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Go Back to a Simpler Time
1. Pop bubble wrap
I cannot think of a simpler pleasure in life. You did it when you were a kid for fun and you can do it as an adult to relieve all kinds of tension and stress.
2. Pop balloons
I realize some people can’t stand the sound of fingertips against a balloon or the sound of balloons popping, but it works. There’s something about squeezing an object until it bursts that is strangely therapeutic.
3. Color a picture
Dig out an old coloring book and some crayons and go to it. (You don’t even have to stay inside the lines.)
4. Draw with sidewalk chalk
Same idea as the coloring book, but this way you get to enjoy the great outdoors. If you’re lucky you might even get to strike up a conversation with a passerby.
5. Climb a tree
You may have grown, but the trees have grown too. Once you get up there, don’t forget to take a look around. The view is magnificent.
6. Dance in the rain
This might not work so well in the desert, but it is very therapeutic. If you really feel like getting into it, you can go out without a raincoat. Don’t stay out too long though, you don’t want to get sick. Hurry back in and grab a nice, steamy mug of hot cocoa.
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com Copyright © 2010! http://www. If you’re lucky you might have a state park nearby. Go to the beach If you still have some time left when you get back to shore.skipthegrief. Many bookstores also sport coffee shops nowadays so you can pick up your favorite drink while you’re there. Do a puzzle Try to find a puzzle with a fun picture. grab your rod and reel and cast away! 11.After the Grief 101! 3 of 19 Relax 8. 14. split the cost. They’re fun to squeeze. take some time on the beach. The more fun the picture. They relieve tension. the more likely you will be to finish the puzzle. and make a day out of it. Go fishing While you have the boat for the day. 15. 10. but bring a few friends along. 12. That would be a great place to start.com . Enjoy the sunset. Get a stress ball They’re cheap. Visit Nature There is a beautiful world out there waiting to be explored. Browse the bookstore Find a good book and curl up in a chair (all free of charge). Rent a boat for the day Sure it will cost you a little bit of money. Take a long bubble bath Emphasis on LONG. 9. SkipTheGrief. 13.
Take some time to rediscover this wonder. 17. Get just enough sleep to reenergize your body. You just had your heart broken. Read that classic novel you’ve never had time for Shakespeare. Dickens. Big cry It’s okay. Drive out to the country to gaze at the stars The night sky is an amazing sight to behold.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. 18. 20.com . Let it out.After the Grief 101! 4 of 19 16. Laying around in bed all day moping will do you no good. Take your pick. they both feel good. Talk things through with a therapist A bit pricey and time-consuming. SkipTheGrief. Good sleep When you’re done with your Big Cry.skipthegrief. 21. it’s an option. Anyone. you will be ready for a Good Sleep. but it worse comes to worst. Go for a massage From a professional or a friend with strong hands. 19. the city lights often drown out this beauty. Unfortunately.
but you just “haven’t had the time to play”. Sing a song In the shower or while you’re driving or while you’re sitting on the couch. Beat that video game You know the game I’m talking about.After the Grief 101! 5 of 19 Have Fun 22.com . take a turn. If you find yourself in a familiar location. Select your language. You may know it better as Disc Golfing or Frisbee Golfing. but it’s well worth the effort. Frolfing. 25. Explore a new part of town Take a friend and start walking. 23. Go Frolfing Yep. 24. 26. You have no agenda and no final destination. It’s free and anyone can play. The game that’s been in your system for the past three months. Grab a disc and a friend and head off to your local course. Now’s the time. Then on the left-hand side click on the Random Article link on the left side (should be the fifth link down). just let it out. Learn random facts Go to wikipedia. 27.skipthegrief.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. There’s a whole new world under the water and it’s yours to explore. Take Scuba diving lessons It takes a bit of training. SkipTheGrief. Learn. Repeat.org. Not to mention that singing for 10 minutes a day is good for your health. It doesn’t matter when or where. Read. you read it right.
