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5 Ways To Boost Your Energy and Conquer Your Day

by rayovac27, April 2017

 

We’ve all wondered how we’re going to finish everything on our list when we hit that post-lunch wall. Even after a full eight hours of sleep and a morning cup (or four) of coffee, maintaining energy throughout the day can be a struggle.

Here’s the good news: Most often, the “tired question” is not hard to answer. Maintaining a happy level of pep doesn’t have to be difficult! While it’s true that every body is different, just a few simple changes can help just about anyone feel energized throughout the day.

Check the list to see where you might find a little more fuel to keep you going from morning to night.

 

Control Stress

Stress is a lot of work. Constantly worrying and harboring negative emotions can drain energy, leaving you unhappy and exhausted.

It’s crucial to learn how to handle your stress. Talk to loved ones, see a therapist, take a few moments each day to breathe deeply and keep things in perspective—it’s the simple things that can keep you centered and worry-free.

Also important: Be realistic with what you can handle. Keep work, family, and social obligations manageable and you’ll find that each one becomes more special and fulfilling. It’s surprising how much energy you have when you’re optimistic about your life!

Exercise

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of exercise. Regularly upping your heart rate can relieve stress, improve body image, and help you sleep better. I’ll take a slice of that!

All the benefits add up to more energy. If you feel tired in the afternoon, that’s likely a good time to exercise. It will make you alert during and after your workout, and help ensure you get to bed at a reasonable time. Win-win-win times infinity.  

Food as Fuel

Say it with me: “You. Are. What. You. Eat.”

You’ve heard it a million times, and for good reason! Giving your body proper fuel-ups throughout the day is a proven way to keep you alert and less prone to ups and downs. Stick to foods that make you feel good after you eat them—it can be as simple as that. Avoid things that make you feel tired and bloated or give you a short-term energy boost with an inevitable crash.

Find Your Best Sleep

Sleep is a fickle thing. Too little or too much can be equally damaging, and it’s difficult to find what’s best for your body.

Everything above—stress management, exercise, proper diet—plays a part in sleep quality. That’s a good thing when you’re in a groove, seeing more and more benefits as you keep up consistent healthy behaviors. But when you lose momentum and struggle with even one aspect, your whole system can get thrown out of whack.

Sleep is the backbone of that system, so it needs to be a priority. Check out these sleep hygiene tips to see where you could improve your routine and set up yourself for success.

Stay Connected

We’ve all been there: It’s only 2pm and somehow your phone battery is in the red, but you’ve got plans until 8pm that could go even later. That’s stress you don’t need.

To the rescue: RAYOVAC Portable Power. These sleek power packs fit perfectly in your purse or gym bag, and many of them are good for multiple recharges so you can rely on them all week.

Just plug in your phone when the battery dips into stress-inducing territory, and it’ll keep you connected as you continue on with your day. No outlets needed, just keep this in your purse or bag and you’ve got a reliable recharge to keep you powered up wherever you go.

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Win Earth Day with Rechargeable Batteries

by rayovac20, April 2017

 

Small changes make a world of difference.

So if your family has a slight addiction to disposable batteries for powering your devices, switching to rechargeable batteries is an easy step that can help your wallet and the planet.

Earth Day is April 22nd, so now is the perfect time to give rechargeables a try. Making the switch is a great way to show your kids the importance of conservation. They’ll see the difference it makes when they recharge and reuse batteries rather than throwing them out all the time.

Rayovac® makes rechargeable batteries in all common sizes that can be used and recharged hundreds of times. They keep batteries out of landfills and give you reliable power for everyone’s devices. No more frantically searching for fresh batteries—just recharge and go!

Check out the resources below to see why Rayovac® rechargeables are a smart investment for you, your family, and the Earth:

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Indoor Flashlight Fun

by rayovac28, March 2017

Winter hearing aid care

Cold weather and an early sunset can make the kids (and you) a little stir crazy. So bring a little light into your lives with these kid-approved flashlight games!

Flashlight Constellations

Cloudy skies can’t keep you from stargazing! This easy activity educates and excites. Just make small holes in a sheet of paper, tape it to the end of a flashlight, and shine it at a dark wall to create entire galaxies. Click to download our large or small constellation printout. Plus, kids can show off their creativity by designing their own star patterns!

Shadow Puppets

This old standby is simple fun for everyone. Hand shadows are perfect for the first round, then you can expand the possibilities by cutting out shapes and attaching them to the end of the flashlight. (Bat-Signal, anyone?) To put on a show, hang a sheet from the ceiling and backlight it with a flashlight so kids can act out scenes using their stuffed animals and toys. Have kids pick their favorite color flashlight from the Brite Essentials Collection, and let playtime begin!  

Hot Potato Flashlight

Sit in a circle, turn out the lights, and start up the music! This is a fun take on the classic “Hot Potato” game. Just pass around the shining flashlight until the music stops, and whoever is holding the light is out of that round until one winner remains! The Brite Essentials Mini Flashlight is great for this. It’s the perfect size for kids to safely hang onto as they pass it around and try to win this simple, fun-filled game!

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Personal Stories from the American Red Cross

by rayovac12, August 2016

  Rayovac partners with the American Red Cross)

We sat side by side-- a newly-trained female client caseworker and I, a disaster mental health volunteer--in a FEMA Disaster Recovery Center. Next in line was a young survivor in his early 20's-- living in a local drug recovery center, who had lost his home, his girlfriend, his vehicle, and his job, in one of California's most devastating fires ever recorded.

