rest http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5840/all en-US 10 Ways to Get Over Jet Lag and Enjoy Your Trip http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-over-jet-lag-and-enjoy-your-trip <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-get-over-jet-lag-and-enjoy-your-trip" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-638154810.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to get over jet lag and enjoying her trip" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You imagined yourself cruising through Venice in a gondola or snapping photos of wallabies in the Australian outback. Instead, you're wandering around in a haze, falling asleep at dinner, and popping painkillers for headaches. It's that jerky trip-ruiner, jet lag.</p> <p>It doesn't have to be this way. There are time-honored and research-based tactics that really reduce the time and severity of jet lag. I have been able to travel across the world and feel close to normal by the second day, and totally normal by the third, by following some of the suggestions below.</p> <h2>1. Power through that first day</h2> <p>After a long, wearying trip, it can be tempting to collapse into your hotel bed upon arrival, no matter what time it is. Don't do it! What you think will be a half-hour nap will probably turn into eight hours of inappropriately-timed shut-eye, followed by a desperate wander through shutdown predawn streets searching for breakfast.</p> <p>In my experience, staying awake through the first day of an international trip is the most critical factor for adjusting your body clock. Don't schedule expensive or demanding activities on that first day, but don't plan to spend it in your room resting either, lest you fall right to sleep. And whatever you do, don't sit down to watch TV!</p> <p>Force yourself to walk around your new location, or meet up with local friends whose company will keep you alert. Allow yourself to eat ice cream and other treats to keep you going.</p> <h2>2. Try melatonin</h2> <p>Check with your doctor first, but I have found a small dose of melatonin helped my family sleep better on the plane, and daily doses helped us fall asleep at the appropriate time at our destination. Follow recommended dosage limits, of course.</p> <h2>3. Try the fasting method</h2> <p>I find it hard to resist the temptation of an airplane meal being plopped in front of me, but there is scientific evidence that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-naturally-reset-your-sleep-cycle-overnight" target="_blank">not eating for 12 to 16 hours</a> before your new wake up time will reset your clock immediately.</p> <p>I tried this on a recent flight to Australia, when I needed to reset my clock 19 hours forward. When we boarded our flight at midnight, it was 7 p.m. in Australia. This would have been a good time to start fasting. Unfortunately, I was hungry, so I ate the meal served at about 2 a.m. California time, or 10 p.m. Sydney time. But I did refrain from snacking until breakfast was served at about 5 a.m. Sydney time, so at least I avoided eating during most of the time when I would normally be asleep in Australia.</p> <p>The result? I felt groggy the first day in Sydney, but woke up the second day ready to explore my destination. I think the sort-of fast helped.</p> <h2>4. Do everything you can to achieve decent sleep on the plane</h2> <p>If you are flying across the ocean, chances are that at least some of your flight will be during your destination's nighttime. Besides melatonin, I have found either Benadryl or a double scotch to be helpful in getting that mile-high shut-eye. Get a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-travel-pillows?ref=internal" target="_blank">good travel pillow</a>. On my Australia trip, I brought two different kinds so I could vary my position throughout the night. Wear comfortable clothes. Earplugs and eyeshades can also be helpful.</p> <p>Some people suggest staying up all night before a flight, to make sure you can sleep on the plane. But this tactic could backfire badly if you're like me and have trouble sleeping on planes, because you could arrive at your destination too exhausted to make it through the first day.</p> <p>Of course, the most helpful thing of all in getting a good night's sleep is an upgrade to Business or First Class &mdash; so if you've got the miles, consider spending them. Upgrades are one of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-airline-miles-secrets-only-frequent-flyers-know?ref=internal" target="_blank">best values for your miles</a>.</p> <h2>5. Use caffeine wisely</h2> <p>This means that if you're landing in the morning, go ahead and indulge &mdash; it'll help you stay awake on day one. But if you land <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3805807/" target="_blank">within six hours of bedtime</a>, stay away from the coffee shop, no matter how much you feel like you need it.</p> <h2>6. Use light to your advantage</h2> <p>Our bodies set their internal clocks based on light. Bright light, especially sunlight, tells us to be awake, and darkness tells us to sleep. On the most basic level, you can help yourself adjust to your new time zone by spending the first day outside in the sunshine as much as possible. Continue getting sunlight exposure first thing in the morning throughout your trip, and avoid artificial light and screen time at night.</p> <p>If you want to get more strategic about it, you can purchase a <a href="http://amzn.to/2nDoakM" target="_blank">light therapy device</a> to expose yourself at the correct times before, during, and after your trip. Experts say that carefully timed light exposure before a trip can <a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-prevent-jet-lag/" target="_blank">shorten jet lag symptoms</a> significantly.</p> <h2>7. Try adjusting gradually</h2> <p>Some suggest <a href="http://traveltips.usatoday.com/avoid-jet-lag-going-europe-11244.html" target="_blank">moving your bedtime 15 minutes a night</a> over the course of two weeks. For example, say you are flying from Chicago to Paris, which is six hours ahead. If you normally go to bed at 10 p.m. in Chicago, that's 4 a.m. in Paris. You need to go to bed and get up much earlier. A really dedicated two weeks of preparation, 15 minutes at a time, could move your bedtime up 3.5 hours, so that the night before your flight, you'd be going to bed at 6:30 p.m. Chicago time, or 12:30 a.m. Paris time.</p> <h2>8. Schedule your flight strategically</h2> <p>It's much easier to sleep on flights that leave late at night local time. It's also easier to stay awake through the first day of your trip if you don't arrive at dawn. Based on what you find most challenging &mdash; sleeping on the plane or staying awake once you get there &mdash; choose a flight time that plays to your strengths.