Surviving this Year

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COVID, also known as the coronavirus, is a massive flu that had killed over 100,000 people and affected millions world wide.  Scientists and health professionals are comparing it to the Spanish Flu of 1918, and most all are working from home, schooling their kids from home, have lost their jobs, and it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves.  Most of us were already wearing 10 hats and now with the hunker downing its 20. 

Self management during this crisis is critical.

Here are some tips on coping and hoping with ease:

  • Enya is your new mix tape. Your environment and home is your sacred space.  if it’s not, your car, your local Starbucks drive through, your local CVS, all are escapes to peaceful bliss. 
  • I hate the term time management, but it’s very important especially now. Daily tasks need to be set, and the best way to execute them is to take care of what you need to do first.  Don’t give a %#$% what other people are doing, focus on the time in the day and segment it towards your long and short term goals.  Good questions to ask yourself include, what do I want to accomplish today?,  what do I need to accomplish today?,  what will make me feel accomplished by accomplishments completed?
  • You are what you eat. As much as I want to eat 30 dumplings in one sitting, I need to take care of my body.  My body is my temple.  Eating clean as possible is recommended, and fresh fruits and vegetables should be readily available at your home ready to cook.  Grocery list pick recommendations include sweet potatoes, white potatoes, eggs, nuts, Lara Bars, and wine (no more than one glass a day if absolutely necessary). Drink water to avoid dehydration, and wash your damn hands.
  • Set your boundaries. This is key.  Used to group chats?  Now is a sensitive time and if you feel more stressed after conversations with certain family and friends, it is OK to limit those to what you are comfortable with.  Audit your conversations to see how you feel after the interaction.  If it’s overly stressed and it’s complicates your daily living and survival you need to reassess the relationship and push the pause button as often as possible.
  • Worm hole of social media will suck you up and you may never return.  Auditing your social media accounts is crucial as well.  Election years are already tough and with the hunker downs now we need to temporarily block ads that are good for our well being.  People that have been over accommodating and over serving others will most affected by this.  It’s OK to give emotional support but relationships should work both ways in mutual respect.
  • Tame slash entertain the kids.  – My kids are the best things that ever happened to me, but to avoid extra stress I have been setting boundaries more often on time for me.  This can be hard and sometimes I feel guilty, however it’s good for parents to get alone time to avoid getting angry at them.  The activities that have worked best are necklace making (bought a 5 pound bag of beads and string on Amazon), play dough (on the kitchen table only, and THEY have to clean it up), Netflix movies (Despicable Me, The Grinch (it’s Christmas in July), Morphle, Garfield, all were sure bets for us), Baking brownies (pre-made mix is the best and we mixed it with a few eggs and water, right in the 9×11 pan and wallah!).
  • Don’t splurge on that new bag.  – The economy is weird now, and your first priority is paying your rent and paying for your food.  If you can’t live in or eat the bag, it’s time to pass on cutting grass.  For now anyway!

No matter what the circumstances are, don’t break!  We have all felt like we were dead before, and we all have made a come back.  If you have any other tips to share, please do below. We are all in this together!

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Home Remedies for Cold Relief

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It’s that time of year! Cold Season 2018! My entire family has been sick this weekend with colds and it has been pretty brutal. Both of my boys have red underneath their nose due to the constant nose blowing that has been going on and it makes for a very cranky household all in all.

Below are some things we have been doing for quick relief and hopefully a potential cure so we can start the work and school week off right.

1) Disinfect your home.

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I have been cleaning and disinfecting the major living areas since our colds started. This will help to not spread it from person to person in the house. I used Lysol with bleach to disinfect the bathroom, kitchen floor, doorknobs, handle to the refrigerator so that the virus is not spread and contained as much as possible.

2) Change your bedding, including comforter, sheets and pillow cases.

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During the night I saw that my children were sneezing and drooling, awesome combo I know! I want to be sure that there is new bedding replaced daily until the cold subsides so it does not get in the way of recovery.

3) Take baths and showers.

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Steam is a wonderful way to break up any bad mucus in the body, and is also a great way to rid yourself of any cold symptoms you may be having. For some reason my legs were super sore, so I decided to take a warm bath and it really helped. Also, my children have been taking many baths as well to break up the snot in their nose to help drain it.

4) Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids.

