Do you often feel the urge of shopping without necessity? It is estimated that currently, around 5% of people worldwide are suffering from Buying Shopping Disorder (BSD) or compulsive buying disorder. People who are addicted to excessive shopping are called shopaholic. Due to the surge of social networking websites and e-commerce platforms, lucrative promotional advertisements are inciting people to buy things they need or do not need. The ongoing pandemic can be a great opportunity to deal with this BSD. In this article, we are going to discuss some basic concepts about shopping compulsion and ways how to stop online shopping addiction.
Three key factors play a great role in creating an online shopping addiction. Those are:
- People who want to avoid social interaction and prefer buying anonymously.
- People who like a wide variety of collection.
- People who enjoy instant satisfaction.
Key signs of compulsive online shopping disorder include:
- You are failing to control online shopping tendency even if when you really want to.
- Your shopping behavior is declining your savings and causing harm to relationships, and work.
- Your family members, partner, or friends are worried about your irrational money habits.
- You enjoy thinking or planning about shopping all the time.
- You get anxious, disappointed, or annoyed when you cannot shop online.
- Shopping online is the only thing that can make you feel better.
- The tendency of hiding purchased items from the fear of getting criticized for overspending.
- Feeling post-shopping guiltiness or regret.
- Spending little time to enjoy other things that make you happy.
- Purchasing things beyond budget even if you do not actually need or planned to buy.
Due to the pandemic situation, many people are stuck at home for several months. Physical meetings with friends and relatives are being discouraged for the sake of limiting the spread of the virus. Getting distracted from the normal pace of life, many people are facing diverse psychological and emotional problems, like panic buying.
Besides flocking to the supermarkets, people are shopping from e-commerce websites to hoard a bulk amount of grocery items and other products during the lockdown period. Some food items may get decomposed before consumption, which is a wastage of money and food during the COVID19 pandemic. To prevent such mishaps, you can prepare a grocery list considering your family size and necessity.
When you are trying to control your shopping affinity, it is quite essential to identify what provokes you for shopping. For instance, if you do excess shopping from any specific Facebook pages/groups or e-commerce website, then you need to block those pages or sites.
Besides this, you can unsubscribe promotional emails, and delete shopping apps from your Smartphone. Now you will no more get notifications from those online shopping points. Your shopping behavior can change if you can resist the temptation of returning to those pages or sites.
What on earth is pushing you towards excessive shopping tendency? Some people tend to shop as a result of chronic depression; because buying goods can give them temporary happiness. While some other people do online shopping to kill boredom. However, the reason may vary from person to person. If you can identify your shopping trigger, it would be easier to deal with.
You can start a healthy habit like reading novels, gardening, watching movies, or any other creative hobby in order to divert your attention from online shopping. If you invest less time in browsing e-commerce websites or Facebook shopping pages, you will be less attracted to new items. It will not save your money but also improve your emotional health.
Most of the people, who use credit cards for online shopping, tend to buy excess things which they do not actually need. To harness your shopping spree, you can opt for cash on delivery (COD) instead of paying through credit card.
When you track where the money has been spent you can justify your own expenditure behavior. You can maintain an expenditure log for every month to compare the increase or decrease in your shopping trend. It will also remind you about the burden of expenditure or debt whenever you wish to buy anything you rarely need.
If you love to buy new clothes every month and hardly wear those, then try this technique. When you take an attempt to organize the clutter of your wardrobe, it will make you remember that you already have nice, stylish clothes. It will certainly make you feel contained about your possession and diminish your tendency to buy more. You can repeat this process several times a month to get a better result.
The virtual world is always presenting money-spinning advertisements that bait people to buy things that they actually do not need. It is found that when people feel the urge of buying any product, the wish usually disappears within 24 to 72 hours. You can apply this trick! Before buying things make yourself wait for a while!
The famous American business tycoon Warren Buffett says “Do not save what is left after spending; instead spend what is left after saving.” You can choose a saving plan and deposit a considerable share of your earning to the bank every month. It will provide you long-term benefits like overcoming rainy days in job or business, sudden medical emergencies, securing the education of your kids, etc. You can spend the left amount to buy necessary things for you and your family. Then, you will hardly afford any extra money to shop for unnecessary things.
Each of us may have a long-cherished desire – like visiting abroad or grabbing a car – which is yet to fulfill due to lack of money. Besides this, you can plan big goals for your life achieving a degree, or study abroad. Now you can start planning for these desires and goals, which really matters to your life! If you remind yourself about these plans, your spendthrift behavior will naturally reduce.
