Many activities in our daily lives have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. As we now take steps to ease out of the lockdown, we should be mindful of wearing a mask for our safety. This mask can play a huge part in avoidable unhygienic skin practices. Knowing UR skin type and what works for UR skin is a primary part of skincare.
The most significant change in our new norm is wearing a face mask at all times while being outdoors. Although the mask protects you from COVID carriers or contaminated areas, a lot could be brewing under UR shield. While wearing a cloth-covered face may come nowhere close to the level of discomfort experienced by the frontline workers, for some, having to wear a mask can result in flare-ups and aggravate pre-existing skin conditions. Wearing a mask is not a choice, it’s a necessity. Remember this mask can cause damage to UR skin if you don’t take proper care.
What Happens To Your Skin When You Wear A Mask?
The T-zone also known as the oily region now is being covered with a mask. It’s obviously a bit sweaty, moist and the oil starts to secrete a bit more in this area when you apply a series of products. Applying toner, lotion, serum and your sunscreen might be your usual go-to skincare routine, but now with a mask as an accessory we may need to think twice.
Face masks create a moisture that can affect the production of sebum in your skin, leading to clogged pores, white heads and breakouts. The worst part is that if any part of the mask touches any of the acne on your face, it can aggravate acne even further. Severe inflammation and psoriasis may also worsen due to rough mask edges and may cause substantial damage such as irritation, sores, or even cuts.
You don’t need to avoid makeup altogether, but it’s best to use water-based, breathable makeup to prevent the clogging of pores under the mask. It may get warm under the mask, so keep makeup as light as possible.
Tips Prevent COVID Mask Skin Concerns
● Always carry wet or dry tissues to clean UR skin and avoid breakouts
● Carry 2 or 3 masks along with you so you can change your mask every two- three hours depending on UR daily activity.
● Wash and clean your face mask after every use if they are reusable, as recommended. This will also get rid of unwanted oil, dirt and moisture from your face due to the mask.
● Dispose one-time-use masks after every use properly to avoid any unnecessary skin concerns. Disposable masks should not be worn for over 8 hours.
● Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, use a light oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated
● If you stay at home, use the mask-free time wisely and try not to apply too much make up as it can block UR pores
● Avoid layering your face with lotion, serum and sunscreen when you are wearing a mask for 2-3 hours or more.
Keep your skin in the pink of health by being a little mindful and switching UR skincare routine while wearing a mask!
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Tips To Prevent COVID Mask Skin Concerns
- Always carry wet or dry tissues to clean UR skin and avoid breakouts
- Carry 2 or 3 masks along with you so you can change your mask every two-three hours depending on UR daily activity.
- Wash and clean your face mask after every use if they are reusable, as recommended. This will also get rid of unwanted oil, dirt and moisture from your face due to the mask.
- Dispose one-time-use masks after every use properly to avoid any unnecessary skin concerns. Disposable masks should not be worn for over 8 hours.
- Wash your face twice a day with a mild cleanser, use a light oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
- If you stay at home, use the mask-free time wisely and try not to apply too much makeup as it can block UR pores.
- Avoid layering your face with lotion, serum and sunscreen when you are wearing a mask for 2-3 hours or more.
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The ABC Of Hypertension
You May Develop Hypertension Without Knowing. What Are The signs? Hypertension or High blood pressure occurs when UR blood pressure increases to unhealthy levels. UR blood pressure reading takes into account how much blood is passing through UR blood vessels and the measure of resistance that blood meets while pumping the heart. Hypertension develops for quite a long while. Initially, you don’t notice any symptoms. But even without symptoms, high blood pressure causes damage to UR blood vessels and organs, especially the brain, heart, eyes, and kidneys. Early detection is essential. Signs of Hypertension ● shortness of breath ● nosebleeds ● visual changes ● dizziness ● headaches ● chest pain ● blood in the urine ● flushing What causes high blood pressure? There are two types of hypertension. Primary hypertension Primary hypertension is also called essential hypertension. ● Genes: Some individuals are genetically inclined to hypertension. This might be from gene mutations or genetic abnormalities inherited from UR parents. ● Physical changes: If something in UR body transforms, you may begin experiencing issues all through UR body. Hypertension might be one of those issues. For instance, it’s thought that changes in your kidney function due to ageing may upset the body’s balance of salts and fluid. This change may cause UR body’s blood pressure to increase. ● Environment: Over time, unfortunately, lifestyle choices like lack of physical activity and poor diet can take their toll on UR body. Lifestyle choices can lead to weight problems. Being overweight or obese can increase UR risk of hypertension. Secondary hypertension Secondary hypertension usually occurs quickly and can become more severe than primary hypertension. This includes: ● obstructive sleep apnea ● adrenal gland problems ● congenital heart defects ● kidney disease ● use of illegal drugs ● side effects of medications ● problems with UR thyroid ● alcohol abuse or chronic use Diagnosis Diagnosing hypertension is simple as it depends on taking a blood pressure reading. Most doctors’ workplaces check blood pressure as part of a routine visit. If you don’t get a blood pressure reading at UR next appointment, request one. If UR blood pressure remains high, UR doctor will likely conduct more tests to rule out underlying conditions. These tests can include: ● ultrasound of your heart or kidneys ● cholesterol screening and other blood tests ● electrocardiogram (ECG) ● urine test Home remedies for hypertension Healthy lifestyle changes will help you control the risk factors that cause hypertension. Here are some of the common home remedies. ● Increasing physical activity ● Developing a healthy diet ● Managing stress ● A healthy weight ● Adopting a clean lifestyle High blood pressure during pregnancy Women with hypertension may deliver healthy babies despite having the condition. But it can be hazardous to both mother and baby if it’s not monitored and managed during the pregnancy. Women with high blood pressure are bound to develop complications. For example, pregnant women with hypertension may encounter decreased kidney function. Babies born to mothers who have hypertension may have a low birth weight or conceived prematurely. Preeclampsia In a few cases, pregnant women with hypertension can develop preeclampsia during their pregnancy. This condition of increased blood pressure which causes kidney and other organ complications. This condition results in high protein levels in the urine, problems with liver function, fluid in the lungs, or visual problems. Monitor UR blood pressure regularly. The best way to avoid complications and problems is to analyze hypertension early. You can go to UR doctor’s office for a blood pressure reading, or you can purchase a blood pressure cuff and take periodical readings at home. Keep a log of UR blood pressure readings and take it to UR regular doctor appointments. This can help UR doctor see any possible problems before the condition advances.
