Reasons To Get Outdoors!

Nature can be one of the most beneficial things for a persons mental health. With cities growing and becoming more industrialized, it can be more and more difficult to reconnect with nature and get some much needed fresh air. Here are some of the benefits a person can get from just getting outdoor once in a while.

Physical Health

Exercise

Obviously exercise is one of the main benefits you will get from getting outside and enjoying nature. Even a short light walk has plenty of benefits, no one is saying you need to go hike Angels Landing to reap the physical benefits of getting outdoors.

Reduced Inflammation

There has been studies that show that those who get outside more often tend to have lower risk for inflammatory diseases such as IBS. Inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, our body does it to protect us, but when it goes into over drive it can cause some pretty severe issues.

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Better Eyesight

Most studies for this have been done with children mainly, but it showed us that outdoor activities can have a protective benefit for their vision. Another study shows that for those who work on computers all day, outdoor activity where they are focusing on things that aren’t two feet in front of their face can prevent and in some cases reverse the side effects of CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome).

Mental Health

Stress Relief

Several studies show that a two night stay in the forrest can reduce cortisol levels immensely. Cortisol is the hormone that is main-linked to stress. Another study shows that even having an office view of nature can reduce stress levels.

Improved Concentration

There have been several studies showing that a short time spent in nature can boost someones concentration levels pretty high. Some researches have found that even children with ADHD have shown higher levels of concentration after just a 20 minute nature walk.

All Around Better Mental Health

Depression, anxiety and stress can all be easily reduced by getting outdoors more and enjoying some fresh air!

Helpful Zion Tips & Tricks

Zion National Park is becoming more and more popular each year. Use these few tips and strategies to get the absolute best out of your trip to Zion.

Best Times To Visit

It really is best to plan your visit to Zion during the week, not on weekends (for obvious reasons, like busy!). Also try to avoid visiting during holidays or holiday weekends as that is when the park will be the most packed. Early spring and late autumn are the absolute best times of the year to visit, temperatures are perfect and there won’t be nearly as many crowds.

Day Times

Avoid coming during the middle of the day when temperatures are high as well as crowds. Exploring during early mornings and afternoons when the crowds have yet to come out or are dispersing.

Enjoy All Trails

Don’y shy away from the shorter and more popular trails! Though short these trails still offer plenty of beauty! For the more strenuous trails such as Angels Landing and The Narrows, you need to make sure that you are prepared and don’t just head into it without the proper gear.

IMG_5096 Shuttle Bus at Visitor Center, Zion National Park
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Shuttles

The visitors center and The Temple Of Sinawava are the most popular and crowded stops in Zion Canyon. If you’re looking to get some privacy and want to just relax, try getting off at some of the less popular stops and enjoying the beauty around you.

Tips For A Successful Business Trip

Business trips require little planning as it requires essential things to be packed beforehand unlike your personal travel where you can squeeze things in your bag at the last minute. Business travel involves more reflection and more consideration, it all depends on how you look and perform as elegant as possible and at the same time keeping our luggage light for the trip. Here you can find a few tips that can help you pack your luggage lightly for your next business trip.

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Fewer clothes

It is best thing to pack fewer clothes, which means if you need to wear a coat for the meeting, it is advisable to wear the coat to the airport, and you can place the coat at the special storage room in your plane, that way you can make more room for other cloths in your bag. The dapper suit and elegant ties are perfect to get a professional look.

Size matters

The essential things like your toiletries will be available in small packets get those small packets for the trip. Though you get all the stuff in your hotel room as complementary but it is advisable to get your own stuff. So take required items with you when you go for a business trip.

Get a clutch bag

Get the stylish clutch bag for a convenient trip, where you can put all your supplies, toiletries, etc. You don’t need to stuff everything in your suitcase pockets, or put them in a plastic bag, you can do it that way too, buy why when you can go in a stylish way. Small clutch bags are also suitable for long flight journeys; you can just pull it out and take it to the toilet. You can make yourself fresh before landing in the destination.

Reuse

You can pack clothes for business trip that you can use more than once in your trip. You can use the soft woolen slacks a couple of time. The suggestible color for slacks is black; nobody can notice that you wore the slacks before. For evening engagements, just remove your coat and present yourself with sophistication. Now how you present yourself and how well you are groomed always makes the best impression on others, so present yourself well and apply a good cologne.

Here is a list of the bare necessities of clothing that you can survive with on a 3 day business trip.

  •  One Suit Coat.
  • One pair of slacks.
  • 3 pairs of underwear.
  • 3 pairs of socks.
  • One long sleeved polo.
  • One short sleeved polo.
  • One sport short.
  • A pair of comfortable shoes (leather).
  • Two ties.
  • Small clutch bag with essential stuff.
  • Three handkerchiefs.
  • One pair of pajamas.

These are the essential things that are required for your 3 day business trip. This kind of planning helps you carry less language and more comfort. Remember the way you present yourself shows you professionalism, so pack things that are required and have a successful business trip.

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Tips For Staying In A Hotel With Kids

Staying in a hotel with little ones can be quite stressful and at times it seems nearly unbearable. Trying to keep them entertained, safe and just plain happy in a hotel is pretty hard at times. So we have compiled a list of tips to make your next stay in a hotel with children a little more bearable.

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Kid Proofing

This is especially helpful if you have toddlers and babies. Baby proof or kid proof the room the moment you arrive. Pack a few electrical outlet covers, table corner covers, and lots of disinfectant. Inspect the room for anything dangerous that your child could injure themselves on and move it out of reach. Doing a complete once over of a hotel room could help in keeping the kids safe.

Set Up

Get everything set up for your stay. This means having diapers out and available so you’re not digging through your luggage trying to find one after an accident. Get a feeding station and play area set up. Get the bathroom all set up as well. Hotels are like mini homes away from home, so make yourself and your kids as comfortable as possible before you head out to explore. This will make your life a lot easier when it comes to getting everyone dressed and ready, fed, bathed, etc.

Book A Suite

With kids it can be very frustrating, cramped and just plain uncomfortable to be stuck in a regular sized hotel room. Kids have a lot of energy and are going to be moving around and not stuck in one place, so the more space the better! Also, keeping the stay as close to a home feeling as possible will make a world of difference.

Stay Organized And Clean

Staying in a little room can be very chaotic especially with the whole family. Staying organized and cleaning up (making beds, putting dirty clothes back in suitcases, etc) will help maintain the sanity in the room.

Always Latch

Kids love to explore and get out, and hotel rooms don’t allow you to lock yourselves in. Kids can be sneaky and escape fairly easy, so be sure to use the latch to keep them locked in as best as you can.

Hopefully these tips will help you on your next trip with your kiddos!