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–The humble mint (I buy this brand) provides three useful services, besides making one less self-conscious about bad breath:
1.) It flattens the appetite. Pop one after church, and you can stick around chatting without being distracted by your growling stomach.
2.) It heightens alertness. I find that consuming a couple of these on the way to work perks me up. During late-night small group meetings, too, these provided instant wake-up.
3.) It instantly stops that cough building up in your throat. If you’ve ever been on an airplane after a wretched cold, and find that cough still welling up in your throat (not that I would EVER have timed such a flight in the Covid era), quickly pop one of these to prevent the wondering stares of other passengers. You will want to call the company and thank them later. It’s better than a cough drop.
–Hot tea with lemon and honey truly soothe a sore throat. This combo once carried me through a long day subbing in Kindergarten.
–Sleepytime Tea, the “Extra” version can indeed help one overcome sleeplessness. This blend is inexpensive and soothing. Tips: It perhaps has diminishing returns, so don’t use it every night. Also, I brew a concentrated version of the tea in about a quarter cup of water before bed.
–Lavender oil does seem to shut me down when I’m otherwise not sleepy. Just sniffing a diluted version has pulled me back into slumber when I’ve awakened in the wee hours. (Usually, as I’m reading a relatively boring work on a dimmed Kindle.)
–A timed house cleaning with a willing family member can help you feel much less dragged down by clutter, dust, cobwebs, and other depressing issues. Ask your assistant how much time she has to give, then pick an area and start working on different rooms for twenty-minute increments. If your helper has only twenty minutes, then choose four areas and work on them for five minutes each. You will still like the results. Repeat the timed cleaning over days, and the practice will make quite a difference. It’s extra fun when the two of you can agree on a playlist or Crash Course video to have on in the background. You will find that the twenty minutes often spills over into twenty-five, but you can often drag yourself away and get going on the next task.
–If you get stuck at your desk mindlessly scrolling online after work, get a family member to nag you to come hang out or go on a walk. These plaints will get you on your feet and away from that magnetic glowing screen.
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