You won’t always get along with everyone you work with. But when there’s friction between you and your boss, that’s a problem.
“It’s not a relationship of equals,” noted Marie McIntyre, a career coach in Atlanta and author of “Secrets to Winning at Office Politics.” “The boss has more leverage than you and is in the power position.”
Your manager is the one influencing your pay, job growth and project assignments. So not being on good terms can be detrimental to your career, even if you’re good at your job.
Learning how to identify problem areas and manage these workplace relationships will help you become more successful. “A united team is a powerful team,” said Jon Gordon, author of “The Power of a Positive Team.” “When you have friction, you aren’t going to be as strong. It’s crucial to your productivity, efficiency and ultimately your success.”
Identify The Disconnect
You can’t fix an unknown problem.
Figure out the source of disconnect with your boss, and then strategize how best to mitigate the situation
It can often be a difference in work or management styles. But if a lot of your colleagues also have issues with the boss, you might be stuck with a bad manager.
“You have to figure out how to work with them. If your boss is an idiot, then you have to figure out how to work for an idiot boss,” said McIntyre.
It helps to discuss with your co-workers about how to best interact with the boss.
Are You The Problem?
There are bad managers out there. But sometimes, the worker is the problem.
Take the time to review your past relationships with bosses — has there always been conflict? If so, you might have an issue with authority.
If you’ve had issues with the majority of your previous bosses, that’s a sign you could have some authority issues, noted McIntyre.
Other signs include feeling resentful when your boss gives directions, arguing or wanting to argue frequently with your boss, and intentionally ignoring instructions.
“If you get into an argument with your boss, you’ve already lost,” she added.
It’s not a relationship of equals. The boss has more leverage than you and is in the power position.”
Learn To Manage Up…Tactfully
If the disconnect between you and your boss stems from different management styles, be proactive and clear with your needs. Tell your boss what you need from him or her in order to perform at your best.
If you favor more autonomy when your boss is more of a micromanager, establish a schedule and communication method that works for both of you.
Creating an open document that details your progress on a project that your boss can access, setting up a designated time to provide an update, or sending daily/weekly email updates can help diffuse any anxiety or unwanted hovering.
If you need more feedback and company insight, set up regular check-ins.
“Outline your goals and request to meet quarterly or monthly to make sure you are on the right track,” said Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster.com.
“It’s challenging to manage up,” said Salemi. “You are basically telling your boss I need you to help with this so the team looks better, the boss looks better and you look better. It’s a total win.”
Cut Your Boss Some Slack
Everyone makes mistakes, including bosses.
“You have to recognize there aren’t any perfect managers, they are just people and you have to figure out how to work it out,” said McIntyre.
Seek Out Safety In Numbers.
Limiting one-on-one time with your boss can help avoid tension and flare-ups.
“Being around more people can help when personalities clash,” said Salemi. “You can’t really change the other person, you can try and make the best of a situation.”
Break The Negative Cycle
How you think about your boss is important and can continue to derail the relationship.
“The more you think about your boss as an evil, stupid and mean person, the more it will affect how you interact with that person,” warned McIntyre.
Try to identity some positive traits about your boss and focus on those instead. “Don’t become obsessed with the bad.”
You don’t want to get a reputation of being disrespectful or hard to manage — that can stunt your career growth.
“You may not respect the person as a manager, but you have to show respect for the position if you want things to go well,” said McIntyre.
“Never go to war with your boss. If you do, you are probably going to lose.”
Look Pretty Without Makeup – (5 Tips A Day).
Do you spend hours every day in front of the mirror to look beautiful? While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it as a crutch to define your beauty.
A bare, natural look not only allows your authenticity to shine through but it’s also the best thing you can carry around.
- Drink Plenty Of Water: We can’t stress enough on the importance of H2O. Every system and function in our body relies on water. Carry a bottle of water with you wherever you go and keep yourself hydrated through the day. Drinking a minimum of 8 or more glasses of water helps flush out toxins from your body, and hence your skin looks plumper and livelier. It also helps keep wrinkles at bay.
