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Five work stress symptoms you should never ignore



Stress is a common topic among working-class people. Work stress is almost inevitable; from pressure to meet a deadline and expectation to fulfill a challenging obligation.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 47 million American workers quit their jobs in 2021.

They left their jobs due to work stress and also to improve their mental health.

Work stress is the feeling of exhaustion from workload which further affects your effectiveness and efficacy towards work.

Even though stress tends to have its short-term benefit to the body which includes providing energy, and increasing alertness; you should, however, be observant of its symptoms.

The symptoms of work stress can be physical, psychological, and behavioral. Here are symptoms of work stress you should never ignore.

If you notice you find it difficult to sleep at night, that could be a sign that you are work-stressed.

Lack of sleep is the most common symptom among people who are work-stressed because the neurological and hormonal system that regulates sleep has been affected by stress.

Physical exhaustion
Persistent tiredness or fatigue should also be watched out for.

When one is physically exhausted, one lacks energy, motivation, focus, and engagement.

So if you notice you get tired easily and sleep off at the slightest opportunity then you might be going through work stress.

Change in eating habits
Yes, stress affects your appetite. When you are stressed, you will either eat more than you did before or less.

You might tend to eat less because you are too occupied and distracted or you crave more foods in order to feel better.

If you feel less hungry while under stress and really famished when you are done then that might be a sign.

Headache and stomach ache
Most times, people get to have headaches when they are stressed.

According to a study, you might be experiencing stress if you tend to have indigestion, nausea, and stomach aches more often than you do before.

Mood swings and irritability
Some people feel irritated and angry when they are stressed.

A study found that people who experienced high levels of stress also became irritable and angry. In turn, this led to an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease.

So if you find yourself becoming easily irritated, having mood swings, or feeling more anxious or sad than usual, stress could be a contributing factor.


After noticing one or more of the above symptoms, it is necessary to take steps to handle them in order to reduce the risk of mental health issues.

If work stress is not handled as quickly as possible it can escalate to mental health issues like depression and anxiety, so here are some tips to handle work stress.

Visit the doctor
The first thing to do is to seek the help of a professional. Seeing a professional doctor will help you confirm if these symptoms are caused by stress or some other condition.

Do not ignore the symptoms and do not get yourself involved in self-medication.

Find out the exact cause of the stress
Before you can solve any problem you must be able to identify the problem. Take your time to answer the question: What is making you stressed?

If you are able to identify what the cause is, you will be able to understand it and find the best way to handle it.

Did your workload increase recently? Is it your working environment? Answer these questions and make a list of them so you will be able to look into them.

Social support
No man can be an island of his own, so seek help and support when needed.

Speak to people that you know can help in reducing stress like friends, work colleagues/bosses, or a therapist.

You can talk to your boss about changing your working conditions too.

Stay healthy
Amazingly, staying healthy solves almost all health issues.

Dropping some lifestyle choices can help too. According to several studies, being conversant about your diet and exercise can help relieve stress.

Eat a well-balanced diet at the appropriate time.

Make time for relaxation
Take a break to relax when needed. If you refuse to give your body a break when due, it does it by itself so to avoid this, take a break.

Relax, engage in your hobbies, and do things that make you happy in order to reduce your stress.

Even if you relax for just 15-20 mins per day, it is necessary.

A study suggested that those who relax are less likely to experience work stress compared to those who do not.

Work stress might be inevitable for a working-class person but it is important to be observant of your body and take necessary steps when needed to avoid escalation.


Turmeric may be as effective as medicine in treating indigestion, study says




A study says turmeric, a natural compound found in spice, may be as good for treating indigestion as medicine.

According to the study published in the medical journal, curcumin, a natural compound found in turmeric, may be as effective as omeprazole, a drug used to treat dyspepsia (indigestion).

Turmeric is thought to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and has long been used as a medicinal remedy, including for the treatment of indigestion.

The study involved 206 patients aged 18 to 70 with recurrent upset stomach who were recruited from hospitals in Thailand between 2019 and 2020.

The participants were randomly assigned to three treatment groups for 28 days.

One group received two large 250 mg capsules of curcumin (turmeric) four times a day and one small dummy capsule; another received one small 20 mg capsule omeprazole daily and two large dummy capsules 4 times a day; and the last group received turmeric plus omeprazole.

Patients in all three groups were evaluated for their symptoms after 28 days and then again after 56.

The researchers found that oral curcumin was safe and well tolerated, and that patients in all three groups experienced a similar improvement in symptoms.

“Curcumin and omeprazole had comparable efficacy for functional dyspepsia with no obvious synergistic effect,” the researchers concluded.

