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  • WE NEED NATURE TO FEEL SANEAugust 2019

    WE NEED NATURE TO FEEL SANE
     

    It is no secret that the bustling urban environment and the speed of life in the digital era can lead to mental fatigue. We are constantly bombed with stimuli that drain our minds. The stress we experience is just an attempt of our body and mind to adapt to such environment.

    Although urban dwellers may think they have habituated themselves to the factor that cause stress, they may still be having stress-related reactions in their bodies and brains about which they are unaware.

    We are still hunters and gatherers; biologically we have not changed much. During human existence, human biology has embedded itself in the natural environment. Those who could find water, find plants, hunt animals, and identify safe habitats have had the benefits of survival.

    The nature was (and still is) crucial to human survival. We, as human beings, have an innate love for the natural world, resulting at least in part from our genetic make-up and evolutionary history. Our bodies and our nervous systems need nature to tune ourselves.

    What happens to our cognitive abilities, emotional stress and mental health if we are deprived of experience in nature?

    Modernization, development and environmental degradation have been tied conclusively to an increase in feelings of isolation and depression. Contemporary urban environments often increase
    frustration and aggression which can be attributed to the particularly high traffic presence.

    Certain features of technology-oriented lifestyle, such as over-stimulation with digital content, lead to the inability to focus and diminish the capacity of attention. Directed attention requires the use of cognitive control. In order to do this, an individual must inhibit or suppress the urge to pay attention to distractions. After prolonged use, this capability can become fatigued, and this fatigue may lead to increase of irritability.

    Nature has been shown to stimulate and accelerate the recovery from stress and contribute to "immunity" in future stressful situations. Exposure to the real or reproduced natural environment can calm physical agitation (high heart rate and high blood pressure) caused by the autonomic nervous system during times of stress.

    Healing power of nature lies in an unconscious response to natural elements that can occur without recognition and most noticeably in individuals who have been more stressed. Interaction with natural environments employs involuntary faculties, thus allowing the neural mechanisms underlying directed attention a chance to rest and replenish, which in turn can benefit performance on other tasks, delay of gratification and perhaps even levels of depression.

    Five tips to manage pressure in urban jungle

    • Give your senses a break - could you give a 15min break between your back to back scheduled appointments.
    • Use urban green spaces to recharge - getting out and experiencing whatever is green nourishes your soul. It is an effortless process and allows your mind to relax and recover.
    • Sleep to boost mental health and rebuild the body - sleep more that too in the dark. Not only light is distracting, but it can as well interfere with the body’s circadian rhythms.
    • Exercise, even if it’s a walk around the city block – our body requires movement hence running around a track, yoga movements or smaller dosage of exercise in whole day will help your body and mind.
    • Breathe fresh air – urban areas are prone to pollution hence adjust your workout time and place where there is less pollution. Use affordable air filtration system if you have options only for indoor activities.

    Definition of what nature is, is personally and culturally defined. People differ in respect to what are considered to be attractive and natural components of landscapes. However, certain natural places may be seen as safe havens- areas in which our species tended to have grater rates of survival. Landscapes with water and/or vegetation that contain modest depth, complexity and curvilinearity (especially those along water sides and with visible horizons) would have been most beneficial for survival. These landscapes help to moderate and diminish states of arousal and negative thoughts within minutes, through psychophysiological pathways.

    Effects of nature on mood are mediated by an individual's feeling of connections to nature. The sense of belonging to something greater than one-self, and a resultant decrease in negative rumination has an effect on feelings of well-being.

    Although the wonders of technology and the urban environment provide us with all the conditions for a contented life, at times we simply must escape from the hustle and bustle to the nature's embrace. Leaving the noise and madness of a big city has a beneficial effect on your mental health from time to time but is not always a legitimate option.

    Look for natural options on the smaller scale. Even shots of the natural environment can counteract stress responses.

    Sitting in a room over looking more natural scenery results in a faster drop in blood pressure than sitting in a room without looking out. Walking in the natural environment encourages greater stress reduction than walking in the urban environment.

    Consider where in your community you can find spots that match named criteria and surrender yourself to that critical type of rest.

    Should you require more information or support on the above topic or want more information on the services of LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Centre and Occupational Health International LLC, kindly contact the Business Development Team of OHI at +97142306400 or email at businessdevelopment@occupational-healthcare.com

    References: content contributed by Iva Vukusic (Clinical Psychologist @ LifeWorks Holistic

  • HEALTHY EATING AND BODY IMAGEAugust 2019

    HEALTHY EATING AND BODY IMAGE
     

    The body image is how you think and feel about your body. Body image involves thoughts, perceptions,
    imagination and emotions. It does not necessarily reflect what is seen in the mirror or what other people see.

