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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

I'm a big fan of old-school hot water bottles. A hot water bottle can save you energy and money without sacrificing thermal comfort. That is only one of the reasons why I believe that a hot water bottle is a must-have in every household. These days hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. 


Hot water bottles can be great for keeping you warm, in addition, hot water bottles can be great for helping you relax, relieve stress, ease aches and pains, and get a good night’s sleep. All of these can be great for both your short and long term health.

Here is the list of the top things you can do with a hot water bottle:

red hot water bottle on pillow and red blanket

Keep warm

There are two main ways to keep warm with a hot water bottle. The first is by resting it on or close to your body, and the second is to use it to heat the inside of your bed or sleeping bag before entering.

Improve sleep 

For help getting to sleep, place a hot water bottle under your blanket at least 5 to 10 minutes before you intend to enter. Once you are ready to get in, it is advisable to remove the hot water bottle first.

Reduce stress

Hot water bottles are great at aiding relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. That is because the heat stimulates blood flow and improves circulation around your body. Also, heat has the effect of making you more comfortable in your surroundings.

Ease aches and pains 

If you are suffering from aches and pains, use a hot water bottle to:

soft toys in bed with a hot water bottle

Cold therapy works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat therapy is ideal for reducing cramping and muscle spasms. Many hot water bottles can provide both forms of treatment. Instead of filling your bottle with hot water, fill it with cold water from the fridge, immediately turning it into a cold pack.

Make your four-legged friends more comfortable - 

Hot water bottles are safe for dogs and can provide warmth when a dog is resting at night. They are also great for healing purposes and can help with inflammation. You can also put a hot water bottle in a puppy’s bed. They will enjoy cuddling up against it. 

Safety first!

  1. When using a hot water bottle, make sure you follow the safety instructions.
  2. When preparing a hot water bottle for your dog, do not use boiling water.
  3. To avoid burns and similar injuries, always use a hot water bottle with a cover or wrap your bottle with a towel or blanket. 

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

How to prevent chapped lips caused by wearing face masks 😷

January 20, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

The pandemic is still with us and, mandatory mask orders are still in effect in various countries. This means that millions of people are, potentially, suffering from skin problems caused by face masks.

Related post: Prevent (and treat) skin problems caused by face masks

As we are covering up our mouths and noses to stop the spread of Covid-19, some of us are encountering new skin problems. We've all heard of “maskne” (mask-related acne). 

Masks are important, but unfortunately, wearing them can cause a range of skin conditions. Wearing a face mask for long hours can cause dry, cracked, chapped lips that come about due to the environment inside.

Like many things in life, if you can prevent your lips from getting chapped in the first place, you won’t have to suffer through the recovery process. Here are some tips to help prevent dry lips:

lipstick mark on face mask

  • Exfoliate your lips with a soft toothbrush or a sugar scrub.
  • Apply a lip mask after exfoliating. Try an overnight lip mask to moisturise, nourish and revive cracked, flaky and dry lips while you sleep.
  • Make sure to apply a lip balm regularly, especially after exfoliating. Consider using a lip balm that includes UV protection.
  • Avoid licking your lips. Frequent lip licking leads to chapped lips even in normal circumstances, and it’s even worse under a face mask.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water every day. 
(more tips below)

applying lip balm

Related post: Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Another good idea is to take “mask breaks” whenever you can. The more you can let your face air out, the better. Always change a damp mask ASAP! If you take it off to eat, replace it with a fresh one when you finish your meal. Taking good care of your skin and face masks will prevent many mask-related skin issues.


Related post: SOS - Chapped lips!

I suggest you read the linked related posts for more tips about face masks and skincare, hydration and caring for chapped lips.

Stay safe!

Friday, January 14, 2022

Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

January 14, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Cold and flu season is here once again. If you are fighting a cold or the flu or searching for home remedies to help you get better, you've come to the right place!

Did you know that a simple cup of tea might be just what you need? This old home remedy has been helping people feel better for thousands of years. The hot liquid can soothe your throat and break up congestion. And, another benefit of tea is that it keeps you hydrated. When you are ill, it is recommended to increase the intake of fluids; tea is one of the healthiest drinks to include in your daily diet. Drinking more liquids will also help your body flush out toxins and other harmful bacteria and viruses. Consuming three to four cups of tea a day whenever you have a cold or flu will benefit you enormously.