</p> <h2>9. Stop checking what time it is at home</h2> <p>On my recent Australia trip, my kids asked me constantly during the first few days what the time was back home. I refused to tell them, saying, &quot;It's 2 p.m. <em>here</em>. Time for ice cream.&quot; The sooner you can start thinking of local time as the &quot;real&quot; time, the better.</p> <h2>10. Give up and embrace being a vampire</h2> <p>Some destinations offer fun entertainment at all hours. Heck, some destinations &mdash; New Orleans, anyone? &mdash; are best late at night. If you truly can't get yourself on a normal local schedule, maybe you'll have a wonderful time in London's nightclubs and skip the Tower of London this time around. This is a vacation, after all, not a work shift. Ultimately, do what's best for you.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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The problem is that with our super busy lives, sleep is always the first thing to suffer. It's time to stop making sleep an afterthought. Because it's so easy to regulate your sleep schedule with the right tools and strategies. Here are 38 ways to get more sleep tonight.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman-sleeping-460137233-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-prettier-smarter-and-healthier-while-you-sleep?ref=fbf">6 Ways to Get Prettier, Smarter, and Healthier While You Sleep</a> &mdash; Wait, you mean you can improve your overall beauty, intelligence, and health while you sleep? Sold! 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And it's very difficult to feel any of these things when you're running on a few hours of sleep and completely exhausted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep?ref=fbf">7 Ways to Boost Your Finances While You Sleep</a> &mdash; Didn't think you could make extra cash while fast asleep, eh? Wrong! Here are seven ways to make your money work for you, so you can hit the hay.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sleep-177703194.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-better-sleep-with-these-5-great-sleep-tracking-apps?ref=fbf">Get Better Sleep With These 5 Great Sleep-Tracking Apps</a> &mdash; It's easier to focus on getting more sleep when you have apps that track your sleep patterns and tell you how you can improve. Knowledge is power, after all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep?ref=fbf">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</a> &mdash; Eat more to get more sleep? Uh, yes please. Have any of these as a snack and you could sleep more soundly tonight.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Which is why if you're feeling under the weather, it's best to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-call-in-sick-today">call out of work and rest up</a> for a speedy recovery. Because as much as you don't like that stuffy head, sore throat, snot-rocket business, your co-workers like it even less &mdash; especially when you're kablooey-ing all over the office. As such, here are a few reminders on the importance of cuddling up under the covers with Jell-O and Netflix when you're on your proverbial deathbed to avoid plunging your entire company into chaos.</p> <h2>1. You'll Spread Your Germs Around</h2> <p>Obviously a no-brainer, when you're ill, you're often contagious. The last thing you want is to start spreading around whatever nastiness you've got. I don't mean to be dramatic or anything, but remember how fast diseases spread &mdash; viruses like H1N1, SARS, and Ebola. Unassuming, exemplary employee Hank probably caught a cough and thought he could work through it. Except the next thing you know, the CDC is calling pandemic on the whole thing, and now Hank is quarantined (and probably never heard from again) because he's Patient Zero. Grocery stores are mobbed, kids stay home from school, the world markets crash &mdash; all because of Hank and his cough. Don't be Hank.</p> <h2>2. You Won't Be Able to Concentrate</h2> <p>When you've fallen ill, it's usually hard to concentrate &mdash; what with the achy bones, headache, and watery eyes. Don't try to be a martyr at the office by pretending that you actually know what's going on. Because you don't. It's hard to enough to concentrate when you're sick, but it's almost impossible when you add those three max-strength Benadryl you ate for breakfast into the equation.</p> <h2>3. Your Body Will Be Tired, and You'll Be Unproductive</h2> <p>Sickness takes a toll on your body. Your immune defenses are down, you're not getting quality sleep, and you always have a hard time moving a muscle given that when you're sick on a weekend, all you do is ring that godforsaken bell to summon your partner to the bedroom to change the channel because your wittle fingers are too brittle to switch to Netflix.</p> <p>Social media professional Megan Ingenbrandt, from New Jersey, knows what I'm talking about.</p> <p>&quot;People underestimate the value of sleep when they're healthy, but I think it's even worse when they're sick,&quot; she says. &quot;Since they're not feeling their best, people often try to cram in as much work as possible so they can just crash when they get home. It's important to take time off when you're sick because your body needs more rest than normal to rejuvenate. Take the day off to veg out in bed and get back to work when you're feeling better.&quot;</p> <h2>4. You're <em>Not</em> Impressing the Boss With Your Will to Survive</h2> <p>Some employees come into work instead of calling in sick thinking&nbsp;<a href="http://officeteam.rhi.mediaroom.com/2014-01-28-survey-seven-in-10-workers-frequently-come-to-the-office-when-feeling-sick">it shows dedication </a>and that it'll impress their superiors &mdash; but that's a fool's game. Your boss doesn't want to have anything to do with you when you arrive late just to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes. Like anybody's got time to sanitize the place all day.</p> <h2>5. Nobody Wants to Hear You Hacking Up a Lung All Day</h2> <p>You know how gross is it to have a meeting with someone who sounds like they're on death's door? Besides, all that commotion is distracting to your coworkers who are busy planning your funeral instead getting the tasks that are on their to-do lists done. Perfect way to make lifetime enemies.</p> <h2>6. Your Miserable State Will Make Others Around You Miserable</h2> <p>You're not your outgoing, friendly self when you're sick, and when one person's morale is down in the office, it tends to drag others' down with it. You'll notice that nobody's smiling around you when you go to work sick because they're not your biggest supporter while you're contaminating every surface with your plague.