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/.
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!