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How to Make the Best of Beach Days

How to Make the Best of Beach Days

A day at the beach can be something to look forward to for many people. But, it can be hard to figure out how to make the best out of your day. Luckily, there are a few tips that can help you enjoy your time on the beach as much as possible. Consider these points for your next beach vacation, and see if you don’t feel like you’ve successfully seized the day.

Pack with a Plan

Although the thought of writing a list of everything you want to bring doesn’t sound appealing, it is one of the easiest ways to help you make sure nothing gets left behind. As you plan your day at the beach, begin by writing down the items you need to bring. Then, when it comes time to pack (or shop) you have a point of reference regarding everything you need.

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Some of the basics for beach days include sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, and sunglasses. You may also want to bring food, and you should definitely have some drinking water on hand. If you are staying overnight, make sure to bring your toothbrush and Waterpik (check out these Waterpikwaterfloss reviews for some recommendations), any medications you need, and suitable clothing.

Don’t Over Schedule

While having some planned activities can be fun, try making room in your schedule to allow for delays or spontaneity. Over-scheduling can actually make the trip more stressful than restful, especially if things don’t go to plan. Give yourself some flexibility to adjust as the day progresses. That way, you can enjoy the trip based on what it is instead of comparing it to what you wanted it to be.

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Don’t Get Tied Up in Reviews

A lot of people check travel reviews, such as those offered by TripAdvisor and Yelp, to help decide where to go. While these sites can provide excellent information, it is easy to get caught up in them. When reading this information, it is important to remember that almost every attraction will have some positive and negative reviews. That means you are unlikely to find a “perfect” place to stop regardless of your destination.

Additionally, reviews aren’t your only source of information. Sometimes, you can get better recommendations by asking people who live and work locally to the beach you are visiting. If you stop by a gas station, hotel, or visitor’s center, ask the people who work there what they enjoy. You may find yourself directed to a hidden gem you would have otherwise missed.

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Be Polite, Always

When you go to a beach, it is important to remember that you aren’t the only person there who is trying to enjoy their day. Other people are looking to dine at local restaurants, lounge on the beach sand, and generally enjoy themselves. While some people’s actions can be frustrating, especially during busy tourist seasons, it is important to remember that (generally) none of it is personal. Take a deep breath, and make an effort to be polite to those around you. Often, expressing your frustration won’t make you feel any better, but being polite can yield positive results.

Ditch Your Digital Device

Most people are chained to their devices. Whether it is a smartphone or tablet, it can almost feel weird to go anywhere without one. But bringing a device to the beach isn’t the best plan. The sand and surf can damage electronics, and may even cause them to fail. Whenever possible, leave your devices in a safe location that isn’t on the beach itself. Plus, it will make it easier to enjoy the company of those who came with you on the trip, and sometimes that is what a day at the beach is all about.

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With this list you will be ready to hit the beach in no time at all. Don’t let the stress of the beach take away your fun. Happy beach day!

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Last Updated on February 12, 2019

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

BS.

After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

Using Chemical Hair Dye

I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

Smoking

Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

Using Chemical Household Cleaners

If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

Using Mothballs

When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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Neglecting My Physical Health

In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

Drinking Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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Buying the Wrong Food

I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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