While you are quarantined at home, don’t forget to take care of your skin and body! Now is the time to pamper yourself! I know with my usual busy day to day life; I sometimes forget to take time out of the day for ME. Now is the time to set take care of yourself outside of your work schedule. This quarantining has given me the opportunity to focus more on my daily skincare routine. In my free time from working, I have purged through my make-up, lotions, and so much more to find creams and masks I didn’t even know I had. If you do not have things on hand, you can always find easy ways to make creams and such using everyday household items on Pinterest and YouTube. I’ve come up with a daily morning before work and evening after work skin care routine, soaked in the tub, explored face masks, given myself a manicure and pedicure, and even tried a new hair treatment. After a day of work, pamper yourself; not only will you feel better, but it may stick with you as your new daily routine!
So many great athletes have given advice to future athletes for inspiration. Below are some of my favorite sports quotes:
It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up. – Vince Lombardi
If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all? – Joe Namath
Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first stop to succeeding. – Jim Valvano
Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly. – Shaquille O’Neal
Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be. – Jimmy Johnson
It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the do! – Archie Griffin
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. – Magic Johnson
The more I practice, the luckier I get. – Gary Player
You win some, lose some, and wreck some. – Dale Earnhardt
Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there. – Bo Jackson
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky
Now is the perfect time to purge your closet and get ready for the cooler weather! Each Fall and Spring, I try to change my clothes out for the warmer/cooler weather. When I do this, I always try to make a pile of clothing, accessories, shoes, coats, and jewelry that I may not have worn for 6 months or the last 2 seasons. I do the same thing for my son as he outgrows his clothing each year. It’s a great way to clean out your closet and provide more space while helping the less fortunate. I like to donate most of my items to a local charity. There are many online apps where you can sell your clothing as well if you are looking to make a few dollars. On your down time, focus on a Fall closet cleanout; you will feel relieved and ready for the cool days ahead!
Inspiration and hope are so important in our daily lives and especially during COVID19. I’ve found different therapeutic ways to deal with the pandemic happening around us. One of my favorite activities when I have a break from work is drawing inspirational quotes and pictures on the driveway, sidewalk, and neighbor’s driveways with chalk. This is a great activity for your children to participate in as well! These drawings can be simple or elaborate with a common goal of giving people who pass an uplifting moment. It’s fun to use multiple colors and positive messages that mean so much during this time. This is a way to brighten someone’s day with a simple picture!
We can all use a little pick me up during COVID. Our lives have changed dramatically and it’s easy to forget to look at the positives. Below are some of my favorite inspirational quotes, enjoy!
I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. – Michael Jordan
Spread love everywhere you go, let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa
Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is rather than as you think it should be. – Wayne Dyer
If your dreams don’t scare you, they are too small. – Richard Branson
The best way to predict your future is to create it. – Abraham Lincoln
All our dreams can come true… if we have the courage to purse them. – Walt Disney
A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. – Unknown
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. – Les Misérables
Let’s do what we love and do a lot of it. – Marc Jacobs
With Summer coming to an end, it’s time to get your water toys out! The warm sunny days, are the perfect time to get those squirt guns ready, have a family water balloon fight, setup your sprinklers, baby pools, and slip-and-slides. I’ve included some fun games to try with the family during COVID to get everyone moving, wet, and smiling!
Water Balloon Toss: Fill a balloon with water and have the players stand across from each other tossing the balloon back and forth. Take a step back as the game goes on and it will become more difficult. Don’t let the balloon hit the ground and break!
Water Relay: Fill a bucket of water and place an empty bucket of water across from it. The players will start on the side with the bucket full of water; each player will have a plastic cup. The object of the game is to fill your cup with water and run it to the empty bucket to fill it with water as fast as they can without spilling the water. You can play this game using sponges as well to carry the water back and forth.
Water Limbo: Line the players up in a traditional limbo game as someone holds the hose. The water hose gets lower and lower as the players limbo underneath. Don’t forget to include some fun music!
Working from home, caring for children, taking care of the home, and juggling everyday life can be stressful! Below are some simple ways to deal with stress.
