4 Tips for Getting Rid of a Cold

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Ah, Winter. The time of year that you just can’t seem to leave the house without someone coughing or sneezing within very close proximity to you. If you’ve got a cold you want to shift quickly, these tips will help you!

1). Eat right

I know just how tempting it is to reach for the chocolate, crisps and unhealthy snacks, but try not to binge! We all know that these kind of foods won’t actually make us better (although there’s no denying that they do bring a little bit of joy!), but they can actually make you bloat, feel sick, and they won’t do a lot of good for your skin either. Instead of the junk, try and eat as much fruit as you can! It will replenish you with the vitamins your body needs, and it also contains enough sugar to satisfy your sweet cravings. I would highly recommend putting your fruit into a smoothie or making up a fruit salad – both of which are very easy to do!

2). Drink water

It may seem obvious, but you have to keep up your fluid levels up at all times, especially when you’re ill. Grab a 500ml or 750ml bottle, fill it up with water and sit down in front of Netflix for an hour or two, and don’t let yourself put the bottle down until it’s empty. You will find yourself sub-consciously sipping away, and soon enough you will have finished the whole bottle – easy peasy! You want to aim to drink 2L of water a day, and try and avoid any other drinks (except smoothies) for the next few days.

3). Take supplements

Ah, supplements. My saviour. Having multivitamin supplements will give you that top-up your body needs to get better. I personally like the ones you dissolve in water: it’s a good way to increase your water intake, and if you don’t like the taste it is very easy to down! Also, I would highly recommend Cod Liver Oil tablets. Unfortunately these aren’t suitable for veggies or vegans (obvs), they’re massive and can be a bit of a task to swallow, and they smell absolutely vile. Wasn’t purposefully trying to put you off there, because these tablets actually work wonders. I’ve got no idea how they do it, but my mum always used to make me have them when I was ill, and the cold would go in no time at all. If you can face swallowing them, you will reap the benefits!

There are definitely more luxury versions available, but I bought these both from Lidl and I’m pretty sure they were both under £1 (although don’t quote me on that!)

4). Relax

The most important part of recovering from any illness is allowing your body time to heal. There’s never been a more perfect excuse to bunk lectures, school or work (as long as you tell the relevant people that you won’t be attending!!!!). Grab a blanket (or preferably your duvet),  get cosy in front of the TV with a big glass or bottle of water, your fruit salad and supplements, and Netflix the day away. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep during the night, and if you feel the need to you can always have a nap!

Thank you for reading!! I hope these tips help you, and please do leave any other tips in the comments, I’d be very interested to hear them 🙂

Hoping you get well very soon,

Katie x

(P.S. I’m not a doctor so if you do actually need medical assistance, this blog probably isn’t the best place to go)

February Music Faves

Hey guys!! (This is my first ever blog post so just gonna let you know that I’ve got absolutely no idea what I’m doing lol)

I thought I’d start my blog with something I’m most passionate about: music! These are the songs I have been listening to and loving this month:


1). My My My! – Troye Sivan


Starting with one of my favourites from this month; I can’t get enough of this song. It is an extremely feel-good song in which Troye captures the feeling of being caught up in the moment in a relationship, and advocates throwing caution to the wind and simply living in and enjoying the moment. Would 100% recommend having a listen to this song if you haven’t already heard it!!


2). Nuh Ready Nuh Ready – Calvin Harris, PARTYNEXTDOOR

nuh ready

So admittedly, this song isn’t exactly a work of art… but it is certainly a dancehall bop. The song has a somewhat reggae feel, with PartyNextDoor embracing his Jamaican roots through his style of singing and rapping. It is a new sound for Calvin Harris, whose previous album had a mellow-funk kind of vibe; and, in my opinion, it is definitely not his most inspiring work, with no drop or change in style throughout the song. However, I personally really like it, and I’d definitely expect to hear it played in clubs over the next few weeks.


3). Fine Line – Mabel feat. Not3s

mabel fine line

I first saw Mabel in 2016 when she supported Years & Years at Wembley Arena, and in all honestly, I didn’t love her. Obviously, at that early stage in her career it made sense for her to cover other songs, but I thought she lacked originality and likeabilty. However, as time has gone by she has evidently found her own sound and also gained a lot of confidence. Mabel wrote Fine Line about the beginnings of a new relationship where two people are getting to know each other, and getting lost with each other whilst not losing themselves completely. It is a fun, easy-listening song with a catchy hook in the chorus and a simple bridge with a nice-sounding fluent melody by Not3s which adds a new, fresh and urban element to the song.


4). We Should Be Together – Pia Mia

we should be together

This is not a new song, but I have (ignorantly) only come across it recently. The main hook throughout the song is reminiscent of Childish Gambino’s ‘Redbone’, also featuring  tempting lyrics, with Pia Mia using a very soft and sultry tone of voice, which kind of pulls the song together. I personally really like this song; I listen to it regularly and am yet to grow tired of it.


5). Love Lies – Khalid, Normani

love lies

Saving the best till last, this track is my favourite of the month. The song is a duet written from the two perspectives of members of a new relationship (seems to be a running theme in this post…), and Normani’s solo debut. The song is beautifully written, with the lyrics fitting perfectly with the music, both literally and contextually. Khalid and Normani’s voices blend so nicely together, and the song just works – I can’t get enough of it!! I saw Khalid in London on the 15th, but he unfortunately didn’t perform this song. I’m not too disappointed though, as it gives me the perfect excuse to go and see him again when he’s next in London!


Thank you for reading, hope you enjoyed! Please leave any of your current favourite songs in the comments because I’m always on the hunt for new music. I’d also really appreciate any feedback as well! 🙂

Katie x