Archive for July, 2009

This website has moved

July 28, 2009

Hi all,

Due to the popularity of this website we have upgraded and moved to a new web domain. You can find it at:

www.healtheadvice.com

Thanks for visiting, we hope you will enjoy the new site just as much!

How to cure a sore throat

July 4, 2009

Sore throats are one of the first signs of a cold. Let’s fight it straight away so you don’t get stuck with a bad cold!

What I recommend:

  • A throat gargle (e.g. Betadine or Difflam): these contain antibacterial agents to kill off those germs and limit their spread. It doesn’t taste too great, but it’s worth it if you don’t want it to get worse. Remember not to swallow, but to spit out!
  • Throat lozenges – if your throat’s still sore this is something extra you can try. There are many different throat lozenges out there. They can contain antibacterials, anti-inflammatories and anaesthetics. Use your anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic containing ones for the more painful sore throats. Be careful with hot drinks though as they may burn the throat if that anaesthetic is working.

Lollies – butter menthols, etc. They’re yummy…but they don’t contain much to battle your sore throat.

Keep rested and well hydrated and this sore throat will be gone before you know it.

Good luck!

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Pick a chair

July 2, 2009

My boy has back pains, and the physio has recommended that a desk chair is a high priority. It helps with posture. It’s important to choose the best chair you can possibly find (of what you can afford of course), because you are going to be using this chair for a very long time (unless some of us are serial chair buyers).

After shopping around at many different outlets, we came to the conclusion that there a 4 major points for choosing the best office chair.

1. It has to look good – there’s no point in getting the fluoro green pattern that fits in so well with your decor.

2. Price – it is true that the more you pay the more you get. We found there were 3 different types of chairs

  • The ultra-cheap chair with only a gas-lift device to change height (that was fun to play around with!)
  • The mid-range chair allowing both height change and lumbar support change
  • The ultra-expensive chair – complete with extra padding as well as all the features mentioned above

3. Comfortable butt cushioning – if you are on your bottom end all day this is something you’ll need to consider

4. Lumbar support – excellent lumbar support helps to better your posture

We settled for a plain black chair. Boring yes, but you can do many other things to your room to spice it up. We decided to try the mid-range chair. Let’s see how that one goes. It has good cushioning and adjustable lumbar support – just what were looking for!

$150 spent later and we are still a happy couple 🙂

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Destressing – decluttering

July 1, 2009

I find stress one of the greatest things that holds me back in life. Stress affects in me in such negative ways

  • I can’t function normally
  • I become more emotional and unhappy
  • I rush without getting anything done quicker in the end

I thought I’d start finding things that make me stress less. I bought a set of  filing drawers for only $10! What a bargain! Frugal and productive, I say.

As you can see, my beautiful desk is piling with a heap of books and paper work. I have all my notes from all four years at university, plus any paperwork I’ve gathered in between.

Now this is only a small step in decreasing clutter and reducing stress, but every little bit helps. I’ll now have a system where I can find all my paperwork at once and it also helps to clear the mess (slowly but surely) from my table.

I have labelled the five drawers:

  1. Receipts
  2. Insurance and bills
  3. Tax
  4. Certifcates
  5. Pay slips

With this system in place, I hope it does help. What systems do you put in place to reduce stress?

Messy desk

Messy desk

Filing drawers

$10 Filing drawers

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