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Workaholics Suffer a Range of Issues

By on August 22, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

There is a growing number of laws and initiatives that promote the balancing of  hours spent at work and at leisure. But many people just refuse to come out of workaholism, and they use their leisure time too at work. A balance between them should be to achieve a good quality of life.

The problem with addiction to work is socially legitimized and has been read along with dedication, and higher rate of income generation. This makes this problem often goes unnoticed and at times this compulsive behavior gets  rewarded too.

Usually, it occurs among middle-class and successful medium-high professionals, hovering around 40, who are perfectionists and demanding .

It has been characterized as a socially positive addiction, but as an addiction it has two fundamental components: lack of control and dependency. It also brings with it serious physical and psychological consequences.

Those who suffer from this problem sport peculiar behavior such as denial of the problem, need for control, distortion of reality, dedication if  full time towards work, and withdrawal symptoms during vacation seasons.

They have negative consequences, such as a deteriorated family relationships, isolation, loss of  sense of humor and absolutely nil relaxation. Their physical health goes weak, as they sleep less.

Workaholics have great difficulty to relax and have fun, as they feel they are wasting their time, and the obsession with “doing” is present in them all the time.

Workaholics, in an effort to make more money, lose social relationships, become irritable, and suffer from low self-esteem. Hope you aren’t one!

Internet Addiction Linked to Depression

By on August 21, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

The time spent in front of the computer may vary from person to person, and chances are that this activity does not affect your daily life too much. However, there is a group of internet savvy people who really do have difficulty controlling the time they use the web. As you all know, they are the  “Internet addicts”.

According to a study by psychologists in the UK, there is a link between excessive internet use and depression. The findings of the study are based on the responses from 1,319 individuals who answered ​​an online questionnaire. They were asked about the amount of time  used on the Internet and for what purposes. They were also asked a series of questions to assess if they were suffering from depression. Respondents belonged to an average of 21 years.

A 1.2% of the total were classified as Internet addicts. These people are characterized, among other things, replace real social interaction mediated by interaction through chat systems and social networks.

Internet addicts were significantly more depressed than non-addicted groups, with a depression score of five times more. The research indicates that excessive Internet use is associated with depression, but it is not known whether there is a direct causal link. Whether depressed people use the Internet more or is that depression is caused by Internet is not known.

Dr. Vaughan Bell, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, said those individuals identified as “Internet addicts” are emotionally disturbed. Therefore, the findings of this study may not be seen as a big surprise. The explanation of this fact is that it probably will be because people who suffer from depression or anxiety are more likely to use the web.

Vitamin B to Prevent Stress

By on August 20, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments
Stress is one of the biggest threats to human health these days. Though effects of stress can be quite serious in people,  preventing it is not too difficult. Consumption of good food rich in vitamins can be a good way to combat stress .
So today, we will share some ideas about the importance of a diet rich in vitamin B to prevent stress.
Stress and vitamin B
When a stressful situation occurs, the nervous system gets affected. Anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion, or even insomnia, can result due to this. In such a situation, B-complex vitamins primarily can help in keeping you healthy. .
It is therefore vital to give the body adequate amounts of vitamin B to avoid stress. This can be achieved through a proper diet rich in vitamins.
In addition to consuming larger amounts of vitamin B, you should also reduce the intake of those foods that inhibit or reduce vitamins, such as alcohol, caffeine  and carbonated products.
Low levels of vitamin B
As I said earlier, vitamin B complex keeps the nervous system and its component cells healthy. Lack of proper vitamin intake can lead to depression, fatigue, anemia, headaches, weakness, cardiovascular problems, aggressiveness, poor concentration or nervousness.
What foods provide vitamin B complex nutrients?
Vitamin B1: corn, spinach, oatmeal, spinach, prunes, watercress, walnuts and strawberries.
Vitamin B2: eggs, milk, seeds and grains, green vegetables.
Vitamin B3: grains, nuts, meat, fish, milk, cheese and cereals.
Vitamin B5 : salmon, liver, red meat, eggs, chicken, clams, seeds and rice.
Vitamin B6: green vegetables such as spinach, nuts, cereals, bananas, red meat, chicken and fish.
Vitamin B12: salmon, red meat, poultry, clams, liver and eggs.
Try mixing different varieties of vegetables and meat to balance your levels of vitamin B in order to strengthen the nervous system and reduce the risk of stress.

Sprinklers Now Compulsory for New South Wales Nursing Homes

By on August 17, 2012 in Business, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Every residential nursing home and care center in New South Wales now must have a competent and well-functioning sprinkler system in place by 2016, at the farthest, to ensure that it still continues to offer its services.