Shopping addiction can lead to financial insecurity, family disagreement, debt, depression, anxiety, etc. So far we have discussed several ways to curb BSD or compulsive shopping addiction. However, if you still cannot control your shopping spree you can consult with a psychiatrist for counseling.
Researchers in Canada say they are considering Cannabis as a potentially valuable tool to fight against COVID-19.
Researchers Olga and Igor Kovalchuck have reportedly been developing and testing a novel cannabis strain for years, except with the goal of creating a strain that helps to combat cancer and inflammation,
When the pandemic hit, the duo started to focus their efforts on how the strain might be used to help fight COVID-19.
The duo’s work was published in an April issue of the online medical journal Preprints, according to a Forbes report.
The study says similar to other respiratory pathogens, SARS-CoV2 is transmitted through respiratory droplets, with potential for aerosol and contact spread. It uses receptor-mediated entry into the human host via angiotensin-converting enzyme II (ACE2) that is expressed in lung tissue, as well as oral and nasal mucosa, kidney, testes, and the gastrointestinal tract.
“Modulation of ACE2 levels in these gateway tissues may prove a plausible strategy for decreasing disease susceptibility,” reads the study.
After looking at the research on cannabis and COVID by other scientists, they were able to determine that cannabis, a special strain in particular, could potentially block COVID-19 from entering a person’s body to begin with.
It is also possible that the strain could be used to prevent the virus from being able to propagate once it’s already entered someone’s system.
“Cannabis sativa, especially one high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), has been proposed to modulate gene expression and inflammation and harbour anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties,” the study said.
“Working under the Health Canada research license, we have developed over 800 new Cannabis sativa lines and extracts and hypothesized that high-CBD C. sativa extracts may be used to modulate ACE2 expression in COVID-19 target tissues.”
Right now it’s still a theory rather than a confirmed fact; however, it offers some hope for the future. If they’re able to prove the idea, the next step would be to manufacture the successful strain into medical formations that could be used for prevention and treatment by the medical field, they said.
The couple also pointed out that not every strain of cannabis is going to impact you in the same way. While it’s possible that they will be able to find a strain that can help prevent or treat COVID-19, there are also strains that could potentially make it worse.
“While our most effective extracts require further large-scale validation, our study is crucial for the future analysis of the effects of medical cannabis on COVID-19. The extracts of our most successful and novel high CBD C. sativa lines, pending further investigation, may become a useful and safe addition to the treatment of COVID-19 as an adjunct therapy,” the study says.
“They can be used to develop easy-to-use preventative treatments in the form of mouthwash and throat gargle products for both clinical and at-home use. Such products ought to be tested for their potential to decrease viral entry via the oral mucosa. Given the current dire and rapidly evolving epidemiological situation, every possible therapeutic opportunity and avenue must be considered.”
Consumption of a balanced diet is the key to health. Besides this, drinking adequate water, taking shower, getting proper sleep, doing regular work outs are essential to keep your body sound, functional, and healthy. However, sometimes these actions can defer your body to get the best out of your food and make your sick. Yes! We are talking about some usual post-meal habits that can harm your body instead of doing well. Read this article, to know which things you should never do right after eating a full meal.
Drinking water one glass of water 30 minutes after a meal aids in digesting the food properly. But drinking excess water right after eating food can hamper your digestion process. Because presence of too much water in your stomach tends to dilute the essential gastric juices and creates an upsurge in your insulin levels.
Besides this, if you drink chilled water immediately after having a full meal, it can result in food-clumping inside your stomach and hamper your digestion process.
Your body requires some times for digesting food before you can start a work out. If you start working out right after having a full meal, it can disrupt your digestive process. Furthermore, a post-meal quick workout session can cause vomiting, stomach inflammation, loose motions, etc.
Going for High intensity workout immediately after eating food might be more harmful. To participate in any high intensity training, you must wait for at least 45 minutes after heavy meal to avoid stomach cramps and feeling sick.
Though health experts always recommend walking as a healthy habit, post-meal walking habit can cause acid reflux leading to indigestion. It would be better, if you can wait for at least 30-minute post meals before you go for a brisk walk.
Though jumping is not high-intensity workout, it runs the risk of increasing your heart rate and jostling your body including stomach. It can also interrupt the process of digestion.