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My throat is starting to hurt on the third day now, and I have read that it is very important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. I have also been drinking Lipton tea with a little bit of coconut almond milk and it has helped give me energy.

5) Warm steam compress on face.

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I remember my mother running a small wash cloth under the hot water in the sink, wringing it out of the water and giving it to us to put over our face until it got cold. You don’t have to wait until it gets cold but I would definitely recommend giving this a shot if you don’t feel like getting into a bath to get the steam to help loosen up the mucus in your body from the cold.

6) Vitamins.

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I am currently admittedly not taking any vitamins, and I heard with a virus there is really no stopping the cold and that it has to just run it’s course. However, my kids have taken their vitamins during this cold more consistently and I have seen improvement.

7) Eat fruit.

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Try to eat some fruits to help give you some energy if you are a little head foggy.  I have had a bunch of grapes and apples handy to help kick this cold.

8) Get rest.

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Sorry, this is a hard one if you are always on the go. You need to rest. I would avoid anything strenuous like heavy workouts, going outside in the cold for prolonged periods of time and stress. If you can meditate, put on some nice music, like rain, waves crashing from the ocean, birds, anything that will help you heal that would be helpful for your recovery.  Stay in bed if you can, and try to get a little fresh air if you can by cracking a window.

Consult your physician if you are not feeling well just in case it is a bacterial infection that may need antibiotics. We have not seen the doctor yet as we do not have fevers, so trying to let the virus run it’s course.

If you are sick too, hope these tips help you!

Enjoy the day!

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Tips to Improve your Work Day

Growing up in a big family,  there was always some drama going on in our home.  When someone was cranky in our house, we would say HALT.  This stands for being Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired.  This is a funny buzzword to remind you to ask yourself what is wrong when you weren’t feeling up to par.

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Since most up up work over 35 hours a week, either from home, or in an office environment, we tend to be HALT motivated on a daily basis.  For me, a great start to the day is always key in having me perform my best.  When I am Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired, it seems to put a damper on my day.

Instead of wallowing, I like to look at positive motivational videos on YouTube or positive motivational memes on my Instagram account, @leverageambition.

Some tips on how to improve your work week below:

1.)  Get a good night sleep.

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This is key.  I find that when I leave my phone in my bag for the night, that is in my closet downstairs, is when I get the best rest.  I usually put it in my bag as I bring the kids upstairs to sleep, so we are all able to disconnect and be undistracted before bedtime.  I typically like to read books to the boys, and when we are done, we are typically ready to all pass out.  I go to bed anywhere from 9-11pm and get up anywhere from 7-9am.  A great night sleep and feeling refreshed in the AM helps me get through anything!

2.) Eat well, drink healthy and stay hydrated.

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This is one that I always forget myself.  Luckily my husband does not drink alcohol, which helps me not drink alcohol too.  I find that if I drink the night before, the next day at work is awful, and I feel all the HALT adjectives.  So it is key to not drink alcohol during the week so that you are not off your game in the morning.  Not only that, but what you eat and drink directly has an effect on your mood and actions.  I try to stay hydrated with water and fruit during the day, but also drink coffee and tea too if I need a fix.  This helps me maintain my productivity and positivity.  Also when eating, I try to go high protein as high carbs makes me want to sleep at my desk.

3.) Develop friendships at work, i.e. don’t be a jerk.

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This has always been hard for me as I have always been very competitive at work.  I also like to keep my private life private, but it seems that this has been the wrong approach.  I started a new job a few years ago and was very uptight the first few months as I was anxious to perform and do a great job, so I felt I did not have time for others.  This was a mistake and I regret it now as someone was promoted above me on my team that was PC and friendly with everyone.  My bad.  Reality is that your co-workers should actually be an extension of your client list, and you should always be on your best behavior, positive, non-gossipy and confident in a non-jerky way.  A good way to do this is ask them out to lunch, ask them how their personal life is going, give praise to the good things they are doing, give help as you can.

4.) Set Goals, and be accountable for your wins and losses.

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This is key in success.  If you can set daily, weekly monthly, yearly goals, this is ideal.  It helps keep you on track, and makes you accountable for your work in a long term and short term basis.

Do you have any tips?  Feel free to share below, it’s always nice to hear from you!  Enjoy the rest of your day!

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