    Poor body image is often linked to dieting, over-exercising, or eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa,bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, as well as other mental health issues such as low self-esteem,depression or anxiety.

    A poor body image or body dissatisfaction can also result from comparing your body with what society and the media tell you is the ideal body size and shape. The perceived body ideal can vary over time and between cultures.

    Some people go on diet because they have a poor body image, rather than because they want to eat nutritionally well, or be in a healthy weight range.While it's important to maintain healthy eating behaviours, constant dieting can lead to physical illness and depression, especially if your weight goes up and down after dieting.

    It is well documented that even 'moderate' dieting increases the risk of developing an eating disorder. Dieting or restrictive eating can also lead to preoccupation with thoughts about food.

    7 Healthy Diet Tips To Follow For A Fit Body & Mind

    • Small changes in eating habits will make a big difference – dividing meals in to 6 – 7 portions will decrease the size of your serving and will help your body to soak in the nutrients in a proper way.
    • Reduce the intake of sugar content – completely eliminating sugar is not esstential, but keeping its count to the lowest is the best you could do to your body. Cutting down on the consumption of sugar products is great for weight loss.
    • Consume fresh fruits and vegetables – this is the most common fact that nothing can be healthier than munching on fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits are low in calories and are nutrition dense and are best to eat for weight loss. Vegetables provides your body essential vitamins, fibers, minerals and antioxidants that your body needs to function effectively.
    • . Fiber rich foods – Dietary fibers helps to lower the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, stroke and weight gain. Including lots of fibrous food in your everyday meals is essential for your body to stay fit and healthy.They also help you to keep full for a long period, helps you keep away from unnecessary carvings and helos you digest your food better as well.

       

    • Healthy carbs for a long lasting energy - Carbohydrates can be easily digested and give you energy to survive the day better. They also help to maintain insulin and blood sugar levels and protects you from heart diseases, diabetes etc.
    • Protein in diet – Protein is considerably the main ingredient in losing weight fast and effectively.
    • Reduce or keep a check on salt intake – Salt is nothing but sodium that we include in our meals to improve their taste. Eating too much of salt can lead to increased risk to memory loss, heart diseases, kidney diseases etc. Salt is still required in our body because the body uses sodium to maintain fluid levels and for support of heart, liver and kidneys’ function. In correct quantities, salt is beneficial for function of different organs and for maintenance of a good balance in body fluids and blood pressure.

    Weight Loss From Unhealthy Dieting

    One of the most important contributing factors to poor body image is theunhealthy diet regimen and products advertised and circulated on socialmedia by some Dieting Companies. Also lots of individuals misinterpret a marketing message for a diet promotion, causing them to significantly and dangerously alter their nutritional intake.

    Research has shown that some to the advertised diet regimen are unhealthy and may cause adverse physical health, the development of a chaotic relationship with food and body, poor body image and low self-esteem, aswell as increased risk of an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia, or
    binge eating disorder.

    Recognising Unhealthy Diet Regimen

    • Diet plans that promotes the elimination of an entire food group: Many advertised diet will encourage removal of an entire food group, such as fats or carbohydrates. It is important to remember that our body needs a variety of foods from each category to obtain the various nutrients we need for survival.
    • Diets that promotes the use of a product or supplement: Many diet plans might encourage you to buy their product, such as a “cleansing formula”, or “detox tea”, or other supplements to name a few. Always follow the advice of your doctors and avoid taking supplements without the recommendation of your physician.
    • Diets that claims to achieve rapid results: Many advertised diet fads will claim instantaneous weight loss or other unrealistic changes. As with any change, time is needed for practicing health behaviours. While following certain diets may achieve a particular result, it is important to note that these are almost always short-term and short-lived.

    Conclusion

    A healthy eating and body image are closely linked, and the better you are able to nourish and care for yourself, the higher the chances are that you will have greater self-esteem and confidence in yourself.

    If the body and mind are deprived of adequate nutrition, this will impact how you feel about yourself, decision-making process, cognition, and more.  Proper nutrition is foundational to supporting mental health and optimal functioning.

    If you are feeling confused about nutrition and food sources, consider meeting with a registered dietitian for education on healthy diets.


