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Hypertension

Happy Sunday to you all

I already feel great that you are reading my blog. Thank you. You have made my day!!

This is my first blog

Hypertension is referred to as the ‘Silent Killer’

This stems from the fact that it dose not WARN the sufferer!!

All other diseases give a warning recognized as symptoms of the disease. Common symptoms of diseases include pains, fever, cough, vomiting, difficulty in breathing , jaundice, weight loss ETC. Hypertension on the other hand does not give any symptoms. it gradually damages the blood vessels and some organs in the body.

The blood pressure is recorded as two numbers eg 120/80. An elevation of more than 140 for the numerator or 90 for the denominator is regarded as Hypertension. Many persons are not aware that they have hypertension because they may never have checked.

You can check you blood pressure in any nearby clinic, health centre of hospital. it is as easy as ABC

The point for today is ‘ CHECK YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE’

Please ensure that you check your blood pressure.

Have a great week

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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COVID-19 Lockdown 3

Hi everyone

Happy New week

Still on getting Healthy within this period of COVID-19 Lockdown. There’s the danger of weight gain within the period. Having discussed Healthy Diet , we’ll discuss exercise today. You will recall that the British Prime minister on his broadcast allowed the British to go for exercise’ Once a day’. Many applauded him for that decision. This means walks, walking the dog, jogging , cycling. In the Nigerian situation and most other countries, there’s no allowance for exercises.

However, there is still a dire need for exercises. Some of us are opportune to have a gym, treadmill, stationery bikes etc. This is the opportunity to use those amenities to keep fit, avoid weight gain and get healthy. For the rest of us, we can still do a lot in our homes . We should not become’ Couch Potatoes’: just watching TV and eating.

Some of the exercises are as follows:

  1. Walking : You can still walk around your 🏠 especially if you live in your own compound.For those who live in a block of flats or public compound, this may not be wise. You will meet other non family members and that’s not ‘Social Distancing’. Hence you can walk in your house: moving from room to room. Persons who live in just one room can still’ March at a spot’. Whatsoever you do, ensure that you are STANDING. Do not sit down. Remember that’ Sitting is the New smoking’!!!
  2. Running: Running usually requires an open space like the road or an open field. This may not be easy but you can still use the little space that you have. In fact, within this lockdown, a French man ran a whole marathon on his balcony. Elisha Nochomovitz was scheduled to run the Barcelona marathon which had been cancelled. He continued his training by running on his balcony which was 23feet( 7 metres) in length. He ran a whopping 26.2mes( 42Km) on the balcony. It took him 6 hours and 48 minutes running to and fro about 5,000 times. His determination and achievement is impressive. You and I have no further excuses.
  3. Using the Staircase: Walking or running up and down the stairs is very effective. The alternative is to use a chair, low table or stack of blocks. In essence, you can repeatedly climb up and down.
  4. Work Out Videos: There are many work out videos out there. You can quickly download one on YouTube and use it for your daily workouts. The videos have an added advantage of working out with people for those who live alone.
  5. Dancing: Dancing remains a wonderful exercise. It keeps you on your feet and exercises many parts of your body. Therefore old age dancing while playing music or even singing. This type of exercise is also very enjoyable and refreshing.
  6. Skipping: Most of us loved to skip as children. Do you still have a skipping rope ( or any rope at that). This is the time to pick it up again. Skip, Skip and Skip.
  7. Weight lifting: Weight lifting is important in building muscles and strength. However, please note that weight lifting should not be the only exercise. The aerobic exercises described earlier are very important should be performed before the weight lifting.
  8. Abdominal Exercises: Squats , press-ups, and push ups are other alternatives for strength training and building of muscles. Let’s still note that these should be performed after the aerobic exercises. All these exercises should be performed for about one hour: we have some time now. The whole family should participate in these exercises.

Thanks for reading

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN 2

Hi everyone

Still on the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN!!!!

