All posts tagged: living

10 Tips for a Refreshing and Rejuvenating Sleep

I love sleep. I love sleep so much that I refused to come out of my mother’s womb. My twin had to be born first because I was still sleeping. I kept hitting the snooze button. That’s what happens when it’s warm and cozy and comfortable. I was born 51 minutes later. When I was a shift worker in my early twenties and doing back-to-back evening, morning, and evening shifts, I would count down the hours until I could go back to sleep as soon as I woke up. It was during this time in my life that I was diagnosed with a chronic illness with fatigue being the the overarching symptom. My sleeping patters were irregular, I was tired allthe time, and my mood was stuck on irritable. If you’re thinking, that’s me too, know that you can have a refreshing and rejuvenating sleep just by making a few simple lifestyle changes. There are many restorative processes that take place when we are sleeping. Ideally, we should be aiming for around eight hours of shut-eye every night. The …

10 Ways to a Happier You

We all get excited and pumped up around New Year’s. Resolutions are on a roll and we feel good. But come February and March, those habits we were so keen on keeping up are starting to be forgotten. We’re back to picking up chips rather than carrots. But we’re here to reignite your motivation to be better. Here are 10 ways to be happier today. Share them with your loved ones so they too can be inspired! 1. Reconnect with someone. It’s easy to lose touch with someone. But it’s also as easy to get back in touch, thanks to today’s virtual inboxes and pokes. 2. Be grateful. Every single day. Start the day thinking about the things you are grateful for, and end the day thinking of all the good things that happened that day. Gratitude reciprocates. Unhappiness is the result of the lack of gratitude. So be happy, there’s always something to be thankful for. 3. Try something new. Learn to tap dance. Bake a pie. Pick up a clarinet. Go to a Zumba …

How to be A Morning Person (When You’re Not)

If Neil Sedaka sings, “breaking up is hard to do,” many of us would say waking up (early) is also hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be. Being a morning person isn’t necessarily something you are born or not born with. Like many things, it can be learned, practiced, and mastered over time. What better way to start the day than being fresh and awake in the morning? Donuts, maybe. Here’s that donut. HOW TO BE A MORNING PERSON (WHEN YOU’RE NOT) 1. Baby steps. If you’re not a morning person to begin with, you’re not going to suddenly spring out of bed at 6 am (just because you are reading this article. But kudos to you if you do!). Make gradual changes as you go along. If you are used to waking up at 9, set your alarm for 8.45. The next day, set it for 8.30. The following day, 8.15. And so on. You get it. Do this until you have reached your desired wake-up time. 2. Strategically position your alarm clock. Place your …

How to Kill A Cockroach

Everyone has a number of ways to kill a cockroach. Some common methods include household pesticides like Baygon, stomping on it as hard as you can, or slapping it with a rolled-up newspaper–basically any attempt to squish the bug. But all those methods leave undesirable ways of cleaning up the remains–either your flooring is full of pesticides, or you are left with an area of scattered smelly dead cockroach parts. Ugh. But there might be a solution to this.​ A Japanese Company called Fumakilla came up with a better solution to your cockroach-killing needs, one that would stop the bug dead in its tracks by freezing it to -75 degrees Celsius. The best part is the clean cleanup procedure. Since the bug is frozen, you could easily grab a paper towel and lift the cockroach from your floor and dump it out. No pesticides, no smell, like it never happened. Simple eh? Sounds like it, although finding out at your local store would probably be a challenge. Photo Credits: Wall-e wallpaper – wallpapers-3d.ru Fumakilla Stop Jet …