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Enjoying the great outdoors – without disrupting your working day

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve come home from a day at work and realised the longest we have spent outside, is the distance from the car to the office or front door.

As we’re now heading into Summer, we thought we’d put together some ideas on how you can get that all important fresh air without disrupting your day.

Meetings
It’s easy to think that meetings should only take place in an office or boardroom and of course, some do require the equipment and privacy these venues afford. For those meetings that don’t however – take it outside!

If all you need is a pen, notepad and your colleagues, enjoy a walk in the local park or take the team to the nearest green space and sit on the grass together.

Being in the open air can boost creativity, build team relations and create a more relaxed, informal atmosphere, which can lead to more open and honest conversations.

Lunch
Who else is guilty of munching on a meal deal at their desk? It’s the easy option, but not the most hygienic. A recent infographic by Dettol demonstrates just how many germs you are sharing your lunch with.

Not only is it important to keep your meal to yourself, you need to be moving around and taking some time away from your screen.

When the weather allows, grab the nearest bench then sit and watch the world go past. You’ll feel calmer and ready to face the afternoon.

Walk it off
Incorporating exercise into your commute can not only improve your fitness, but also your mood – and your pocket!

So many of us don’t use our cars during the working day and can easily walk, jog or cycle to work.

Not only will you arrive to work feeling refreshed and awake, you’ll be doing your bit for the environment – and you don’t have to go to the gym (which we bet is inside!).

Work out
For some, the luxury of working from home or spending your days in the garden is a luxury. But for others, there are still opportunities to take your work outside.

Got a lot of calls to make? Need to brainstorm? Reading an important article? If you don’t absolutely need your computer screen, work outside! Those five minutes can make all the difference.

What is mainly important to bear in mind during your working day is that just the smallest amount of fresh air can make a huge difference to your mood, productivity and mental health. So make sure you’re getting enough of it!

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Fathers Day treats for those special Daddies

It’s that time of year again, where us Mums put on our thinking caps to come up with a Father’s Day gift (meant to be a job for the children, always ends up being ours) to make Daddy feel appreciated.

Now, this doesn’t need to cost a fortune. If the children do give their input, it’s normally to suggest something bizarre like a new car or a set of golf clubs. Daddy is as likely to get those as he is a trip to space.

To help you out, we’ve come up with 5, easy and affordable ways to make Daddy feel appreciated, while getting the children involved in the present – because let’s face it, it is from them.

Breakfast in bed
Simple, affordable, the children can get involved and Daddy will be chuffed. Breakfast could be anything from a Full English to a bowl of cornflakes, depending on how energetic you’re feeling in the morning. The children will enjoy setting it up on a tray with a Father’s Day card and will probably argue over who gets to carry it in. It’s the gesture that counts and Daddy will agree.

Hand print wall art
The children will definitely enjoy getting involved in this. All you need is some child-friendly paint, a canvas or piece of card, and a picture frame (and nerves of steel if you don’t do it outside, think of the carpets). The children will love giving Daddy something that they’ve literally left their mark on!

Design a card
Generic but quick, cheap and effective. No child in their right mind wouldn’t love getting stuck in with PVA glue, feathers and glitter. It will be worth it just to see Dads face when he opens the envelope (if the feathers will fit).

Decorate a mug (or a beer glass if Daddy is that way inclined)
Ceramic or glass paint is easy enough to pick up in craft shops, online or even in a supermarket. Then all you need is a plain glass or mug and eager children. Dad will love taking his ‘World’s greatest’ mug to work to show off, even if it means bits of paint floating in his coffee.

Bake a cake
Who doesn’t like cake? This could possibly be the messiest idea of the five, but you get to eat cake at the end which makes it worthwhile. Pick up some coloured icing at the supermarket and let your children loose. Dad will love the gesture, and the fact he gets to eat cake.

Whatever you decide to do, have a great Father’s Day with Daddy and the children. He’s sure to appreciate whatever the children get or make him. He has to, it’s the law of Fatherhood.