Forget Netflix & Chill, It’s Time For Netflix & Inspire

The pandemic has introduced new ways of approaching your spare time and thinking about your health. As a result, you’ve probably been looking at ways of making self-isolation productive! If we’re brutally honest, Netflix and Chill has become a new way of life in many households. What’s not to like about it? You can sit back on the sofa all in the name of staying safe and healthy. 

But have you ever considered that Netflix could be a surprisingly effective source of inspiration? Don’t assume that your time spent watching TV has to be synonymous with laziness. In fact, you’d be pleased to discover that a lot of watchers are turning to the small screen for life inspiration, guidance, and a creative boost. Here are some shows to consider —

Lose yourself into the tidy world of Marie Kondo

Being at home for such an extended period, surrounded by all your stuff, can feel mentally exhausting. Clutter weighs on your mind, and it affects your mood dramatically. Did you know that sitting in a cluttered room can make you feel angry and sad? While if you were to sit in the same room in a decluttered environment, you are less likely to experience negative feelings. Nobody better than Marie Kondo can explain the joys of decluttering. If you are unsure how to start decluttering your home, watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo can provide plenty of positivity. Kondo’s approach sparks joy in the household, which is all the motivation you need to get started. 

Discover the relatable Venus of Daegu 

Oh My Venus is a romantic tv show from South Korea that follows the journey of a young woman from Daegu, aka our Venus of Daegu, through her weight loss challenge. The show reflects on health rather than weight loss when it comes to beauty. More importantly, it also highlights the need for self-healing, both mentally and physically through exercise and mindfulness. If you’ve fallen off the track in your fitness journey, this show could be your wake-up call as you meet Venus’s coach, the inspirational character who makes health a priority in her life. Perhaps if you already have a healthy approach to fitness, the show can help you understand how some people can develop unhealthy and harmful habits. And for any fitness enthusiasts, it could even be the show that makes you want to become a health coach yourself. After all, as Oh My Venus reveals, watching your clients get strong and fit is the best reward.  

Bake your own creation

It came as a shock to fans when Netflix didn’t renew The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. Yet, that doesn’t mean you can’t dive into McConnell’s world of quirky creatures and mind-blowing creative baking. McConnell is a talented Instagram influencer who uses her creative skills in thematic baking and styling. There’s something oddly inspiring about her Halloween treats, from a realistic chocolate and peanut butter bone to the mesmerizing house-shaped cake. But, what’s more exciting about this marvelous little show is that it awakens your inner child. Sure, it’s too late for Halloween bakes, but you could certainly apply McConnell’s tips to make a Christmas village cake, too! 

In short, it’s hard to understand why the phrase Netflix and Chill has become so popular when, in reality, it should be Netflix and Inspire. There’s so much to discover that you’ll be buzzing with new ideas after a few hours! 

If You Like That Book, You Might Like This Book || BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS pt. 4

Hi friends! Today, I’d like to offer you a few more book recommendations in the form of “if you liked this book, then you might like this other book.” I love when folks on Booktube, Bookstagram, and Goodreads include comparisons to other books in their reviews! It’s one of my favorite ways to find new reads! So, I started a bookish series here on the blog to do just that for YOU. (Here’s part 1! Here’s part 2! Here’s part 3!)

In each post, I recommend books that are similar to very popular books that are more well-known. Let’s get into it, shall we?!

If you liked The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware,
you might like The Winters by Lisa Gabriele.

If you loved Ruth Ware’s ability to concoct a setting so compelling it started to feel like it’s own character, you should check out The Winters which transports readers to the Asherley estate. The Winters is a creepy and spooky modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca set amongst the wealthy elite in the Hamptons. Much like The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller that plays out inside a grand house and includes all the twists and turns that go along with strange family dynamics, inheritances, and – of course – murder.

