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5 Entertaining & Creative Things to Do During Lockdown
During times like these with state "stay at home" orders it can be easy to feel bored, stressed, or just kind of burnt out.
During this challenging time even the most productive of people are going to watch their fair share of Netflix, Disney +, and Hulu. Additionally, many people will play video games just to pass the time. While these are fun activities, they can also get quite boring after a while and leave you feeling drained. Here are 5 good alternatives which can be quite fun and also rewarding.
- Read a Book
While this may sound like something your librarian from middle school would tell you, it is actually quite amazing. Playing a video game or watching a movie are all linear experiences in a sense. Reading a book allows you to use your own creativity and imagination to in a sense vicariously live a much more adventurous life. Furthermore, it challenges your vocabulary, mind, and idea of what is reality. If one does not like reading or has difficulty doing so there are many services such as Audible which have pre-read audio files of books.
- Practice an Instrument
Playing music can be incredibly therapeutic and helps people express themselves in something more powerful than words. There is so much free time available now you could even teach yourself to play an instrument. YouTube is going to be one of your greatest tools—and also distractions—during this time. Take advantage of this unique opportunity and become the next Billy Joel or Justin Bieber.
- Get Whatever You Need to Off Your Chest
One of the worst things you could do would be to bottle up all your feelings and just reside in them. If you have conflict with some family, friends, or loved ones give them a call. Be honest and let them know how you feel. At the same time, remind them of how much they mean to you and how you want restitution. This could also be a good testing ground if you are interested in a person. If you just send them a text asking how they are doing or things about their lives. If they are remotely interested, they will reciprocate this. However, if they don’t respond or just seem dry you can forget about them and move on with your life. This is the time for action not angst.
- Keep Up with Friends and Family
Don’t neglect to talk with your family and friends. While physical interactions and conversations are not advised nor necessarily wise, there are several alternatives. You can use Facetime if you have an iPhone for an easy and intuitive video conference. Additionally, there are apps such as Houseparty and Skype for any web enabled device. The importance of keeping in touch with your friends and family cannot be overstated. It will help you deal with any frustrations, bond with them, and develop a deeper relationship.
- Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are like the modern-day radio show. There is an infinite variety of them. The beauty however is in the fact that one can listen to them whenever you want and there is no need to tune into a channel at a specific time. Podcasts are incredibly engaging and can help you to take your mind off all the worry of everyday life—even if only for an hour.
Hopefully, these ideas can help you enjoy this extra amount of free time and take your mind of all the stress of this situation in the meanwhile.
How to Stay Informed in a World of Uncertainty
In this time, there is a great deal of fear and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation. News agencies, governments, and global authorities are throwing out all kinds of data, speculations, and potential scenarios. This kind of information overload makes thinking rationally and being optimistic incredibly difficult. The main lesson here then is to know which resources to consult, have a limit on media exposure, and ultimately maintain an optimistic outlook.
What Resources to Consult
The most important thing to during this time is to know what resources to consult and give credence to. While it can be tempting to wish to have some inside knowledge or wisdom that is not public knowledge, it is not worth putting one’s trustworthiness at risk and spreading unnecessary fear or panic. Among one of the most important resources to consult would be the Centers for Disease Control or the CDC. Here is their website and resources on COVID-19. This website will give you the most up to date procedures, statistics, and guidelines during this time. Additionally, one should understand their state regulations and consult their individual state government’s website. California’s state website has some good information and resources on their website. California’s government website on COVID-19. Another important source to consult would be a reputable national news agency. The ultimate goal here is to avoid spreading harmful or false gossip that one saw on Instagram, heard from a friend of a friend, or saw on a sketchy new site.
Limit Your Media Exposure
While this may seem like a misnomer, there is a lot of validity and application here. Constant exposure to the news can lead to a sense of fear and overwhelming responsibilities. The news is going to be constantly pushing whatever is most popular. At this moment that would be all of the terrible things going on in the world and the spread of a disease. Furthermore, every news agency is not fact checked or under intense scrutiny. Therefore, whatever is published does not have to be inherently true but rather engaging and interesting. Thus, one should be careful to limit their consumption of news and media to only that which is truly helpful and credible.
