Archive for January, 2012

Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults – a prospective cohort study

Background

Because of the quick development and widespread use of mobile phones, and their vast effect on communication and interactions, it is important to study possible negative health effects of mobile phone exposure. The overall aim of this study was to investigate whether there are associations between psychosocial aspects of mobile phone use and mental health symptoms in a prospective cohort of young adults. » Continue reading “Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults – a prospective cohort study”

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Keep work stress out of your relationship

Often stressful work seeps into your personal relationships making it difficult to balance between the two. We share some ways to ease out and keep the spark alive in your relationship…

  • Everyday hassles and emotional issues cause stress in relationships.
  • Often couples go through periods of change.
  • Stress at work is deemed to be one of the major reasons for this turmoil.
  • Pooja Desai, 25, Investment banker, says, “My job is so stressful that by the time I reach home, I am left with no energy to spend quality time with my partner and this often leads to serious fights.”
  • We all have stress in our lives, be it job related, marital, financial or otherwise which often causes uncomfortable mental and physical reactions to events in life.
  • Communication is very important as Devang Shah, Media professional, says, “Work keeps me occupied most of the time. This has hampered my relationship greatly. There is hardly any time to go out with my partner and it is very difficult to explain always.”
  • Since you cannot avoid the stress at work, recognising and managing stress is crucial. Find a way to converse about what causes stress with your partner and this will help you a great deal. Not only will this make your relationship stronger but at the end of the day, you will feel relieved and satisfied. » Continue reading “Keep work stress out of your relationship”

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29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family”

At first read, this piece was hilarious but if you stop by and think at what’s really happening, it’s melancholic!  My husband thinks I am too much of an idealist and there is no such thing as ‘balance’ in life. (I wasn’t even getting into the gender-angle of this article, which would require a thesisJ)

China’s tremendous financial growth and prosperity would obviously come at a price. But this – ‘hiring’ partners (‘especially’) during holiday season to please your parents is in my opinion, is plain alarming. » Continue reading “29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family””

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26 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 8, “brain-frozen ST driver kills eight in Pune; was treated for schizophrenia”

This incident should come as a strong eye opener for employers in India; while terms of employment across most responsible employers require not only thorough medical exams but also complete and accurate disclosure of medical ailments; however, let’s stop by and think if a candidate would indeed disclose ‘mental breakdowns’ to his prospective employer? An emphatic ‘No’ would be the answer!  After all, we all want to always put our best foot forward.

And the Indian employer scene is worse; where even being ‘seen’ outside a ‘shrink’s office’ is a huge taboo; such disclosures would be seldom forthcoming. » Continue reading “26 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 8, “brain-frozen ST driver kills eight in Pune; was treated for schizophrenia””

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23 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 14, “Give the kids back to their parents….”

Woke up this Monday morning all pensive about how fast my first born has grown up and reminiscent about these past 5 years of parenting; I wonder what I’ve done wrong more than right and am sure it’s a question like-minded parents often ask themselves.

Then I came across this article over my morning fix of tea; from the limited information it carried I found it rather absurd that Child Welfare Services could take your toddlers away just cause you fed them food with your hands (likened to ‘force feeding’) and tucked them in at night in bed with yourself.

If this applied in India then the jails would be insufficient to house all us ‘guilty’ parents. » Continue reading “23 Jan 12, Monday: Mumbai Mirror, page 14, “Give the kids back to their parents….””

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According to experts stressful life can lead to early menopause

A section of Gynecologists have warned that they have seen a perceptible rise in the number of early menopausal cases in the city in the last couple of years, feel here who attribute it to the increasingly stressful lifestyle and obesity arising due to junk foods. » Continue reading “According to experts stressful life can lead to early menopause”

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Stress in parent’s lives can be detrimental to the kids

Author of Kids Pick Up on Everything: How Parental Stress is Toxic to Kids, David Code also an Episcopal minister says stress is highly contagious and parental stress can weaken the development of a child’s brain or immune system, increasing the risk of allergies, obesity or mental disorders.He added that the greatest gift a parent can give today to his child is a healthy relationship with other adults. » Continue reading “Stress in parent’s lives can be detrimental to the kids”

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From the experts – How certain foods reduce stress

Choosing foods which has natural calming effects is a way to reduce holiday stress and anxiety according to U.S. food expert.As per a food industry analyst, trend watcher and creator of the Web site, certain combinations of food leaves a person feeling blissful, as well as satisfied and nourished. » Continue reading “From the experts – How certain foods reduce stress”

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How to manage chronic pain at workplace

According to World Health Organization chronic ailments have become very common at workplace and it is expected to account for 89% of all deaths in Canada.Patient’s Voice (Presented its second annual survey of employees living with chronic disease at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto) conducted two surveys online in early June 2011

  1. 217 patients diagnosed with serious or chronic illness and
  2. 103 plan sponsors that offer a benefits plan to employees. » Continue reading “How to manage chronic pain at workplace”

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