    Occupational Health International (OHI) is a dedicated occupational medicine facility offering services for occupational health related medicals, including: pre-employment medicals, periodical medicals, deployment medicals, return to work medicals, evaluation of the health status related to the hazards exposure and asper the company protocols, OGUK (formerly UKOOA), Norwegian offshore medicals, Bermuda medicals (seafarers’ medicals) etc., following the local andinternational medical and occupational health related standards. In addition to occupational medicine services, OHI also provides general medical services and preventive medical services, including adult vaccination and travel medicine.

  • WE ARE OUR OWN BEST FORTUNE TELLERSJuly 2019

    WE ARE OUR OWN BEST FORTUNE TELLERS
     

    You may predict that an assignment you are working on will turn out great and feel confident in your ability to foresee the future once your hard work pays off. Alternatively, you might expect that a presentation you must give will go terribly and feel no surprise when you stutter and forget content. These instances might mislead you into thinking that you know yourself and your abilities well (which may also be true), but before definite conclusion, take into consideration effects that expectations have on your behaviour.

    When our beliefs and expectations influence our behaviour at the subconscious level, we fall under the phenomenon called a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. Self-fulfilling prophecy may sound mystical but there is nothing mystical about. It is a concept perfectly explainable by basic psychological and social laws. It comes true because we are acting as it is already true. Our expectation that we will see a particular outcome changes our behaviour, which shapes the way we and others perceive ourselves. In turn, others
    provide the feedback we have set ourselves up to get, which serves to reinforce the original belief.

    First, let me give a simple example, devoid of any kind of social influence. How many times did a thought pass through you head that something will fall out of your hand just a second before it fell out? It is a right thing to ask whether it would have fallen out if we hadn’t thought about falling out beforehand? Probably not. By thinking about potential “falling out” your attention shifted to an automatic activity you do routinely (holding items). Our organism can do many complex actions without conscious attention. However, when paying attention to a routine activity, our mind receives signal that something is wrong and that additional activation, strain or caution is needed. That extra moment is a moment that confuses our brain and body so that an item falls out of our hand.

    Including social factors, our experience gets more complicated. As kids we receive feedbacks that are evaluations about ourselves and our behaviour. In relation to that feedbacks we learn to make conclusions about ourselves and the world. If adults praise the kid, it is easier for him to believe that he is valuable, and that world is not a bad place to live in. Others may have complete opposite experience growing up and live with the idea that life hurts and they are not good enough to deal with that. Once we decide about ourselves, others, and the world, later in life we do think and behave in a certain way trying to justify and confirm our learnings.

    What is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

    A self-fulfilling prophecy is a belief or expectation that an individual holds about a future event that manifests because the individual holds it (Good Therapy, 2015).

    For example, if you wake up and immediately think—perhaps for no particular reason at all—that today is going to be a terrible day, your attitude might make your prediction come true. You may unconsciously work to affirm your belief by ignoring the positive, amplifying the negative, and behaving in ways that are unlikely to contribute to an enjoyable day.

    We do that by (unconsciously) deciding to be optimists, see good in everything, setting realistic goals and working around circumstances to achieve them. Then we march as winners. “Loser’s” life stories build up the same way but by opposite principles. For them is easy to get into dark cognition: “I’m not capable of success”, “Bigger goals are unreachable”, “I was given only bad opportunities”. People with beliefs like this are likely to unconsciously reject every good opportunity that comes their way, not strive to create opportunities themselves and sabotage themselves on the way of success. Failure will easily fit into that basic experience sounding something like this: „You see, nothing goes well for me, I'm bad and this world is so cruel to me!

    Going to the party where you expect to meet a lot of unknown people can have different outcome for your experience of that party regarding of for initial attitude. If you believe you don’t make good impression on people, or expect lousy interactions, you are likely to enter that party acting awkward and anxious. By your acting unapproachable, people there are likely ignore you or interact with you with less enthusiasm, which in turn reinforces the belief that you are not good in interacting with strangers. If, by contrast, you enter the party expecting to make new friends, act curious and engaging, it will result in people responding to you amiably and you may indeed make new friends.

    A good example is a child who recently moved to a new school. Child’s beliefs that he or she is unlikeable and incapable of making new friends, whether true or not, affect the way child acts while in school. A child acting shy will prevent other kids to approach him or her. In this scenario, the new child inevitably fulfils his or her own prophecy of other children treating them.

    A student's thinking, he is not smart enough to pass the subject will produce anxiety before solving tasks. Anxiety acts to interfere with concentration and functioning of the working memory. That is, performance on the job impairs. As anxiety is perceived as a manifestation of minor abilities, his initial recognition is confirmed. Studying requires work and effort to succeed in it.

