Body of Emotions

We know that emotions are connected to physiological changes in our bodies. But have you ever wondered how your body feels the emotions we constantly experience? What if you can map each emotion you feel on your body? Here’s a look.
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Just in case you thought that emotions were only felt in an unknown, intangible realm, you’re mistaken. A new research carried out by the Aalto University in Finland showed that our bodies feel the sensations of emotions regardless of our culture, nationality, language and religion. This is because the whole mind-body connection is biological and linked to our very drive for survival.

So when the last time your partner kissed you “good morning” and gave you a loving look, where is it that you actually felt the ‘I’m in love’ emotion? Whether it is butterflies in stomach (anxiety) or the puffin up of the chest (pride), these emotions are universally associated with certain bodily sensations. Based on where these emotions are felt inside our bodies, Finnish researchers mapped the emotions that the body went through. Continue reading Body of Emotions

Back up your spine

Image Courtesy: freeguidetips.com
Image Courtesy: freeguidetips.com

While sitting slows down your metabolism, it also puts a lot of pressure on the lower back. That is why computers and back pain go together. You have to take care because spine health determines your continued success. If you are hurting already, read this and implement it:

Keep your head up: Align head and neck above your shoulders.

Keep the mouse close: No reaching for it. It should be close on a comfy mousepad next to your keyboard.

Get the right chair: It must let your lower back rest on a lumbar support.

Breathe from your stomach: Inhale like you want to get your navel close to your spine.

Sit close: Your torso should be about an arm’s length away from the monitor. Monitor should be 2 to 3 inches above the eye level.

Rest your feet: Plant them flat on the floor, comfortably apart.

Take breaks: Move, stretch every 45 minutes to an hour.

Right angle: Position knees at 90 degrees above your ankles. It keeps the spine straight.

Stretch shoulders: Roll them back and down, square them over your hips, as if you’re balancing a plate on your head.

Stop squinting & straining: Laptop users tend to do this. Get a separate keyboard and a mouse.

Uncross legs: Crossing legs while sitting makes it difficult to keep the spine straight.

Mobile use: If you are the kind that cradles your phone with your neck while talking, your spine is under stress. Stop it. Take a walk, keep conversations short (5 minutes is good).

The power of nap

Did you know power napping can lead to the biggest brain benefits?
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Image Courtesy: wikipedia.org
Image Courtesy: wikipedia.org

It’s December – the season of back-to-back parties, wrapping up work and annual targets, and preparing for New Year parties. Amidst this brouhaha, your energy levels can bog you down. Plus, the hangovers and late nights of the day before (even weeks for some!).

I realised this while shopping at Phoenix Marketcity. This party-shop-hop season can be draining. With three big shopping bags and a never-ending to-do list, I kept browsing through shop windows from floor to floor. When I came across a coffee shop, I finally got to pause and drop my bags. It was such a struggle to keep my eyes open! So, I asked for a cappuccino.

Before the waiter could even bring my cuppa, my eyes had given up. My brain had shut down. My face read zzZZ. And the coffee was not going to work on me anymore. After 15 minutes or so, the waiter came and said, “Madam, your cappuccino is here… Madam!”. That shook me because I didn’t even realise I had fallen asleep. The 20-minute nap felt like an hour or so. I felt fresh like a daisy and I have to admit, a bit embarrassed too, to have a waiter wake me up. Continue reading The power of nap

Health check ups at Companies, the Good & Bad.

We tend to ignore medical check ups when we have no illness thanks to our busy work schedules. Working the entire week, stretching out late nights at work, living in remote affordable localities are some of the reasons why we opt to relax over the weekend rather than going out and getting a medical check-up done. Being cautious is something that we always tend to ignore. Increasing competition in all industries is forcing companies to keep their doors open to customers 24*7. This creates the necessity of people working at nights. Changes like these in our normal lifestyle encourages health problems. It is only when there is an illness, we start looking for doctors and laboratories to get medical tests done and cure our health problems.

To overcome this ignorance, having regular health check ups in companies can help immensely. Regular check ups enable us to diagnose serious health ailments at an early stage, saving us from aliments and also the costs needed to cure the illness. For example, visiting a dentist need not be necessary only when you develop a cavity of for a root canal. It could be for just a gum check or cleaning of teeth. Bleeding gums while brushing, flossing or if you experience a persistent bad breath are early signs for bigger dental problems. If you sense a cavity, filling it early will save the amount on a root canal treatment. What you have avoided is a major dental problem and definitely the cost involved.

Most ailments requiring surgery do not occur overnight but build up over a period of time. In many cases such ailments can be detected early through regular check ups. You can save as much as 50% on healthcare costs with regular check-ups, exercise and balanced diet. The idea is to avoid severe health complications which could also take a toll on your physical well-being as well as financial health.

Our lifestyle and food habits have a significant impact on our body and health. Some of the most common aliments that affect people are blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and so on. Getting these check ups done on a regular basis will help diagnosing such problems at an early curable stage. Getting them done in companies ensures that employees do not neglect these important regular checks needed. “Health is wealth” is a good saying that we all know. Good health of employees ensures good productivity which in turn ensures the company’s productivity and success.

Unfortunately, given the broken health care system we end up paying hefty amounts to some doctors who prescribe unnecessary medicines, tests and even suggest operations which are not required. This causes tensions and burns our pockets for no reason. Companies organizing regular health check-ups by recognized and trustworthy doctors, clinics and hospitals can prove beneficial to its employees. It will create an awareness among people about it’s importance, help them to remain fit, diagnose health problems at an early stage and make sure that we follow the saying, “Prevention is better than cure”.

Ravi, savetime.com

Ravi is a young passionate, optimistic and dedicated IT engineer and an ISTQB Certified Software Testing professional. Ravikishan takes up responsibilities with utmost enthusiasm. He is always willing to walk an extra mile to achieve his targets with an immense amount of perseverance to fulfill his dreams. He loves adventure travel, listening to soft music and playing football.