That is pretty much what the latest legislation mandates and it is a move that has been welcomed by many, not just across the country, but also across the globe.

There is no doubt that every individual who is being cared for in a nursing home deserves the best safety facilities that can be possibly provided and having an able sprinkler system to deal with fire hazards definitely should have been mandatory long time back.

The new mandatory sprinklers rule was brought about after state authorities found that about 55 percent of the existing nursing homes did not have any such system in place. And the government has asked care centers to install fire safety systems and sprinklers within 18 months and if that is not possible due to financial constraints, then the deadline will be extended to 2016, with periodical reviews.

While safety experts and ordinary citizens welcome the initiative, many of the care homes are understandably worried. While they too would like to provide every safety measure possible, the growing costs of running care homes along with the lack of sufficient government funds might mean that many of them might even have to close down a year or two down the line, thanks to the new rule.

Considering the nature of those living in care homes and how quickly fire hazards can lead to dangerous situations, the government feels at this point that compromising on the issue might lead to serious consequences. Hence it is better to enforce the new regulation than to back down due to fiscal concerns.

Mass Psychogenic Illness

By on July 31, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

What is mass psychogenic illness?

Mass psychogenic illness occurs when groups of people (as a class in a school or office workers) start to feel unwell at the same time although there is no physical or environmental reason for getting sick.

How common is mass psychogenic illness?

Mass psychogenic illness has existed for centuries around the world and in many different social environments. No one keeps track of these outbreaks, but are likely to be much more common than we think.

What is the cause of an outbreak of mass psychogenic illness?

Many outbreaks of mass psychogenic illness start with a “trigger” environment. The environmental trigger may be a bad smell, a suspicious-looking substance or other factor that makes people in a group believe they have been exposed to a germ or a toxin.

When an environmental trigger makes a group of people believe that may have been exposed to a hazardous substance, it is possible that many of them begin to experience signs of illness at the same time. They may experience headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness or a choking sensation. In some cases, a person gets sick and then others in the group also start feeling unwell.

Why do people who experience mass psychogenic illness feel unwell?

Think about how “stage fright” can cause nausea, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, increased heart rate, stomach pain or diarrhea. The body may have a strong reaction similar to other stressful situations. Outbreaks of mass psychogenic illness show us how stress, and feelings and behavior of others can affect how we feel. People who feel unwell in an outbreak of mass psychogenic illness really believe they may have been exposed to a harmful substance.

An outbreak of mass psychogenic illness is a time of anxiety and concern. During an outbreak, extensive media coverage, and the presence of ambulances and emergency workers can make you and others feel more anxious and at risk. In that moment, hearing or seeing someone get sick, may be enough to make you also feel unwell.

How do you know when an outbreak is caused by mass psychogenic illness?

The following points may indicate that a group disease is caused by mass psychogenic illness:

  • Many people get sick at the same time.
  • The tests and physical examinations show normal results.
  • Doctors cannot find anything in the environment of the group that could make people sick (eg, some kind of toxin in the air, water or food).

The patterns of the outbreak (eg, types of illnesses reported, the types of people affected, how the disease spreads) could also prove the existence of mass psychogenic illness.

However, if any of the following is true, you should consult your doctor for examination to see if there is a different reason for health concern:

  • Your illness lasts several days.
  • Fever.
  • Muscles contract.
  • Eyes continually weep.
  • A burning sensation in the skin.

The Myths on Hydration

By on July 24, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

We know water is the healthiest drink, and it is essential to develop our vital functions. It helps us to stay hydrated and energetic and, last but not least, it is also a trick to lose weight. Now, do you know how many glasses of water you should drink per day? Eight? Ten?

Is it better to drink ice cold water or tap water? As you have seen, the simple habit of drinking water also raises many questions. We answer all the myths on hydration below.

It is not necessary that we drink 8 glasses of water per day. We should not take that amount as an obsession, it is relative. Our body needs about 2 to 3 liters of water per day, which means not drinking just water. For example, eating fresh fruits is also a way of consuming water and staying hydrated.

Drinking coffee or drinks with caffeine causes dehydration. New studies have shown that caffeinated drinks have a diuretic effect not as powerful as previously thought. Coffee is good for health, as long as you consume in moderation and you should not  forget to drink water throughout the day.

Drinking water helps you lose weight. We know that drinking water is one of the tricks to lose weight. However, water alone does not make us lose weight. We must supplement it with a healthy diet and exercise.

We have to wait to be thirsty to drink water. Error! Water is not only to quench thirst. To keep our body hydrated throughout the day, we have to drink water, whether or not we are thirsty.

