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How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

How to Assemble a Last Minute Halloween Costume

This article will teach you how to create your own Halloween costume with an easy step-by-step guide. The nice thing about it is — you can do it even under the wire. I know you’ll enjoy the story used as a backdrop too. It’s a personal account of a Halloween tale culled from my own life — the night when I dragged down time to the last minute prior to pulling up a Halloween costume.

Here we go…

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It’s just around the corner. The time when this global community will engage in Halloween festivities.

Usually, decorations containing gory images and costumes designed to scare are the norm, but sometimes oddball costumes can also grab the limelight. Like what happened many years ago when I had to come up with a costume at the eleventh hour. Due to the strain caused by rushing, I couldn’t decide what to do. So after stressing over the problem for a while, I gave up. Ok I admit it. In that particular year, I procrastinated until the last minute to whip up a costume. Yep, I got lazy so I ended up stressed. (I promised myself,  I’ll never do this again).

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You’re nodding.

You are nodding. It means you can relate to what I’m narrating. Moreover, in case you’re like most people who are working all the time, balancing a career with family related responsibilities like attending to children’s needs, maintaining a house, running a side business, and a personal life, (whew! I’m breathing heavily after writing that line) then, you’re in luck. I got you covered.

I hate attending Halloween parties without a costume.

I always hated attending Halloween parties without wearing a costume. So at the last minute, while wallowing in mea culpa, I turned to the Internet for a brief respite. You might think I’m weird, but this style works for me all the time. Surfing the Net relaxes me.

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It was 6pm, I was bewildered, and had no idea what costume to wear.

After about 15 minutes surfing, I stumbled upon a site that pointed to something that was super hot during the time.  A story about the blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl”. In the film, Johnny Depp stars as Captain Jack Sparrow. When I looked at Depp’s picture, I had what you call a light bulb moment. At that instant, I made up my mind to attend the party as Johnny Depp.

A Johnny Depp mask saved my Halloween.

A pirate costume would have  done the trick, but I didn’t have time to purchase or make one, so I did the best alternative. I printed out Depp’s headshot that I got online onto a cover stock, stepped into a sexy shirt and tight fitting jeans (like he does when not attending a formal event), and added a pasteboard sign that flashed a catchy line: “I’m not wearing my Captain Jack Sparrow costume tonight.” Voila! I had a costume.

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The dirty work needed to create a mask that will save your Halloween night.

I assure you, you can do this. Let’s roll up our sleeves and don our creative hats. Let’s say, you want to be Leonardo DiCaprio in the party. All you need to do is find a suitable photo of him, print the right size that fits the width of your head, print onto ultra thin cardboard, cut out eye holes, and attach with a rubber band or elastic string; whatever is easy to locate. Find appropriate clothing for Leonardo. I suggest you get a jacket and wear it with white jeans or chinos. Or you slip in the trousers, pair it with a double-breasted navy blazer; the unlined type, and you’re ready to rock with the Gatsby look. Don’t forget — it’s detrimental to your costume’s success — act like The Great Gatsby.

So my Johnny Depp costume was my savior.

I was surprised when my costume became a huge hit. Many of the people who were partying with me couldn’t wait to pose for pictures with Johnny… sorryme. Believe it or not, the mask I created in a big hurry looked convincingly real.

I was ecstatic the whole night.

It became the most memorable Halloween for me. I was astonished by the attention and compliments I got because of my costume. It became extremely fun with the secret thought that my costume was basically thrown together just on the way out of my box.

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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.

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