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Strolling, It Turns Out, Is Good for You

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For many of us—especially before the start of the pandemic—walking was a means to an end, a straightforward way to get to a planned destination. Since COVID hit though, more people are walking around their neighborhoods or on trails simply for the benefit of their physical or mental health.

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But even if you do go on strolls without goals, you’re probably checking your phone, or thinking about what’s for dinner, or listening to a podcast, or doing any number of other things to distract yourself from the actual walk.

Instead, try flaneuring—the art of leisurely wandering. Taking a stroll (especially in an unfamiliar place) with a “goal” to simply notice your surroundings can have a calming effect and possibly increase your sense of happiness and well-being.

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Aimless wandering is also used as a mindfulness practice. It’s a technique taught in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs, which encourage “choiceless awareness,” or openness to what is unfolding in front of you. Instead of focusing on a specific movement or activity, aimless wandering encourages you to notice what’s around you, move toward those things, and observe and appreciate them.

While the overall experience is unstructured, there are a few ways to maximize your wandering. Here’s what to know before you go.

  • Leave your phone at home (or put it out of reach in a bag) to avoid inevitable distractions.
  • Find a safe place so you can relax while you walk. It’s probably best to avoid aimless wandering across busy intersections. Likewise, consider whether you need to be hyperaware of your surroundings, and tell someone where you’re going.
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. It’s tough to embrace aimless wandering when you’re cold or if your feet hurt.
  • Make it a game. Erika Owen, author of The Art of Flaneuring, suggests adding a tiny bit of structure to your wandering can be a good idea. For example, plan to turn around when you see a certain color car.
  • Get off autopilot. In choiceless awareness, you move toward anything that catches your eye rather than of toward a destination. You may also try matching the pace of your breath to your footsteps or taking very slow steps to notice each part of your foot touching the ground.

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As winter approaches, you can also incorporate flaneuring into your friluftsliv (open-air living) practices.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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