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Stress and Ageing

I’m going to write something totally different today.Stress can and will affect us all at one point in our lives and can be down to so many things. It doesn’t have to be a big event or drama. Stress can build up from series of small problems which on their own would be no hassle at all. But together can give you sleepless nights and high anxiety leading to health problems such as high blood pressure.

Lately there has been lots of chatter about how the stress of being a President ages a person over the stretch of their incumbency. This physical impact is not just in our imaginations, and it doesn’t require the strain and toil of the highest office in the world. Stress in general, a new study has found, can age us in very visible and evident ways.

For the study twins were used as twins are destined to age in genetically identical ways. Researchers looked at them to see how varying stressful life experiences further changed their appearance. The primary example was of twins who had gone through a divorce and ended up looking at least two years older than their identical siblings who were single, married, or even widowed.

Additionally, use of antidepressants appeared to make subjects look older. Researchers attribute this to the medication’s tendency to cause sustained relaxation of facial muscles, which can lead to sagging of the skin.

So what does all this tell you…..DON’T STRESS.

You should always try and sort all your problems out quickly and don’t hold them in tucked away, try to always look on the bright side on things and not just the negatives. This can be hard but if you want to keep looking young when you’re older then you need to take a step back and try to chill.

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Moving home with your pets

Just last year alone, over 1,800,000 people decided to move house with their pets. This means that potentially 228,750 pets could have been caused undue stress from owners who were unaware of their needs when it came to moving home.
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Over 1,000 people were interviewed by Battersea Dogs and Cats home. Over half of those approached were concerned about the trauma that moving home would have on their pets. Animal loving Brits put the welfare of their pets even before worries such as forgotten house keys and furniture not arriving.

The younger age group felt that there was little advice available on how to care for pets when moving home. Battersea responded by producing a guide containing valuable moving tips to help young people and pets move house with as little stress as possible.

Careful planning needs to be maintained when moving pets, especially dogs or cats. The guide is also available as a downloadable PDF file and allows owners to deal with all of the areas associated with moving pets to a new address. It covers the significance of micro-chipping and even advises on finding pet kennels and hotels. This preparatory guidebook offers advice from the onset of moving home, right up to the day of the move and beyond, so as pet and owner both experience a change of address with nerves in tact and that special bond still maintained.

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Businesses to Profit from Environmental Event ‘Enviro Hour’

Seventy nine per cent of the UK’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regard environmental issues to be important to their business, and 48% believe they are more environmentally active than a year ago, but a third are yet to take any action at all claims a new environmental survey conducted by sustainable environmental agency, Envirowise.

Amongst the more common obstacles quoted were a lack of time and not knowing where to start to introduce leaner, more environmentally sustainable practices. In response, the government-funded programme has launched the ‘Enviro Hour’ to help UK businesses usefully spend just an hour a week converting their good intentions to reduce carbon footprint into long-term financial savings.

Erika Coghlan, Marketing Director for Envirowise comments: “There are many simple steps that can be taken by businesses to start the ball rolling. By using the time available efficiently, businesses can start taking advantage of cost savings and an enhanced reputation.” If businesses only have an hour a week to spend addressing environmental issues, the introduction of an ‘Enviro Hour’, will help them to focus on making the small, simple changes that can have an immediate impact (see box below).

She continues: “The best place to start is by nominating an environmental ‘champion’. 71% of the surveyed businesses did not have a dedicated person whose job included minimising environmental impact. They can then get on-track by making use of the free advice available from business support organisations such as Envirowise.” Envirowise offers free environmental advice to all companies throughout the UK to help them understand effective resource management and how to take action accordingly. For more information about this and to read all the latest environmental publications visit our website or call free-phone on: 0800 585794
Lists of things that can be done with an hour a week, day a week, day a month

  • One hour a week:
    1. Nominate a champion who takes up the environmental challenge and encourages all staff members to adopt more sustainable working practices.
    2. Contact your suppliers and ask them to look at reducing their packaging so you have less to dispose of.
  • One day a week:
    1. Begin a review of suppliers you work with, to ensure they have their own robust environmental policies.
    2. Begin writing an environmental policy that could be the starting point for a structured approach to managing your environmental issues. It would allow you to demonstrate their sustainable credentials to customers and competitors.
  • One day a month:
    1. If you are office-based, order a copy of the Envirowise ‘Green Officiency‘ toolkit and start to work through its four stage programme to a more resource efficient workplace.
    2. Contact your landlord and ask about water ‘hippos’. Placing these in each toilet cistern saves water with each flush.

Envirowise is a Government-funded programme dedicated to putting the sustainable use of resources at the heart of UK business practice.Since 1994 Envirowise has helped UK businesses save over £1 billion by enabling them to significantly reduce their environmental impact.Envirowise offers businesses of all sizes and sectors a wide range of free, independent and practical environmental advice designed to genuinely improve their processes, profitability and competitiveness. Services include:

  • Advice Line on 0800 585794
  • An encyclopaedic website of valuable and relevant information http://www.envirowise.gov.uk
  • On-site visits conducted by a nationwide team of expert advisors
  • Over 200 events each year, from Product Design Workshops to major exhibitions
  • A nationwide network of Resource Efficiency Clubs offering peer-to-peer support

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