I closed the door behind him as he took a seat. Shortly after he began, I reached for a bottle of water behind me, twisted off the cap, and handed it to him.  He talked and drank, cried and talked, and drank some more. For an hour, he related details of wrong turns, the long road back to sanity and sobriety, and finally the fire. We listened hard. Afterward, I asked about a sponsor,  12-step meetings, his support system.  The caseworker asked about housing plans and gave him information about government and community resources.

At the end, I gave him a blanket. I asked if he was hungry. “A little,” he admitted. I gave him a granola bar. I gave him a Disaster Distress Helpline brochure and the local crisis line number. He hugged me. He hugged her too.

“I noticed you take the cap off the water bottle", the caseworker said, after he left. "Why did you do that?"  "You saw that?" I replied, surprised. "Well, survivors under great stress easily dehydrate. When you open the bottle, it gives them 'permission' to drink it now rather than later.“

"Ah, good one", she said, nodding and jotting notes. "Your eyes never left his as you took off the cap.  And you sat forward when he started talking."  I grinned. "Were you observing me the whole time?"   "Of course I was!“ she laughed.  “I've never seen anyone work in the field before. I could never do what you did."

I looked puzzled. "But you were doing it."  Now she looked puzzled. "What do you think he'll remember from our interaction?" I asked.  A few beats later, she responded. "I think he'll remember how you knew so much about what he was going through."  "I'll bet you're wrong,” I replied.  “I'll bet he'll remember next to nothing of what I said. What he'll remember is how we both made him feel.  The water, the blanket, the snacks--there's a good chance he'll remember those also. But he won't forget your calm voice, the genuine smiles, the way he was deeply listened to, the way he was treated with dignity and respect.  Never underestimate the power of those simple gestures.  I promise you, those things are what people remember most about the Red Cross, in the end.”

“Maybe it's because those things look like hope.” She wrote that down, too.

I don't know what happened to him, of course.  But I know that she's a compassionate, caring, client caseworker, yet another Red Cross hope-giver, who now twists the cap off the water bottle as she hands it to the next survivor.

Julie Holly, MSE, LPC, CCTP, is a licensed mental health professional by trade and she, serves her community and those across the country such as the South Carolina floods and California wildfires. In addition, she served on an Integrated Care Team which provides a team approach to physical, spiritual and emotional recovery after a disaster.

"You are a part of the permanent narrative of the worst day of their lives."  - Julie Holly

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American Red Cross Helps 24 Families Affected by Apartment Fire

by rayovac3, August 2016

The American Red Cross shares stories from people they help By Dawn Miller, American Red Cross Volunteer

“I was asking for safety and security,” said Jama Ali of his morning prayers on Sunday, January 3, 2016. The young father of two was praying when he heard a sharp noise that made him look out the door of his apartment and down the hall.

The smoke hit his face hard when he opened the door and he ran back in for what was most important, his two sons ages 10 months and 2 years. His wife had already left for work. Once they were safe outside, they went to their car before a neighbor invited them in to warm up.

“You never know what is going to happen,” said Ali. “ I thought I was going to work today but here I am with my sons.” Ali normally would have been at work as a truck driver but instead he found himself wondering what was going to happen next as they moved to a Red Cross warming shelter to find out if his family, along with 23 other displaced families, would return to their apartments.

At the warming shelter Ali, and others, found Red Cross workers wanting to help with their immediate needs. Needs are varied including blankets, help accessing medicine, diapers and baby wipes. They also found warm coffee, snacks and sandwiches to nourish them while they processed what their next steps would be.

They all wanted to hear if they would be able to return to their apartments based on the fire & smoke damage and if the utilities would be on or if they would need alternative overnight accommodations.  “Due to the Packers vs. Vikings home game and hotels at capacity there are limited options if friends and family are not a possibility,” stated Steve Hansen, the Chapter Executive.

Ali fed his 10-month old son while the two-year-old explored the gym at West High School where the warming shelter was set up. Ali was calm at the shelter and while he didn’t know what would happen next, he felt his prayers were answered. “The most important thing is we are safe and sound,” said Ali. “You can get many things in this world but you can’t get back a life.”

The Red Cross provided multiple families with the shoulder-to-lean-on that day along with personal hygiene items to helping them establish a plan of ‘what to do next’.  Financial assistance was provided for basic needs such as food, clothing, infant supplies, shelter, transportation and more.  You can help the Red Cross help families after fires with a financial gift at redcross.org/donate.

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Taming the Great Outdoors: Ready Yourself with Reliable Sportsman Gear

by rayovac29, August 2013

Labor day is just around the corner, and for most of us it marks the end of summer, cooler weather, the beginning of school and the absolute perfect time to bust out the camping gear. For many outdoor enthusiasts, lanterns and flashlights are the first items that come to mind when planning an outdoor trip.

It’s never too late to get the gear you need for the annual trip outdoors. Campers of all ages agree that Rayovac lights are must-have accessories when venturing into the wilderness. Even the most rugged outdoorsman can sport a Rayovac flashlight and enjoy all the amenities it offers. Rayovac sportsman flashlights come in all sizes and some are even small enough to fit in your pocket.

At night, lanterns have the ability to create a lovely atmosphere when sitting outside the tent or chatting beneath the stars. Rayovac sportsman lanterns can be used in many fashions. Campers can use them to find their way in the dark or even to brighten up the tent before bedtime. Rayovac lanterns are also equipped with a nifty carry handle so campers have no trouble toting them around the campsite. More...

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