The three-day extravaganza known as Memorial Day Weekend marks the official beginning of summer. If you have the time off, there are endless possibilities for enjoying it, and many of them cost far less than you think.
Fun on a budget? Yes, it’s possible. If you’re still wondering what to do, here are some ideas to help you to kick off the summer season:
We’ve all read the statistics about how it can make us more productive. You know it can help you be healthier and happier. You also know there’s another deadline coming up, you have a bunch of client meetings, and there isn’t a smidgeon of white space to be found anywhere on your schedule.
I’ve discovered it’s actually surprisingly easy to add some fitness routines to your day during those ‘stolen moments’ that almost every day has in there somewhere. Here are a half dozen that sound pretty cool to test out:
If you’ve gone through the supermarket or drug store lately, you’ve probably come across a display ad for Calgon soaps. Most of these ads feature attractive young women with dreamy expressions on their faces and the catchphrase: “Calgon! Take me away!”
And if you’re like many of us, the ad probably inspires thoughts of a well-deserved vacation. The cold weather many of us are facing, the deadlines and the pile of work we have waiting for us back at the office, don’t help turn our thoughts away either.
You may have heard a friend talking about meditating and being mindful, and perhaps dismissed the topic, believing it to be some new-age stuff involving crystals and chanting and what-not. Mindfulness and meditation are about freeing your head of mindless chatter and becoming more focused and relaxed. If you’re having trouble sleeping, find yourself easily stressed, or are having problems getting your work done because you're easily distracted, meditation could help.
Meditation can take many forms, such as concentrating on emptying the mind completely. Mindfulness is simply a form of meditation. It means existing in the present. Many driving mishaps happen because we are thinking of other things, while being mindful means we are focused on the task at hand. Other thoughts may come into our head, but we let them go and concentrate on what we are doing.
One of the best parts of the holiday season is making it special for the kids. Sure, with these craft ideas they may find out what’s in their stockings, but it’s a chance to create holiday memories that they'll cherish as adults. Mostly what they'll remember is the special time that their parents spent with them, despite mom and dad being busy with work and trying to get everything together for the holidays.
Creating crafts and decorations means that there's a keepsake to treasure for years to come. Crafting is also a great way to teach your child skills that they may enjoy for a lifetime, as well as keeping them busy when your schedule is full.
If you've lost a loved one or have dealt with a tragic event, the holidays can often serve as yet another reminder of the loss. We can feel as though there's nothing to celebrate, or feel survivor's guilt. These are normal parts of the grieving process, and it's not unusual to feel the need for some kind of support at this time of year.
Just as there are many types of grief, there are many different types of support resources available. It's important to feel that it's okay to grieve, talk, cry, be happy or sad, and to live a full life, even though you are grieving.