Yes you can drink lots of water. We can drink all the water we want, provided it is distributed throughout the day. Drink lots of water, but be careful not to exceed the capacity of our kidneys, as it may be dangerous.

Cold water is not necessarily better. It is always said that to speed up metabolism and lose weight, it is best to consume cold water. However, there is no evidence to affirm that belief. You can drink cold water, natural or warm if you prefer.

Bottled water is practically the same. That’s right: water is essentially water. So when choosing a market, think about the price and taste.

Things to Know About High-Altitude Illness

By on July 19, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Every year, millions of people go to the mountains for backpacking, skiing, mountain climbing and other activities. If you’re planning a trip to altitudes higher than 8,000 feet, talk with your doctor about high-altitude illness. This is also called mountain sickness or altitude sickness.

How do I know if I’m getting high-altitude illness?

Some of the first signs of high-altitude illness are headache, lightheadedness, weakness, trouble sleeping and an upset stomach. If you have these symptoms, stop going up or go back down to a lower altitude until your symptoms go away. More severe symptoms include difficulty breathing even while you’re resting, coughing, confusion and the inability to walk in a straight line. If you get these symptoms, go to a lower altitude right away and get help from a doctor.

What causes high-altitude illness?

You may have heard that the air is “thinner” at higher altitudes. This means that your body cannot get as much oxygen from the air when you are at a higher altitude. This happen most often at altitudes higher than 8,000 feet. This can cause problems for people who normally live at lower altitudes because their bodies aren’t used to working on so little oxygen. If you stay at a high altitude for a long time, your body gets used to the low oxygen level, and you don’t get sick from it.

The following are the 3 main types of high-altitude illness:

  • Acute mountain sickness
  • High-altitude pulmonary edema (also called HAPE), which affects the lungs
  • High-altitude cerebral edema (also called HACE), which affects the brain

These illnesses can be serious, but they can also be prevented.

What should I do if I get high-altitude illness?

The best treatment for any of the 3 high-altitude illnesses is to go down to a lower altitude right away. But if you only have mild symptoms, you may be able to stay at that altitude and let your body adjust. If you do this, don’t exercise at all–just rest until you feel better.

If you have severe symptoms, go down 1,500 to 2,000 feet right away to see if your symptoms get better. Keep going down until your symptoms go away completely.

Medicines that may be used to prevent or treat the symptoms of severe high-altitude illness include acetazolamide and nifedipine.

Don’t ignore signs of high-altitude illness. People can die of this if they don’t recognize the signs or if they don’t believe their illness is caused by the high altitude. When you have signs of high-altitude illness, don’t go higher until you feel better and your symptoms have gone away completely.

How To Deal With An Abusive Relationship

By on July 19, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

What Is Abuse?

Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Physical abuse means any form of violence such as hitting, punching, pulling hair, and kicking. Abuse can occur in both dating relationships and friendships.

Emotional abuse (stuff like teasing, bullying, and humiliating others) can be difficult to recognize because it doesn’t leave any visible scars. Threats, intimidation, put downs, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt — not just during the time it’s happening, but long after too.

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, guy or girl. It’s never right to be forced into any type of sexual experience that you don’t want.

The first step in getting out of an abusive relationship is to realize that you have the right to be treated with respect and not be physically or emotionally harmed by another person.

Signs of Abusive Relationships

Important warning signs that you may be involved in an abusive relationship include when someone:

  • harms you physically in any way, including slapping, pushing, grabbing, shaking, smacking, kicking, and punching
  • tries to control different aspects of your life, such as how you dress, who you hang out with, and what you say
  • frequently humiliates you or makes you feel unworthy (for example, if a partner puts you down but tells you that he or she loves you)
  • threatens to harm you, or self-harm, if you leave the relationship
  • twists the truth to make you feel you are to blame for your partner’s actions
  • demands to know where you are at all times
  • constantly becomes jealous or angry when you want to spend time with your friends

How You Can Help Yourself

What should you do if you think someone might be abusing you? If you feel that you love someone but often feel afraid, it’s time to get out of the relationship — fast. You’re worth being treated with respect and you can get help.

First, make sure you’re safe. A trusted adult or friend can help. If the person has physically attacked you, don’t wait to get medical attention or to call the police. Assault is illegal, and so is rape — even if it’s done by someone you are dating.

Avoid the tendency to isolate yourself from your friends and family. You might feel like you have nowhere to turn, or you might be embarrassed about what’s been going on, but this is when you need support most. People like counselors, doctors, teachers, coaches, and friends will want to help you, so let them.

