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5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

When my mother would tell me to go outside, get some fresh air, and participate in some outdoor activities, that used to mean no computers, no tv, and no electronic gadgets of any kind. I suspect that most of us mean roughly the same when we tell our kids to get their heads out of a screen. We were definitely not expecting them to go outside willingly, as they have been in troves, to play the new game Pokémon Go.

Attitudes towards video gaming and the internet have changed a lot since we were kids, but even with our high levels of tolerance for electronic entertainment, there does seem to be something a little bit off about playing too much Pokémon Go. Especially after incidents such as two players falling off of a cliff because of their attachment to the screen.

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Here are some great activities for your child to take up this summer that aren’t Pokémon Go.

Bowling

Although it doesn’t usually appear on lists of kids’ all-time favourite sports, bowling can be a great activity in any season. It’s no track run, but it is a great way to stay physically active and healthy. Even more so in air-conditioned bowling alleys as temperatures soar to record heights this summer.

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The deal gets even sweeter when you take a look at programs that give kids free bowling over the summer. Bowling is a great physical and social activity that’ll get your kids out and about without sending them off cliffs.

Activities at the Library

Yeah yeah, I’m not the first person to say this, but there’s so much to be discovered at your local library! If your kids are playing Pokémon Go, though, you can trick them into checking out some books. It’s no secret that local businesses are jumping on all of the opportunities that Pokémon Go affords, with promotional offers and Pokémon lures to attract customers.

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Libraries across the country are also taking advantage of these marketing opportunities. This library director created badges based on the ones that players can earn in older Pokémon games. Except in this iteration, players earn badges by completing book and library related activities, rather than by battling Pokémon.

Playing a Musical Instrument

Pokémon Go is all about training to become the very best, like no one ever was. You can harness this pursuit of excellence and encourage your child to work at developing a difficult skill like playing a musical instrument. Try creating a badge system like that librarian and award badges for musical milestones, like graduating to a higher level method book or learning a new piece.

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If you live in a rural area or you just don’t want to commit to a drive across town once a week, online music lessons are a great way to save time and money while working with a high-quality teacher.

Go Camping

Camping is the classic outdoor activity. It’s got everything from fresh air and jaw-dropping scenery to exhilarating hikes and exciting boating adventures. Plus, in this day and age, there’s the added benefit of little to no wifi or 4G. Your kids may not believe you now when you tell them that there was once a time when you couldn’t get the internet on your phone, but they’ll come around once they’re confronted with the “harsh reality” of device-free living for a few days. If you want to ease them into it, try setting up your own glampsite and explore the outdoors in style.

Take a Trip to the Zoo

Many Pokémon are based on real world animals. Everything from lions to tigers to bears are covered in the Pokémon pantheon. Some are obvious, such as the aptly named Squirtle, a water-blasting turtle Pokémon. Others are not so much. Encourage your child to figure out what Pokémon look like what animals and to learn more about those animals.

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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.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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