Tuesday, 23 May 2017

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?

7 Work Related Anxiety Triggers and How to Ease the Stress


Whether you work from home or go to an office daily; you are always working for someone else. Your services, talents, skills and knowledge are being exchanged for money and that means meeting expectations. It also means dealing with daily triggers that frustrate us. According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, these triggers build up stress which may negatively impact our personal relationships physical health. Dr. Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, offers 7 work related anxiety triggers with tips on what we can do to deal with them.

1. Fear Based Bosses
Bosses who focus on possibilities and solutions inspire creativity and collaboration. Fear-based bosses aren’t leaders they are energy drainers. They have quick tempers, focus on problems, complain and threaten. According to Dr. Hafeez people make the mistake of remaining in a job for the wrong reasons. “Being spoken to harshly every day is no way to live. It’s abusive and causes anxiety. My advice, file a complaint with human resources and resign. Your well-being matters first and most.”


2. Co-Worker Cliques
Some work cultures include gossip, passive aggressiveness, undercutting, sabotage, and verbal jabs that would rival any high school clique. “If your work is solid, align with others who are focused and keep your eye on the prize. You have a job to do and your focus will be thrown off by unnecessary cattiness. When you hear a group of co-workers gossiping, politely excuse yourself,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

3. Technology Glitches
We’ve all had instances where we want to throw our computers out the window, stomp on our cell phones and kick a vending machine after it gobbles up our last 2 singles. “Technology is what led to a higher standard for speed and efficiency. When we can’t get what we want in .005 seconds we get agitated. It’s conditioning,” she explains. “Centering is a great technique that helps delay reaction time to stressors. Before pounding on the copy machine, step back count to 5, breathe and pivot to fixing whatever may be wrong or finding someone who can assist.” 

4. Presenting
You can be the most articulate, outgoing person and still have anxiety when it comes to presenting to a group. It is common for people to experience insomnia, nausea and tension headaches leading up to an important presentation. Preparation is key. “Allow ample time to gather key points and mentally rehearse your presentation while doing another unrelated activity such as cooking, cleaning, walking or running, to release stress and remain present suggests Dr. Hafeez.”

5. Your Commute
“Once you exceed 30 minutes one-way, your happiness level drops and your stress level rises,” says Dr. Hafeez. A coping mechanism she suggests is to use the commute as a time to learn. If driving, tune off the negative news talk radio and opt for interesting podcasts or audio books. If stuck on a bus or train, reading a book, watching a show on the iPad, or getting a head start on email are also ways to make the time fly.

6. Business Travel
Rushing for airplanes and dealing with weather delays and over-booked flights not to mention navigating an unfamiliar place will stress anyone out. “Preparation and a solid backup plan is a great way to ease pre-business travel stress. While face-to-face meetings may be optimal, skipping a flight and opting for a video conference may be a less stressful option.”

7. Quotas and Commissions
While most workers love the self-determined earning potential of a commission-paid job, they still find it stressful when they look at the numbers and fear coming up short. “Anxiety is cause by excessive worry about future events you believe you cannot control, explains Dr. Hafeez.” It may sound harsh but setting higher targets can be helpful. When you raise the bar at making 50 sales calls instead of coasting by with the usual 20, you’ll most likely complete 30 and will feel accomplished. “Acknowledge daily wins and break down the effort into smaller chunks of time so you focus on what’s in front of you,” she advises.

About the Doctor:
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical neuropsychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.
Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com 

Monday, 22 May 2017

Helpful Ways To Declutter Our Lives



Every so often in our lives, we take a step back and realize it's time to declutter the mess that surrounds us on a daily basis. Whether it’s an untidy workspace or a disorganized wardrobe, there is always the need to organize the space around us and make a change in our lifestyle. When our lives are cluttered, we can feel weighed down physically and mentally. We might not know where to start in cleaning up the critical areas of our life as the task at hand can seem insurmountable, particularly if we haven't had a good tidy up in a long time. However, by decluttering our life we will not only improve our living and work spaces, but we can bring order to our minds as well, bringing a sense of peace as we go about our daily business.

