Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the connectivity technology provides? Taking a break from your devices and social media, even for a short period of time, could benefit your emotional well-being.
According to a study published by Daily Mail, 84% of cell phone users are using their phones every day, 88% of cell phone users use their phones as a second screen while watching television and 67% of users check their phones for notifications without being prompted to do so by a ring or vibration. The majority of us are spending time on our phones, tablets and computers, so why would a break from technology benefit you?
Have family picnic
Pack lunches and a game to play. If you have a dog, consider bringing him or her with!
If you live in the Midwest, time is running out to grill outside comfortably! Check your local grocery store sale ads for great Labor Day sales.
Retail stores love to showcase their best discounts on holiday weekends. Take advantage and pick up a new fall sweater!
Find an old drive-in movie theater
You may have to take a road trip, but if you’re willing to travel, you can still find these classic theaters.
Go on a bike ride
Enjoy the weather and take your bike on a path or trail. Download a fitness app and track your journey and workout information.
Happy Labor Day everyone!
Making connections with people from your past can give new significance to your trajectory. Invite a friend to walk through a museum or zoo. Go window shopping and catch up.
Go for a walk with your camera.
It may be far more common to hear it is best to live in the moment, to put your phone down and just experience what is happening. What if you did the opposite? Go somewhere with the intention of boosting your photography skills and portfolio. You can find beauty in the mundane if you seek it. Start an Instagram account and share your favorite photos with other enthusiasts.
Take your niece, nephew or grandchild to see a movie.
Afterwards, surprise them with ice cream! Smiles guaranteed.
Feel Better & Get Organized with These Downsizing Tips
There are many reasons people downsize. Moving to a new city, moving to a smaller home or planning to retire are all good reasons to consider downsizing strategies. Maybe you have aging parents who would benefit from having fewer possessions, but they need help getting started. Over time, most of us accumulate a lot of stuff. Parting with one’s possessions when downsizing can be uncomfortable, but do not worry! This is normal. These tips will help you overcome downsizing obstacles and move you closer to a fresher, cleaner and healthier home.
When you grow up in the Midwest, you learn to expect the unexpected when it comes to weather. Sweaters in the summer? Snow in May? Scorching heat in February? Tourists and expats may be caught off guard by these occurrences, but a native Midwesterner knows there is no normal here. That being said, it is very easy to habitually stay indoors on the few idealistic days we do have. Here are reasons why a little spontaneity on a nice day is worth going out for:
April showers may bring May flowers, but June is here and it feels very much like spring. Don’t let stormy weather keep you from making the most of your day! We hope the list below will inspire you to see past the gloom and take advantage of your rainy days.
Having a good friend to rely on can make a difficult situation a lot better. According to Mayo Clinic, the benefits of having good friends include a strengthened sense of purpose, reduced stress, higher self-confidence, a lower chance of forming unhealthy habits and support through traumatic events. Villa is currently celebrating life’s stories in recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week. Today’s blog was submitted by Patti Pratt, a Villa team member, and showcases a cross-generational friendship that Patti considers deeply valuable.
We all love the idea of a clean home. If you close your eyes, can you see your ideal house? A warm breeze carries your curtains gently into an organized room, and the place smells fantastic. Day dreaming is easy. Spring cleaning, on the other hand, can be a challenge. Here are a few tips to make your spring cleaning a little better.
You know the feeling. You hit snooze one too many times, and now you’re jetting to make it to work on time. Without time to plan for a healthy breakfast or snack, you end up with a fast food lunch and an evening of regret. Below you will find easy, healthy snacks you can grab on-the-go and feel good about.
Making people better isn’t easy. At Villa, we put our employees first because, as a company, we understand a happy team means better outcomes. Working in the healthcare industry, where physical and mental strains can lead to employee burnout, it is important to take time to plan for a healthy work/life balance. Here are a few stress relieving tips that can help.