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Do You Sit At A Computer For Long Periods?

Do you sit at a computer for long periods

I also work in an office and I can really understand why and how people slouch, slump and strain while working at their desks. These unhealthy sitting positions must stop before these bad habits lead to poor health in the future.

The five recommendations below will show you what to do and how to improve your ways.

1. Make sure your monitor is correctly positioned. According to Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, the top of your computer screen should be level with your eyes. The best position is for the eyes to look down at the screen about 10 degrees.

If the computer is too high or too low, users will try to correct by moving their head or adjusting their chair: Pointing the head down will cause neck and back aches. Pointing the head up may contribute to dry eye syndrome. Adjusting the chair may be fine for the monitor, but it may give you a bad hand position to the keyboard and mouse.

This may be fine for a short time, but for long periods your neck and back will start aching and making you feel restless.

2. Avoid poor posture. Lets face it most people, including me get drawn into the monitor. This causes the neck to extend forward causing an imbalance putting strain on the neck and spine. Your head is heavier than you think and by leaning forward your muscles have to work hard to keep that extra load up. Dr. James Bowman, of Portland, Ore.-based Solutions Chiropractic recommends chin retractions. This is done by pulling the head back to keep the neck and spine in line.

3. Try standing instead of sitting. Most offices are built around the concept of sitting, but humans have been standing and walking for millions of years. Be different and try an adjustable desk that can give you a choice to stand or seat. Research out of the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, adjustable desks helped people replace 25% of their sitting time with standing time. This helped to decrease their fatigue and increase their wellbeing and appetite.

4. Move your body. Apart from sitting and standing, every so often you should take a short 5 minutes walk. If your office has a small gym room thats great, jump on the treadmill, if not walk up to the next two or three floors and down again. For those with fitness trackers stepping or walking, say 5 minutes for every 1 hour of work will help with the counting of your daily activity.

5. Learn to pace yourself. We all know that we have to give good work performance every day we work, but this doesnt mean that we have to become obsessed and eventually get sick. All work and no play will eventually catch up and make you unwell. Try to time yourself by having a timer next to you and take a break from your current task and do something different like stretching, going for a walk, exercise the eyes, move around the office or go outside for a walk.

Surviving A Nuclear Explosion, Part 1

What is a nuclear explosion?

A nuclear explosion occurs when vast quantities of heat, light and energy are released by a device or bomb that contains the capability to initiate nuclear reactions continuously and at a speedy rate.

As you may already know, a handful of countries (including the United States) have weaponized nuclear technology as a deterrent for any hostile actions from potential enemy states.

Weaponized nuclear technology has been around since World War II. Historically, nuclear bombs have only been detonated twice for specific war purposes, both times by the U.S. military.

Todays blog post will explore the various events that take place immediately after a nuclear explosion.

There are many kinds of nuclear explosions; some are peaceful while others are obviously initiated to cause mass damage. In order to survive a nuclear explosion, you first have to familiarize yourself with the nature and extent of damage that this type of explosion can cause.

What can you expect during a sudden nuclear explosion?

The exact magnitude of the damage that a nuclear explosion can cause can be calculated by the type of weapon or bomb used to create the explosion.

For example, a 5-megaton nuclear bomb would have the capacity to decimate a large metropolis with millions of residents.

Hostile organizations and states unfortunately have access to a wide variety of weaponized nuclear technologies.

Its impossible to predict the exact damage caused after a nuclear explosion. Therefore we must familiarize ourselves with how this type of explosion can harm human life and destroy property.

1. Cover Your Eyes If you can see the site of an actual nuclear explosion, you can go temporarily blind.

Shielding the eyes is a must as our eyes are not designed to handle the extreme light emitted by nuclear particles. Light emitted during a nuclear explosion can last up to fifteen seconds after the initial explosion.

2. Beware of Fires A nuclear explosion doesnt just generate an extreme amount of light. Where theres light, theres also heat.

Heat from nuclear fission or nuclear fusion can set manmade structures on fire from a staggering distance of 20 miles. So if your home is only 5 or 10 miles away from a blast, be ready for sudden blazes in your home and in the surrounding areas.

3. Shield Your Skin Human skin is extremely fragile and its fragility can be seen most clearly during a nuclear explosion. A person who is standing only 15 miles from a blast can suffer from terrible, disfiguring burns similar to being in the direct line of an open flamethrower.

Extend the distance to 18 miles (just 3 miles more) and an exposed person in an open environment will still experiencing severe blistering. If the victim is approaching a blast area, he will begin to experience nuclear burn (a skin condition similar to sunburn) up to 23 miles away.

4. The Heat Wave The heat generated by a nuclear blast is delayed, much like the sound of thunder after a lightning strike. It may take several seconds before you can feel the heat wave descending upon your area.

The farther away you are from a nuclear blast, the longer the heats delay.

If you happen to be far away from the site of a nuclear blast (20+ miles away), you have approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute to take care from the heat blast, which can cause severe burns. Take cover as soon as possible!

5. Expect Structural Damage Major structural damage can occur immediately after a nuclear blast. If the distance of the physical structure is 3 to 5 miles from the blast area, complete destruction will occur.

Roofs, ceilings, walls and all inner frameworks of homes and buildings will collapse or burn. All life within these structures is extremely likely to be gone along with the structure itself.