Synopsis: 

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

If you liked The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, you might like Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

If you tore your way through Suzanne Collins’s dystopian young adult novel about a group of teens representing their districts by fighting to the death on live TV, you should pick up Ryan Graudin’s historical reimagining in which the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan commemorate their Great Victory by hosting a motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. Wolf by Wolf includes everything you loved about The Hunger Games and throws in a dash of The Man in the High Castle for good measure — asking, “What if the Nazis won the war?”

Synopsis:

Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the Axis Tour and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.

If you liked All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr,
you might like Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge

Ok, if you’ve read both of these books you may think this is a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Anthony Doerr and Dane Huckelbridge are both incredible writers. The prose in both these books is so beautiful and breath-taking, without ever feeling heavy handed. While the plots are quite different, they are similar in that they constantly come up against odds — whether at the hands of war or a plane crash — and yet humanity flourishes. Not to mention there’s a lot of French language interwoven throughout Castle of Water, and that, combined with the writing style and haunting passages about a short-wave radio, made for a reading experience that gave me some serious All the Light We Cannot See vibes. If you liked one, I’m confident that you’d like the other!

Synopsis: 

For Sophie Ducel, her honeymoon in French Polynesia was intended as a celebration of life. For Barry Bleecker, the same trip was meant to mark a new beginning. Turning away from his dreary existence in Manhattan finance, Barry had set his sights on fine art, seeking creative inspiration on the other side of the world. But when their small plane is downed in the middle of the South Pacific, the sole survivors of the wreck are left with one common goal: to survive. Stranded hundreds of miles from civilization, on an island the size of a large city block, the two castaways must reconcile their differences and learn to draw on one another’s strengths if they are to have any hope of making it home.

If you liked The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins, you might like Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Both of these books are expertly researched, sociological looks at the lives of real teenagers in America. Robbins’s book covers popularity and psychology, while Younge explores gun violence. Quite different subject matter but the execution is similar in it’s careful reporting, meticulous interviews, and thought-provoking conclusions. If you are an educator of or advocate for teens, both of these books are must-reads.

Synopsis: 

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. In Another Day in the Death of America, award-winning journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of the lives lost during one such day. It could have been any day, but he chose November 23, 2013. Black, white, and Latino, aged nine to nineteen, they fell at sleepovers, on street corners, in stairwells, and on their own doorsteps. From the rural Midwest to the barrios of Texas, the narrative crisscrosses the country over a period of twenty-four hours to reveal the full human stories behind the gun-violence statistics and the brief mentions in local papers of lives lost.

I hope you enjoyed these new recommendations and I’m excited to bring you more posts in this series in the future! Do you have any book recommendations for me based on the eight books above? POP ‘EM BELOW!! xoxo

P.S. 3 spooky book recommendations, if that’s your jam!

Gift Ideas for People Who Are Difficult to Buy For

We all have people in our life that are difficult, if not impossible to buy for. If this sounds familiar, then you could already be dreading the Christmas shopping season. Whether you’re looking to find a gift for a family member or people in your friend circle, let’s explore some of the best options for people who are an absolute nightmare to purchase a present for.

A Gift Card

If you’re truly stuck for ideas and you have no idea what to purchase your friend or family member, then you could simply opt for a gift card. The big benefit of this choice is that you just need to find out what shop they tend to buy from. With so many small businesses struggling, now is the perfect time to support local cafes, book stores, and mom and pop shops. So it’s really a win-win as a purchase for that tough-to-shop-for mate. You’ll find that there are often festive spins on these gift cards that will be perfect for the season. 

Palettes

When shopping for someone who is difficult to buy for it is best to stay away from both jewelry and clothing. It’s possible that they only like specific jewelry whereas with clothing you have the added hurdle of finding the right size. Palettes can be a fun alternative and if you shop Dose of Colors you’ll find some fantastic choices. The benefit of palettes is that recipients likely will find at least a couple colors they are certain to love. 