As at yesterday, as much as one quarter of the whole world is on Lockdown. Only persons that offer essential services (like Health workers) or sell basic necessities like food, water and medications are allowed to go to work. Initially, death was mostly amongst the elderly and those with medical conditions. Regrettably, mortality has been recorded among young persons who had no medical illnesses.

Please remember to ‘STAY SAFE’!!

Today we will continue in getting healthy within the period.
The second step is HEALTHY DIET

We discussed the issues of diet in the 1st week of September 2019.
Components include:
Fresh food: meat, fish, yams ETC
Non processed Foods
Plant oils instead of animal oils
Drink water
Reduce salt intake
Eat more fresh foods and vegetables ETC

It is common knowledge that a good number of us have been far too busy to cook healthy meals. This is because of our extremely busy schedules. Hence we either eat fast foods or eat cooked food in restaurants or have a help cook our meals. Some of us even buy pots of food cooked.
The lockdown has given us the opportunity to cook healthy meals once again.I mean good old home African cooking. We have the time within this period. It is also a wonderful time to teach our children some of these lost skills.

Remember those cooking skills we picked from our mothers and grandmothers as follows:
Peeling egusi (melon seeds): some children have never seen egusi seeds before
Plucking Okazi and cutting from the scratch: usually buy it cut from the market
Washing bitter vegetables like Bitterleaf, Atama or Editan (very tough)
Pounding pepper and tomatoes (with mortar and pestle) or grinding with grind stone: Blenders are much faster and smoother or we grind in the market
Washing beans for moi moi and akara
Preparing Abacha (wet and dry) from cassava
Cutting periwinkles (Yes ooo, there is an art to it)
Preparing banga/ofe akwu
Roasting and cooking over fire (fire wood or charcoal)
Preparing our wonderful African dishes
ETC ETC

Looks like I am taking you back to the dark ages: May be, may be NOT!!

Please let us not throw away everything African. The developed world is doing everything to retrace their steps. Yours truly once stayed at a hotel while attending a conference in Berlin. The selling point of the hotel was that it started in 1892 and the hotelier used her grandmother and great grandmother’s recipes. Believe you me that was the only thing that made the hotel tick. They displayed their antique crockery, cooking utensils, cookers and all to prove their antiquity: I tell you. I also learnt of an upscale restaurant in France whose selling point is ‘Cooking with Firewood’.

Refresh and refurnish these skills and teach your children same. Your diet will be much healthier. Again, doing these together will foster skills acquisition, togetherness, growth and in fact gratification. You may be surprised how much your children will enjoy the experience. In addition, they may need them some day.

Thanks for reading!!

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

Hi everyone
I am sorry for my prolonged silence; I needed a small break.

I know that we are all overwhelmed by all the information on COVID -19 pandemic. I do not wish to bore you further.

I just want to add my voice to the mantra ‘PLEASE STAY SAFE’

Please note that COVID-19 does not move: Rather people move it. This is the reason the experts insist on Social Distancing.

Hence LOCKDOWN is being advocated in many countries. This has led a lot of us wondering what to do with the time. I humbly suggest that this will be a great time to get healthy: Use this period for many healthy activities. We will start with Brain Health.

Brain Health

Activities that improve our general health also make for a healthy brain. These include a healthy diet, physical exercise, avoidance of smoking and Alcohol etc.
However MENTAL STIMULATION is extremely important to ensure an active healthy brain.

Mentally stimulating activities include Reading (Yes ooo old faithful reading cannot be overemphasized). Please read and ensure your children also read within this period. Read the BIBLE, Newspapers( old and new), Magazines, their school books, novels ETC. Reading gives you knowledge, opens the world to you and improves brain health.

Others are solving mathematical problems: Hmmmmmm I can hear some people squirming. Please do not worry, I am not grading the Maths. It is just for mental exercise. You do not have to be a Mathematician but you need basic Mathematics for everyday life. It is nice to have of it at your finger tips; It sure improves your brain health.

Other mental games include solving puzzles like Crossword puzzles, Sudoku and otherwise. Certain games like Chess, Draught, Scrabble, Monopoly, Ludo, Card games are all very good for the brain. All these activities help you to think, plan and execute your plan. These are all forms of brain exercise.