Running right away after a meal is not recommended either. If you start running with a full tummy, you can experience lethargy, stomach cramping followed by digestive disorders.
Swimming gives relief in hot humid days. But never think of swimming right after having a full meal. If you jump into the water on a full stomach, you could feel cramps. It can also create the risk of drowning.
After having a full meal, it is quite tempting to take a short nap. But this simple habit can harm your health. Falling into sleep soon after eating can lead towards heartburns, snoring, sleep apnea, etc. Therefore, you have to fight against the habit of post-meal nap to maintain health.
Fruits are rich sources of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. But your body can hardly extract these benefits from fruits, if consumed right after eating a full meal. When you eat fruits after a heavy meal, it tends to clump with the food. Instead of being processed, the ingested fruit particles may start to decompose in your stomach and produce gas. The best time of eating fruit is one hour before having meal or two hours after.
Tea carries phenolic compounds which can inhibit the process of iron absorption in the body. Therefore, habit of drinking tea immediately after meal can lead towards iron deficiency in your body causing low hemoglobin level in blood.
Having coffee immediately after eating is also not a good idea, as Coffee can slow down your the absorb process of minerals and iron in your body.
However, you can opt for green tea, ginger tea or other herbal teas after your meals to improve your digestion process.
Many of people do this secretly! In fact, it is a sign of overeating. The habit of loosening the belt creates room for the intestines to bend which can hamper the digestion process. Moreover, this habit can loosen your abdominal muscles which may result into a fat bulky belly. Therefore, you should eat moderately so that you don’t feel the urge of loosening belt.
When you take a shower immediately after having your meal, the blood flow tends to rush to your skin in order to regulate the temperature of your body. It can hamper the process of digestion. However, if you are feeling the urge of taking shower, wait for least 30 minutes after eating a full meal.
Many people are fond of smoking cigarette after having a full meal. Smoking is detrimental to your health, regardless of the time. The damage could be more intense, if done immediately after eating. Post-meal smoking habit can worsen the irritable bowel syndrome, cause ulcerative colitis and many more illnesses.
It is a good habit to brush your teeth before going to bed. But teeth can get damaged, if you start brushing right after consuming highly acidic foods. The act of teeth-brushing after meal can pose threat to the enamel layer of your teeth. It would be a good idea, to wait for minimum 30 minutes for post meal teeth-brushing.
When you eat food, it naturally increases the blood supply to your digestive tract. Consequently, the supply of blood to your brain gets affected, which may influence your ability to concentrate. Thereby, it is not a good idea to hit the wheel immediately after eating a full meal. You should wait for at least 30 minutes for better focus and concentration which can ensure safe driving.
About a dozen different vaccines of Coronavirus are in various stages of testing worldwide, including in Britain, China and the US.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, this week said he is cautiously optimistic there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year or early 2021.
Several wealthy countries have already ordered millions of doses of those experimental vaccines.
Britain and the US, for example, have invested in a vaccine candidate being developed by Oxford University and produced by AstraZeneca. If it works, UK politicians have said Britons will be vaccinated with it. The US expects to start stockpiling it this fall and also has invested in other vaccine candidates.
Groups including the vaccine alliance GAVI are also working to buy doses for poor countries and AstraZeneca has agreed to license its vaccine to India’s Serum Institute for the production of 1 billion doses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is drafting guidelines for the ethical distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
How vaccines are distributed within a country will vary. Last week, U.S. officials said they were developing a tiered system that would likely prioritize groups at greatest risk of severe complications from COVID-19 and key workers.
Being mother is a heavenly blessing of nature for women. During the nine-month journey of pregnancy, the expecting mothers tend to struggle with diverse physical and mental health issues. However, the current situation of COVID19 pandemic can make this struggle harder if pregnant women get deprived from proper care. If you are a pregnant mother you might be thinking about the probable connection between pregnancy and coronavirus. Read this article, to get your answers and know some basic precautions for pregnant mothers to avoid COVID19 infection.
It is yet not known if the pregnant mothers are more likely to get infected by COVID-19 disease than the general people or whether they have a higher risk of experiencing serious illness consequently. However, during the pregnancy period, women go through changes in their bodies which can enhance their chances of some infections. Pregnant mothers have a higher risk of developing severe illness if they get contracted by any viruse from Corona virus family, and other viral respiratory infections, like influenza.