Gynaecological Issues That Lead To Weight Gain
Weight gain can be considered as an epidemic in modern times. Apart from medical causes, there are some gynaecological issues due to which a woman can put on weight. When the causes are arranged according to their organ of origin, it can be linked to these gynaecological issues that can probably cause weight gain: Uterine - Tumours like fibroids Ovarian - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Ovarian tumours/cancers Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) This is the usual hormonal concern faced by women of the reproductive age. The ovaries release an egg with the help of follicles during every menstruation cycle. When affected with PCOS, these follicles stop growing and hence don’t release an egg. Under a scan, the follicles are depicted as small fluid-filled spaces, hence the name polycystic ovaries. Due to delayed ovulation and hormonal changes, there is an increase in insulin resistance in the body. This leads to the formation of male hormones. Coupled together, these are visible as irregular cycles, weight gain, acne, infertility and hirsutism. In PCOS, this increased insulin resistance is the primary cause of deranged carbohydrate metabolism. This is the primary cause of the accumulated fat, resulting in weight gain. Thus, it is difficult to lose weight when a woman has PCOS. Treatment 1. The basic procedure for PCOS is diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. The preferred diet is the one which is low in carbohydrates and rich in protein. The scale of exercise on a day-to-day basis should be moderate to severe. Work towards maintaining an ideal Body Mass Index (BMI). Physical activity and weight help you reach the ideal BMI. 2. Secondary treatment for PCOS deal with symptoms. Individual treatments are given for acne, irregular cycles, hair growth and infertility. Ovarian Tumours/ Ovarian Cancers Large ovarian tumours like germ cell tumours could also be the cause of weight gain. In some cases, the tumours could grow as big as to weigh in kilograms. In such cases, symptoms like bloating, abdominal fullness and weight gain are evident. It is important to note that in ovarian cancers, the tumours grow in bulk. They remain hidden and undetected until the growth is massive. The patient usually suffers from symptoms like increasing abdominal girth and weight gain (even when not pregnant and; but in very advanced stages, they may have cachexia as well as weight loss). Treatment For ovarian tumours, the treatment is surgical. The tumours are removed if they are benign. But in cases of ovarian cancer, a de-bulking surgery followed by chemotherapy is adopted. Fibroids If your tummy is showing up, you are bloated, or you have gained weight even when you have not changed your eating habits, and you are not pregnant, all these symptoms generally add up to fibroids. Fibroids are asymptomatic and are usually diagnosed during routine examinations or an ultrasound. Massive fibroids are readily evident as they can make your abdomen swell up. They are either single or multiple fibroids. However, the exact cause behind the growth of fibroids is still unknown. Research states that some women with high estrogen levels are vulnerable to develop fibroids. Those with family history and few ethnic populations seem to have good chances of developing fibroids (comparatively, African females have better chances of developing fibroids than Asian women). If fibroids are massive, they may also cause weight gain. Treatment There are various options available. For large fibroids, usually, surgical treatment is suggested. Some of the conservative options include uterine artery embolisation (UAE) and medical management. Speak to your Gynaecologist for the suggestions that best suit your condition. Obesity/weight gain is an essential concern in the current era and should be adequately addressed, as there are multiple problems associated with it. PCOS is not just associated with weight gain, but also with various other long-term concerns like infertility, hypertension, developing Type 2 diabetes at an earlier age, stroke, cardiovascular diseases and many other risks. Nevertheless, PCOS is a lifestyle disorder. It can be easily controlled by taking care of the diet and regular exercise. PCOS can also be controlled by incorporating simple lifestyle changes and by including specific activities on a daily basis.
Dil Ka Doctor
We often forget that our hearts are not just made for falling in love. They help us stay alive and healthy too. All of us know the secrets to a healthy and strong heart lie in the positive changes we make in our lifestyle – a balanced diet and regular exercise can go a long way. But then, how many times have we really applied this to our lives? Keeping that in mind, we may know that binging on junk food isn’t the best choice for our health, but we still go ahead and dig into that bucket of fried chicken! To set things straight, we have Dr Sai Satish, Apollo Hospitals’ Dil-ka-doctor who shares his personal experiences, fitness mantras and tips on how we can come out stronger and healthier during, and after this pandemic. So, let the heart games begin! Rapid Fire with Dr Sai Satish What is UR diet like? The simple thing is to eat as many meals as you can in a day. Eat just enough to feel good at the moment, but make you feel hungry after two hours. This is my trick to keep the metabolism fully-fired. Dr Sai Satish’s Diet As soon as I wake up (7 am): 5 almonds soaked in water overnight Breakfast (8 am): 3 - 4 idlis with ghee, sambar or nallakaram Mid-morning snack (2 hrs later – 10 am): Tender coconut water with the meat of the coconut Lunch (1 pm): 2 fistfuls of rice and 1 fistful of meat or veggies Evening snack (5 pm): Murukku with green tea Dinner (7 pm): Curd rice with omelette and sabji on the side Five Fab Indian Foods We Must Eat For A Healthy-Heart Most of our wisdom has already been passed down to us from our ancestors. We have fabulous indigenous foods high in antioxidants. You’d be surprised to know that ghee is now emerging as a super-food! Five Heart-Healthy Indian Foods Ghee Garlic Turmeric Ginger Onion Bonus: Once a week, try and eat every color you see in nature The basic rule is to eat what you are used to eating. Eat what your grandparents and parents have been telling you to eat. The “Indian Thali” is a fabulous meal! It has 50% of grains, 35% of meats & veggies and 15% of papads & pickles. To me, this is the perfect recipe for good digestion. Many people have a misconception that if they ate like this, they would become fat. It’s a myth! Your lean body mass is your greatest asset, so your goal should be to increase it (muscle and bone density). Your muscle is your most efficient fat burning machine. Eat what you’re comfortable eating as your primary food. For example, if you are used to eating rotis, then eat rotis. If you are used to eating rice, then eat rice. There is no point in demonizing rice or roti. You don’t need to switch to or add fancy foods like kale. However, if your grandparents ate burgers, you should be more conscious and mindful by choosing the healthy foods your grandparents should have eaten, minus the burgers! Food Myths That Affect UR Heart Myth: Eating too much rice is bad for you! Fact: No. Rice is a fabulous source of carbohydrates. If you are used to eating rice, it’s not bad for you. Let’s take ghee as an example. People have demonized ghee as an unhealthy fat for years. Today, ghee has emerged as a super-food, as I said earlier. It has so many amino acids, and it’s good for UR heart as well. Like the Indian maxim goes, anything in excess, even if it’s amrutam (elixir of life) is poison. Is drinking a glass of wine good for your heart? Any form of alcohol is bad for you. But I like my alcohol. There! I’ve said it! Bear in mind that with moderation, one can drink alcohol and still be out of harm’s