Let your hamster out of his cage.skipthegrief. and let the marathon begin. 33. 29. 30. This can be as simple as brushing your teeth before you take a shower instead of after. 32. Change up your routine This doesn’t have to be anything drastic.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. Well now is your chance to explore. read a few books and maybe even join a local club. Do some research. Sometimes making little changes in your routine can cause you to look at the big picture differently and this can have a significant impact on your life. If you don’t have a pet. Start a new hobby Have you ever thought. Nowadays you can find just about any show you want on DVD with more coming out every week. Start a collection It only takes 4 of one type of item to start a collection. 31. make some popcorn. 34. Join a fantasy sports league The world on fantasy sports is rapidly growing. Play with your pet Take your dog to the park. You should have no problem finding a league that fits your style for the sport you love.com . Invite some friends over. get one. There’s nothing stopping your but yourself. Find a nice locally owned restaurant to try out or at least try a new dish at a familiar restaurant. Try a new restaurant Take a break from your TV dinners and treat yourself to a night out. Watch a whole TV series on DVD The 90’s were full of great TV shows or maybe you’re a fan of the 60’s and 70’s. “I wonder how they do that?” or “I wish I could do that?”. This task should be feasible in one day. it doesn’t matter. SkipTheGrief.After the Grief 101! 6 of 19 28.
36. Find some blogs and websites you enjoy and follow them Keep up to date on your favorite sports. Join an online forum of one of your interests Same idea except in forums you really get to share your opinions as well.com . sadly.After the Grief 101! 7 of 19 Technological 35. Take advantage of this opportunity before it’s too late.skipthegrief. are not. Backup your pictures I’m sure you’ve heard of somebody in your life who has suffered through a house fire. Get rid of it now. throw it out the window. 38. sink your teeth into Facebook. 39. If you actually still have a VCR. 37. celebs. Delete your MySpace account Not worth it. With today’s technology you are able to easy make electronic duplicates of all your pictures for free. You will probably be amazed at all the different blogs out there today. but pictures.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. If you really need to satisfy your social media desire. and hobbies. Many things in life that are replaceable. If you’re in a really good mood you can even pick up a Blu-ray player. Program your VCR Just kidding. SkipTheGrief. They are actually quite affordable these days. I wanted to make sure you were still paying attention. Then go shopping and at a minimum pick up a DVD player.
41. Reading other blogs inspired you to share your experiences with the world.com .After the Grief 101! 8 of 19 40. Start writing a blog Couldn’t find a blog you really liked? Start your own.skipthegrief. Blog away! SkipTheGrief. Organize your iTunes library. create some new playlists You’ve spent years ripping CD’s and purchasing new music. but when was the last time you took inventory of the music you own? Make sure all your music is properly labelled and take some time to make a few new playlists. Perhaps something to relax to or something to work out with.com Copyright © 2010! http://www.
A sponge and a bucket full of water is all you need. it is full of dust. Then check on it every 30 minutes or so to make sure it’s not overflowing. 47. but simple task. This time though. Dust off the ceiling fans So you might not look up at your ceiling very often. If it has any value to it you can sell it on eBay or have a garage sale. Throw out anything you haven’t used in the past year. if you have a ceiling fan.After the Grief 101! 9 of 19 Cleaning 42. Throw out all the pens that don’t work I know you’re tired dried up pens. find all the pens in the house and start testing. Save yourself a little cash. 46. Find that lost remote control. SkipTheGrief. instead of just putting the pens that don’t work back in the canister. 43. Be sure to put a pan or bucket in place to catch the water. Clean out the couch Pull the cushions off the couch. So grab a piece of paper. wash your car NOT get your car washed. whether you use it or not. 45. Clean out the basement PURGE. Sometimes it’s easiest just to knock all the dust onto the floor and then vacuum it up. Get out the vacuum to take care of the rest. THROW THEM AWAY! 44.skipthegrief. Collect the spare change.com . but believe me.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. get out and enjoy the weather. Defrost your freezer It’s an annoying. Wash your car Yes. Unplug your freezer and open the door. Get a step stool and a rag and go to work.
