While under the self-quarantine and social distancing affects of COVID-19, we all find ourselves highly acute of certain bodily habits. I can hear a person sneeze from a mile away. And there’s a very distinct difference in the sound of someone covering their mouth when they cough and when they don’t!
It’s not paranoid; it’s awareness
Paranoia is defined as being panicked over something that is unlikely to happen. Awareness is when you realize there is a potential for something to happen and you take action on prevention.
So, why is my nose itching?
Particles in the air touch our noses multiple times a day, every day. From dust to a stray hair, we have never thought twice about brushing it away. However, since we have been told repeatedly not to touch our face, we are now fully aware of when we actually want to.
Is it safe to touch my nose?
Yes. But with the pandemic in full rise, it’s best to wash your hands before you touch your nose and, here’s the important part, AFTER. This has always been the case. Yet, it’s so obvious now with the coronavirus and it’s ability to be so contiguous. For example: COVID-19 could be on your hands. You touch your nose and within hours or days, it could enter your system. Another example: The virus is in your nose. You touch your nose then, touch a surface. The surface now has COVID-19 on it which has the ability to survive for days just waiting for someone to touch it.
So, Washing hands before and after can help reduce this problem.
Reduce chances of catching a virus through your nose
Yep, you read that correctly. The most likely reason for a virus getting in your bloodstream is that the nostrils are dry. This allows the virus to rest within the canal, to eventually, seep through the dermis and enter the bloodstream. An easy prevention is to keep your nostrils moisturized. Saline solution kits and refills for the nose are a good routine to help keep your nose clean and moisturized. If a virus enters a clean moisturized nose, mucus has a change to potentially cover the virus, which you will eventually expel through blowing your nose or coughing out.
The ears, nose and throat are all connected so well to help prevent catching bacterial, fungal and viral infections. But remember, we need to help the system out by washing those hands before and after, as well as cleaning the kit after use.
4 Ways To Cover The Cost Of Unexpected Car Repairs
Unexpected repairs are just part of being a car owner, and your car isn’t going to wait until it is convenient before it breaks down. This can be a big problem because repairs are incredibly expensive and if you don’t have the money to pay for them, you could find yourself in some financial trouble. You rely on your car, so you can’t just leave it, which means that you need to find the money from somewhere. The good news is, there are ways that you can cover the cost without completely ruining your finances. If you are hit with unexpected car repairs that you can’t really afford, here’s what you can do.
Before you start thinking about how you are going to find the money, it’s important that you shop around for the best price. The cost of repairs varies a lot depending on the mechanic, and some mechanics will try to rip you off if they suspect that you don’t really know what is wrong with the car. If you want to make the cost more manageable, you need to shop around and compare prices. You should also check out reviews of local mechanics so you can find somebody that you know is going to be reliable.
Get a Repayment Plan
A lot of people don’t realize that you can get a repayment plan to help you pay for your car repairs. Companies like Optimal Warranty offer auto repair payment plans, so you can get the repairs done and then pay it off in installments over the coming months. This makes it so much more manageable and you can fit it into your budget, rather than rushing around trying to find a big lump sum from somewhere.
Do Repairs Yourself
In some cases, you may be able to do the repairs yourself. When you first buy a new car, you should spend some time looking through the manual and learning the basics of how the engine works. You are not a mechanic so there will be a lot of things that you cannot do, but if you spend some time learning, you may be able to do simple repairs on your own. This saves you a lot of money and even if you do have to go to a mechanic, knowing a bit about your car will make it harder for them to rip you off.
Get a Loan
If none of the other options on this list are possible, you may need to get a loan. You should always exhaust all of the other possibilities before you do this, and if you need to get a loan, make sure that you avoid payday loans with crazy interest rates. It’s much better to put the money on a credit card or take out a loan from the bank so you are only paying a reasonable amount of interest.
Unexpected car repairs can throw you a financial curveball, but these are all great ways to cover the cost without ruining your budget.
As the world braces after hearing The WHO declare a global pandemic, most search for ways to maintain health. How is it that some people that are infected with COVID-19 are barely showing symptoms while others are aren’t so lucky?
Lord only knows…
The infected number is climbing at alarming rates as the death toll continues to rise. Clean hands, closures and social distancing is helping slow the cases. But human nature tells us, ‘We need to do more’. The major organizations request that people stop buying masks. However, people are looking for ways to feel proactive. To keep fears and anxiety at bay, there are some helpful suggestions, finally, being sent our way.