    Examples that confirm power of expectations can be found in every single field of our lives. We all live somewhat self-fulfilling prophecy (which does not have to be necessarily negative). Problems arise when it comes to beliefs that are of great importance to the well-being of a person (e.g. family, love, friendship, parenthood, etc.). Self-fulfilling schemes are most commonly born in childhood, and to change them precondition is their recognition.

    If you have impression that things do not go your way, you give up too easily, don’t have enough energy or faith in yourself, and that others are doing better, remember that it is not about bad karma or lucky stars. All the decisions, even ones that we live by unconsciously, are possible to change. To be successful in something, it is necessary to gradually build the "I can do it" confession. Alone or with someone's help.

    Take a moment for introspection. What are the ways that self-fulfilling prophecies operate in your life? What is holding you back?

    Should you require more information or support on the above topic or on the services of LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Centre and Occupational Health International LLC, kindly contact the Business Development Team of OHI at +97142306400 or email atbusinessdevelopment@occupational-healthcare.com

    References: content contributed by Iva Vukusic (Clinical Psychologist @ LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Centre & https://positivepsychology.com/self-fulfilling-prophecy/

    Images: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychology-writers/201210/using-self-fulfilling-prophecies-your-advantage; https://www.dmnews.com/customer-experience/article/13034722/fortunetelling-goes-hitech-the-rise-of-predictive-analytics

  • SLEEP DISORDERSJuly 2019

    SLEEP DISORDERS
     

    Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well on a regular basis (Cherney, 2016) .

    Not getting enough sleep is linked with many chronic diseases and conditions—such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression—that threaten our nation’s health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to motor vehicle crashes and mistakes at work, which cause a lot of injury and disability each year. Getting enough sleep is not a luxury—it is something people need for good health (Anon., 2018) .

    Lifestyle diseases are different from other diseases because they are potentially preventable, and can be lowered with
    changes in diet, lifestyle and environment.

    KEY SLEEP DISORDERS:

    • Insomnia. In which you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep throughout the night. Itis characterized by an inability to initiate or maintain sleep. It may also take the form of early morning awakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep may often manifest itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which characteristically results in functional impairment throughout the day.
    • Narcolepsy. A condition characterized by extreme sleepiness during the day and falling asleep suddenly during the day. Excessive daytime sleepiness (including episodes of irresistible sleepiness) combined with sudden muscle weakness are the hallmark signs of narcolepsy. 
    • Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). Also called Willis- Ekbom disease, causes an uncomfortable sensation and an urge to move the legs while you try to fall asleep. RLS is characterized by an unpleasant “creeping” sensation, often feeling like it is originating in the lower legs, but often associated with aches and pains throughout the legs. This often causes difficulty initiating sleep and is relieved by movement of the leg, such as walking or kicking. 
    • Sleep Apnea. Snoring may be more than just an annoying habit – it may be a sign of sleep apnea. Persons with sleep apnea characteristically make periodic gasping or “snorting” noises, during which their sleep is momentarily interrupted. Those with sleep apnea may also experience excessive daytime sleepiness, as their sleep is commonly interrupted and may not feel

    What are the Symptoms of Sleep Disorders?

    The general symptoms of sleep disorders include difficulty falling or staying asleep, daytime fatigue, strong urge to take naps during the day, irritability or anxiety, lack of concentration
    and depression.

    SLEEP AND CHRONIC DISEASE:

    • Diabetes: Research has found that insufficient sleep is linked to an increased risk for the development of type 2 diabetes. Specifically, sleep duration and quality have emerged as predictors of levels of Hemoglobin A1c, an important marker of blood sugar control.
    • Cardiovascular Disease: Persons with sleep apnea have been found to be at increased risk for a number of cardiovascular diseases. Notably, hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease and irregular heartbeats (cardiac arrhythmias) have been found to be more common among those with disordered sleep than their peers without sleep abnormalities. 
    • Obesity: Laboratory research has found that short sleep duration results in metabolic changes that may be linked to obesity. Epidemiologic studies conducted in the community have also revealed an association between short sleep duration and excess body weight.
    • Depression: The relationship between sleep and depression is complex. While sleep disturbance has long been held to be an important symptom of depression, recent research has indicated that depressive symptoms may decrease once sleep apnea has been effectively treated and sufficient sleep restored. 

    TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP:

    • Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
    • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature.
    • Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom.
    • Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime.
    • Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

    A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety, quality of life and increase your risk of other health problems. There are many ways to help diagnose and treat sleep disorders effectively hence contact your healthcare provider, to know more about the sleep disorders and initiate to complete the suggested test to control for prevention.