Gift Baskets

Another possibility would be to purchase a gift basket for a difficult to buy for friend or loved one. A big benefit of a gift basket is that they’ll have a variety of consumable items to enjoy. This is also a great choice for the minimalists in your life who don’t want to clutter their home for years. You just need to make sure to know if the person you’re gifting to is gluten, dairy or alcohol-free

An Event

Or finally, if you want to be a little cheeky, you can consider purchasing a ticket to an event as a gift for someone. Events might not be running in the near-term, but there is still plenty to choose from down the line. Or look into virtual events!

Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration as we enter the holiday shopping season! What do you usually buy for the folks who are hardest to shop for? Leave your ideas below!

3 Spooky Books to Read this Halloween

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a great excuse to curl up with a truly terrifying tale! Grab a PSL, your favorite throw blanket, and a handful of fun size candies and make a whole dang day of it. To set the mood even further, I recommend popping on an Autumn Ambience video.

If you feel like binge reading a scary book this Halloween, here are three I would recommend…

The Girls by Emma Cline

The year is 1969, a cultural revolution is taking place, and sex, drugs and rock n roll are at the forefront. Enter a charismatic man (based on the likes of Charles Manson) who lures in young followers desperate to be a part of something larger than themselves and leads them into a life of deception, abuse and murder.

Evie, now in her 50’s, is looking back at her time in this cult as a teenager and the horrific crimes they committed that forever left an imprint on American history.

This is a perfect pick if you’re not especially fond of thrillers or horrors but still want a spooky read that will totally consume you on Halloween. You’ll fly through this one! And it’s that much scarier knowing the story, although fiction, is inspired by true events.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Now, if you ARE up for a thriller, this is an excellent one.

Our main character is a woman whose wealthy and hunky husband, Richard, has left her for a younger woman. After their divorce she went from living a life of luxury to sharing an apartment with her aunt and working a retail gig.

She learns of her ex-husband’s plans to remarry and the book takes off from here. However, the back cover copy warns readers to “assume nothing” and this is especially apt. There are so many twists and turns to this one and the less you know going in the better!

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

Author Grady Hendrix says in the intro that he wanted write a book that pit Dracula against his mom. Who can resist a premise like that?

If you prefer your scary books to be more on the side of horror and gore…with a pinch of humor thrown in for good measure… I highly recommend picking this one up this Halloween.

A group of southern women, fed up with the stuffy/WASPy book club they’re a part of, branch off and form their own group dedicated to reading true crime novels. Next thing you know a new neighbor is clamoring to join their club and he just so happens to be a vampire. This is a “blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.”

Which of these would YOU choose? Will you be reading anything spooky this Halloween? Let me know in the comments below.

Enjoy the rest of your week, ghouls and goblins!!! 👻

Birthday Book Haul!

I’ve picked up a few new books that I’d love to share with you today! My birthday was last week and not only was I gifted with some lovely books, I also went on a little shopping spree myself. One of my favorite things in the world to do is shop for used books — at thrift stores, second hand book shops, garage sales, you name it. I love finding book bargains! However, the pandemic hasn’t really allowed for that particular hobby to take place. So, for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a haul from ThriftBooks.com. Here’s what I picked up…

The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson –
This is a British mystery featuring Detective Inspector Luke Thanet. I thought this would be a fun one to read around Thanksgiving or Christmas time because nothing says cozy to me like a procedural murder mystery!

Brazil by John Updike –
For some reason I’ve never gotten around to picking up this modern classic even though it’s been on my list forever. I think I’m going to pick this one up as soon as I finish my current read. I just can’t resist the 90s charm of this edition’s cover.

Matilda by Roald Dahl –
Just a childhood classic that I couldn’t resist for the price. I love all the illustrations by Quentin Blake and I’m happy to have this in my “formative books from my youth” collection.

The Martian by Andy Weir –
Another book that’s been on my list forever. I’ve of course seen the movie but I hear the book is even better. 😉 (Hard to imagine!) I’ve been craving more sci-fi set in space since reading The Sparrow and giving it a solid 5/5 stars.

