Is The UAE Expat Life Making You Sick?

  • What is the detrimental impact that life as a lonely or disconnected expat, can have here in Dubai?

Expat life in Dubai is seen as an envy for many. However, loneliness or a feeling of being disconnected is a common feeling for a lot of people who move to Dubai from other countries. By all means, what keeps a person well is strong emotional and friendly bonds, close relationships with a tightly knit group. When one moves away to a new country leaving behind friends and family, life can seem to be rather lonely. Despite where you live and how you live, life will throw challenges at you, and tackling them without the support of family may be overwhelming. A lot of times the challenges could be the simplest of everyday issues, but without the support mechanisms, people tend to push their feelings within themselves, until they become a burden.

The feeling of being away from home can, however, cause various mental health issues in people here. Stress, anxiety, and depression are common mental health issues seen among expats in the UAE that can have detrimental impacts on the mental and physical health of an individual.

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Health tips to start the New Year right!

The New Year has just begun with the arrival of 2018, giving us the opportunity to start afresh. Majority of the people make New Year resolutions, some of the most common ones are to quit drinking, to lose weight, to lead a healthier and fit life. However, a lot of people tend to lose track and do not stick to these resolutions. The bitter truth is that some habits are very hard to lose. This year try to develop new healthier habits rather than focusing of getting rid of the old habits. One does not need to make drastic changes in their lifestyle, even small changes help go a long way in creating an impact on one’s health.

Here are a few health tips to help fulfill your commitment to a healthier you this year:

Have a plan

The first and foremost thing to do when you decide to make lifestyle changes is to have a plan as to how you will go about it. Outline the changes you want to bring in your lifestyle and work on how you would fit them into your current lifestyle. Do not make too many changes at once, take small steps towards a healthy life.

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What Winter Does To Your Health

 

Winter is the most awaited time of the year for a majority of the UAE residents because we experience the summer heat for most of the year. The winter months generally see an increase in the risk of infections.

The cold weather brings a number of health risks in children and adults equally. Healthcare practitioners often see a rise in the number of common cold, rhinitis, influenza, and other respiratory infections cases during the winter months.

The most commonly asked questions about winter illness is that “why do people fall sick often during the winter?” The simple reason is that when there is a cool breeze blowing outdoors, people tend to create a warmer temperature or environment indoors. When they then step outside, the outside temperatures often contrast the body temperature and may be unable to adjust to the sudden change. Hence the body undergoes changes while adjusting to the temperature, hence causing an allergic response. Here are some ways that you may be vulnerable to winter:

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The importance of handwashing

Is the hype about hand washing really true or is it an overreaction?

It is common knowledge that washing hands well after performing any activity is the best way to keep away from infections. Hand washing is the oldest and most simple step one can take in order to ensure prevention of bacterial infections or spread of infections from person to person. It is one of the most underrated means of prevention because a lot of times when we are asked to wash our hands we ignore it. But this is a message that is actually worth repeating.

Proper handwashing helps prevent many illnesses as germs can spread in many ways. In our daily routines, we often touch many things and objects without realizing the harm it could cause. Everything from doorknobs, tables, bottles to our own mobile phones have germs because various people use/touch it. Once a person is infected, it’s only a matter of time before that the people around also get infected. Handwashing is definitely the first line of defense against the spread of various infections like the common cold, hepatitis, meningitis, respiratory infections, skin, and diarrhea etc. Handwashing is definitely an underrated technique of saving yourself a trip to the hospital. It is like self-vaccinating against infectious diseases.

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Body Mechanics and Posture

Body mechanics is a term used to describe the ways we move as we go about our daily lives. It includes how we hold our bodies when we sit, stand, lift, carry, bend, and sleep. Poor body mechanics are often the cause of back problems. When we don’t move correctly and safely, the spine is subjected to abnormal stresses that over time can lead to degeneration of spinal structures like discs and joints, injury, and unnecessary wear and tear.

Standing
Millions of people spend a good deal of their time on their feet. Standing work, including bending, lifting, carrying and reaching can be tough on the back – especially if proper body mechanics are not being used. Use the following guidelines to minimize the risk of injury to your back when working while standing.

  • Avoid standing in one position for prolonged periods of time. Change your position as often as you can. This will not only help relieve stress on your spine, it also helps increase circulation and decrease muscle fatigue. When you can, stretch. Gentle stretching exercises during a break can help ease muscle tightness.
  • Make sure the surface you are standing on is firm and level.
  • If possible, lean on a solid support. This can help reduce fatigue during long periods of standing.

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