shall become the protocol. The tourism industry has already taken a hit and might take more beatings to itself if operations are not resumed in a controlled way.

Masks and Hand-Sanitizers Will Become the Dress Code for Schools and Universities:

Schools might have to add a new element to their dress codes, and that is of masks. Masks will be made mandatory, and anyone violating the norm could be sent back home for good. There shall also be areas marked where each student must sit and stand during class hours. However, online classes might still be a thing that shall be followed for a few more months until schools and universities are capable and confident enough to handle the volume of students reporting.

The Guidelines Issued by the Respective Authorities Shall Always Be Followed:

It is important to remember that even after the worst is over, there is always a chance for a second outbreak. And it is important, that is why, for people to follow the guidelines issued by the authorities about physical distancing and sanitization log after the wave of COVID-19 passes over. One cannot take any risk, and this discipline has to be a part of our new normal.

Wrapping Up:

To conclude, life after COVID-19 shall pretty much continue to look the same as it was during the quarantine period, except that we shall have more freedom of movement. The points that we have mentioned in the article are ideally what is supposed to happen in the post-pandemic world, and we must make our peace with this fact. Life moves on, and human beings have to learn to adapt.

Therefore, we must adjust to this new normal after the pandemic at least until things start looking hopeful again.

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TAKE A VIRTUAL ROAD TRIP

By Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

A virtual road trip is a prompt, safe and innovative way to entertain yourself as well as a family when social distancing is the new way of life. With more time spent at home, surveying ways to decompress when working from home and cabin fever sets can be overwhelming. Prowling the web compels imagination and spirit, here are suggestions to consider during your virtual trip. 

Do include online gaming that tests your luck, for starters online poker at Coyote Bob’s casino will stimulate your mind maintaining engagement. Interactive and strategic hence no time for tedium. Gaming is essential to any trip, despite your game of choice, or age online gaming is growing progressively. Approachable to the fingertips with exciting new ways to include friends or foreigners alike on the web. 

Interactive games like Poker and Spades allow you to invite a partner, or take your chances with a virtual opponent. Whether arcade or trivial include socializing part of your routine permitting distance and normalcy from the harsh realities of a worldwide epidemic.

Choose this time to discover new places now when travel is risky and shunned upon. Discover new destinations to check off your bucket list while learning about the universe around you.

360 Magazine shares music playlists and extensive cooking options in detail of a virtual experience. Take a trip to visit the Music City aka Nashville with an online experience which will virtually connect you with such a beloved city. Simply head over to their CVB’s official site and conduct virtual tours of the Omni Hotel, City Winery and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

During your virtual trip, I recommend introducing yourself to emerging social apps. Finding fresh new fun ways to keep in touch sharing your experience virtually or try meditation with friends and love-ones. Emerging social apps keeping it simple and self explanatory like Houseparty and Google Hangouts are virtual room simulators where a happy hour won’t subject you to a deadly virus.

The latest on-camera/voice messenger app is Zoom. Originally made for business and conference calls, is now being heavily used during this period of shelter in place. As of late, two of our team members lost their grandparents. Regrettably the two of them weren’t able to attend the funerals due to the coronavirus lockdown. Thanks to this dedicated video conferencing app, both of them were able to virtually attend while still practicing physical distancing. Other useful ways to utilize this platform includes, but not restricted to, the following virtual experiences: wine tasting, college reunions, organizational gatherings and music listening parties (gives the viewers an opportunity to directly speak to the recording artist while listening to their new EP).

Thus, virtually invite a few friends to meditate, engage in a yoga session as well as share your quarantine experiences and best practices. Even if social media apps aren’t your ideal form of communication, you’ll value the innovative virtual experience. Get in touch with yourself while productively passing time.

Allison Christensen, 360 MAGAZINE, WINE, SPIRITS

Santa Barbara Wine Country Opens

Santa Barbara Wine Country welcomes guests back into wineries and tasting rooms with dine-in services and safety measures to keep guests safe as they sip the latest vintages and soak in the beautiful surroundings.

Located less than two hours from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara Wine Country is a beautiful wine country escape. Over 200 wineries are part of the picturesque wine region known for producing highly rated, internationally
recognized wines. Given its close proximity to LA, Santa Barbara Wine Country is an ideal day trip for SoCal wine lovers ready for a relaxing, outdoor getaway now that the County has opened back up.

