Kicking the Common Cold

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Tis the season for a stuffy nose,  scratchy throat, and that annoying cough that never seems to go away. Our bodies must have some supernatural instinct, as soon as October hits the colds and viruses start to  fancy us with their presence. While the changing weather has a lot to do with it there may be another piece to the puzzle. This is the time of year when we start to kick it into high gear. Summer break is over and we are back in school, work, and attending to various obligations. We are constantly running around in a frantic quest to check the next thing off our to do list. As soon as we think it can’t get any worse we are suddenly reminded of the glorious holiday season right around the corner. Shopping, cooking,  cleaning, entertaining, the list goes on.We are overwhelmed wth social events and family gatherings, overcome with stress and anxiety. We have this constant pressure to do more, work more, be more.

Our bodies are screaming at us to STOP.

If you find yourself plagued with the dreaded flu or even a small case of the sniffles give your body the attention it needs. Take a day, call in sick and focus on rest and rejuvenation.

Below is a list of natural remedies to get you back on your feet:

  • Garlic-one of the worlds superfoods, with its antibacterial and anti fungus properties it has proven to relieve coughs, clear the sinuses, and boost the immune system. Add it to smoothies, soup or even consume it raw
  • Herbal Tea-green tea in particular contains antioxidants proven to help fight colds. Pour yourself a nice hot cup of tea, snuggle up and enjoy the benefits.
  • Vitamin C-cold season is the worst season to skimp on your vitamin C. It contains  nutrients that aid in natural defense, reducing mucus and clearing the respiratory system. Lemon, oranges and other citrus fruits are great sources.
  • Cinnamon-cinnamon is a natural antiviral and antibiotic, it aids in quick recovery and fights against illness. Add it to your tea, soup or yogurt.
  • Chamomile Herb-a wonder herb and natural relaxant. Chamomile h
    as been found to dramatically calm the nerves, reduce inflammation and fevers and reduce ailments. Sip on some chamomile tea before bed each night.
  • Neti Pot-my dad swears by this one. While it is a little gross and a bit painful I have to admit it does wonders for congestion.
  • Fermented Foods-fermented foods are great for the immune system. Try some kimchi, or kefir.
  •   Apple Cider Vinegar-I saved this one for last with good intention. Apple cider vinegar has recently become a phenomenon in the health community. It is said to have a host of benefits including relief from stomach pain, soothing sore throats, lowering cholesterol, preventing indigestion, aid in weight loss, curing acne and much more. Add one tablespoon to your tea, warm water or some honey. If you are brave enough throw it back as a shot.

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Beauty

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A few weekends ago I decided to take a break from the crazy college atmosphere and spend the weekend at home with my lovely parents. Sunday afternoon we had lunch at one of my favorite little café’s the Wolf-I highly recommend if you ever find yourself in St. Louis. Their walls are filled with artsy pictures, maps and unique quotes. I found this one in particular extremely interesting.

Seeing the beauty in life is something that can lead to a paradigm shift. If we set our mind to focus on the positive and not dwell on the negative our quality of life has the potential to significantly increase. Part of focusing on positivity involves looking for beauty. Every human being and every situation has something beautiful to offer. From simple conversation, to the warm glow of a falling sunset, there is always a marvelous aspect to be observed.

Natural beauty is something I have been trying to focus on lately. It is common in todays society that we find ourselves searching for unfulfilling beauty. We look to our phones and obscene music when in reality these are artificial creations that distract us from the natural world. We often find these creations unfulfilling, leaving us wanting more, bigger and better. Our focus becomes distorted and the potential for contentment is overruled by negativity and dissatisfaction. Instead of continually dwelling on the negative we should shift our mindset to one of acceptance and positivity. Even the little things have the power to bring beauty and brightness to our lives. Something as simple as a conversation, a moment of connection or even a small touch can instill in us feelings of warmth and joy. Natural beauty is everywhere and can have a major impact on our lives if we let it.


 

 

Letting go of Labels

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Grab your tea, blankets and gather ’round it’s story time.

Quick update on my life: today I was sitting in class, statistics to be specific, allowing my thoughts to wander and attention to shift. I was looking around the room trying to find anything to grab my attention and entertain me for the next 48 minutes. As I scanned the sea of students a bright yellow shirt caught my eye. It was a guy sitting a few rows in front of me and on the back of his shirt it said “Go Greek or Go Home.” This got me thinking. Yes, I realize it is just a shirt and likely has no meaning other than to support Greek life but it made me question the expectations and judgement in the college atmosphere. A little disclaimer; greek life is pretty big at my school. This means labels are everywhere. From t-shirts, and water bottles to car decals and tattoos, we are all branded with our letters in some way or another. Every chance we get we flash our symbols and the first question of any conversation is “what house are you in?” When we proudly state our answer a judgement is made in .00025 seconds. We are placed into a specific category and a multitude of assumptions exist before we can even finish a sentence.

This idea of labels, we allow them to run our lives. It is not only in greek life, it dominates the college atmosphere and even beyond that. There are the band geeks, athletes, burnouts, Jesus freaks, pot heads, hippies, businessmen, the list goes on.

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It’s as if we are stuck in a box with a million characteristics written on the outside, each of them assumed true until proven otherwise. It’s unethical and immoral.These labels foster misjudgment and deception. They often lead to problems and missed opportunity. That person you met today could have been your future best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend and you let them slip away because of a misplaced judgement.

We are not all carbon copies filled with the same traits. We are made to be different and express ourselves in our own unique image.

The next time you meet someone I challenge you to ditch the labels. Think of them as a  newfound treasure, filled with mystery and opportunity. Try to delve deeper and find out who they are as a person, not who they are categorized to be.