way. The younger UR, the more relaxed you can afford to be. I call it “The Rule Of Tens.” There are things that you can do in UR ’20-’30s, which you shouldn’t do when UR 30-40, and 40-50. By 50, you should give-up drinking so you can reach a glorious 100. There’s a beautiful study on habits that made people centenarians, and giving up alcohol is one of them. If UR used to drinking one glass of wine or 30 ml of whisky every day, I don’t think it will harm you. It may help you relax, but not many of us are people with enough discipline to control our urges and temptations. We go partying and end up having a few drinks (myself included!). My logic used to be that if I have to drink only 30ml of alcohol, I would rather not drink at all. My favorite thing was telling people, as a cardiologist, I have the right to prescribe alcohol. I’ll prescribe you UR drinks. Why has that changed now? When you start working out, you realize that alcohol slows down muscle building and protein synthesis. The key for you to stay slim and look healthy is to have lean muscle. For UR body to build muscle, you workout. We are all aware of that beautiful pain after our workout sessions. This signifies the damage you have done to muscle fibers (by working out) that your body will now have to repair using protein, and alcohol slows this process of rebuilding drastically. So, what I do is, the day I drink, I don’t exercise, and I don’t exercise the day after that either. Ever since I’ve started following this, I’ve had zero injuries. The quarantine period is not a holiday period, so for anyone who is drinking every day, I strongly advise them to cut down or stop. What are the COVID protocols that you, as a doctor, are maintaining at home? I haven’t caught a cold in ten years! It’s because I follow two simple rules: I never touch my face with my hands I never touch or eat any food without my hands being washed or sanitized No matter what I’m doing, my hands will never touch my face, and I never catch a cold. So, it is just a little extension of that with COVID. The first thing I did at home is, Informed all my staff to stay in-house and assured them that I would look after them the best I can. No going home and coming back. Whoever could work in-house stayed. Those who couldn’t be returned to their respective homes. Only necessary people can come inside the house. A virus is most deadly when it is new. We are all going to become COVID positive at some point, but the later we become COVID positive, the healthier we can be. So, the trick is to stay away from the virus as long as you can. Restrict and limit yourself in the beginning so that you can ease off towards the end. The government is doing a fabulous job, and we just have to run with it. 5 Symptoms Of A Heart attack/ Stroke Globally the number of heart attacks has come down. Multiple things have made this possible. People are less stressed, they are staying at home, smoking less, eating healthy food, and they have become more mindful because they are home. So, the global heart attack rate has dropped drastically across the country. Coming back to UR question, the symptoms of a heart attack and stroke can be varied and diverse. Tightness in UR chest, like someone, has forcefully put their knee on UR chest and you can’t get it off. Choking sensation in UR throat Sweating and lightheadedness Pain radiating in UR left arm Jaw pain Nothing is typical today. It is better to treat any uneasiness/symptoms like it’s a heart attack than ignore it. To avoid going to the hospital because COVID might kill you, for a heart attack that will definitely kill you, is stupidity. We, at hospitals, are more mindful of COVID than you are as a patient. We all want one less COVID patient to treat, so we are all the more careful that you don’t fall sick. If you are in doubt, don’t take a group of people to the hospital. Go with one person and get yourself checked. Treat any uneasiness in the chest like a heart attack, rather than treating it as a gastric issue. Better to be safe than sorry. What should the patient or a family member do in case of an emergency? If there is an emergency at home, don’t wait or waste time. If you have someone who can drive, and if you feel you will reach the hospital faster than an ambulance, then get into the car and make UR way to the hospital. The key is to make it to the hospital you trust. Don’t do or give the patient anything, because they can choke on water or if you give them Sorbitrate, it might drop her/his blood pressure. Just get UR family member to the hospital ASAP. That is the only mantra I want you to remember – single-minded focus to get to the ER in the hospital. If unfortunately, the person stops breathing then give the patient 50 - 60 compressions on their chest every 30 seconds until you reach the hospital. If you have an AED machine in the house and know how to use it, try and revive the person. This machine doesn’t cost much, and it is good to have in the house if there are senior citizens living there. But the key, as I’ve said before, is to get the patient to the hospital. Why is it important for doctors to be on social media? My passion is to make sure as many people as possible DO NOT need me! To put it simply, all the technology and infrastructure which has been built and all the skills I’ve mastered over the years should be made redundant by looking after UR health. I want you to become more conscious about making yourself healthy, rather than seeking a better expert to look after you when you are sick. This can only be achieved by reaching out to the greatest number of people possible in a day, and that’s what social media does for me. No matter how hard I work, I can only see a limited number of people at the hospital. 5 simple rules of life The less you eat, the longer you live The more you walk, the longer you live The more you laugh, the longer you live Sleep at least 7-8 hours a day And go for a health check every year Carve out 10 minutes in a day for something that you love and enjoy doing the most. Take that time to read a Tinkle or an Astrix comic. Meet friends at least once a week. So many studies say that the people who meet friends regularly live longer than the people who don’t. Make good friends and once a year, don’t forget to get a health check. Check UR sugar, blood pressure and stay healthy. Did you know that 70 percent of all diseases which can kill you are in UR hands to prevent? Don’t worry about the things you can’t change, like if UR Indian you will die sooner or if UR a diabetic UR going to die sooner. Boohoo, so what? Change what you can. Stop smoking. Laugh, eat right, workout and have fun! Are doctors insecure about nutritionists and can doctors prescribe diets? I have no business prescribing a diet. But, what I can tell you to do is that you have to eat right. If you have someone who is dedicated to teaching you how to eat right, then they’re making my job easier! I should be grateful to them and not feel threatened. There is no place on this planet anymore for insecure doctors. You, as a patient or as a concerned loved one, have the right for a second opinion. If UR doctor is insecure about it, then you may need to change UR doctor. It is UR, birthright. Every doctor should realize - the biggest honor anyone can do is bring someone they love and hand them over to you for care. UR not doing a patient any favors and there is no room for insecurity. If a nutritionist is making your job easy, you should tip your hat to her/him and thank them, instead of disagreeing with them. As a doctor, my job is to heal people from diseases, and a nutritionist’s job is to help people stay healthy. The key is to hold a nutritionist hand-in-hand and walk the grey areas. Not compete for that place. You (nutritionists) fix everybody, so they don’t come to me (cardiologist), and if they slip by you, then I will take care of them. That’s how I look at it!
