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Essential Tips for Healthy Travel

Passport – renewed; tickets – booked; guide books – ready!

We make all kinds of practical preparations ahead of our holidays, don’t we? But how many of those include getting our bodies ready?  

Travel can be a big drain on your health if you’re not careful – so it’s important to take the necessary precautions.


Before you go:

Boost your Immune System

Your immune system is the foundation of good health – so make sure it’s in tip top shape before you set off.  Try to eat well in the run up to your holiday – and include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Dark leafy greens like kale and brightly colored fruits are particularly helpful.  And remember to take small, healthy snacks with you when you go.

Check if You Need any Vaccinations

Depending on where you’re travelling to, you might need vaccinations – so make sure you’ve checked.  If concerns about pain put you off – don’t let them – perhaps using a numbing cream could be the solution.

You can find lots of useful information online about which vaccinations might be appropriate for your holiday destination.  So do your homework. And your doctor, physician or pharmacist will also be able to advise you.


Buy the Right Sunscreen

We can’t emphasise enough the importance of taking – and using sunscreen – particularly if you’re visiting warmer climes.  Make sure you choose a cream with at the very least a factor 15 (30 is preferable, particularly for children). Look for good UVA ratings – and apply it really regularly while you’re away.

While You Travel:

Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential to our health and wellbeing and research has revealed that it’s crucial for our immune system.  Put simply, you’re more likely to catch a virus without it – and to shake one off if you do get sick.  So getting proper sleep is very important before and during your journey. 

Consider packing a travel pillow and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones to help you sleep more soundly too.

Stay Hydrated

When you travel by air, the lack of humidity in the cabin air can lead to dehydration – and dry out mucous membranes.  This can make you more susceptible to germs – so remember to keep as hydrated as possible.  Water is the best option – obviously – so consider taking a bottle with you and refill whenever possible. Potassium-rich foods like bananas are also great options to help keep you hydrated.

Stay Active

That might not sound straightforward while you’re travelling but it is possible – and, of course, crucial. Because it’s another really effective way to stave off unwanted infections – and boost your energy. 

So make time in your travel schedule to do something that gets your body moving – even if it’s just a quick stretch.  And when you arrive don’t neglect this either – check out the hotel gym and go for a walk or run to explore your new surroundings.


Wash Your Hands Regularly

It’s surprising how many people forget the importance of regular hand washing – and how it helps maintain health.

This is even more important when you travel – as you come into contact with surfaces that many other people have touched. Using handrails, touching counters and opening doors are all things we do without much thought. 

Health professionals recommend carrying out the following steps to make sure your hand washing is effective:

  1. Wet your hands with water.

  1. Apply enough soap to cover your hands.

  1. Rub hands palm to palm.

  1. Rub the back of your left hand with your right palm with interlaced fingers. Repeat with the other hand.

  1. Rub your palms together with fingers interlaced.

  1. Rub the backs of your fingers against your palms with fingers interlocked.

  1. Clasp your left thumb with your right hand and rub in rotation. Repeat with your left hand and right thumb.

  1. Rub the tips of your fingers in the other palm in a circular motion, going backwards and forwards. 

  1. Repeat with the other hand.

  1. Rinse hands with water.

  1. Dry thoroughly, ideally with a disposable towel.

  1. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.

If you can’t get access water to wash your hands fully while you’re in transit – try using an alcohol based sanitiser.  And remember to keep applying it frequently, to make sure you’re properly protected. 


Healthy Travel

Just a little common sense and a tiny bit of preparation can help you stay fit and well while you travel. And then you’ll be sure to arrive at your destination – and home – relaxed healthy and happy.

5 Reasons to Stop Giving 110% Now!

You’re sitting at your desk, holding in one hand a cup of coffee and in the other your smartphone. You’re expecting a phone call from a client any moment now. In front of you, your laptop pings abruptly. You’ve received an email from your boss, wishing your good look with your client and telling you that you should be ready to give 110% to make the project happen. In a few seconds, your stress levels, which were already elevated, seem to skyrocket to new heights. 


If it doesn’t sound familiar, maybe you’re more of a 110% party goer. You’re the kind of person who works hard but who has deliberately chosen to party even harder – within reason, of course.


There’s no real party if you don’t watch the sunrise before going to bed! And you make it your duty to push yourself and explore new boundaries each time your party. In your opinion, if you remember the evening, then it wasn’t a very good party. 