     

    Occupational Health International (OHI) is a dedicated occupational medicine facility offering services for occupational health related medicals, including:pre-employment medicals, periodical medicals, deployment medicals, return to work medicals, evaluation of the health status related to the hazards exposure and as per the company protocols, OGUK (formerly UKOOA), Norwegian offshore medicals, Bermuda medicals (seafarers’ medicals) etc., following the local and international medical and occupational health related standards. In addition to occupational medicine services, OHI also provides general medical services and preventive medical services, including adult vaccination and travel medicine.

  • DIGITAL ADDICTIONJune 2019

    DIGITAL ADDICTION
     

    In the last few years, with the boom of smart phones and social media, the social scenes around us have begun to change.Today, if you notice, a couple at a coffee shop, or friends out for lunch, or even family dinners, what do they look like? Majority of times, they look like a bunch of people on a date with their mobile phones. The conversations are bare minimal.The eye contact is more with the phone screen and the laughter is more because of “I just read something funny”. People spends hours taking the right selfie to put it up on social media, or use their phones to respond to the approvals of their pictures and social statuses. It has become hard for the younger generation today, to be able to sit and just watch the world outside, it’s become harder for people to relax, it’s getting harder for people to just be. They need more and more to be stimulated all the time. Right from the young age of 2 years, where parents put cartoon videos in their child’s hand, to keep them busy to your teenager who cannot stop looking at their phone every minute, to even ourselves, who get bored out of our minds, while just travelling and need to look and respond to those whatsaap’s or to those emails, which could wait.

    A number of studies are being done to figure out where the line between regular internet use lies and what crosses the line to become an addiction. A few years ago, the term “nomophobia” was coined to explain that the need for contact, and being connected all the time, had become so strong, that people had begun feeling anxious and become irrationally afraid of losing their mobile phones.

    Nomophobia (no-mobile-phone phobia) is the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power. According to the American Journal of Psychiatry, the behaviours that make up internet addiction match the behaviours that define compulsive-impulsive spectrum disorders. In other words, internet addiction functions as a process-based disorder as opposed to substance-based disorders like alcoholism and drug addiction.

    Another repercussion of life on the internet is that people find others more interesting while they are chatting with them as compared to when they meet face to face. An acquaintance working for a major dating site, disclosed that people chat on dating sites, find someone interesting, and when they meet in person, a large number of them are disappointed. The interests or humour that brought them together while chatting, becomes harder to share in real life. People are finding it more difficult to express themselves face to face. They feel the pressure to have the same level of engagement or excitement that they had when they were chatting, but without the help of emoji’s, funny video’s or the security of hiding behind the screen of their device, people find it hard to translate their thoughts into words.

    10 signs that may help you figure if you or people you know may have an addiction:

    • Creating excuses to be online – inventing reasons to use the Internet. Using the internet for things which don’t need to be done, or can be done later. Sectioning out time-intervals to go online without any real purpose to be online. “Sneaking” online when you’re not supposed to be.
    • Relationship Problems – neglecting friend and family relationships to spend more time on the Internet. This sign of internet addiction also includes replacing actual face-to-face relationship time with online interactions. In face-to-face encounters, such as dinner at a restaurant, a person is participating in online exchanges using a mobile device.
    • Preoccupation – wondering what’s going on, on your social media account, or what conversation is happening on your group chat. Looking forward to a favorite site or online game. Worrying about unattended emails. A feeling of longing to be online.
    • Losing time – losing track of time while online. This sign of internet addiction especially relates to certain internet-based addictions, such as cyberporn, online gambling and online games.
    • Inability to Cut Back – This is an across-the-board addiction symptom. As a sign of internet addiction, this one directly ties into the urges and drives an
      addiction brings.
    • Withdrawal Symptoms – getting irritable, restless, depressed and/or moody when spending time away from the Internet. Like the inability to

    While the benefits of being connected cannot be denied, the safety it brings, people can easily be tracked while travelling,families are more connected with their relatives around the world, globalization has brought the world together, however, the dark side of this boon cannot be denied either.