How life would C.H.A.N.G.E for youngsters post the quarantine period?
How life would C.H.A.N.G.E for youngsters post the quarantine period? Dr. Rithvik Ryaka, International Business & Life Coach, Celebrity Wellness Mentor, Inspirer and Trainer Here are the six ways to take care of your Career & Finances from today! C: Change in Job? First and foremost, if you are employed as of now, try to get assurance from your employer that your current job is safe. This is important as the employer may also consider changes in the approach to the changing scenario. You need to be performing at your best than ever before, to be considered by the employer as of now, to stay on the job. This is crucial because you do not know when the employer might consider the removal of staff later. H: Hustle your time to learn If you are in college, you might be attending online lectures which are mandatory to cover the syllabi. What other webinars/lectures have you considered these days to study non-academic? There is ample time to consider a few things like Communication skills which will benefit you in the longer run. A sufficient number of platforms offer free courses online. Do check them out with the help of your mentors in college. A: Accept the reality of the world There might be a lot of initiatives by the Government outside your home, city and even the country. Remember that these are not in your control. You cannot consider doing something against the law, which might have been allowed earlier before the lockdown. It is better to cut down unnecessary expenses for the next few months. N: Not to accept rumours on social media This is a critical point to be understood. Do not follow the steps above with the opinions directly seen on social media. Every country has different scenarios as per their laws. Do not fall prey to few posts from unverified sources. At the same time, you should also not share any information if you are not sure about its origin. This is important because decisions related to finance and career should happen through sustainable ideas with mentoring from elders. G: Go online to learn and earn! This is the best time to learn a new skill and master it without spending much money. Remember that it is just not a resume-building activity. You should engage with it actively for its knowledge and not the certificate which is awarded later. You might even re-join a few courses you had left earlier due to lack of time or any other reason. You can freelance and earn with this skill, even post lockdown. E: Exercise out of the comfort zone! Do not neglect your health by getting tensed about the uncertain future! Remember that you are giving your best. You cannot do complete justice to your mind if you are ignoring your body. Do not expose your eyes to extreme screen time on laptops or mobiles. Stick to a proper routine to manage time as you may also need to assist family members for various errands during this tough time. Majority of youngsters have been pondering over the uncertainty because of the lockdown. The primary point to be addressed is that her professional life includes one’s own choices, but this is the crucial time to depend on your top skills than the passion for being realistic. Youngsters should reach out to elders who can help them to learn new skills. Whatever happens or is bound to happen, keep learning and updating yourself and also keep your family informed about your approach towards career and finance. Keep the hope alive and accept the CHANGE. Everything is possible with heart!
Celebrating The Red Cross Society
Keeping humanity alive through voluntary humanitarian work across the globe, Red Cross Society is spread in more than 180 countries. Their fundamental principles are to help during a disaster, emergencies and provide healthcare to people that are from the vulnerable communities. To celebrate the establishment of such a wonderful organization, the 8th of May is marked as World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. COVID-19 Crisis On the international forefront, the IRCF (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies) is working on guidance, preparedness, contingency, recovery after the pandemic, Staff/volunteer health and wellbeing, mental health and psychosocial support, risk communication, community engagement, rapid training for community response, water, sanitation, hygiene, basic needs and shelters. They are also raising funds with a target of a hundred and fifty million dollars to help people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Red Cross Society set up a mobile blood collection units as it’s one of the essential service needed to save lives. Psychosocial Counselling and ensuring the safety of staff and volunteers supporting them during this time of crisis is also available. More than forty thousand volunteers in the country are working around the clock to help vulnerable people with groceries, cooked food, hygiene kits, medicines, drinking water, face masks, sanitizers, towels and ambulance services wherever needed. In the recent Vizag Gas Leakage Tragedy, IRCS volunteers helped in the evacuation and announcement of precautions. They also distributed food & water among the affected families. As their core principles suggest, they are helping in everything they could with a kind heart. Visit www.vizagsafe.in for updated information the unfortunate incident or call 1800 4250 0009. If you are stranded are starving please call 9537622758/ 8790015666. Foundation The establishment of such an organization has an interesting starting point. During the Franco - Austrian war of 1859, a young businessman named Jean Henry Dunant was horrified at the view of injured soldiers helplessly waiting on the battlefield for medical care. After pitching the idea of relief services at an international conference, Geneva, Red Cross Movement took shape. Honouring the country he was born in, he chose an inverted cross of the Swiss national flag as an emblem for Red Cross. Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) World War I left Indian soldiers without a major relief service to treat their injured body. Though the British Red Cross was established, it was not able to help all those soldiers in need. A bill passed in 1920 to set up an Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) independent from the British Red Cross helped the organization to stay rooted in India. It operated all over the country through the Delhi headquarter. The Seven Principles Any staff, volunteer or supporter of Red Cross Society represents and abides seven principles that are the core of this organization. They are, 1. Humanity: Budding from respect towards human beings, the Red Cross works to ease the pain inflicted on humans. They are the strong advocates of reducing human suffering without discriminating them on any basis. 2. Impartiality: To treat people solely based on the medical emergency they pose and tend to their needs accordingly. They will not discriminate people based on nationally, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. 3. Neutrality: To win the trust of all, the representatives and supporters stay away from controversies that mainly stem from associating themselves with political, racial, religious or ideological vocal views. 4. Independence: They retain their autonomy status in the countries they are established in by abiding the laws of the respective countries. It gives them the authority to offer their services to mankind independently. 5. Voluntary service: It is not prompted by a desire for gain in any manner. 6. Unity: Only one Red Cross or Red Crescent establishment should be there in a country. While carrying out their humanitarian services, they should encourage understanding, fellowship, cooperation and lasting peace amongst everyone. 7. Universality: Red Cross doesn't discriminate. The 189 countries have equal status and share similar responsibilities. They believe in helping each other. Programmes in India Promoting humanitarian principles and values: To help people by promoting the above seven core values and believes. Disaster Relief: Provides relief during natural calamities like drought, earthquake, floods, cyclones and other natural disasters. Disaster response: Cater to the needs of people who are hit by disasters and are vulnerable. Disaster preparedness: A workshop is conducted based on strategic planning, community preparedness, disaster management structure, etc. Other Activities • Blood Bank • Awareness and prevention of HIV / AIDS • Hospital Services • Home for Disabled Servicemen • Vocational Training Centre • Tracing Activities • Maternity and Child Welfare • Family Welfare • Nursing How To Volunteer For The Red Cross Society Wanting to do something for the community is a noble thought. IRCS provides you with a path to bring some joy to the needy. Here is how you can serve. Consult UR nearby Red Cross branch Enrol Go through the orientation process Get to know the several viable ways that IRCS provides you to serve Get in touch with UR team and do UR bit And just like that, you opt to serve this historical society!