No matter how large the mess seems to be, with a little bit of time and effort, it will gradually be reduced. Taking it one step at a time, let's consider each area of our lives as we begin the tidy up.


At work

Whether you work at home or in the office, if your space is cluttered you are not going to be very productive.

Let’s begin with your desk. It needs to be organized, so you have the things you need to hand. Have separate pots for those essential items such as pens, staplers and paper clips. Remove that sandwich that has been progressively getting greener as the days have gone on and wash out those cups that are leaving nasty looking rings on the surface of the desk. After removing any waste, you need to reserve the space of your desk for essential items such as your computer, telephone, priority paperwork and perhaps a photograph of somebody special in your life.

When going through your paperwork, it may be time to shred anything that is now dated and useless. For those relevant documents, create a filing system that suits you, perhaps alphabetically or in date order. Have designated drawers for client files, receipts, etc. Now, when sat at your desk, you will have the space you need to work and know where things are when you need them.

You could cut down on paper altogether and become environmentally friendly. Many people store important files on their computer, either to the hard drive or a cloud service such as iCloud and Dropbox. In the case of computer failure, it is also a good idea to store them on an external hard drive too, though a Cloud service will allow you access to your files on any portable device, such as tablet and smartphone.

Have a look at your computer desktop. If the screen is littered with folders, it is time to start organizing them and deleting anything you no longer need. Go to your email inbox and set up separate folders for work and personal messages, and set up spam filters to keep out unwanted junk.


At home

Considering our home is the place we spend time in to relax, we will struggle to chill out when we come home every day to find the sink piled high with dishes and the laundry basket overflowing with last week's washing. To be able to unwind effectively, it is time to make a start on making our homes calm and livable again.

Go through the house, room by room. Clear the floors and flat surfaces and store items neatly. Quite often, we chuck things into cupboards, out of sight and out of mind. This isn't helpful when we later need them or have to make space for something genuinely useful. Rather than have cupboard doors coming off their hinges, begin to go through your items and recycle anything you don't need.

Do you really need thirty pairs of shoes?  If you haven’t worn certain clothes in the last few months, ask yourself if you are ever going to wear them again. If your children have toys and clothes that they have outgrown, donate them to a local hospital or charity. Your loss is somebody's else's gain. For anything else, consider hiring a professional removal service such as www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au  who will remove your unwanted items for you.


In life

Our lives often become cluttered with too many activities and demands on our precious time. Whether they be hobbies or commitments to family and friends, we need to take a step back and consider which of them brings us the most value and joy. If you are doing something out of necessity because you have always done it, or don’t want to let people down, are these the right reasons to continue doing them. It may be time to start saying no to new offers and focus on those activities you really love doing. It will give you more time to do them and enable you to spend the time with the people you love.

Make a planner of your week and set time to do household chores and any obligations you have. Look for the space in your calendar and use that as your down time, a place to relax and bring calm to your life. Of course, our lives are unpredictable, and we never know what calamity or upheaval is going to happen next, but having some routine will help bring order to our stressed minds.

When you have decluttered your life in all its facets, you will be able to stand back and congratulate yourself on your hard work. However, as the dust begins to gather, and as new demands on your time become present, you will need to declutter all over again. You can prevent this by having the proper systems in place to enable you to keep on top of everything. For starters, have a tidy up before you go to bed leave work every day. Delegate daily tasks to others to help you in the battle in bringing order to the chaos, and hopefully, you won't be as overwhelmed by clutter again.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Philanthroparties, A Party Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back

When Lulu Cerone was 10-years-old her life was forever changed when she saw the horrible devastation from Haiti’s 2010 earthquake on the news.  Living a comfortable existence in suburban Los Angeles, she felt that she had to do something to help.  Her parents had always encouraged her to give back so she decided to organize a lemonade stand war between the boys and girls at her school.  That initial event was a huge success raising $4,000 for the earthquake victims and was the social highlight of the year.  From there, LemonAid Warriors was born.  The non-profit organization uses ‘philanthroparties’ to raise money for a range of global organizations.  To date over $100,000 has been raised.



The 17-year-old’s ‘philanthroparties’ are “parties with a purpose”. A consummate DIY expert and budding chef, she decided to share her love and knowledge in her new book, Philanthroparties, A Party Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back (May 9, Beyond Word/Simon & Schuster).  Each month showcases different ideas with seasonal recipes and easy DIY crafts.  Lulu’s goal is to spread her enthusiasm for social activism to kids everywhere.


I had asked Lulu if she would share a few words with us about her successful book and she wrote:

"Compassion. Empathy. Empowerment. Generosity. We can all agree that community service is the one of the best ways to practice these traits. While most families prioritize these values, we don’t always prioritize community service when it comes to scheduling.  In my family, sports, music lessons, and a myriad of extra curricular commitments kept pushing away our well-intended plans to volunteer. When we did make an attempt, most charities required volunteers to be sixteen years or older unless accompanied by an adult, and my parents were just too busy. When I was ten years old, I decided to do something about it.  

I came up with a PhilanthroParty action plans. I’d take a look at what was already on our calendar, like holiday parties, sports banquets, music recitals, or smaller events such as birthdays, sleepovers or play dates. I’d research a worthy cause and then add a few creative twists that turn any gathering, big or small, into an opportunity to create positive change in the world. Friends coming over for Canada Day pool party? Ask them to bring extra used towels to donate to your local dog shelter. No pool? Set up sprinklers, water balloon piñatas and water guns. Voila! You’ve got yourself a PhilanthroParty.  My book has dozens of simple, inexpensive ideas like this to turn any gathering into a party with purpose. Adding kindness and generosity to the things you are already planning on doing is a realistic way to make social-good a part of your social life!"

Lulu Cerone


Check out her amazing book and become a game changer for the world!

Doctor Recommended Hot Healthy Hair Tips

As summer is in full swing, it’s important to put your best hair forward with healthy and gorgeous locks that are sure to impress. From taking essential vitamins to a simple head massage, hair restoration expert Dr. Baiju Gohil breaks down some easy ways to get enviable hair this season.

Dr. Gohil is a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, dedicated to hair restoration and hair loss treatment. He opened Robotic Hair Restoration Long of Island (RHRLI) in July of 2015 and continues to transform the lives of his male and female patients.

 
His hair expertise is unparalleled with over 10 years of experience and you can check out his hot hair tips here:

  1. Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and E can play a vital role when it comes to having beautiful and healthy hair. Adding biotin, zinc, magnesium and niacin can also have significant benefits.
  2. Eat Right: Eating the right foods can provide essential nutrients for your scalp and hair follicles. Foods high in protein and iron are extremely important, as well as enriched foods containing omega-3.  It's also important to be careful of those crash diets that can void your body of these vitamin enriched foods and proteins.
  3. Hair Care: External hair care is vital if you want healthy hair. Weekly deep conditioning is crucial for maintenance and limiting the use of heat (curling irons/hair dryers/flat irons) will minimize damage to your hair. Finally, applying essential oils 2-3 times a week and limiting hair washing to every 2-3 days can also be beneficial.
  4. Massages: Massaging the scalp as often as possible is also very helpful in promoting healthy hair. This increases the blood flow to the follicles, helping to provide important nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles.
  5. Therapy: If someone is suffering from hair loss, there are three FDA cleared and approved therapies that can help to slow down and possibly stabilize that process in both men and some women, depending on the underlying cause. Low level laser therapy, finasteride (Propecia/men only), and topical minoxidil (Rogaine-5% for men and 2% for women) may all be helpful depending on your situation. 

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Top 5 tips to keep you looking your best in the summer and beyond!

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and while most everyone is ready to embrace the warm weather, it’s important to remember that the sun’s rays can reak havoc on your skin, with both short term and long term results. Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Jill Caruso is sharing her top five tips to keep you looking your best in the summer and beyond, along with her favorite products* that will help keep your skin in top condition!


