Giddy up and prepare yourself for a blast into the past.
Article by Briana Renee Dahlberg
There’s something about old-timey saloons, cowboy boots, and boater hats that we love. If you want to take a blast into Wild West towns in Arizona, then you’ll want to visit the cities outlined below. Many of these spots will make you feel like Arthur Morgan, you know, from the video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
Many of these spots are only a day trip away from Phoenix, making them great places to visit on a weekend. From wild burros roaming the streets to historic mining towns and spooky places, these cities exude a rustic, wild west charm.
Are you ready to saddle up and have the ultimate western adventure of a lifetime?
Location: Oatman, AZ
Why you need to go: This old west town is overrun with burros that love the attention.
Location: Bisbee, AZ
Why you need to go: You can visit this charming town with a thriving art scene. Plus, there’s an all pink bakery with delicious pastries.
Location: Tombstone, AZ
Why you need to go: You can go on a mine tour, visit the historic museum or take a tour of the most haunted spots in the city.
Location: Jerome, AZ
Why you need to go: This old west mining town has a variety of areas to explore, plus, it’s a day trip away from Phoenix.
Location: Prescott, AZ
Why you need to go: Stop by Whiskey Row and indulge in all the various pubs, restaurants, and art galleries.
Location: Wickenburg, AZ
Why you need to go: Stop by for a mine tour or visit the various local dude ranches.
Goldfield Ghost Town
Location: 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd., Apache Junction, AZ
Why you need to go: Pan for gold, pop by the mine and explore the local shops and historic buildings.
Have a quiet moment or two to think about life ? You’re place in the universe ? Why you’re here ? Can you answer these questions with an eye toward a future that will provide you with a path, a framework for living life to its’ fullest ? It all begins with realizing that we all have a unique destiny for greatness. Read on !
It’s been over a week of self-isolation (and even longer since being in our office), and I’ve had to buckle down and take control of my days to prevent myself from going crazy. There have been some rough moments, but these are the ways my extroverted self has made these unpredictable days a little more bearable while living alone.
1. Set a schedule—and stick to it.
I’m not generally a big schedule person—especially on work-from-home days. But during this unconventional time, I’ve discovered how vital a schedule is to my days. Working in an office naturally leads to a routine—waking up, getting ready, heading out for your commute at the same time. But working from home? It’s a free-for-all.
Every workday, I write down my schedule in the morning and stick to it for my entire workday. I write in physical activity and breaks and meals (not just cheese and crackers) to make sure I’m not working from my bed all day.
2. Eat real meals
When you’re at home, it’s easy to snack all day and never take the time to actually cook something (or support a small business by ordering a takeout meal). Factor in three real meals every day, and take the time to cook for yourself and give your body the nutrients it needs—it’ll help your overall mood more than anything else can.
3. Schedule time to talk to people
Never did I think that 2020 would consist of needing to schedule a set time to Facetime or call someone in order to make human contact, but here we are. It’s easy to text a friend or family member to check in on them, but it’s different to actually make use of your vocal chords and speak to someone. In the morning, I call my mom and talk to her while I’m making my breakfast; and every night, I Facetime my sister while I’m eating dinner. It reminds me that I’m not alone in this, and everyone is in the same boat. (I’m still trying to talk my coworkers into an all-day group Skype call to keep each other company, but they aren’t sold just yet).
4. Play music (or turn on the TV)
For me, the weirdest part of living alone is the opportunity to have absolute silence. It’s eerie and something that’s wonderful at times, but it also takes some getting used to. It definitely is not something that I enjoy now, given that I’ve been home for over a week, so as soon as I wake up, I play a Spotify playlist on my Alexa. Having some noise in any form in the background helps to distract me from the fact that I’m alone, and sometimes, that’s all I need.
5. Move your body
When all of this began to go down, I made one goal: continue to hit my move goal on my Apple watch every day, no matter what it takes to get there. I’ve been having fun keeping up with the challenge since I haven’t been able to use my usual routes to get there. If I have extra calories I need to burn at night, I’ll queue up a yoga video or stream a quick HIIT workout, and it makes all the difference.
