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Top 4 tips for the new normal

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With rising vaccination rates across the country and restrictions easing, the time has come for us to move into a post-lockdown new normal. For many, especially in Victoria and New South Wales, the last one to two years have been spent studying from home, working from home, and/or adapting to challenging circumstances as an essential worker. To ensure the transition to the new normal goes smoothly for you, we have compiled some tips that might help.

1  Take it at your own pace

No doubt being able to access our freedoms again means there will be the opportunity to make some changes in your life. This doesn’t mean you have to transform the way you live overnight. Take some time to assess what might change in your life in the coming weeks and months and make plans with a timeline that feels right.

 

2  Explore your goals and make plans

During lockdown you might have already reflected on your life and goals, and thought about what you want to achieve. Exploring new hobbies or activities, or even a new career could be on your agenda.

 

3  Keep up good habits

When we started adjusting to restrictions and changes when lockdowns were initially introduced, it became apparent how important daily routines can be. Same applies when looking at easing restrictions and their implications for our daily lives. Keeping some things as they are could be a good way of transitioning gently, for example your morning walk and coffee or evening reading hour.

 

4  Communicate with friends and families

If you feel anxious, apprehensive or nervous about the easing restrictions and our re-introduction into the world, reach out and talk to those around you. Your friends, family and colleagues can offer support and may even be experiencing similar feelings. After all, we’ve all been through this together and we’re coming out of it together too.

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The Best Hanukkah Movies To Watch

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A good Hanukkah film may not even take place during Hanukkah, but it may capture the Jewish experience perfectly, or it may just be a really great movie with fleeting Hanukkah references. Blessing CALD has listed a list of the best movies to watch for Hanukkah.

 

The Night Before

In a lot of holiday films that feature Hanukkah, it is merely as a foil to Christmas. And while this is definitively a Christmas film, there is a hilarious scene of Seth Rogan’s character freaking out in a church during a Christmas service while drunk and high. For any Jewish people who have felt uncomfortable in a Christmas-centric world, there is bound to be at least something for you in this film. 

 

Switchmas

The film explores both how Ira feels being separated from his family during one of the most exciting times of year and how his love for a Christian holiday fits into his family dynamic. On top of these timely holidays, themes are a fair number of “Parent Trap” style shenanigans that make “Switchmas” a fun, feel-good showcase of what color the grass is on the other side.

 

Hanukkah

“Hanukkah” is a low-budget horror entry and indeed suffers from various pitfalls and tropes. However, it is also one of the very few Jewish horror films in existence. More specifically, it’s probably the first Hanukkah horror film, making it a notable entry in the horror genre. “Hanukkah” is worth checking out for any fans of Hanukkah or horror flicks.

 

Little Fockers

In “Little Fockers,” a Jewish family and a Christian family unite to celebrate “Christmakah” as they come to terms with the fact that they are all in-laws. Inevitably, hijinks ensue. One notable joke involves main character Greg Focker’s parents surprising his father-in-law with the news that he is one twenty-third Israelite.

 

 

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5 tips for high-performance productivity

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1  Start by gaining energy

High-performance productivity is fuelled by positive energy. So make sure some form of exercise is in your weekly routine. Doesn’t need to be every day but certainly every other for any genuine effect. Energy building activities will ensure that you’re priming for your best day.

 

2  Establish a routine

Rise at about 6 am every day, regardless of how late have worked the day before. These activities set up for the day; they are the foundations of a successful day. Coffee and food essential and it means you can focus on the tasks ahead of you.

 

3  Start with challenging tasks first

The most positive way to start my day is to tackle anything significant straight off the bat. I’ve always found that if you put tricky conversations off, concentrating on other tasks is made near impossible.

 

4  Learn to say no

The biggest high-performance productivity drain of all time is superfluous meetings, calls and emails. Avoid having meetings for meeting’s sake. Saying ‘no’ is essential to establish boundaries with your time, and shows respect to other resources too.

 

5  Poor Sleep = Poor Performance 

Sleeping well is the (not so) secret sauce to having an extremely productive life. For those who struggle with sleep, there are fantastic resources and guides to help you to change. Napping has also been proven to help with cognitive repair something we can all agree we’d like to achieve.

 

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How to celebrate Hanukkah 2021

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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. To celebrate reclaiming the temple, they lit its lamp, but found they only had enough oil to keep it alight for a day. However, miraculously, the lamp stays lit for eight days.

This is why Hanukkah is observed by lighting a menorah – a candlestick with nine branches. By the end of the holiday, the menorah is fully aflame. At each lighting blessings are made before, and songs sung afterwards. Sometimes gifts can be exchanged.

When is Hanukkah 2021?

Hanukkah is an eight-day festival that traditionally kicks off on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. This year, that falls on Sunday 28 November. It runs until Monday 6 December.

How is Hanukkah celebrated?

Some Jewish people choose to celebrate Hanukkah in a similar way to Christmas, by giving gifts and sharing meals with friends and family.

Because oil for the menorah plays such an important role in the festival, many Hanukkah foods are deep fried in oil. Favourites include latkes and jelly doughnuts.

After lighting the candle each evening it is customary to spin a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top played with by children. Children are also given Hanukkah gelt, which is chocolate money.

 

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