1.     Use SPF every day - There is good reason you get this advice over and over again.  This is a non-negotiable for healthy skin. Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful UVA/UVB rays is mandatory for skin health and anti-aging.
Jill’s Picks:
    EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44

    SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 35


2.     Don't forget your lips! - This delicate area is often forgotten, but the lips require sun protection and hydration.  Lips are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of the face. Lips tend to get dried out so when not in the sun make sure to hydrate them
Jill’s Picks:
    SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator

    Colorscience Sunforgettable Lip Shine SPF 35


3.     Botox helps prevent wrinkles... and sweat! - By temporarily paralyzing muscles, you are able to prevent future wrinkles. This is especially important around the "crow's feet" area in the summer, when we tend to squint more in the sun.  Botox is also used for hyperhidrosis, so you can prevent excess sweat on the forehead, as well as and sweaty armpits! 

4.     Reapply SPF without messing your makeup! - Carry a brush-on mineral SPF, which is easy to use and super convenient. 
Jill’s Picks:
    Colorscience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50

    Avène High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50


5.     Use nightly fading cream - Dark spots tend to appear more in the summer when the skin is being constantly exposed to the sun.
Jill’s Picks:
     Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

     SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 Pigment Correcting Serum


MORE ABOUT JILL CARUSO RN, BSN, CANS:

Jill Caruso is a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist based in New York City and one of only 220 practitioners with credentials from the Plastic Surgery Nursing Board. Jill began working as a cosmetic injection practitioner more than 7 years ago, and started working alongside Dr. David Fox Vein Care in 2014. She specializes in anti-aging treatments and clinical skin care. Using injectable fillers, neurotoxins, chemical peels, lasers, and Kybella, Jill softens the sign of aging. Her “less is more” philosophy and innate artistic ability, combined with a passion for the personalized patient care allows her to give her clients the most optimal outcome: their most beautiful, natural self.

Jill’s Aesthetic Services Include:
·       BotoxDysport & Xeomin: The number one aesthetic procedures in the U.S. to reduce fine lines
·       Dermal Fillers: Great for returning volume to your face by filling in wrinkle lines.
·       Chemical Peels: Great for brightening and tightening sins of aging and photodamage.
·       Kybella Treatments: For non-surgical double chin reduction.

Safe Solutions for 6 Common Beach Body Concerns


Summer is approaching! It’s the time of year met with mixed emotions. On one hand you’re excited for the warmer weather, open toe shoes and weekends at the beach or pool. On the other hand you dread revealing the stubborn cellulite, dull skin, stretch marks, scarring from breakouts on the chest shoulders or back not to mention coarse hairs.

Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery in Philadelphia who has appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America and 20/20, offers some insights and tips on these top 6 beach body concerns.

1. My skin is so pale!
It’s been way too long since you have seen a glimmer of sunshine and realize how your skin matches the white of your office walls. You want to avoid tanning beds and load up on sunscreen. “Opt for a bronzing cream or spray tan instead of tanning beds. Many of the women who come to me for facial procedures including Botox, fillers and laser treatments could have slowed down the aging process by being vigilant about sun protection and avoiding tanning beds,” cautions Dr. Brandow.

2. I have acne scarring on my shoulders and chest.
The quickest and most permanent way to remove these infuriating scars is with a laser. “Lasers are a very efficient way to remove scars and improve over all skin texture with minimal side effects. Patients are pleased with the fast results, which can be seen after the first treatment with optimal results by end of a treatment cycle based on your own needs,” explains Dr. Brandow.

3. I exercise but there still that little bit of tummy flab.
Stubborn tummy flab won’t disappear even with all of that exercising and dieting. Some people who have had children even consider a full tummy tuck. “It is very important to find a doctor who understands all options and can recommend one that will address your specific concern. Some pricey non-invasive body contouring procedures will offer a temporary result making it necessary to repeat them,” advises Dr. Brandow whose specialty is the Jersey Shore Tummy Tuck given his practice’s proximity to the Jersey Shore.

4. Cellulite.
There is no easy way to remove cellulite; you are either using a coffee scrub or going in to see the doctor for a laser procedure. Dr. Brandow recommends the professional treatment called Smartlipo, which is a small laser that goes into the skin and melts the fat away. Smartlipo is a less invasive procedure than liposuction, is costly and time consuming but the results can last up to five years.

