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5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween Sober

5 Ways To Celebrate Halloween Sober

Just like New Years, Christmas, and St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween oftentimes creates an avenue of celebration that’s heavily centered around binge-drinking.

Sure, these types of holiday festivities are enjoyable at times but what happens when the fun stops being so fun and becomes potentially damaging to your health?

At times, the pressures of partying around Halloween can be hard to combat. But abstaining from over-consumption of alcohol is not only a healthy choice, it’s an example of preventative care: your mind and body will thank you for staying sober!

These five ideas will assist you in staying sober this October 31st, in some enjoyable, unique ways.

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1. Host Your Own Halloween Party

Having a Halloween party of your own may require some extra legwork, but can allow you to have a little more control in terms of deciding what drinks will be served during festivities. It will also allow you to pick who you spend your time with, alleviating peer pressure that some friends may project.

If you don’t want to drink and don’t want to experience the sometimes intimidating feeling of being pushed to do so, simply host your own party!

2. Create Some Spooky Baked Goods

Nothing adds more charm to your party than uniquely creative Halloween themed snacks. Whether you’re making chocolate eyeball cookies, or a spider web cake, taking the time to bake hand-made treats will always resonate with friends and family. In addition to this, baking will keep your mind busy and away from the bottle!

If you’re searching for inspiration for some ghoulish creations, Christine McConnell is arguably the best there is when it comes to mesmerizing festive treats. One look through her Flickr photostream and you’ll know exactly what I mean!

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Additionally, McConnell’s fascinating cookbook titled Deceptive Desserts is filled with a multitude of incredible photos and recipes to inspire you and jump-start creative sparks.

3. Stay In And Have a Movie Marathon

This is a simple, yet effective way to stay sober. One of my favorite activities, when I’m feeling a bit more introverted, is to binge watch horror films with a like-minded friend or two. Rather than partying my night away, sometimes I prefer to just order a pizza and watch some classic creepy cinema.

An article by Slant Magazine and a write-up by Cinema Blend will give you over a hundred ideas for films to watch this year.

4. Volunteer Your Time: Help Keep Kids Safe

Halloween celebrations are enjoyable for all ages, that’s for certain! If you’re trying to stay sober on the 31st, one of the most helpful things to do is to volunteer your time to help kids enjoy a safe holiday.

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But what can you do to help little ones out there stay safe while trick-or-treating?

A great starting point is understanding what the true dangers of Halloween are. An important resource by Portland State University Online explains these circumstances, separating myths from facts:

Myth: “Halloween sadism” which refers to strangers putting razor blades or other harmful things into candy for trick-or-treaters is extremely uncommon. These unfortunate happenings are usually projected by evil family members attempting to get insurance money from harming or even killing their own children.

Truth: Pedestrian fatalities spike on Halloween. This is due to increased levels of drunk driving, with around 23% of pedestrian fatalities attributed to drunk drivers. It’s also due to a lack of visibility. Children are hard to see at night, so the use of reflective clothing, glow sticks, and flashlights is crucially important.

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Perhaps the best way to volunteer your time is to help direct traffic around busy crosswalks and intersections on Halloween night. Make yourself as visible as possible, and find a way to use a simple stop sign to help keep kids safe. And if you have the means to do so, hand out glow sticks or reflective tape to children wearing dark clothing or costumes.

5. Be the Designated Driver: Help Keep Your Friends Safe

If you want the social stimulation without the intoxication, you can try attending the same parties, but simply without drinking. This may be easier said than done. But there are some preventative measures that can be taken to make this more feasible.

  • Just consume non-alcoholic drinks all night. Whether that’s a colorful holiday drink or simply water: just keep drinking! This can help hinder the urge to get drunk just by physically consuming any liquid.
  • Create an elaborate costume, that either makes walking slightly more difficult (stilts or tall shoes), or makes drinking nearly impossible (face paint, intricate masks, or face coverings).
  • Volunteer to be the designated driver for your friends. There’s no shame in doing so, and this will give your means to shutting up those who may question why you’re sober.

If you want to avoid drinking this Halloween for any reason, you absolutely should! Don’t let peer pressure make you cave, because you alone are in charge of how you celebrate. A sober celebration can literally be even more memorable in many cases!

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10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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