- Sleep In Peace: A good night’s sleep goes hand-in-hand with how you look and feel. It’s crucial because your body repairs itself while you sleep. Just like you need to charge your cell phone, your body needs to charge itself and to go through the day with your battery at 50 percent, only leads to added strain and inefficiency. 6-8 hours of quality sleep is vital for you to wake up feeling and looking great. By doing this, you will have a glowing complexion, less of those dreaded dark circles under your eyes and you’ll slow down your aging process.
- Be Ingredient Conscious: Ingredient-conscious beauty is a thing. Yes! Just like what you put inside your body affects your overall health, what you put on the surface does the same. Your skin absorbs 60 percent of the stuff you put on so make sure you do some research on the ingredients that are present in your skin care, hair care, and beauty products. Keep away from products that contain parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates that may cause irritation to your skin or make your hair dry and frizzy. It’s best to stick to products that contain natural ingredients.
- Working Out To Healthier Skin: Physical activity is so essential, both for your physical as well as mental health. Do something – whatever your jam is – be it hitting the gym, running, doing yoga or going swimming. Scientifically, it is proven that exercise benefits your skin and improves your mood. A minimum of three hours of physical activity per week will result in improving your health. It improves your blood circulation, helps get rid of toxins, increases the amount of oxygen delivered to your skin, provides a boost of endorphins that reduce stress and calm your entire body, including your skin!
- Stick To A Consistent Skin Care Routine: You need to know your skin type and find a skin care routine that works for you. The CTM routine that is cleansing, toning and moisturizing are imperative for healthy skin. The kind of products you use to follow this method wholly depends on your skin type. Follow a consistent morning and night routine, and we guarantee that you will see a drastic improvement in your skin’s appearance. Also, do not, under any circumstances, go to bed without adequately cleansing it out. You will only invite a whole bunch of problems for your skin.
Benefits Of Coconut Water. (HEALTH)
How many times do you take in coconut water? Do you know of the beauty benefits of coconut water?! You’ve got to check them out below!
We all know at the sound of coconut, beaches and relaxation comes to mind. But while you sip the natural goodness, know that it’s going to make your skin glow like never before while providing a bevy of other health & beauty benefits! It is very good to take coconut water on an empty stomach.
Coconut water is an organic product rich in nutrients and vitamins. It contains vitamin C, which helps with collagen formation. Coconut water also contains vitamins A and K and is “an excellent source of the B-complex vitamins.”
Antioxidants are a vital component as these will work to remove toxins from the body. In addition to protein and iron, coconut water has high levels of potassium, which is said to promote hydration balance and calcium, which promotes skin growth.
• Coconut water contains anti-aging properties.
The vitamins in coconut water have been “shown to decrease the rate of skin aging, allowing the skin to repair and restore itself more effectively.” The proteins (cytokines) present are responsible for encouraging cell growth and cell activation. Additionally, vitamin C, which can protect against and repair sun damage.
• Heals Blemished Skin
Blemished skin in the form of acne, acne scars, dark spots, redness and other skin imperfections can be remedied using coconut water.
Try this healing facial mask: Facial Mask for Blemishes: Into a small non-metal bowl, add 1 ½ tsp bentonite clay, 1 tsp coconut water, ½ tsp manuka honey. Mix well and apply on your clean face, avoiding the eyes. Wait for 10 minutes then rinse off with cool water.
• When used on the skin, coconut water cleanses and hydrates.
Coconut water has incredible hydrating qualities and is highly effective as a cleanser. As Dr. Gilbert notes, “A lot of people are not adequately hydrated,” which has extremely adverse effects on the skin (dryness, itchy patches, dark circles, and fine lines). Coconut water naturally moisturizes without adding excess oil and, as Schulman says, the presence of potassium helps with hydration balance for the fluids and electrolyte levels in your body.
• Beautiful hair
Benefits of coconut on your dull and frizzy hair are umpteen. No, it is not the coconut oil that is being discussed here! It is fresh coconut water that can do wonders to your otherwise lifeless hair. It addresses the issue of hair loss by improving blood circulation in the scalp. And, it is this proper blood flow, which enhances the density of hair and strengthens the hair follicles preventing it from breakage.
