SHOULD I TAKE A NAP AT WORK?

Should I take a nap at work?

Should I take a nap at work?

Should I take a nap at work?

Are you always finding yourself falling asleep in meetings or dozing off on your desk to catch forty winks? That might not be something cool if your superior walks in. Though you are doing yourself good health-wise

Why: New research found out that a short and additional daytime sleeps, once or twice a week, could cut the risk of heart attack and stroke by almost half.

Napping is a global phenomenon that starts during childhood and continues through adulthood. It’s a thing parents and teachers look forward to. Having the right sleep pattern can provide you with a lot of health benefits.

 

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Sleep expert has established that for you to be a more functional worker, you need to nap

So next time you find yourself in this situation, these are things you could do;

  1. Go to the restroom to have a 5-10mins nap.

  2. If you’re allowed to go to the garage, you could have a 10mins nap inside your car if you have one.

  3. You could go to the office kitchen or walk to a nearby restaurant to have a quick nap if you can

The reason you need to do these,

Research has made us understand that those who napped for some considering minutes per day are less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or heart failure compared to those who did not nap at all.

Though, there are many other lifestyles you could indulge in to help keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.

How do you nap, share with other PU users


cough

Relief is coming your way

The best natural remedies for cough

Relief is coming your way.

The best natural remedies for cough

What’s a cough? A cough is a reflex that helps clear your airways of irritants. It is a normal thing to get from time to time, but that doesn’t make them any less annoying.

What causes coughing?

Cough can be caused by a variety of factors, but the most common causative organisms are bacterial and viral illnesses, others include allergies, a runny nose, heartburn, and asthma.

What should I do if my cough just isn't going away?

Some natural remedies for cough you can use. 

  1. Pungent spices

They include Cardamom, ginger, cloves, nigella seeds, and star anise. Eating pungent spices, like ginger or anise, can help strengthen the respiratory system.

These spices can be brewed into a tasty herbal drink, and the warm water and steam added can help to open up the lungs. Purified ginger helps relax the airways and reduce coughing, particularly dry coughs related to asthma.

  1. Honey

Honey is a sweet, viscous substance made by bees and some related insects. Not only is it tasty but it’s been confirmed to be just as effective in containing coughs, particularly those caused by upper respiratory tract infections.

Patients are given a tablespoon of honey before bedtime got as much, or more, relief than they did when given dextromethorphan, a common ingredient in cough medicines, according to a study published in The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

You can formulate your solution at home by mixing up to 2 teaspoons of honey with herbal tea or warm water and lemon. The honey does the soothing, while the lemon juice can help with congestion.

  1. Orange juice

Drinking a lot of fluid is key to managing cough.

The lungs need to be hydrated to reduce the production of mucus. Orange juice contains vitamin C, of which a high dose of it can help reduce cough.

  1. Pineapples

Pineapples are tropic fruits that are rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. They help boost the immune system and also help in building strong bones and aid indigestion. An enzyme called Bromalin found in Pineapples had been found to have anti-inflammatory properties and may also have mucolytic properties, which means that it can break down mucus and remove it from the body.

To enjoy the most benefits of pineapple and bromelain, eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day.

  1. Salt-water gargle

This simple remedy is one of the most effective for treating a sore throat and wet cough. Saltwater reduces phlegm and mucus in the back of the throat which can lessen the need to cough.

Stir half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water until it dissolves. Allow the solution to cool slightly before using it to gargle. Let the mixture sit at the back of the throat for a few moments before spitting it out. Gargle with salt water several times each day until the cough improves.

You might want to avoid giving saltwater to younger children as they may not be able to gargle properly, and drinking salt water can be risky.

If you would love to use natural remedies to treat your cough, you should research sources of information and validate it with other sources. You should also be conscious that some herbs and supplements can interfere with medications, which may result in unpleasant side effects.

The best treatment for a cough will depend on its underlying cause. There are many possible causes of coughs, including allergies, infections, and acid reflux. If you're not sure of using home remedies, it might be nice to see a doctor for prescriptions.

Share your home remedy with other PU Blogger, if you have one.  


One Thing You Should Avoid In Your Relationship.