One of the most important things to do in this time is to remain optimistic. This is the kind of energy which will fuel change, progress, and eventual triumph during this time. This is a core attribute of those who work so hard to curb the spread and flatten the curve during this time. Those in the medical field are not sitting around but rather facing this head-on and taking active steps to help those around them. Right now, is not the time to be selfish or think of how we can better prepare ourselves. Instead now is the time which will define us in how we serve others around us. While Netflix, YouTube, and gaming are probably dominating our lives right now one great media source that has just popped up is “Some Good News” hosted by John Krasinski also known as “Jim” from The Office. Here is the link for some positive news. The first episode already has over 13 million views and over a million subscribers on the newly formed show.
One Final Point
Overall, it is of the utmost importance during this time that we know what resources to consult, limit any unnecessary media exposure, and maintain a positive attitude. Even so, we should ask how we can help our community during this time. This could be the simplest of things such as buying groceries for a shut-in in the community, mowing the lawn for a neighbor, or helping the brave men and women in our local medical facilities by supplying face masks or other much needed supplies. In the words of John F. Kennedy, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Top 10 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick This Spring | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
The first thing people usually think of to prevent sickness is hand sanitizer. Although this is helpful there are many more things one can do.
While Spring is known for a changing of tides in weather and foliage, it can also be quite easy to get sick. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when trying to avoid the common cold or flu.
- Wash Your Hands!
This is one of the simplest and yet most overlooked aspects of avoiding the common cold. We use our hands for everything. This makes them one of the most common places for bacteria or sickness to enter the body. Be sure to wash your hands frequently throughout the day using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid Touching Your Face
Many people habitually touch their face whether they are stressed, happy, bored, or angry. It’s just part of our human nature and psychology. Even so, one should exercise caution in doing this as it can be easy to contract any form of sicknesses. This tip coincides with washing one’s hands. Even so, one should try to not touch their face excessively.
- Stay Hydrated
One of the most common ways to have a weakened immune system is dehydration. The body alone is constituted by around 60% water. A well hydrated body is key to allowing your internal organs to function properly, expel toxins, and fight off sickness. Without this key factor, it can be easy to become sick.
- Get Enough Sleep
Everyone has different sleep requirements and may feel better rested than others on less sleep. However, it is incredibly important to get around 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep is the body’s way of healing and recovering. Don’t try to power through or insist you can function on 3 hours of sleep. It is not healthy for an individual to operate in this fashion for a long time and can make one susceptible to sickness.
- Look at Your Diet
Are you eating your fruits and vegetables? While this may seem like something your mother would have asked you as a child, it is actually quite an accurate and valid question. Fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants all which help to fight sickness. There is nothing wrong with enjoying a cheat meal or having a steak. However, one should try to incorporate fruits and vegetables into their diet consistently.
- Avoid Sick People
While this may be easier to implement for some than others, it is important to maintain a good distance if others are sick. This may seem rude to the person who is ill. If this is the case, just be honest with whoever you are avoiding by saying you are trying to not get sick. They should understand and recognize this as a legitimate concern.
- Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
The best way to prepare for sickness is to hit the gym. Exercising frequently and strengthening the body is one of the most effective ways to prevent sickness. There have been many studies conducted which show that frequent exercise improves the immune system. One doesn’t even need to be a gym junkie to reap the benefits. Moderate exercise which raises the heart rate slightly and improves cardiovascular health is the best way to strengthen the immune system.
- Ensure Immunizations Are up to Date
Look at your recent immunizations and make sure that you are all up to date with your local health practitioner. This can help you to prevent any number of sicknesses from occurring. Additionally, many local supermarkets offer a great deal of services in immunizations.
