Category Archives: Wellbeing

Why you should quit smoking tobacco today !

Facts on smoking :

  • It killed 100 000 000 people during the last century
  • It takes about 6 000 000 lives a year
  • On average it kills one person every six seconds

Smoking is a relentless killer and there is no sign of a turnaround. Authorities estimate that if current trends persist, by 2030, the annual death toll from smoking will climb to more than 8 000 000. And they predict that smoking will have taken 1 000 000 000 lives by end of the 21st century. Tobacco victims are not just the smokers but include the surviving family members, who suffer emotional and financial loss, as well as the 600 000 nonsmokers who die each year from breathing secondhand smoke. The burden spreads to everyone in the form of rising health-care costs.

Tobacco contains one of the most addictive drugs known – nicotine. It acts as a stimulant as well as depressant. Smoking delivers nicotine to the brain quickly and repeatedly . Since each puff supplies a single dose of nicotine, the average one pack per day smoker inhales the equivalent of about 200 doses a day , higher dosage than in any other drug use. Once hooked a smoker experiences withdrawal symptoms if his craving for nicotine is not satisfied.

Smoking cigarettes has been scientifically proven to harm nearly every organ in the body and to increase morbidity and mortality as outlined by the Tobacco Atlas. It causes noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease , lung ailments and according to  the World Health Organisation, smoking is also a major cause of  death from communicable diseases , such as tuberculosis. Think about it, would you have the courage to take a rope and tie yourself, l think you wouldn’t , but l think there is no much difference with smoking either.

Exhaled smoke that comes from smoldering tobacco are toxic. Inhaling such secondhand smoke can cause cancer and other diseases and each year it kills 600 000 nonsmokers, mostly women and children.So if you are really concerned with the welfare of others will you not think twice  on quitting smoking?

Unlike epidemics that send doctors racing to discover a cure, this scourge is eminently curable, the solution is well known. The tobacco epidemic is an entirely man-made and it can be turned around . If you would seriously want to quit the habit of smoking tobacco , l would advise you to check and go through one of my articles titled, Breaking a bad habit.

Wish you the best in fighting this global epidemic and raging pandemic.

Good health to you

Fidelity.

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How important is punctuality ?

Some have found that arriving at appointments a bit ahead of time actually reduces stress. Punctuality also enhances a person ‘s reputation. Below are some facts why punctuality matters most :

  • It indicates competence – when you are on time it shows that you try to be in control of your life instead of allowing circumstances to prevent you from doing the things you want to do.
  • Punctuality suggests dependability – in a society where promises are often broken and commitments often ignored , people appreciate those who stick to their word. Dependable people earn respect from friends and family and even from business clients. Employers value those who arrive on time at work and meet deadlines.

What are some of the things you need to do to be punctual ?

  • If you find that you are always late for appointments, perhaps your schedule is too full.Why not cut nonessential time wasters? Schedule more time between appointments and aim to arrive early. This will allow for unexpected circumstances, such as traffic congestion or bad weather.
  • First decide whether an appointment or deadline will fit your schedule before agreeing to it. By overbooking , you add stress and frustration to yourself and others.
  • Give priority to the more important tasks

Applying the tips given above in your family  and business life may make you a reliable family member and dependable business leader or employee.

Good health to you hey.

Fidelity.

Breaking a bad habit

Would you like to break a bad habit, such as smoking cigarettes, eating too much junk food, or spending excessive time on the internet. Admittedly, it can be difficult to overcome a bad habit. In fact it has been said that a bad habit is like a warm bed on a cold day : it’s easy to get into and difficult to get out of.

So how can you harness your habits and make them work for you instead of against you ? Consider the following suggestions ,

  1. Be realistic – Do not set too many goals at once, never try to change everything in your life immediately . You tell yourself , ‘This week lam going to stop smoking , stop swearing, start exercising, start eating better’, but trying to reach all your goals at the same time is a sure way to reach none of them. So rather than trying to change everything at once  , make improvements gradually. Taking the following steps may help ;  -create two master lists, a list of good habits you would like to build, and a list of any bad habits you would like to get rid of. – prioritize the items on your list, numbering them in order of importance. – choose a few habits , one or two from the list and focus on these. Speed up the process by replacing a bad habit with a good one.
  2. Manage your environment – Time and again experience has shown that our environment or the situation we put ourselves in and the people we spend time with influences our success in building good habits and breaking bad ones. So you can cautiously avoid situations that would undermine your goals and you can thus actively put yourself in more favourable situations . Some useful tips on this are ; – make it harder to do the wrong thing e.g if you want to eliminate junk food from your diet , try not to keep food in your kitchen that you know is not good for you. – choose your friends carefully, we tend to be like the people we spend time with, so limit time with the people who encourage habits that you are trying to break and seek out those who can reinforce good habits.
  3. Take a long range view – There is a popular notion that it takes 21 days to cement a new habit. In reality though research shows that it can take some people less time and others a lot more to make significant changes. Here are some steps to take ; -do not conclude that a relapse is a permanent failure, expect to face some set backs as you work towards your goal.

Following the above advice may help you to break up entrenched habits like smoking cigarettes, drinking excessively and many more habits that might be bothering you and which you really want to leave. l hope this article has provided some useful tips on this subject. Do not miss out on my next article in a few coming days .

Good health to you,

Fidelity

Let’s beat Diabates

Diabetes is extremely common today, with up to 10% of the population in Western countries suffering from it. If you think you or someone you love is at risk, read on.

Feeling tired , hungry or excessively thirsty ? Experiencing blurred vision or a tingling in the feet ? Have you lost weight ? If the answer is yes , then you could be suffering  from diabetes. It is the leading cause of kidney failure and it also doubles the risk for heart attack or stroke. There is no cure for diabetes but it can be treated with insulin, dietary changes and exercise.

My next article will dwell more on this issue of diabetes in more detail.  Do not miss out on my next article about diabetes in a few days to come.

Good health to you all.