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How to Keep Yourself Safe From Mosquito Bites Using a Natural Mosquito Repellent

How to Keep Yourself Safe From Mosquito Bites Using a Natural Mosquito Repellent

Global warming is gradually increasing the temperature of our planet and is helping mosquitoes thrive. We, as human beings, are constantly fighting these pests off by applying conventional mosquito repellents.

However, dermatologists have revealed that the high concentrations of chemicals in these repellents can have detrimental effects on our skin.

As humidity levels rise, the mosquito count shoots up, and people start thinking about the best ways to keep themselves safe from the diseases carried by these blood-sucking flies. Since individuals are also conscious of the damaging impacts of conventional chemical repellents, many are now looking for more natural alternatives. Thus, DEET-free repellants have come onto the market to meet this need, and they’ve become preferred by many people.

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Let us look into some repellents and other strategies that can protect you from mosquito bites.

Explore the natural version of repellents

Many companies that sell conventional mosquito repellents also manufacture natural versions for their skin-conscious customers. Instead of being traditional and following the age-old tactic of applying synthetic bug repellent, you can try out some of these newly-introduced natural mosquito repellents.

Choose from a wide range of products, including Cutter Natural, Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, EcoSmart Organic, and Burt’s Bees Herbal. If you doubt their effectiveness, you can jump to the next option.

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Consider the pure forms

If you are not very satisfied with the previous option, then you can try out soothing, insect-repellent oils extracted from medicinal plants. These are 100% natural and reliable. For instance, the Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE) acts just like a pinch of DEET and deters insects.

In terms of effectiveness, Catnip Oil excels as a natural mosquito repellent and protects users for more than a couple of hours. You can also extract oil from lavender by crushing its flowers. Apart from the insect repelling properties of lavender oil, it has commendable antiseptic features. Other plants of high medicinal value include Citronella and Neem. The oil extracted from those plants, if applied correctly, can protect you from mosquito bites.

Know the correct application method

By simply crushing the flowers and leaves of medicinal plants, you cannot successfully keep mosquitoes at bay. You should follow a definite procedure to enjoy the maximum benefit and prevent mild skin irritations.

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It is advisable not to apply essential oils directly in their concentrated forms. Instead, dilute them by mixing with either water, lotion, or any other oil. For instance, always blend up OLE with sunflower oil for improved results. Carry out some research on the ingredients of a natural mosquito repellent and the exact ways to dilute them. It is prudent to learn the best ratios for mixing oils beforehand from authentic sources in order to protect yourself from any irritation.

This application technique for natural mosquito repellent will not only keep the mosquitoes away but will also save your sensitive skin from possible damage.

Try alternatives if you are not a hard-core fan of repellents

If you are still in doubt regarding the effectiveness of natural mosquito repellents, there are other options for you to follow.

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Cover yourself up by wearing long-sleeved apparel, and try not to expose your skin if you go out. This might make you feel uncomfortable if you are in a place with high temperatures and humidity levels, but it is definitely the best option for people with sensitive skin.

Keep away from standing water, since this is the place where mosquitoes breed. Buckets of water, puddles in your backyard, swimming pools, and ponds are the spots where the population of these insects is at a maximum. Avoid leaving your home around sunrise and sunset, because these are the times when mosquitoes are most active.

Finally, it is time to say ‘bug off’ to the stingers with organic remedies and protect yourself from diseases like Lyme and Zika. The above-mentioned suggestions can keep you safe.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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