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman –
I’ve also seen this movie… I’m not one of those people that feels like they have to read a book first. If anything, seeing film adaptations makes me MORE likely to pick up a book after the fact — usually encouraging me to read something I wouldn’t normally be drawn to. I feel like that’s the case with this one. The movie was so beautiful that I want to be re-transported to that world!

Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl –
I recently got it in my head that I want to have a little trio of books on my shelf — Diana, Kate, and Meghan — so that’s what this is for. When you’re thrifting your books on the super cheap, I feel like you can indulge in dumb whims. This is one of mine! LOL

Now let’s look at the books I was sweetly gifted…

The Honest Enneagram by Sarajane Case –
My mom sent this one over to me and it was something I had put on my birthday wish list. If you read my recent blog series on mental health practices based on enneagram types, you know I’m currently pretty obsessed. This is a fantastic resource!

This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay –
Another gift from my mom! This one is a memoir by a junior doctor on the NHS front line. My mom knows I’m drawn to any media about medicine and I can’t wait to dive into this one. I hear it is equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching.

Real Life by Brandon Taylor –
Finally, Real Life was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. This one looks AMAZING and comes very highly recommended by many of my most trusted reviewers.

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Have you acquired any new books lately?

P.S. Let’s be friends on Goodreads! 

Common Mistakes People Make When Switching To Natural Beauty Products

If you’re looking for more ways to be environmentally-friendly and cut out questionable products in your life, your personal care regime is a great place to start. Beauty products can be loaded with controversial chemicals that have mixed effects on the skin but can also be harmful to the planet. Whether it’s parabens, formaldehyde or coal tar, there are many ingredients that can have unwanted effects on your health.

This is why many people are making the switch to natural beauty and personal care products. However, changing over to an entirely different range of products takes a bit of getting used to, especially if you’ve been using the same kinds of products for so many years. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common mistakes people make when adopting an all-natural routine.

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Don’t assume that every product is fully natural

Just because a product says “natural” on the label or Amazon product description, that doesn’t necessarily make it true. Many brands are cashing in on the all-natural craze and as a result, they might still be sneaking in a few unwanted or questionable ingredients into their products. When reading labels, make sure you look at all of the ingredients and give them a quick Google search to learn more.

Skip straight to the source ingredient

There are a lot of products that you can purchase in a purer state. For example, you can purchase bottles of witch hazel to use as a facial cleanser, toner or even for acne treatment. This is a far better option than buying a natural skin cream that includes witch hazel as an active ingredient…along with a bunch of other, unnecessary ingredients.

Keep some of your existing products instead of throwing it all away

Like it or not, it’s important to keep your existing products because throwing them away would be like throwing money down the drain. It’s understandable that you want to switch to a natural regime as soon as possible, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hold onto the existing products you have. If you’ve got full bottles of beauty products, hold on to them and continue using them until they run out, especially if you’ve not experienced any kind of adverse reactions or effects while using them in the past.

You can find products you never knew existed

One of the great things about natural products is that you can often find things that you never knew existed. For instance, this natural deodorant cream is a fantastic alternative to spray or roll-on deodorants that are usually the most popular option. They contain long-lasting and effective ingredients and come in a variety of different scent options. One of the fun things about switching to a natural regime is being able to find unique, new products that you’ve never heard of or tried before.

Hopefully, this post has shown that it’s easy to make the switch to natural beauty products if you’re prepared. There are some mistakes that people make, but avoiding them is simple if you know what to look out for.

A Quarantine-Induced Decluttering Challenge

Most of us have been doing pretty much everything from home for the past 6+ months. Being around all our…stuff…ALL THE TIME for that long can start to feel a little overwhelming. It’s a lot easier to ignore clutter when you’re at an office 8 hours a day, exploring the city all weekend long, and traveling for vacations whenever you please. That’s just not our reality right now.

So today I’m going to share a decluttering challenge inspired by the quarantine of the last few months! Let’s get to clearing out the clutter, shall we?

Pick a week and declutter the following —

Day 1 – Your home office space.