By the end of this COVID-19 lockdown you will find that your mental functions are sharpened.
In addition carrying these activities together ensure that you spend quality time with members of your family. It is a time and opportunity to relate, learn and grow together.

Thank you for Reading

Conclusion on Stress Management

Hi everyone

Today is the conclusion on Stress Management.

The following are the other steps principles in the management of Stress:

1. REST AND RELAXATION:
In today’s busy world, the concept of ‘rest and relaxation’ looks a bit impractical. There is virtually no time for anything else after work, caring for the children, caring for a sick family member, other social or spiritual responsibilities. However, you still need time for rest and relaxation. You can reduce your work load as earlier discussed to get some rest. You can also get snatches of rest at work. This can be a 15 minute nap in the office, just bending your head for some few minutes. Ideally there should be a lunch break at the office. This period is important to not only have lunch but also have a 10 minute rest.
It is very wise to relax with persons whose company you enjoy as earlier written. This is in the form of visitations, birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations. It is wise to avoid wild parties riddled with alcohol and recreational drugs as these situations lead to alcohol abuse, substance abuse, rape and other social vices with consequent Stress.

2. SLEEP;
Sleep is extremely important. William Shakespeare called in the ‘Balm of great minds’. Sleep is refreshing and restorative. The duration of goodnight sleep ranges from 2-3 hours in new born babies to 4-6 hours in the elderly. Most adults require 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Inadequate night sleep leads to headaches, poor concentration, poor performance at work, irritability and all. Please find the time to sleep.

3. GOOD FOOD
Once again, good food is very important in the management of stress. We have already discussed the importance of good food in the prevention of hypertension, Dementia, Stroke and Breast cancer. Ensure that you eat the ‘Healthy African Diet’. Features are fresh, unprocessed food, no additives, plant oils, fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of water. Remember to reduce salt intake.

4. EXERCISE
Sedentary life style is the bedrock of numerous diseases. You need to exercise for at least 30 minutes three times every week. Registering in a gym is wonderful. However, this may not be feasible for most of us. Hence we can incorporate exercise in our everyday activities: a concept known as NEAT (Non exercise Activity Thermorigenesis). This includes using the stair case instead of the elevator, walking, standing to take calls, watch TV, do domestic chores ETC. Deep breathing exercises are effective when there is acute stress; it helps in immense relaxation.
Some other people believe in some other principles like yoga, acupuncture and meditations: I do not know how they work; hence, I do not practice these principles.

5. FINALLY EMBRACE CHRIST AND FAITH IN HIM.
I am a Christian by the grace of God. I believe in the saving power of my Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in Faith in Christ and that Prayer can move mountains. This does not mean that your life will be ‘A bed of Roses’. It rather means that with ‘Jesus in your boat’, it is Peace be still. In addition, MIRACLES may happen and I have seen quite few. My writing this blog is one such.

In conclusion, I have shared the little I have learnt of Stress and Stress Management. I hope you found it useful in the reduction of your Stress.

Thanks you so much for reading

Further steps in Stress Management

Hi everyone

We are still `looking at the principles in Stress Management. Some other principles are as follows:

1. SUPPORT SYSTEM
Everyone needs a support system. People who have a good support system can pull through a lot of challenges. Members of the support system include the following;
Family: Family members are a great support system. This is because of their love and care for many years. They know your strengths and weaknesses and generally want the best for you. Granted, some of the stress may arise for family feuds, most members of the family form a great support system. They are particularly supportive in cases of works stress, poverty and illnesses.
Friends: Good friends are wonderful in times of trouble.
Support Groups: Support groups are extremely effective. It gives you the opportunity of meeting persons who had similar challenges. These include Alcohol anonymous, Stroke or Cancer survivors, Groups against violence, Veterans association……….
The Church: The members of the church also form a great support group because of similar beliefs. Spiritual leaders like pastors generally love, care and support their members. Painfully, in some cases, the members are judgmental. This is terribly wrong. If you can’t do any good, please do not do any harm.
Others are colleagues, mentors, neighbours ETC. Note that it is always wiser to choose your support (friends, family, church, Spiritual leaders, church members) from the same sex as yourself. This ensures safe boundaries; inappropriate relationships have been formed in time of trouble leading to more stress and disastrous consequences.