- Be Happy!
One of the simplest and yet most difficult things to master is having a positive outlook on the world. The biological chemistry of anger and sadness causes a whole host of issues but can really hurt one’s immune system. The best way to deal with this is to acknowledge stress in one’s life and deal with the root of the issue. Additionally, meditate, drink tea, go for a run; do whatever makes you happy—your immune system will thank you later.
- Be Conscious of Others
If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of being sick, try to avoid going to large social gatherings or public places where you could cause the spread of sickness. Additionally, it is better to just lay low and get some rest when you are sick. Take care of yourself and make that your number one priority. Don’t be afraid to say no to invitations or a gathering if you are sick.
Overall, these ten tips are the best way to ensure that you stay healthy and are just good tips in general to lead a happy and healthy life.
Top Ways to Prevent Mold in Your Home
The most important thing to remember with mold is that it thrives in damp and humid regions. The best way to prevent mold is to clean up stagnant water and keep airflow going throughout one’s home.
Therefore, the first thing one should do is understand the common areas mold can grow. Some of the most common areas of a home where mold can grow is the basement, behind the fridge, under or near sinks, in the laundry room, bathroom, and general areas where water pipes are running.
Another important thing to do to prevent the growth of mold is to check the waterproofing of one’s home. The windowsills, door frames, and exterior of a home should all be properly sealed. Cracks or exposed regions should be sealed with caulk or the appropriate waterproofing material. This is not just limited to the interior of one’s home. A damaged roof or gutters can invite water and moisture into areas that are not well ventilated and fairly humid. This is the perfect breeding ground for mold. Therefore, one should ensure that their roof is inspected for any leaks and that their gutters are cleaned and work to direct water away from the home.
A simple and yet completely understated tip is to keep areas dry. If you spill a soda or water is pooling somewhere, dry it as soon as possible. While the time varies depending upon a variety of factors, mold can grow 24-48 hours after exposure to water. One can also purchase a humidity gauge from their local home improvement store to measure the level of humidity in the ambient air. The ideal range for humidity is between 40-50%.
If you have mold in your home give SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley a call at (661) 296-4600. We have the experience and tools needed to mitigate any and all kinds of mold damage.
What Customers Think About Us |SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
We know there are many options when it comes to choosing a restoration company. SERVPRO believes in providing outstanding service, as well as treating every customer like family. But don’t take our word for it, check out these quotes from our amazing customers!
“SERVPRO was extremely thorough, quick, and professional! Excellent crew, from the office staff to the working crew, to the owner! Would definitely recommend!”
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about SERVPRO. We had an emergency biohazard mess that needed immediate attention. I called SERVPRO and they were able to put together a team to come out the same day. The team worked diligently for 4 hours to clean up the mess. The(y) were nice, efficient, and their attention to detail was beyond excellent. I’m a very happy customer and will recommend SERVPRO to anyone who needs this type of cleaning. Thanks guys from the bottom of my heart.”
“We had some construction work done in our office and no matter how many times we cleaned and dusted we just couldn't keep the layer of dust from reappearing. We were all coughing and sniffling and knew we needed professional help. SERVPRO saved the day! They responded quickly, were wonderful to work with, and their attention to detail is outstanding! Our office is sparking clean, they cleaned everything from the walls to the furniture to the stapler to AIR, and we are back up and running. I would recommend this crew a million times over. Thank you SERVPRO!”
“Great company and crew chief Jose. Always on time and polite. Cleaned up after every visit and let me know what would be expected. Amanda in the office was very communicative and helpful. Highly recommended!”
“Our insurance company sent SERVPRO out to our house after we had a water leak. They arrived very quickly and got to work right away cleaning up our kitchen and setting up the various machines that were needed to dry out the damage. Matt explained everything to us in detail and let us know what he would be doing at each visit. He checked in on us everyday and always answered any questions we had. Matt and his crew were prompt, professional, clean and courteous during the entire process, which lasted about a week. I wouldn't hesitate to call this company again if we ever need them. Thanks for a great job Matt and SERVPRO!”
