Tag: Tips

50 Stress Relievers

Posted by – November 5, 2009

The economy’s in turmoil, the unemployment rate is high, and the cost of living went ridiculous last year making it difficult to buy even the barest essentials.  It’s easy to see why folks become so stressed out.  The problem is that too much stress can really wear you down and cause problems with your health.  Health problems can lead to depression and/or doctor bills, which only add to your stress.  It’s a vicious cycle!

My employer gave the following list of stress relievers to me (and co-workers) in an attempt to help us deal with the everyday stress of our jobs.  Some of these are actually stress “makers” for me (LOL!) but I hope this list can be of some help to you or someone you know…

1.   Ask for help
2.   Apologize for a mistake
3.   Meditate
4.   Build a model ship
5.   Stand up and stretch
6.   Call up an old friend
7.   Make a list, then follow it
8.   Cry
9.   Run
10. Tell a joke
11. Tell someone, “I love you”
12. Stop and look out the window
13. Work a crossword puzzle
14. Dance
15. Climb a mountain.
16. Count to 10
17. Read a good book
18. Plan ahead
19. Do one thing at a time
20. Watch a really good movie
21. Get a massage
22. Get a pet
23. Forgive someone
24. Fly a kite
25. Eat a good breakfast
26. Volunteer
27. Go for a brisk walk
28. Go fishing
29. Sing a song
30. Go swimming
31. Go to work a different way
32. Share your feelings with someone
33. Massage your temples
34. Take the stairs
35. Take a deep breath and let it out
36. Look at the big picture
37. Close your eyes
38. Hug a tree
39. Hug someone you love
40. Take a nap
41. Sit by a fire
42. Lie in a hammock
43. Listen to the birds
44. Walk barefoot in the grass
45. Lift weights
46. Learn to say “no”
47. Read something funny every day
48. Plant a flower
49. Smell a rose
50. (this was a repeat so let’s make it) Log on to Facebook


A second list we received for stress management comes from military.com and you can check that out here.  As for the list above, my personal favorite these days is number 40 but I do try most of these regularly.  What about you?  Do you have anything to add to this list?  What do you do to relieve stress?

Office… Free?

Posted by – October 3, 2009

Ever get one of those emails that has an attached PowerPoint slide show or Word document you can’t open because you don’t have Microsoft Office?  Ever wish you could afford to put Microsoft Office on your home computer so you can type up your own docs or spreadsheets?  Yes?  Read on…

I was fortunate enough to purchase my copy of Microsoft Office (at a drastic reduction) through a program my employer takes part in.  Many people, though, don’t have that opportunity.  So what are the options?  Take out a loan?  Use your kid’s college fund?  Shoplift?  Bootleg?  Unless there’s a reason why you specifically need Microsoft Office, may I suggest OpenOffice.

I downloaded and installed OpenOffice’s suite of programs onto my “test stuff out” PC to check it out before suggesting it to anyone.  I was pleasantly surprised.  If you’ve used Microsoft Office, you should feel right at home with OpenOffice.  It looks and feels a lot like it’s overpriced counterpart and the suite includes programs that resemble Microsoft Office’s programs:  Writer = Word,  Calc = Excel,  Impress = PowerPoint,  Draw = Publisher,  Base = Access.   In fact, you can open Microsoft Office files with OpenOffice’s corresponding programs.  You can also create your own files and documents and save them in OpenOffice’s open file format OR save them in Microsoft Office file formats.  Easy to use and super compatible.  Sounds good, right?  Read on…

OpenOffice is open-source software.  It runs on Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Mac systems AND is available in many different languages.  Help & Support are available from the site and, if you’re so inclined, you can also work with the developers to improve the software.  Best of all, you can download and install OpenOffice free of charge.  That’s right, I said FREE.

If you’re already using OpenOffice, what do you think of it?  Any issues you’d like to share?  If you’d like more information or would like to download the program, click the OpenOffice button below.   Either way, if you like it and decide to make it a part of your software repertoires, you might consider making a donation.  After all, it comes with a considerable discount.   :o )

The Gecko Told Me

Posted by – July 30, 2009

A few days ago I received my renewed auto policy in the mail.  When I opened the packet to retrieve my updated insurance cards, there was a note inside requesting that I call and let them know who the lienholder was.  I called and informed the rep, Luz, there was no lienholder as I paid off my car note a few years back.  (While we were talking I imagined that Luz must resemble the pic at right)  I also took the opportunity to ask Luz if there was any way to lower my rate.  I explained that I no longer drive to and from work on a daily basis and when I do work, my employer provides a vehicle.  It didn’t make sense (to me) to pay $1,000+ in insurance per year for a vehicle that spends the majority of it in the garage.

Luz let me know that I would be receiving a credit (since I no longer drive the car to work on a daily basis) and that my future premiums would be lowered to reflect the same.  WooHoo!…  But wait!  It gets better!  She also told me they have what she called a “storage program” (something the snowbirds use all the time).  She said next time I am called to work (and it has to be for at least 30 days) to call and let them know and they will adjust my policy to carry only what is required.  In my case, the State of Florida requires PIP and I would also need coverage in the event my house burns down (and takes my car with it) while I’m gone.  My premium would also be adjusted for that period of time.  Then, when work is done and I return home, I would call to let them know I would again be using my car.

How cool is that?  And, why didn’t I know about that a year and a half ago?  Oh well, I know about it now and I’m really very interested to see how all this shakes out the next time I’m called out to work AND when I get my next bill.

The Grass is Greener

Posted by – July 24, 2009

When I moved into my current abode the lawn was completely brown.  Crispy Brown.  No chance of sneaking up on anyone because with every step there was a loud crunch.  I fixed the sprinkler system, then hit the local do-it-yourself store to purchase some lawn help but didn’t see much of a difference a month or so later.  Grrrr!

