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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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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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