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6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

6 Things In Your Purse That Could Save Your Day

Most ladies have the following in their purses: a cellphone, credit cards, IDs, some cash (or none at all), lipstick, and maybe a mirror. True, these things are all necessities that get used on a daily basis and are good to have in your purse in case of any emergency. But what if this happens:

You dropped your car key while you were out grocery shopping and you didn’t realize it until you got to your car. You went back to the grocery to check with customer service if anyone else has seen your keys and unfortunately, they said no. You feel your heart beat faster. Your car spare key is kept hidden in a drawer in your bedroom. Everyone is at work and there is nobody that you could call to pick you up.

1. Spare Car Keys

Your car is your personal shuttle that takes you places so you get to accomplish tasks, create new experiences, and see new things.

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If you don’t have the key to it, what good can it do for you? Also, there won’t always be someone to call for help if we lose our key. Everyone is busy. Make sure you have a spare key in your purse all the time.

2. A Pen

Have you ever been at the airport to fly to another country, and was only an hour away from the flight when you have checked in? Then you find out that you have to fall in line and fill out some immigration paperwork before you are let out to the gates? Only to realize that you did not have a pen to fill out the form and everyone else was too busy filling out theirs.

Yes, it has happened to me. And it was no fun. So, bring your own writing tool all the time.

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3. Dental Floss

Please don’t say gross. It is for hygiene. And what would you do if you were out on a date and noticed a piece of arugula stuck in between your teeth? It’s such a small a tool, it will not take up much space in your purse. So, have it in your purse.

4. A Small Pack Of Tissue

Spills always happen. No matter how careful you are. Also, what about that sudden runny nose that you can’t ever figure out where it came from? Or walking along the street and a car splashes mud on your feet?

Oh, and let’s not forget those unforeseen sentimental moments when you have to look up at the ceiling to prevent tears from falling. Have the tissues ready.

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5. Sunglasses

Have you ever experienced driving and you just can’t look past 10 feet ahead because the glaring sun is turning everything into blackness? For driving safety, always have a pair of sunglasses in your purse. Better to have it in there than to regret it later.

What about when you suddenly feel the need for privacy and just have that feeling that you don’t want anyone to see you, or recognize you? Have those sunglasses ready.

6. A Few Coins

Have you ever headed into the grocery and realized that you would need to get a shopping cart instead of a basket? And then realize that you do not even have a single coin to use for it? So, have that coin ready in your purse.

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And what about after waiting in line at the checkout, you find out that your purchases were on sale and you really actually only have to pay $2.25 instead of $12.00. But the cashier doesn’t have change for your $20 bill. And too bad you didn’t have those coins in your purse. Also, you may find yourself buying scratch-off lottery tickets, but your nails are just too short to do the job. Again, keep the coins ready for such occasions.

It takes only a few small things to make your purse trouble-ready. There will be situations when you will not have anyone to call on, but yourself. The best you can do is to have those little things in your purse ready to help save your day.

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How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

Sight – Visual Stimulation

The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

1. Maximize your exposure to light.

Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

3. Take note of your environment.

Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

4. Engage in conversation.

Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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5. Listen to upbeat music.

Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

6. Work your nose.

Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

7. Have a good breakfast.

Start off with the most important meal of the day.

Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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8. Drink lots of water.

Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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Touch – Tactile Stimulation

Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

10. Splash cold water on your face.

Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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11. Use acupressure.

Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

12. Get moving.

Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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