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Five work stress symptoms you should never ignore

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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.

Insomnia
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.

TIPS TO HANDLE WORK STRESS

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.

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5 important health checks every woman should get and why

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Taking care of your health is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

For women, staying healthy means making sure to get regular check-ups. These check-ups help catch problems early, which can make treatment easier and more successful.

Even if you feel fine, some health issues don’t show any signs until they are more serious. This is why it’s important to know which health checks are necessary and why they matter.

Let’s discuss five important health checks every woman should get and why they are so important.

A Pap smear is a simple test that collects cells from the cervix. These cells are then examined for abnormalities that could indicate early signs of cervical cancer.

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test checks for the presence of certain strains of HPV, a virus that can contribute to cervical cancer development.

When to get it: The recommended schedule for Pap smears and HPV tests can vary depending on your age and risk factors.

Typically, women aged 21-29 should have a Pap smear every three years. After 30, the option for a combined HPV and Pap test (co-testing) every five years becomes available, depending on your individual situation. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.

A pelvic exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your reproductive organs. During the exam, your doctor will visually examine your external genitals, feel your internal organs through your vagina, and might also perform a Pap smear.

A pelvic exam can detect a variety of issues, including infections, fibroids (benign growths), and even early signs of ovarian cancer.

When to get it: Similar to Pap smears, the recommended frequency for pelvic exams can vary. Generally, women with no concerning symptoms might get one annually alongside their Pap smear. However, your doctor will personalise the schedule based on your specific needs.

High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol can put you at risk for heart disease, stroke, and other health problems. The good news is, these conditions can often be managed with lifestyle changes and/or medication.

When to get it: Typically, blood pressure and cholesterol checks are recommended for adults starting in their 20s or 30s. The frequency might vary depending on your age, risk factors, and overall health.

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast tissue that can detect lumps or abnormalities that might be cancerous.

It’s a crucial tool in the fight against breast cancer, the most common cancer among women.

When to get it: The recommended schedule for mammograms can vary depending on your age, family history, and risk factors. Generally, women aged 40-49 might consider getting mammograms every few years, while those over 50 might benefit from annual screenings.

As we age, our bones naturally become less dense, increasing the risk of fractures. A bone density scan is a painless test that measures how strong your bones are. This helps identify osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones.

When to get a bone density scan: While bone density naturally decreases with age, some women are at higher risk for osteoporosis. These include:

  • Women over 50, especially those with a family history of osteoporosis.
  • Women who are postmenopausal, as estrogen plays a vital role in bone health.
  • Women with a history of fractures.
  • Women with certain medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or chronic kidney disease.
  • Women who take medications that can weaken bones, such as long-term use of corticosteroids.

These five health checks are a great starting point for women of all ages. However, preventive care goes beyond just tests. To empower your health journey, you’ll need to develop a healthy lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight.

If you experience any concerning changes in your body or unusual symptoms, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor. Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for many health conditions. Also, know your family history.

Understanding your family’s medical background can help identify potential risks you might have.

You are your own health advocate. Take charge of your preventive care and adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Written by Honest Micah.

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Study says Tattoos may raise risk of malignant lymphoma by 21%

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A recent study by experts from Lund University in Sweden has suggested a potential link between tattoos — regardless of size — and cancer.

There has been a global rise in the popularity of tattoos in recent times more than they were a couple of decades ago. Tattoos are now considered more socially acceptable, with several people wearing them, especially in the entertainment space.

But in the study — published in eClinicalMedicine — researchers found a 21% increased risk of lymphoma in tattooed individuals compared to those without tattoos.

Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, a network crucial to the immune system that fights infection.

The research states that the concern lies with potentially carcinogenic chemicals in some tattoo inks. When injected, the body perceives them as foreign, triggering a low-grade inflammation that might contribute to cancer development.

The study included 11,905 people — 2,938 of whom had lymphoma and were between ages 20 and 60.

They were then given a questionnaire about lifestyle factors to see if they were tattooed or not. 1,398 participants answered the questionnaire, while the number of people in the control group was 4,193.

In the group with lymphoma, 21 percent were tattooed (289 individuals), while 18 percent were tattooed in the control group without a lymphoma diagnosis (735 individuals).

“After taking into account other relevant factors, such as smoking and age, we found that the risk of developing lymphoma was 21 percent higher among those who were tattooed,” said Christel Nielsen, the researcher who led the study.

“It is important to remember that lymphoma is a rare disease and that our results apply at the group level. The results now need to be verified and investigated further in other studies and such research is ongoing.”

The study found no connection between tattoo size and cancer risk.

“We do not yet know why this was the case. One can only speculate that a tattoo, regardless of size, triggers a low-grade inflammation in the body, which in turn can trigger cancer. The picture is thus more complex than we initially thought,” Nielsen said.

The researchers said they will now examine whether or not there is a link between tattoos and other forms of cancer and inflammatory diseases.

“People will likely want to continue to express their identity through tattoos, and therefore it is very important that we as a society can make sure that it is safe,” he added.

“For the individual, it is good to know that tattoos can affect your health, and that you should turn to your health care provider if you experience symptoms that you believe could be related to your tattoo.”

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Four natural ways to get rid of bed bugs

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Bed bugs are tiny, elusive pests known for their ability to hide in small crevices and feed on human blood.

They thrive in warm environments and conceal themselves in places like mattresses, bed frames, and furniture, making them difficult to eliminate.

Bed bug bites can cause discomfort, redness, and itching, so it’s crucial to get rid of them promptly. While chemical treatments are effective, many people prefer natural methods to avoid potential health risks.

Here are some natural methods that can help you get rid of bed bugs.

  • Sunlight

Bed bugs are vulnerable to high temperatures, so sunlight can be an effective natural method to help reduce their infestations.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bed bugs die when their body temperatures reach 45°C (113°F); so expose them to sun heat.

Place infested items outside in direct sunlight for several hours. Spread them out to maximize exposure. The longer the exposure, the better the chances of killing bedbugs and their eggs.

For big items like mattresses or cushions, ensure all sides are exposed to the sun by rotating them periodically.

Also, after exposure, thoroughly inspect the items for any remaining signs of bed bugs and use a vacuum to remove any dead bugs or eggs.

  • Encasement

Mattress and box spring encasements are another way to get rid of bed bugs, according to the EPA.

These mattress encasements are special bed bug covers that help trap and starve bed bugs. They also prevent bed bugs from getting to you while sleeping and infesting other areas.

For effective results, leave the encasement on for a year and ensure it has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough.

  • Hot water

Bed bugs cannot survive high temperatures so hot water is an effective natural method for killing bed bugs and their eggs.

For washable items, wash them in hot water or tumble dry for 30 minutes. According to a study, a 30-minute hot temperature wash can kill all stages of bed bugs.

For non-washable fabrics or areas, use a steam cleaner with a hot water setting to kill bed bugs.

  • Declutter

Decluttering is crucial in eliminating bed bugs. Bed bugs can conceal themselves in piles of clothing, stacks of books, and other clutter, making it difficult to locate and treat them effectively. So reducing clutter in your home will help minimize the number of hiding spots for bed bugs and make it easier to detect and address infestations. Aside from decluttering, you should also do vacuuming consistently. Focus on vacuuming crevices, seams, and edges where bedbugs are likely to hide. With decluttering and vacuuming, you need to be consistent and thorough.

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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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