Ways to fight alcohol cravings at work

 

 

corporate atmosphereAt the workplace, there are many responsibilities to take on, employees move from place to place trying to finish tasks and there is little time to think about leisure.  There are moments when thoughts of food or alcohol cravings emerge, and it is a challenge to control these cravings but it is possible. How to avoid getting excessive alcohol cravings at work. This might be most difficult on a Monday morning after a party weekend.

The in-depth meaning of craving is the need or want to consume alcohol despite a thought that is against it. Cravings stem from emotions, thoughts or physical desires that can compel a person to want to give in to drinking. Also, there are external and internal triggers that can drive a person to drink. There is the external trigger where an environment can remind a person of alcohol such as a nearby restaurant that serves drinks, colleagues who have partied together or a time when a person has consumed alcohol. Internal trigger refers to when a person is stressed at a particular time and starts thinking about alcohol and then there is the urge to drink and it takes time to get out of this thought process.

While at work there is a need to focus on the task at hand and not be distracted by anything particularly during meetings. During such a circumstance how to manage or overcome cravings.

When the craving for drinking surfaces think about the need to accomplish the work for the day.

Think about a good meal that will be ready at home and you can look forward to going home after a hectic day at work.

On days when there is loads of work to do, think about your goals such as a promotion.

On days when the workload is less consider mingling with colleagues and get to know them more so that in the long run stronger bonds can be formed.

Allow yourself to look forward to the weekend.

Always remember to not indulge in excessive drinking, keep it moderate. The healthy drinking limit for women of all ages and men over 65 years of age is one drink per day. For men and those 65 years of age and younger the recommended limit is two drinks a day.

Take a note of the benefits of moderate drinking, it reduces the risk of heart disease, there is a lower risk of ischemic stroke and decreased risk of diabetes. In certain cases, it is recommended to not have alcohol or check with the doctor on the amount that can be consumed. Some of which are during pregnancy or while trying to become pregnant, if you are diagnosed with alcoholism and it runs in the family, history of heart failure and pancreatic disease, intake of prescription medication that can interact with alcohol, and during cases of hemorrhagic stroke.

If you have a medical condition it is important to note that consumption of alcohol can be risky and detrimental to health. It is advised to check with the doctor on whether you can have alcohol.

 

 

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Be aware and protect yourself from Cyber-Stalking

Internet Predators can reach further than you think

 

Cyber-stalking is not a joke, it is a serious offense! It is a crime where the attacker threatens or harasses a victim through electronic means.  It is done using email or instant messaging. The perpetrator will find a smart way to attack, by making himself/herself anonymous.

It isn’t easy to predict when cyber-stalking can happen, but it is important to protect yourself from threats. Follow some of the guidelines on how to be safe from this crime.

There are many dating sites that have emerged, it is important to not reveal your telephone number until you are certain the person is safe.

Do not share your password with anyone and it can be particularly dangerous when given to people with high sex drive. Set your profile to privacy mode.

Keep email and social media sites password protected

Do not accept friend requests randomly, do so only when you feel the person is safe and decent.

If you detect undesired behavior on any online medium, report it and block the contact.

It is essential to be familiar with the harsh impact of cyber-stalking on well-being of individuals. It is important for people of all ages to know what this crime is all about, and there should be a strong support system to help victims.

There has been an increase in the occurrence of cyber-stalking cases in India, according to cyber-security solutions firm Norton, 8 out of 10 people in India have been exposed to this crime, and 41% of women have faced sexual harassment through electronic means.

 

 

Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

 

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Stepping into a new work environment is nerve-racking, it takes time to adjust to the workings of a new place. Confined within an office space, individuals feel comfortable, but what about wanting to promote oneself more, to the extent of speaking in front of a large audience. While doing so, there is fear involved and it is called fear of public speaking or Glossophobia.

It is intimidating to speak in front of a large audience, even more so for people who do it for the first time. The thought of public speaking is daunting, it is however important to appreciate the process and not take yourself too seriously. How to overcome Glossophobia?

Get familiar with your topic:

Know your subject matter thoroughly and just cherish summarizing everything about it. Consider the topic to be something interesting, and this way you are likely to indulge in the context more than think of the fear of speaking in front of a large audience.

Practice extensively:

Practice your topic well in advance and do a mini rehearsal in front of people you are close to. While practicing acknowledge it, and think of it as something you are looking forward to.

Avoid overthinking specific worries:

While practicing, focus on the topic and rejoice in every part of speaking. There are chances of getting anxious, however it is important to challenge your worries and slowly work on not thinking about it. Practice this repeatedly till you finish your speech without the thought of worry in between.

Be positive about your presentation:

Always think the presentation is going to turn out well, and visualize a positive image of it. Never dwell on negativity, each time a negative thought arises, gradually remove it and picture yourself doing well on stage.

Take notice of your success:

It is vital to recognize your success after speaking in front of an audience, always be proud of yourself. If you have made mistakes, look at it as an opportunity to improve.