One Thing You Should Avoid In Your Relationship. 

One Thing You Should Avoid In Your Relationship. 

One Thing You Should Avoid In Your Relationship. 

Relationships can be full of excitement, intimacy, and passion. You may get butterflies in your stomach every time you're with that new special someone, and you can't help but find yourself fantasizing about your future together as a couple.

However, if you truly want your relationship to be long-lasting instead of short-lived, it's never been more important for you to avoid cheating, which is powerful enough to sink any relationship.

In every relationship, it's not always rosy as it were in the beginning. It can't always be sweet. Paraventure things go sour and it's not juicy as before, don't cast blame on any party. Try to fix your relationship. This must be the test your relationship need so it can't be solid.

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One thing you should try to avoid is CHEATING! O yes. Don't cheat on him/her. Having intimate physical or emotional contact with another person is typically considered cheating.

The only reason you shouldn't cheat is that alone isn't the solution to your troubles.

What cheating does to you?

  • It devalues you emotionally.
  • Your man/woman might be the one that orchestrated this whole thing as a test
  • You lose your self-esteem if caught
  • The trust is gone
  • He can never have him/her back 100% if you eventually made-up
  • It does solve your problems, rather it adds to it

In conclusion, learn how to fight your battles; don't settle for less, most especially if that can tarnish your esteem.

Share your opinion with us on Twitter what you think  we should avoid in a relationship 


My wedding Night

My wedding Night

My wedding Night

My wedding Night

The wedding night is usually the night in which your wedding ceremony takes place.

A lot of non-married people always fantasized about how their wedding night would look like, some would rather fantasy about their honeymoon. But the big questions that keep popping their minds is 'I am just dying to know: what are wedding nights like?

The Big day is over, it's only you and your brand new wife/husband, the next thing is to head up to the hotel room, maybe pop some champagne with some amazing Ross on the bed.

Remember, this is real life and not Hollywood films. You need to decide what you want for yourself. This is not necessarily what you had in mind before, but base on the present state of things after the wedding ceremony.

Well, we all know that traditionally, the wedding night is supposed to be the night the newly wedded couple physically celebrate their love, then if you're a virgin, you might probably be feeling nervous. But don't worry, it's your day. The only way you can get out of this is to communicate with your partner; you need to let him know you don't have prior experience with sex. But if both of you are new to it, well, you both need to decide on how to go about it to get maximum satisfaction.

The bottom line, we all have a perfect picture of how we want our wedding night/honeymoon to look like, but it would be kind you let it flow naturally base on situations after the party. It's your wedding night, not a movie, OWN IT! 

Do you wish to share your personal wedding experience with us in the comment session? Kindly do so.

To all our single ladies and guys, you can as well share how you would love to be treated on that faithful night.


Makeups Should we keep celebrating your arrival?

Makeup; Should we keep celebrating your arrival?

Makeup; Should we keep celebrating your arrival?

Makeups Should we keep celebrating your arrival?

Markups are cosmetics such as lipsticks, powder or any other facial products applied to the face in other to improve or remodel its appearance.

Ladies have motives as to why they wear makeup. Some said its societal norms, some said to bridge the gap when pimples come to their ways, while some said it just to make them look more attractive. With all these reasons known or unknown to men, they all believed ladies wear makeup just to deceive.

While some ladies today don't love to wear makeup, we have to also recognize that we live in a society where ladies feel they must wear makeup just to be considered beautiful.

It's high time ladies started showing their real faces and be comfortable and confident in their own skin and not the polished faces.

Tunde shared his story with one of our authors about a lady he met on his way back from work. He said and we quote

''Before you tell a lady 'i love you' just know you're saying you love her base on her present state of look... The lady you confess love to in the morning might be different from the one at night'' LOL. 

Do you think makeups should be a thing that we should embrace as norms in our society? A lot of our beautiful ladies still live in fear of being not fit in or not appealing if they show their natural skin and beauty.

Can we have a world where everyone would be happy to show their natural faces without being ashamed of it?

Share your opinion with us.