Are Birth Control Pills Safe?
Birth control pills or oral contraceptive pills are hormonal medications that prevent pregnancy. These may contain combinations of the hormones estrogen and progestin or progestin alone. They are one of the methods of birth control and spacing between children. How It Works While the pill obstructs the ovaries from releasing eggs every month (ovulation), it also thickens the mucus inside the neck of the womb. It prevents the sperm from penetrating the womb and reach an egg. It also lessens the lining of the womb so that there is less probability of a fertilised egg infusing into the womb and grow. Safe Or Unsafe? A 39-year-old study following 46,000 women showed that the pill does not raise death risk and might even help women live longer. Therefore, the birth control pill is an accepted and highly effective method of birth control, if taken correctly. Moreover, the tablet has less than one per cent failure rate. For women who miss taking their medicines, the lack of success rate elevates roughly to eight per cent. Otherwise, eight out of a hundred women become pregnant unintentionally. Beginning on the first day of your period: If you start the combined pill on the first day of your period (day one of your menstrual cycle), you will be straight away safeguarded from pregnancy and will not need additional contraception. Beginning on the fifth day of your cycle or before: In case you start the pill on the fifth day of your period or earlier, you will need additional contraception, such as barrier methods until the next cycle. Care Instructions On The Combined Pill In case there are no medical reasons involved, you can take the pill until menopause. However, you should avoid the pill if you are pregnant, are a smoker and aged 35 or more, have stopped smoking less than a year ago, are overweight and take certain medications. Additionally, you should also avoid the pill if you have (or have had): • Thrombosis (a blood clot) in your vein, maybe in your leg or lungs • Anyone in your close family below the age group of 45 with a blood clot • Stroke or any other disease that reduces the functioning of the arteries • Severe migraine, especially with aura (warning symptoms) • Breast cancer • Any disease of the gallbladder or liver • A heart irregularity or heart disease, including high blood pressure • Diabetes with complications or diabetic for the past 20 years Advantages & Disadvantages Of Using Birth Control Pills • You will have lighter periods and also less frequent periods • The birth control pill can reduce heavy bleeding, pain and severity of endometriosis and fibroid tumours • The intake of birth control pills may reduce the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine cancer and ovarian cancer Side Effects • A woman’s general danger of blood clots is approximately one in 10,000. Still, due to the higher risk for blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks, estrogen-containing birth control is not advisable if you have the above risk factors • The hormones in the pill can alter the level of your sexual desire • You may also notice spotting or bleeding between periods (this is more common with progestin-only pills) sore breasts, nausea, or headaches • Acne or premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may also get exacerbated due to birth control pills
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Are UR Current Problems Connected To A Previous Life?
Dormant memories from a previous lifetime can adversely affect our present life in various ways. There are also certain things we may experience in our daily life that may have a deeper meaning or explanation. Many of us are fascinated by paranormal, clairvoyant phenomenon and also the concept of Déjà vu, which interestingly means, ‘you’ve lived through the present circumstances before.’ Let’s say there’s an alternate reality where time is infinite and the past, present and the future can coexist in one moment and UR present life may be one of the specks of what makes UR soul and its identity a whole! Sometimes, certain ailments cannot be cured by medical science. In such a scenario, therapists claim that past life regression therapy (PLRT) can help you get over certain physical, emotional and mental ailments that may be causing you distress. This is because it is believed that suppressed or dormant memories can sometimes get manifested in physical or psychological problems. Moreover, a past life imprint can show itself as an illness, pain or disease, all of which can hold you back from reaching your full potential. What is past life regression? Past life regression therapy taps into our subconscious mind to relive what practitioners believe to be memories of our past lives or incarnations. Time and space cease to exist when we begin to explore different dimensions in altered states of consciousness and unveil the previous chapters of our life. Alternatively, we see several layers of truth where all representations of our past lives exist concurrently. So while our souls are reincarnated many times, we end up carrying forward our regrets, fears or unsolved issues from our past lives into our present life. Reincarnation You may be surprised to know that your soul may have been reincarnated several times! Many past life regression sessions have even astonished the practitioner and the soul-searcher with the accurate details presented during a session. This could mean that the reason behind your fears or ‘strange feelings’ may be as old as time! People all over the world have been trying regression therapy to find the root cause of their unexplained phobias, pains, unresolved feelings or to connect with a departed loved one. But only after making that connection and finding the root cause of a persistent issue can individuals get cured and balance their karma. Past regression therapy has helped many relive and resolve some of their innermost thoughts that they may have carried over from their previous lives. Connecting with the spirit world It is frequently observed that our feelings are often more intensified when we lose a loved one from the physical realm. So if you’ve lost a loved one and feel that they are watching over you, it may be because they actually are! Spooked? Don’t be. Experts feel we don’t have any reason to fear because at times, a departed soul just wants to connect with a loved one and may also utilise physical mediums to do so. These encounters can offer individuals the much-needed reassurance and closure they may be seeking after the death of their loved ones. In some instances, spirits find objects, memories or some thread when they are trying to communicate with us. Additionally, when we are soul-searching, we open a channel of communication which helps us reveal parts of our previous lives. But just as science hasn't come close to fully explaining the remarkable workings of the human psyche and psychic phenomena, similarly past regression therapy doesn't offer what would be universally accepted as scientific proof to back up its assertions. However, regression therapy has undoubtedly proven to help many people find their life's purpose and in some cases also assist them in reconnecting with their lost loved ones. Heal UR Life After losing a loved one, reconnecting with them via past life regression has provided many people with emotional healing. Fascinatingly, eighty per cent of people who've tried past life regression therapy have found their peace. Furthermore, it’s definitely comforting to know that our loved ones never really die but are actually around (though not physically) and we can communicate with them by using the right medium. According to experts, when a person dies, the soul which is immortal moves on in its journey as it is ever evolving and in the process of discovering itself. We need to respect this. Cause & Effect Everything is connected and happens for a reason. Unveiling the root cause of a specific phobia or a suppressed feeling has helped many heal and overcome their fears. So if UR suffering from something that science cannot explain, try past life regression therapy to bring about harmony in UR life. Remember, UR present life can also influence UR past life or other life for precisely the same reason. This is why we always need to be mindful of the choices we make.