Most importantly relax and just enjoy the process of public speaking. A good way to feel calm would be to imagine that the stage is just as magnificent as being in a serene atmosphere.

 

Happiness find it !

smiling faceHappiness is the state of feeling enlivened. The release of good hormones, and a sense of euphoria. Although people want to be happy and feel it, they are not able to do so because of the stress of everyday life. We do spot smiling faces on a daily basis, and these are the people who chose to live in the moment. They enjoy the feeling of being in a happy state and cherish the times.

It isn’t possible to get away from stress and expectations of others from you, but yet there are a handful of people who keep the smile. It is a choice they make and a healthy one, because studies have proven happiness is good for health. It is beneficial for a healthy heart, strong immunity, reduced stress, and longevity.

If happiness can give you a longer life, why not chose it, to just feel relaxed and enjoy the moments.

 

 

Celebrate the Spirit of Women

International Woman'sDay

 

Today is International Women’s Day, that specially marks the mystique of women. A woman is the abundance of love, an image that floats is exterior tenderness and inner strength. But women have now come to be known to be strong in every way. As a mother she takes on her responsibility more accountably than the man who has pledged togetherness in most times. Playing a momentous role in the life of her child.

Today gender equality is most topical and yet despite the leaps and bounds of technological advancement, gender equality remains a debate. In America it is the women that earn more college degrees compared to men, and this has been the case for thirty years as stated by McKinsey and Company. Yet the opportunity a woman holds in the corporate world is less compared to men. It is interesting to note that the women’s demographic rate is high in top positions, the percentage of woman as 82% social workers, 98% are speech language pathologists, and 93% are dental assistants.

In India, women’s dominance is visible in the fields of teaching, nursing and Gynecology. Woman’s day is indeed a noteworthy day to celebrate the vast responsibilities a woman holds and also to ponder upon and encourage a stronger climb in the workforce and gender equality. Remember Mrs. Indira Gandhi, possibly the best Prime Minister the country had. Let’s make an example of her and climb the highest office in our careers.

 

Enjoy Caffeine in a Healthy Way

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What is life without caffeine for millions? One starts their day with a morning cup of coffee. Waking up early with the thought of going to work or carrying out chores is hectic and it does time take to snap out of the sleep mode. As soon as one wakes up the first thought that emerges is a cup of tea or coffee. Why is this so? Mainly to only wipe off the slumber and feel energetic and charged. However, for some just the needed amount of coffee is not enough, they enter a state of caffeine dependence.

Craving for a cup of coffee in the morning is normal, but for some, it is not enough, they want more. When one has the dependency problem of sipping on more than one cup in the morning, it is a sign of caffeine dependence. When it comes to just feeling fresh and lively, people depend on caffeine the most and it is the most abundant mood-altering drug consumed. How does caffeine light up people’s mood and energy levels? It is a mild stimulant that functions on the central nervous system. It improves memory, relieves depression and enhances attention and alertness. The most often ingested source of caffeine is coffee, and what is the normal requirement of coffee which is a healthy limit for individuals. Experts say 400 mg of caffeine is the normal limit and this is equivalent to four cups of coffee.

Withdrawal symptoms:

For people who depend on caffeine for morning boost, the day starts with a cup of tea or coffee, but for individuals who are stressed, there is a craving for more than the needed amount, and they develop withdrawal symptoms. The main sign of withdrawal is a headache and inability to focus. The other symptoms to watch out for are irritability, depression, muscle ache, vomiting, and nausea.

The onset of withdrawal symptoms starts 12 to 24 hours from the last period of caffeine ingestion. According to recent research, the symptoms can get extremely severe that people lose the ability to concentrate.

Tolerance among caffeine users:

Many individuals feel the requirement to have caffeine first thing in the morning, and there are people who have developed a tolerance for it. People who consume high levels of caffeine which is over 750 mg a day develop total tolerance and there are no signs of side effects.  This is proven in some individuals, and not everyone who has caffeine develops tolerance.

For a person who has not had caffeine for months or a first-time user, there is a zero tolerance to the drug, because caffeine is considered a foreign substance. If the same amount of caffeine is consumed the next day, the level of tolerance decreases.  These are the symptoms that come with tolerance to caffeine, feeling of intense pleasure, sharp alertness, increased energy levels, enhanced motivation and positive feeling.

As a person becomes accustomed to caffeine the tolerance level reduces, and without the desired amount, the individual suffers from fatigue and extreme tiredness.

Ways to beat caffeine addiction:

There are some people who are overly dependent on caffeine, it is important to remember that as long as one adheres to the normal requirement, it is okay. For people who have more than needed amount of caffeine can follow these tips to reduce intake and enjoy caffeine in a healthy way:

Replace caffeine with healthy fruit juices at intervals: Whenever one urges to have more caffeine than needed, it can be replaced with fresh juice like lemon that is refreshing.

Give a good amount of break after consuming caffeine and focus the mind on fun activity like reading, music and so on.