Share the problem with your support system.
Having noted that we all need a support system, it is wise to confide in someone. Sharing the problem goes a long way: a problem shared is half solved! Some persons keep all the issues to themselves. This ‘bottling up’ is very common in cases of domestic violence, sexual abuse, errant or badly behaved children. Granted sharing personal issues may be wrongly handled or blown up; confiding in someone is a risk. However, it is very beneficial to confide in one or two trusted persons. You may get some insight on how to navigate your own challenges and issues. In some cases, you may hear of worse cases making your own issues pale in comparison. This therefore gives you the strength to face the challenges.
Spend time with those you love (family, friends, colleagues). Spending valuable time with those whose company you enjoy is awesome. You have an opportunity to laugh again. Remember that ‘LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE’. Learn to laugh irrespective of your situation and circumstances.

HELP OTHERS
Helping others is a wonderful way of handling your stress. It takes you out of yourself. Wrapping yourself inside a package makes a very small package. Going out there to help others in whatever you can enlarges you in many ways. There are many ways of helping others. Financial help is just one way and it helps remarkably. Some of these include school fees, rent, transport fare, hospital bills and the like. Other ways of helping include running errands, babysitting, laundry, teaching, praying or just LISTENING. As often as possible, make yourself available to help others who are undergoing challenges.

Thanks for reading

Healthy Management of Stress 3

HEALTHY MANAGEMENT OF STRESS 3

Hi everyone
Welcome to a new week as we conclude on Stress Management. Today we will be looking at some other principles as follows:

1. ACCEPT THINGS YOU CAN’T CHANGE
This principle is difficult to discuss; I can hear some of us saying ‘It’s not my portion, there must be a change’. The painful truth is that some sources of stress are UNAVOIDABLE. Bad experiences and events happen and they happen to people. Painful as this is, you may have to accept them because they can’t be undone. These include death of a loved one or serious illnesses, Economic recession, Rape, betrayals, late marriage, infertility and others. I am sorry but you have to accept these. You will note that in the Holy Bible, Apostle Paul had a certain besetting issue. He called it a messenger of Satan. He prayed fervently three times and the reply of the Lord was ‘My grace is sufficient for you , my strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor 12: 8, 9). In essence, the prayer was never answered; Paul had to live with it. The death of a loved one is very painful and alters a lot of the family dynamics. However, you can’t live your whole life on if only my father, mother, sister or husband was alive, If only my father did not divorce my mother, I should have married so so and so person. If only I didn’t have the accident where I lost my leg, if only I did not lose my job ETC .

Can we remember the Serenity prayer written by American Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) ht
God grant me the
Serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
and Wisdom to know the difference.

Another thing you may have to accept is the behaviour of people. The painful truth is that People do not change. Hence, please do not try to control the behaviour of other people. Bad behaviour causes a lot of stress. This is the reason you take time to train children and impart values to them early in life. Once children have the right values, they usually grow up as responsible adults. On the other hand, adults who are already formed rarely ever CHANGE!!11. Only the Almighty God can change any man/woman. The expectation that the person will change and become what you wish causes a lot of stress especially in relationships. It is wise to change your own attitude and change your expectations.
Forgiveness is very important when it comes way of accepting and moving on. Hmmm, this one is tough. Forgiveness is not always easy (believe me I know). There are certain experiences that pain no matter how much you try. The thoughts and pains never seem to go. However, forgiveness makes it easier to move on.