Say No To Tobacco
Smoking Kills," we already know that, don't we? It's repeated over and over again, it's plastered onto cigarette boxes, and it's a leading cause of cancer. This deadly habit has a chain reaction of damaging results in almost every organ of our body. Some of the effects of this habit can vary from person-to-person and are dependent on factors such as; weight, underlying health conditions and the extent of tobacco use. Let's get this straight first. Tobacco consumption, in any form, is harmful. It is the most preventable cause of death in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the 20th century, tobacco-caused 100 million deaths. Tobacco kills almost half its user, about eight million each year. Over seven million of these deaths are a result of direct tobacco use. At the same time, more than 1.2 million deaths are the result of people who are exposed to second-hand smoke. Tobacco contains around 7000 chemicals, including arsenic, formaldehyde, cyanide, lead, ammonia, carbon monoxide, acrolein, and other poisonous substances besides nicotine. More than 70 of these chemicals are carcinogenic or cancer forming chemicals. Nicotine in tobacco is one of the most addictive substance around, which may surprise a lot of people. Perhaps as much or more addictive than heroin. When used regularly, nicotine latches on to you like a leech and demands continuous supply, even against your will. Different Forms Of Tobacco Innumerable people are addicted to nicotine (one of the most habit-forming substances known to man) in various forms. Some smoke, others sniff or chew it. Smoking is the most common way in which people indulge and consume nicotine. But there are different forms of tobacco use: • Cigarettes • Cigars and beedi • Electronic cigarettes or vaping • Hookah • Chewing tobacco including gutka, khaini Every different form of tobacco comes with its own set of consequences on our health. Effects Of Tobacco Usage On Our Body Tobacco affects our body in many ways starting from the brain, mouth, heart, lungs, skin and our muscles. Here is how tobacco affects these different parts of our body. Brain Nicotine affects the different regions in our brain, which are responsible for attention, memory, learning and our brain's plasticity. Nicotine can reduce brain activity, affect concentration and memory. Nicotine exposure can harm brain development when exposed during adolescence. Remember, nicotine may give you a sense of relaxation but also escalate anxiety and sleep problems. Using tobacco daily can cause headaches and dizziness. Mouth Nicotine stains the teeth, damage the gums, give you bad breath and ruins the taste buds. Smoking and chewing tobacco cause mouth cancer and throat cancer. Heart Smoking tobacco increases the heart rate and blood pressure and causes heart disease and heart attacks. It reduces cardiac efficiency, thereby making it difficult to engage and keep up with physical activities such as exercise and sports. Lungs Regular smokers lung is progressively damaged, thereby making our breathing inefficient. Consequently, smokers waking moments are more miserable as much as its negative impact of breathing during sleep. If someone has Asthma, it is best not to smoke as it can precipitate asthma attacks. Don't forget the increased likelihood of chest infection across the year. Muscles Tobacco decreases the blood supply and oxygen to the muscles, making exercises more strenuous and tiring. Skin Tobacco causes the skin to become dry, yellow and age faster when compared to a non-smoker. Smokers skin is less perfused with blood; therefore, they appear tired and unhealthy. The smell of the cigarettes also tends to stick to the skin. Diseases Caused By Tobacco Usage • Lung diseases like COPD and bronchitis and Asthma • Lung cancer • Mouth and throat cancer • Colon cancer • Stomach cancer • Pancreatic cancer • Heart disease • Stroke • Reproductive effects • Diabetes • Premature births • Blindness, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration What Is Second-hand Smoke? Second-hand smoke is smoke from burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, and one that is exhaled by the person smoking. There is nothing as a risk-free level of second-hand smoke exposure, as even brief exposure is harmful both for a non-smoker as well as smokers. The only way you can protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke is to avoid smoking indoors or in enclosed spaces. Health Risks Of Second-hand Smoke While it is quite apparent that second-hand smoke is still smoke that contains deadly toxins, it is also essential to understand the hazardous effects on health. As per the CDC, second-hand smoke cause health problems in infants and children, including frequent and severe asthma attacks, ear infections, respiratory infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Smoking during pregnancy annually results in more than 1,000 infant deaths. Heart ailments and lung cancer are more frequent in adults exposed to second-hand smoke. But there are immediate health effects as well, and that depends on the exposure time. Exposure time to second-hand smoke and effects: • 5 minutes – stiffens the main artery that supplies oxygenated blood • 20-30 minutes – causes blood clotting and the build-up of fat deposits in blood vessels, causing stroke and heart attack. • 2 hours – increases the chances of developing arrhythmias and can trigger a fatal cardiac arrest. Besides, with longer the exposure, there is a significant and higher risk of the deposit of harmful substances in various organs. This results in an increased risk of developing respiratory disorders similar to a smoker, including the risk of lung and other cancers. How To Quit Smoking And Use Of Tobacco Products? While it is conscious thought of choosing a healthy lifestyle, it could be tough when it comes to the reality of quitting smoking. Nonetheless, 'better late than never', as it's never pleasant being dependent on anything. Nicotine is very addictive; therefore withdrawing from it can be discomforting, including intense craving, restlessness and irritability. Given the addictive nature of nicotine, willpower will play a vital role in deciding to come of this terrible and deadly habit and to choose a healthier lifestyle, but it's not sufficient to stay off it. Apart from professional help and motivational counselling, here are some practical tips: • Remember, change can be hard, and motivation is dynamic and subject to significant fluctuation. So, start with 'one crave at a time' and work your way to 'one day at a time'. Build on successes of the previous day or learning from the lack of it. It is well known that the craving, when unattended, become less intense and fizzles out over time. • Write a smoking diary to identify patterns of smoking, especially the time of "critical" cigarettes (smoked after a meal, etc.). Such a journal will also help identify triggers those powerful urges to smoke. Try and cut down on non-essential cigarettes first before venturing into critical ones. As address the triggers one by one. • Choose a day to quit, and arrange a ceremonial burial of cigarette and paraphernalia. • Admitting your intention to quit in a formal announcement to your friends and family will help by forcing you to stick to it. • Designate someone (ideally spouse or partner) to remind, encourage, support and push you to achieve your goals. • Delay and distract your urges to smoke with juices, healthy snack, mint, etc. Smoker often has difficulties in discerning urge to smoke from hunger. So, consuming a small meal can remedy those rising craves. • Avoid the company of smoker and drinking environment initially. Only after you have better control over the urges, you may attempt exposing yourself to a higher risk situation for further desensitisation from urge to smoke or chew tobacco. • Take up exercise to reap the benefit of more unobstructed breathing in the aftermath of a smoke-free life. • Importantly, consider nicotine substitutes like a patch, chewing gums or e-cigarettes. Be informed that these substitutes are ideally taken under professional guidance and support. Don't just switch from one habit to another. Research suggests that majority who try to quit without specialist advice (including motivational therapy)and nicotine replacement (NRT) relapse to smoking soon afterwards. • Finally, there is medication to reduce craving and associated anxiety. These require a formal script from a practising physician or a psychiatrist. Final points to note Quitting smoking or tobacco may be the best thing you will do in your lifetime. If you don't succeed, then try again and again, do something different each time. Lack of successes in quitting and return to smoking can never be the end of the road. Instead, it must be seen as progress on the cycle of change and towards better health. So, don't quit on quitting!