Do not sip on coffee or tea quickly, drink it slowly and enjoy it and there are chances that there won’t be cravings for another cup.

Enjoy the flavor of coffee or tea while consuming, feel refreshed, and if there is a thought of another cup in a short interval, think of something positive or fill your mind with good thoughts.

Exercise like half an hour walking or at home is essential to release stress-fighting endorphins, and remain in a calm state, with reduced possibility of cravings.

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Safety Tips for People with Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures or fits and it is proven that many people with epilepsy experience more than one seizure and the person experiences symptoms of neurological problems as well. How to determine if a person has epilepsy?  There are other medical conditions that trigger fits such as extremely low blood sugar and alcohol withdrawal, and a person who gets seizures from these conditions might not have epilepsy. Epilepsy diagnosis happens when a person experiences more than one type of seizure which does not emerge from any kind of medical condition.

A person with Epilepsy should take safety precautions to just feel safe and avoid any kind of danger. People with this condition can lead a normal life, provided you realize the risk involved in day to day life and take precautions to minimize risks. It is the seizures that puts the individual at risk of danger. During an epileptic seizure the affected person loses conscious and is unaware of surroundings. In such a case there is high chance of accidents and the person might even lose balance. What are the dangers caused from epileptic fits? It is head injuries, drowning, fracture, bruises, cuts and burns. There are also certain places that is extremely risky for an epileptic person to survive in, it is being in places of certain height, being in traffic, being in water and being in a place of electric and heat source.

Level of risk of having seizure:

It is important for an Epileptic person to study the level of risks caused from fits at various occasions. The risk of danger is higher for someone having experienced many episodes of tonic-clonic seizures and it is essential to know that there is a risk of experiencing (SUDEP) sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.

In whichever place and situation, it is imperative to be aware of feeling safe and avoiding risk of an epileptic attack that can pose danger.

Safety tips at home:

Ensure to be careful about unattached wires being connected to appliances that can result in sparks. Keep any kind of wires such as cable tidies and hardware at a distance from an appliance.

Protect yourself by using guards on radiators

Make sure that appliances used for cooking such as stoves and heaters are away from you at a good distance, so that it does not come in contact with you if knocked over by accident.

Use a hairdryer that switches off when you place it down

In order to avoid risk of friction burns use carpet that has a high wool content and not the one with a high synthetic content.

Install smoke detectors that alert other people if there is something burning particularly for those with memory problems.

Precautions to take while in the bathroom:

People with seizures need to take extra care during any bath activity, mainly because there is isolation from other caretakers. Follow these tips to stay safe

It is advised to have a shower and not a bath, because while showering the water moves away from the body.

It would be safe if there is someone near the door while having a bath.

Use signs on the door and not locks, because if there is a sign of any kind of danger, people can just barge into the bathroom.

Make sure the fittings are engineered in a manner that results in minimum damage to the head and other body parts.

Use a shower screen made of safety glass

If it is convenient try to sit down while showering, it makes minimum room for slippage.

Make sure the temperature controls work well to avoid any kind of shock.

While in the kitchen:

It is advised to use microwave than an electric or gas cooker

Stay at a good distance away from cooking utensils so that the equipment does not get knocked over and fall down.

It is advised to not carry hot items, if you are carrying heated items use a thick cloth

To be on the safe side use a toaster instead of grill to prevent burning and the fumes coming in contact with skin.

While pouring hot liquid use teapot pourers and kettle tippers to avoid any hot liquid coming in contact with skin.

While being in the bedroom:

Take precaution to not put your pillow close to radiator

Ensure to protect yourself by putting pillows on the edges of the bed to prevent falling

It is advised to choose a bed designed at a low height because of the reduced distance between the bed and floor.

Make sure to never leave any kind of sharp objects on or close to the bed.

Experts advise on using anti-suffocation pillows.

While in the garden:

Avoid being in close contact with bonfires and barbecues, make sure you are with someone while a bonfire or barbecue is being used.

It is advised to not have ponds or pools in the garden, if there are water bodies, make sure it is guarded with fences.

Make sure the ground on which you are walking is safe.

Precautions to take while going out:

A person with Epilepsy will feel anxious about going out, and there are many thoughts and emotions circulating in the mind. These are the common thought processes,

Will a seizure episode happen anytime?

I will get noticed during a seizure and what will people think?

Is my seizure going to keep me pre-occupied and interfere with my work?

An epileptic person can lead a normal life and venture out into the professional world, but it is important to bear these important tips in mind about being safe.

Carry a medical card stating the numbers to contact during emergency

Carry a first-aid kit

If you have any doubt contact your family doctor

Tips to minimize risk of injury caused from bruises, head injuries, cuts and fracture:

Ensure that the flooring is filled with soft materials such as rubber, cork, linoleum and carpets. This way when you fall the risk of injury is minimized.

Place a soft material on the floor of stairs and make sure stairs are bordered with railings and use safety glass on doors and windows.

A person with Epilepsy can explore their dreams and emerge successful, provided they follow and be aware of certain precautions to just feel safe.