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10 Ways to Minimize Road Rage

10 Ways to Minimize Road Rage

Have you ever been involved in ROAD RAGE??

Road Rage Can Be Prevented

The NHTSA references a study showing 94% of car crashes are assigned to the driver. 41% of those due to recognition errors (inattention, distractions…), 33% to decision errors (driving too fast, illegal maneuvers…), and 11% to performance errors (over compensation…).

Engaging in road rage can kill you or your loved ones.

Winter roads, the stress of traveling to multiple holiday events, running late to work, road construction, children screaming, mental illness, a bad day at work all can equal Road Rage.

It’s easy for anyone to become stressed while driving. Even the calmer people of society can become aggravated while driving at some point.

Road rage is never acceptable, although way too common!

 

10 WAYS TO RELIEVE STRESS WHILE DRIVING

1-Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your designation. That extra 15 minutes can greatly decrease your stress level.

2-Breathe. Don’t hold your breathe when driving becomes stressful. It sounds crazy, but when we are fearful we tend to hold our breath and tense our bodies. Not a good idea when driving! Deep breathes help you relax and are very easy to do while driving. Breathing also helps you focus on something positive.

3-Don’t fight with your spouse or children while driving. If an issue arises pull over and finish the discussion off the road!

4-Obvoiusly do not use your cell phone or eat while driving. You may think you are paying attention to the road, but your reaction time is lessened due to these extra activities. You are much more likely to be in an accident or cause road rage from the drivers around you.

5-Do not drive when you are tired. If you even start to become tired pull over and get out of your car. Take a quick walk, go into a near by store. Revive yourself. It only takes a few minutes but can save a life.

6-Do not engage with aggressive drivers. It’s not worth it! Even if they pulled in front of you or gave you a gesture, just ignore them. Keep a good distance in between you and them and do not antagonize the situation. Their negativity is not to be taken against you personally they are the ones out of control. If you antagonize someone already out of control you will never fix the situation. You will make it worse.

7-Remember people make mistakes. Just because someone tried to switch lanes and was too close to you, it doesn’t mean they did it on purpose. They may have just made a mistake. Forgive them and let it go. You make mistakes also.

8- Listen to the Radio. Focus on the music or words coming over the radio. Try listening to a book or podcast, this can help long drives seem more productive. Remember to also keep an eye on the road!

9-Never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while driving. Being impaired decreases your attention to the road and the drivers around you. Have a friend drive you home, take a taxi, get a hotel.

10-Never be an aggressive driver. Cutting people off and slamming on your breaks will never get your point across and those actions may just cost a life.

 

How do you keep your cool while driving?

Peace be with you on the road!

 

Study Reference: US Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Facts, Crash Stats. Feb 2015

Awesome idea for Christmas! #puzzles #giftideas

Awesome idea for Christmas! #puzzles #giftideas

Do you know someone that is obsessed with puzzles??  They make wonderful gifts, especially unique puzzles!

Puzzles are a great way to relax and also great for bringing the family together.

I have always enjoyed puzzles, of any sort, since I was a child.  I was so excited to find puzzles made by Liberty Puzzles out of Boulder, CO.  These are the greatest jigsaw puzzles I have seen so I just had to share.

Not only are they made of maple plywood, yes wood, not cardboard, but they have really interesting designs hidden in the their extremely colorful puzzle pieces.  Some of the pieces are in shapes of animals, cactus, horseshoes, people, just to name a few.  You can spend hours just looking through the pieces!

Liberty Puzzles are so creative!!  The back of the finished puzzles are just as cool as the front, which says a lot!! 🙂

I’m not being paid to promote or review this product.  I just really wanted to share how awesome their product is.  Check them out!

Fear of Public Speaking?

Fear of Public Speaking?

Heart pounding, clammy palms, hands shaking, feeling nauseous, can’t sleep, can’t eat?? Does any of this sound familiar before you have to give a speech?

I definitely know the feeling! I used to be horrified to give speeches. I cannot even remember giving most of my speeches in my teenage years. I don’t even think I looked up at the class. Somehow I made it through each time, but my speeches were incredibly boring and monotone. I’m sure I even made my classmates nervous.

After high school I decided I had to get over this fear! I knew I was going to need to give speeches in college and in my job.

Am I perfect at it now? No, but I do actually think they are kind of fun… many many speeches later. It’s definitely taken a lot of practice.