You might be wondering which is the best tea to have when you are feeling under the weatherHere are fourteen (14) of the most soothing varieties to try:

woman relaxing with a mug in her hands

  1. Green tea for immunity against viruses
  2. Peppermint tea for relieving cough and congestion
  3. Black tea for relieving body aches
  4. White tea for killing pathogens causing cold
  5. Ginger tea for relieving sore throat and nausea
  6. Elderberry tea for quick recovery
  7. Lemon tea for a boost of vitamin C
  8. Hibiscus tea for boosting immunity
  9. Clove tea for relieving excessive coughing
  10. Chamomile tea for better sleep
  11. Echinacea tea for prevention and faster recovery
  12. Cinnamon tea for easing a sore throat
  13. Slippery Elm tea for soothing a sore throat 
  14. Marshmallow Root tea for calming an irritated throat

These teas and tisanes (herbal teas) have many other health benefits; I only included those related to cold and flu symptoms. So, curl up on the sofa under a warm blanket with a cup of tea. These teas will provide you with instant relief from your cold and flu symptoms.

Related post: Six (6) teas I always have in my pantry 

If you are fighting a cold or flu, I wish you a speedy recovery! 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Ten (10) benefits of journaling

January 12, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Did you know that keeping a journal can be a valuable self-care practice? All you need to journal is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. If you want to create a ritual out of journaling, a notebook or notes app will do. You should keep it private, so you won’t have to stress about anyone reading it.

It’s great if you’re able to journal for a specified amount of time each day, but you don’t have to follow any rules to get the full benefits of journaling. Write for as long as you want, as often as you like.

woman journaling

Ten (10) benefits of journaling 

Reduce stress

After getting your thoughts and feelings out, you should feel less stressed.

Improve your health

Studies show that the relief gained by writing improves the body’s ability to withstand stress, infection, and disease.

Achieve goals

When you use your journal to write down your goals, you can keep better track of your intentions.

Track progress and growth

If you make journaling a regular habit, you can see how much progress you’ve made by reviewing previous entries.

Gain self-confidence

Seeing your progress can also give you a serious confidence boost. 

Find solutions to problems

Journaling can also be used for problem-solving. Writing out your thoughts can help you come up with solutions.

Resolve arguments 

Writing about arguments or misunderstandings helps you see the other person’s point of view. It can also help you figure out a way to settle the conflict.

Get in touch with yourself

Taking a few minutes to write down your thoughts and emotions will help you get in touch with your true self. 

Improve writing and communication skills

Writing improves with practice. When you journal every day, you are practising the art of writing. 

Find inspiration

You can use your journal to brainstorm or let your imagination run wild. Inspiration might strike while you’re writing or drawing.



If you want to start journaling but don't know where to start, here are a few different types of journaling options to consider:

  • Stream of consciousness journaling
  • Dream journaling
  • Food journaling
  • Fitness journaling
  • Gratitude journaling
  • Bullet journaling
  • Travel journaling
  • Sketch journaling
  • Day’s events journaling

No matter which type of journal you decide to keep, remember there is no right or wrong approach. Do you keep a journal?


Monday, January 10, 2022

Ways to practice self-care during your period

January 10, 2022 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Menstruation will always be an incredibly subjective experience, which no two individuals will share precisely. Because of this, self-care during your period has to be personal; not all tips will work for everyone. The menstrual cycle is split into four phases: the follicular, the ovulatory, the luteal and the menstrual phases. The menstrual phase is where self-care is most important. I’ve put together a list of tips that can help. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Apply heat
Heat, especially applied to the abdomen, works marvels. A warm bath helps soothe the cramps a little and allows the body to relax. If you are not in the mood for a bath, you can use a hot water bottle or heating pad. Holding one against your abdomen is surprisingly effective at easing pain. 

Hydration is important all month round, not just in the week of menstruation. However, on your period it can be particularly useful. It serves many functions, like combating bloating and cramping as well as replenishing fluids. 

menstural cycal calendar

Eat well
Make sure you load up on nutrient-rich foods. While fruit and vegetables are a vital source of nutrients and fibre in anyone's diet, they are incredibly helpful during menstruation. Additionally, salty foods should be avoided during your period because they can make the bloating and water retention even worse.

Having a movie marathon is such a simple yet effective way to practice self-care when you’re on your period. Sometimes, you may find that getting up and about actually makes your cramps worse. Giving yourself time on your own, watching TV and allowing yourself to rest can make a huge difference.

Get enough sleep
Much like hydration, rest is another thing that’s important all the time, but particularly so during your period; because that’s when you are more tired! When you are on your period you may find that you feel lethargic. So, it’s a good idea to try to get a few extra hours of sleep if possible, to make sure you are well-rested. 

Take notes
If you’re trying to indulge in self-care during your period, paying attention to your own body is the most practical thing you can do. Keep a journal and write down what works for you and what doesn't. For instance, if you notice a certain food worsens your cramps, take a note of it so you don’t make the same mistake twice!

Tell me, what’s your favourite form of self-care during your period?