2. THINK POSITIVELY
It is wise to think positively in most of the cases. Having ‘supposedly difficult’ colleagues or relationships eventually prepare us for us for future relationships. If you are overworked, you are actually being prepared to handle difficult and bigger challenges in the future. I have seen persons who had horrific bosses being grateful many years later for being passed through fire. In addition the situation will give you the opportunity to learn new skills at work, discipline, leadership skills, time management ETC. Hence think positively and look at the big picture. You may be going through stress today, but years later you will find that you are grateful for all the stress.
Thanks for Reading

Healthy Management of Stress 2

Healthy Management of Stress 2

Hi everyone

Today, we will look at some other ways as follows:

1. ALTER THE SITUATION
Another method of handling stress is to alter the situation and make it nonexistent. You need to figure out what you can do to change things so the problem doesn’t present itself in the future. Like noted yesterday, the first step is to have an honest appraisal and assessment of the source of your stress.

In order to alter the situation it is pertinent to ‘Plan and Organize’. He who fails to plan is actually planning to fail. There is every truth in the above statement. Some of the issues that cause us so much stress stem for our lack of plan and organization. I fondly remember my mother’s organization and planning. We grew up in the days of ‘Christmas clothes’ for children. My mum always bought ours by the last week of August. She avoided the ‘season rush’ for clothes, other apparels, Christmas decorations and even groceries when the prices of such goods tripled. We therefore wore quality but ‘cheap’ (cheap because they purchased very early) clothes. In fact I have a friend (a medical Doctor in the US) who waits to buy clothes when they are on sale. That is wisdom and prudence!! It takes off a lot of financial Stress is almost nonexistent when you plan well. Plan your finances (I am guilty here), timing, preparation for examinations and interviews and all. Just getting to the park or commencing the journey early makes for easier ride when the road is challenging. It is wise to get to the airport early and avoid ‘missed flights’ which cause a lot of stress both financial and otherwise.

Compromises may be needed in some cases. Note that ethics, standards and quality should NEVER be compromised. The compromise should be in the area of personal opinions or views. Inability to compromise is one huge cause of marital crises and stress. Family decisions like where to live, children’s schools, the church to attend, culinary styles surprisingly cause a lot of marital disharmony and stress. These issues should be discussed amicably with both parties ready to make some compromises.
Time management; Time management is a bit like plan and organize. Some of the issues that give us stress arise from time overload. Some of us take on too much as already noted yesterday. Please it is wise to manage your time better. Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber was an officer in the US military, pursuing her Masters degree as well as contesting for beauty pageants. She credits discipline and effective time management for her ability to do all three. Please manage your time well; it reduces a lot of stress.

2. ADAPT TO THE STRESSOR
Another way of managing stress is to adapt to the stressor. In essence, if you can’t change the stressor, then change yourself. This is especially important in the home. Granted we all have our individual differences and preferences, there are situations where you can adjust to the other party. Note that this does not mean to lower your standards and learn to steal, lie , sleep around or use drugs. It means that you can learn to sleep with lights on, wake up early in the morning, learn to cook the meal a bit differently, adjust to a smaller house or car ETC.

In some cases, most of the stress is caused by unmet expectations. We all have our expectations of marriage, relationships, jobs and all. Having another person do the same thing differently may cause us a lot of stress. It is not wise to compare one person with another. Please note that we are all different individuals. Your mother does it this way and so your wife must do it same way. The last pastor, HOD, teacher, supervisor, roommate, colleague, friend ….did it in a certain way and that becomes your expectation of the next person. What the next person is doing may not necessarily be wrong but just different. You may need to change your attitudes and change your expectations.

Finally, please set realistic attainable goals. It is not easy to have a busy job, parent your children, run a business, get more degrees and pastor a church all at the same time. I am sorry, there is going to be a ‘Give’. One or two will suffer significantly amidst the stress you will go through. Please set attainable goals. Goals and deadlines are good; it falls into the category of ‘Good Stress’.

Thanks for reading

Healthy ways of managing Stress 1

Hi everyone

Yesterday, we discussed the unhealthy ways of managing stress. These ways cause much more harm on the long run. Today we will start discussing the steps in managing our stress in a healthy manner.
You are welcome.

The healthy steps often involve some personal life style changes. We will discuss two of these today.

1. IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF STRESS
The first step is to have an honest assessment and appraisal of yourself (strengths and weaknesses). What is the cause of the stress? Oftentimes, we have a way of dissociating ourselves form the cause. We prefer to identify some other person, situation or condition for our stress. Start by looking closely at your habits and attitudes.

In the case of stress caused by poverty or lack start by looking at your earning power and potentials. The reason you are in lack may be because you have not explored all avenues of earning. Some of us keep waiting for white collar jobs; or certain types (or class) of jobs. Please pick any available job no matter how small; it is a start (you can grow). Any little earning will reduce the stress of poverty. Perhaps, you are waiting for ‘Big Business’? It is not easy to raise loans these days. Those who got loans (some from money lenders) are still suffering under the burden of the debt. Please do not wait for big money: start with ideas. Are you overspending? Some of us overload ourselves with bills. We make so many purchases (most are unnecessary) on credit.

If there is stress in the home (bad marriage, divorce, separation, poorly behaved children, domestic violence ETC) it is wise to look at your won contribution. It takes two to tango. The same goes for stress in the workplace. You can complain about your horrible boss; how about your are coming, your numerous errors, your lackadaisical attitude and poor work ethics. You have to accept responsibility for your role in creating or maintaining it, if not, your stress level will remain outside your control. A little change in your self may just be what you need.

2. AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS
This is akin to the first step. Many of us overload ourselves with activities and responsibilities at work in church, socially or otherwise. We have too many fish to fry. For some it is in expenditures. WE must have our babies abroad, go on holidays, send our children to the most expensive schools, live in high brow areas, drive the most expensive cars, wear designer wears and generally keep up with the Joneses. Please you must know your limits and stick to them. You will spare yourself a lot of stress. Please learn to say ‘NO!!.

In the place of work, it is wise to delegate duties some of the duties. If there is any other person who can do it, let him or her do so. Women please delegate some house hold chores to your children. They may not do it well, but they will learn and gradually take over the chores; the sooner, the better.

It is wise to avoid red-button topics. Issues of race, religion, ethnicity, family, alumni, denominations ETC are discussed with so much passion. Nobody wants to admit that that which he/she belongs to or believe in is not good enough. Wars, religious and race riots have been caused by ‘supposedly simple’ conversations or actions. Another common cause of stress is the traffic. It is wise to find a way around it. This may include a new route, earlier timing, relocation ETC.

Painfully, you have to avoid people that stress you: this may not sound ‘Christianly’ but there are persons who give you ulcers. Please let go of such toxic relationships or keep away for awhile.

Thanks for reading
We will continue tomorrow

Unhealthy ways of managing Stress

Hi everybody

From the foregoing, you will agree with me that so many of us are under stress. This may arise from our homes, academic activities, relationships, office, business, deadline to meet and so on and so on. There are many ways of managing stress. Some of the methods are healthy while some are unhealthy.

Today, we will start discussing these various ways. You are welcome.
Unhealthy ways of managing Stress

1. Alcohol: The use of alcohol is probably the most common way of managing stress. Many people who do not take alcohol actually start drinking alcohol when under stress. Those who drink alcohol may start drinking more. A common saying is ‘Drowning my Sorrows’ in Alcohol. Painfully, it is not only the sorrows that are drowned. Most persons eventually drown themselves along. Taking Alcohol is a terrible way to handle stress.

2. Using substance/drugs; The use of substance and or drugs is another unhealthy way of handling stress. Most of the abused medications usually make the person to ‘feel good’; some relieve pains and aches or help the person to sleep better. The person therefore keeps taking more and more to feel good. Eventually the person becomes an addict. Drug or substance addiction is a terrible situation which eventually destroys the person.

3. Overeating/Under eating; Many people response to stress with either excessive or reduced consumption of food. This is common in those who have depression. The persons who overeat end up with obesity and obesity related diseases. The ones who under eat end up with ulcers and malnutrition (Vitamin deficiencies are very common).

