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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ways to stay healthy this flu season

November 23, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Seasonal influenza (flu) viruses typically circulate in the autumn and winter months; during what’s known as the flu season. The exact timing of the flu season varies, but it usually peaks between December and February. 

Here’s what you can do to stay healthy...

woman with flu medication

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These are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and help prevent the spread of the flu:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser.
  • Wear a mask in crowded spaces, such as public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing food, drinking glasses and eating utensils.
  • Regularly disinfect your home and belongings, such as doorknobs, light switches, etc.
  • Stay home if you are unwell to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever goes down unless you need medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with a tissue, sleeve or elbow.
  • Practice healthy habits: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

In the articles below, you will find tips to help you get rid of flu symptoms rapidly!

Best teas to fight cold and flu symptoms

How to relieve sinus pain and pressure

DIY: All-natural vapour rub

Essential oil blends for cold and flu

Tips for staying hydrated during the colder months

Additional tips:

Suck on hard candy

Cough drops are good for soothing a dry, irritated throat and reducing that constant urge to cough. However, all hard candy will promote saliva production and provide moisture to relieve a dry cough.

Gargle with salt water

A saltwater gargle is usually a sore throat remedy, but it’s worth trying for coughs, too. While salt water may not provide immediate relief, it is still an effective remedy for killing bacteria while loosening mucus and easing pain. Mix ½ teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water, gargle and then spit out the solution.

Take care and talk to you soon!


Monday, November 21, 2022

Eleven (11) ways to stop a toothache quickly

November 21, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

This weekend I did not publish any blog posts or YouTube videos because I had a terrible migraine caused by wisdom tooth pain. The pain was unbearable, and I didn't do anything productive all weekend.

A toothache is a pain in and around the teeth and jaws. When you have a toothache, the trigeminal nerve can get irritated and trigger a migraine headache. If the toothache is left untreated, it can cause other symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound.

If the pain lasts more than two days, it is best to see a dentist. Until then, the following home remedies may provide some relief from the discomfort. 

1. Take painkillers

Taking a painkiller can help to quiet tooth pain. Be careful and follow the recommended dosage.

2. Analgesic gel

An analgesic gel can temporarily numb the gums around your affected tooth. This will relieve the pain and let you get some sleep before you can see a dentist.

3. Elevate your head

When going to sleep, try supporting your head up with pillows or sleep upright in a chair, if possible. Lying down can aggravate your pain because blood pressure in your head increases when you are in a flat position. 

4. Warm, salt water rinse

A salt water rinse might not immediately alleviate your pain, however, it will help rinse your mouth of the bacteria that could be causing your toothache to begin with. Rinse your mouth for a couple of seconds and spit it out.

woman with a toothache

5. Cold compress

Icing your cheek on the outside of the affected tooth will numb the area and reduce the swelling causing the pain.

6. Drink peppermint tea

Drinking any tea can help soothe your aching tooth, but peppermint tea has qualities that can help numb the affected area, as well. 

7. Clove oil

Clove oil is considered nature’s analgesic. It can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth. To rinse, add a drop of oil to a glass of water and use it as a mouthwash. To apply to your tooth, dilute some oil with water, place a few drops on a cotton ball, and put it on your tooth.

8. Thyme oil

Thyme oil can be used as a rinse or applied directly to your tooth, just like clove oil. 

9. Tea bags

You can apply either a cold or warm tea bag to your tooth. Make sure it has cooled down so that it is not too hot. Or try placing a used tea bag in the freezer for a few minutes, then apply it to your tooth. Like I said before, peppermint tea is especially good for toothaches. 

10. Vanilla extract

Vanilla is another natural anti-inflammatory. It can also help to numb the pain caused by a toothache. Try putting a small amount on your finger or a cotton swab and applying it to the affected area a few times a day.

11. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is thought to be anti-bacterial and has properties that contribute to pain relief. You can use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash or chew on some raw wheatgrass.

I hope you find this helpful next time you have a toothache!

Talk to you soon.

Monday, November 07, 2022

Self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less

November 07, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Self-care is the practice of taking good care of yourself – mind, body, soul and spirit. It doesn’t have to be pricey or time-consuming. Try these thirty (30) straightforward self-care ideas that take 10 minutes or less, and take care of yourself, even on a tight schedule. 

Other self-care posts you can read.