“Wow, SERVPRO of Santa Clarita rocks! When we had an unforeseen side effect of office construction, SERVPRO came in immediately and scrubbed down everything! This was especially important because our clientele often have compromised immune systems and cannot tolerate dust and debris. Kudos to these fabulous pros for cleaning us up!”
Here at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley we strive for excellence and customer satisfaction. Serving our customers and providing superior service through our experienced teams is one of our greatest passions. If your home or commercial business has any damage or restoration needs don’t waste a minute and give us a call! We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reach out to us at (661) 296-4600.
Why Choose SERVPRO? | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley has been serving the area for over 15 years. Throughout the years we have served our customers through our 24/7 available crews, dedication to excellence, and focus on customer satisfaction. We have been recognized in our ability to serve our community with excellence through 10 Outstanding Sales Performance Awards.
Our dedication to customer service extends far beyond just completing the job. Our motto at SERVPRO is to make it “Like it never even happened.” This means when you have water or fire damage, mold, or a biohazard issue we are going to get on site and begin mitigation and or restoration as soon as possible.
If you have an emergency and need our help fast call us immediately!
SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Santa Clarita Valley. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Call Us 24/7 – (661) 296-4600
We Are Here to Help 24/7 |SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Besides our excellence in service, dedication to customer satisfaction, and experienced staff, our 24/7 availability is what distinguishes us from our competitors. Whatever the issue may be or the time of the problem, SERVPRO can help!
SERVPRO of Santa Clarita Valley understands the stress and other burdens that arise with unexpected property damage. Whatever the specific mitigation needs, being able to respond quickly is essential. Within minutes, water will spread throughout one’s property and be absorbed by walls, floors, upholstery, and personal belongings. Within the first day drywall will begin to deteriorate, metal surfaces tarnish, furniture will swell and crack, and a musty odor will develop. During the week mold and mildew can grow and spread with metal rusting, paint blistering, wood flooring warping, and serious biohazard contamination being possible. Following the first week, the cost of restoration and time to complete will increase dramatically with potential structural integrity, mold growth, and biohazard contamination being potential concerns. Furthermore, we recognize the need to get everything back to normal as soon as possible. This is the essence of our motto to make sure it is “Like it never even happened.” We take pride in our ability to respond quickly and offer around the clock support when you need it most.
At SERVPRO of Santa Clarita our 24/7 availability, experienced staff, and commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction is what makes us the best choice for any and all of your restoration needs. If you have any restoration needs for your home or commercial property do not hesitate! Call us now at (661) 296-4600.
You Can Count On Us to Be There Fast | SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley
Time becomes a precious commodity when disaster strikes your home or business. Waiting for help is stressful when it is your home or livelihood on the line—you need it right away.
Nobody understands a fast response like we do, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.The Importance of Handling Disaster Cleanup Quickly
When it’s your belongings or business on the line, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.
It only takes mere minutes for water to spread throughout your property, where it will saturate everything in its path. The walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings are fast casualties of water.
The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:
- Drywall beginning to swell and break down
- Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
- Furniture beginning to swell and crack
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
- The beginning of a musty odor
The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:
- The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
- Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
- Metal beginning to rust and corrode
- Paint beginning to blister
- Wood flooring swelling and warping
- The possibilities of serious bio-hazard contamination
Water damage that is left unattended for more than a week leads to greatly increased costs and restoration time as well as impacts structural safety.How We Can Help
Providing an immediate response to any size disaster is what we are here for! Our fast response times can help minimize the damage and keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.
It doesn’t matter what day or time it is, our trained cleanup and restoration specialists will quickly be dispatched to your property or business.
A major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises is that we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations. Being a locally owned and operated franchise helps us be close by and ready to respond whenever the call comes in.
Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Santa Clarita Valley is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.