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4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

4 Necessary Things to Ensure Safety of Kids on a Beach Trip

Summer is the best time for a beach trip; so many families spend their summer vacations at the beaches for relaxing and enjoying the fresh atmosphere.

Besides focusing on where to go and which hotel to stay in, you should prepare more carefully if you want to bring kids for the trip. Therefore, this post will help you focus on the most necessary things for the safety of your children.

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    1. Traveling by boat

    There is one unalterable rule which you have to remember when traveling by boat, and that is to put life jackets on your children. But before wearing them, you have to check whether the life jacket has any problems such as being punctured and deflated. Furthermore, if you do not have much knowledge about life jackets, you should ask the travel guide for instructions on how to use it.

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    In some cases, if no one on the boat wears the life jackets, then you don’t afraid or too lazy to wear it because you must remember that safety is the most important thing, especially for the children. In fact, the little life jackets have saved a lot of children when accidents happened. Therefore, you should ensure the availability of life jackets for your kids before setting foot on the boat. If the ship does not have a life jacket, you should choose another ship for traveling or ask the ship owner for the life jacket. You should not be confident of your swimming ability which can save the baby in a bad situation as accidents may happen very quickly.

    2. Swimming

    Always let the children swim within your reach.

    Each year, many drowning accidents happen at tourism places with children, even when they used swimming floats. Hence, you must always keep an eye on your kids and allow them to play on the fingertips of parental control.

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    When traveling to beaches, rivers or streams, the adult must always control the kids. Parents should tell their children which are the safe places to swim in and to use the swimming floats. Many adults are often too indulgent to their children’s whims, but this is very dangerous because children can be easily swept away and you may not know or react in time.

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      • Prevent getting cold

      Children often like to play with water, so it is very easy for them to catch colds leading to fever. Therefore, the ideal time for the children to play in the water and the sun is less than 2 hours continuously. Immediately after the landing, you have to keep handy a dry towel to wipe them after a shower with clean water. Let them put on some dry clothes immediately. Taking a shower after swimming also protects the children’s skin from rashes, itching, and allergies.

      • Prevent heatstroke

      Besides the risk of catching a cold when swimming, the children who enjoy outdoors under the sun’s harsh rays is also very susceptible to heat strokes. The mother should prepare a cloak and a thick hat to shield them from the sun before heading out, as well as, make sure that they cover their children’s head and neck from direct sunlight. It is better that you do not allow your children to go out or play outdoors during 10:00 am to 3:00 pm because this is the time when the sun is harshest. Ensure they drink enough water to keep themselves well hydrated. You should add Vitamin A and E rich foods for the children through foods and fruits. It can help minimize the risk of heatstroke and allergies at the beach.

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        3. Eating

        Parents should observe their child and see if they have any allergies to the new foods or the seafood they are having while on a beach holiday.

        There are many types of seafood which the children may have never tried before, so you should be cautious if your child is prone to allergies because if an allergy occurs, it may be dangerous to their lives. You should avoid foods with high levels of mercury such as tilefish, swordfish, tuna and mackerel.

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          It’s best to consult your family doctor before starting the trip. If necessary, you can have allergy shots taken to ensure the best health throughout the journey for your children.

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          4. First aid in distress

          • Drowning accident

          If any unfortunate incidents occur while swimming, you need to quickly call for help to the people around you, particularly the nearest rescue team. After taking the child to the shore, you have to check the mouth and nasal passage to take out foreign bodies, if any.  If the child stops breathing, you should immediately use artificial respiration by placing the child on his back, covering the nose and blowing into his mouth 2-3 times. After that, you press your hand against the child’s chest rhythmically until the child breaths again; then you take them to the nearest medical facility quickly.

          • Heatstroke

          Immediately take your baby into the shade, indoors or gently fan her, you should not put the baby in the room with air conditioning which may shock her with the sudden temperature change. You rub the body with cool water and drinking cresol. Take the child to the hospital, if needed.

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          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

          Listen carefully:

          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

          1. Pray Daily

          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

          3. Smile Often

          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

          4. Organize Your Working Desk

          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

          How do you do that? This is my formula:

          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

          8. Go Exercise

          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

          The Bottom Line

          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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