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Tips for Living in London Without Going Crazy

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by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa (subscribe)
Writer by passion, administrator by profession. I check what life brings and turn it into writing.
Published August 30th 2012
Living in London may seem hectic crowds on the sidewalks, on the streets, in the tube. Everyone is running somewhere. You don't need to run with them. Knowing few tricks, you can stay at your own pace and enjoy every day in one of the busiest cities in the world.

Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

No matter if you live in London for two weeks, two years or two decades you deserve to know that in this big city (and any other as well), you don't need to run with the stream of people to feel you really belong to. There is a beauty in walking your own way. These are some of the things I apply into my day by day live to avoid getting crazy.

You're sitting in the tube or on the upper deck of one the red buses going to work or school and you feel bored because you saw the view outside the window so many times or you know by heart the stations you're passing.

Change your usual way at least once a week and you'll feel the difference. You'll get to know the city better, your mind will have a chance to rest while seeing something new. This way I discovered many local shops with clothes, home supplies and even glasses. If there's only one way that leads to your destination, try to get off or get in one station before or after usual one and see what's around. It'll not cost you lots of time and will help your health for sure.

See, if there's any park or a calm neighborhood around the place you're visiting everyday and pack the book, kindle or iPad to your bag and sit down there to read a bit. You can even just look to the horizon apparently it helps our eyes to rest. Use even 10 or 15 minutes if you know you don't have more but try your brain will breathe, you'll be able to grab your thoughts and get to know some parks or other green areas.

If you're resting better in the urban area try to see if there're any interesting sights to see on your way back to home. Look for galleries, interesting streets, and museums and promise yourself you'll visit them weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on your interest. Feel like a tourist in the city you live and enjoy it.

The options for those who really don't have time stand on the corner of busy street for 5 minutes and just observe people. You'll be happy you could get out of this rush for a moment.

All of these are small thingies every one of us can practice on regular basis. Try and see how it improves your live. If you have more ideas how not get crazy in big city, please share them in the comments.
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Why? Living in London doesn't have to be stressful
Where: London
Cost: Free advice
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