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Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

In today’s world of rapidly evolving technology, it’s no wonder many of us are so consumed in it. We tend to bring our cell phones almost everywhere, including places where damage can easily occur. For this time of year, two of the most dangerous places for your cell phone is the beach and the pool. Luckily, there are plenty of easy tips and tricks to keep your cell phone safe. We all know the obvious waterproof options, but what about those of us who prefer our traditional cases without spending the extra buck? After all, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to document your summery experiences on Instagram!

Plastic Zip Lock Bag

The great thing about this trick is that you already have the bags out for your sandwiches. There’s no need to buy an expensive product if you only plan on checking it every once in a while. Another benefit is the fact that it’s clear because you can see right through it. While in the plastic bag, your phone will remain dry and free of sand grains and sunscreen smudges. Avoiding contact with liquid is one of the many ways to preserve the value of your phone. If you plan on opening the bag for a quick text or a photo, wipe your hands on a fresh towel or napkin. The goal is to keep your cell phone clean, but this cannot be done without a clean bag as well. Remember, it’s even possible for sand to find its way into those heavy-duty cases. You can never be too prepared.

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Handheld Fan

A handheld fan is easy to travel with and it’s the perfect helper if your phone overheats. Electronic devices can only take so much heat, making the sun at the beach or the pool a threat to your phone. It’s advised to keep it out of direct sunlight, either by keeping it in a closed bag or underneath an item of clothing. When the phone is in proper shade, its temperature stays regulated. If your phone does overheat, you may see a message on the screen or it may just shut down. A handheld fan can help to cool it down again before putting it somewhere safe.

Dust Plug

Whether you go for a stylish option or one that is strictly for function, a dust plug is helpful, especially at the beach. A dust plug is for protecting the earphone jack from not only dust and dirt, but sand as well. Head to the beach or pool with the peace of knowing your phone isn’t at risk of being clogged. This affordable option fits tight inside the phone, ensuring the plug will not fall out or get lost.

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Hiding Spot

This doesn’t necessarily fall under the same umbrella of safety as the other tips and tricks, but it doesn’t make it less important. If you plan on leaving your cell phone while you go for a dip in the water, it’s best to have someone stand by. If this isn’t an option, it’s a good idea to have a hiding spot. Avoid leaving your phone in an obvious compartment in your bag and go for something unique. Ideas include washing out an old sunscreen bottle and sliding your phone inside or an empty snack container. The same can be done for your money and car keys.

With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should also remember to take a break from your phone every now and then. If it’s a safety concern, switch off with a friend or family member – one day you can bring and they can bring the next. Also, just because you’re by the pool, it doesn’t mean you have to float around with your phone. Leave it on a nearby table and enjoy swimming!

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Since this is easier said than done for many people, it’s good to know the mentioned tips and tricks. You probably already have some of these items at home. Therefore, you’re saving money by utilizing items you already have, as well as saving money by keeping your phone unharmed.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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