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Seven things you can do to minimize workplace stress



Workplace stress is now been considered a norm that every employee has to contend with but it could also have dire health consequences if not addressed.

Whatever the demands of your workplace might be, there are precautionary measures you could take to ease work and avert the damaging effects of stress, even while maximizing productivity.

Of course, a bit of stress can help you stay focused and keep you on your toes but here’s what you can do when it’s going a smidge overboard.

Talk to someone

Sometimes, discussing your concerns with your colleagues could help device a support system that tackles work stress while other times, it could be soothing to have attentive ears with which you could share them.

Talking to someone could also offer you first-hand insights as to how you could minimize stress even in the face of persistent pressure to maximize workplace productivity.

Keep track of your diet

Faced with a highly demanding work environment, many often make the mistake of losing track of their diet.

Eating more of whole foods while avoiding pastries and other ready-to-eat meals could do you a lot of good, keeping you healthy even amid hectic work schedules.


Making exercise a routine − especially outdoors where you’re exposed to nature − could have an inexplicably soothing effect on your nerves, help you prepare for the day’s job, or ease you up after a hectic day.

It could energize you, raise your heart rate, lighten your mood, sharpen your focus and help you regain balance after or before work activities.

Manage your schedule

If you feel a need to brace up against the overbearing effects of workplace stress, then you could consider drawing a boundary line between work and personal time.

Making a to-do list for daily tasks in the order of priority, sticking strictly to them and possibly creating separate slots for work and social activities would help restore balance and rid you of workplace stress in the long run.

Be confident

Although being tolerant of ill-tempered clients; bossy superiors; or work pressure can be demoralizing, mustering confidence can help put a damper on the overbearing effects of workplace stress.

It would ensure you’re worrying less about how tasking the day would be and focusing more on how best to take out each item on your to-do in record time.

Consider delegation

Are you stressed out from having too much on your plate? If so, then you should consider delegating some tasks to your colleagues or synergizing with them to create such a system.

Being flexible would also help you avoid the stress and boredom that accrues from workplace monotony.

Take a break

Taking a break when work seems unending is a good idea. You can get a quick break by taking a walk along the hallway or grabbing a cup of coffee.

This might not seem like much but it will give you some time to yourself.

You could also consider taking time off work once in a while to get away from the pressure or have a candid talk with your boss when the pressure becomes too much.


7 reasons to appreciate excess body hair more




What you need to know about hair growth in unwanted places like face, arms, legs, chest, back, and appropriate treatment.

There are three reasons to love hairy body:

It is a way your body tells you that it is going through something.

It is genetics.

It is beautiful.

Even when you want to get rid of it, you have to identify the issue before you get the razor out!

  1. It’s in your family
    Genetics play a major part in hairy bodie. Some ethnic groups, darker-skinned people usually have excessive hair.

Unfortunately, the most reliable way to get rid of hair on dark-skin affects melanin.

The laser targets melanin in the hair. But this includes melanin of the skin which can leave you covered in permanent white patches allover if done incorrectly.

  1. It fights back
    If you are going to cut it, make sure to leave nothing behind. But even then, there’s a chance you are only making it stronger.

Shaving cut the hair but doesn’t impact the hair pocket (follicle). Even invasive methods like waxing and tweezing can make it come back thicker and coarser.

The injury to the hair makes it respond by becoming thicker than the previously cut batch.

The solution is to get a cream that can slow down the growth rate between shaving, waxing or tweezing.

  1. You have sensitive follicles
    If a medical practitioner has ruled out medical causes, you might simply have sensitive follicles.

This means they overreact to even normal testosterone levels.

Medical conditions the excess hair might be telling you about

  1. Hormone imbalance
    “Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) usually have excessive growth of facial or body hair because the condition produces excessive amounts of androgens (excessive male sex hormones),” says Ghasak Amer Mahmood, MD, an endocrinologist at PIH Health in Whittier, California.

Treatment includes medicine to regulate ovaries function and decrease amount of androgens. These include: birth control pills and anti-androgen medicine.

  1. Adrenal gland issues
    “In Cushing’s syndrome, the major product of the adrenal gland, cortisol, is increased, but along with it, excess androgens are released as well. In congenital adrenal hyperplasia, there is a deficiency in one of the enzymes that produce cortisol. As a result, cortisol can’t be produced, and the precursors are diverted to producing androgens instead, leading to excessive hair growth,” says Mazen Abdallah, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist with McGovern Medical School at UT Health and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and medical director of the Houston Fertility Institute in Texas.

Surgery or medication should be able to restore normal levels.

  1. Weight gain
    Extra weight is linked to high levels of male hormones.

“Obesity alters the way that the body produces and processes hormones,” Dr. Ward explains. “When insulin levels in the body are high they stimulate the production of male hormones. This is also linked to PCOS and diabetes, a condition that also affects insulin levels,” the doctor adds.

Lifestyle changes including a diet low in sugar and fat and rich in antioxidants, and weight loss can lessen hair growth.

  1. Medication
    Treatment for endometriosis (a disease characterized by the presence of tissue resembling endometrium (the lining of the uterus) outside the uterus) can lead to excess hair growth.

It includes steroids like prednisone, danazol, which are created from androgens. Medicine for immune disorders or anti-seizure and drugs used to slow hair loss may cause hair in unwanted places.

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Fast with your sense, NAFDAC tells Nigerians




The Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, has advised Nigerians against subjecting themselves to long-hour fasting, saying it was risky to their kidneys.

Prof. Adeyeye, who attributed the high rate of kidney problems in Nigeria to prolonged fasting by some religious adherents, insisted that those subjecting themselves to prolonged fasting on religious grounds must moderate the act.

She spoke in Abuja yesterday, while briefing the media on the breakthrough by her agency in tracking a high consignments of Tramadol and other pharmaceuticals to the Republic of Benin.

On the high rate of kidney problems in the country, she said: “Kidney failure, we are a very religious country- Muslims and Christians fast a lot and it is part of the kidney problem.

“Your body has to have homeomistatic balance, meaning that the water level in your body must be enough to make your organs to function.

“Some people will fast for 10 or 20 days and drink only little water, the kidney is being punished. Now, if you put chemicals in it, it triples in exponential manner, it damages the kidney because the kidney doesn’t have water to dilute and filter.”

Adeyeye, who tasked Nigerians to fast but with common sense, added: “I fast but with common sense. We have to fast with common sense, otherwise we will pay with our kidneys.”

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NAFDAC warns against use of ‘carcinogenic’ weight loss drug




The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against the use of a drug — Weight Rapid Loss Capsule.

Mojisola Adeyeye, NAFDAC director-general, in a statement, said the drug has been found to have the potential to cause cancer.

Adeyeye said results of laboratory analysis showed that the drug, manufactured by Ingi Oman, contained a banned substance called “phenolphthalein”, which the US Food and Drug Administration recognised as unsafe.

She said the capsule, being marketed as “the most effective weight loss supplement” and sold through social media platforms like Instagram, also contains microbial growth above permissible limits.

“Phenolphthalein has been found to be toxic to genes, as it can cause damage or mutations in the DNA. Studies have also shown its potential carcinogenic risks,” the statement reads.

“NAFDAC implores consumers to stop the purchase and use of the product.

“Members of the public in possession of the product should discontinue use or sale, and submit stock to the nearest NAFDAC office.”

Adeyeye encouraged healthcare professionals and consumers to report any adverse effect experienced with the use of the product to the nearest NAFDAC office.

“Consumers are also advised to report adverse effects via or E-reporting platforms available at,” the statement reads.

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