We Know… Wash your hands
Yes, it’s surprising this is number one on every preventative list. It’s amazing how many folks can forget this on a regular basis. Many, many years ago, it was discovered that rinsing hands, alone, doesn’t have the same impact as adding soap into the mix. Nowadays, timing is everything. For as long as I can remember, I have sung my ABC’s while washing my hands. As a child, it was considered adorable. Yet, as a teen, my friends would tease. And as an adult, well… lets just say, I sing it in my head, along with a head bob every now and again.
Recently, people have created new versions of 20 second washing by using show openings and classic hits. However, according to a poll, what is the song that people are singing in their heads while scrubbing down their paws? The census appears to be ‘Happy birthday’. Good choice. Just remember to sing it twice!
Supplements are always a tough suggestion when dealing with any illness. Their mere presence can cause backlash, especially since most aren’t FDA approved. Plus, as a nutritionist, I can honestly say, ‘I don’t know your personal history’ to safely recommend a one size fits all cure-all. (Btw, there is no, one size cure-all, as far as I know.) When the SARs outbreak happened, many took to natural viral fighters like, turmeric. Really? Yes, but listen… Supplements like turmeric are amazing as long as they are right for you, personally. Curcuminoids that are found in turmeric supplements are bad-asses that can kill many things in vitro (in a test tube). Yet, the way it works on your specific body could be different. Always talk to your doctor before starting a supplement or vitamin. They will know you best and what interactions to look out for.
We all know exercise is good for us. But, seriously… there seems to be a connection to COVID-19 patients who exercise daily with things like, stretching or yoga and their lack of symptoms. So, why not add a bit of exercise into your daily. It’s good for your heart and your immune system.
This is a given for any immune system. Eat fresh. Eat a variety. Green and leafy veggies have plenty of chlorophyll to toughen up your immunity. Veggies with lots of color tend to have lots of nutrients. Buying caned or frozen will still give you a good deal of nutrition. Look for foods that are packed with vitamins. Vitamins in the B family are always important to keep the cognitive aspects in check. New studies have shown intakes of Vitamin D have had effects on blocking and/or shortening viruses. And who could forget, Vitamin C. Look for some vitamins that might have the combo you need like Vitamin C + D chews. Eat several small meals a day, so you can get more variety. Also, it might be more beneficial to ration your meals if you find yourself in quarantine.
Getting a good amount of sleep is important for any immune system. However, getting extra sleep is important to fight off germs and viruses. Don’t neglect your body. If you feel tired, take a nap. Taking several periods of rest through out the day can cause a surge of healthy cells to do their job and fight off the bad guys trying to take up residence in your system.
Shortness of breath can also be a symptom of stress. This pandemic is unnerving for most individuals. Follow the guidelines of your country, city, town. The rules laid out to stay home or keep away from crowds are there to protect you and others. Don’t lie, we have all been self-serving at one point or another, but this is about the bigger picture.
Feeling overwhelmed? Try deep breathing exercises: Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale very slowly from your mouth. Repeat several times. Try a pressure point for relief. Pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and holding it there for several seconds can ward off a panic attack.
Stay calm; stay kind. Make plans with neighbors if any one of you should get sick. Remember, pets can catch this! Keep your pets away from your tissues and bodily fluids and wash your hands thoroughly after dealing with theirs. Check on the family and the elderly with a phone call. Cover your mouth when you cough, yawn or sneeze, by using the crook of your elbow. Wash hands for at least twenty seconds. Don’t like to count? Try singing a song. Don’t fight with your fellow man over toilet paper or any other store item.
Love is wonderful, but it’s not always easy. Relationships can be hard work, if you’re struggling with yours, here are three questions to ask yourself before throwing in the towel.
Has the argument/ issue only just cropped up?
If the problem in the relationship is new, then instead of throwing in the towel and running for the hills- give yourself some time. Think about things from your partners perspective, have some space if you need it and then come together and talk. Even if it feels serious at the time, it could well be something that you’re able to resolve together. The only exceptions here are infidelity and abuse, if the issue involves either of these then you’re best bet is almost always to leave. But many other problems can be worked out, and you can go on to be happy together again. If the argument is ongoing, and seems to be one of the main topics you bicker and row about then this can be a sign that you’re unable to get past it and might be a cue to speak to divorce lawyers. Ongoing arguments about the same things over and over is the signal of an unhealthy relationship as it shows you’re not able to resolve your problems, meaning they’ll keep on coming back around.
Do you need to work on yourself?