Which of these two scenarios sound more like you? Most people are somewhere in between; they go the extra mile both for work and fun. But there’s something important about giving 110% all the time: It’s not sustainable in the long term. You need to stop working and partying hard. 


Because It Does’t Exist

It’s impossible to trace back where the saying ‘giving 110%’ comes back. But one thing is for sure; it wasn’t invented by a mathematician. There is no such thing as 110%. 100% is all you can give at any time.

Ask yourself one simple question: Where does the extra 10% come from? Next time your boss or a friend asks you to overperform, take the time to measure the meaning of their words. Ultimately, they’re not only asking you to bring all you’ve got to the project. They also want you to bring more than what is humanly possible. 


Because it’s Unhealthy 

Let’s assume that ‘giving 110%’ is another way of asking you to invest more time and effort into making something happen, whether it’s a disco night or an urgent project with a client. The only way to reach the impossible 110% is to reshape your schedule to give your new assignment priority.


In other words, that’s how an 8-hour day turns into a 12, 14, or even 16-hour day. Giving 110% goes strongly against the rules for a healthy life by disturbing your habits and routine. It occupies your time, meaning that you can’t relax, focus on your personal goals, or stay in touch with the people who love.


You don’t have the time nor the desire to make healthy food choices, as stress tends to increases food cravings. In other words, you pay the cost of 110% with your health. 


Because it’s Not Sensible 

What could be wrong about giving 110% to your party nights? Just because it isn’t work-related doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be sensible about having fun. Indeed, there are substantial consequences to the decisions you make, including your party choices.


The usual spectrum of party vices includes alcohol and late nights, which in moderation can be enjoyable. In excess, however, they can affect your sleeping pattern, your health, and your mood. What is the point of partying if it’s going to make you feel horrible in the morning?


There’s nothing wrong with having fun, but it doesn’t need to break either your health or the bank – nobody wants to wake up the next day to an empty wallet and a series of expensive bar bills. 


Because it’s a Waste of Energy

Maximizing your productivity is all about making the most of every minute of the day according to business blogs. They forget one crucial detail: People are not machines. We get tired and burned out. You can’t stay focused all the time.


In fact, according to research, not only giving 110% is impossible, but giving 100% is an aberration too when it comes to mental energy. Indeed, you can’t achieve results with the extra desk time. You need to apply the 80-20 rule to recharge your batteries, 80% of your performance comes from 20% of your input. 


Because it’s an Unfair Expectation

Lastly, expecting someone to go the extra mile in unfair, regardless of whether you’re discussing work or fun. More often than not, meeting your objectives is not about moving mountains, but about understanding which details make a difference.


Real success is in getting the little things right. Additionally, trying to meet unachievable standards is only going to end in disappointment. 


You Shouldn’t Give 110%


In everything you do, you need to put your needs and your health first. There is no need to give 110% when your mental and physical energy can’t sustain the pressure. It’s time to break free from the hard-working and hard-playing cliché to focus on smart workers and sensible players once and for all. 


Is there somewhere in your life where you need to slow down? What can you do to back off a bit?


Macy’s Black Friday In July Sale

Do you love a great sale? Obviously, this is a rhetorical question. You don’t have to wait until Black Friday in November to snag some incredible deals. Macy’s is at it again and offering up some awesome deals with Macy’s Black Friday in July sale.

Macy’s Is at It Again!

It’s no surprise that Macy’s offers great deals and sales. They’re offering great savings on lots of items during their Black Friday in July sale.


During this sale, you can get an extra 25% Off All Orders at Macy’s.

  • Coupon Code: JULY
  • Sale Dates: 7/8/19 – 7/14/19
  • Restrictions may apply.

My Favorite Things

Of course, I had to share some of my favorites at Macy’s right now.

You know I love athletic wear and these leggings are freakin’ adorable and less than $30.

And I’m obsessed with pretty dishes. Who wouldn’t want to sit down at dinner with these beautiful dishes or drink your morning coffee?

Bonus Win: If you place your order today, you can get free shipping too! (ends at 11:59 pm 7/9/19)

Win a Macy’s Gift Card!

The deals don’t stop there. You can also enter to win a Macy’s gift card! Enter that giveaway here. (Giveaway ends July 14, 2019) They’re giving away $2000 in gift cards.