</p> <h2>7. The Medication You're On Makes You a Liability</h2> <p>There's a reason many medications &mdash; even over-the-counter types &mdash; recommend that you abstain from operating motor vehicles or heavy machinery while under their influence. You could hurt yourself or somebody else. And if you do that on company time, you've just created a whole heap of trouble for you and your company.</p> <h2>8. You're Setting a Bad Example for Others</h2> <p>Guess what? Since you dragged your risen-from-the-crypt carcass to work when you had the flu, now everybody feels like they have to come to work one foot in the grave, too. You don't want to be the person who silently encourages their coworkers to endanger themselves and others because you're a proper nitwit, do you? I didn't think so. Instead, go to the doctor and find out what's wrong with you, or at the very least, spend like $50 at Rite-Aid on OTC remedies to flush out those poisonous hangers-on chemically. It's the American way.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-important-reasons-to-always-call-in-sick-when-youre-sick">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-stressful-job-may-be-making-you-healthier">Your Stressful Job May Be… Making You Healthier?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-ways-to-reduce-workplace-stress">10 Frugal Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/economic-effects-of-pandemic-flu-in-a-recession">Economic effects of pandemic flu in a recession</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu">Flashback Friday: 41 Frugal Ways to Battle a Cold or Flu</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Health and Beauty call in sick cold flu Health home sick rest sick at work sick day stay home work Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:00:08 +0000 Mikey Rox 1805694 at http://www.wisebread.com 23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid's First Day at School http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_beach_000060463902.jpg" alt="Woman finding relaxing ways to enjoy kid&#039;s first day of school" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Hear that sound, moms and dads? It's the silence you've been craving &mdash; oh, I don't know &mdash; since about 72 hours into your kids' summer vacation. What to do, what to do? You probably already have your time-to-relax schedule all planned out for the first day back to school, but if you've been slacking in that regard, here are a few ideas to make the most of your well-deserved downtime.</p> <h2>1. Hit the Beach (If You're Near One)</h2> <p>I live on the Jersey Shore and the days to enjoy an afternoon on the beach are dwindling. If you're in a beach town (or near one), get out there and enjoy the sand and surf before the chilly weather starts to roll in.</p> <h2>2. Take Yourself Out to Lunch</h2> <p>Like an adult lunch. No grilled sandwiches or ramen or Tyson chicken whatever &mdash; you know, the stuff the kids ate all summer and you nibbled on because you didn't feel like making a separate meal. Put your good pants on and have a proper lunch containing real food.</p> <h2>3. Go Back-to-School Shopping for Yourself</h2> <p>Don't you think it's just a bit unfair that you spend all that money on back-to-school clothing and accessories for the kids &mdash; because they haaaaave to have it! &mdash; and you walk away with nothing? Nope, not on my watch. Head to your favorite store and pick up something new. If you need justification for your purchase &mdash; besides the fact that you've kept the little beggars alive and well for this long &mdash; think of it as something you need for an upcoming PTA meeting, parents' night, or (most likely) a cocktail party.</p> <h2>4. Finish an Open Project</h2> <p>Everybody has something around the house that they meant to finish, but got sidetracked and forgot about. Get after it!</p> <h2>5. Meet Your Friends for Coffee (Or an Adult Bev!)</h2> <p>I mean, sure, if coffee's your thing, that's what you should order. But if you're trying to celebrate your nine-to-three freedom properly, you better make it Irish. And so you're not sipping alone, invite along a few friends.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Cinema and Catch a Movie</h2> <p>You've undoubtedly been to the movies this summer, but it was probably to see a flick about little talking Twinkies, superheroes, or dinosaurs. If there's a more &mdash; ahem &mdash; grown-up movie you've been meaning to watch, today's your day.</p> <h2>7. Crack Open That Book You've Been Meaning to Read (Finally!)</h2> <p>You brought that book everywhere you went this summer with every intention of reading it and then starting its sequel. But you never go to it because somebody was always screaming your name for mostly unimportant things that they could do themselves. Sound familiar? Now's your chance to get lost in literature &mdash; at least until mid-afternoon.</p> <h2>8. Relax on the Couch and Catch Up on Your DVR</h2> <p>Heck, even without kids, watching a ton of TV isn't something many of us do in the summer. So I know all you parents out there haven't had time to catch up on your DVR since about the third week of June. Find out what's up with your favorite characters and make some room for the new fall schedule.</p> <h2>9. Bake &mdash; Then Indulge</h2> <p>I like to bake because the end result is so delicious. If I'm baking for one to soothe my sweet tooth, I usually pick up prepared cookie dough, pop it in the oven, and stuff my face with the whole lot of the ooey-gooey confections. Along with a tall glass of ice-cold milk. And absolutely no shame. NO SHAME!</p> <h2>10. Get Intimate if You're Both Home</h2> <p>You don't need instructions for this. It's how you got into this situation in the first place. But it's still nice to have some alone time without somebody barging in.</p> <h2>11. Nap!</h2> <p>...Naaaaaaaaap!</p> <h2>12. Work Around the Yard</h2> <p>For some people, gardening is a great way to relax and think and let their mind wander. If you keep a garden, harvest some of the produce, or, since fall is just around the corner, tidy up your space a bit so raking and bagging isn't such a daunting task in a few weeks.</p> <h2>13. Go for a Walk</h2> <p>To wherever you want &mdash; around the neighborhood, downtown, to the park. Just get movin'.</p> <h2>14. Participate in a Class at the Gym</h2> <p>I love my gym classes. I never consider them a chore because they're totally fun. If you haven't checked in to any of the classes your gym offers, do it now. You could find yourself a new hobby.</p> <h2>15. Treat Yourself to a Salon or Spa Service</h2> <p>Get your hair or nails done. Schedule a massage. Kick back in the steam room and sauna. Let your cares drift away until you have to snap back to reality.</p> <h2>16. Hang Out at Your Local Library or Coffee Shop</h2> <p>I find both of these places equally relaxing. I usually take a few of my neglected magazines and sink into one of the comfy chairs for a few hours while I unwind.