“This multi-centre randomised controlled trial provides highly reliable evidence for the treatment of functional dyspepsia.

“The new findings from our study may justify considering curcumin in clinical practice.”

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5 foods and drinks to avoid while on drugs




Some drinks and foods don’t mix with prescription drugs.

When the doctor prescribes certain drugs, there are drinks and foods you should stay away from so your drugs can work effectively.

Here they are:

Dark chocolate, in particular, might reduce the effectiveness of medications used to relax or induce sleep, such as zolpidem tartrate (Ambien) and methylphenidate (Ritalin) for those with hyperactivity. If you take a MAO inhibitor, which is used to treat depression with chocolate, it can cause dangerously high blood pressure.

Calcium in dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt, can inhibit drug absorption in antibiotics like tetracycline and ciprofloxacin. This compromises the medication’s effectiveness in treating infections. Avoid calcium-containing meals an hour before or two hours after taking these antibiotics.

Grapefruit, a citrus fruit, can affect over 50 drugs in the gut, making some less effective and others too strong, especially cholesterol-lowering drugs like atorvastatin.

Eating grapefruit or grapefruit juice can inhibit an enzyme necessary for statin metabolism, increasing the risk of side effects like muscle pain. The most problematic statins are atorvastatin, lovastatin, and simvastatin, which are commonly used in cholesterol-lowering drugs.

To be safer, patients are advised to avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice entirely while on statins.

Apple or orange juice can decrease levels of beta-blockers like Tenormin and Tekturna which prevent strokes, heart attacks, and kidney problems.

New-generation antihistamines for allergies can also interact with acidic juices like apple, orange, and grapefruit, affecting absorption and neutralizing the effect of these medications.

For those taking calcium channel blockers, avoid grapefruit juice, as it can render the drug ineffective. Also avoid orange fruit juice if you are on malaria drugs.

  1. Alcohol and most drugs
    Alcohol can impair the efficacy of drugs, weaken blood pressure and cardiac medications, or enhance their effect and produce dangerous adverse effects.
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7 effects of prolonged headphone usage




In our modern world, headphones have become an indispensable accessory which has become more like a necessity.

Whether we’re grooving to our favourite tunes, immersing ourselves in a thrilling podcast, or trying to find some peace in a noisy environment, headphones offer a convenient escape. However, the convenience they provide comes at a cost.

Prolonged headphone usage can have detrimental effects on our physical and mental well-being.

One of the most apparent consequences of excessive headphone usage is hearing damage.

The World Health Organization estimates that over a billion young people worldwide are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices, including the prolonged use of headphones at high volumes.

When the volume is cranked up to dangerous levels, it can cause permanent damage to the delicate hair cells in our inner ears, leading to hearing impairment.

Wearing headphones for extended periods can also increase the risk of ear infections. The enclosed environment inside the ear cups can trap moisture, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.

Over time, this can lead to painful ear infections and discomfort, potentially requiring medical attention.

Tinnitus, often described as a persistent ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in the ears, can be a consequence of excessive headphone use. Listening to music or other audio at high volumes can overstimulate the auditory nerves, leading to the perception of these phantom sounds. Tinnitus can be not only distressing but also challenging to treat.

While headphones offer a refuge from external noise, prolonged use can result in social isolation.

When we constantly plug into our own private auditory world, we may unintentionally distance ourselves from friends, family, and the surrounding environment.

This isolation can lead to a decline in interpersonal relationships and a disconnect from the real world.

Listening to calming music can be a great stress reliever, but when used excessively or in noisy environments, headphones can contribute to stress and anxiety.

The need to block out external sounds can indicate a desire to escape from stressors, and this can become a maladaptive coping mechanism, potentially exacerbating mental health issues.

Wearing headphones for long hours can cause physical discomfort, such as ear pain and soreness.

The pressure applied to the ears and the heat generated within the ear cups can lead to irritation and discomfort. This discomfort can be particularly pronounced when using over-ear headphones.

Prolonged headphone usage can also impact cognitive function. Constant exposure to loud music or audio can reduce concentration and productivity levels, making it harder to focus on tasks.

This is especially concerning for students and professionals who rely on their ability to concentrate.

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Bodex F. Hungbo, SPMIIM is a multiple award-winning Nigerian Digital Media Practitioner, Digital Strategist, PR consultant, Brand and Event Expert, Tv Presenter, Tier-A Blogger/Influencer, and a top cobbler in Nigeria.

She has widespread experiences across different professions and skills, which includes experiences in; Marketing, Media, Broadcasting, Brand and Event Management, Administration and Management with prior stints at MTN, NAPIMS-NNPC, GLOBAL FLEET OIL AND GAS, LTV, Silverbird and a host of others

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