5. Stretch Marks.
An inevitable result of weight fluctuation, are stretch marks.
Coolbeam laser is a new hit to eliminate stretch marks thanks to Kim Kardashian, who posted on her Snapchat about the procedure. Dr. Brandow explains, “lasers are far less invasive than a surgical procedure, which has a much longer recovery time.” Another option for stretch marks that Dr. Brandow recently spoke of on a recent TV segment is using PRP (platelet rich plasma), which involves pricking the scarred region with a special roller instrument then using the body’s own plasma to stimulate healing and collagen regrowth. “This is the same thing as the ‘Vampire facial’ but done on stretch marks. Results are incredibly impressive,” he says.

6. Unwanted body hair.
Hair removal is always a beach season battle. For a more effective long-term hair removal option, Dr. Brandow highly recommends investing in laser hair removal. “Laser hair removal is the most permanent way to remove unwanted body hair. It takes ups to 6-12 treatments offering the best results.” Waxing is a popular option, which can last up to 3-6 weeks depending on how your hair grows. It is the quickest and long-lasting hair removal technique that doesn’t require any laser and it can be done at home.

Dr. Brandow also reminds people to check with their dermatologist for an annual skin screening before exposing themselves to another season of sunshine.

About Dr. Kirk Brandow
Dr. Kirk Brandow, founder and director of the Brandow Clinic for Cosmetic Surgery is a plastic surgeon with 2 locations in the Philadelphia metro area and a 3rd one at the jersey shore. Named a “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery by Philadelphia Magazine as well as nationally recognized for one of America’s “Best Plastic Surgeons” of this decade, Dr. Brandow is a trusted expert who has developed many innovative, minimally invasive procedures for the face, body and skin. He has been featured on local, national and international television programs including 20/20, CNN’s Headline News, Good Morning America.

10 Tips for a Safe Family Summer



The school year is coming to a close and the weather is warming up, so you know what that means summer vacation! It’s a great time to get out of the house, get some exercise, and get off the couch, but it’s also a time of year when you need to be mindful of your children’s safety. Here are 10 tips to help you enjoy the warm summer months while keeping yourself and your family safe.

1.  Don’t Let The Bugs Bug You

Summer almost brings bugs with it that have been sleeping away the cooler winter months.  Bees, mosquitoes, ticks, and other 6 and 8 legged creatures can quickly put a damper on your summer fun.
  •          Teach Make sure you teach your kids, no matter how young they are, not to mess with bugs they find.  Observing is fine, picking up is not.
  •         Observe Check out the area where you’re playing or hanging out.  Do you see any bug-related hazards like wasp or bee nests, or high grass where ticks or spiders might hide?
  •        Be Prepared — Stings happen. Make sure you’re prepared with anti-itch cream for bites, and any necessary EpiPens for sting allergies.


2.  Hydrate!
When you’re running around in the summer heat, it’s easy to get too wrapped up in what you’re doing that you forget to hydrate.  Staying hydrated, and keeping your kids hydrated, is actually a bit easier than it sounds.
  •          Keep water and other drinks readily available.  Kids will drink when they’re thirsty, but might need a gentle reminder if they get too enthralled with their play.
  •         Popsicles Frozen treats are a great way to get some fluid in summertime.  Just stick with natural fruit popsicles rather than the sugar-filled alternatives.
  •        Fruits Juicy fruits like watermelon are a perfect way to stay hydrated.  Challenge your kids to a seed spitting contest to make eating watermelon fun!


3.  Be Aware Around Water
Everyone loves getting in the pool to cool off, but it’s also one of the most dangerous summer activities if you’re not careful.  Make sure that kids are always supervised in the pool, no matter how well they swim.  For young kids who don’t swim well yet, a life vest can be a great option don’t rely on your pool floats to keep them above water, since most of them specifically say on their packaging that they’re not a lifesaving device.

Make sure your pool is secure too, either with a locking fence around in-ground pools or a removable ladder for above-ground pools. Basically, make it impossible for your little humans to get in the water without your help.

4.  Allergies Are Tricky
We’ve already mentioned making sure that you have an EpiPen to take care of any insect sting allergies, but those aren’t the only allergies that you might need to worry about.