Win a Macy's gift card!

What’s In Your Order?

I want to know, what will you be ordering today or putting on your wish list? If you win one of the Macy’s Black Friday in July Sale gift cards, what will you spend it on? I’m thinking it could go towards one of these beds….Sweet dreams for sure!

This post is sponsored by Savings.com.

Self Love Is More Than a Massage

Self love is sooo many things! It can be a quiet walk, a kick ass workout, a nap, a massage, saying no, saying yes, setting boundaries, etc.

How are you practicing self love today?

I’m getting some cleaning done (because a clean house makes me happy), meditating, working out, and then unplugging to be with my sweet family tonight.

After an interesting first week of July, I sat down (after a lot of tears and telling my husband that I’m quitting my mission) and I asked myself “what do you need right now?”

The answer was loud and clear: MORE LOVE.

I need to show myself more love. 

I also ask myself: “how is all of this happening for you (not to you)?”

The answer was “it’s happening to show me that I NEED to be taking better care of myself”.

This week, I’m taking the week of from my business. The only things business related will be client calls and a blog post.

The rest of the time will be devoted to recharging, being more present, and filling my cup.

When you’re having a bad day or a bad week, I encourage you to take a step back and ask yourself 3 questions:

1) How is this happening for you? 
2) What do you NEED right NOW?
3) What action will you take?

Do you incorporate enough self love into your life? If not, what is stopping you?

5 Tips to Avoid the Dreaded Bug

As the season’s transition, it can be very easy to catch a sick bug. Your body is getting used to the change, and with a busy lifestyle, it’s likely that many people will start feeling run down and will have a bout of sickness. And once that starts, it spreads like wildfire. Check out these five tips to avoid the bug.

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Get A Flu Vaccine

The flu vaccine or anything similar is the best way of avoiding the common cold. It’s usually given to children and those over a certain age, normally sixty-five. Even though anyone who gets a flu vaccine usually gets a temporary bout of sickness, the regularity at which they get sick is greatly reduced. If it’s something that you get offered for free, it’s certainly worth doing, but it’s also worth getting for a fee to help reduce how often you get sick.

Stay Hydrated

Water is a great way of flushing out the toxins in your body and keeping you feeling energetic and generally healthy. As summer rolls around, it’s important to keep up your intake and if you can, to increase it to cater for the heat. Your body is going to be losing more water during these summer months, so it’s good to stay on top of it so you can continue to feel the best you can be. Always carry a bottle of water around with you and if you don’t like water as it is, just flavor it with something like cucumber or lemon.

Eat Healthy

Eating junk food is certainly not good for your body and too much of it is going to make you sick. To keep your body feeling good on the inside, it’s good to maintain a healthy diet. Think lots of fruit and vegetables and being aware of what’s going onto your plate. Alcohol is also a big weight gainer, so it’s a good idea to cut down or at least to choose options that are less calorie heavy. 

Wash Your Hands

Germs and bacteria can travel very easily from person to person and if you’re living in the city, just brushing your hand past a handrail can bring you into contact with potentially harmful germs. Practice washing your hands after commuting to and from work and if you can, make sure you have a small bottle of hand sanitizer on you for when your on-the-go and don’t have access to a sink!

Get Plenty Of Sleep

And finally, sleep is your friend. During the year, there can be peaks in your social and work calendar where you’re out a lot, and that can have a knock-on effect with your health if you don’t get enough shut-eye. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep per night and catch up on weekends if you’ve not had enough during the week.

Take Advantage of These Tips to Avoid the Bug

Take advantage of these tips to avoid the bug so you and your family can stay as healthy as possible!

5 tips to avoid the bug

Caring For An Elderly Relative: Advice You Need To Know

Caring For An Elderly Relative: Advice You Need To Know

When your relatives begin to grow older, you will likely notice that they are no longer as spritely as they used to be. They might struggle with simple tasks every day, such as walking and making a cup of coffee. When this happens to an older relative it can be sad to see and hard to manage. This is why today we are going to talk about some of the ways that you can prepare for caring for an elderly relative this year. 

Look for Home Care 

One of the best things you can do for an older relative when they are struggling with independent is to hire a home hospice care company. A company like this will help your older relative keep their lifestyle and keep them company and it can make a positive impact on their lives.