</p> <h2>17. Mediate/Do Nothing at All</h2> <p>I don't really know how to meditate &mdash; I mean, besides sitting with my legs crossed and chanting 'Om' (which doesn't appeal to me). However, as a former college student, I know how to do nothing at all quite well. I consider myself an English major with a concentration in Sitting and Staring at the Sky, as it were. Nonetheless, either of these activities could work for you, and I'll only look at you strangely for one of them.</p> <h2>18. Practice Your Yoga Skills</h2> <p>There are plenty of online yoga resources that you can watch so you don't even have to leave your house. Or you can find a class in your area (perhaps even at your gym for free) if you need a change of scenery. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes?ref=seealso">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a>)</p> <h2>19. Take the Dog to the Park</h2> <p>You know who's just as happy that your kids are back in school? The dog. He can finally get back to his eat-sleep-sleep-eat schedule without as many interruptions. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't like a leisurely afternoon with his buddies first. Plan a date to the dog park to exercise your favorite friend while enjoying the pleasant weather and other pooches.</p> <h2>20. Pack a Picnic and Find a Nice Space Outside</h2> <p>There's no rule that picnics can't be by yourself. In fact, some of the best picnics I've attended have only had one guest &mdash; me! Pack up some of your favorites foods, bring a blanket and some reading material, and lay back and watch the world pass you by.</p> <h2>21. Drift Away in a Long, Hot Bath</h2> <p>Candles and a glass of wine are just as appropriate for a long, hot bath at 11 a.m. as they are at 11 p.m. Plus, nobody's around to judge you. Enjoy it while you can.</p> <h2>22. Pump Up the Jams and Dance Around the House</h2> <p>This summer has produced a few hot bangers that I like to shake my thang to. Turn up your Spotify and let loose in your living room. If you've never done this before, step outside your comfort zone. You'll be glad you did.</p> <h2>23. Run Away and Never Look Back</h2> <p>Or just daydream about it. You know they wouldn't last a day without you.</p> <p><em>How will you relax and enjoy your kids' first day back to school? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-entertain-your-kids-for-free">20 Ways to Entertain Your Kids for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/single-parent-try-these-10-tricks-for-entertaining-kids-on-a-budget">Single Parent? Try These 10 Tricks for Entertaining Kids on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-do-in-denver-that-you-cant-do-anywhere-else">8 Things You Can Do in Denver That You Can&#039;t Do Anywhere Else</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment Lifestyle back-to-school downtime kids parenting relaxing rest summer vacation Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:00:30 +0000 Mikey Rox 1532897 at http://www.wisebread.com The 10 Most Productive Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000014488020_Double.jpg" alt="businesswoman meditating" title="businesswoman meditating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="126" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch breaks are the most important breaks of the day. Taking regular breaks leads to productivity and can <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/jobs/take-breaks-regularly-to-stay-on-schedule-workstation.html?_r=0">reduce stress and exhaustion</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-you-can-do-on-your-lunch-break-to-change-your-life?ref=seealso">11 Things You Can Do on Your Lunch Break to Change Your Life</a>)</p> <p>And even though lunch breaks are required by law for most employees, there's no law saying you have to spend them just eating! So check out this list of how to best spend your precious lunchtime respite.</p> <h2>1. Take a Nap</h2> <p>Thomas Edison napped. Winston Churchill napped. John D. Rockefeller napped. Research shows that naps will&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-benefits-of-naps-including-the-best-time-to-take-them">make you more productive</a> and reduce stress. So if you have an hour lunch break and live nearby or are comfortable sleeping in a parking lot (a lot of my coworkers do this), take a nap and rest your mind!</p> <h2>2. Meditate</h2> <p>Like napping, mediation can alleviate stress and get your brain back to functioning. It will make you happier, help your concentration, and increase self-awareness. If you can't get away from the office, reserve a conference room with no windows and quietly meditate. Or try meditating at your desk.</p> <h2>3. Practice Yoga</h2> <p>And of course there's always yoga, which not only helps you relieve stress but can also tone your muscles. You can also ask your coworkers to join in by planning a yoga workout in the board room or asking if they want to go to a class together. This will help you rejuvenate your work day and bond.</p> <h2>4. Go for a Walk</h2> <p>If you work in a walkable neighborhood or close to a park, bring a pair of walking shoes and walk around during lunch. Again, see if a coworker wants to come, especially if you have one that you've been having trouble communicating with or if you need to work something out. Do not use this time to gossip &mdash; it will only make you more stressed.</p> <h2>5. Eat Together</h2> <p>Invite a coworker out to lunch. To save money, plan ahead of time and each of you can bring your own. Or if there is an issue between you two, this lunch can provide a chance for reconciliation. If you're a manager, invite your employee out to lunch and find out how they tick and how you can be more supportive.</p> <h2>6. Read</h2> <p>Explore your mind. Maybe there's a book you've been meaning to read or a trashy magazine you can't wait to crack open. Let your mind concentrate on something else for a few hours.</p> <h2>7. Learn</h2> <p>Spend your lunch break to learn something new &mdash; not necessarily something job related, but anything you want to learn. Try <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a>, <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/">Skillshare</a>, <a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a> or <a href="https://www.edx.org/">edX</a>, or one of these other&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-yourself-smarter-today">online learning resources</a>.</p> <h2>8. Write</h2> <p>Writing down your thoughts can free your mind of something burdening, but it's also a chance to explore a different side of you. Maybe you've been itching to try your hand at writing poems, short stories, novels, or scripts. Or maybe you want to write for a blog or website in your spare time for extra money. Practicing written communication <a href="http://business.time.com/2013/04/19/good-writing-can-help-you-succeed/">will help you succeed</a>.