Be aware of both food and environmental allergies that might affect your kids while they’re enjoying the warm weather. For severe allergies, again don’t forget your EpiPen. Even if you’re only a few minutes from home, those few minutes could mean the difference between a happy ending and a tragic one.

For environmental allergies, carry the appropriate dosages of over the counter allergy medication for your children. There’s nothing worse than trying to play with a stuffy nose!

5. Protect Yourself From UV
Summer equal sun, so make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your kids from the UV rays.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying a broad spectrum (see protects against both UVA and UVB rays) sunscreen of at least SPF 30 half an hour before you’re heading out into the sun. This should also be reapplied every two hours, or more often if you’re playing in the water.

For kids who might not want to sit still long enough to be slathered up with sunscreen, keep them covered up with hats, sunglasses, and long sleeved shirts to protect their delicate skin from the sun’s rays. With 1 out of 5 Americans receiving a diagnosis of skin cancer at some point in their lives, protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is essential, especially for young ones.

6. Don’t Wait In The Car
We all remember waiting in the car while Mom and Dad ran in to the grocery store for a treat, but it’s the worst idea during the warm summer months.

Even if it’s not excessively hot outside, the temperature inside your car can skyrocket in just a few minutes. On an 85 degree day, 10 minutes parked with the air conditioner off can shoot the interior temperature to more than 100 degrees.

It’s illegal in 19 states to leave pets or children in hot cars and some states like Florida have made it legal for bystanders to break your car window if there is a pet or child in immediate danger.  Protect your kids (and your fur kids!) by bringing them inside don’t leave them in the car, not even for a few minutes. 

7. Watch Your Head
Bicycles are a great way to enjoy the warm summer weather, but only if you’re wearing a helmet! Helmets are the best way to prevent head injury from falling off a bike or being struck by a car or another bike. Wearing a properly fitted helmet can actually reduce your chances of a head injury by just under 50%.

Check with your local sheriff’s office if you don’t have fitted helmets for your children most usually host a bike safety fair at the beginning of the summer to make sure everyone has properly fitted helmets to keep them safe during their summer biking adventures. 

8. Don’t Let Your Food Get Hot
There’s nothing quite like a picnic in the park when the weather finally warms up, but it’s important to keep your hot foods hot and your cold foods cold when you’re packing your lunch.

It’s important to keep perishable food cold, and don’t let it sit out for longer than two hours.  On hot days, that should drop to one hour.  Warmer temperatures could encourage bacteria growth and result in food poisoning.
Hot food, on the other hand, should be kept hot until served and then placed in a fridge or cooler soon after. 

Cook your food to the proper internal temperature (145F for steaks and roasts, 160F for burgers and ground meat, and 165F for poultry) and keep it above 140F until it’s served.

9.  Keep Your Cool
Sun isn’t the only thing you need to worry about when summer rolls around higher temperatures present their own unique types of risk as well, especially for kids.  Adults, when they start to overheat, will take a break, seek out a drink or rest in the shade.  Kids, on the other hand, tend to keep going full speed ahead.

  •          Encourage breaks Encourage your kids to come in and cool off, take breaks in the pool, or just relax for a few minutes before resuming their games.
  •         Stay hydrated we’ve already mentioned this but it bears repeating.
  •         Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke If anyone starts exhibiting the symptoms of either of these heat related problems bring them in to cool off immediately.


10. Check The Playground First
Playgrounds are a great place to burn off some energy and enjoy the warm weather, but before you set the kids loose, take a few minutes to look for hazards that might send you finding another park. Things to look for include:

  •         Broken or badly worn equipment.
  •         Equipment that could cause injury when it gets too hot yes, metal slides of our childhoods, we’re looking at you.
  •        Insect nests wasps, bees, or other stinging bugs nesting in playground should be avoided.
  •         Hazards left intentionally by other people this sounds awful, but there have been cases where playground equipment was intentionally booby trapped to harm the children playing there.



Don’t let these safety tips discourage you from enjoying the warm summer months!  Just make sure you’re prepared for anything, and take care to protect yourself from the sun and heat and you’ll be sure to make this summer one to remember!