    The digital detox:

    • Digital Diet: Just like you’d count your calories or activity steps to help you drop a few pounds, why not start counting your technology time? Take note of how many times a day you check your emails, surf the web, or browse social media, and then try reducing it by 10%, or cutting out one or more of those sessions a day. With your extra time, try adding in an exercise class, or a writing session, or just some focused family time.
    • Mini Breaks: If you’re struggling with a serious technology overdose, then take the tech version of a mini-break and leave your phone at home. I know it might be painful, but the world will not end if you do not post details of your day on Facebook.
    • Limit Your Connectivity: It’s a misconception that being extremely connected is the only way to stay ahead of the game in business. In fact, the opposite is true — it’s better to limit your connectivity. Streamline the places you need to check in when you’re online by requesting certain people only contact you through a particular medium. Switch everything elseoff so you’re not constantly refreshing your apps on the lookout for messages that aren’t coming. Or maybe even uninstall some of those many communication apps. Will life really come to an end, if you’re not on all the social media?
    • Change of Transport: If you find that you get into the ‘tech haze’ when you’re on the move because you’ve had your face buried in your device on the way to a meeting, the office or a friend’s house, then change your mode of transport. Try something that means you can’t be on the device, or can only be hands-free. Ride a bicycle, or travel with a friend or colleague. Whatever works to stop you reaching into your pocket and checking that phone.Lock it up: Don’t trust yourself to keep your hands off techonology? Then give your phone /device to your partner to hold onto for an hour or two while you do something else.
    • Social Support: Involve your friends and family. Let them know your plan of getting off the internet. Let them contact you on a call or on your landline, rather than facebook or whatsaap. Make yourself accountable to your decision to unplug by telling your friends and family about it. Ask them to call you out if you duck off to write an email or keep your phone on the table during dinner.
    • Bedtime Rules: Research tells us that the blue light from our screens can really disturb our sleeping patterns. Hence,set a bed time for your technology. And experts recommend that this should be around two hours before your actual bedtime to give you enough time to wind down.
    • Scheduled Use: Schedule the amount of time you need to use the internet for. Set time aside every day when you can go on any and all your devices to do what you want play games, chat to friends or upload your pictures to Instagram and, when that time is over, switch off again. This helps you use your tech-time more wisely. If you know you only have a limited slot then you’ll prioritize naturally, and you'llknow when enough is enough.
    • Do More: If you’re one of those people who wastes time surfing the net, then fill your day so that there is no spare time in there. Make lists, it helps to keep your focus
      on things you need to do.
    • Therapy: If nothing else works, then help yourself by visiting a therapist and guiding you through this.

    Should you require information on the promotional packages of the above topic or on the services of LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Centre and Occupational Health International LLC, kindly contact the Business Development Team of OHI at +97142306400 or email at businessdevelopment@occupational-healthcare.com

    References: content contributed by Jyotika Aggarwal, Clinical Psychologist@ LifeWorks Holistic Counseling Centre.

  • LIFE STYLE DISEASES PREVENTION AND CONTROLJune 2019

    LIFE STYLE DISEASES PREVENTION AND CONTROL
     


    Does the expression, "you are what you eat" ring a bell? Do you know that what you eat and how you prepare your food can affect how you look, how you feel, and how long you live?

    A person's health is his/ her most precious asset. Good health allows you to fully participate in work and social activities. Your abilities become severely impaired when disease enters your life, whether it is for a short time or over an indefinite period. While anyone can become ill, there are strategies you can employ to help prevent disease. These include lifestyle changes geared toward protecting your health.

    Lifestyle diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Dyslipidemia, Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease and Cancer are common in industrialized countries.

    Lifestyle diseases are different from other diseases because they are potentially preventable, and can be lowered with changes in diet,
    lifestyle and environment.

    WAYS TO PROTECT FROM LIFESTYLE DISEASES:

    • Eliminating or reducing fats and oils from your diet. It is important to try to reduce on fried foods as much as possible.
    • Try to use "healthy cookware" that allows for cooking with no oil or very little oil.
    • You need to reduce on eating fast food. While the point of this is not to tell you never eat out, it is important to try to ensure that this is not a lifestyle or everyday habit.
    • Cutting down on salt will lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
    • Switching to a high-fibre diet or plant-based diet, and cutting down on red meat also has huge benefits.
    • Stop smoking!
    • A sedentary lifestyle is likely to increase the chances of contracting health problems and diseases, hence exercise regularly. Exercise is very important too and must be taken seriously.
    • Drink plenty of water. Our bodies need water to function properly. Water flushes the system.
    • Put these things in place, adopt the healthy habits, and you are well on your way to avoiding and managing lifestyle diseases!

    A proactive approach to health and safety at work can help employers achieve:

    • healthier employees
    • lower absenteeism
    • fewer injuries
    • lower long-term risks
    • lower payouts for disability and health care costs

    Say “NO” to diseases, say “YES” to prevention!