Whether this is a dedicated room in your home or not, your living space serving double duty as your working space probably means you’ve acquired some additional stuff. For me, this means scrap paper scrawled with to do lists, meeting notes, and writing assignment outlines stuffed in just about every place one can imagine. Go through all your #WFH clutter and see what can get tossed.

Day 2 – Masks that didn’t work out.

You probably tried a few different types of mask before you settled on your go-to. This is a necessary and life-saving accessory but even still, they took some getting used to. If you have a collection of masks you panic bought that don’t actually fit or aren’t comfortable, pass them along. You know what works for you! And you’ll feel a lot more comfortable about investing in a few more of your favorite version, if you don’t have a drawer full of the cast offs.

Day 3 – Games you don’t play anymore.

Time to evaluate your board games, video games, puzzles, crossword books, etc., etc. Are there board games that could be afforded a beautiful second life if you passed them along to a thrift store for someone else to purchase and enjoy? Could you do a porch swap with a friend and trade them a puzzle or a video game you’ve already solved or beat?

Day 4 – Books you won’t reread.

If you’re like me, all this time at home has really helped you up your reading game in 2020. But also like me, you may have gone a liiiittle crazy on the book buying front. Today is the day to go through your shelves, look at each book, and really ask yourself if this is something you’ll reread or need in your collection moving forward. Books are a wonderful thing to pass along to friends and family members!

Day 5 – Impulse bought hobby items.

In March or April, faced with the prospect of many boring nights ahead, did you decide NOW IS THE TIME FOR ME TO TAKE UP knitting… ukulele playing… cross stitch… cocktail mixing… insert any number of niche hobbies that involve buying crap HERE. Did you, you know, actually take it up? If not, never fear. Today’s the time you can clear out the stuff you bought with the best of intentions. No judgement!

Day 6 – Your refrigerator.

Yes, that’s right. Today it is time to declutter your fridge and freezer! We’ve all been eating at home over the last few months which means more groceries, leftovers, and general chaos in this area of the home. Go through everything and toss anything that’s gone bad or has expired. This is also a great time to create a log of what you DO have so that you can be sure to incorporate these things in upcoming meals. Next time you hit the grocery (or the groceries hit your porch — yay delivery!), add to the log. This practice is a great way to reduce food waste.

Day 7 – Comfy clothes you haven’t worn in 2020.

If there is a pair of pajamas, yoga pants, or fluffy socks that haven’t made it on to your body in the year of our Lord 2020, it’s time to retire them. Quarantine has been the time to shine for comfy clothes! I am terrified for the day my legs become reintroduced to panty hose *shudder*… but that’s neither here nor there. Today is all about decluttering your loungewear and pajamas. Only keep your quarantine MVPs!

Bonus Day – Clothes you wouldn’t reach for if a magic wand eradicated the pandemic.

For a bonus day of clutter clearing, let’s look past the quarantine OOTDs and examine the rest of your closet. What items of clothing would you NOT be super stoked to wear if you could suddenly head to a dinner party tomorrow evening? What would you pull out of your closet if next week you were able to present at a meeting where the attendees could actually see your bottom half? What would get packed in your suitcase if we were able to travel abroad? Ask yourself these hypothetical questions and declutter accordingly.

After many months in quarantine, are you feeling in need of some decluttering? Would you take on this challenge? What clutter categories would you add to this list?

Simple Techniques to Improve Brain Power

Do you feel like your brain is broken when you can’t seem to remember basic things? The good news is it isn’t broken, but you may not be using it in the most effective way. Below are five easy visual and visualizing techniques you can use today to remember more.

Remember Numbers 

What would you do if you had no smartphone and needed to remember an important number? OK, so you would probably write it down, but you might not have a pen or paper either. Remembering numbers might seem difficult, but it’s actually quite easy. Our memories are much more visual than once thought so we can actually recall numbers with ease. It might just take a little imagination. One is a pencil; two is a swan, three is a fork, etcetera. Try it out for yourself. 

