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How To Get Rid of a Cold Fast? We Have Some Fast Home Remedies For You!

How To Get Rid of a Cold Fast? We Have Some Fast Home Remedies For You!

As chilly days are coming, the chances of catching a cold are increasing since the rhinovirus, one of the main culprits responsible for the common cold, reproduces better at lower temperatures.

The rhinovirus enters your body through the nose, eyes, or mouth when you come into direct contact with an infected person, or with everyday objects that have been contaminated.

The symptoms of a cold

Some of the most common cold symptoms include:

  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • congestion
  • sneezing

Other cold symptoms that you might experience are mild headaches or body aches, mild fever and generally feeling unwell. There is no cure for the cold. Antibiotics are ineffective in destroying the viruses that cause a cold, thus you can only ease the symptoms.

With many over-the-counter cold medicines, it is not certain whether the ones you choose will help in treating those symptoms that you have with the result being that you are taking drugs that are not necessary for you. To avoid the intake of any unnecessary drugs, learn how to get rid of a cold fast with these natural remedies.

Natural home remedies

1. Relax your body with heat

If you are coming down with a cold, it is important to warm yourself up. It has been proven that higher temperatures suppress the growth of the rhinovirus as our antiviral mechanisms are more efficient at higher temperatures.

Take a hot bath to keep yourself warm, and this also helps you ease any muscle pains or aches. To help loosen the congestion, you can simply use a hot water bottle. Fill up the bottle with hot water, but don’t fill it all the way up so that it remains flexible. Put a thin piece of fabric around it and place it on the top part of your back or on your chest.

2. Apply acupressure

You can ease the discomfort and pressure caused by a cold by applying acupressure to certain points. Studies have proven that acupuncture can help in boosting our immune system, thus applying acupressure on certain acupoints can both be beneficial in boosting your immunity and helping release the congestion to ease the pressure.

Where to apply acupressure:

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B2 – This point is located on the upper ridge of the eye sockets on the inner edge of the eyebrows. Hold your fingers, gradually applying the pressure for 2-3 minutes. At the end, slowly release the pressure while taking deep breaths. This will relieve the sinus pressure and frontal headaches.

LI 20 – Located underneath the eyes, outside each nostril, it can also help relieve the sinus pain and the nasal congestion. To massage this point, apply gentle pressure for 2-3 minutes.

3. Steam your nose out

The best natural method to help you with your stuffy nose is steam. It is easy to prepare, and you will feel relief instantly.

How to steam it out:

You will need: a large bowl, a towel, boiling water, and 5-10 drops of eucalyptus, thyme, or tea tree oil to make this process more effective.

  • First put some oil drops into the bowl
  • Pour boiling water
  • Put your face as close to the water as possible, but not too close to avoid burning your face
  • Put the towel over your head so the steam doesn’t escape
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

The best natural drinks

Find out how to get rid of a cold fast by preparing these 100% natural drinks.

1. Hot honey lemon water

Lemon and honey are good natural medicines since they have certain properties that can help you fight a cold. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, are rich in vitamin C, and both lemon and honey are known for their antiviral properties.

How to prepare honey lemon tea

You need:

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  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 cup of hot water

Put lemon juice and honey into a cup, then pour water over it and steer.

2. Hot ginger tea

Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and it can help you with the congestion, stuffy nose and sore throat.

How to prepare ginger tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • A squirt of lemon juice

Put the water in a saucepan and wait for it to boil. Add the ginger, turn off the heat, put a lid on and leave it to steep for 10 minutes. Afterwards, strain the water, add the lemon juice and honey.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar has antimicrobial properties and adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar leads to alkalization of the body, thus creating an environment where it is difficult for viruses to survive.

4. Hot peppermint tea

Peppermint tea can be used to treat cold symptoms, but also to boost our immunity and prevent us from getting sick in the first place due to its antibacterial properties.

How to make peppermint tea

Ingredients:

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  • ½ cup of dried peppermint leaves
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of honey

Boil the water, then add the peppermint leaves and leave it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain it and then add honey.

Home-made healthy syrups

1. Honey-onion syrup

Besides the benefits of honey, onion has been proven to have anti-inflammatory effects, so this syrup will definitely ease your symptoms, such as a cough.

How to make honey-onion syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup of honey

Slice the onion and alternately put layers of onion and honey into a jar. When you are finished, close the jar tightly and let it sit for 8-12 hours. To ease your cough, use one spoon when necessary.

2. Licorice syrup

Licorice is good for cleaning your respiratory system as it helps produce the healthy mucus. Because it has anti-inflammatory effects, it has been used for centuries to treat the cold and cough.

How to make licorice syrup

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cup of licorice root
  • ¾ cup of Echinacea leaf
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey

Put the licorice root and the water into a saucepan, and simmer for 30 minutes. When you turn off the heat, add Echinacea and steep for 10-15 minutes and then strain the mixture. Add honey and heat the mixture to a rolling boil. After that, boil for another 10 minutes. Take 1 ¼ spoon three times a day.

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3. Sore throat gargle

According to Sorana Segal-Maurer, MD, throat gargle can bring you symptomatic relief, since this process helps to wash the virus out. Throat gargle draws the fluid out, thus reducing the swelling in the throat.

What you need:

  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 240 ml of warm water

Dissolve the salt in the water and gargle at least once every hour.

4. Elderberry syrup

Elderberry helps in reducing the congestion and it can shorten the duration of a cold for about 3 days.

How to prepare elderberry syrup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of dried elderberries
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey

Put the water and the elderberries into a saucepan and let it boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 50 minutes. Strain the mixture and once it has cooled to a room temperature, add honey and stir together. Take one tablespoon every day.

Conclusion

There are certain habits you can incorporate into your everyday routine to boost your immunity: get enough sleep, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, reduce the alcohol intake, reduce stress levels, and, don’t forget to laugh as much as possible, since it can actually boost your immunity.

If your cough doesn’t stop after 10 days, the fever doesn’t go away, you are vomiting and have severe throat pain, then it’s time to see the doctor.

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20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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