I’ve written about enjoying Autumn to the fullest, but today, I started thinking: what are some ways to just get out of the house during the Fall? I tend to be a major homebody, but I’m trying to be more active and spend more time outside (and so, less time on the couch). Here are a few ways I’m looking forward to getting out this Autumn: 

  1. Go hiking. I go hiking every weekend and I plan to keep it up this Autumn. Once the rain sets in, it won’t always be easy–but I’m looking forward to seeing the leaves change from the trail! 

  2. Visit a farm. In Hood River, Oregon, there is something called “the Fruit Loop”: it’s a collection of farms that set up stands on weekends during October. It’s so much fun! Visiting local farms is a great way to get local, fresh produce and to spend time outside. 

  3. Collect leaves. I make it a goal to collect a few leaves and press them every year. I then paste them in my journal or scrapbook. I love spending time outside trying to find the perfect leaves. 

  4. Go apple picking. While you’re visiting farms, you can also hunt for a local orchard! I love going apple picking. You get the fun of being outside in the Autumn–and you get delicious apples. 

  5. Go to a corn maze. Ok, maybe you won’t “experience nature”–but you will get outside the house! Most towns have a corn maze in the vicinity (as far as I know) and they can be a ton of fun. Invite your friends and have a blast! 
Signs As Bucket-List Activities

Aries: Water skiing
Taurus: Hang gliding
Gemini: Rock climbing
Cancer: Cave diving
Leo: Zorbing
Virgo: Sky diving
Libra: Zip-lining
Scorpio: Circumnavigating
Sagittarius: Snorkelling
Capricorn: Bungee jumping
Aquarius: Kayaking
Pisces: Wingsuit flying

To Do When You’re Blue: The Lifeline Activity

Not a lot of people know that for 8 years of my life (from age 22-30) I was a religion teacher at a Catholic High School for girls.

(I know, right?  I continue to shock and awe people with this tasty little bit of trivia to this day.)

Anyway, one of the many interesting and introspective activities I came across during my time as a religion teacher was something called The Lifeline. (I’d actually forgotten about it until my boss/buddy Dino reminded me about it the other day.)

Here’s how it works:

If you’re ever feeling down, or disappointed, or lost, or some other form of emo, it may just be one of the best ways to spend 15-20 minutes of your supposedly sorry life. 

Here’s why… When you take the time to draw your lifeline, you see that life really is made of UPS and DOWNS. As awful as you think your life may be, I’m willing to wager that your entire lifeline is not just one long southward slide. 

All downs eventually lead to an up. So be hopeful. Every high leads to some inevitable low. So be appreciative of what you have, while you have it. 

Trust in the ebb and flow of life, my friends. Whatever it is you may be going through… this too shall pass. :)

Summer Safety

With so many heat waves expected over the coming weeks it’s important to keep your child at a safe and comfortable temperature. 

Sun Safety

  • Keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight
  • Older infants should be kept out of the sun between 11am - 3pm 
  • Always apply a sun cream of at least SPF 15, although SPF 30-50 is recommended  
  • If using a buggy - attach a parasol to block the sun 
  • Put on a sun hat with a wide brim to protect their face and neck 

It is important to never use a blanket to cover your child in their push chair as this can keep the heat in and cause them to over heat

While breastfed babies do not need additional fluids as it will be provided through the breast milk, older children or bottle fed babies can stay hydrated with cool boiled water or fruit juices. 

Older children can also enjoy fruit lollies, frozen yogurt, and ice cubes. Eating fruit will also keep their fluid levels up. 

Keeping Cool 

  • Paddling pool under supervision 
  • A cool bath before bed 
  • Light or minimal bed clothes 
  • Keep blinds/curtains closed to keep their room cool 
  • Wipe down with cool flannel during the day 

If you are using a fan, placing a bowl of ice or cool water in front of it will help to cool the air as it circulates. 

Keep safe and enjoy the sunshine! 

If you have any tips please feel free to share them here!


Reasons why festivals might not be for you

1. Dodgy bands

Your favourite band performs for half an hour, and the rest of the event is full of unknown and unremarkable shows. No need to fret! We have a proven track record of top quality new writing, so you’ll get your money’s worth and more.

(Photo by Freya Scott © RSC)

2. British weather

We all know the feeling of having a wet bottom after sitting on damp grass. Well, here at The Other Place you won’t need a spare pair of trousers. The area has its own sunny micro-climate, and you can always head inside if you prefer the shade and the funky decor.

(Photo by Lucy Barriball © RSC)

3. Portaloos

The invention of portaloos is life-saving for camp lovers, but admit it - when it comes down to it, you’d prefer a lovely porcelain seat over a cramped, smelly box too. 

