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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

5 ways to relax after a hard day at work

If you have a high pressured or stressful job, it is often difficult to leave the work stress behind at the office at the end of the day. However, being able to relax after work is important as it will help you feel less stressed and safeguard against having a burn out. Here are my five favourite ways to relax after a hard day at work.

Blow off some steam with fun online games

Sometimes when you have had a long and hard day at the office, you need to de-stress your mind as soon as you get home. The best thing that I have found for relieving work based tension is playing online games. It really gives me something to focus on and lets me block out all of the day’s stresses. Royal Vegas online casino games provide all of my favorite casino games on one platform, which makes it easy to switch between them depending on my mood. Some days I want to play slots, and other days blackjack suits my mood better.

The traditional lazy night

Nothing beats a traditional lazy night after a hard day at work! Get into your comfiest pajamas and order your favorite take-out, be it Pizza, Chinese or Indian food. After a long day working sometimes it is okay to be lazy and forgo spending an hour in the kitchen trying to cook something yourself. Once your dinner has arrived, curl up on the coach or your bed and turn on the TV! There is something so comforting about warm clothes, tasty food and feel-good entertainment; the post-work relaxation trifecta!

Calm your mind

When you have a billion different thoughts and worries circling around your head, it can be difficult to calm your mind and focus on your personal life. Meditation is a good tool to use to center and calm your mind. There are some great meditation apps out there, but even with these some people find it very difficult to meditate. If this is the case, why not try another calming activity lie Yoga or Tai Chi?

Get lost in a book

I often find that in my busy life I rarely have time to read for pleasure anymore. But sometimes it is good to actively carve out some time when you get home and read. Getting lost in a good book of your choosing is a fast way to let go of all of the work worries and transition into your personal time.

Get outdoors

If you work indoors or in an office, like most people do, you may have a bit of cabin fever from sitting down at a desk all day. In this instance it is a really good idea to get out into nature for a bit before the sun goes down. Whether you go for a walk in a forest or on a promenade, or a run on the beach –the combination of light exercise, fresh air and the beauty of nature is sure to make you feel instantly relaxed!

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