I started out by forcing myself into situations that required speeches. I like to torture myself! I took classes in college that I knew would require multiple speeches just so I could practice.

Here are some helpful hints I have learned over time.

1- Make sure you really really know your stuff. Do not just memorize the words, but understand what you are going to talk about. Practice the speech in private numerous times so that you can ad lib much of it.

2- Try it out loud by yourself. Practice this several times. Get to where you are no longer staring at your paper or cards.

3- I use cards so that I can ad lib the majority of the speech and the cards are just reminders to keep me on track. Cards are especially good for specific stats or quotes you have to provide.

4- Practice giving the speech to a friend or family member. You can let them know about your fear. There is a good chance speeches are also hard for them.

5- Remember even confident speakers get nervous. They are just good at hiding their nerves.

6- Eat and Sleep well before the speech. This is more important then you may think. Eating healthy and sleeping well heals the body and makes it strong.

7- Take a couple deep breathes before entering the room to speak.

8- If you can, make a joke before you start your speech. Sometimes this helps, if it goes over well. I know if I can make the group laugh it definitely lessens my fears.

9- Very important, take breathes while your are doing your speech! Take a small pause, take a breathe, then start speaking again. Short pauses will help you breath better throughout the speech and calm your nerves. This will also help you slow down.

10- Fluctuate your voice, use eye contact, speak slowing, and use pauses. You’ll find your audience will stay more involved, which will in turn create more confidence in you.

11- If possible, use slides or other presentation tools. These tools take the focus off you and will help you relax.

12- Wear an outfit that you feel confident in.

Public speaking is quite hard for many people, so do not give up.

Concurring public speaking gives you a motivational boost. I’m so excited (and admittedly still a bit relieved) when I am done speaking. I no longer blank out, people seem interested in what I’m saying and ask questions, and I feel exhilarated when I’m done. Make public speaking fun!

Peace!

How to Overcome Fear #fear #motivation

How to Overcome Fear #fear #motivation

Don’t let fear rule your life. Don’t wait until it’s too late to understand how fear can hold you back and keep you from truly enjoying the world you live in.

“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” –Judy Blume

You can take small steps to overcome fears. For example, if you are frightened of going to a new class (it may be at school, a new college, or even a knitting class or aerobic class) and interacting with all the new faces work to overcome this.

1-Choose a class you really like and sign up for it. Actively signing up for the class is a very important step to take.

2-Have a friend sign up with you until you are confident enough to attend on your own.

3-Each day, for several days before the class begins, visualize going into the class. Picture yourself as confident, holding your head high. Picture yourself feeling calm. Take time in these visualizations and really feel what you are picturing. If the classmate next to you says hello, visualize what you will say back. Practice your responses so they will fall freely from your mouth when the nervousness sets in. “Hi, have you ever had this teacher before?”, “Hi, have you ever tried kick boxing (if you are in a kickboxing class :D) before?”.

4-Have a good nights rest before the class.

5-Be a little early to the class.

6-Just before you enter the room find an alone place, in your car or on a bench near the building. Perform some breathing exercises.

7-Step into class.

8-Understand that others around you are also nervous. You are not alone!  That’s usually hard to understand, but trust in the fact that many people are more nervous than they appear.

9-Repeat the process again. Keep working at it until your fear resides. Remember this will take time. Continue to pick yourself up and try again.

You can do this same practice for walking through a dark parking lot, walking/running a 5K, whatever your fear may be.

If you fears are too large to overcome by yourself, see a professional that can help you walk through the steps to release your fears. Don’t hold back due to fear.

You cannot wait for the fear to go away on it’s own. Waiting will often create more fear. Visualize, breathe, and take action.

What has helped you overcome fears in the past?

Peace in Unexpected Places?

Peace in Unexpected Places?

Peace is when you sit back enjoy the unexpected!

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I love driving and hiking off the beaten path. These photos are of Rainbow Falls in Colorado. We decided to follow an intriguing little road off the main drive and were excited to find this wonderful little fall and bridge with brilliant graffiti colors.

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In what unexpected places have you found peace?

Start your day off right!! – SMOOTHIES Quick and Simple!

Start your day off right!! – SMOOTHIES Quick and Simple!

Everyone has heard the rage about smoothies. How healthy they are and how much energy they can give you, but you don’t have time! There are store bought mixes, but how much sugar do they have??