Written By: Ernestina Mensah
18 Reasons Why You’ve Got Cramps But No Period
You’ve been seriously bloated, moody, and tired. You’ve got monster cramps, and your face is as simply as a 17-year-old boy’s. In other words, you’re suffering from all of the classic signs of your monthly flow—but your period is totally MIA.
First: Don’t freak. It turns out, there are tons of reasons you’ve got those tell-tale period symptoms, but no period.
“Hormonal changes related to ovulation can affect some of the same pathways in your brain that might be affected by other medical conditions, causing mood swings that feel similar to your period but aren’t related to ovulation or menses,” says Chailee Moss, M.D., an ob-gyn at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
What’s more, some physical abnormalities in your uterus and ovaries can also cause cramping that feels like PMS, she adds.
While skipping a period every now and then is usually nothing to worry about, if you have a fever, significant nausea or vomiting, or pain that you can’t control with simple OTC medications or that doesn’t improve within a week, check in with your doctor right away.
Otherwise, it’s time to see your doc if you skip more than three cycles in a row, suggests Chicago-based ob-gyn Jessica Shepherd, M.D.—here’s what might be going on down there.
Every once in a while, your body goes through all of the hormonal changes associated with PMS, but if you didn’t actually release an egg that month, you won’t actually get your period. Known as anovulation, it’s more common than one might think. “Ten to 18 percent of all regular cycles are anovulatory,” Shepherd adds. In case you’re wondering, yes, that stat can make getting pregnant tricky!
If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last month, were a bit lax about taking your pill, or rely on the pullout method for birth control, it’s worth taking a pregnancy test. Many of the symptoms of early pregnancy, including breast tenderness, mood swings, fatigue, and cramping, are the same ones that you were already experiencing month to month before and during your period.
3. Thyroid conditions
Your thyroid, a small butterfly-shaped gland in your neck, regulates many of your body’s functions, including your metabolism and menstrual cycles. If your thyroid gets out of whack, your cycles can become irregular, says Shepherd. The result: You may you go a long stretch without having your period while still experiencing period-like symptoms, says Moss.
Because your thyroid regulates your brain function, mood swings that you thought were PMS may be related to your neurologic function, she explains. And spotting or cramping may occur because the lining of your uterus has built up but hasn’t shed because you’re not ovulating.
Be sure to check in with your doctor if you’re experiencing other symptoms of a thyroid condition, including sudden unexplained weight loss or gain, shaking, heart palpitations, or significant fatigue.
4. Hormonal Birth Control
One very common side effect of hormonal IUDs is skipped periods. That’s because one of the ways the device prevents pregnancy is by thinning out the endometrial lining so there’s nothing to shed come that time of the month.
And, while they don’t typically nix your flow altogether, birth control pills can result in super-light flows or spotting. So you might feel period symptoms like breast tenderness even without a heavy, full-blown period, says Shepherd.
Stress is a surprisingly common reason for missing your period. “Stress increases your cortisol levels, which affects your hormone balance,” says Shepherd—including the hormones that regulate your ovaries and uterine lining.
Exams, deaths, and even breakups are all big-time stress-inducing events that can cause periods to go awry. But these life-changing biggies aren’t the only reasons you might be feeling the effects of stress.
“Some people don’t realize they’re so stressed, but once they talk about it they realize they are going through something,” says Shepherd. If you think stress is messing with your periods, talk to your doctor; therapy, exercise, yoga, and meditation can all help get your stress under control and your periods back on track.
6. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
Frequent skipped periods can be caused by PCOS. “PCOS is a condition in which a patient has an excess of androgens, which are chemicals in the body that affect ovary function, hair growth, weight gain, and sensitivity to insulin,” says Moss.
UP TO 20 PERCENT OF WOMEN ARE AFFECTED BY PCOS.
PCOS can result in anovulatory cycles and irregular spotting. It commonly causes cysts to grow on the ovaries, which, if they rupture or cause the ovary to twist, can cause pelvic pain that feels a lot like period cramps.
Up to 20 percent of women worldwide are affected by PCOS, and it’s more common among women who are overweight or have a mom or sister with by the condition, Moss says. If you think you might be suffering from PCOS, check in with your doctor. While there is no cure, birth control and other medications can help keep symptoms under wraps and get your periods back on track.