Tricky Spelling 

Remembering spelling is not quite as easy as remembering numbers, although the visual technique can work quite well in some cases. Because English is a language made up of many different influences, certain unusually spelled words simply have to be learned. If you struggle with your spelling, try turning off your spell checker in your phone and looking up the words you’re unsure of. Over time your spelling will improve significantly. Another tip is to keep a file of words you find difficult to spell and make it a point to incorporate them in the things you’re writing (even if that’s just an Instagram caption!). 

Remember Lists 

Have you heard of the Loci technique? It’s the memory technique in which you use the rooms in your home as locations for items on a list you want to remember. This is useful to some people but doesn’t work for everyone. Instead of using your home, try your body. It’s much closer to you wherever you are, and more familiar – your Chiropractor would be ace at this technique! Identify 10 different areas of your body and assign them items in your list. When you want to remember the item, think of the body part first. 

Capital Cities

Do you find capital cities hard to remember? Do you always get those questions wrong in quizzes? The good news is you don’t have to memorize all the words using flashcards – unless you really want to – instead, use a mnemonic. The capital of Jamaica is Kingston. That sounds like King-stung and Jam-maker. So, you can imagine a king making some jam then being stung by a bee. Try out some of your own. They will be easier to recall if you use your own creativity. 

What’s the Difference  

What’s the difference between Stalactite and Stalagmite? Difficult. They both refer to mineral deposits in underground caves, but one of them grows from the ceiling, the other from the ground. It’s very difficult to remember which is which without a simple memory device. Stalactite contains letter ‘C’ and grows from the ceiling; Stalagmite contains the letter ‘G’ and grows from the ground. Easy-peasy. Try this technique out with other similar-sounding words!

Want more memory tips + tricks? Check out this channel! Yanjaa is a client of mine and her mind is amazing. 🙂  

4 Common Causes of Travel Sickness

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Traveling comes with many  health benefits – apart from all the fun and adventure. But at the same time, there are associated health risks if you ignore essential precautionary measures. This is especially true for people traveling internationally for the first time. Have you found yourself feeling sick during or after a recent trip? Here are some of the most frequent causes of travel sickness and how to avoid them.

  • Train stations and airports can spread viruses

Whenever you find yourself in a queue at an airport or train station, humans are not the only ones being transported – these places are hotbeds of activity for viruses, too. For example, mass transit is the likeliest place to contract air-transmitted viruses and germs, as so many people are confined to a small space at the same time. To keep yourself safe, you should wear a mask, wash your hands often, and sanitize surfaces on and around your seat.

  • Tap water can be unsafe

Although it is cheaper to carry your water bottle and fill it with tap water, that may not always be the safest option. In some cases, the water could be contaminated and cause illnesses or diarrhea. Foreigners are usually more vulnerable to tap water contamination as their bodies are not used to the strains of microbes in the water. You should do some research before traveling to know if the tap water in the country you’re heading to is safe

  • Fatigue and stress can take a toll

The last thing you want is to be stressed and fatigued when going on a trip, but this is often the case. From delayed flights to missing luggage, traveling can cause enough stress that it takes a toll on your body, and unfortunately, stress and fatigue have a way of adversely affecting our health. It is therefore vital to get the right immune system support before you set off. You can do this by taking essential vitamin supplements, drinking a lot of water, and getting as much rest as you can or at least finding activities along your travels that help you relax. 

  • Travel can change your medication routine

It is very easy to forget or skip your medication during a trip. Aside from the stress that traveling can put your body through and possible time differences, operating outside your daily routine can cause forgetfulness. Unfortunately, even skipping a single dose or failing to take a dose on time can be very problematic with certain medications. This is especially the case for medicines that can alter your immune system or immune function, such as immunosuppressants. To be on the safe side, consult your doctor before leaving if you are on regular medications that need to be taken at specific times. Also, always keep your drugs in your carry-on bags to have them with you at all times.

To enjoy your time away from home,  consider these four causes and make attempts to protect yourself.