Keeping Your Man In A Relationship

Keeping Your Man In A Relationship

Keeping Your Man In A Relationship

Keeping Your Man In A Relationship

Being in a relationship with the man of your dream is one of the most wonderful feelings you could ever get as a woman, then the next question pops up; how do I maintain this relationship, how do I keep it moving, how do I make him happy always.

Hey girls, you all think about this daily, some even read books or rely on movies to teach you how to please a man. But in real life, love’s not really like that. Making a man happy can be as simple as you can never imagine.

Men also want love as badly as you do, although they might not just always show it. But generally, they want the same thing as you: friendship, companionship, attention, etc. So why are there one-sided worries and anxiety about keeping your man if both of you want the same thing? Ladies think about this. (Let him also start thinking on how to keep you) Oh yeah!

Let's examine some tips on how to keep things real in your relationship. 

#1. Define our relationship. Although it doesn't happen so early in relationships. You need to know where your relationship is heading; you need to know if this is all just for sex, for the money, for the time being, or whatsoever. Unrealistic relationship expectations can be disastrous.

#2. You need to love yourself. If you can’t love yourself, you won't believe that you are worthy of others’ love. And if you don’t believe you’re worthy of others’ love, you’ll struggle to keep your relationship. The first rule of all relationships is to love you.

#3 Adore your man. No matter how small or big your man is, it's your responsibility to adore him. To adore him means to love and respect him deeply. It won't cost you anything to respect your man if you want to keep your relationship. Helloooooo ladies, learn how to respect your man!

#4 Communicate your feelings to him (Do not assume he understands you) A lot of us assume our man understands us better. That might not be the case for all men, they aren't the same. Constant and effective communication can help keep your relationship going.

#5 Give him his space. Yes, you love him, you want to give him attention and show him you love him. Hey girl, don't overdo it. Men are quite different from women when it comes to space.

Most women are fine with having people around all the time. Men, on the other hand, get annoyed when they don’t get some free space.

Call him when it's needed, don't call him when you think he needs to read work or sleep. Understand his daily routine and flow with that.

It’s not always easy for ladies to do some of these, sometimes; we all need to sacrifice for things to flow. Take time to ask him about his list of little things that make him happy, I bet, it would go a long way to helping your relationship grow.

If you've got some tips that have worked for you, kindly share in the comment session 

 


Keeping up with stress

Keeping up with stress

Keeping up with stress

Keeping up with stress

Stress is your body’s form of reacting to any change that requires an adjustment or response. When you sense danger, whether it’s genuine or pictured, the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.”

The mortal body is designed to experience stress and react to it. It can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes cynical when a person faces constant challenges without break or relaxation between stressors. If the body continues without relief, it can lead to distress. 

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What are the warning signs of stress?

  1. Cognitive symptoms: Memory problems, failure to concentrate, poor judgment, Seeing only the cynical, always anxious, endless worries.
  2. Emotional symptoms: Depression, been sad, anxiety and agitation, mood swing, anger, feeling overwhelmed, loneliness
  3. Physical symptoms: Aches and pains, dizziness, rapid heart rate, loss of sex drive, etc.
  4. Behavioural symptoms: Eating more or less, sleeplessness or sleeping too much, hesitating, neglecting responsibilities, using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax, nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

What Causes stress

Anything that puts high demands on you can be stressful. This includes positive events or negative situations.

  • Major life changes
  • Work or school-related
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Financial issue
  • Inability to accept uncertainty
  • Rigid thinking
  • Unrealistic expectations

Tips for reducing stress

If you're the easily stressed-out type, it’s time to start habits that will keep your stress levels in check. Some of the tips include;

  • Being positive.
  • Accept that there are situations you cannot control.
  • Be assertive instead of aggressive.
  • Relaxation, try meditation.
  • Regularly exercise
  • Healthy meal
  • Proper time management

Finally, what induces stress depends on your perception of it. Sometimes what you tagged as stress might not be the case for others.

What is that particular thing you do to ease yourself of that stressful moment? This might help other PU-Blog users. Share with us


Fashion or madness: A new Era of Fashion

Fashion or madness: A new Era of Fashion

A New Era of Fashion

Fashion or madness: A new Era of Fashion

Seeing the trend in which fashion is going in this modern age and how youths are settling for different fashion styles, is there a standard to checkmate what is acceptable?