</p> <h2>9. Listen</h2> <p>Spend your time listening to a podcast.</p> <ul> <li>You can go for a funny one from Earwolf: <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/comedy-bang-bang/">Comedy Bang Bang</a>, <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/improv4humans/">improv4humans</a> or <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/professor-blastoff/">Professor Blastoff</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go for an educational one from NPR: <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=151861924">Ask Me Another</a>, <a href="http://www.radiolab.org/series/podcasts/">RadioLab</a> or <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast">This American Life</a> (their archive goes back to 1995!).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Catch up on some music: KEXP's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kexp-presents-music-that-matters/id76069540?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D8">Music that Matters</a>, Earwolf's <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/who-charted/">Who Charted?</a>, or <a href="http://thelistmusicpodcast.com/">The List Music Podcast</a>.</li> </ul> <p>If none of these categories strike your fancy, Digital Trends has <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/best-podcasts/">a great list of podcasts</a> broken down by type.</p> <h2>10. Watch TV</h2> <p>Sometimes when I eat at my desk at work, I watch a television show. Although it's not necessarily educational, it is relaxing. I usually choose something from Netflix or on Hulu. It's just a good way to turn off my mind for 30 minutes to an hour.</p> <p>If you want something educational or need a little inspiration, watch a <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks">TEDTalk</a>. Keep in mind if you do this at work, make sure you put up a sign saying you're on lunch. You don't want your boss to think you're just watching television shows instead of working!</p> <p><em>How do you spend your lunch hour? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-relaxing-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour">The 7 Most Relaxing Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-take-a-break-at-work-and-still-look-busy">8 Ways to Take a Break at Work (and Still Look Busy)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-doing-nothing-will-make-you-more-productive">7 Ways Doing Nothing Will Make You More Productive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-easy-ways-to-have-energy-after-work">7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity breaks lunch lunch break productive lunch rest Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:00:18 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1277628 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/relaxing-450797307-small.jpg" alt="relaxing" title="relaxing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need a break. We all do! You may already know all about the scientific evidence that shows the mental and physical <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/science-proves-it-you-need-to-take-a-vacation">health benefits of taking a vacation</a>. However, you don't need to wait for a full vacation to get some relaxation time. In fact, small doses of relaxation work wonders for your overall health. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-have-the-best-cheapest-summer-vacation?ref=seealso">25 Ways to Have the Best, Cheapest Summer Vacation</a>)</p> <p>Here are five ways to give yourself some regularly-scheduled R&amp;R without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Treat Your Feet, Treat Yourself</h2> <p>Ever notice what happens to your mood when you're wearing uncomfortable shoes? It takes a serious nose dive! The converse is also true &mdash; when your feet feel good, life feels good.</p> <p>You could spend a lot of money on pedicures, foot massages, and reflexology treatments. The money is well worth the benefits, although there is another way to give yourself an inexpensive dose of foot-focused happiness: an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=foot%20spa&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps">at-home foot spa</a>. I found options as low as $27, about the price of one pedicure at my local salon. Some are water-based while others offer heat, vibration, bubble jets, and even massages. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home?ref=seealso">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a>)</p> <h2>2. Make Your Bed a Sanctuary</h2> <p>A good night's sleep is the foundation of a satisfying life. Everything about our beds should feel cozy, comforting, and stress-free. I look for 500+ thread count sheets on sale (the higher the thread count, the softer the sheets!), change out my pillows for new ones once a year, and use both a pillow topper and a duvet. Stores such as <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-best-stuff-at-homegoods">HomeGoods</a> and T.J.Maxx often have all of these items at deep discounts. I also spritz my bed regularly with a few drops of lavender oil diluted in a half cup of water.</p> <h2>3. Loosen Up With the MELT Method</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.meltmethod.com/">MELT Method</a> is a type of bodywork that relieves physical and mental tension and stress. The routine employs a variety of stretches, foam rollers, and rubber balls to massage muscles and limber up connective tissue.</p> <p>A relatively new concept, MELT classes are available in some cities and occasionally you may find a MELT instructor in your neighborhood who offers private sessions. Luckily you can purchase all of the gear and follow instructions in a manual or on videos (online and DVDs) that are just as effective at a fraction of the cost. It takes just 10 minutes a day and relieves chronic pain in many people. For a very low-cost substitute, you can use tennis balls or small rubber exercise balls and a standard issue foam roller available at many stores that sell sporting goods or on Amazon. There are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=MELT+Method">MELT Method videos</a> available on YouTube for free! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/half-moon-full-wallet-free-online-yoga-videos?ref=seealso">Half Moon, Full Wallet; Free Online Yoga Videos</a>)</p> <h2>4. Reduce Stress With Soothing Sounds</h2> <p>It's amazing what some nature sounds, a short guided meditation, and even just relaxing music can do for our minds. There are <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html">a number of scientific studies</a> that show that soothing sounds reduce our levels of stress hormones, lower anxiety, and improve our communication abilities. Best of all, this method ranges in price from cheap to free! I am a yoga and meditation teacher and created three free <a href="http://onefineyogi.com/media-mobile-apps/">guided online meditations</a> you can try. If that's not your thing, try listening to the sounds of nature. My favorites are <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/relaxing-sounds-nature-lite/id345747251?mt=8">Relaxing Sounds of Nature</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/naturespace-relax-meditate/id312618509?mt=8">Naturespace</a>, which I listen to on my iPad.