Coping with Shift Work

Working the night or evening shift is tough: physically, mentally, and socially. Shift workers frequently suffer from several health problems including insomnia, obesity, indigestion, and a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension.

But there is good news! You can minimize the stress on your body, family and social life using several coping strategies.

Eat better
When there’s no healthy food available and you need a quick fix, it’s all too easy to reach for the vending machine during your shift — or to hit the 24-hour fast-food restaurant before or after work, because the effort and time involved with cooking just seems like too much. But those heavy, greasy meals and sugary snacks wreak havoc on your digestion, especially if they’re consumed at night, when your body thinks it should be asleep and your digestive system is more sluggish.

For that reason, it’s really best to try to stick to normal mealtimes as much as possible — such as having your main meal at lunchtime if your shift begins in the afternoon or at dinnertime (5-7 p.m.) if you work the night shift. A big, high-calorie “lunch” Continue reading

Fix the Six Reasons You’re Too Heavy

As a group, Americans are the heaviest people in the world. We’re suffering a weight epidemic of massive proportions that bulges out on our hips, thighs and stomachs. But if you’re part of this group and want to bring your weight down, changing six aspects of your lifestyle may help take off pounds.

Many experts have warned that the growing number of overweight people in the United States represents a growing public health menace. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes the problem seems to be just about out of control: 73 percent of us are overweight, and about 40 percent of overweight people are heavy enough to be classified as obese.

Dangerous Conditions

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Protect Your Mind

You don’t have to be plagued by forgetfulness, those annoying moments when you can’t quite remember where the car keys are or where your train of thought wandered to. Stimulate your brain with enjoyable mental activity, support it with the right nutrients and you can decline to succumb to a declining memory.

Most of us live a modern-day life filled to the brim with high-intensity schedules — juggling work, family, hobbies, exercise and appointments, plus often caring for older or younger generations of family members. And what’s worse, during these hectic times, we have all experienced momentary memory loss. We may forget the placement of keys or the main point of what we were just saying.

Research funded by the National Institute on Aging indicates age-related mental decline is not  Continue reading

When Your Office Buddy Becomes Your Boss

(BEVERLY HILLS) – You have lunch together every day, grab an occasional drink after work, and have gotten each other through work-related crises. So wouldn’t it be strange if your office buddy became your new boss?

It’s more likely to happen in the current economic environment as hiring freezes force companies to promote from within, says Stephen Viscusi, a New York-based author and career consultant.
Meanwhile, employees are more willing to accept a new title even if it means doing two jobs for the price of one.

Becoming your friend’s subordinate may not be easy, but chances are he or she will be counting on your loyalty, Viscusi said. Still, the dynamic of your friendship at work will inevitably change.
“You may not want peers in the same department to even know you have a personal relationship,” Viscusi said. “It can get very sticky.”
Viscusi gives these rules for dealing with a friend you are now reporting to:

— Remember this is now your boss, and he has his own job on the line. Don’t flaunt your friendship or ask for special favors.

— Congratulate him or her first, then ask what you can do to make the job easier and transition faster.

— Let your friend, now your superior, take the lead on what his priorities are: your friendship, or the role of being boss.

— Hand over a copy of your resume. This would, of course, apply if the person is not your friend. But, often we are at a company for a long time, and even friends may not remember our experience. Having an up-to-date resume at all times helps people understand how you have grown. In this case, your friend may know your children’s birthdays and that your mother-in-law is a pain, but he or she may not know you have two master’s degrees and experience managing a team.

— If you notice a change in your friendship and still need and like your job, accept the change. New friends are far easier to come by today than new jobs.