In relationships, it’s easy to blame the other person when things start going wrong or arguments occur. But take a step back and think objectively. Are there things you’re doing which make the situation worse? Maybe you’re controlling and jealous without even realising, and your partners outbursts are actually due to frustration and retaliation. Many of us paint ourselves as the victim in relationships and certain situations when it’s not always the case. Be mature enough to own up to your behaviour and figure out what you could be doing wrong. In many cases, issues in relationships are a result of both of your actions and not just one. It’s not to say you should blame yourself or make excuses for your partner’s bad behaviour- but do acknowledge if you have a part to play. Once you’re aware of this you’re able to take steps to stop and perhaps have a much happier relationship.
Have you considered therapy?
Relationships can get really messy, when you love your partner and a lot has gone on in the past and your feelings are all over the place it can be hard to communicate effectively. For this reason it’s well worth visiting a relationship therapist before you decide to call it quits. Sometimes, just being able to communicate your message in an environment where your partner has to listen to you, and vice versa is all you need. A therapist can give you tips on how to resolve arguments and speak to each other more clearly too to avoid future issues.
When you have had a terrible day all you want to do is sit on the sofa, eat chips and watch your favourite movie. Drowning your sorrows in the most unhealthy way possible seems to be your only solution at the moment, but are there better ways of dealing with things? Whether you’re trying to cope after an accident or you’re struggling with your relationship, self care will always be the winning answer. It doesn’t take much time or money to invest in a solid self care routine and this will always cheer you up after a rough day.
After a terrible day, the last thing you want to do is write down a list of things you’re grateful for. However, this can really ground you and make you assess what’s really important to you. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may find looking at the crash report reassuring. Although the details might be difficult to read, it will help you to see the positives out of the situation. It may also help you to gain the closure you need in order to move on and be positive again. Expressing gratitude is so simple, yet so effective so make sure you give it a try for yourself.
Time With Friends
Spending some much needed time with those you love can really impact your mood for the better. They will be able to life you up when you’re at your lowest and they will always see the best in you. There is no better tonic than meeting up with your best friend for a cocktail and a chat!
Time on Your Own
You should never be afraid of spending time on your own, especially when you’re going through a difficult time. There are so many positives to being alone, because you can focus on what you really want to do. Make sure you don’t spiral into overthinking mode as this could become unhealthy in the long run.
Movement and Eating Well
No matter how old or young you are, eating well will always make you feel better. The first thing you want to do when you’ve had a bad day is reach for a family size chocolate bar and lounge around on the sofa. Although this might seem appealing, it is so important to treat your body well. Moving gently and eating well with benefit your physical and mental health, so give this a go next time you’re feeling low.
With all of these things in mind, you will always be able to pick yourself up after a rough day. There are going to be times when you just want to give up completely and stay in your pyjamas all day. Although this is sometimes a good choice, you don’t want this to become a habit. Opt for healthier ways of treating yourself and you will soon be able to make a quick recovery from your bad day.
Everyone knows the importance of safe driving, and it never hurts to brush up on your skills to ensure you’re secure behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, even if you’re a seasoned driver, distracted driving has become a big problem for everyone, especially since there are currently 3.5 billion smartphone users in the world.
Some distracted driving statistics are downright scary, including the fact that distracted driving contributes to 400,000 injury-involved car accidents in the U.S. alone each year!
While these statistics are frightening and we all know we should stay focused while on the road, it’s not always that easy. So, what can you do to re-center your focus and be less distracted when you’re behind the wheel? Let’s look at a few tips you can start using immediately.
When you’re behind the wheel, you should only ever use your cell phone for emergency purposes. Even then, instead of talking while you’re driving, try to pull over to the side of the road to use it.
You might think it’s better to use hands-free devices that allow you to talk with your hands on the wheel. While those are better than holding onto your phone with one hand, it’s still impossible to be fully focused on the road while you’re having a conversation. Wait until you’re done driving so you can give your full attention to the conversation itself, too!
2. Never Drive Drowsy
Driving at night or for long periods of time can cause “driver fatigue.” It’s far too easy to get lulled to sleep by the steady motion and sounds of a car. If you feel drowsy behind the wheel, let someone else drive or pull over and rest. Even a short break can give you some energy.
When you drive drowsy, you’re not only putting yourself in danger. You’re putting your passengers and other people on the road in danger. Even if you don’t fall asleep, it’s hard to stay focused when you’re exhausted. Losing that focus for even a second can contribute to an accident.