</p> <p>Finally, music is a great way to escape from the mundane. I am a big fan of playing music all the time &mdash; I'm more productive and happier with it, even when I'm doing a task that isn't much fun.</p> <h2>5. Spend Time With Animals</h2> <p>Science shows that <a href="http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health">spending time with animals</a>, especially our own pets, reduces stress, relieves anxiety, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improves heart health, and alleviates depression. Worried you don't have time to properly care for a pet? Offer to walk a friend's dog, pet sit while a friend or family member is out of town, or volunteer at your local animal shelter. You'll reap the relaxation benefits and helps others at the same time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <p>There's no doubt that we all need to get out of town and on vacation from time to time. These five ideas will help tide you over between those well-deserved breaks with home-baked rest and relaxation that's affordable and available every day.</p> <p><em>Do you have favorite affordable ways to relax at home? Share them in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-things-you-forget-to-do-before-leaving-for-vacation">14 Things You Forget to Do Before Leaving for Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-flight-booking-hacks-to-save-you-hundreds">10 Flight Booking Hacks to Save You Hundreds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-and-simple-sunburn-remedies-that-really-work">Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Health and Beauty relaxation rest travel vacation Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:00:02 +0000 Christa Avampato 1142657 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Take 10 Minutes for Mom http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4870471514_be1f5eeb6f.jpg" alt="Woman resting" title="Woman resting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no doubt about it &mdash; moms work hard. We pack school lunches, schedule appointments, kiss boo-boos, and treat fevers at 3 a.m. Our work is never finished, and it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to find the time to take care of ourselves.</p> <p>Fortunately, relaxing and rejuvenating doesn't always have to be time consuming. Consider the following simple ways to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries so you can continue taking care of everybody else.</p> <h3>1. Have an Afternoon Cup of Tea or Coffee</h3> <p>Keep your favorite tea or coffee in the pantry and brew yourself a cup any time you start to feel tense. There are many types of tea that are considered calming, or if you're like me, you'll love the caffeine jolt from an afternoon cup of coffee. The key here? Don't make your drink to go. Force yourself to <em>sit down</em> for at least 10 minutes and enjoy it!</p> <h3>2. Take a Hot Bath or Shower</h3> <p>Hot water is one of the fastest ways to relax tense muscles. If you're feeling overwhelmed, a hot bath or shower can be a great way to unwind, and even a short one will leave you feeling re-energized. If you have the time, consider splurging on your favorite bubbles. What was that old commercial? <em>Calgon take me away...</em></p> <h3>3. Meditate</h3> <p>Parenting can be an exercise in patience. Sometimes, when your toddler is in the middle of a tantrum or your teen is in the midst of a &quot;crisis,&quot; it can be difficult (or downright impossible) to remember to relax and breathe. That's where meditation comes in. If you take just 10 minutes a day to be still and quiet your mind, you'll reap many benefits. Don't know how to meditate? Check out these <a href="http://www.modernmom.com/article/beginner-meditation-techniques">beginner meditation techniques</a>.</p> <h3>4. Exercise</h3> <p>It can seem overwhelming to fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise, but if we break it up into 10-minute segments, it's a little easier. And exercise raises our endorphins, which makes us feel better and can make it easier to face the rest of our day with a smile. Plus, a mom in better shape is a mom who can better keep up with her energetic kids!</p> <h3>5. Get Outdoors</h3> <p>Even 10 minutes of fresh air and sunshine can work wonders for your mood and energy levels. Take a walk, work in your garden, or even take your kids to the playground.</p> <h3>6. Paint Your Nails</h3> <p>It takes less than 10 minutes to put a coat of polish on your fingers or toes. Sure, it may not be as relaxing as a spa pedicure, but bright red or sassy pink nails can boost your self-confidence and make you feel just a little bit better about yourself, which in turn just might help you conquer a hectic day.</p> <h3>7. Write a Thank You Note</h3> <p>Take the time to think about someone else in your life and tell them why you appreciate them. An unexpected note will brighten their day, and bringing joy to others is one of the simplest ways to bring joy to your own day.</p> <h3>8. Read a Magazine</h3> <p>Don't choose anything related to work or parenting. What are your hobbies? Take 10 minutes to read an article about home décor, or literature, or politics, whatever it is that really gets <em>you</em> fired up.</p> <h3>9. Dance to Your Favorite Song</h3> <p>Music can be soothing, and dancing can be uplifting. Plus, it's hard not to laugh at yourself when you're a grown woman dancing around your living room, and laughter definitely lightens your mood and brightens your day.</p> <h3>10. Phone a Friend</h3> <p>In these days of social media, it's easy to do all of our communication through emails, texting, or even Facebook. But there's nothing like the sound of a real human voice, particularly the voice of a true friend, to help us through a rough day.</p> <p><em>How do you relax and rejuvenate when you don't have time for a day at the spa? What 10-minute tips would you add to this list?</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mothers work hard. Here are some simple ways for moms to take a moment to relax and pamper themselves. