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5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

5 Useful Things for the Perfect Picnic

In a busy life, most people always wait for a picnic with their family because it’s considered as the best time to improve the relationship between family members and the time for sharing and relaxing as well. However, many people get in trouble at the preparation step or always forget some tiny things like lighter, a bowl, etc. Therefore, thoughtful preparation is a good thing for the perfect trip.

1. Suitable clothes

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    Perhaps you think that clothes are not the problem while enjoying the picnic so you don’t pay attention to the issue, but it is really a misconception. The picnic is time for rest, refreshment, and fun, so you should choose the clothes that are the most comfortable for you and can help you move easiest. Furthermore, wearing expensive clothes can be a bad choice for you because when enjoying outside activities, your clothes can get dirty or ruined by some unexpected incidents, so you should choose the clothes which you can throw away or easily clean. Moreover, if you like wearing a dress, a maxi dress or long dress is the best idea for you. They will help you move more easily, sit down or run and they are more comfortable than a short dress.

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    2. Make a list of what are the necessary things to bring

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      Whether you are a careful person or not, making a list of necessary things for the picnic is always the most important step because there are a lot of tiny things for a picnic and your brain can not cover them all. In addition, the list also helps you avoid the “OMG, I forgot” situation which makes your picnic uncomfortable. You can divide the list into 3 parts including types of food and vegetable, kitchen tools and personal things. For foods, you should cook or pre-process at home to save picnic time as well as reduce the number of kitchen tools such as a gas cooker or saucepans. Don’t forget to wash, peel, cut and store the vegetables and fruits in additional boxes from the house. When arriving at the picnic place, just enjoy them without loss of time for the preparation of food as well.

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      If you love the beach and want to visit the beach for your family, remember to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. You should bring insect control pills if your picnic place is national park or forest. Be proactive and prepare a list of appliances and utensils which you need to bring 1-2 days ahead to be sure that you bring all things you want for the picnic. You should avoid preparing necessary things 1-2 hours before going to the picnic.

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      3. Bring tablecloths

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        It’s the most importing thing when going to the picnic, but all most people always forget it. Whether you choose the beach, park or anywhere for your family, tablecloths is one of the first things you have to bring because it helps you have clean place for eating and sitting instead of sitting on sand, soil or grass which can cause a lot of problems that you do not unforeseeable such as insect bites, dirty clothes and etc.

        4. Carry a serving tray

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          Except when going to the picnic area zones that have available tables and seats, you should bring a tray to serve food. Normally, sitting on the ground can make for an uneven surface, so this can make it hard for beer and wine to be poured. Hence, bring a plastic tray to put food and drinks. The tray will also make the food more beautiful if you intend to take a photo with them.

          5. Readiness to enjoy

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            The last thing you need to do is to enjoy this trip. You can bring a magazine, a paper, a novel or some funny things or interesting games to do with your family to make the best memorable and relaxing time for each member of the family. You should put stress or trouble things in your life on the other side and enjoy 100% feeling in the picnic. In addition, staying away from the phone, tablet is the best idea in this time. You should remember that the picnic is the time for your family and outside activities.

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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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