I was discussing my lawn frustration with my boss one day and she told me about this gardening guy who put out a book she thought might help me.  He goes by the name of Garden Rebel. I ended up using his lawn tonic, then used it again about 4 weeks later.  Just a few weeks after the second application my lawn was growing like crazy, thick, and dark green.  WOW!  I could not believe my eyes.

While my neighbors complimented me on my (now lush) lawn, they also heckled me a bit.  I finally got the lawn I wanted but now had to mow twice a week.  The other drawbacks:  My lawn became a magnet for the neighborhood kids who would play in my yard, leaving behind little metal cars and toys that I could not see until my mower made that lovely grinding noise and sent them rocketing into whatever was near and usually ricocheting into me.  Also, the dog owners in the neighborhood seemed to gravitate to my lawn to let them do their business.  That was disappointing since my front lawn WAS my business-free zone (my dogs do their duty in my fenced, back yard).   Oh well…

Unfortunately, I did not take any photos when I first moved in so the pics to the right are not actually BEFORE and AFTER but EARLY ON INTO TREATMENT and AFTER pics. 

I write this now because the sod I put down a few weeks back isn’t looking so good and I’ve decided to help it with some of the lawn tonic.  Since it was on my mind, I decided to share with all of yous.  You can check out the lawn tonic, as well as other tonics and tips, at Garden Rebel’s website or here.

Critter Control

Posted by – May 13, 2009

Around here ants are a real pain. I’ve seen 5 different versions of the little critter out on my back porch and inside my house.  I’ve tried everything to get rid of them.  (Although, I don’t like to use a lot of pesticides since I have pets.) Nothing seemed to help for more than a day or so. 

 Then my mother told me about a product she got from the local hardware store that she said worked great. It’s called TERRO Ant Killer. It’s a liquid Borax solution that attracts the ants and kills them after they slurp it up.

After initially putting bit of it in my office, I decided to put it outside instead. (No sense luring more into my home.) I put it on the pool deck near my chair and watched as one ant bumped into it and started drinking, then ran off, and about 30 seconds later a line of them came and parked around the goo.

I did this for about a week. Each day a different kind of ant would come park and feast. One day, even a roach. Then nothing. I didn’t see anymore until a year later.  This stuff works great! 

The only exception has been the tiny, flea-sized ants.  I don’t know what they come in here for since it’s usually in my office where there is no food but they are not attracted to the goo either and, therefore, hard to get rid of.  In that case, I resort to a good old fashioned bug bomb.

Anyway, since I had to deal with this again I thought I would pass on what works for me and maybe it will work for you too.  Beats the heck out of toxic sprays and powders.

Leadfoot(s) Unite!

Posted by – March 8, 2009

A speeding ticket can ruin a beautiful day no matter who you are.  Some folks take them more seriously than others but no one really gets excited about one.  Too many can also spell trouble for your driver’s license, your insurance, and maybe even your job. 

While most of us know where the usual speed traps are around homebase, if you travel outside your area to other, unfamiliar cities you don’t know where the radar guns are hiding.  It would be great if we could get a heads-up on where they all are, wouldn’t it?

Well, not too long ago a friend of mine emailed a link to the website speedtrap.org.  The website lists every state in the U.S. and every city within that state where you can search for speedtraps in the area you’re about the visit.  You can also register with the site and add information about speedtraps you know of. 

Now, I am in no way recommending anyone break the law by driving over the speed limit.  (Speed kills)  But I am aware that we don’t stare at the speedometer while we’re driving and some of us with lead feet sometimes don’t realize we’re going as fast as we are until the site of flashing lights makes us look down.  Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think.  I know it’s been a big help to me in the last few months…

Drat! Foiled Again!

Posted by – February 16, 2009

As I’ve mentioned before, due to my work schedule and my laptop-strained eyes, I don’t spend much of my time off on my personal laptop.  Each day I skim through my email, in case there’s something I need to attend to, and then go back at another time to read through what I’ve missed.

Today is President’s Day and, because it’s a federal holiday, it’s also a second day off this weekend.  I’ve rested up quite a bit so I decided to jump on the laptop and sort through my email (amongst other things).  One of the emails I came across was forwarded to me in December from my mother and contained a little tidbit of info that I wished I would have come across years ago.  At the same time, it’s so simple, so obvious, it made me feel like a complete moroon. 

Here’s the email:

I had to go into the kitchen and check this out for myself. Whoever looks at the end of your aluminum foil box? You know when you try to pull some foil out and the roll comes out of the box. Then you have to put the roll back in the box and start over. The darn roll always comes out at the wrong time.
Well, I would like to share this with you. Yesterday I went to throw out an empty Reynolds foil box and for some reason I turned it and looked at the end of the box. And written on the end it said, Press here to lock end. Right there on the end of the box is a tab to lock the roll in place. How long has this little locking tab been there? I then looked at a generic brand of aluminum foil and it had one, too. I then looked at a box of Saran wrap and it had one too! I can’t count the number of times the Saran wrap roll has jumped out when I was trying to cover something up.  I’m sharing this with my friends. I hope I’m not the only person that didn’t know about this.

Of course, as soon as I read this I grabbed the foil I have here and looked at the box.  Sure enough, there are tabs on the ends.  Where was this info the many times I yanked the roll out of the box and shouted obscenities while I watched it roll across the floor?  What kind of sick game are these manufacturers playing with our self esteem?  LOL! 
Oh well.  Hopefully, armed with this info, someone else’s sanity will be saved. 
Thanks Mom.

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