In the name of fashion, a lot has been rape, a lot are working naked on the street, while some had been tag prostitute, not because they are one but based on what they wore. ''Nkan be'' as rightly said by a popular music star.

Are we saying we Africans are now engrossed in fashion, that we don't really know when we had crossed the line when it comes to moderation in dressing?

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Let's look at the following scenario; Do you think these are really fashion or Madness 

  • Exposing your nipples is transparent tops
  • showing your belly button
  • showing cleavages
  • exposing huge part of your thigh
  • wearing a bracelet on the leg
  • piercing of the body

Are these fashions or madness in the real sense of the world?

Share your opinion in the comment session using #PUBlog #Fashion


Fashion in Nigeria; the Historical Perspective

Fashion in Nigeria; the Historical Perspective

Fashion in Nigeria; the Historical Perspective

Fashion in Nigeria; the Historical Perspective

Fashion is a popular artistic expression in a certain time and context which cut across clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle, etc. with a lot of key professional players; ranging from clothing designers, fashion stylists, fashion photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists as well as fashion journalists.

Fashion Design had changed from being a means of life hood for the uneducated male and female child who needed some skill to get by in life. Today, the highly educated in all nook and crannies of the country are involved in the fashion business and Nigerian fashion brands are being showcased in reputable places around the world. Even brands that aren’t in the fashion industry had invested so much in the fashion industry of Nigeria.

The Nigerian fashion industry has developed more participants, exposure, presence, and earnings. Part of the exposure is the Fashion weeks (Lagos Fashion and Design Week, GTB fashion and Design week etc.

The Lagos Fashion Week (LagosFW) is a fashion platform that drives Nigerian and ultimately, the African fashion industry; by bringing together buyers, users and the media to view the current collections of local and international designers in Lagos. Hence a lot of fashion aficionados and influencers, as well as headliners, attend these shows.

Apart from local awareness and recognition, numerous Nigerian fashion designers have won accolades for their exemplary work and roles in showcasing the Nigerian spirit, culture, and diversity.

In a bid to support local fashion designers, in 2017, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie an Award-winning author launched a “Wear Nigerian Campaign,” where she decided to wear a dress in Nigerian brands in all her public presentations. The motive was just to excite and inspire people to buy Nigeria made wear.

Nigerian that has set Nigerian and African fashion on the international map.

Folake Folarin–Coker

Folake Folarin-Coker is the founder of Tiffany Amber, a world-famous iconic emblem. Born in Lagos, she schooled in Europe  where she got a chance to associate and engage with several cultures while still at a tender age

Her interest in cultures steered her love and interest to focus on unique fashion designs that attract women of various punches and preferences. Folake’s tasteful and colourful creations have earned her global recognition, making her the first African fashion designer to showcase her skill at the New York Mercedes Fashion Week two years in a row.

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She has also been extensively featured by International media houses such as CNN, and in 2013, she received an Enterprise Award at WIE (Women, Inspiration and Enterprise) Symposium. Besides, she has made it onto the Forbes Power Women in Africa list.

Duro Olowu

Duro is undoubted, a well-respected Nigerian fashion design personality identified for his unique and unusual African prints. He shares both Nigerian and Jamaican origins. His interest in fashion began when he was only six years old and went on throughout his childhood.

Olowu’s skill has earned him global recognition with top clients to his name such as Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, Uma Thurman, and Linda Evangelista, among others.

Despite being a lawyer by profession, fashion was Olowu’s, first love. During his career, he has bagged numerous awards further raising his profile in the global fashion industry. In 2005, he was the first designer to be named New Designer of the Year at London Fashion Week without staging a catwalk display.

At the African Fashion Awards in 2009, he was named the Best International Designer and was one of the six nominees for the Swiss Textile Federation’s top prize of 100,000 Euros. Both British and American Vogue in 2005 named his waist patchwork “Duro,” as the “Dress of the Year.” One of Olowu’s famous quotes is, “My job is not dictating to women what they should wear; it is presenting them with beautiful options.”

