Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Monday, September 4, 2017

The power of distraction...

By: Sebastian Berry

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Ladies and gentlemen, FOOTBALL IS BACK!



I crave distraction. I love having things to do. As the old saying goes, “idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” I work incredibly hard, to the tune of 65+ hour weeks, regularly. I work full time in one emergency room, as needed at the other emergency room in the same town; I’m a substitute instructor at our local technical college, and other side jobs like this one.

We all need distraction in our lives. In the family survival situation, yes, there is a ton of work to be done but as another old saying goes, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” There is such a thing as “burnout”. There are several articles and studies that speak to this. Herehere, and here as well as many others.

Burnout is detrimental to productivity and overall health, which in the family survival scenario can be disastrous. I acknowledge that if society as we know it crumbles, football is probably not going to be around and I’m going to have to find a different distraction/hobby. Another of our illustrious contributors here at Family Survival Farm, Karen Roguski, wrote about fun and games with the survival family when the power is out. Read it here.

I am a religious man, a Christian. As such I do try to hold my sabbath day holy as best I can and not work. I also am employed in healthcare, at a hospital no less, and sometimes I have to work. There is something to be said about setting aside a day or two here and there to rest from our labors.

Sometimes we just have to stop and smell the roses, slow down, and take some time to ourselves. This time to ourselves has many names. Younger kids call it a mental health day. For those of a certain vintage, I like to say that I work for the weekend. With my schedule as it is, sometimes my weekend is in the middle of the traditional work week. I think my sentiment is pretty well summed up with the song of the same title that you can listen to here.

The point I'm trying to make here is simple, sometimes we just have to do something different than we are currently doing to break up the monotony. There is nothing wrong in doing something other than work. Again, several studies have shown the positive effects of taking vacation or holiday as some might call it. You can read a couple here and here.

In the survival family and even at Family Survival Farm you just have to have a little fun sometimes. I know that this posting is a break from my other writings. I hope that you can take the hint that it's okay to do that every once in a while.

What do you do to take a break from your everyday routine? Tell us in the comments. Also, make sure that you have signed up for our monthly giveaway here.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas

No Power Needed Fun and Game Ideas  
By Karen Roguski


The latest natural disaster we are facing, Hurricane Harvey, got me to thinking about ways in which to entertain oneself and family, especially since so many of us have grown to rely on electronics. Thus, finding ways to unwind, have a bit of fun, or even keeping the little ones entertained isn’t always the easiest.


Today we hope to offer some inventive and enjoyable options to help ignite the imagination, while getting one's mind off of life’s grind and stress, in a way that does not require electricity. For items that require props we have also tried to utilize and focus on using and repurposed items to help maintain a “greener lifestyle”.

Fun and Games For All Ages

Sack Racing-

Oldie but a goodie for loads of laughter can be found in the classic sack racing. No need to buy a potato sack when you can use pillow cases or even sleeping bags for the same effect.

Board Games-

Family game night can resurface to fulfill this super fun option. Monopoly, Scrabble, The Game of Life, Candyland, or you can even create your very own imaginative board game.


Outdoor Gaming-

Here we have some additional old school ideas such as Dodge Ball, Hide and Seek, Tag, Mother May I, Tug Of War, or anything else the mind can create.


Card Games-  

No matter if your favorite is Poker, Go Fish, Blackjack, Spades, Rummy, Solitaire, or a card variety that only your family knows. Card games are an all time winner.

Bubbles-

One tablespoon soap to one cup of water and walla, fun and laughter is the guest of the hour. Bubbles can be fun for kids of all ages.


Mad Libs-

No need to purchase Mad Libs books when you can easily create your very own. Shhhh...these are also a great way to help teach in a fun manner.


Scavenger Hunt-

The world is an oyster, the sky's the limit, the boundaries are only those you make when it comes to scavenger hunting. Simply make a list, set a time limit, ensure a boundary, and take off running.


Puzzles-

Yet another classic way in which to pass the time that needs no power of any kind. Don’t forget you can even create your very own puzzles in a number of different ways.


Paper and Pen-

Using these items one can do so many different things such as Tic Tac Toe, journaling, story writing, hang man, draw, card making, or so much more.

Books-

Books come in many shapes and sizes from those to be read to crosswords, mad libs, joke books, riddle books, and even sudoku. The often not thought of book can be found in the good old coloring books that have become so popular recently.  


Ghost Stories-

Although ghost stories are usually used around the campfire they can actually be done whenever the mood fits, though in the dark is always the best.

Music-

Time to break out the guitar, harmonica, drums, or even just the pots and pans. Music has been said to calm the savage beast, so why not have it help to erase the boredom as well.


Tire Swing-

A great old school outdoor idea that is easy to make and utilizes recycling in a huge fun, power free manner, is the classic tire swing. Again a super fun time passing adventure for the kid of any age.


Collecting-

Creating custom collections dates back to the old ages. For many, these collections might be options such as bugs, stamps, rocks, butterflies, or absolutely any item that strikes you fancy and catches your eye. The fun continues when one takes the time to create the perfect way in which to highlight their showcase collection.


The Sky-

The sky can be such an enormously gratifying thing in which to look at, admire, study, relax and have fun. One can incorporate pastimes such as naming cloud creatures, naming the star clusters, following the moon phases, or even bird watching to name a few.


Crafts-

Crafting can include so many various means, textiles, and items. Some examples can be scrapbooking, paper mache, pillow making, doll making, creating musical instruments, and so much more.


Building Toys-

Think Lego, Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, cardboard boxes, or any other item that can be used to build. No matter the medium being used hours of fun can be had with almost anything.


Forts-

Building forts require breaking out the sheets and blankets. Toss them over some furniture and open the imagination.


More Family Favorites

What are some of your family favorites? We would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment them below, upload your video, or share a picture. Who knows you might start a new and innovative trend.