Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
A kind of vascular headache, migraines are caused by nerve swellings that result in expansion of blood vessels in the brain. Inflammation leads to further enlargement of arteries, which in turn escalates into debilitating pain. Usually accompanied by nausea and photophobia, it is one of the most under-diagnosed and under-treated problems. Today we have, Dr Praveen Gupta, Consultant, Neurology at Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon take us through the top 12 list of do’s and don’ts when you are suffering from migraines.
- Patients, who have been diagnosed with migraine, should continue to take the prescribed medication.
- Migraine patients should avoid exposure to frequent temperature change.
- Avoid any alternative treatments at home.
- It is important to remember that migraines, at times, can be fatal. So, it is advisable to seek medical advice.
- Ensure that you get 6-8 hrs of sound sleep.
- Yoga, meditation & morning walks are a few ways to keep you healthy. Maintain a daily routine of exercise.
- An unhealthy lifestyle can lead to migraines, specially skipping meals or not eating on time. A migraine patient should avoid fasting and food containing fat.
- Avoid strong perfumes.
- Stress could be a big reason for triggering migraines.
- Avoid direct sunlight. Use goggles and umbrellas when stepping out in the day.
- Avoid prolonged use of analgesics.
- Paracetamol or aspirin work well for many migraine attacks. (Children under 16 should not take aspirin.) Take a dose as early as possible after symptoms begin. If you take painkillers early enough, they often reduce the severity of the headache, or stop it completely.
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It's been ages and you haven't gifted anything to your girl. Reason? You have no idea what you should gift her.
Here's some quick and easy advice:
Think about what all she Likes
Pay attention to what she likes to do when the two of you are together. What movies she likes to see, what kind of clothes she likes to wear, what kind of foods she gorges on, what are her favourite colours, her intellectual inclinations, the music she likes to listen etc. This will give you an idea about her general tastes in life. If you think you are one of those who find it hard to judge people and ascertain their likes and dislikes, then go ahead and ask her. But don't make it sound too obvious to her that you want to buy a gift for her.
Think about the kind of Person she is
Is she a brand addict or all she cares is that she should look good in whatever she wears? Or is she one of those who hardly care? Or is she a tomboyish girl who enjoys climbing trees and running around bare feet? Is she obsessed with chocolates? Try and explore her inherent nature and thought process. Try to determine the things that give her true happiness. At the same time think about what she does in her spare time. Maybe she likes sketching, so you can get her a sketching set. Or maybe she likes gaming! So you can buy her a PSP.
Also, it'll be worth doing some brainstorming. Try to recall past conversations to see if she ever gave you any hints about presents or stuff she would like you to buy. Think, if she has been planning to acquire something for a long time, something which has been on her wishlist since ages.
Talking to Other People
Get the journalist in you to do some work. Talk to her friends. You can even talk to her mother. Usually a friend or a parent can have a really good sense of her tastes because of knowing her for a long time and would be more than happy to help.
Go Out and Get it
Once you've done enough research, it's time to go out and procure the gift. Do not spend months in just doing the research. At the most, take a week's time for that. You have to decide upon some thing or the other. Once decided, go out and buy the gift. Get it nicely wrapped. Attaching a personal note with it is strongly recommended and she is sure to love it.
Sometimes, the Simplest Things Work
It is not mandatory that you have to buy fancy jewellry for her or some other expensive stuff. Sometimes, even the most simple things can do wonders. Buy her a simple flower, and if you are close to where she lives, leave it on her step. Also leave a little note saying something like "I'm thinking of you" or other nice things. Even if the girl doesn't like flowers, she will like that fact that you're thinking of her and think it's kind of romantic.
No Cash at all
Whatever you do, please don't give her money. If you can't figure out what to gift her, then give her a shopping voucher for a good store but no money, for Good Lord's sake!
Experimentation is Welcome
If you think that usual stuff like clothes, CDs, etc. can be quite boring, then there's no harm in walking an extra mile and doing something different. You can get a t-shirt designed for her or get custom made handicrafts. You can gift her a vacation to the hills, a hand-painted portrait, etc. Such things are sure to excite her and make her fall in love with you all over again.
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Sunday, October 23, 2011
Should I Really Date a Younger Woman?
Well, we don't really blame you if you've ever thought about dating younger women.
Almost all of us would have thought about such a thing. Many would have even followed through with it. Now a disclosure: she may be sweltering hot, she may give you that comfort, she may be fun but chances of such a relationship going awry are more than everything going alright.
Hugh Hefner's fiasco with his ex-fiance Crystal Harris is an example which stands in support of the above assertion. 25 years old Crystal broke off the engagement with 84-years old Hefner just five days before the marriage. Well, one may argue that here the age difference was quite huge but generally, getting into relationships with younger women only does more harm than good. Men often end up ruining their marriages in their pursuit of a twenty-something babes and eventually, the entire thing turns out to be a mirage.
Let's see how dating a girl 10, 20 (or more) years younger to you is quite likely to be a recipe for disaster:
Because She is Not a Fresh Start
Older men who fall for younger women are normally enticed by the seeming innocence and purity of the latter. They often assume that it's older women who have emotional hang-ups and that a younger woman won't have intimacy issues as she has never had a broken heart. This is not true, at least not in entirety. Normally, every woman - young or old - has an emotional baggage to carry. Further, younger women are likely to have issues that older women have outgrown. In fact, they might even be more insecure.
Is it All About Money, Honey?
Have you ever wondered that when you were all young and pumped-up, you couldn't get the girl of your dreams? And now when you're nearing forties and look “obviously old”, a hottie 15-20 years younger to you is prostrating her in front you. What could be the possible reason? Sorry for sounding crude but a possible reason can be that you're earning much more than what you were 15 years ago. Younger women are often attracted to the security that older men can provide them. We're not being misogynistic but they can be in it for financial advantages as well and you may end up getting no emotional fulfillment at all.
The Very Obvious Generation Gap
If the age difference is huge, somewhere around 30 years, then the forces of generation gap can come into play. A 50-years-old might find it hard to understand a 20-years-old obsession with handheld gaming consoles. Similarly, the young woman may not be able to relate to the man's musical tastes. It's hard to build a relationship when the two parties have so little in common.
Revisiting the Good Ol' Days. Really?
Often, older men date young women in an attempt to get the fountain of youth in them flowing again with full force, but it rarely, if ever, works. They plan to do the kind of things they used to be adept at in their 20s. So when you start, the first few days (or even weeks) can be great. But slowly and gradually, you might get tired of the club hopping, all-night binge drinking and the other such stuff.Such relationships are quite like honeymoons - lot of sex, romance and adventure but a honeymoon, like most good things, does (and must) come to an end.
Do not mistake us for cynics after reading the stuff above. We've just highlighted the possible reasons for such relationships going off the track. Some of them may even work. We know you're thinking of Rupert Murdoch's super-wife Wendi Chang but such cases are quite rare. At the end of the day, it's your own decision to enter into such relationships. We have only tried to help you in not making an error of judgement.
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