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5 Tips To Staying Healthy And Active With Your Kids This Summer

5 Tips To Staying Healthy And Active With Your Kids This Summer

With the fourth of July now behind us, the weather is getting warmer and the sun continues to shine. Raising young children can be exhausting. With so many daily responsibilities it can be easy to plop the kids in front of the TV while you take care of the dishes. Take a moment to think back on your own childhood summers. Is it the days you spent indoors that stand out? No! It’s all of the exciting times you had with your family. Here are 5 quick tips to help you take a break from the day to day monotony of life and get outside to play!

1. Be Nourished and Hydrated

We all know the importance of nutrition as an adult. For a baby, nutrition and health are even more critical. Before you adventure into the great outdoors, make sure your children are properly fed and hydrated to help their developing bodies deal with high temperatures and humidity. For children old enough to be on solid food, make sure you pack a snack which includes a “rainbow diet”. This means foods like Kale, Berries, Apples and other colorful vegetables that provide a complete source of nutrition.

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2. Splash Around

Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Whether you are living in an urban environment or out in the country, there is sure to be a pool, waterpark or lake around. Studies have shown that water play is actually instrumental in the development of children. Even if your children are too young to swim on their own, simply pouring water back and forth between two cups or splashing around in a wading pool can be enough. Water play helps children grasp concepts such as physics (motion, flow) and biology (plant life).

3. Go Camping

If you can manage a weekend off, camping with your children can be a fantastic bonding and developmental experience. Even if you have very young children, you do not have to give up your affection for the great outdoors. Babies as young as 1 month old can benefit from a weekend at a local campground. This experience can provide your children with a respect for nature, and help them gain knowledge of the relationship between humans and our environment by providing them with a new and exciting world to explore.

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4. Take Their Friends to the Park

Not only will your fellow parents love you for giving them a break to catch up with their daily obligations, but socialization is an important developmental experience for children of all ages. The significance of doing this in an outdoor, active environment is that physical activity releases endorphins that improve children’s social skills. Activities such as playing on a playground or participating in make-believe games help fine-tune skills that will later be necessary for success in a team environment – something that is vital for success in educational and career pursuits.

5. Register for a Summer Camp

Need some alone time this summer? Whether you want to undertake that home renovation you’ve been putting off or simply take a personal vacation, summer camp is an important experience that all children should have the pleasure of taking part in. Summer camp helps children learn independence in an environment that is safe and accommodating. Additionally, most camps provide the opportunity for children to learn additional skills such as music, science or sporting activities.

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With the kids out of school, summers can be a very busy time for families. Be sure to make the most of your time together by taking advantage of the many activities available to you. It’s easy to look back in September and wonder where the summer went, but the season is still young enough that you can still share experiences with your children that they will never forget.

Featured photo credit: Office of Public Affairs via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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