Don’t rely on yourself alone to get out of the situation. Friends and family who love and care about you can help you break away. It’s important to know that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. It actually shows that you have a lot of courage and are willing to stand up for yourself. It’s also likely you will need help to break out of a cycle of abuse, especially if you still love the person who has hurt you, or feel guilty about leaving.

Dietary Advice for the Young

By on July 16, 2012 in Dieting, Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Healthy eating means getting the right balance of nutrients that our body needs to function properly. Besides doing much exercise , having a healthy diet is one of the best habits you can incorporate. Although most of us have this very clear, it is sometimes difficult to know what and how much to eat, especially when we are in the adolescence stage or young adulthood.

For a more specific notion of what we have to incorporate into our diet to be healthy, we bring you some dietary advice for young people .

Focus on fruits

It is important to eat a variety of fruits, either fresh or frozen, dried, canned or crushed. The important thing is to choose them and eat at least two cups of fruit a day. This is a super healthy habit and will be very beneficial for our body.

Vary the vegetables

The variety of vegetables is immense and the benefits vary with what we eat. Not only must we stay with the usual green vegetables, but also we need to choose as many as we can. Each vegetable brings a different nutrient to  our body.

Choose foods rich in calcium

Calcium is very important for the welfare of our bones. Three cups of low fat or an equivalent amount of low-fat yogurt or low-fat cheese are a good way to acquire the necessary amounts of this nutrient.

Opt for whole grains 

It’s great to eat whole grains, breads, crackers, rice or pasta every day, because it brings energy. It also takes away the excessive appetite and provides us with fibers.

Eating protein

Another is to incorporate habits of eating lean meats, poultry and all the meals that provide protein. The cooking method that is most recommended is baking. This way, there is no need add the oil and grease.

Avoid fats

We all know it. The fat should be avoided as part of any healthy diet. Therefore, it is important to choose foods that are low in saturated fat and trans fat. Prefer those healthy fats found in olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.

Given these simple ways, we can make our diet more healthy and stay away from problems resulting from poor nutrition that often appear in youth and adolescence.

Laughter and Your Health Benefits

By on July 14, 2012 in Health, Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Laughter not just  makes us happy, but also makes us more social. It serves to relax and makes us alert. But beyond all this, laughter has many benefits that are directly related to our health.

Laughter is a natural relaxant for excellence. A good laugh can make us forget physical stress for at least 45 minutes.

The reason is that, it immediately relieves stress. Furthermore, when we laugh, our bodies release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters to the nervous system, that gives us a quick sense of energy and wellbeing.

Laughing also provides great benefits for the heart and immune system. Interesting, right? When we laugh, our blood vessels dilate and therefore, the blood flows better.

As for the immune system, the studies are surprising. When we laugh, we generate more amount of antibodies, which are natural antibiotics that defend us from diseases. This is the why people with high stress are more likely to get sick.

Laughter also helps the smooth functioning of our mind, predisposes us to social relations, and also helps us deal with difficult situations such as loss or disappointment. When we laugh, this is because a situation seems fun and funny. This is why it is impossible to laugh and be sad at the same time.

In those seconds that we allow our bodies to forget the pain, we are helping to it to take courage to face problems and tough situations. It also makes the mind begin to think in perspective. Therefore, our thoughts are more realistic, more apt to promote acceptance and generate fast, effective solutions.

If you change your mood, just let yourself laugh and share funny situations.

Beautiful Gift Ideas for Your Parents

By on July 8, 2012 in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Your parents have just stepped into their 40th year of existence, and you want to make the occasion memorable. What do you do? Obviously, you would think of gifting them with something unique and good.

If you tend to think simple, let us tell you that people with a sweet tooth would be overjoyed to get a box of 40 assorted chocolates on their birthday. They needn’t be always bought from the shop, as home made chocolates are also extremely desired and really make for great 40th birthday presents.

Who doesn’t love to take a break from the toils of work and spend some time to take a breath of fresh air? Taking a long vacation or a cruise holiday would be perfect, to enjoy time with dear and near ones and fully immerse them in the beauty of nature.

That too all this on a birthday, would be nothing less than magnificent.

An Apple iPod, to listen to songs while hitting the gym or when going for a jog does qualify as a good birthday gift.

A lady of 40 would have the heart of a 20 year old and would still adore good bags, shoes and other accessories. So getting her something of that sort, would make her glad.

Who doesn’t love to look good! A small make up kit, containing all the essential items could be given as a gift. Elegant jewelry is something most women of forty would look forward to. They would be happy to get something that is tasteful and stately.

Men would love to get higher end pens like Waterman, Cross and the like or watches that make them look sophisticated and honorable.

So, what are your picks as the 40th birthday presents for your parents and other people close to your heart?

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