Clean out the basement 50. SkipTheGrief.After the Grief 101! 10 of 19 48. sell the clothes that aren’t “you” anymore and enjoy the extra space. Clean out the attic See: 47.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. 51. Replace as needed. Clean out the basement 49. Clean out your bathroom cupboard Check for expired medications. Organize your closet Pull out everything. Clean out the garage See: 47.com . 52.skipthegrief. You might regret it later. Stash away all pictures of your ex Don’t destroy them entirely.
After the Grief 101! 11 of 19 Socialize 53. GO! This is a great method to get out of your comfort zone and explore new activities. 55. Make new friends You can never have too many friends. 56. 59. The adrenaline rush is awesome and you can learn something new.com .com Copyright © 2010! http://www. You deserve the time off. 58. Laser tag Nothing blows off steam like shooting strangers with a laser. 57. 54. Go on an adventure Choose an activity that is out of your comfort zone. give it a shot. Start a new sport Find a local club. Start or join a book club Book clubs offer a great reason to read and a great place to make new friends. Find a local resort and make a reservation. This is a growing fad so there’s probably a location near you. like whitewater rafting. You’ll already have something in common.skipthegrief. Say ‘yes’ When someone asks you to something you wouldn’t normally go to. You’ll have your pick of sports and you can make some friends along the way. SkipTheGrief. Take a mini-break Get your kids in the car or call up a friend and tell them to pack. You’re going away for the weekend.
After the Grief 101! 12 of 19 60. but there is a whole world of board games out there for adults.skipthegrief. You might not know it now. start one! SkipTheGrief. Even if you can’t cook it’s good to be surrounded by friends for a night. Nothing wrong with that. Volunteer at your kids’ school activities You get to spend time with your kids and help the community.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. 62. Play/Learn a board game Board games aren’t just for kids.com . Just open your mind. If you do find your area lacking a group. Hold a freedom dinner party Invite your friends to try your amazing cooking. 61. Volunteer at a group that interests you There are groups for every activity and every interest these days. 63. You just have to look.
Buy that new pair of shoes You know.skipthegrief.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. Although we don’t want you making any rash decisions and getting in over your head. That should be sufficient.com . anything. SkipTheGrief. Buy something new Not into shoes? Buy something.After the Grief 101! 13 of 19 Indulge 64. 65. So let’s keep it to one item that costs no more than $500. Today is the day to make them yours. that pair you’ve been drooling over for the past 3 months.
SkipTheGrief. and they will get your heart beating. 69. Take a walk Anything moves your body constantly and gets your blood flowing can be exercise. Do jumping jacks Simple.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. Start off easy and take a walk around the neighborhood. Get away from suburbia and enjoy the great outdoors. Choose a pre-made program or make one of your own. quick.skipthegrief. 68.After the Grief 101! 14 of 19 Exercise 66. Either way it will be good for your body and a great energy boost. Try a new exercise program Getting into it yet? Try a program. Make sure there’s air in the tires and ride like the wind! 67. Go for a bike ride Dust off that old bike you found in the garage. Take a hike If you get a little more adventurous you can find a local park or forest and see more of nature. Whew! Keeping going! 70.com .
75. 76. but I’ve heard it’s not that hard if you have the time to do it. Redecorate your bedroom Yes.After the Grief 101! 15 of 19 Crafty 71. 73. Have some fun with this. Paint a picture It doesn’t have to be pretty. Make a quilt This is an awesome project. You can get creative in the framing process. SkipTheGrief. Your room should depict who you are. Kids are easily amused and they will be sure to love the personal touch as they grow older. You could even resort to finger painting if you want. 77. Get some of your favorite photos printed out and framed Maybe you just took some great shots or you have some old photos laying around that you want to spice up. It can keep you warm or you can give it away as a gift. Own it. The best part of the project is that it’s practical. but it’s YOUR room.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. 74. it may just be the room you sleep in. Learn how to knit I’ve never actually done this myself. or use real photos. Start taking your camera around with you There are always people and places waiting to be photographed.skipthegrief. 72. You can get super creative with quilts. paint. If you make a habit of bringing your camera along you can really get some great shots. Have fun with it. Make a picture book for your kids Draw.com .