3. Limit the Number of People in the Car
Some places have laws that don’t allow teenage or novice drivers to have more than one or two people in the car with them. Those laws are lifted as you get older, but it’s still a good rule of thumb to keep in mind. When you’re with your friends, you might find yourself getting distracted by conversations, music, laughter, etc.
If you find that you’re easily distracted, especially when you spend time in larger groups, make a commitment to only have one or two people in your car with you at any given time. The less activity in the car itself, the easier it will be to focus on the road. Remember, when you’re driving with passengers, you have other people’s lives in your hands, too!
While these tips might be nothing but reminders of things you already know, they’re good to keep in mind if you feel you’ve lost a little bit of focus behind the wheel. The good news? You can re-gain it immediately by using these suggestions and practicing safe habits on the road.
There is nothing more exciting than pursuing a brand new hobby that stimulates both your body and mind. If you have been stuck in a rut recently and you’re struggling to find a way to occupy yourself during your down time, some of the following ideas are perfect to try out. Whether you’re looking for ways to meet someone new, you want to stay fit or you want to exercise your brain, some of these unique hobbies might be the answer.
This hobby may not have sprung straight to mind when you were racking your brains for things to do, however fishing is definitely something you should try. Side Bet Sport Fishing is popular, or you could grab a friend and head out to your local river or lake. There are plenty of places to hire your equipment so you can try it out before you invest in expensive items. Fishing is said to be very calming for the mind, so this is well worth a try if you’re struggling with mental health or you’re feeling stressed out.
Performing at an amateur level is very popular at the moment. Whether you adore singing or you enjoy a dance now and again, this could definitely be your unique hobby of choice. Check out local theatre companies in your area and see if any of their upcoming shows tickle your fancy. If you don’t want to be in the limelight there may also be jobs for you to do backstage such as costume design, lighting and stage management.
Arts and Crafts
Get creative and step out of your comfort zone with some arts and crafts. Whether you’re making cards, designing gifts or painting a blank canvas, this type of hobby will definitely soothe your soul and feel therapeutic.
Hit the slopes and try skiing for a brand new hobby and experience like never before. You don’t need to be a pro to enjoy a skiing vacation; you can hire an instructor for lessons. Grab a group of friends and make the most of your skiing holiday together!
Yoga can benefit both your body and your mind in so many different ways. Not only can it make you more flexible, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. If you’re ever feelings stressed, overwhelmed or angry, yoga is the perfect solution. Join a local class and you are bound to love it from the very start.
Even if some of these ideas sound a bit scary or strange to you, it can’t hurt to give them a try. Joining a local club is very easy and you’re bound to make a lot of friends during the process. There are so many unique hobbies out there; these are just a few of the best and most popular ideas for you to try out yourself. What have you go to lose? From performing to skiing, you are bound to find a unique hobby that stimulates your body and mind.
Cosmetic procedures are something you should take very seriously. There can be many things that can go wrong, and it’s important you know what to expect so that you’re not disappointed. Here are some things to consider when having cosmetic procedures.
Doing your research when it comes to any cosmetic treatment is essential. Whenever it’s something new, you want to have an awareness of what the procedure is and what’s involved. That way, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into, so you won’t be unpleasantly surprised by anything you weren’t expecting. It’s also good for your own safety too because there might be something that they do that will have a reaction on your body or that you know won’t be appropriate. So make sure that whatever the procedure is, you’re getting the right amount of research done to be fully aware of what you’re diving into. Even if you’ve had it done before, it’s a good idea to remind yourself what’s involved, especially if you’re going somewhere new.
Know The Risks If There’s Any
Risks are something that can tend to come with many treatments when there are products used on it or tools that might end up with the skin or body reacting to it in some way. So whether you’re having injectable fillers or have a non-invasive fat freezing treatment, it’s important to know what the risks are. Whatever issues you’re trying to tackle, whether it’s micropigmentation or the appearance of wrinkles, it’s essential that you know what those side-effects might be and any risks that you might be taking when it comes to getting the procedure.
Do It For You And Only You
When getting a cosmetic treatment like anything you do to yourself, it must be for you and only you. A lot of people will get these cosmetic treatments because of what seems to be normal to have in society or perhaps friends or family have recommended you get it. But that’s something you don’t want to be doing, and instead, it needs to be something that you do for you, and that makes you happy. If you’re doing it for other people, then you are certainly going to regret it or not be the happiest when it comes to making those decisions.