    Contact your healthcare provider, to know more about the lifestyle diseases and initiate to complete the suggested test to control for prevention.


    Occupational Health International (OHI) is a dedicated occupational medicine facility offering services for occupational health related medicals,including: pre-employment medicals, periodical medicals, deployment medicals, return to work medicals, evaluation of the health status related to the hazards exposure and as per the company protocols, OGUK (formerly UKOOA), Norwegian offshore medicals, Bermuda medicals (seafarers’ medicals) etc. following the local and international medical and occupational health related standards. In addition to occupational medicine services, OHI also provides general medical services and preventive medical services, including adult vaccination and travel medicine.


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  • LIFE STYLE DISEASES PREVENTION AND CONTROLMay 2019

    LIFE STYLE DISEASES PREVENTION AND CONTROL
     


    Does the expression, "you are what you eat" ring a bell? Do you know that what you eat and how you prepare your food can affect how you look, how you feel, and how long you live?

    A person's health is his/ her most precious asset. Good health allows you to fully participate in work and social activities. Your abilities become severely impaired when disease enters your life, whether it is for a short time or over an indefinite period. While anyone can become ill, there are strategies you can employ to help prevent disease. These include lifestyle changes geared toward protecting your health.

    Lifestyle diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Dyslipidemia,Hypertension, Coronary Artery Disease and Cancer are common inindustrialized countries.

    Lifestyle diseases are different from other diseases because they are potentially preventable, and can be lowered with changes in diet,
    lifestyle and environment.

    WAYS TO PROTECT FROM LIFESTYLE DISEASES:

    • Eliminating or reducing fats and oils from your diet. It is important to try to reduce on fried foods as much as possible.
    • Try to use "healthy cookware" that allows for cooking with no oil or very little oil.
    • You need to reduce on eating fast food. While the point of this is not to tell you never eat out, it is important to try to ensure that this is not a lifestyle or everyday habit.
    • Cutting down on salt will lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.
    • Switching to a high-fibre diet or plant-based diet, and cutting down on red meat also has huge benefits.
    • Stop smoking!
    • A sedentary lifestyle is likely to increase the chances of contracting health problems and diseases, hence exercise regularly. Exercise is very important too and must be taken seriously.
    • Drink plenty of water. Our bodies need water to function properly. Water flushes the system.
    • Put these things in place, adopt the healthy habits, and you are well on your way to avoiding and managing lifestyle diseases!

    A proactive approach to health and safety at work can help employers achieve:

    • healthier employees
    • lower absenteeism
    • fewer injuries
    • lower long-term risks
    • lower payouts for disability and health care costs

    Say “NO” to diseases, say “YES” to prevention!

    Contact your healthcare provider, to know more about the lifestyle diseases and initiate to complete the suggested test to control for prevention.


    Occupational Health International (OHI) is a dedicated occupational medicine facility offering services for occupational health related medicals,including: pre-employment medicals, periodical medicals, deployment medicals, return to work medicals, evaluation of the health status related to the hazards exposure and as per the company protocols, OGUK (formerly UKOOA), Norwegian offshore medicals, Bermuda medicals (seafarers’ medicals) etc. following the local and international medical and occupational health related standards. In addition to occupational medicine services, OHI also provides general medical services and preventive medical services, including adult vaccination and travel medicine.


  • ANXIETY, STRESS & DEPRESSIONFebruary 2019

    ANXIETY, STRESS & DEPRESSION
     

    STRESS


    Stress can be defined as the degree to which you feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with different situations as a result of mental/ emotional pressures that are unmanageable. At the most basic level, stress is our body's response to pressures from a situation or life event. If our stress response is activated repeatedly, or it persists over time, the effects can result in wear and tear on the body and can cause us to feel permanently in a state of 'fight or flight'. Feeling this overwhelming stress for a long period of time is often called chronic, or long-term stress, and it can impact on both physical and mental health.

    What makes us stressed?

    There are many things that can lead to stress. The death of a loved one, divorce/separation, losing a job or stressful jobs, unexpected money problems are among the top ten causes of stress according to recent surveys. But not all life events are negative and even positive life changes, such as moving to a bigger house, gaining a job promotion or going on holiday can be sources of stress.

    DEPRESSION

    Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed.

    Symptoms of depression include: feeling sad or anxious often or all the time; not wanting to do activities that used to be fun; feeling irritable, easily frustrated, or restless; having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep; waking up too early or sleeping too much; eating more or less than usual or having no appetite; experiencing aches, pains, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment; having trouble concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions; feeling tired, even after sleeping well; feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless; thinking about suicide or hurting yourself.

