When Work is Bad for Your Health
“I’m so busy,” is the mantra of our society. We praise those who work long hours, who sleep only for a few hours because they are passionate about their ideas and projects. Hard workers with these habits should not be our heroes, even when they become successful. The habit of not sleeping and working too much can have dangerous consequences: cardiovascular diseases, depression, type 2 diabetes, and anxiety among many. This is not a price that we should be willing to pay for any type of monetary goals we have in life.
We are not trying to say that working hard is a bad thing, but if you continuously sacrifice your time with friends and family, and if you sacrifice time that you should use to take care of yourself then you don’t see the long-term consequences.
Researchers from Sweden proved that workers who work 60 – 80 hours a week have a higher risk of neurological dysfunction. A company that celebrates long working hours does not celebrate health and productivity of their employees and therefore the long-term productivity of their company.
We should always find some time to do something that’s not work-related, read a book, watch TV, spend some time with our family and finally, why not be a couch potato for one weekend. Finding a balance is what really matters in the long run.
E-Cigarettes and Why They are Bad for Your Health?
E-cigarettes are for some a safer and more socially acceptable alternative for smoking cigarettes. However, you are probably familiar with the consequences of vaping, especially if you are a fan of flavors such as vanilla, butter, and cinnamon. These are the most dangerous flavors of cigarettes which are poisoning our immune system and raising the risk of life-threatening diseases. Mixing up these flavors is even worse.
Chemicals in the flavoring and liquids used in the e-cigarettes are toxic to while cells in the blood and they can cause inflammation which is linked to all major diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and even dementia.
Dr. Thivanka Muthumalage, a professor from the Rochester University said: “Cinnamon, vanilla, and butter flavoring chemicals were the most toxic but our research showed mixing flavors of e-liquids caused by far the most toxicity to white blood cells.”
A research analyzing more than 800 previous studies about the health effects of e-cigarettes, found they are less dangerous than cigarettes.
The report done by America’s National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine stated that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes will feel better than smoking cigarettes.
E-cigarettes carry many health risks, but these risks are nowhere near the risks of smoking tobacco.
According to the report: “There is conclusive evidence that completely substituting e-cigarettes for combustible tobacco cigarettes reduces users’ exposure to numerous toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes.” If you need to smoke (until you finally quit) choose e-cigarettes and stay away from flavors.
What Should Children Know About Mental Health?
We all should have a long conversation about mental health with our children. We might think that this is trivial and unnecessary, but it could be a lifesaver for your child.
What should children know about mental health? The first thing is knowing that everyone has mental health just like we have physical health. The second most important thing children should know from the start is to not be ashamed if they encounter insecurities and certain problems with mental health. Looking for help is normal and necessary, just like when we hurt our body, we should look for help in order to heal properly. People who have mental health problems are not scary; they just need help. A child might ask what can help me to overcome my problems? Talking helps! Children should feel free enough to share their thoughts and emotions with you. Whatever they are going through, it can get better and it will. That’s another lesson about mental health that children should learn.
Another thing children should be aware of is that it’s not their fault. Many children become adults carrying those feelings that it’s their fault whatever happens. We don’t want to raise children who feel that way.