COVID-19 Everything You Need To Know
The coronavirus pandemic has hit the world hard, but this is not the first time that it has happened. In the past there have been two other mutated coronaviruses that have caused epidemics. One was the SARS which was in 2002 and the other was the MARS, which was in 2012. To give you a comparison, the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) caused by a novel coronavirus in 2002 had a mortality rate of 10%. The MERS, which is the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome that came out in 2012, had a mortality rate of 35%. The current SARS 2 Coronavirus which causes COVID-19 has mortality in the region of about 2 to 3% probably more likely 1.5 to 2.5%. To give an idea, when we say infectiousness, we use the terminology called RO whereby we refer to what are the chances of an infected person transmitting to others and the chances of one infected person with COVID-19 can be transmitted to about 1.5 to 2.5 people. Here the incubation period can be as long as 14 days. Also, in flu the person has fever, body pain and cough which is also quite often seen with COVID-19, but in flu a lot of people have up respiratory symptoms in the form of cold, blocked nose, running nose which is less often seen with COVID-19. COVID-19 and flu are very similar in terms of how they are acquired which is through respiratory droplets and touching in animate surfaces which are contaminated by a person’s coughing and sneezing and then taking our hand near the mouth or face. The symptoms are similar. The mortality is probably a little higher. Home quarantine is advised in two situations One if you have come from a country where there is local transmission of this infection like in China, Iran, Italy, Germany, France or probably some other countries in near future which may report any cases. If you have come from any of these countries, and even if you don’t have symptoms of cough or fever, it is advised you stay in home quarantine for the next 14 days. By home quarantine I mean that you need to stay in a separate room, which is well ventilated with the doors closed. The person should not entertain any visitors and even the family should be at least 1 to 2 meters away from this person at all times. The person should not leave the house, should not go anywhere for any social gatherings, to school or even to social functions. Which means he should be entirely at home isolated. At present there are lot of people who either have come back from the country where it is prevalent but don’t have symptoms or there are some people who have symptoms, but no exposure to and proven individual with COVID or exposure to any countries where COVID has occurred. Now as I told you, the tests are done only in government centres and Public Health machinery decides who needs to be tested and the test is currently reserved only if you have come from abroad and asymptomatic or you are symptomatic with exposure to approve and COVID-19 case in India. There is a lot of wishful thinking that heat will kill the virus and it will cease to spread once summer sets in. Now, I am not very confident about this. The virus survives very well at the body temperature of 37 degrees. So in hot temperature if it falls on in-animate object, it will dry very fast. It means that transferring from one person to another through a medium will be less likely. But having said that we need to realise that most of the transmission happens indoors where inevitably the temperatures are much lower and there is air conditioning. Moving on, flu vaccine is only protective against circulating strain of flu. Because the flu vaccine virus is also very mutable virus or keeps changing every year depending on the circulating strain of the flu virus you need to take your vaccine is a booster every year to prevent yourself from getting flu. This has no connection whatsoever the SARS virus and this will not help protect you against COVID-19. SARS 2A COVID-19 is a self-limited condition. Incubation period is the time from the onset of exposure to the occurrence of the disease. It is in the median of 45 days, but can vary anywhere from 2 to 14 days. A person shows symptoms of cough, body pain and fever. Almost 80% of infections are mild and do not even want hospitalization. Another 15% may require hospitalization for oxygen and other supportive measures. 5% of people, which is one in 20 may end up in the ICU requiring ventilator support, out of which about 2 people may die. Those who die are typically elderly people over the age of 60 people with other co morbidities like diabetes, heart disease lung disease or kidney disease. It has been shown that the mortality can be as high as 15% in people over the age of 80. So, at present if you develop symptoms, we advise you home quarantine. If there is local transmission proven for example in India we start getting people who have never travelled, who have never been exposed to a proven case of COVID-19 being tested and proven that they could have this COVID-19 yes, it means we have to be careful. The general advice we give for everybody is avoid all non-essential travel, avoid all crowds, please do not wear a mask outside if you are public without any symptoms if you have symptoms wear a mask and stay indoors self-quarantine which means if you have some symptoms of cough or fever even if you are not sure it is COVID-19. All of us need to be safe. We need to ensure that we take personal responsibility for this which means that if you the symptoms of cough or fever irrespective of what it could be please avoid going to work please, avoid sending your children who may be having fever or cough to school to protect others. So civic sense and personal responsibilities are paramount at this point. If it means social isolation yes all of us need to stay indoors so that we don’t spread the virus and transmit it indiscriminately to others. Especially, old people who may not fare well during the current conditions.
