September 2nd, 2018
Blogging Everyday – what this challenge is about
A few days ago I posted on my social media accounts about a challenge I wanted to start. I was inspired by a few YouTube vloggers, who vlog every single day, whether their day was exciting or not. And it got me thinking: I can do this with my blog. It’s probably not an original idea, I don’t pretend it is. However, most people who blog/vlog every day are either never-ending fountains of creativity or they have the most exciting lives. And I know a lot of people who follow them and they think “my life is so boring, so normal, nothing ever happens”.
Well, here’s what I believe. It is all a matter of PERSPECTIVE. Finding the excitement in a day where all you do is go to work and get back home is up to you. If you choose to see it as a boring day, that’s exactly what it’ll be. If you choose to focus on the moments that made you laugh, you’ll find more and more reasons to laugh every day. With this challenge, I wanna show you this is possible. I initially wanted to wait till Sept 3rd or even 10th, to see if any bloggers wanted to join me. But the truth is, I’m super excited to do this, and maybe more people will join if they like the idea.
How long will my blogging everyday challenge last? I don’t know. I’m aiming for at least 1 week. If all goes well, I might keep going. If you wanna join, let me know in the comments below!
Yesterday was an interesting day. By interesting, I mean horrific. I couldn’t sleep at all the night before, something I really did not expect since all week I was out in nature, hiking, so I was tired. Apparently, I was tired enough to catch a cold. So by mid-day, I realized my headache was actually a sinus headache and I was more and more congested. Hurray for Sunday Funday! My mom was visiting, and we had decided to go for a walk and maybe do some shopping at the mall. I decided I wouldn’t let my cold ruin my day, so I went for it. Did I had fun? Absolutely. Was it a good idea in the long run? Absolutely NOT. By the time I got back home I was feeling ten times worst. So I spent the rest of the day in bed, trying to make alleviate my symptoms and treat the cold ASAP. Here are my favorite things to do in these cases.
1. Diffuse essential oils
This is good for two things. Number one, it humidifies the air, which helps you breathe. Number two, certain oils will also help alleviate congestion. My favorites are mint, eucalyptus, and pine. Depending on how bad your congestion is, this might not help it go away completely, but you will definitely breathe a little bit better.
2. Neti pot
Up until a few years ago, I used all the over-the-counter nasal sprays I could find. And then, I developed an allergic reaction. I can still use them, but no more than 5-6 times in a week, provided I don’t get more than 1-2 colds a year. As a result, I discovered neti pots. If you have no idea what they are, check out this link. Not everyone swears by it. In my case, however, it does. Not only does it decongest on the spot, it actually reduces the duration of my colds from 7-10 days to 3-4 days. I’d say that’s a win. If you discover they don’t work for you, no harm done – if used correctly, they have no negative side effects (from what I know, at least).
3. Lemon water + honey
I hate drinking paracetamol drinks, but I do love me a warm drink. Teas are ok, but most of the time I feel they are just flavored hot water without any benefits. Don’t get me wrong, I love drinking tea. I just don’t feel like they help when I’m sick. Anyway, what I do can be a bit too much for some people with sensitive stomachs, so if you know you are prone to acid, start small. I usually squeeze one entire lemon. I pour hot water (not boiling) over it, and add one or two teaspoons of honey. That drink reduces my congestion, calms my throat if it’s sore, and it even lowered my fever a few times. Magic!
Depending on how you’re feeling, you might not feel like moving at all. Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling that bad, so I did a bit of yoga. My favorite poses when I’m congested are inversions! Now, just to make things clear, I cannot do a handstand or a headstand. I can do shoulder stand. Let’s not forget, even downdog is an inversion, so if that’s all you can do, that’s OK. The poses will NOT be comfortable as you do them, on the contrary, you’ll feel you can’t breathe. Afterward, the congestion is much alleviated. It won’t last forever, but sometimes even 10 minutes of fresh air is enough.
Finally, just sleep. And I know sometimes it might be hard when you’re sick and can’t breathe. But try to lay in bed and give your body the rest it needs. Our bodies are amazing and can fight these viruses without much help. But society today tells us a cold is nothing and we have to push through it, take some meds that alleviate the symptoms and act as if we’re not sick. And all we achieve is colds that last longer and longer, that result in complications, bodies that seem like they don’t have a proper immune system. I did all that for a long time, and every time I felt a cold coming, I panicked because it meant I’d be sick for at least a month. And I started with over the counter meds and sometimes ended up with complications that required antibiotics.
Now I take the time to rest. Sometimes I might have to go to work, but I always take care to fully rest when I get home, and even to make it really clear to my coworkers that I can’t function at full capacity on a certain day. And guess what: after a period of confusion, my body started to do it’s thing. Now I’m healed in 7 days max, sometimes less.
Getting ready for the week ahead
Since my Sunday is pretty much described above, getting ready for Monday basically meant going to bed at 9 p.m. I know, I’m so exciting! Luckily, I don’t have to get up early in the morning, so I’ll probably start with another session with my neti pot, yoga, and a good breakfast. The rest is yet to be written.
This wraps up my first day of blogging everyday. I hope you found my tips to fight colds useful.