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How to Survive a Cold

February 9th  •  Posted in Health

How To Survive A Cold

Flu and cold season is upon us and as if a full awful week of illness back in October wasn’t really enough, I caught another cold last week! I’ve spent most of my time feeling horrible and laying in bed, because if I get a cold I get it in full force (if you’re one of those that only get mild symptoms of colds, just know I envy you oh-so-much!) and during that time I did a lot of researches on how to survive a cold (basically shorten it + get better sooner) and I largely appreciated any blog posts or videos on the subject. So I thought, since researches have been done, I could share my tips and tricks on how to survive a cold or flu: if you’re feeling dreaful, your nose is aching and your eyes look as puffy as they could ever be, I totally, completely understand where you’re coming from.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you get through your cold or flu quicker – or just bring some relief! So here are my top 5 tips on how to survive a cold…

How To Survive A Cold
How To Survive A Cold
How To Survive A Cold

01 :: My mum shared with me her magic recipe for an all-natural homemade syrup (very similar to this one) great for cough or sore throat but also going hand in hand with any cold symptoms: boil a little bit of water, lemon juice, cubed ginger and a good couple of heaping tablespoons of honey until you get a nice runny syrup. It’s life-changing! Not only it tastes amazing, but it treats a sore throat after having only a few teaspoons of it. Store it in the fridge and take 4-5 teaspoons per day (also great in your teas!).

02 :: Talking about teas… remember to stay hydrated! Dehydration can make your illness worst but I know drinking when you’re ill is not the first thing that pops in your mind. Try preparing a few cups of tea per day: the only act of slowly sipping something hot will bring some relief! Take a water bottle with you, but instead of drinking directly out of it, use a glass to avoid germs proliferation in your bottle.

03 :: Open your window (when you’re not in the room!). Breathing good quality air it’s essential when you have cold, so remember to open your windows to let new air come in and add a humidifier in the room you spend most of your time in if needed.

04 :: Try some herbal cough drops to treat cough or sore throat, or some classic mints (mine are from Tiger and I’m obsessed!) if you are stuck with a blocked nose and really crave some relief (and to get back into breathing some sort of normal!). You can also create (or commision someone else to make them for you) your own herbal cough drops with honey and herb infusion!

05 :: With blowing your nose every two seconds, your eyes weeping all the time and your body’s fluids starting to lack (if you don’t drink enough!) your skin will start to feel tight and dry and annoying. Not to talk about the skin around your nose – you know what I mean! When I’m sick even my oily skin becomes dry and I want to put all kind of oils back into it. Maybe is not the wisest thing during the day since you touch your face all the time and moisturizers won’t even have the time to sink into the skin, but it’s a good idea to apply a good amount of a nicely moisturizing lotion before going to bed, that is the time when you most likely will leave your eyes and nose alone, so it can work its magic during the night. I like the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Oatmeal for the face and any L’Occitane Hand Creams for my hands!

How To Survive A Cold
How To Survive A Cold

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Would love to know about your home remedies as well!
And if you’re ill and stuck in bed, hope you can get well soon! x 

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How I stay motivated!

March 21st  •  Posted in Health

How I stay motivated

My working out motivation comes and goes: last summer I was all about it, I took half an hour or a little bit more for myself and some cardio almost everyday and I truly enjoyed it, I even wrote an entire post about it back in August last year, and yet it only lasted three months, then life got in the way and it was either impossible to workout for a month or so, and I also lost my motivation along the way (thank you emotions, health, bad news and all that jazz!). Until at the beginning of February I started be serious about fitness again – I wanted to start all over and find the motivation I lost. It could go away again, yes, but this time it’s quite different: we have a commitment or two, I’ve started truly enjoying working out and in these two months there hasn’t been one single time I felt overwhelmed by the thought it was time to repeat it all over again day after day, instead I’m always looking forward to my workout time!

I’ve never been a gym person, nor a sport person in the slightest! I’ve always hated gym class at school and I’ve never joined the gym. I hate to run, I hate to get sweaty, I much more prefer avoiding all of this if possible. A pair of years ago I’d never thought I would have ever enjoyed working out – even at home, even alone, even without anyone forcing me or suggesting me what to do! It’s strange to see how people can change growing up, right?! And yet if I started enjoying it and finding the motivation to keep going day after day, I have to thank the little things that have made my working out route much more interesting that I would have ever thought it could have been! If you haven’t guessed yet, I have some tips to keep the motivation alive for you today!

How I stay motivated

1 :: Find the motivation in yourself.
At the end of the day, it’s all about you and your health. Until I actually felt like I needed and wanted to do something about, I wasn’t really able to stick to any class or at home workout routine. So I know this is not exactly what someone who is trying to find the motivation somewhere wants to hear, but it you don’t really want to give it a go, just forget about it. Find a reason why for you it is important to commit to some form of sport, whether it’s weight loss, strength or achieving a healthier version of yourself, and stick with it. Especially remind yourself why you started when you feel disheartened or tired.

2 :: Practice what you truly like.
I thought I liked cardio last summer and yet I’ve always hated it, in fact it didn’t last too long! I quitted at the first difficulty. A few months after, I’m pretty sure it was because cardio wasn’t the right thing for me! This year I’ve decided to go back to the pool, because swimming has always been the only sport I quite liked since I was a kid, and I’m not looking back! Not being able to afford going to the pool almost everyday, I’ve also started practicing yoga as I’ve always been a fan the rare times I tried it, and in fact I’m looking forward to daily my time on the mat every day! It wasn’t easy though, to understand what was right for me – as I said I spent the whole summer adoring cardio, when I now can’t really stand it, I tried pilates, HIIT, only to realize I didn’t truly like them and I wasn’t going anywhere by sticking with something I wasn’t passionate about only to quit a few months after.