For lockdown-weary Angelinos, Santa Barbara Wine Country is an easy, two-hour drive where they can escape to rolling vineyards and enjoy exceptional wines. Wineries and tasting rooms are partnering with food trucks, local caterers, and restaurants. The re-opening is a rare opportunity for restaurants and caterers to show off their farm-to-table offerings aside the County’s award-winning wine. Guests will find sit-down meals with wines by the glass, flight, or bottle.

“People are so excited to get out and explore again. They’ve been enjoying wine at home, but nothing compares to a wandering day-trip to see the vineyards, rest your eyes on the gorgeous landscape, and engage with the dynamic people behind the wines,” said CEO of Santa Barbara Vintners, Alison Laslett. “Our wine region is a stone’s throw from Los Angeles, but it feels like a world away. We can offer guests the break they’ve been craving, and with all our outdoor space, our Wine Country has some of the safest social activities people can engage in right now.”

To help ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff, Santa Barbara County wineries and tasting rooms are implementing the following protocols:

  • Strict adherence to CDC health and safety guidelines: sanitization, hygiene, face coverings for staff and for guests when not consuming food or wine
  • Use of outdoor space and other social distancing practices
  • Daily employee wellness screenings and temperature checks
  • Reservation systems to manage the number of guests

The Santa Barbara wine region is best known for two things: the exceptional quality of the wines and the laid-back community vibe. From signature Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs worthy of Burgundy to sought-after Rhone and Bordeaux style varietals, there is a wine for every palate with over 50 varietals grown throughout the region. The welcoming laid-back vibe comes from the spirit of the tight-knit wine community. Winemakers are often found behind the counter in tasting rooms, pouring their wines and sharing anecdotes about the latest vintage. Wineries are located within a 30-mile radius throughout the valley and additional boutique tasting rooms are found in downtown Santa Barbara.

*For updated information on winery re-openings, click HERE*

About Santa Barbara Vintners

Santa Barbara Vintners (Santa Barbara County Vintners Association) is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization founded in 1983 to support and promote Santa Barbara County as a world-class wine-producing and wine grape growing region. The association includes winery members whose annual production is at least 75% Santa Barbara County (or sub-AVA) labeled, winery associates, vineyards, vineyard management companies, hospitality, and industry associate members. The association produces festivals and wine country weekends; educational seminars and tastings; provides information to consumers, trade, and media; and advocates for the Santa Barbara County wine and grape industry.

Follow: @santabarbarawinecountry on Facebook & Instagram and @sbcwines on Twitter.

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4 Ways To Boost Self Confidence During COVID-19

Fear and uncertainty are the most common reasons why most people feel stressed, anxious, and helpless. With the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to our lives, the world is facing a severe public health crisis.

With multiple lives lost, rapid changes in our lifestyle, and physical distancing made mandatory, people are feeling frustrated, irritable, restless, overwhelmed, underconfident, and disconnected. 

Insecurity has been around for ages, but never more than today. The global pandemic situation has heightened the levels of such feelings. But, we as human beings crave security. We are obsessed with being powerful and taking control of things. So much so that it is becoming increasingly difficult to cope with this uncertainty.

If you are feeling restless and under-confident by the current situation, you must know you are not alone. We are in this together. 

And to help you come out of this crisis stronger, in this post, we have listed ways to boost confidence and lower stress.

Accept The Situation AND Tackle The Things You Can Control

Easier said than done, but the first step is to come to terms with the uncertainty going around in the world. While scientists all over the globe are trying to develop a vaccine as fast as possible, we don’t know how long we will have to live with the virus. And we know this sounds scary, but it’s essential to understand we can’t control everything. 

Life is unpredictable. Not wanting to sound like a broken record, but that’s how it is. So rather than worrying about the situation you can’t control, focus on the things you can. That will help build confidence and feel relaxed.

If you have lost your job, work upon finding a new one. And again, if you are worried about the virus, inculcate healthy habits in your daily routine and encourage your family to do the same. 

Practice Mindfulness

Rather than thinking about how things will unfold in 2021, focus on living in the present. While there may not be much to look forward to, that’s what can help you attain peace.

