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How To: Get Rid Of A Cold

January 11, 2017
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So this time of the year has begun, and everybody is starting to feel ill. Unfortunately I am one of those people whose immune system doesn’t seem to care about whether I am ill or not. I get ill quite easily and when I do, it’s really bad. Of course sometimes it’s just a runny nose but other times it’s a bacterial or viral infection and then I’m out for days. Now at the beginning of 2017, I’ve fallen ill again so I decided to give you some tips that will help you with a cold or something the like.

Let’s get started:

  • Rest

This is one of the most obvious tips but it really helps, it won’t do you any good to be stressed or do exercise while you’re ill.

  • Use Heat

A good old fashioned hot water bottle can do wonders. The gentle steady warmth will loosen up your muscles, and soften up phlegm to help it come up (e.g if you have a cough).

  • Drink

When you’re ill, fluids are your friends. They’ll help unclog your nose and thin any mucus so you can cough or blow it out. If you don’t drink enough water when you’re sick and become dehydrated, the lack of body water can lead to new or worsening nausea and vomiting. Keeping ahead of the game by drinking plenty of water helps you avoid this problem, it also helps soothe a sore throat. Preferably drink hot drinks like tea.

  • Honey

If you have a sore throat, honey will help. It’s rich in vitamin C, which is known for boosting immune function to help fight against infection. Honey will coat your throat and soothe it.

  • Steam Inhalation

This will help you keep your nasal passages free. Inflamed nasal passages can lead to sneezing, a runny nose and sore eyes.

  • Nasal Sprays

Using a gentle saline nasal spray, or drops three to four times a day can help stop a runny nose and make it easier to breathe.

  • Blow Your Nose

It’s better than sniffling mucus back into your head. But make sure you do it the right way. If you blow hard, you’ll send germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, which can lead to an earache. It’s best to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other.

  • Gargle

Gargling can moisten a sore throat to bring temporary relief. Try a teaspoon of salt, or use honey, dissolved in warm water, four times daily.

  • Meds

If you aren’t getting any better you should try some over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen, paracetamol or aspirin/dafalgan.

  • Doctor

If you’re feeling really bad or you can’t get rid of the cold, you should definitely go see a doctor. You might have a viral or bacterial infection, in which case the doctor will most likely prescribe you antibiotics which should do the job.

 


 

I certainly hope you are all well! Have a healthy winter x

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How To: Positive Mindset

November 13, 2016
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First of all, I have not uploaded in over a month and I want you to know I didn’t because I didn’t feel inspired to write at all. Anything I’d have written during that time wouldn’t have been worth uploading on this blog. I hope you understand. Well anyway, hope you enjoy this one xx

 

Everyone has those down days where you feel sad, stressed and/or anxious. During that time it’s important to stay positive and not let the negative thoughts get the best of you. In this post I’m not talking about being positive for a few days but having a positive mindset.


 

First things first, it’s important to be grateful for what you have. Whether it’s your home, your family, your belongings or your whole environment. And appreciate the little things, too. Like waking up at 3am and still having hours to sleep, walking on warm grass during summer or putting on warm clothes that have just come out of the dryer.

Remember that you’re unique. This sounds cheesy but nevertheless it’s true. There’s nobody in the world just like you. Always be the best version of yourself that you can be. Be nice to other people, it’ll not only make them feel good but yourself as well.

Dream big, work hard and be passionate. We learn from our mistakes so don’t let a little error stop you from doing what you love. As humans it’s in our nature to strive for great things. Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. One of my favourite quotes of all time is :“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

Choose to be happy. When you’re feeling sad, tell yourself to get over it. This might sound stupid but it actually works for me. Stop whining and do something about the reason you’re upset.

Don’t be afraid to be selfish. If you don’t feel like doing something, then don’t. Sometimes you need to care about yourself before you can care about others.


 

I really enjoyed writing this post as I truly believe in everything I wrote.

I hope it’s helpful and you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it. If you did, please leave a like or comment. xx

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How To: Stop Procrastinating

August 2, 2016
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This is something a lot of people struggle with, including me. I’m not saying I stopped procrastinating but I want to share some things that help me. I’m someone who likes to be productive and ahead of things but being procrastinating is just so easy. So let’s do this together, here are a few ways you can stop procrastinating!


 

WRITE IT DOWN

What ever you want to do, plan it. And when I say plan it, I mean you actually should plan it. You should write it down. This is something I’ve experienced. If you write down what you want to do, you’re more likely to do it. If you don’t write it down, you might either forget it or just tell yourself that you’ll “do it later” and we know that “later” means never.

TO-DO LIST

Make a smart to-do list by including only the items that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines. This compliments the point above about writing your plans down.

PUT YOUR MIND TO IT

Take a minute or even just a few seconds and close your eyes, tell yourself that you’re actually going to do it. This sounds silly, but it’s worth a try, isn’t it?

NO DISTRACTIONS

As I’ve once said before, I really like this sentence: “You are getting distracted because you are allowing yourself to get distracted.” A lot of us often procrastinate when it comes to studying. (If you want tips on studying, check this post out.) If you want to do something, turn everything that could distract you off.

BABY STEPS

Break the task down to lessen the sense of being overwhelmed. Once you start to enjoy a small accomplishment or two, you’re more likely to finish. Do it step by step. It will be easier.

PUBLIC

Make your intentions public. This will add pressure, but for some of us, avoiding embarrassment is the mightiest motivator. When I’m really struggling to do something, I tell my friends about how I’m going to do it the next day or week and this pressure actually helps. But you shouldn’t stress yourself. Do this when it’s something small you’re avoiding but something you have to do.

DIFFICULT FIRST

Finishing the largest item on your list of things to do will make you feel extra productive and give you the boost to do other things you’ve been pushing to the side. So begin with the largest one.

PERFECT

Don’t be a perfectionist. If you’re waiting for the perfect time, the perfect supplies, you’ll never do it. Avoid this “perfect” thinking by considering quantity over quality.

END GOAL

It’s easy to see only the giant list of things to do, rather than the anxiety-free feeling of accomplishment at having finished them. As you work, focus on all the free time, relaxation, money, whatever it may be that you get when you finish. This will help you to stay on task and work towards your goal.

ONE AT A TIME

Do one task at a time. Although it seems like multitasking is doing more work in a small amount of time, multi-taskers are often inefficient and do much less work. So focus on one thing at a time and once you’ve finished, do the next thing.

ENVIRONMENT

Change your environment. Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the case, you should look into changing your workspace.

BREAKS

Give yourself a break. If you can’t seem to focus and are working half-heartedly at your tasks, give yourself a brief break. Set a timer for five to ten minutes, and take a nap or read a book. Do whatever it is you’ve been daydreaming about so that the temptation is removed once you get back to work. Just be sure to follow through with your deadline rather than ignoring it when your alarm finally goes off.


 

And finally.. JUST DO IT.

I hope you enjoyed it and it helps you. Have a good rest of the week xx

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Period 101

April 1, 2016
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Okay male readers, this probably isn’t for you but if you’re female, you probably know this struggle all too well.

Once a month, our uterus decides to get rid of some stuff. Of course that’s a very simplified explanation. If you want to know more about how it works, check it out here.

The symptoms of menstruation differ from woman to woman. Some suffer from severe cramps and some don’t feel a thing, some have extreme mood swings and some don’t. There are lots of different symptoms but the worst has to be the cramps.

Unfortunately, I belong to the women that suffer from cramps. Therefore I had to learn about different methods to ease the pain. I don’t want to keep them to myself, thus I’m sharing my tips and tricks in this post!

Hopefully I can help some of you. Because at the end of the day, us women, we have to work together and support / help each other!

  • Exercise

This is probably the last thing you want to be doing. However, brisk walking, or any type of physical activity, can help to ease your belly pain. When you exercise, your body is pumping more blood which helps to release endorphins. Those endorphins reduce your cramps.

  • Apply heat

Heat helps to relax the contracting muscles in your uterus, which is the cause for your pain. This doesn’t only mean using a heating pad but also having a hot bath.

  • Stay hydrated

Of course you should always stay hydrated but it’s especially important if you’re having cramps because dehydration can worsen them.

  • Omit certain foods / drinks

There are different foods which are bad for you during your period so be sure to look them up! Here are some of them:

  1. caffeine
  2. black tea
  3. salt
  4. alcohol
  5. dairy
  6. red meat
  7. milk chocolate
  8. sugar
  • Eat / drink the right things

There are different foods that can help you ease the pain and here are some of those. They really help, believe me, I’ve tried them!

  1. dark chocolate
  2. bananas
  3. pineapple
  4. tea
  5. salmon
  6. flaxseed
  7. avocado
  8. walnuts
  • Use What’s Best For You

You should be aware of what’s better for you, pads or tampons. This doesn’t necessarily have something to do with your cramps but if you’re uncomfortable, you’ll just feel worse.

  • Medication

If you’re someone that goes to school or works or is busy, you can’t always work out or eat the right foods, that’s when medication comes in handy. For me, it’s necessary because honestly, I wouldn’t be able to make it through the day without it. But if you can, then do it. Only use medication if nothing else works!

 

– Hope this post helps some of you! Love Xx

 

 

 

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How To: Instagram

March 6, 2016
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Instagram is one of my favourite websites. It’s a great way to share your pictures and videos with friends and also strangers. In this post I want to share some tips on how to have an aesthetic and successful Instagram. Well, my definition of aesthetic and successful. Continue Reading

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