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8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

July 14th: Pandemonium Day

Pandemonium Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day to go nuts. It’s basically like the 4th of July, but with less America. Or more America. Possibly pandas? They all make no sense…which, on this day, technically makes sense. Go wild (safely).

    Pandamonium/Shena Tschofen via flickr

    July 15th: Tapioca Pudding Day

    Ah, tapioca pudding; it either makes you want to eat a whole tub, or makes you want to blow chunks. Depending on which one is you, this day could go quite differently for some…

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      Banana Tapioca Pudding/qlinart via flickr

      July 19th: Caviar Day

      Are you so rich you can afford to eat smelly, expensive fish eggs? Then this day is for you, my good sir or madam. Throw a Gatsby-style dinner party and invite all your posh friends over for some caviar. Yum?

        Caviar & Mother of Pearl/Renée Suen via flickr

        July 22nd: Hammock Day

        Do you really need an excuse to relax all day? Still, July 22nd falls on a Friday this year, so you might be thwarted by that whole job thing you’ve got goin’ on. You could always remind your boss of this extremely important holiday. Or juts call in sick, whichever works.

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          No Hurry/Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths via flickr

          July 23rd: Hot Dog Day

          Didn’t get your fill of hot dogs on the 4th? There’s a holiday just for one of America’s favorite summer foods. And, in years past, some food chains have given customers hot dog discounts on the 23rd, so keep an eye out for cheap weenies.

            Hot Dog with Fries/TheCulinaryGeek via flickr

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            July 24th: Tequila Day

            Not much needs to be said about this one, except a gentle reminder to order a cab and not plan to keep much of your dinner. Cheers.

              Tequila and Lime/Eric Diggers via flickr

              July 27th: Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

              We all know that taking your pants for a walk is part of a healthy pants-owning routine. Roll yourself out of bed, put on the pants you were most definitely not wearing, and go for a hearty stroll. Note: some sites across the interwebs list July 27th as Take Your Plants For a Walk Day. So, there might be some slight confusion. Or just some very well-exercised plants.

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                The Sentry/Just Ard via flickr

                July 29th: National Lasagna Day

                What could be better than eating the deliciously melty, cheesy, pasta-y goodness that is fresh lasagna? Answer: a whole day dedicated to it. Invite people over to make some or eat out somewhere that has a world-class lasagna dish. Actually, just go out by yourself. More lasagna for you.

                  Meaty Lasagna/FoodThinkers via flickr

                  Featured photo credit: 4th of July Aftermath/Lee via flickr.com

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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.

                  Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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