Deola Sagoe

Deola Sagoe is a renowned Nigerian fashion designer, entrepreneur and founder of The House of Deola Sagoe. Her novel approach of designing lively and colourful prints has earned her global following including notable personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith, who have identified her for her celebration of African prints.

She is a woman with many layers and this is displayed in her multilayered designs. Her signature designs, attitude, and elegance draw their inspiration from fabrics with a traditional Nigerian touch and western aesthetics.

She designed the label, Odua, for her mom, who played a major role in universalizing her in the industry. Her recent works include hand-dyed Adire fabric, which is made by Yoruba women. Her fame spans beyond the African continent, earning her recognition and respect.

Aside from showcasing her couture collection at Cape Town and New York Fashion Weeks, Deola won the MNET/Anglo Gold African Designs 2000 Award. United Nations World Food Program appointed her Nigeria’s ambassador to the program, “Catwalk the World: Fashion for Food.” This was aimed at raising funds to reduce, by half, the number of starving people in the world, especially children by 2015.

Lisa Folawiyo

Lisa Folawiyo is a self-made Nigerian fashion designer who is famous for the way she creatively blends traditional West African fabrics with modern tailoring methods. She is recognized for her label, Jewel by Lisa, which she launched in 2005, and has since expanded to become a global fashion brand with showrooms in New York and Nigeria.

She uses Ankara, a traditional West African fabric, to produce captivating and luxurious custom prints. She has her fabric line that also produces accessories such as jewellery and purses.

Aside from Nigeria, her collections have been showcased in the UK, US, and South Africa. She has participated in New York Fashion Week 2010 and Paris Fashion Week 2010. And she had been recipients of some awards; winner of the African Fashion Award in 2012, and she was featured in Vogue Italia in 2012.

Soares Anthony

Soares Anthony is a young, energetic, and talented fashion designer who focuses on his men’s clothing line. His work draws inspiration from local Nigerian fabrics coupled with Japanese tailoring designs. His designs are masculine, yet stylish and trendy by way of transforming an ordinary look into a sophisticated design that embraces class.

He developed an interest in fashion when he was a young boy where he spent his time sketching and drawing. He loves to work with colours, and his impressive talent has seen his pieces worn by famous politicians and celebrities.

His pieces are also sold globally in the UK, US, and France. Anthony uses his talent to make an impact on the community through a mentoring program he runs that helps young and upcoming Nigerian designers excel and compete on a global platform. Nature, colours, and artwork are the main sources of inspiration.

With many years of hard work, Nigerian designers had grown the industry into a force to reckon with some.  Though, there are challenges that need to be addressed. Challenges like lack of materials for the production of local textiles and fabrics, and lack of proper research and development to help designers ensure uniformity and uniqueness of their products to strive better in the global market.

Nigeria needs to understand these challenges and tackle them because if the gains are properly harnessed, the industry can become a major sector in the nation’s marketplace.

 


Fashion in Nigeria; some hairstyle you never knew existed.

Fashion in Nigeria; some hairstyle you never knew existed. 

Fashion in Nigeria; some hairstyle you never knew existed. 

Fashion in Nigeria; some hairstyle you never knew existed.

The Nigeria fashion industry had experienced huge changes and somehow deviated a little from its cultural heritage. Although Nigerians are known to keep the values and cultures of their forefathers, things have changed now due to the social trends and civilization around the world.

Modern civilization had made Nigerians throw away a lot of its cultural values making the young generation lose track of their values, and what was generally accepted in the 90s is found forbidding by women of this present generation.

Apart from skin colour, the creativity of an Africa lady is express in what she wears and her hairstyle. These alone distinguish the girl child from the multitude of women around the world.

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Despite the arrival of a diverse new hairstyle, some of these legendary patterns have never been redesigned to fit into the 21st century way of life. While some others have been re-branded and renamed to fit the new generation way of life.

Some of the hairstyles that made a wave in the '90s were patewo, Kolese, Suku, cornrows, All back with curve, Onile gogoro, telephone wire among others. Although, some of these are simple and easy to plait with rubber while others were complex in all patterns.

Among these hairstyles, which one was your best, maybe still relevant in the fashion scene today? Share your opinion using #PUblog