4. Excessive Sleep; Some others handles stress by sleeping excessively. These people are generally referred to as ‘lazy people’. It’s like they just go to bed to avoid ‘seeing the next day’. They are like the ostrich who buries his head in the sand to seeing danger. Clearly, this method does not work as the danger looms and eventually catches up with the ostrich. Please, do not go to sleep, you need to wake up and face the issues.

5. Procrastinating; Procrastination is another unhealthy way of handling stress. As I write this sentence, I realize that I am guilty of this procrastination: Yes ooo, writing this blog doesn’t make me perfect). It means that I do not know it all and so I make mistakes also. However, I am ready to accept my mistakes as well as share what I have learnt thus far.

6. Filling up every minute of the day to avoid facing problems; This is another unhealthy way of handling stress. Some persons ensure that they are too busy. They fill all the hours with one programme, activity or another. This is another way of putting the head in the sand.

7. Taking out your stress on others: This method is common also in those who are under a lot of stress. This includes lashing out, angry outbursts, violence (physical, emotional, psychological, sexual violence and all). The unlucky recipients are usually members of the family (spouses and children), co workers, colleagues, friends and other close persons. This method destroys not just the person but it also destroys wonderful relationships.

8. Suicide/Murder: Painfully, this is the worst ways of handling STRESS. Some persons totally loose it and either kill themselves or others. Lately in Nigeria we have heard of persons who either jumped into the lagoon or taken ‘Sniper’ to ‘End it All’. Is there someone out there who thinks that it is over?
PLEASE IT IS NOT OVER UNTIL IT IS OVER!!!!

Let’s start talking about the HEALTHY WAYS tomorrow.
Thank for reading

Negative effects of Stress

Hi everyone

You are welcome to a new week

We started discussing Stress last week. Today, we will be looking at some of the many negative or bad effects of stress.

The general effects of stress include impaired cognitive performance, the suppression of functions of the thyroid gland, blood sugar imbalance and reduced density of bone and muscle. Others are increase in blood pressure, poor wound healing and increase in abdominal fat (yes, increase in abdominal fat). This increase in abdominal fat may arise for poor feeding habits, alcohol ingestion and or poor exercise.

Specific effects of stress are as follows:
Effects on the mental functions include forgetfulness, poor concentration, poor judgment, anxiety, constant worry and seeing only the negatives. In essence, the person under stress does not function optimally at his or her job. Such a person makes many mistakes or generally under performs.

Emotional effects include moodiness, irritability, short temper and inability to relax. The person feels overwhelmed, lonely, isolated, depression and unhappiness. Such a person is difficult to be around; family members and friend start complaining.

The physical effects are aches and pains, diarrohea or constipation, nausea, chest pains, dizziness, frequent colds, loss of sex drive ETC.

Some of the effects on the behaviour include eating more or less (weight gain or loss) as well as sleeping too much or too little. Others include isolation, procrastination or neglecting responsibilities. Some persons may have nervous habits like nail biting, pacing around and excessive fidgeting. Some resort to using alcohol, cigarettes, or recreational drugs; these lead to addictive disorders.

It is worthy of note that Stress plays a huge role in triggering or worsening diseases.

Some of the common disease that are affected by stress are as follows:
Hypertension (elevated blood pressure): Hypertension also called the ‘Silent Killer’ as noted months ago in this blog. Hypertension destroys the blood vessel with subsequent destruction of the eyes, kidneys, heart and brain. This leads to other diseases like Stroke, Heart Failure, Heart attack, kidney failure —–. Stress also leads to abnormal heart rhythms, palpitations, headaches and sleep disorders.

Stress also leads to allergies, Diabetes, thyroid disease, skin conditions, lack of menstruation and sexual disorders.
The poor appetite may lead to ulcer, while over eating will lead to obesity and further health issues. Others diseases are cancers; Stress predisposes to many cancers.Furthermore, there may be dependence disorders like Alcohol, smoking, and drug addiction.

In children, stress can cause difficulties in speaking and learning. Such children do not do well at school. Stress in the home as well as bullying at school cause poor performance in children. In addition the children may also develop behavioural issues. In view of this, it is essential to ensure that the home is a comfortable and safe haven for children.

Thanks for reading.