Keep Up With The Aftercare
The aftercare of any treatment is important to follow up. Just because you’ve done the treatment, it doesn’t mean that you don’t need to do anything else. For some treatments like lipocontrast, you need to be drinking lots of water and maintaining a consistent level of fitness and healthy eating. Make sure you ask all the relevant questions before leaving the cosmetic clinic to ensure you know everything that is needed.
Cosmetic procedures are a common practice for many people in order to change the way they look or the way they feel. Make sure that you’re doing this for you and nobody else, read up on the procedure itself, and know the risks or side-effects that come with it.
If you are one of the millions of people that have had a car accident that has left you with some issues, you may be wondering how you are going to cope. In today’s world, it seems there is increasing pressure that hits you from every angle, and sometimes, long term sickness can cause lots of worries.
The first thing you should know is that it matters not if you work for somebody or yourself after a car accident, not all is lost, and the last thing you should be worrying about is money. We know it’s easy for us to say that you shouldn’t be worrying about finances, but the truth is, the more you worry, the worse you will find yourself feeling.
What you need to realize over everything is that if you have had a car accident and it has been shown not to be your fault, then you have a ton of support on the other end of the phone.
While in the past, a car accident could have destroyed your life, nowadays, there are legal bodies that specialize in situations like this, and they put everything into making sure that you get what you need and deserve.
If you are not overly familiar with why car accident lawyers or what they can advise on, the infographic show below should be able to give you a better insight into what they can do and how they may be able to help you through what may seem like one of the toughest times of your life.
Even if all dark-skinned people are being encouraged to love their
natural skin color and be proud of it, some of us still prefer a lighter skin
tone, which isn’t a bad thing to desire – after all, to each their own. In
Asia, fair skin is widely promoted as a beauty standard, so whitening products
are big everywhere and some people even go to extreme lengths and pay hefty
amounts of money just to have their skin lightened.
But health concerns have been raised as the skin whitening
trend continues. Risks of cancer and other skin conditions are brought to light
after some whitening methods are introduced, such as skin bleaching. Doctors
also enumerated ingredients that should be avoided in order to stay cancer-free while having your skin
That said, let’s talk about how to stay safe while whitening
How Skin Whitening Works
Our skin has special cells called melanocytes, which is
responsible for producing pigment, a.k.a melanin. If you have dark skin, it
means your melanocytes produce more melanin compared to those of people with
fair skin. In skin whitening or bleaching, this function of the melanocytes is
blocked, reducing the amount of melanin they normally do, so that you’d have
lighter skin in turn.
If you wish to lighten your skin, only stick to products
that use vitamin C, vitamin A, or vitamin B3 to reduce melanin production.
These vitamins are safe blockers and you can find them in over-the-counter skin whitening toners and other topical
products. Herb ingredients such as licorice and emblica, as well as fruit acids
such as glycolic acid, are also safe for the skin and health.
If you’re not careful when you shop, you may end up
purchasing affordable but harmful products that increase your risk of
developing cancer and other skin conditions. Every time you look for whitening
products, always read their ingredients list, and avoid anything with the
Only 2% or less hydroquinone content is considered safe.
Anything above is toxic to the body, so it’s best to stay away from this
Applying anything with mercury on your skin is one of the
worst things you can do to your body. It’s a toxic metal that can cause kidney
failure and problems to the nervous system.
Steroids thin your blood vessels and reduce blood flow,
making your skin look paler and thus fairer. With prolonged use, complications
may occur in blood pressure levels, blood sugar, and even in mental health.
BHT or BHA
Butylated Hydroxytoluene andButylated Hydroxyanisole are
proven to cause cancer in animals as per tests. If that’s the case, it’s best
to steer clear of these ingredients.
This is unregulated in most countries because of its
toxicity, so stay away from dioxane as well.
If you have sensitive skin, fragrances may give you allergic
reactions such as irritation, itchiness, or inflammation, so it may be better
to avoid them.
DIY Skin Whitening
If you’re super health-conscious but would still love to
whiten your skin, you can try a DIY bleach formula. It only consists of pure
lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide, but be extra careful when using them,
because they may get in your eye and irritate it. If you have dark spots you
wish to eliminate, safe home remedies include apple cider vinegar, aloe vera,
and green tea extract, so opt for any of those.
Remember that all skin colors are beautiful, so even if you wish to lighten yours, keep in mind that your darker skin still makes you beautiful and it also deserves your love and praise. Treat your skin with care by using only products that are proven safe and effective.