If you feel like everyone’s a nutrition expert lately, you’re not alone. The sheer amount of diet tips and random nutrition advice online can be overwhelming and confusing, especially because a lot of the time it actually seems to make sense or come with enough anecdotal evidence and testimonials that it starts to feel pretty damn persuasive. The truth is that a lot of this advice is from people who, while eminently qualified to make choices for their own lives and bodies, may (OK, probably) are not qualified to be giving health advice to other people. I know, it’s really frustrating.
Nutrition and weight loss claims are especially ubiquitous, but the good news is that if you know what to look for, you can disregard wide swaths of advice, rather than having to dig deep into the minutiae of every single thing you come across. I’m here to debunk the biggies for you, so you can never wonder about or fall for them again.
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People tend to spend a majority of time in a job search and in their careers focusing on hard skills that qualify them for certain titles or positions. Hard skills are those technical skills, such as data analytics or coding or technical writing, that we usually acquire through school, on-the-job experience, and specific training.
While hard skills are important and will help in landing an interview or completing daily work tasks, the often-overlooked soft skills are equally, if not even more, important.
Soft skills include interpersonal skills—all the qualities and behaviors a person needs to communicate within the workplace and be successful collaborating with others to perform well in his/her position.
While technical skills may provide a good start, interpersonal skills are what will set you apart from colleagues and set you up for success in your career. In fact, in a 2016 survey, 93 percent of employers said that soft skills were either essential or a very important factor in hiring decisions.
Understanding human behavior and fostering relationships at work makes you relatable and helps build trust among your coworkers and executives within the company.
So, let’s get down to business and start prepping for success.
Megan Hageman is a Columbus-based freelance writer specializing in social media and content marketing.
With daunting work tasks, never-finished housework, and raging political firestorms, it’s easy to feel depleted. But when does that frazzle turn from temporary stress into chronic stress and burnout?
“We’re not machines, we all have a limit,” says Jephtha Tausig-Edwards, M.D., a New York-based clinical psychologist. “If you hit that, then you come to the point where you can’t function effectively,” she tells SELF.
Clinically, burnout is defined as having three distinct components: a feeling of low personal accomplishment, detachment from others, and emotional exhaustion. This might come from overwork, but almost any aspect of life can deliver chronic stress if there’s a sense of being overwhelmed. For example, you could get burned out from volunteer work, exercise, family responsibilities, or any combination of the above. So you’re chairing five committees, dog sitting for a neighbor, and just took on a major basement cleanout? That cracking sound you hear is your self-care abilities splintering.
Because your dream job should not come at the expense of your mental health
Self-care is on the rise, receiving praise and criticism every day. But self-care goes beyond a trendy face mask or a bubble bath; it’s about maintaining your mental health in all areas of your life—even at work.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in four adults has a mental illness, which means that 25 percent of employees in any company at any time could be struggling with their mental health. To zero in on why that’s important to women, in particular, a 2018 study showed women are more likely to suffer from work-related burnout than men. Self-care and mental health awareness are important components in helping employees, especially women who bear the brunt of the burden at home, live happier, more balanced lives.
In the past, because of stigmas surrounding mental health, many employees haven’t sought out the care they needed, and their work likely suffered because of it (not to mention many companies had higher turnover rates because of burned out employees).
But today’s workforce is more open-minded than it used to be. Outside the office, younger generations have touted the benefits of therapy, and their stamp of approval has shifted the way we talk about mental health needs in our workforce. These six companies are keeping with the times by making mental illness and self-care priorities at the office.
Rachel Cooper is a writer and creative based in Kansas City, Missouri. She's also co-founder of Read Poetry, an online platform and community dedicated to modern poetry and its role in today's society.
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These signs are worth knowing too.
Lumps get most of the attention when you think about the symptoms of breast cancer. You’ve probably heard that you should check your breasts regularly and be on the lookout for new or unusual bumps you can't remember being there before. If you do find one, don't panic—some women's breasts happen to be lumpy without it being a sign of cancer. But if it's a new lump, feels different from other lumps, or you just want some reassurance, it’s a good idea to get it looked at by a doctor.
But there are other breast cancer signs you should know, too. “It’s not uncommon for breast cancer to present itself as something other than a lump,” Jack Jacoub, M.D., a medical oncologist and medical director of MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif., tells SELF, estimating that anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of breast cancers he's seen don't involve one. While the most common symptom of breast cancer is still a new bump or mass, according to the American Cancer Society, here are a few others that should be on your radar, too.
If you find something off with your boobs, the odds are pretty high that it’s something that’s completely unrelated to cancer. “It’s important to put everything into context,” Dr. Jacoub says. Still, it’s a good idea to get new and unusual breast symptoms checked out, just in case.
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Not every booty builder needs to be a big lift with five inches of plates and plenty of grunts. Sometimes the best work you can do for your body is actually a bit simpler. Good mornings look like an easy bend, but the hip-hinge motion is actually waking up every muscle along your posterior chain—hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors (the muscles that run up and down your back along your spine), even your transverse abdominals (the corset muscles that wrap your core), says Harris Murrieta, CSCS, coach for personal training platform Ladder and director of recovery at Performix House in New York City.
The exercise gets its name because it mimics the movement of getting out of bed in the morning—a reason to love it is because it wakes up your body and preps you for the big work of a day. In other words, this is one warm-up move you don’t want to miss.