5 Natural Remedies To Treat Acne Blemishes
Irrespective of gender, acne blemishes are one of the most common problems experienced on a day to day basis. We all try home remedies without seeking professional help, especially during puberty. For some, the ancient Ayurveda treatments work, but it is safe to gather some information before trying them. Here are five home remedies that yield result by reducing oiliness, acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). You can give these try to get rid of them naturally. Aloe Vera Gel provides your skin with the nourishments of vitamin A, C and E. It helps in healing your skin and fade acne scars. It is a natural moisturizer, so it will not cause any further damage or irritation to your skin. Apply the gel generously on your face every day before you go to bed. Leave it overnight for the best results. Baking Soda can be used as your staple cleansing scrub. Make a thick paste made with two parts of baking soda and one part water. Apply it evenly on your skin. Use a moisturizer after washing it off after 20 minutes. It removes the dead skin on the skin and prevents further clogging of the pores. Also, it works wonders on your skin if used once a week. Lemon, the natural acidic nature of the lemon not only heals scars but also revitalize the skin. Use undiluted freshly squeezed lemon juice and apply on the scarred area with cotton. People with sensitive skin should dilute the juice with water and then apply. Once dried, wash it off and moisturize your skin. Practice this twice a week yields better results. Potato Juice's vitamins and minerals quickly act on the scar tissue. Extract potato juice of a medium-sized potato through blending it and squeezing it. Immediately use a cotton ball to apply it on your skin. Let it soak up the dirt in your skin for about 30 minutes and then wash it off. Turmeric, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have shown to speed the process of healing scarred tissues. Apart from that, it also improves the health of your skin. Make a mixture out of lemon juice, honey and turmeric and apply it on your face like a mask. Wash it off after 30 minutes. Follow this as a routine once every week. Natural remedies can make you look beautiful and bring out the best in you. They do not show immediate results but are suitable for your skin health. However, they can cause irritation and dryness of the skin, so use cautiously. Preferably use them at night and wash them after 30 minutes. Use water-based sunscreen if you are going outdoors. However, if a significant change is not noticeable, you can always seek professional help.
We've all heard 'Laughter is the best medicine', but have you ever wondered why? You laugh when someone tickles you, or you hear something funny or see something that amuses you. Laughter is the physiological response to humour. We can respond to either spontaneous or stimulated humour. Laughter therapy is all about stimulated humour that is scientifically proven in medical treatments also. Let us understand laughter and explore the impact it has on our overall health. What is laughter therapy? Research states that the more we laugh, the better off we are. When we laugh, our blood pressure rises, and we breathe faster, which sends more oxygen to our body. The effects of exercise and laughter are very similar, and if you combine the two, it can boost your heart rate too! Laughter yoga is an excellent example of how we can accomplish this. It's a technique that uses a combination of fun, stress and tension relieving laughter exercises. With your regular yoga, a gentle breathing and stretching exercise, rhythmic clapping and saying 'hohoho' or 'hаhаhа' in unison imitate laughter, is a part of laughter yoga. As we laugh, we release the feel-good hormones known as Endorphins. For all the sceptical people out there, conduct this small experiment. Whenever you are stressed, anxious or afraid start saying 'ha ha ho ho' for twenty seconds, doing so will definitely put you at ease and clears your head of all those worrisome thoughts. Adapting this technique into your daily routine will put a spring in your step. Ways To Indulge In Laughter Laughter is contagious, and alongside is one of the sweetest antidotes to stress. Also, it is the fastest way to bring the body and mind into balance. Adding humour to life helps in being more grounded, focused and alert. Some ways to indulge in laughter are pranks, practical jokes, sketch comedy, stand-up comedy, theatre plays, entertaining movies, sarcasm, short stories, anecdotes and many more. Regardless of whether it improves our health, or boosts our energy levels – laughter can improve our quality of life. Health Benefits Of Laughter Therapy Mental Health Benefits: 1. Add joy and zest to life: Laughing helps to rev up your mood and make you feel relaxed. Due to the endorphins, we quickly lighten up. 2. Eases anxiety, tension and stress: Laughing is an excellent stress buster as they make you feel calmer and therefore, less stressed. 3. Strengthens resilience: Tackle the harsh situation in life with humour often open doors to new perspectives. You feel more secure and can handle tough situations more confidently. 4. Improves mood: The feel-good hormones help to fight depression and reduces panic. If an anxious person even forces a laugh, their level of fear will be decreased almost instantly. Physical health benefits: 1. Boosts immunity: Laughing boosts immunity in the body by increase immune cells and grooming positivity. It fights serious mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. 2. Lowers stress hormones: Endorphins, the feel-good hormones help you to reduce the levels of cortisol in the body, hence promoting overall wellbeing. 3. Decreases pain: When you are in pain, your body automatically produces endorphins to counter it. Laughter further stimulates the production of endorphins, thus reducing any pain your body might be feeling or going through. 4. Relaxes your muscles: Our body language gives away the clue of being under pressure or moody. A hearty laugh relaxes increases circulation and aids in relaxing our muscles. 5. Prevents heart disease: With the overall improvement in blood circulation and heart rate, coupled with lower blood pressure, the health of your heart improves significantly. Social benefits 1. Strengthens relationships: Our sweet memories are often the ones we share a moment filled with laughter with our loved ones. Laughing together creates a certain kind of bond and makes it easier to converse and resolve conflict. 2. Spreads positivity: Laughter is contagious; every time we see people laughing and smiling, we remember our own memories. It gives us hope and positivity. 3. Enhances teamwork: Smiling and laughing makes it easier to blend in and not be offensive or rude. Giving a smile always build up teamwork as communication gets simpler and comfortable. Welcoming new members with a smile will put them at ease and bring out their true potential. 4. Helps defuse conflict: A small laugh opens many doors of effective communication. It acts as a tool to break the awkwardness, builds trust and patiently listens to perspectives. Did you know? • According to the research, a couple that tackles stress with laughter set relationship goals. • Just 10 to 15 minutes of laughing a day can burn up to 40 calories and help in weight loss. • Sense of humour can be a genetic trait. • Science proves that laughter is contagious. • An uncontrollable fit of laughter can cause cardiac arrest or asphyxiation also. Whatever the source may be, right from the funniest to the scariest, if something makes you laugh, and forget your woes, then it's definitely a good sign. So, keep laughing!