All homes standing within a 7 to 15 miles radius of a blast site will still be exposed to the nuclear shockwave and tremendous amounts of heat; such structures will require major rebuilding and repair and will likely be irradiated and unsafe for human habitation.

The figures mentioned above apply only to a smaller 5-megaton nuclear bomb. Should a 20-megaton nuclear device detonate, the severe damage radius will increase by roughly 20%.

This estimate does not take into account the presence of natural formations such as valleys and mountains.

If a mountain stands between your home and a nuclear blast area and you are 30 miles from it, its possible that your home will only suffer from relatively light damage. However, the risk of irradiation remains high.

Diabetes Problems: Know The Complications And Risks

Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more and more common for people of all ages because of our faulty eating habits and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. However, it is extremely important to control your blood sugar levels to keep your diabetes under control and minimize the risk of other problems that occur due to this condition.

Complications Arising from Diabetes

Diabetes can cause a lot of complications that can be very dangerous for your system and can even lead to death if it is not controlled.

Some of the diabetes problems include:

Nerve Damage

If your body contains excess sugar, this sugar can damage the walls of the blood vessels and cause numbness, tingling sensations, pain or a burning feeling in your body. This sensation often starts at the tips of the toes or fingers and spreads upward. The feet are most commonly affected by nerve damage or neuropathy. If your nerves get damaged, this damage can even cause other problems like nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. If the symptoms are not treated soon, you may even face the risk of losing all sensation in certain parts of your body.

Cardiovascular Disease

Heart attacks, strokes, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis are just some of the common cardiovascular diseases that can occur in diabetes patients. Even though healthy people can also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, diabetes patients have a higher risk of getting them.

Eye Damage

The blood vessels of the retina can get damaged due to this condition, and this can lead to blindness or other sight complications like glaucoma or cataract.

Kidney Damage

The kidneys have blood vessels that filter the blood in your body. If these vessels get damaged because of the sugar in your body, your kidneys can fail, and you may even have to undergo a kidney transplant or receive dialysis.

How to get the Best from your Doctor

If you or your child starts showing any diabetes symptoms, you should visit a doctor as soon as possible and get checked. But before you go to the doctor, there are a few things that you can do so that the doctor can give you the best diagnosis possible without wasting time.

When you call to schedule your appointment, ask if you will need to fast for any tests or do anything in advance before you go for your appointment. You should also sit and write down all important information so that you can present it to the doctor as soon as you go. The information should include your medical history (including your family's medical history, especially if anyone else in the family has suffered from diabetes), all medicines that you take, any allergies that you suffer from, all the symptoms that you are suffering from and any questions that you want to ask the doctor. This will save a lot of time when you get to the doctor's office, and it will help you get diagnosed faster.

How To Reduce Stress In The Workplace

Out of all the ailments that can befall your body, stress is one of the worst. Though personal problems or challenges can certainly lead to it, the number one place that most people encounter stress is in the workplace. Worse yet, they face it almost daily, which is not only bad on your body, but it can also exacerbate other conditions and make them worse. For this reason, it is very important for you to learn how to reduce stress in the workplace.

The first thing you must do to reduce stress in the workplace is to stop worrying about the things you have no control over. Perhaps you are worried that a package you sent to a client won't get to them on time because there is a shipping delay. The responsibility for that package is in the hands of the carrier, not you. The best you can do is come up with a backup plan in case that package doesn't arrive on time. Perhaps overnighting another package using a different carrier. Once you come up with your fallback plan, stop worrying.

Next, you should stop striving for perfection. Most people are their own worst critic, and once they finish a job, they go over in their head all things things they could have done differently, then proceed to beat themselves up over it. This is stressful and counterproductive, and does nobody any good. If there is something you could have done better, note it for the next project, then move on. You cannot change what has already happened, so stop stressing and start proactively working to do better next time.

You should also think about manageable goals rather than huge, lofty ones. You may want to finish a work project in record time, but if that is your only goal, you are doomed to fail. Instead, break down your goal into several smaller, bite size goals that are manageable. When you accomplish each one, check it off. Once you see the check marks building up, it motivates you to keep going.

While in the middle of working towards those more attainable goals, you should also try to think positive. Envision yourself actually achieving each goal, rather than failing. That gives you a clearer picture of what it takes to accomplish each feat, and makes that journey to accomplishment easier and less stressful. Many forward-thinking employers encourage meditation sessions in the workplace, and evidence apprears to support this in having positive effects.

Always strive to inject some humor into your work, as often as you can. The old adage that laughter is the best medicine really rings true when it comes to stress. Laughing releases endorphins into your body, which can make you almost instantly feel better. Even when you are really stressed out, laughing or even just making someone else laugh can be instantly relaxing and help you breathe a little easier.

Of course, none of this will work unless you have something to look forward to when you get home. Some people work all day and night and have no personal life. If this sounds like you, then this needs to change. Having something to look forward to when you leave work instantly lifts your mood. It can be anything from your child, a pet or even just a cooking class. Perhaps you can schedule a day at the spa or a massage each week to look forward to. Just make sure your entire life is not about working.

Finally, you should take care of your physical health in order to help with stress. This means eating right and getting regular exercise, even if it is only a few minutes each day. If your body feels strong, it can handle stressful situations better, and the impact of stress will not hurt as much. You have to start from the inside to make everything else better.