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9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

9 Unique Ways to Surprise Your Spouse for a Special Occasion

If you’re thinking about doing something special for your spouse, why not surprise them? Whether it’s their birthday, your anniversary, or just a normal day that you’d like them to feel loved, consider any of these ways to surprise them.

Birthday

1. Surprise Birthday Party

Though this is a pretty common way to celebrate a birthday, it is always a favorite. You may choose to keep the party small and invite guests into your home, or you can go all out and book a restaurant. Make sure to plan it according to her taste, to ensure that she will not be uncomfortable. Break out the decorations and party hats for a birthday they’ll never forget.

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2. Schedule a Special Delivery

Don’t make them wait to feel special. Let your spouse know that you are thinking about them when they are not expecting it. Order something special to be delivered to their work like flowers, chocolates, or any other kind of birthday gift that they can enjoy.

3. Act Like Kids Again

The day-to-day hustle and bustle of adult life can get pretty stale, and take a hint when your spouse reminisces about their childhood. Plan a birthday party that involves the things that they loved as a child, be it swimming, activities in a park, painting, or anything else. Spend the day reliving their childhood with them.

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Anniversary

4. A Home Cooked Meal

Surprise your spouse with a romantic dinner that includes their favorite foods. A three-course meal will fill them with both food and love, and will let them know that you listen to them. This will ensure that you touch all bases with an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

5. Unique Getaway

Plan a romantic getaway to somewhere unique they’ve always wanted to go, such as Rome. Because there are so many things to do in Rome and other historic places, the surprise doesn’t have to end with the trip tickets. Make dinner plans for a formal anniversary celebration and have fun creating your own unique pasta with the help of local chefs. Additionally, two of the unique spots you should definitely include in your tour are the Pantheon and Colosseum! Of course, any destination is welcome.

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6. Handwritten Love Letter

Write your spouse a love letter that lists all of the ways that you love them, and all of the ways that you appreciate them. Doing this will show your love that you have gone out of your way to make something special for them. This is always a good option for the couples that agree to not exchange gifts, but may also complement any other gift.

Spontaneous

7. Buy Something You Know They’ll Love – (tool, bedroom item, appliance, etc.)

This might be something like a practical necessity. Pay attention to what they need but might be putting off purchasing themselves. This would be something like some sort of appliance, tool, or even an item like an air mattress. They will be grateful that you have made their life easier by taking care of something so significant. Do they want a new television? With all the new advances in television technology, skimming through a comprehensive buying guide will help you to make a more informed decision to surprise your sweetie.

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8. A Night Under the Stars

Use a larger vehicle such as a truck to plan a surprise camping trip. Load the vehicle up with all of the necessities and hit the road to a campsite—choose one that is an old favorite or a new one for an adventure. If this is not an option, just set up a tent in your own backyard! Overall, it is the thought that counts, the experience doesn’t have to be 100% authentic.

9. Take a Trip to the Spa

Often times we don’t make the effort to practice enough self-care. After a particularly stressful few days, surprise your love with a trip to the spa. Allow them to pick a few services that they’d like, such as a massage and manicure, or a facial and pedicure. The pampering will make them feel like new, and they will have you to thank!

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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