    What Causes Depression?

    The exact cause of depression is unknown. It may be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Everyone is different, but the following factors may increase a person's chances of becoming depressed: having blood relatives who have had depression; experiencing traumatic or stressful events, such as physical or sexual abuse, the death of a loved one, or financial problems; going through a major life change, even if it was planned; having a medical problem, such as cancer, stroke, or chronic pain; taking certain medications; using alcohol or drugs, being unhappy with the job done daily, with the environment of life, family related problems, etc.

    Who Gets Depression?

    In general, anyone can get depressed, and depression can happen at any age and in any type of person. Many people who experience depression also have other mental health conditions. Anxiety disorders often go hand in hand with depression.

    How can you help yourself?

    • Realize when you have such problems and identify the causes as soon as possible
    • Try to do things on a different way which ease the problem
    • Be Mindful
    • Don't be too hard on yourself
    • Review your lifestyle
    • Take Time Out
    • Exercise
    • Eat Healthy
    • Get some restful sleep
    • Be aware of your smoking and drinking
    • Build supportive relationships

     

    ANXIETY

    Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.

     

    Signs and Symptoms: feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge, being easily fatigued, having difficulty concentrating, mind going blank, being irritable, having muscle tension, difficulty controlling feelings of worry, having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep.

    If you continue to feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, seeking professional help can support you in managing effectively. Do not be afraid to seek professional help if you feel that you are no longer able to manage things on your own. Many people feel reluctant to seek help as they feel that it is an admission of failure. This is not the case and it is important to get help as soon as possible so you can begin to feel better and not to reach "failure status".

  • Importance of Preventive Health check-upsJanuary 2019

    Importance of Preventive Health Check-ups
     

    Every business relies on its people. Happy and healthy employees can play an important part in a company's success.



    Healthy can mean different things to different people and everyone has their own health goals. However, there is some truth in the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" because choosing healthier lifestyle habits may mean less absenteeism, and better health outcomes over time.

    Good health begins with prevention and that all starts with the individual. Establishing good health habits means people may enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives. Regular check-ups (as part of Wellbeing/ Wellness annual programs) are an important part of a prevention routine and can help keep people on track with their health goals.

    The aim of a routine preventive health check-up is to help find, prevent or lessen the effect of possible diseases. It's like getting a car serviced before it breaks down — after all, it's often better to pick up potential problems earlier rather than later. Health checks can provide healthcare professionals with an opportunity to look at a person's lifestyle, medical history and family history to find out if they're at risk of any preventable health conditions.

    The main goal of prevention and health wellness promotion is to reduce the burden of suffering for the major preventable diseases.

    The purpose of having preventive health check-ups are:

    • As primary prevention
    • To identify risk factors for common chronic diseases
    • To detect diseases that has no apparent symptoms (secondary prevention) and avoid them
    • As a way for the doctor to counsel people to promote healthy behavior
    • As primary prevention
    • To increase better chances for treatment and cure

    As employees we tend to focus on the goals designated to our work and can lose touch of the importance of health and wellness.

    In a corporate setting, preventive health checks bring a lot of benefits for employees and employers. Regular health check-ups not only ensure your workforce is fit and efficient but it also connects them with the management in a better way.

    Employee benefits

    • To prevent or to control the existing medical conditions, in order to avoid complications
    • To improve the quality of life increasing the health status level.
    • Maintaining a comfortable health level.

    Employer benefits:

    • Ensuring that the workforce is healthy & the health status is properly and professionally maintained
    • Increasing the trust of the employees in the Company's Management.
    • Increasing the productivity of the employees.
    • Reducing the sick leaves.
    • Placing the right employee in the right workplace.

    Preventive Annual Medical Check-ups aims to connect the importance of health and wellness to an organization's workforce, demonstrating to an organization's employees that their health is important and their employers care about this aspect of the employees' life.

    Occupational Health International Clinic has been conducting Preventive Medical Check-ups, as part of the Preventive Medical Services/ Wellness Programs, since its establishment in 2011 and has helped both local and international corporates to establish and design Annual/ Periodical Wellness Programs for the wellbeing of their employees. Being a dedicated occupational, wellness and preventive medicine facility, Occupational Health International (OHI) Clinic has expertise in serving the preventive/ wellness programs and are recognized both local and internationally, being committed to the wellbeing of a Company's best asset - its people.

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