7. Uterine Polyps
You might associate polyps with your colon, but the same small benign tumors can grow in your uterus. “It’s an overgrowth of lining of the uterus,” says Moss. Polyps in your uterus can cause cramping and period-like discomfort, even when you’re not on your period.
Because polyps can make it harder to get pregnant, and because there is a small risk they may develop into uterine cancer down the line, your doctor will likely want to remove them, most often with a relatively simple procedure known as a hysteroscopy. During a hysteroscopy, a doctor inserts a long tube up through the vagina and into the uterus. The doctor is able to use the scope to both see and cut out the polyps.
8. Ovarian Cysts
Every month, your ovaries make several cysts in preparation for ovulation, but only one cyst releases an egg. Although the others usually dissipate on their own by the time you get your period, sometimes one cyst or more sticks around.
Cysts can also occur if you have an anovulatory cycle (such as with PCOS). Ovarian cysts often cause no symptoms at all, although they can sometimes trigger period-like pain when you’re not on your period. So if you’re experiencing irregular cramping, talk with your doctor.
“Cysts in and of themselves aren’t usually a problem,” says Moss. “But if they get particularly large, they can cause the ovary to twist—a.k.a., an ovarian torsion—which is painful and requires an emergency procedure to save your ovary.”
9. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Cramping is a common symptom of PID, which is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, or ovaries that typically occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from your vagina to your reproductive organs.
“Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are the typical culprits of this serious pelvic infection that can lead to pelvic pain and infertility,” says Sherry A. Ross, M.D., an ob-gyn and author of She-ology. “Make sure you’re getting regular STI checks between new sexual partners to ensure you are not a carrier of damaging STIs.”
10. Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
One common symptom of a UTI is pelvic cramping, Ross says. “Other symptoms include frequency, urgency, and pain and burning with urination, as well as bleeding with urination.” If you think your cramps might be associated with a UTI, head to your ob-gyn or primary care physician ASAP; left untreated, a UTI could turn into life-threatening kidney infection.
If you’ve got PMS-like cramping, bloating, and breast tenderness but no period, one reason may be that it’s not quite time for your period yet—but it’s coming.
German for “middle pain,” mittelschmerz happens about half-way through your menstrual cycle—around day 14 when you ovulate, says Nicole Scott, M.D., an ob-gyn at IU Health. It’s a totally normal experience—affecting about 20 percent of women—and it doesn’t mean anything is wrong, she says. Since it’s just your ovaries doing their thing, there’s not much you can do to prevent it and the symptoms should go away within a day or two but if it’s extremely painful or comes with any sign of infection, call your doc, she adds.
12. Exercising Too Much
Hitting the gym on the regular is one of the best things you can do to help deal with PMS, but working out too hard or too often can actually mess up your cycle and in some cases make you miss your period all together, Scott says.
All that physical stress, especially if you lose a lot of body fat, can make your period go AWOL and cause abnormal fluctuations in your hormone levels. These fluctuations can cause moodiness, irregular spotting, acne, and other PMS-like symptoms. If you miss your period for three cycles or more in a row, talk to your doctor.
13. Certain Sex Positions
It’s ironic that something so pleasurable can also lead to pain. “Experiencing cramping or pain after sex is completely normals,” says Ross.
The culprit? “Some sexual positions are known to be anatomically harder on the vagina and female organs including the uterus and ovaries,” she says. “For example, doggie style allows deeper penetration but can cause discomfort for many women, while missionary position tends to be easier and more comfortable for women.” Experiment with your partner to figure out which positions are best for your body.
14. Interstitial Cystitis
This painful bladder syndrome, which affects women more often than men, can also cause cramping in the lower abdominal area, Ross says.
Also known as “painful bladder syndrome,” other symptoms of interstitial cystitis are similar to a urinary tract infection, including pelvic pain, pain between the vagina and anus in women, pain during intercourse, and a continual strong urge to urinate. The exact causes of this condition aren’t known, but it may be associated with a defect in the protective lining (epithelium) of the bladder, an autoimmune reaction, infection, or allergy. It may also be hereditary.
15. A Miscarriage
Miscarriages are much more common than you might thing—every pregnant woman has a 25 percent chance of having a miscarriage, says Ross.
Signs of a miscarriage can include severe menstrual-like cramping. If you’re pregnant and are experiencing severe cramping, contact your doctor immediately.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue that typically grows inside of the uterus, grows outside of it—typically in the pelvic area, which can cause significant cramping, says Ross.
Pelvic pain associated with endometriosis differs from regular PMS pain in that it often shows up days or weeks earlier than typical PMS cramping, and may last for days even after your period is done (so, basically, you have very few pain-free days throughout your cycle). Endometriosis cramping also comes without those other PMS symptoms like mood swings.
17. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
“Lower abdominal cramping is a common complaint in women suffering from IBS,” Ross says.
The intestinal disorder is associated with recurring abdominal pain or discomfort along with altered bowel habits over a period of at least three months. These can include constipation, diarrhea, or the double whammy—both constipation and diarrhea, Ross says, which, yes, is totally possible.
18. Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian cancer is relatively rare, affecting only about 22,000 women a year in the U.S., but it’s one of the deadliest cancers for women, killing about 14,000 women a year. A big part of this is because it often shows no, or very subtle, symptoms, Scott says.
Missing your period isn’t the most common symptom of ovarian cancer—those are abdominal bloating, urinary problems, weight loss, and pain—but it is a possible symptom, according to the American Cancer Society. So if you’ve missed your period for three months or more or you have other concerning symptoms, call your doc STAT.
Source: Ghana Web
UNIDUS ‘Viagra Condom’ Comes To Ghana
South Korea’s number one condom brand, UNIDUS Long Love, will launch in Ghana in the coming weeks. AG Young Trade Ltd, local agents of Biogenetics Co. Ltd who are manufacturers of the product, say their foray into the Ghanaian market comes at a time when there is so much talk about sexual health and safe sex. Its Chief Executive, Solomon Agbanyo thinks it’s a good time to launch in Ghana.
“We think the time is right for us, and we are positive about contributing to all the efforts at promoting responsible life and safe sex.”
The Unidus Long Love condom has been nicknamed “Condom Viagra” in markets where the product is in use. According to Mr Agbanyo, the product’s uniqueness in providing users a rare experience of excitement and endurance might have earned it the nickname.
“Aside from the traditional uses of condoms to prevent sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy, what you have in UNIDUS Long Love condoms is prolong sexual excitement due to its benzocaine properties known to delay climax. It’s like a one-stop shop,” he informed.
Benzocaine is a special climax control cream that helps prolong sexual excitement and aid in the prevention of premature ejaculation.
In a market where many brands of condom exist, Mr Agbanyo said research conducted before deciding to introduce the product onto the Ghanaian market suggests a gap in consumers’ expectations, which few or none of the currently available condoms meet.
“Our findings show that many of the sexually active people in Ghana resort to concoctions, aphrodisiacs, dangerous herbal mixtures, tablets, sprays and many other substances for endurance and prolong sexual excitement. Sometimes, they spend a lot on these things just to satisfy themselves and their partners. UNIDUS Long Love condoms provide you all that experience without any worry of side effects,” Mr Agbanyo said.
He explains that packaging of the product is “world class making it comfortable, convenient and easy to carry around, especially the 3-in-1 pack.”
Ghana is currently faced with a tramadol epidemic which is posing a serious threat to the future of the youth. Health professionals have suggested that while some take tramadol for its anaesthetic effects, many consumers of the drug are young people who use it to enhance their sexual stamina. But according to Mr. Agbanyo, “with UNIDUS you absolutely do not need any of these.”
The product received FDA approval last month and is set to be launched soon in Ghana. UNIDUS Long Love condoms is known in 12 countries including the USA, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Jordan, Pakistan and Nepal, while it remains the best-seller in South Korea. The manufacturer Biogenetics Co. Ltd (formerly UNIDUS CORPORATION) is the world’s largest condom manufacturer, which accounts for about 30% of the global condom market.
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