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Are You Overwhelmed at Work? Here’s how You Could Beat Stress

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If you want to stop your stress from becoming too much at work, then you first need to find out what is causing you to feel the way that you do. If you don't, then you may end up causing yourself more harm than good and this can have long-term consequences on your health.


Triggers

If you are feeling really overwhelmed at work, then you have to understand why you feel this way. Do you have too many things going on? Do you feel as though your responsibilities at times are just too much? Maybe you feel as though your boss is piling things on you and that you are just unable to think about anything else. Either way, you have to make sure that you get to the root of your problem so that you can begin to deal with it. Believe it or not, when you feel overwhelmed, this is actually a stress response. If you want to help yourself here then it's a good idea for you to keep a journal of your thoughts, feelings, actions and more. If you do, then this will help you to identify what is causing your worst reactions so that you can then begin to target them. You also need to take some time for yourself now and again. This could involve playing games at the casino Netbet or even watching a movie. All in all, it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're focusing on something you enjoy.

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Don't Suffer in Silence

If you feel as though the amount of work that you have on right now is truly unmanageable then you need to speak to your boss. Sure, this can be daunting, but if you make a plan beforehand then this will really help you out. Revisit your job description right before the meeting and explain to your boss all of the tasks that you are involved in. You then need to explain how long they are taking you, and the resources that you're lacking as this is often the best way for you to get to the root of the issue.

Say No

The ability to say no is super important. If you are one of those people who say yes to everything then this isn't going to be doing you any favours. A lot of people struggle to say no because they feel as though if they do, they are going to be rejected and that they are lucky to even have the job they do. If this is the case, then you have to remember that you aren't going to help yourself with this attitude, and that if you do say no, then people might be more understanding when you say that you are overwhelmed.

Gain some Perspective

Changing the way that you think about your situation can also help you out quite a lot. Remember the most important things in your life and don't let yourself get carried away with the stress that you have.

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How This CEO Is Using Your Period To Prevent Chronic Diseases

With so many groundbreaking medical advances being revealed to the world every single day, you would imagine there would be some advancement on the plethora of many female-prevalent diseases (think female cancers, Alzheimer's, depression, heart conditions etc.) that women are fighting every single day.


For Anna Villarreal and her team, there frankly wasn't enough being done. In turn, she developed a method that diagnoses these diseases earlier than traditional methods, using a pretty untraditional method in itself: through your menstrual blood.

Getting from point A to point B wasn't so easy though. Villarreal was battling a disease herself and through that experience. “I wondered if there was a way to test menstrual blood for female specific diseases," she says. "Perhaps my situation could have been prevented or at least better managed. This led me to begin researching menstrual blood as a diagnostic source. For reasons the scientific and medical community do not fully understand, certain diseases impact women differently than men. The research shows that clinical trials have a disproportionate focus on male research subjects despite clear evidence that many diseases impact more women than men."

There's also no denying that gap in women's healthcare in clinical research involving female subjects - which is exactly what inspired Villarreal to launch her company, LifeStory Health. She says that, “with my personal experience everything was brought full circle."

“There is a challenge and a need in the medical community for more sex-specific research. I believe the omission of females as research subjects is putting women's health at risk and we need to fuel a conversation that will improve women's healthcare.,"

-Anna Villarreal

Her brand new biotech company is committed to changing the women's healthcare market through technology, innovation and vocalization and through extensive research and testing. She is working to develop the first ever, non-invasive, menstrual blood diagnostic and has partnered with a top Boston-area University on research and has won awards from The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Northeastern University's RISE.

How does it work exactly? Proteins are discovered in menstrual blood that can quickly and easily detect, manage and track diseases in women, resulting in diseases that can be earlier detected, treated and even prevented in the first place. The menstrual blood is easy to collect and since it's a relatively unexplored diagnostic it's honestly a really revolutionary concept, too.

So far, the reactions of this innovative research has been nothing but excitement. “The reactions have been incredibly positive." she shares with SWAAY. “Currently, menstrual blood is discarded as bio waste, but it could carry the potential for new breakthroughs in diagnosis. When I educate women on the lack of female subjects used in research and clinical trials, they are surprised and very excited at the prospect that LifeStory Health may provide a solution and the key to early detection."

To give a doctor's input, and a little bit more of an explanation as to why this really works, Dr. Pat Salber, MD, and Founder of The Doctor Weighs In comments: “researchers have been studying stem cells derived from menstrual blood for more than a decade. Stem cells are cells that have the capability of differentiating into different types of tissues. There are two major types of stem cells, embryonic and adult. Adult stem cells have a more limited differentiation potential, but avoid the ethical issues that have surrounded research with embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from menstrual blood are adult stem cells."

These stem cells are so important when it comes to new findings. “Stem cells serve as the backbone of research in the field of regenerative medicine – the focus which is to grow tissues, such as skin, to repair burn and other types of serious skin wounds.

A certain type of stem cell, known as mesenchymal stem cells (MenSCs) derived from menstrual blood has been found to both grow well in the lab and have the capability to differentiate in various cell types, including skin. In addition to being used to grow tissues, their properties can be studied that will elucidate many different aspects of cell function," Dr. Salber explains.

To show the outpour of support for her efforts and this major girl power research, Villarreal remarks, “women are volunteering their samples happily report the arrival of their periods by giving samples to our lab announcing “de-identified sample number XXX arrived today!" It's a far cry from the stereotype of when “it's that time of the month."

How are these collections being done? “Although it might sound odd to collect menstrual blood, plastic cups have been developed to use in the collection process. This is similar to menstrual products, called menstrual cups, that have been on the market for many years," Dr. Salber says.

Equally shocking and innovative, this might be something that becomes more common practice in the future. And according to Dr. Salber, women may be able to not only use the menstrual blood for early detection, but be able to store the stem cells from it to help treat future diseases. “Companies are working to commercialize the use of menstrual blood stem cells. One company, for example, is offering a patented service to store menstrual blood stem cells for use in tissue generation if the need arises."