Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Effects Of Stress On The Body

Stress is a condition we can all relate to in an everyday sense. There is stress all around us, in the work place, at home and in emotional contexts. Stress, in all of these contexts, do not serve our bodies well. What do you know about the effects of stress on the body? Stressful situations usually have negative effects on our general health and bears a closer look.
Stress can take on many faces, with varying causes and resolutions. Much of the effects of stress on the body depend on your personality and emotions. While Joe may be able to deal with stress efficiently, you may find your threshold considerably lower. Where Joe thrives, you may be reduced to a bundle of nerves, unable to process information or think clearly. While Joe's calm personality can take an important deadline in stride, focusing clearly on the goal, others not so gifted may be overwhelmed by perceived demands they feel they are unable to meet.
Unfortunately, the physical effects of stress on the body can be enormously detrimental to our physical and emotional health.
Stress can most certainly affect our behavior, leading to disadvantages in a social context, as well as negative lifestyle behaviors, such as over-eating, smoking and drinking excessively. Others may manifest effects of stress on the body in less obvious ways.
Stress is also clearly implicated in anxiety and depression.
Although emotionally drained, over-stressed people may become obsessed with their work in an attempt to eradicate the source of their stress. Such people often spend undue amounts of time worrying, skipping meals and exercise, all in the hopes of eradicating the source of pressure. In fact, these strategies are counter productive to stress management. Generally, people who employ such strategies are only worsening the situation. If you focus your energies on meeting that deadline or else, to the exclusion of eating or sleeping, the end result is seen in the eventual physical effects of stress on the body.
Stress most commonly manifests in disease of the heart. This link is well known to your physician. High blood pressure and a high standing pulse rate are indicative of stress. The sheer tension of stress can damage arteries, while reducing healthy blood and oxygen flow. Your body attempts to heal the damaged arteries, forming scars and thickened artery walls. All of these factors can eventually lead to heart attack.
Another of the negative effects of stress on the body is marked depletion of immune system function, which results in frequent colds and flus. More serious effects of stress on the body include exacerbated arthritis, irritable bowel, ulcers and headaches. Studies conducted as early as the 1950's showed a link between cancer and stress.
With all of these dire consequences of the effects of stress on the body, we'd all do well to focus on positive changes in diet and lifestyle to eliminate undue stress. Listening to music, exercise and a more laid back perspective are keys to good health.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Computer Cleaning

It is important to clean your computer periodically. Why is it important? Because dust and dirt can lead to serious problems for your PC.

These are the cleaning tools you need:

  • Cotton cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Water or rubbing alcohol
  • Compressed air can
  • Before starting the cleaning process you have to turn off your computer. But make sure you read our computer cleaning tips first :)

    Sunday, February 25, 2007

    Do you Squidoo?

    Do you Squidoo?

    Squidoo.com is a social networking site that allows people to create a "lens" (page) about any topic. Many businesses are using these lenses to help try and build new business. Real estate agent Ken Smith has built up a few lenses that cover areas that he sells homes in. Here are a couple of them; Roselle, IL and Algonquin, IL. As you can see these lenses are built to give information about the city and then drive traffic to the main website to convert the leads.

    By thinking outside of the "box" Ken had been able to increase his online exposure and capture new leads. So how can you use Squidoo to help build your brand?

    Saturday, January 20, 2007

    Anti Aging Treatments

    I don’t think there is any person in the whole wide world who doesn’t want to continue looking young, even after they have passed middle age. Everyone, no matter how young or old they actually are, would like to look and feel young. This is not just related to the aesthetic appearance based things but also to general health and well being. Nobody likes the wrinkles and pains that old age brings with it. Which is why, anti-aging research has been the one industry where billions of dollars have been pumped in over the past few years. All of it in the quest for anti aging treatments!
    When one uses the phrase ‘anti aging treatments’, the first thing that comes to mind is anti wrinkle creams! In fact, these creams have become almost synonymous with anti aging treatments and have thus given the entire genre a stunted and narrow definition. But anti aging treatments are about much more than merely removing the wrinkle off ones face! Anti aging treatments are all about holistically treating the aging human body to make it look and feel young. And this involves much more than the merely superficial. Although looking young is most evident in the physical appearance, it has a lot more to do with the overall health and fitness of the body. And genuine anti aging treatments will concentrate on the inner well being as a precursor to external appearance.
    But the world of anti wrinkle creams, face stretching creams and the like have given the entire field of anti aging treatments a bad name. Superficial anti aging treatments treat merely the external body. But even then, superficial anti aging treatments are a multi million dollar industry. Studies estimate that nearly 80% of the over the counter drugs and creams sold as part of anti aging treatments, actually belong to the superficial or external cosmetic category. And when the industry itself is worth several billions, you can safely imagine how large that is!
    But more important than using anti aging products, is learning to choose the one that are beneficial. It is not true to say that all prescribed anti aging products are beneficial. In fact, any cosmetic anti aging product brings with it a certain amount of side effects. This is because anti aging product go against nature as it were. They try to reverse and sustain what is essentially a natural degradation of the human body. And anything that tries to reverse the natural, naturally faces resistance. This resistance could take the form of mild, rashes and pains. But if intensive chemical anti aging treatments like invasive surgery, botox injections and the like are used, they could leave more serious effects like scarring and freezing of the facial tissue.
    However, there is a school of thought that anti aging treatments are a recourse adopted by the busy and the stressed out population as a way to regain their youth. It has been found for instance that almost all anti aging treatments are used by urban and cosmopolitan dwellers. Rural dwellers on the other hand, scarcely feel the need to use anti aging treatment. Their simple lives help them live longer and fitter lives.