Archive for February, 2013

26 feb

The Effects of Drug Abuse on Your Life

RobertCordrayMany people know that drug abuse is harmful. But what most people do not know is the true extent of the damage that drugs will cause a person; how drug abuse can affect every aspect of a person’s life, until it has deteriorated beyond any recognition of the life that they formerly knew. Drugs will harm you physically, mentally, emotionally, and they will drastically damage your personal and professional life as you lose money, respect, and all self control. Medicinal drugs can work miracles, but used incorrectly they can have the opposite effect. A drug addiction can take everything that you care about and destroy it. And that is just the beginning.

Loss of Self Control

Few people ever set out to become addicted to drugs. Using usually starts casually, as a response to pain – either physical or emotional – and develops as the need for release is only satisfied by an increasing amount of substance abuse. Soon, the addiction takes over your life, and you cannot stop, even if you wanted to. There are few things that are more degrading than a total loss of self control. And if you don’t believe that, just wait until you experience it for yourself.

Damage to Physical Health

It does not take long for drug abuse to have an impact on your physical health. Many illegal drugs have effects that are immediate – such as vomiting, sweating, withdrawal symptoms, and even death. But every drug has negative long term effects on your health. Extreme weight loss or gain is one; they can affect how you breath, how you look, and even your skin. Even if you started taking a drug as a painkiller, any long term will use will have serious negative implications for your physical health, sooner rather than later.

Altered Mental Well-Being

Personalities can be completely altered by drug use. Violent mood swings, anger, depression, and suicidal thoughts, are just some of the side effects. The highs are too high and the lows are too low. Sure, you may love to use just for the buzz that you feel, but soon enough the buzz will get less and less, and it will turn into a need. Eventually you will take drugs just to feel like your normal self again. But you won’t be your normal self; not until you are fully clean.

Relationships Ruined

You may think that a drug addiction is an entirely personal struggle. And in some ways you would be right. But it is not possible to be living a life of an addict without having a huge knock-on effect for your family and those around you. You will find that you start to shun the company of those close to you, your relationships will be altered, and you will probably only want to be around other people with the same problem as yourself. And when you start to suffer from the effects of your addiction, there is no one that you will want near you more than your family.

About the Author: Hyrum Taffer is a freelance writer for and expert in drug addiction/recovery. Through much personal experience and a lot of research, Hyrum hopes others can benefit from his writing.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on February 26th, 2013 in Health | No comments

26 feb

How to Stay Fit and Healthy After Graduation

JennaSmithCollege life is active, but once you graduate, chances are that you end up in a “sedentary” job where you easily gain weight. However, that can certainly be avoided if you commit to a healthy routine right away.

Exercise not only relieves stress but also make the transition easy by taking your confidence to the next level. You’ll have a much bigger advantage when you step into the corporate world. Besides that, it’s a lot easier to include an exercise regimen into your stressful work occupied schedule later on. With a little bit of planning and understanding, you definitely can get started on the right track.

Find Alternate Ways to Exercise

Chances are that when you were in college you had free access to the campus gym or at least a discounted membership in some other gym. However, now that you’re out of college, you either have to shell out the full price or find alternate ways to work out.

And if you are on a tight budget like most of the graduates, then you need to get a little more creative about how you’ll be taking care of exercise. For example, you can set up a home gym with some really basic equipment like a stability ball and dumbbells. You can also try running and walking when outside.

Set Your Schedule Right

College offers you much more freedom/time when it comes to exercise. But with a full time job you may not have the liberty to find time for exercise. The solution is set a schedule that works for you.

For instance, if you’re hunting for a job then make exercise a part of your day to day routine so that you have more confidence, better mood and a good amount of energy. And if you’ve already started working then squeeze in a 10-15 minute workout break to help you keep fit.

Stay Fit at the Workplace

It’s easy to burn calories in college life since it’s vibrant and active where you move around the campus and go out partying. But it’s different when you’re chained to your desk at the office for 8 hours everyday.

The solution? Get creative at the office so that you’re able to stay active. Go out there and walk the stairs during breaks. Get a pair of asics onitsuka shoes and walk, run or bike when you find time. Park your car further away. And above all, avoid eating junk food during lunch breaks. There are endless ways to stay healthy and fit at work, you just need to think out of the box.

Every college graduate sees their life changing after graduating. But this change doesn’t mean that the “fitness” factor goes for a toss. You still can stay healthy and fit after college by taking simple steps such as the ones we discussed above.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on February 26th, 2013 in Career, Diet and Fitness, Health | No comments