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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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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