Many people may look at this post for short term tips; perhaps to get ideas of how to fit in that swimming cossy; how to alleviate stress and get a much needed break; perhaps how to get revitalised at a Spa session, but the ultimate Staycation is making every day a holiday of stress free health. Shunning the hamster wheel of consumerism and easing off the gas while on the Road to Hell , may allow you to start looking for alternative routes.
I did this a long time ago after being a (woodbine) smoker for several years. The plan remains as fresh and simple as ever - grabbing the hobbit by both lapels and smooching until it's exhausted.
Substituting a quick surf on a phone to check the news / weather can alleviate boredom and fill a work break. Some people move to electronic cigarettes, lollipops, nicotine patches - even working the breaks and going home half an hour earlier if management allow. It's true that appetite and snacking can be a danger - but there's nothing wrong with snacking healthily. Crisps now are fried in vegetable oils and lower in salt; or a bag of nuts, a flapjack, a bit of fruit etc. One thing you shouldn't do is beat yourself up if you succumb to the odd chuff - an odd cigarette (or half of one) at very stressful times is negligable compared to a heavy habit.
Biorhythm of a Lloyds bank manageress....it may pay to pick your date for that finance interview..!
One thing worth noting is your biorhythm - have a look via a website or phone app, and try to time any changes so there aren't any massive Low's coming up - so all vital signs are seperate and aren't rollercoasting together. Another important consideration is rescuing the tiny hairs or scillia in the bronchial tract. After 60 years of Woodbines my father found himself on Oxygen cylinders with IPF lung - possibly, in my opinion, through stopping too quickly. Had he gone to menthol and sweets, the vapours would have continued exciting his lungs, possibly keeping the alveoli clear of mucus and functioning. Similarly, a move to hot curried and spicy food could have played a palliative rôle.
Annoying repetitive compulsive pleasurable passtimes time wasting....such a set of conflicts can be tackled similarly. Many sexual habits are one of the strongest hooks, and psychologists will quickly point out that a healthy, more natural outlet be found for unresolved physical urges. Riiigghhtt!!. Most people don't want the emotional baggage, some consider themselves too old, ugly, poverty stricken..; some are already in (unfullfilling) relationships. Again, much can be done by weaning oneself away, by stopping paying and fueling the porn industry - there's lots of free images around the internet; by keeping away from the violent, abusive and bizarre. No doubt there is an innate desire to see other couples / people naked - it is the natural state. When the Pacific Islands were colonised, couples were frollicking naked in paradise...whereupon they were whipped, told to put clothes on, and given a 'Bible'...
Saving On Household Bills
Increasing Fuel Poverty
Lava lamp in a Horncastle shop display
50W Lava Lamp Radiator!
If you mainly live in one or two rooms, then I've found several of these lava lamps will do much of the work through late autumn and early spring. In summer I put a small 4 or 7W energy efficient bulb in the holder, and a Pringles tube over it - gets my smalls dry through the course of a day! In the Lincoln Waterside shopping centre, up the escalator, is a toy-gift shop. On the rear wall is a lava-lamp display which is uncomfortable to stand next to for any length of time. It heats the entire shop with around 750 Watts (not one bar of an old electric fire).
Negotiating tariffs with suppliers is half the battle these days, and Economy7 for electric and Solo for water help budget spending. One or two energy companies are starting to do no standing charge accounts. It also pays to look and listen for small 'air' leaks in water pipes, and buzzing or flickering on wiring - and to get them fixed asap. The water efficiency tips include putting a brick in the toilet cistern; using the washing machine's halfload function, and getting a travel kettle.
Recently moving into an apartment with gas, re-using a small antique ornament. I've found it to be expensive compared to my lamp exploits, with £10 /wk for hot water & cooking, and (2.5) radiators usage. So it's something that'll be put on the back burner, excuse the pun. Bizarrely, the bedsit I've moved to seems to have more room than the cottage I rented.
Most electrical products have a silver wattage label, and obviously a 900W kettle is going to make savings over a 2200W.....
...As far as cookers go, it's probably safer and also cheaper to do away with the microwave oven altogether. A normal cooker is also as cheap to run as some of these small grills and hobs. Snack type meals, whilst breakfasting on a bit of fruit or flapjack, keeps cooking and washing up in lite mode.
Elsewhere in the house, watching the wattage of the Tv, music center and computer set up can pay dividends. This website was made predominantly by small phone, and checked occasionally on a normal computer, whilst listening to a 10W mini CD which is quite capable of upsetting the neighbours if needs be.
Transport wise, there's many, many people in Britain that need to move next to their work! There's many more that are within 3 miles that could easily cycle. Usually the excuse is the weather, but in reality it rarely rains at rush-hour. Nothing that setting out 10 mins early wouldn't solve. Those that have a little longer to commute might remember, as petrol spirals upwards, that they have automatic moped entitlement on their licence. If you're stuck behind an annoying bus repeatedly for much of your commute, have you considered riding on it instead?!Horncastle News 2007