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is post by Alyssa Chirco from our sister blog, <a href="http://www.parentingsquad.com/" title="Parenting Squad">Parenting Squad</a>. Visit Parenting Squad for more parenting tips and news:</p> <ul> <li><a title="10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-easy-freezer-friendly-meals">10 Easy Freezer Friendly Meals</a></li> <li><a title="30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes" href="http://parentingsquad.com/30-hard-boiled-egg-recipes">30 Hard Boiled Egg Recipes</a></li> <li><a title="6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children" href="http://parentingsquad.com/6-spring-birthday-party-ideas-for-children">6 Spring Birthday Party Ideas For Children</a></li> <li><a title="10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-baby-shower-games-to-keep-the-party-going">10 Baby Shower Games to Keep the Party Going</a></li> <li><a title="10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale" href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-simple-steps-to-a-successful-garage-sale">10 Simple Steps To A Successful Garage Sale</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/parenting-squad">Parenting Squad</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-take-10-minutes-for-mom">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">The Secret to Time Management and Work-Life Balance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-buy-nothing-lifestyle-lessons-from-a-frugal-experiment">The Buy-Nothing Lifestyle: Lessons from a Frugal Experiment</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-ways-to-celebrate-mothers-day">Free Ways to Celebrate Mother&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-relaxing-ways-to-enjoy-your-kids-first-day-at-school">23 Relaxing Ways to Enjoy Your Kid&#039;s First Day at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-thrifty-meaningful-gifts-for-mom">9 Thrifty, Meaningful Gifts for Mom</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle living well Mother's day mothers rest time management Mon, 02 May 2011 10:24:26 +0000 Parenting Squad 533893 at http://www.wisebread.com Get Some Rest! http://www.wisebread.com/get-some-rest <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-some-rest" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/561902703_d4a7fa223c_m.jpg" alt="Sun, sleep, wind" title="Sun, Slee, wind" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="240" height="129" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In an unofficial survey, 99% of my friends said they need more rest. By &quot;rest,&quot; I don&#39;t mean sleep, but time that is refreshing and rejuvenating, time that gives and does not take away. When I asked these friends this question, they readily admitted needing more rest and knew what it would change for them. Some said they&#39;d be better able to focus. Others said they would be more productive or more flexible. Someone even said they wouldn&#39;t spend a much money because they&#39;d have better control over those impulses.</p> <p>Whatever your reason for needing more rest (and my survey says you probably do!), here are 88 creative ways to get it.</p> <ol> <li>Make a cup of tea.</li> <li>Drink it while looking out a window.</li> <li>Relax your tongue and jaw (your whole neck will unwind!).</li> <li>Wear clothes that make you feel happy.</li> <li>Close your eyes for a couple of minutes.</li> <li>Take a deep breath.</li> <li>Turn on some relaxing music (whatever that is for you)!</li> <li>Smile at the next person you see.</li> <li>Roll your head from side to side and stretch your neck muscles.</li> <li>Take a short walk (even if it&#39;s just around your office or your den).</li> <li>Change your desktop background to something that makes you feel peaceful.</li> <li>Make a corner of your desk into a relaxation nook with a plant and a candle, or some figurines.</li> <li>Think of someone who loves you.</li> <li>Arrange to see something new or have a new experience.</li> <li>Eat good food.</li> <li>Drink good ______ (whatever floats your boat).</li> <li>Play some quiet backgrount music.</li> <li>Make love to someone you love.</li> <li>Make art.</li> <li>Sing.</li> <li>Keep mementoes of times that gave you life and keep them nearby.</li> <li>Stay warm.</li> <li>Go for a walk.</li> <li>Work up a sweat.</li> <li>Feel whatever is inside.</li> <li>Marvel at the star on the inside of an apple.</li> <li>Say &quot;No&quot; to something you would normally do.</li> <li>Notice and enjoy the feeling of sunlight on your face.</li> <li>Let someone who loves you hold you. Ask them to, if necessary.</li> <li>Stop somewhere that is out of your way, but fun.</li> <li>Stay off the internet for a period of time.</li> <li>Turn off the TV.</li> <li>Be silly with the people you love. Tickle them to get them in the mood.</li> <li>Dance to your favorite music.</li> <li>Close your eyes and, for just a moment, be fully present in the present.</li> <li>Learn something kooky (like how to ride a unicycle or walk on your hands).</li> <li>Have coffee with someone you haven&#39;t seen in a while.</li> <li>Take some time to find the tense places in your body and focus on relaxing them.</li> <li>Notice something in detail, like a leaf or a blade of grass.</li> <li>Pay attention to what you&#39;re smelling or touching, instead of to what you&#39;re feeling and hearing.</li> <li>Stretch your fingers and wrists.</li> <li>Let your mind wander.</li> <li>Take 5 minutes and do nothing.</li> <li>Incorporate color into a project or a place where you wouldn&#39;t normally use it.</li> <li>Put something in order.</li> <li>Refrain from putting something in order.</li> <li>Get out of the office.</li> <li>Get out of the house. </li> <li>Eat somewhere new for lunch.</li> <li>Surprise someone you love with something they love.</li> <li>Post inspiring quotes and messages to yourself in your work area.</li> <li>Stop and notice your body. Take care of anything that is wrong.</li> <li>Talk deeply with a loved one.</li> <li>Find something that makes you laugh, then laugh and laugh and laugh.</li> <li>Watch a silly movie.</li> <li>Put something that smells relaxing near your desk. </li> <li>Think about what you&#39;ve accomplished, not what you&#39;ve missed or what still lies ahead.</li> <li>Remember what (and who!) you have.</li> <li>Pick something to splurge on and make a date to do it.</li> <li>Remember that you&#39;re only human.</li> <li>Make a boundary in a difficult relationship.</li> <li>Choose to make today as good as possible.</li> <li>Tell a joke.</li> <li>Take a moment to put the things that stress you out into context.</li> <li>Wave at a random person.</li> <li>Begin to love yourself, even the parts of you that are hurting.</li> <li>Do your job well.</li> <li>Make someone&#39;s life just a little better.</li> <li>Change your routine.</li> <li>Do something bold.</li> <li>Pet an animal.</li> <li>Surprise a friend by visiting.</li> <li>When buying functional items, get the ones that make you happiest.</li> <li>Pay attention to the weather.</li> <li>Find a mentor who cares about who you&#39;re becoming.