Snow Adversity 2016

Snow Adversity 2016

As I sit in Centreville, Virginia with literally tons of snow surrounding me and my school, I suppose I should be in panic mode about our fourth deadline looming. Will school even be open just one day this week? We are on our fourth consecutive day out as I write; most think we’ll be out the remaining three days this week.

I did send in our final copy count and the business team did submit the nameplate list before the blizzard of 2016. LESSON: When asked for information, comply ASAP.

We are 20 pages ahead. LESSON: Always submit extra pages the first two or three deadlines.

My editors have been texting and using social media to remind staffers of what must be done as soon as we return. LESSON: It is their deadline, not yours!

My rep has been supportive by sending out messages of comfort. LESSON: Trust your rep!

I have been experimenting with new recipes, knitting, reading and movie watching. The point is this: we can’t avoid what nature deals out. It is best for our collective mental health to go with the flow, bank sleep and be ready to go full force upon return. I have urged the editors and staff to clear calendars for work this coming Saturday. We will make it. Always have. Cheers

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Refresh — Ten Ways to Refresh and Rejuvenate

Refresh — Ten ways to refresh and rejuvenate

Recharging your internal battery is as important as making sure you have food in the fridge or gas in your car. Finding time or ways to do that are easier than you may think. Consider trying any or all of the following before you get back into full swing of another school year.

  1. Ditch the electronics. Studies have shown that being so connected isn’t the best idea for our brains. We need to have real down time away from electronics so put the smart phone down and go for a walk.
  2. Treat yourself to a spa day. Relieve the tension that has been built up in your muscles from deadlines by visiting your local oasis. Need help finding a spa, visit  If massage therapy isn’t affordable, try hydrotherapy in your own tub. Put on some soft music, light a few candles and use some bath salts or essential oils to create a respite at home.
  3. Read something that is candy for your mind. Whether it is a murder mystery, a self-help book or some just for fun fiction, choose something that will help you escape from your hectic schedule, even for a short time.
  4. Get in touch with nature. Vitamin D, “the sunshine vitamin” is vital to having strong teeth and bones and a healthy immune system and is free just spending time outside.
  5. Get physical. Walking, running, swimming, biking, canoeing, whatever exercise will help wake up your psyche by releasing endorphins which will also help to put you in a better mood.
  6. Talk to a friend. Picking up the phone and actually talking to someone about something other than work is a great mood lifter.
  7. Laugh, a lot. Laughter really is the best medicine so finding ways to increase it in your everyday life will only make you feel better…and might even be contagious.
  8. Try a new hobby. Look for classes that interest you at local shops and schools. With schedules that accommodate working people (and that are often inexpensive),  you can try something new and see if you like it before investing in all the tools and equipment.
  9. Travel. While visiting far off lands may not be in your budget, simply taking a ride in the country and having lunch in a new locale offers you a chance to see what’s outside your little area.
  10. Rest and relax. Getting enough sleep can have profound effects on your stress levels and immune system. Sleep time is when your body and immune system do most of their repairs and rejuvenate to make them ready for the next day. Proper sleep (7-8 hours a night) will enhance your body’s ability to fight infection. Never feel guilty about sneaking in a nap if time allows.