Question yourself repeatedly and understand why you are feeling what you are feeling. Once you understand the reason behind the negative thoughts in your mind, you can practice mindfulness to transform them into a positive influence.

There are many ways to achieve mindfulness, like yoga, meditation, healthy eating, exercising, therapy, etc. Another foolproof way is seeking the help of a professional psychic. 

Psychics can provide guidance on a range of topics from all things love to career and relationships. You can also read Leo daily horoscope on a psychic’s website.

Surround Yourself With People That Love You

Eliminate the people in your life that give you a negative vibe or pull you down. They are just emotional parasites preying on people and sucking the energy out of their systems. You don’t need that.

Rather, identify people who uplift, motivate, and love you. Spend quality time with them. If you are feeling low or anxious about something, talk to them. They can be of great emotional support. 

Spending time with friends and family and expressing your worries can provide stability, comfort, and boost confidence. 

Physical distancing is a must, but that doesn’t mean social disconnection, Use technology to your advantage, and foster healthy relationships.

Learn To Thrive In The Face Of Adversities

Don’t let fears and worries have the upper hand in your life. Accept the uncertainty that comes with specific situations. And like Rihanna said, “Shine bright like a diamond.”

Here’s what you can do.

  • Identify Your Trigger Points – A pessimistic outlook towards life leads to self-generated uncertainty. And while external factors play a huge role in adding to the same, you must determine what fuels it in the first place.

    By recognizing your triggers, you can find ways to deal with them and avoid feeling helpless.
  • Recognize When And Why You Crave For Certainty – Identify situations that make you feel anxious and stressed. Understand how your body physically reacts to them. Do you feel nauseous or nervous?

    And when you figure it out, take a moment, breathe deep, and tell yourself that “This too shall pass.” Because in the end, you have to be your own hero.
  • Let Go – Allow yourself to feel vulnerable. Yes, you read that right.

    It’s important to experience all kinds of emotions. Acceptance is the first step towards building confidence. When you come to terms with your emotions, let go.

    You are not a fortune-teller. You don’t know what the future holds. All you can do right now is to accept how everything rolls.

Final Words

COVID-19 has changed the way we live, eat, and breathe. But we can’t give up. We have to come out to the pandemic stronger and confident. 

That’s why, in this post, we discussed ways to boost confidence and reduce stress. 

Hopefully, it was helpful.

Ivory Rowen, illustration, 360 MAGAZINE

The Royal Portfolio

The Royal Portfolio collection in South Africa has announced a new program offering travelers ‘bonds’ (vouchers) for future stays at its four luxurious properties across the country. As part of the hotel group’s commitment to the local and greater community, each voucher will include a donation to The Royal Portfolio Foundation, funding counter-poaching initiatives and food donations to vulnerable communities. The hotel group, which includes Royal Malewane, Birkenhead House, The Silo and La Residence, is debuting this program as a response to the enormous challenges COVID-19 has presented around the world.

Communities involved in The Royal Portfolio Foundation

“The impact on communities, conservation, and the economy in South Africa is devastating,” says The Royal Portfolio Founder and Owner, Liz Biden. “Even though our hotels remain closed, we are committed to critical conservation and community work through The Royal Portfolio Foundation.” In addition to the donation, the voucher includes an added value of 25%. Travelers purchase a voucher of approximately US$525, including an added gift of US$135; The Royal Portfolio will donate the equivalent of US$135 to the foundation’s community and conservation efforts for each voucher purchased.

“Through these challenging times, we are doing what we can to adapt, and we hope that these bonds will inspire you to keep dreaming of your next trip to South Africa,” says Biden. “We cannot wait to welcome our wonderful guests back to our beautiful hotels and lodges just as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.” Bonds are available to purchase until the end of July 2020. To learn more, visit: https://www.theroyalportfolio.com/bonds/

Please note that the US Dollar amount is based on the current exchange rate for the South African Rand, and may therefore fluctuate.

About the Royal Portfolio

The Royal Portfolio is a collection of iconic hotels and private residences in South Africa owned and run by the Biden family. The Royal Portfolio includes Royal Malewane in Greater Kruger National Park, Birkenhead House in Hermanus, La Residence in Franschhoek, The Silo in Cape Town, and a collection of private residences that includes The One Above penthouse.