Make a List 

One helpful way to prepare for caring for an older relative is to make a list where you will outline the things they need help with, any activities you want to do together and also any equipment you might need to bring into the home for them. For example, in the house, you might need things such as: 

  • Bath lift 
  • Stair lift 
  • Rising bed 
  • Rising chair
  • Hand rails 
  • Emergency cord 

Once you know what you need to do to help your family you can take measures to do this and keep them safe and sound. 

Educate Yourself

It is important when you come across a situation such as this that you educate yourself on the matter and how to help your family in the best possible way. Take the time to read up on the matter online and speak to a doctor or two to get some real advice on what you need to do and what precautions have to be taken to keep your family healthy and happy. 

Set Boundaries

Although you love your family and you would likely do anything for them, you need to think about your own life too. Make sure that you don’t let your family take over every aspect of your life because if they get used to depending on you too much they will never be able to do things for themselves and look after themselves in a healthy way. Create a healthy boundary and make sure they are able to find independence. 

Share the Task 

It’s not fair to you to have to do everything on your own. You’re only human and it’s important for you to be able to share the burden of looking after a family member with others. If you have other family members who can help, you can create a rotation to make sure that your family member is safe and cared for. If you don’t, it’s a good idea to get some help from professionals and make sure that they are able to take on the heavy load as much as you. This will make things easier for you and it won’t compromise your relationship with your family member. 

Caring for an Elderly Relative

Caring for an elderly relative is an important part of life. Most likely, this is a parent or grandparent who took care of you. It’s important to return the favor and help them. Have you care for an elderly relative or are you preparing to do so?

Caring For An Elderly Relative: Advice You Need To Know

Dealing With Neck Injuries

dealing with neck injuries

You know the feeling. You turn your neck to look behind you and crack. You get an annoying crick in your neck that makes you move like a statue for days. Some neck injuries are easy to heal while others are more serious. Let’s take a look at some different neck conditions and how to deal with them.


Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis is a general term for ‘wear and tear’. Cervical Spondylosis is a degenerative injury of the joints between the neural foramina, which are the small holes where nerves originate from, and the spinal vertebrae.

The majority of adults have some form of wear and tear, yet if you are experiencing discomfort because of it, it is advisable to see a physiotherapist as soon as possible because you don’t want to run the risk of the problem getting worse.

Some of the most common symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis include headaches, muscle spasms, neck stiffness, numbness or weakness of the arms, legs, fingers or hands, a constant deep ache that occurs in the shoulders and down the arms, and, of course, neck pain. If you notice any of these symptoms, physiotherapy treatment can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort while also ensuring a quick return to normal functionality. It will also prevent the problem from getting worse, as severe cases of Cervical Spondylosis can be extremely painful and can cause muscle weakness or paraesthesia.

As this is a degenerative injury, it cannot be fully cured, but proper management of the condition is essential. Regular physiotherapy sessions and effective self-care are the perfect combinations to ensure that Cervical Spondylosis does not have a big impact on your life. 

Nerve Root Pain

Nerve root pain in the neck can be extremely painful, and physiotherapy is the advised solution for anyone that finds themselves experiencing this issue. Sometimes rehabilitation is needed for severe cases. This condition occurs when the nerve is compressed when it exists from the cervical spine, which is your neck. This can occur as a result of the narrowing of the intervertebral foramen, which is a little hole between every vertebral level where the nerves exist in the spine or it can occur due to irritation of the cervical disc.

How can you tell if you have neck nerve root pain? This condition usually creates a burning pain, yet there are several different symptoms, with some people experiencing altered sensations, such as pains and needles and numbness in the hand and/or arm while pain can also be referred to the head. Aside from pain, limited functionality is also a common occurrence, with neck movement being restricted in most patients. As there are many different symptoms, the diagnosis stage is exceptionally important.

The length of the treatment depends on the severity of your condition, however, it usually only takes a couple of weeks for nerve root pain to be treated, and a professional will provide you with all of the advice and education you need to manage your condition effectively at home, so you can aid a fast recovery. 

Heal Your Neck Injuries

Whether you’re experiencing neck injuries as a result of age or injury, it’s important to know exactly what you’re dealing with. As with anything health or body related, if you think it’s more serious than a crick, contact your doctor for an exam.

Want more info on healing from injuries? Be sure to check out this post to help you focus on a healthy recovery.