I’ve been working out in the morning, which I find helps my mentality in the early part of the day, but come evening, my body forgot that it ever moved at all. If you have a fitness tracker, setting a goal is a great way to remind yourself you have to move. If you don’t, set a reminder on your phone every few hours to tell yourself it’s time to do some sort of physical activity—no matter what it is.
6. Stay away from the news (and social media)
I am a journalist at heart; I majored in editorial journalism and respect journalists and all of those producing high-quality work to inform the country about what’s really going on with COVID-19 every day. But while living alone, the constant stream of COVID-19 content is overwhelming, and quite frankly, unbearable. Every time I open any social media platform, I’m reminded of new developments in the country that are important to hear but spark a lot of panic when you only have you and your thoughts to entertain you.
Instead of spending time on social media, I’ve bought a few books on my Kindle to turn to when I feel the need to scroll. It allows my mind to escape for a while, rather than diving deeper into a frenzy of “what ifs” that all forms of media are causing.
7. Keep up with your usual routines
Since none of us are leaving the house, it’s easy to work all day in what you slept in and never wash your face or do your hair—but still doing those things makes all the difference.
I’m never going to be a wear-jeans-while-I-work-from-home person, but I do make sure that no matter what, I change out of what I wore to bed. Generally, that means leggings and a sweatshirt, but it still helps me transition into a workday mentality.
While I’m not here doing a full face of makeup, I do like throwing on a little mascara and bronzer in the morning to feel good and put-together throughout the day—even though it’s just for me. Putting that sense of normalcy back into my days has changed how I feel all day long.
A sick sense of failure or a miraculous feeling. Two outstanding authors with two very different approaches to their writing. I believe their message is to write, no matter what you are feeling. Grind if you have to, but keep at it. Your idea’s are “clamoring to become visible”.
Locked down ? Got time ? Maybe get something useful done to your home now while out of action !
Here’s a timely article on doing just that, decluttering by Anton Giuroiu. So here are a few of Anton’s idea’s:
You don’t want to search for things in your closet or house, cluttered and amalgamated with so many useless things. We know the feeling, trust us! A furniture piece with a lot of smaller drawers is a lot better than a big one with all the stuff thrown in there. If you use each drawer for a category of things, it can be a lot easier, you can even write on a piece of paper what’s in there and you can go straight to your desired place. You can use your staircase as well, to make drawers under or inside of it.
Arrange your books in your library after their author, respecting the alphabetical order. Use sticky book back labels for different kind of genders, like red for horror ,black for drama, pink for love, they will both help you manage your books and create a more colorful environment.
As the coronavirus continues to spread across the country, most people have spent a lot of time worrying about their physical health, leaving less time to consider how the pandemic may be impacting their mental health.
According to Mental Health America, “the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects.”
The anxiety surrounding such an unprecedented pandemic can feel crippling and the lack of socialization that comes with self-quarantining gives us plenty of time to dwell on that anxiety, said Brian McCallum, a licensed clinical professional counselor for Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs.
“Not only do we need to consider the COVID-19 pandemic, we also have to consider that there is, in effect, an emotional pandemic of anxiety, worry and fear,” McCallum said.
“Anxiety, worry and fear thrive in environments of ambiguity and uncertainty,” he added. “In short, emotions are contagious as well.”
Luckily, just as hand-washing can help protect physical health, there are a few simple exercises that can be done at home to protect your mental health too, McCallum said.
One of the easiest ways to begin calming an anxious mind is to practice breath regulation, which helps bring balance to the body’s nervous system during times of heightened stress, he said.
A good way to practice this skill is through a breathing exercise called “box breathing” or “square breathing,” which McCallum said is often used by U.S. Navy SEALs in the line of duty.
Square breathing gets its name from its emphasis on breathing deeply by counting to four for a total of four steps, he explained.
“Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose to the count of four, hold for a count of four and then exhale slowly through the mouth to the count of four and then hold to a count of four again and repeat the cycle,” he said.
For those who may find themselves consumed by worries of the future, mindfulness exercises can help focus the mind to pay attention only to the present moment, McCallum said.
“That keeps our mind out of the future,” he said. “Often the future can be a source of worry, anxiety or dread.”
The most popular mindfulness exercise is known as the three senses of mindfulness. For this exercise, try to relax and breathe deeply as you name three things that you can see, hear and feel in the present moment, McCallum said.
“For instance, I can feel my left heel on the floor and I can feel my elbow touching the armrest and I can feel my glasses on the bridge of my nose,” he said.
McCallum said he encourages folks to try this exercise as a family as it provides a release from thoughts of the future and an opportunity to connect together in the present moment.
“The other concrete tip is simply just to remember to move whether that is walking outside or walking on a treadmill or stretching or following along with a video instruction on Pilates or yoga,” he said.
Finally, McCallum said he recommends people try to limit media consumption to checking in to a few trusted sources around three times a day at most.
While it is important to stay informed, “constantly monitoring the news, constantly scrolling or refreshing your browser can feed into the anxiety and worry cycle,” he said.
Self-quarantine wasn’t on your bucket list. But here are activities you can try.
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Here are a few things to consider. If you’re not in self-quarantine or isolation, you should seriously consider it. Transmission of the coronavirus is breathtakingly easy, and some medical experts say that the virus can survive on surfaces for up to three days. It needs to be left alone three days to start breaking down without disinfecting measures. This is why it’s important to not provide coronavirus “a ride” to its next vacation destination.
Eight things to do while you are in quarantine or self-isolation:
Go outside and walk a lot.
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Phone a friend. There used to be a Bell telephone commercial jingle, “Reach out and touch someone.” (Hey, it was right after the swinging ‘70s). Instead of that, I’m recommending that you call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. I texted a high school friend yesterday and the jokes picked up where they left off (he’s the one responsible for toilet paper being in such short supply). Think of this as a great opportunity to reconnect.
Work out at home. Can’t go to the gym? Cycle, and do calf extensions on the steps, and pushups and planks like there’s no tomorrow. I already met my fitness goals for 2020, but I guess I’ll be able to maintain them now, too.
Read five books that you’ve intended to but just didn’t have time. There’s enough time now. Just don’t break your reading glasses, unless you have a backup pair.
Find substitute TV programming now that all sports are suspended until further notice. Catch up on three, four, or more great shows that your friends have highly recommended. I hear The Good Place is worth a look. I haven’t seen it, but it’s on my watch list. If you’re into sci-fi/supernatural shows? Watch The Expanse (Amazon), The Outsider (HBO), and I Am Not Okay With This (NetFlix). Trust me now, and thank me later. (Have you seen Fleabag? Go to my analysis here to see if you’re up to it).
Write a poem or a Great American Novel. Tap your muse. In addition to blog posts, I plan to complete a book proposal and finish my second novel, if two weeks go to six, eight, or more.
Commune with nature. Walk around outside in the sun at a healthy distance from other humans (trails, forests, etc.). (I discussed the issue with a veterinarian, and there is not yet evidence that the next-door neighbour’s adorable pug can become infected with coronavirus). Exercise and naturally forming Vitamin D? What could be better?
Cook. Make a great YouTube recipe reality and create a meal to be proud of. It’s a good idea to stock up on pasta, rice, canned vegetables, and spices so that more recipes are within reach.
Start a betting pool on how much of a baby boom there’ll be due to all of this time on our hands with nothing else to do. It may put the spike from the Blizzard of ’78 to shame. Some of you may contribute to that boom. And why not? As long as neither of you tests positive (for anything), there are lots of good reasons to do it. Check out some of them here and here.
If self-quarantine doesn’t appeal to you, some of these activities can hopefully make it more tolerable.