com Copyright © 2010! http://www. Now is the time to get it down on paper. You never know what you might find. Experiment with new foods and new dishes.com . Fix your favorite meal Sometimes you just want a good home-cooked meal that you can count on. Start a herb or vegetable garden Perhaps you have a green thumb. Enjoy! SkipTheGrief. 79.skipthegrief. 81. Write a book You’ve always had a great idea for the next bestselling novel in your head.After the Grief 101! 16 of 19 78. Gardening can be fun. Find some new recipes and master them You know you want to be the next Iron Chef. It can also provide free food (and you don’t even have to drive to the store to get it)! 80. Now is the time to start practicing.
And always remember to turn on your porch light when you’re expecting company (even if it is just the pizza delivery guy). Learn from the experience and then let out your frustration while you dismantle the failed effort.After the Grief 101! 17 of 19 Handyman 82. Fix that leaky faucet Have you ever actually counted how many faucets you have in your house? I bet one of them is leaking. They’re bright and they last forever. Anything.skipthegrief. Program the thermostat You don’t have a programmable thermostat? Get one. Get some wood glue.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. Once you find the problem. SkipTheGrief. Destroy what you built If this was your first time building something it probably didn’t go exactly how you wanted. It will save on energy costs significantly. Build something Something. Liven up the main rooms in your home with a brighter color. Replace the porch light Try using a compact fluorescent bulb. You could make a picture frame or a dart board. consider changing up the colors. Both could probably use a new coat of paint. While you’re at it. 84. Fix that wobbly chair Tighten the screw. Paint the house Inside or outside. the solution should be easy. 86. Get creative. 83. 88.com . Usually with a little time and effort this is a problem you can remedy on your own. Hammer in another nail. 85. You could make a table or a chair. 87.
95.After the Grief 101! 18 of 19 Planning for the Future 89. 96. List of all the things you want to be thankful for next year Make a note of what needs to change to make these things happen. 93.com Copyright © 2010! http://www. It’s your idea. Exploit the your pros and figure out how to change your cons. Balance your checkbook When was the last time you did this? Do you really know how much money you have? 91. It’s time for you to take ACTION! 92. You can do it any time of the year.skipthegrief. This is a pro/con list of things you like and dislike about yourself. It’s best to be prepared. 94. Get your passport You never know when you might need want to get out of the country. Make a time with a person who has your dream relationship When you get to speak with them be sure to ask how they got there. Make a time with a person who has your dream job When you get to speak with them be sure to ask how they got there. Discover the next worldwide fad I can’t tell you much here.com . 90. Write a list of all the things you are thankful for This is not just something to think about in November. SkipTheGrief. Pros/Cons List This is probably not the list you were thinking of.
SkipTheGrief. This will simply force you to work harder and more efficiently. Over the next year you will want to revisit this plan. 100. Plan an overseas holiday Even if it is for next year.skipthegrief. start researching now. Write down your goals for the next year It’s okay to make “outrageous” goals. Sometimes you can get a discount for booking your trip early.com . 101. 98. Work out a plan of action to make your goals happen This is where the real magic takes place. Create a budget Your budget should NEVER exceed your income. Take note of what is working and what is not working and revise the plan accordingly. You may be able to get your employer to pay for the class or you could try to negotiate a raise. Seems like common sense. but many people do not follow this rule. 99. but your employer will be impressed with your initiative. Look into taking a class that will advance your career Not only is it good for you to learn new skills or expand on the skills you already have.After the Grief 101! 19 of 19 97.com Copyright © 2010! http://www.
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