If you’re super busy and always at the bottom of your priority list, check out some of these ideas to practice self-care. You can add a couple to your daily routine to help you recharge. Remember that this is just my list of ideas, think about the activities that bring you joy and create your own list. Save it somewhere you can access it easily and quickly, like your planner or phone.

self care isn't selfish

  1. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and don’t do anything else simultaneously.
  2. Listen to a podcast. Choose a topic that makes you happy.
  3. Write what you feel in your diary or journal.
  4. Read a book.
  5. Take a short nap.
  6. Light your favourite scented candle.
  7. Play with your pet. 
  8. Apply a face mask.
  9. Try meditation or yoga.
  10. Go outside and get some fresh air.
  11. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure.
  12. Put on your favourite song and dance.
  13. Go for a walk.
  14. Practice positive affirmations.
  15. Hug someone you love.
  16. Believe you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
  17. Practice gratitude and write out five (5) things you’re grateful for.
  18. Look in the mirror and find five (5) things you love about yourself.
  19. Be proud of your accomplishments.
  20. Turn off your phone and devices for ten (10) minutes.
  21. Declutter your desk or wardrobe.
  22. Write an email, note or text to a friend or loved one.
  23. Walk on the grass or sand with bare feet.
  24. Practice mindfulness and be present in the moment.
  25. Learn a new skill. 
  26. Try something new to get out of your regular routine.
  27. Do your hair and make-up.
  28. Make plans to do something or go somewhere, so you can look forward to it.
  29. Stop wishing you were like somebody else. You’re fantastic as you are. 
  30. Be selfish and say no to anything you don’t want to do.

My self-care practices include watching true crime and mystery videos on YouTube late at night, when everyone else is already sleeping. I also play relaxation music to relax and help my dog relax, at the same time. In fact, I'm playing it right now and Rascal is currently sleeping peacefully next to me. 

Try some of these ideas. I promise you this will have an amazing effect on your well-being!

Related posts:

The importance of self-care

Ways to practice self-care during your period

Things to do on a rainy day at home

Ten (10) benefits of journaling

Colouring: The secret to de-stress

Talk to you soon.

Saturday, November 05, 2022

Why you should wash your hair ties and scrunchies

November 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Your list of items to clean may seem endless, but there might be one last thing you overlooked; your hair tie. Adding more to your laundry pile might not sound appealing, but washing your hair ties and accessories is a must. I wash my hair ties twice a week, that is, every time I wash my hair.

3 colourful hair scrunchies

I was shocked to discover that many do not wash their hair ties and scrunchies! Hair ties made of fabric, just like clothes, can become magnets for dead skin cells, oils, bacteria and products. When you use them over and over again, you're putting the same old dirt and oil back onto your hair. Yuck!

Many fabrics absorb sweat and bacteria throughout the day, including hair ties and headbands, especially during workouts. Washing your fabric hair accessories is really important, especially after you sweat.

Despite absorbing bacteria, dirty hair ties won't necessarily trouble your skin; unless the items come into contact with the skin, like headbands. Fabric headbands rub on the forehead and can contaminate the skin with a combination of sweat and bacteria.

How to wash your hair accessories and scrunchies:

To wash your hair accessories, fill your sink with warm water and a few drops of liquid soap. Use your hands to gently wash the accessories, then soak them for up to 30 minutes. Then, hang them up to dry. Some fabrics, like silk and wool, you always be hand washed.

4 silk hair scrunchies

Alternatively, you can put your hair accessories and scrunchies into the pockets of your clothing and throw them in the washing machine. 

Otherwise, plastic hair ties will stay cleaner than fabric ones, but you should still wash them regularly.

heart-shaped plastic hair ties

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Talk to you soon.

Friday, October 07, 2022

Five (5) weekend habits to boost happiness

October 07, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

If you only work weekdays, the weekend gives you two days in which you shouldn't think about work, giving your body and mind time to relax and unwind. Keep reading to discover five (5) weekend habits to boost your happiness

weekend sign


Step away from your electronics. Make an effort to unplug for at least a few consecutive hours on the weekends. 

Prioritise the important things.

Weekends are the time to keep your work-life balance in check. Spending time with your loved ones, partner, children, parents, family and friends, is never time wasted.

Stay active.

There’s no better way to burn off the stress of the work week than engage in physical activity. Exercise can help lower your overall stress levels and improve your quality of life, both mentally and physically. 

Make time for hobbies.

Studies show that hobbies give us lower stress, better health, better sleep and better moods. Other benefits include less depression, more social connections, improved work performance, and increased happiness.


Find ways to relax, such as working in the garden, painting, reading, meditation, yoga, getting a massage or taking a bath. 

Get ready for the rest of the week.

Here are some examples:

  • Prepare food for the week and freeze it to enjoy at a later time.
  • Plan what you are going to wear in the coming week.
  • Fill up your car with fuel.

These are not complex tasks; they are simple, mindful, healthy things you can do. 

Have a beautiful, peaceful weekend!