1. Exercise – working out is one of the best ways to relax your mind and body
2. Relax your muscles – to loosen your tight stressed muscles: stretch, get a massage, take a hot bath/shower, and get some sleep
3. Deep breathing – sit back and take a few deep breaths
4. Eat well – eating a well-balanced diet will make you feel better
5. Slow down – take some time and chill out
6. Take a break – give your mind some time off with meditation, yoga, tai chi, prayer, listening to your favorite music, or spending time in nature
7. Make time for hobbies – make time for something that makes you feel good
8. Talk about your problems – talk about things that are bothering you
9. Go easy on yourself – accept that you can’t control all things in your life
10. Eliminate your triggers – figure out what causes your stress
For more helpful stress information, visit: https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/tips-to-control-stress#1
During COVID, we can all use some productivity tips. Below are 10 productivity tips to get you through your days.
1. Write it down. – Every task, every commitment should be written down. This frees your mind from the energy-and attention-sucking job of trying to remember.
2. Get a head start. – The best way to hit the ground running is to start the night before. Before leaving
your workspace, or before going to bed, take 10 minutes to look over the next day’s commitments.
3. Do your most dreaded task first. – Do something about the overwhelming task – maybe you can’t finish it in one day, but you can at least get started. Whatever it is, just do it.
4. Turn off distractions. – When you’ve got an important task that requires attention and focus, create a space to give it your best. Just for that hour (or thirty minutes, or half day), turn off all outside communications and give yourself the necessary luxury of undisturbed time to really focus on the matter at hand.
5. Take breaks. – There’s a limit to how long anybody can devote deep focus to a task. Schedule breaks periodically even during the busiest days. Take ten minutes to stand up, stretch, get a drink of water, walk around the block.
6. Batch process. – If the demands of your day include routine tasks, try to group similar tasks and schedule certain times during the day to knock them out.
7. Eat a healthy breakfast. – Healthy people are more productive. No matter how busy you are, eat a decent breakfast. It’ll fuel you for a terrific start to your day.
8. Get some exercise. – Exercise makes you healthier, so be sure to get some exercise every day.
9. Delegate. – An important key to productivity is doing only those things that only you can do, and giving somebody else the opportunity to contribute by doing those other tasks.
10. Say no. – When someone calls or appears at your door with a request for your participation in some activity, take a breath and consider whether it fits into your own priorities. A wise person has said “no” is a complete sentence. No explanation is necessary. Just no.
More information can be found at: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/top-10-tips-for-productivity.html
With warmer weather and COVID19, many families are getting outside more than ever. Below are 3 easy tips for enjoying the outdoors safely!
1. Planning – most common emergencies and injuries are weather-related. Always check the weather forecast and consider the 3 D’s (difficulty, duration, and distance) to plan and prepare accordingly.
2. Preparation – read up on trail etiquette, study a map, and research information on your specific activity. Essential items for outdoor adventure are: navigation (map, GPS, or compass), sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat), water, extra food, a first aid kit, flashlight, and a lightweight jacket.
3. Prevention – common sense, planning, and preparation can prevent many outdoor injuries including dehydration, sunburn, knee and ankle sprains, insect bites/stings, and snake/animal bites.
For more information, visit: https://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/2019/07/19/live-well-how-safely-enjoy-outdoors/1781785001/.
I’m sure you’ve heard multiple times the advice to stay hydrated and drink lots of water, but what are the best ways to stay hydrated?
1. Keep a water bottle handy – Always keep a reusable water bottle close by. This will remind you to take sips of water throughout the day.
2. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty – It’s important to drink water throughout the day, not just when you are thirsty.
3. Make your water more interesting – Add herbs and fresh fruit to your water to boost the flavor.
4. Drink fresh fruit & vegetable juices – Electrolytes, essential fatty acids, and minerals are an important part of keeping you hydrated.
5. Other water alternatives – Drinks like coconut water and skim milk make great alternatives to keep you hydrated.
6. Minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake – Drinks like coffee, tea, and soda contribute to dehydration.
For more hydration tips, visit: https://www.thedailymeal.com/tips-staying-hydrated-0.
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. In my free time, I love to stay active working out, playing sports, traveling, crafting, attending a sports game/concert, or shopping!