Do you struggle with insomnia due to work stress? Research by the American Psychological Association surveyed 699 people about work, lifestyle and home life.They found a link between those who experienced rude or negative behaviour at work and insomnia. However, employees who could detach from work with activities such as yoga, listening to music or going for a walk afterwards, slept better. The Researchers (who also suspect this kind of work stress is linked to health problems including cardiovascular disease,increased blood pressure and fatigue) are encouraging employers to create a pleasant working environment and to be role models for employees by, for example,not sending work-related emails after business hours. Sounds good to us.
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Working too hard? If you’re feeling the pressure, you could be setting yourself up for high blood pressure,depression, diabetes and more. With nine out of 10 Brits confessing to feeling stressed at work, welcome research from the University of the West of England Has a solution. In a study of first-year undergraduates that compared the impact of reading about study skills to colouring a mandala, researchers found students who coloured in were calmer, more mindful,had better visual attention and greater creative thinking skills. And it only took 20 minutes to work.
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Shock statistic alert – 80 percent of us are wearing shoes that are too small,leading to potential low-back pain, joint issues and even deformed feet. Ill-fitting shoes impact on your big toe, affecting balance, propulsion and weight-bearing, so when you consider we walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, choosing the right footwear is a no-brainer. Given we can’t go barefoot all the time,the new Vivobarefoot Kanna (£95; vivobarefoot.com)could be the next best solution. Stylish, lightweight and with a supportive fit, it’s still roomy for toes.
Dr Susan Mayou, Consultant Dermatologist at the Cadogan Clinic, London (cadogan clinic.com)
ʻSunburn occurs when UV radiation from the sun damages the skin DNA and leads to cell death. Getting Sunburnt just once every two years can triple your chances of skin cancer, according to Cancer Research UK.If do you get burnt, take a cold shower or apply a cold compress to reduce inflammation, hydrate your skin with moisturiser – aloe vera is effective and anti-inflammatory.Avoid further sun exposure. It can take weeks for the skin to heal andre-exposure will only cause further damage and delay cell repair.Sunburn can cause dehydration,too, so drink plenty of water and fluids and avoid alcohol. Resist the urge to peel away flaking layers of dead skin as this will expose raw,fragile skin, which could become infected. Instead, let your skin regenerate, and moisturise regularly to ease any itching.ʼ
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