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Monday, June 8, 2015

HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR SANITY

BRYCE ON LIFE

- Try to stay off the roads and unplug your technology.

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There is no denying it, these are crazy times we live in. Just turn on the evening news and you know what I mean. It seems our government is in a perpetual state of turmoil, protests and riots are happening (and may even get worse with a hot summer), we hear of terrorists, and people being cruel to their families and animals, etc. At work, there are managers sitting over their employees with a whip and a chair, orders are not processed on time, customer complaints seem to be rising, and cheating and greed is everywhere. And nonprofits turn into petty political fiefdoms. It's all rather mind-numbing.

Due to the helter-skelter we live in, maybe it's time to relax and regain our sanity. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten how to do this. They are so imbued with technology, driving on busy streets, and the rat race in general, they have forgotten how to regain their composure.

Here are some simple ideas to break the rut you may be in:

* Read a book.
* Perform some gardening, slowly, not in a hurry. Plant a tree or some flowers.
* Play a game of cards, be it Bridge, Pinocle, Poker, Uno, or whatever.
* Attend a meeting, such as a community town hall get-together and be brought up to date.
* Take a walk or ride a bicycle. Walk the dog, if you have one, and enjoy the scenery.
* Visit the library.
* Enjoy a swim or soak in a hot tub.
* Update your coin or stamp collection.
* Knit or sew if you are so inclined.
* Play catch with your kids or grandchildren.
* Take in a baseball game, be it MLB, the Minors, or Little League. Other sports will also suffice. While there, don't get over rambunctious, just enjoy the moment. If your team wins, great; if they do not, it's not the end of the world.
* Go fishing. Nothing better on a shady, lazy afternoon.
* Take a nap, if the kids will let you.
* Lend a hand to someone in need.
* Work a crossword possible and work your brain.
* Clean the garage. Maybe it's time to clean house and dispose of the old Beta-Max machine you have.
* Play some music. I happen to prefer classical and jazz myself.
* Volunteer your time to some worthy cause.
* Visit a horse track and take in the races.
* Go camping or boating.
* Attend a local festival or car show (if you don't mind crowds).
* Watch a movie. Sometimes an old classic is just the recipe for causing you to fall asleep.
* Visit a public park or beach. Visit the mountains if you are near to some.
* Visit a museum and expand your mind.
* Tell a joke and laugh.
* Take your kids or grandchildren to the zoo.
* Play a round of golf, tennis, pool or whatever.
* Take the family to lunch or dinner.

Just about anything involving human contact will do, or perhaps you just need to be alone within your own fortress of solitude. Do not press yourself on these activities, just enjoy the moment. Whatever you do, try to stay off the roads and unplug your technology.

Now take a deep breath, and just relax. Life may not get better, but at least you can regain your composure.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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