</li> <li>Let someone know that you love them.</li> <li>Re-read a favorite children&#39;s book.</li> <li>Sit close to someone you love.</li> <li>Remember your dreams.</li> <li>Choose to live today, no matter the circumstances.</li> <li>Make a funny face at an opportune moment.</li> <li>Ask your co-workers how they are like you really want to know.</li> <li>Improve your posture.</li> <li>Chew some minty gum or have a mint.</li> <li>Read a funny comic.</li> <li>Breathe out forcefully.</li> <li>Hit a punching bag (or a pillow).</li> </ol> <p>and last, but not least, </p> <p>Get some sleep! </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-some-rest">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers">Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips get some rest rest sleeping beauty Wed, 06 Feb 2008 20:47:43 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1756 at http://www.wisebread.com Give it a REST! http://www.wisebread.com/give-it-a-rest <p> <img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sleep2.jpg" alt="relax and rest" title="relax and rest" width="350" height="233" /></p> <p>So you&#39;ve heard of a sleep debt. You know that not getting enough sleep effects your body and your concentration, and that when you don&#39;t get enough sleep, you accumulate hours of sleep that you need to make up before your body feels rested and functions as such. But did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause you to spend more money than other people and not make as much?</p> <p><strong>Spending More</strong></p> <p>People who don&#39;t get enough sleep spend more money in several ways. First of all, they pay, on average, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/moneymag_archive/2006/11/01/8392430/index.htm" title="CNN">$4220 more than</a> good sleepers in medical costs. This includes both the costs of investigating and treating causes of insomnia, like <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_apnea" title="sleep apnea">sleep apnea</a> , and treating ailments and diseases that non-sleepers catch because their immune systems are weaker than those of good sleepers. But over $4000? That&#39;s a good chunk of a car, or a year of college tuition at some universities, or a huge chunk of an emergency or savings fund! Granted, most people who can&#39;t catch up on their sleep don&#39;t pay this all at once, but that sounds like a constant drag on the finances. </p> <p>But people who can&#39;t sleep also shell out money on things that, hopefully, will help them sleep. Even if you&#39;re not an insomniac, if you&#39;ve ever had a night where you lay in bed, unable to sleep, with your mind churning through every aspect of your life, then you know that there would be little you wouldn&#39;t do (and few prices you wouldn&#39;t pay!) to make it stop, particularly if it happens often. Apparently, there&#39;s a whole &quot;sleep industry&quot; out there, full of companies who have realized that people will pay through the teeth to sleep better.</p> <p>Who makes up this industry? The drug companies, for one. It&#39;s projected that Americans will spend $4.3 billion a year on sleep medications by the year 2010. On top of that, DVD companies offer &quot;workout&quot; videos that promise sleep (<span class="normalloose"><span class="smallprompt">Sleep yoga DVD: $24.95), office supply companies cash in on people who buy white-noise machines (</span></span><span class="normalloose"><span class="smallprompt">Marpac 980 SleepMate White Noise Machine: $56.95), and mattress companies charge more every year for new mattresses that promise better sleep through comfort. (See <a href="/Marpac%20980%20SleepMate%20White%20Noise%20Machine:%20$56.95" title="MSN Money">MSN Money</a>). Basically, anyone who can cash in on the money of the sleepless will try it! It&#39;s crazy and, while it works for these companies, it doesn&#39;t work for us! Just start to imagine the other places this money could go, and it&#39;s amazing what springs to mind.<br /></span></span></p> <p><strong>Not Making as Much</strong></p> <p>On top of all that we spend, we make less money when we don&#39;t sleep enough. Because lowered concentration, higher anxiety, and a reduced ability to deal with stress come with racking up a sleep debt, productivity is drastically reduced in people who don&#39;t get enough sleep. People <a href="http://www.youngtimes.co.ae/examaid3.htm" title="Sleep and testing">don&#39;t test as well</a> (even on fairly simple exams), and they are <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/moneymag_archive/2006/11/01/8392430/index.htm" title="CNN">less creative</a> when they haven&#39;t slept. Both of these combine to mean that the sleep-deprived can&#39;t solve problems or deal with unexpected issues that come up on the job as well as those who have slept. So it&#39;s harder to make a sale to a difficult client, promote yourself when they ask a question you didn&#39;t expect at a review or an interview, or create the layout that wows the department. Thus, the sleepless lose out on big clients, big cases, and even simple promotions.</p> <p>Additionally, because people who don&#39;t get enough sleep tend to have weakened immune systems and get sick more often, they are at the doctor, and even hostpitalized, <a href="http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/moneymag_archive/2006/11/01/8392430/index.htm" title="CNN">more than those who do sleep well</a>. Thus, they spend less time actually at their workplace, performing tasks, than those who sleep enough. So they make less money, take fewer vacations, and put themselves in a position to sleep even less, thus putting themselves in an unending circle of not sleeping enough and not having as much money as they could.</p> <p><strong>What do we do?</strong></p> <p>This is so well-documented on the web that I&#39;d feel silly going into it again here. So try <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Asleep" title="WikiHow: Sleep">WikiHow&#39;s</a> excellent page on falling asleep, or <a href="http://www.breastcancer.org/fatigue_sleep.html" title="sleep tricks">breastcancer.org&#39;s</a> tricks to help cancer victims and their families sleep better (oddly enough, this is one of the best sites, offering some of the most unusual tips, that I&#39;ve found). If you try the suggestions that make sense to you and still can&#39;t sleep, go to a doctor. There are legitimate health problems that disrupt sleep, and you may find a cure though medical treatment. </p> <p>But whatever you do, dude, get some sleep. </p> <p><em>Awesome photo by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/gracewong/" title="Tom@HK">Tom@HK</a> </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-it-a-rest">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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