Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 56

Make Time for Playtime 4. When you hear laughter, move toward it. Laughter is more contagious than a sneeze! 5. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Yes, life is not always roses and lollipops, but guess what? Wearing the weight of the world on your shoulders is not only unproductive, but also, it gives you sore shoulders. Lighten your load some by not taking yourself so seriously and keeping things in perspective. Need some more FUN virtual stress relievers that will make you laugh? Try these free online games. Virtual Bubble Wrap – This is an environmentally friendly way to do what you have really wanted to do with it all along – POP IT! How to Keep Things in Perspective When humor starts to slip away and life seems to keep knocking you down, get back up and ask yourself these five questions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Is this really worth getting upset over? Is it that bad? Is it that important? Is the situation permanent? Is it really your problem? Virtual Stress Ball – Something about the bouncing motion of this ball is quite stress relieving. Meditation Flowers – Use your voice to make the flowers grow. Stress Relief Paintball – This game is based in an office where you have to paintball little smiley faces that pop out from all sorts of places. This is a favorite of Zoom’s editorial director! When a child smiles, the world moves to a brighter place. At BB&T, we understand the importance of encouragement, having people who believe in you and are working to help you reach your goals. It’s what we do every day as we bring a can-do attitude to every relationship, sharing knowledge to help clients and communities move in a brighter direction. That’s why we’re proud to support organizations like the Autism Society of Northern VA that focus on young people and help build strong futures. BBT.com Douglas French, Private Advisor, CFP® 703-331-1257 DFrench@BBandT.com B A N K I N G . I N S U R A N C E . I N V E S T M E N T S Member FDIC. Only deposit products are FDIC insured. © 2015, Branch Banking and Trust Company. All rights reserved. 56 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses