Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Stress Management and Burnout

Stress Management and Burnout - Stress management and burnout in an exclusive way, do go “hand in hand”. Think about all the stressful things that one can go through every day -work deadlines, new schedules, family relationships, sleepless nights, an annoying cold, and all the rest of the things that affects one’s daily interaction with life. Sooner or later, these stresses if not effectively managed can result to burnout. Thus, proper stress management equals prevention of stress, and elimination of burnout.

Fact is, the world can never be free of stress and everybody gets “stressed out” in various ways, but “stress” does not have to take over one’s life –the key is handling it before it handles you. So what is stress? And what is burnout? Stress is how the body reacts to the “demands” given to it. It can be positive stress such as in the forms of adrenaline rush that increases ones energy positively, or it can be negative stress that drains one’s physical and emotional energy.

Burnout on the other hand, is the result when one is not able to cope with the continuous stresses in their lives. The outcomes are feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, exhaustion, frequent illness, and low spirits or low self-esteem. The signs that one is heading out for burnout and should take steps for stress management includes: headaches, irritability, sleeping, upset stomach, increased heart rate, frequent fatigue, clenched jaw, incapacity to concentrate, and feeling depressed or hunched shoulders.

Effective stress management and burnout prevention are very essential for one’s physical and mental well being. Here are some helpful stress management and burnout prevention tips:

Do away with “swimming upstream”
A lot of people turn to alcohol, food, or drugs when they feel stressed out. Sugar can give a person that “quick” energy burst but will take it as quickly as well, leaving one with lesser energy that they first began. Vitamins can affect one’s mood, while intoxicating substances will in fact worsen stress. Caffeine speeds up the system and alcohol slows it down, either way, it places added stress to one’s body. Bottom line is, avoid swimming upstream –it’s exerting too much effort with very little progress.

Managing stress in one’s life is finding what works best for them. Learn to stop the incessant pour of negative thoughts; breathe and release the tension in your body; reflect if whether or not “all the worrying and stressing” will help solve it –give yourself rational questions and rational answers; then choose how to react in a positive way and realize the “power to choose” positively when negative situations confront you.
Successful stress management and burnout deterrence allows the opportunity for emotional and physical energy to take place that helps a person to efficiently deal with the challenges and changes of life.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

"Nicogel Direct" from nicogeldirect.com

"Nicogel Direct" from nicogeldirect.com

A Review...

Consumer: $19.95 for one pump bottle and one free box of 10 packets. Larger quantities are available.

The purpose of Nicogel Direct is to provide a cigarette substitute for smokers when they cannot smoke in public places.

Pros: Nicogel is delivered via a hand cream. You receive a pump and a box of 10 single-use packets. When you are craving a cigarette but in a situation where no smoking is allowed, you can curb your cravings with a single pump of hand cream or by wiping your hands with a packet.

Nicogel is not advertised as a stop-smoking aid but it does have that effect. A single use stops cigarette cravings for several hours, and yet there is only 1/10th of the nicotine of a cigarette in each usage.

Nicogel Direct can supply a product that will keep smokers much more comfortable in non-smoking situations, and it really can help smokers stop smoking if they choose to stop.

Nicogel is already available over the counter in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Republic of South Africa, France, China, Japan, Bangladesh, Australia, New Zealand, Columbia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Nicaragua, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica, Caribbean, USA, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Spain.

Cons: I can find no cons associated with the Nicogel Direct product. Nicogel has just become available over the counter in the United States. But people from all over the U.S. have purchased the product directly from Nicogel Direct.

Guarantee: The guarantee on the website reads, “In the event you wish to return a product you purchased from NicogelDirect.com, we have a 30-day guarantee for all of our products. Products eligible for return and refund must meet the following requirements due to sanitary & hygiene restrictions:
The manufacturer's tamper-proof seal must be fully intact
The product being returned must be unopened & unused
Returned in the original packaging
Returns must be authorized in advance by obtaining an RMA number
Shipping & Handling fees, if applicable, are non-refundable.”

Value for money: Nicogel Direct appears to be an excellent value for the money. It will be very appealing to smokers.

"Cigarrest" from Cigarrest.com

"Cigarrest" from Cigarrest.com

Consumer: Smokers who wish to quit

The purpose of Cigarrest is to help smokers quit smoking.

Pros: Smoking cigarettes is an addiction. Smoking is an addiction that keeps smokers chained to their cravings and prevents them from living smoke free lives. The smoking addiction is not one that is very easy to kick. I’ve heard smokers say that it would be easier to give up eating than to give up smoking.

Cigarrest offers a free 30-day supply of their product. Included in the welcome package are 30-day supplies of chewable tablets, Cigarrest gum, and VitaGuard Smokers Vitamins; a Cigarrest program guide and exercise handbook; and a Cigarrest program audio CD.

The Cigarrest program addresses the entire cigarette addiction -- not just to the nicotine in the cigarettes, but to the entire physical process of lighting and smoking a cigarette.

Cons: There aren’t any cons associated with Cigarrest. It has been on the market for a long time and the site claims to have helped millions of people quit smoking.

Guarantee: There is a guarantee that reads in part, “You may return your remaining product for a refund less shipping and handling charges upon request for a refund and return of the product within 30 days of being charged.”

Value for money: Since price could not be determined, value cannot be determined. Although quitting smoking would be of value at any cost.