4. Warm beer

Lager, much like ice cream, is not meant to be consumed warm. Luckily, at The Other Place, we have a range of icy cold drinks and a never-ending supply of ice cubes.

5. Expensive tickets

It might have happened to you before: you go to a festival with a couple of friends, and then it’s instant noodles until the next payday. At Making Mischief, we are offering tickets as cheap as 70p for an excellent night out.

6. Questionable food

Everyone loves a stroll through the food stalls, but it’s a gamble in quality every time. We’ve got chefs whizzing up homemade cakes, sandwiches and scones at Susie’s Cafe, not to mention our delicious focaccia.

(Photo by Sara Beaumont © RSC)


A Day Trip to Brighton by pallab seth
Via Flickr:
Summer Garden, Royal Palace Brighton, the happiest place to live in the UK, is a seaside resort in East Sussex, England. It attracts over 8.5 million visitors annually and is the most popular seaside destination in the UK for overseas tourists. In the Georgian era, Brighton developed as a fashionable seaside resort, encouraged by the patronage of the King George IV. Brighton continued to grow as a major centre of tourism following the arrival of the railways in 1841, becoming a popular destination for day-trippers from London. Summer in Brighton 2016

anonymous asked:

URGENT! Tomorrow I'm going on a trip with a youth group, we're going & coming back on the train. I get super anxious about the gap in between the platform and the train. I HATE having to step over it when getting on/off, and I can't bear seeing people on the station stand close to the edge before the train's there. Last time I was at a station I started crying, and this time my mum won't be there and I don't know what to do to help the anxiety. (I'm not confident enough to tell the youth leader)

I typed out a response to this and then lost it!

If possible, get your mum to speak to the youth leader before you set out.

If she can’t meet them beforehand, perhaps she could talk to them via your phone if you have one and are intending to take it with you. She might also be able to support you via phone call when you are waiting on the train platform/boarding.

If she won’t be able to meet with them beforehand or speak to them/you by phone, you could write a note to give to them, explaining that you get very anxious on train platforms and when boarding trains (because of the gap) and also explaining what support you need (if you need to hold on to someone/have someone help you across and if there’s anything they can do to ease your anxiety - for example angling themselves so that you have to turn away from the tracks to talk to them, or, if possible, finding a waiting area to wait in until the train has pulled up.

When on the platform:
- stand well back from the edge where you feel more safe and secure, even if it seems quite a drastic distance compared to everyone else.
- it might help to sit somewhere, rather than stand, if you are likely to feel unbalanced or ungrounded.
- stay turned away from the edge as much as possible so that you don’t have to look at it or anyone who might be standing nearer the edge than you are comfortable with.
- try to distract yourself (look at a book or your phone - it might be a good idea to find some apps/games that you can use as if it’s interactive it will demand more of your attention).
- chat to people (ensuring that you are standing at an angle that allows you to look away from the edge).
- use headphones or earphones/plugs (shutting out some of the sensory experience of being on the platform might ease some of your anxiety or prevent it from escalating).
- it might also help to use sunglasses to shut out some of the sensory experiencing (basically ‘dulling’ things).
- sensory toys might also help distract you (I also find that Murray Mints can help me feel calmer, so maybe there is something that will help you - something to chew or something with a flavour that you find either stimulating enough to distract you or soothing).

When boarding the train:
- ask for support if you are able to (just saying something like, “Can you hold my hand/arm/help me across? The gap makes me feel a bit weird!” can get you the help you need without having to over explain or make a big deal out of it). Script these requests or explanations if you need to. If you were previously sitting you could always use a headrush as an excuse (a simple way to say you feel a bit dizzy and need to hold on to someone if you don’t want to tell them the real reason).
- take your time and try to find something you can hold on to to make you feel more secure (the door/frame or a handrail if there is one within reach and if you were unable to ask someone in your group for help).
- it might be worth having something you can give to someone if you do have an anxiety attack (that will explain what’s happening and maybe advise them of what to do).

Consider whether you really have to/want to go. If you don’t, then you might decide that you should leave this trip and perhaps work on your fear of the edge of the train platform before you go on any trips that mean you’d have to travel by train without the support of your mother. It’s not worth putting yourself at any risk if it is likely that you could become unwell.

In the long run it would probably be a good idea for you to work on this by perhaps visiting train stations and increasing the amount of time you spend waiting on them, and then practising getting on and off trains with your mother’s support. That way you will hopefully be better able to manage if you have to travel independently, or go on trips without your mum’s support.