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What To Do With Your Car Keys When You Go Swimming At The Beach – 10 Ways to Keep Them Safe, Prepared or Not!

What To Do With Your Car Keys When You Go Swimming At The Beach – 10 Ways to Keep Them Safe, Prepared or Not!

Going to a beach should be a relaxing experience, right? But how many times have you stepped out of your car, took your towel, locked the car, came to the beach ready to get into the water, and bang! Your car keys! No one will take your towel, but your car – and everything in it? Of course, the more valuable your car is, the lesser the chances that the beach you’re at has lockers – Murphy’s law.

It’s not a problem if you’re with someone – as long as that person is willing to stay in the sun while you’re having your relaxation time in the water, which isn’t very likely (unless you have bribed him). If you think that hiding the key under the towel or even burying it in the sand under it would provide you the place that no thief would ever think of looking, then think again. And, if you have one of those fancy electronic keys, you can’t just tie it to your wrist and go swimming with it. So what can you do?

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To come prepared:

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  1. Buy shorts with waterproof pockets (if your key is electronic – or that have pockets with regular zippers if it’s a regular key). That way you will be free to take your key to the water with you.
  2. Get a waterproof case for your electronic key, like this one that can hold your cell phone as well; they come with the cords that you can tie around your bathing suit strap. Now, pay attention: these cases are only safe if you’re swimming – they float well and are splash proof, but they won’t stand immersion, so forget about diving with them.
  3. Get a pair of water shoes with tiny zippered pockets. The pockets are just big enough for a key and are hidden in the tip of the shoe so they won’t hurt your feet.
  4. Buy a magnetic key holder and put it on your car. The best places for this are usually in the wheel well or up under the lip of a chassis. You should clean that spot when you first put it on.
  5. Buy a house near the beach, or rent one – then you won’t need to take your car to the beach at all!

…you came unprepared!

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  1. If there are houses near the beach, see if you can quickly make friends with the people who live there and ask to leave your key (and the rest of your personal belongings) with them. If you don’t trust people, find a bush in some hidden backyard and burry your key there. Note: make sure that you remember where the bush is.
  2. Tuck your key under the car, or somewhere not so obvious (like on top of the tire or somewhere on the brake caliper).
  3. Leave it under your towel. Yes, we did say that you shouldn’t do that but if you’re a very religious person, just leave it there and pray that the thief didn’t see you leaving your car or that s/he isn’t that thorough to try your key on every single car parked near the beach.
  4. Make a sand castle and bury the key under it.
  5. Winner hack: Find a mom with a little baby and ask her if she wouldn’t mind giving you one diaper. Wet the diaper (there’s water around you, you don’t have to do anything inappropriate) and put your key under it, near your towel. Don’t forget to put the diaper in a bag and to throw it in the dumpster on your way home.

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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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