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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 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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