How I stay motivated

3 :: Find someone to workout with!
Best way to start? Finding someone to workout with you! Me and my boyfriend committed to going to the pool together once a week, and yes, before this I wanted to start swimming again and I knew it was the right thing for me, but it took me months and a “we could go to the pool together” to actually do it!

4 :: Set small goals.
Don’t be too hard on yourself or you’ll make it a nightmare. The trick is to try and actually enjoy the journey without wanting to go straight to the point and pretend there’s nothing you need to work on to. Start setting small goals instead of big ones – having goals is good because increases positivity about your fitness journey, but if they’re too big they can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get tired of everything that way. I’m trying to just avoid setting goals if not the being on my mat at least four days a week and at the pool at least one.

How I stay motivated

5 :: Define when you’re most motivated.
I thought the right moment for me to workout was in the afternoon, yet sometimes I found myself temporizing and preferring doing something else. I realized the afternoon wasn’t the time I feel most motivated during the day, instead I tried working out in the middle of the morning and it worked great! I feel like I have more strength in the morning and taking time to practice yoga before the start of a new working day really improves my positivity and creativity and definitely relax me if I’m feeling a bit too stressed about nothing. Obviously it’s good to set a time according to your schedule too, but try to stick with it, it works magic!

6 :: Treat yourself to some new workout gear.
If you feel like your workout routine is something you’re really working hard on, then consider investing in some new good quality workout gear. New sport clothes are always fun and a good simple way to stay motivated. I had this gross old shattered yoga mat and I hated working out on it, so when I saw I was quite engaged with my workout routine, I decided to buy a new one, and it was a game changer! Not only new workout gear is fun and makes me want to practice something just for the sake of wearing it, but it also improves the way I workout. No one likes uncomfortable clothes or regular bra when working out, nor too tight tops or difficult to move in leggings that just hinder your moves!

My favourite workout clothes? Try H&M sportswear and you won’t regret it! I didn’t believe it either, and yet their Jersey Leggings are the comfiest to practice yoga in! I’m also a fan of their Seamless Sport Bra and would buy each and everyone of their colourful tops! Also I’ve recently invested in this nice slouchy J. D. Y. Tank Top but especially these ASOS Leggings – I’m in love: they’re super comfortable, and super duper high waisted (which is always good!) and very elasticated too, in a word perfect-yoga-leggings!

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That’s it for now! I always feel like motivation can grow and be improved everyday, so I’ll might find a few other helpful tips to guide me in the next months, but if you have some tips to share, please talk to me in the comments! One’s never really prepared enough when the motivation wants to escape! x

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4 Steps to The January Detox.

January 19th  •  Posted in Health

I get so envious when I hear people saying “I’ve already lost 5lbs since New Year!” so maybe it’s finally time to put all the Christmas chocolate away and roll up those sleeves getting healthier with a January detox! It’s no secret I’ve been particularly lazy the past pair of months, and it’s one of my new year resolutions to get back to a healthier lifestyle, so lately I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things! Want to hear about my 4 steps detox guide? Read below!

Post-Holidays Detox

Get fit

One of a bigger goal for me and my boyfriend is being able to spend an hour or more swimming together once a week, with which we could encounter some difficulties since we live a LDR, but that’s for another time! For more of a daily dose of fitness, there’s really no need to go anywhere if you can find the motivation and the time to do something at home! I already feel like Fitstar Yoga will be my new best friend for the next months – a phone app with yoga classes that, based on your preferences, proposes different classes with different difficulty levels to create a personal yoga path and hopefully make the whole journey even more enjoyable!

Last summer I wrote up an entire post about getting fit at home where I suggested lot of resources to help you with your fitness journey – I should really give it a re-read as I seem to have lost all my motivation! Find it here.

Post-Holidays Detox
Natural Organic Lavender Deodorant ℅ Earth Conscious

Go natural
Anyone else feels like their skins has been overloaded with too much makeup, fragrances and glitters during the Holidays? And my skin is also feeling very gross just thanks to all the chocolate I ate during the Holidays (and after those), so I feel it’s time for a skin detox too! I have rounded up a few of my favourite natural skincare products and feel like my new Earth Conscious Natural Organic Deodorant* really deserves a mention: containing only natural ingredients, it feels so gentle and good for your skin and yourself, definitely one of those healthier choices I’m planning to do a bit more often in the new year! I really feel like nourishing my skin from the outside with natural organic products can do a lot of good to your inner self too, and it’s definitely a healthy good way to start 2015 at best! Other natural products I like are from Lush and Antipodes.

Post-Holidays Detox

Drink green

I’m not a huge fan of how green tea tastes by itself, but no doubts it is good for you, for your skin and for your body, not to mention the best way to detox, and definitely a healthy habit I should incorporate into my days. I’ll try the Clipper Tea Green Tea with Echinacea that was hidden in my kitchen shelf – I’ll make sure to give it a try as I should have had a lot of time ago, and if it doesn’t go well, I can always go back to my antiox green-tea-based smoothie!

Post-Holidays Detox

The instant pick me up
Bath time will not beat the January blues, but it will definitely help and making the grayest month of the year a bit more relaxed and peaceful, I’ll tell you this! One of my favourite time of the week is my weekend’s bath time, with all the bubbles, deliciously scented bath salts, and the well-deserved post-bath pampering night, with cozy candles around the rooms and face masks that can make a world of good to my skin and mood!

How are you planning/are proceeding with your January detox? I’d love to know! x

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