I was worried about time also, but you can actually make a smoothie and clean up in less than 10 minutes a day. I’ve been making them 5 to 6 days a week for over 2 years now.

I personally use a high powered blender. These do a great job and are easy to clean. I’ve been using the same blender for 2 years now and it’s still running great. Quick and easy is what we are after.

Many people ask me exactly what I put in them. They read through 100’s of recipes and get lost in the details. Recipes are great, but you don’t have to follow them down to every ingredient. I simply use them for ideas on what to add to mine.

For example, I noticed many recipes use cinnamon, ginger, or almond butter in them. Great idea! Now I regularly add one or two of these ingredients to mine.

Don’t get me wrong, recipes are great tools also. I just find them cumbersome and didn’t want to keep myself from getting into the smoothie habit.

My Basic Ingredients:

-Add One Leafy Green Vegetable. My favorite choices are spinach or baby kale. I use the organic pre-washed options. This makes preparation a snap. You just grab a couple handfuls and toss them in the blender. I always use start with this ingredient.

-Add between 2 or 3 of the following: Cucumbers, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Carrots, Apples, Celery, Berries or an Orange. Basically whatever I happen to have on hand, but those are my go to fruits and vegetables. Vegetables like Asparagus even work! These are all easy to wash and cut, especially when you only choose a couple from the list.

-Add one cup of Almond Milk.

-Add a dash of Cinnamon, Ginger (I am a fan of fresh ginger), or Almond Butter.

-Blend

-Drink…. or my favorite is to add Protein Powder and Chia Seeds after my drink is blended. If you are a bit frightened of the vegetable taste the protein powder will hide it. Although I must admit the fresh taste without it is surprisingly good!

-Then wash the blender and you are ready for your day!

Trust me, once you get into the habit smoothies are really fast to make. You just have to get a routine down and keep it simple.

Smoothies are an awesome way to get a couple servings of vegetables and fruits first thing in the day. Looking for a way to start your day in a good mood!! Smoothies will definitely help you get off on the right foot.

I’m curious to hear other people’s ideas on how they manage to keep smoothies as a staple in their diet.

Drink Up!

Create a Vision Board

Create a Vision Board

Vision Boards have many different names such as Inspiration or Mood boards. They are also called Treasure Maps, Visual Explores or Creativity Collages.

They help you define your goals and align your focus. You can include your immediate goals or your long term dreams. It’s your board, you can add whatever you wish.

They are normally created on a poster board or cork board. Use cut out pictures from magazines, ones you’ve found on line or photos you’ve personally taken. You can also add trinkets, drawings, or meaningful quotes. You could also make yours electronically and print it out.

Leave blank spots for new ideas or update the board as new goals come to mind.

They are really easy to create and fun to do! Take some time to relax and focus on the board you are creating. Keep your board simple.

The concept is to present yourself with images of who you want to be, how you want to act, where you want to vacation and what you want to achieve. Surround yourself with these images.

Review the board daily, focus on it, and reinforce it with daily affirmations. Keep your focus on what you want to achieve and put actions into place to move your life in a direction to make these images a reality.

Do Vision Boards really work? Many people feel they do. Visualization works in physical activities. Think of how often athletes use this method. Visualization helps train your brain patterns. I also strongly believe in affirmations. Seeing the same meaningful phrases on a daily basis definitely molds your thinking.

Creating a board may seem a little awkward at first, but give it a try! The results can be quite rewarding. What are your Thoughts?

Where is your PEACEFUL place?

Where is your PEACEFUL place?

Everyone should have a peaceful place to visit!

Mine happens to be a bit of a hike up the hill in the picture above, but once I regain my breathe it’s one of the most peaceful places I have been.  I can see for miles.  It’s very quiet up there except for the light breeze and the birds chirping in the back ground… and the occasional chain saw down in the valley.  Hopefully the resident mountain lion keeps to himself.  I’m hoping he (or she) finds it just as peaceful and is sound asleep!

Peaceful places can be a special spot in a park.  Find a place with beautiful foliage, lake or river.  Listen to the sounds, watch the ducks, and take in the fresh air.

Peaceful places can also be inside your house.  You can create a reading nook or find a room all to yourself.  Turn the lights down, light some candles, and take some deep breathes.

Your peaceful place may be riding a bicycle down an open road or taking in the air on the back of a motorcycle.

Where is your peaceful place?