It is currently unknown whether any risk is posed to the newborn of a pregnant mother who is suffering from COVID-19. A few reported problems show that some infants got infected by the new corona virus a few hours or days after birth. However, it is not clear if those outcomes are caused by maternal infection.
It is yet not known whether a pregnant mother with COVID-19 infection can pass the virus to her fetus during the period of pregnancy or giving birth. According to reliable sources, till date no newborn delivered by COVID19 infected mothers have tested positive for the same virus. The existence of new corona virus has not been found in samples of breast milk.
If a pregnant mother does not eat well, her immune system may get less efficient in protecting her body from diverse transmissible diseases whether respiratory, water borne or food borne. The baby growing inside a mother’s womb takes nutrition from the food the mother eats. Maintaining a nutritious diet is the key way to increase both mother’s and baby’s ability to fight against diseases.
Therefore, pregnant women are highly encouraged to get a diet chart from respective doctors and eat a balanced diet according to. Furthermore, pregnant women can take regular supplements, including protein, iron, calcium and vitamins (C, D and E) according to doctors’ advice. In addition, pregnant mothers are advised to consume enough water and citrus fruits to strengthen their immune naturally.
Like any other individuals, pregnant mothers must maintain hygiene to prevent any viral infections. They must sanitize hands at regular intervals. Besides this, the pregnant women must wear face masks and adopt other COVID19 preventive measures after going out. Moreover, they should immediately wash hands with soup and water for at least 20 seconds after returning home.
During the current warm weather, pregnant mothers can experience sweating. In such incidents most of the people tend to touch their own faces, especially the nasal and eye areas. It can increase the chance of contracting viral infections. Therefore, if you are a pregnant mother, wear mask and try not to touch your face while visiting any place outside home.
Health-experts are advising people to avoid eating outside, which also applies for pregnant mothers. Expecting mothers often experience craving for food which is quite natural during their pregnancy period. However, during the pandemic situation safety should be given priority. While staying outside home, pregnant mothers should carry their own homemade meals and water to consume at regular intervals. This practice will keep their body healthy and hydrated.
Try not to use your dominant hand (right/left) regularly. It would be a good idea, if you can use the less preferred hand (left/right) while touching buttons, opening doors, touching surfaces, picking things, etc. You can also apply your elbow while pushing buttons, doors, or doing similar actions. Wipe the common things and surfaces like chair-handle, tabletop, computer keyboard, computer mouse, etc with a piece of clean cloth. These simple precautions can reduce your exposure to the commonly touchable surfaces and reduce the risk of getting infected by COVID19.
The government has already set some rules for maintaining distancing in public transport. However, if you are a pregnant mother ensure you avoid any overloaded public transport. Alternatively, you can commute by CNG, CAB, or rickshaw. Wear mask before leaving home and do not ride on a vehicle, if the driver is not wearing a mask. To visit any place at a short distance from your home, you can go on foot maintaining at least 3-feet distance from the passerby.
During the pregnancy period an expecting mother frequently feels the necessity using restroom, which is quite natural. If you are a pregnant mother, try to avoid using crowded public restrooms. While you are using any restroom in the office premises, make sure the commonly touchable places are disinfected at regular intervals. And, do not forget to wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom.
If you are a pregnant mother, do not over think about the ongoing pandemic issue. As it will do no good to you or your baby except making you paranoid. Continuous anxiety can weaken your immune making you more vulnerable to diverse diseases. Therefore, you can avoid following the updates of COVID19 regularly. It may help you holding positive mindset and mental peace.
The healthy mothers are expected to deliver healthy babies eventually. Pregnant women should be encouraged to keep exercising inside their homes. They can also go for walk in the nearest park or neighborhood maintaining safety precautions and social distancing. Besides this, to enhance physical and emotional well-being, pregnant mothers can practice some meditation and prenatal Yoga postures.
Pregnant women are highly encouraged to maintain energetic health and mind. Sleep works great in keeping the body and mind active and healthy. Many researchers have proved that getting sound sleep regularly can boost up the immunity system of a human body in an amazing way. If a pregnant mother has strong immunity, she can avoid many health problems naturally.
Considering the imminent threat of COVID19 infection, the pregnant mothers should be more careful during their pregnancy period. It would be wise, to keep in touch with a health-expert or family doctor to check on their overall health situation and immunity system.
If you are a pregnant mother, do not ignore any kind of illness even if you feel it is a minor discomfort like runny nose, cough or breathing problem. Consult with respective doctors as soon as possible for further guidance.