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


Underwear

The danger of wearing your panties more than once before washing

The danger of wearing your panties more than once before washing

The danger of wearing your panties more than once before washing

It’s weird to still hear that a lot of people don’t change their underwear/panties daily.

A survey conducted by PU Blog in August revealed that 60.8% of male use their underwear more than once, while 55.2% of female revealed that they wear their underwear (bra, panties) more than once before washing. The stats are worse for men, who admit not changing for up to a week before washing....yuck! But that’s true.

The ladies corner

As a norm for the ladies, it seems like we typically wear one pair of underwear a day before washing, but that might not always be necessary. On the other end of the spectrum, you shouldn’t feel restricted to just one pair of underwear per day.

You can still wear more than a pair of underwear in a day, depending on the situation on the ground. You might start to feel uncomfortable because of vaginal discharge buildup, or due to exercise, you need to change them more than once a day.

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But if you’re still caught in the act of wearing your underwear twice before washing, you might need to be careful; underwear is the same as all other clothing in that extended wear leads to a build-up of the bacteria on the garment. The amount of accumulation depends on the activities the wearer does throughout the day. Sweating a lot on a hot day, discharge from private part or exercising will increase the population of bacteria in your underwear

Though the fact that microorganism exists on the body may sound scary, the relationship between our body (host) and the organism is generally beneficial. Unless there is a break in the skin or another conduit of entry into the body those microbes are harmless.

How to care for your underwear

If you aren’t already doing your laundry in hot water, it might be time to start.

The best way to wash your underwear is in hot water with bleach, which is the most effective way to kill the organisms living on your undies. However, some fabrics can’t withstand hot water, using cold or warm water with a detergent that contains peroxide could be an option.  Though these best practices might not get rid of bacteria on underwear completely because those microbes don’t just disappear after you wash your cloth.

Try as much as possible to keep your underwear separate from the rest of your laundry to avoid spreading the germs.

You might want to sun dry sometimes; avoid drying in bathrooms or dark places.

Some unspoken underwear routine can impact on your vaginal health, and depending on the style, can even affect your mood! Learn how to care for your underwear as you don’t want to be caught unaware.

Have you been ever caught unaware by your boyfriend/girlfriend with smelling underwear….. and you’re thinking, how I wish I had to change this before going out.

Don’t be too shy to share your personal experience with PU Blog.


Body Odour: dealing with body odour 

Body Odour: dealing with body odour 

Body Odour: dealing with body odour 

Body odour, also known as Bromhidrosis is simply an unpleasant smell perceived in human's body. It's one of the greatest frustration for people that have it, as it can be so embarrassing most times.

Although, body odour is a universal and very natural human trait and can be due to several things. It usually occurs when human reaches puberty stage. Some of the known causes of body odour have been genetic build-ups, excessive sweating, eating too many spicy foods, your bodyweight etc.

How to handle it

  • Shower more regularly - taking your bathe for at least more than once in a day to remove some of the bacteria at the surface of the skin (before they start secreting by-products) and also wash away sweat.
  • The use of anti-bacterial soap - this will enhance the removal of some of the bacteria on your skin surfaces
  • Dry thoroughly after showering - when your skin is dry, it's harder for the bacteria to thrive. Bacteria grow fastest in moist environments.
  • Use antiperspirant deodorant - this will prevent/reduce sweating and therefore reduce body odour
  • Cut out spicy foods - reduce the intake of strong-smelling foods like curry, garlic, spicy peppers, onions etc. that can cause a more pungent sweat.
  • Limit your caffeine intake - these also cause you to sweat more than usual.
  • Regular shaving of the armpits and pubic areas- The hair holds sweat and makes a good environment where bacteria can thrive. Removing hair can go a long way in controlling body odour.

Most people get B.O at some stages in life, but they were able to get rid of it. If body odour is something that is affecting you, please give your doctor a call if you've tried all possible solution because there are treatments available to help reduce it and help you feel confident again.

You should also see your doctor if your body smells different than usual. A fruity smell could indicate diabetes due to high levels of ketones in the bloodstream. Liver or kidney disease can often make the individual have a bleach-like smell due to a build-up of toxins in the body.

If you were able to get rid of BO in the past using other conventional means, kindly share with us in the comment session