Brain Dumping for a better night's sleep.



After a long tiring day, it is normal to have a lot on your mind and this can bring some sleeping difficulties. If this annoyance is a familiar one for you, you should try out a brain dump just before you go to bed. 

What is it?

A brain-dump is basically a full transfer of whatever is on your mind from your brain down to some other medium of ‘storage’ like a notepad or a computer hard drive. 

A comprehensive and systematic brain dump is the best approach to dealing with chaotic thoughts and feelings of overwhelm. It is a quick and simple method to get it off your chest - or in this case head - strategy where you simply jot down everything on a paper.

As soon as you outline all your crazy thoughts on paper, you will usually see that the worry and panic is just in your head. And better yet, after writing your thoughts on a paper, you can subsequently analyse them without being astounded. 

Basics, Tips, and Importance: 

A brain dump is basically a distinct escape route that you can return to over and over each time you feel scattered, confused, or overwhelmed.

It allows you to outline all your thoughts so that you can consider them, assess them, and make sound decisions on them and deal with them in priority rather than haphazard style. 

Brain dumping may sound simple and straightforward, but it is the ideal way to help you enjoy the much-needed peace of mind and of course sleep. As such, it is important that you take time to do a comprehensive job. This is because it will give your mind the time to incubate and percolate connections and ideas about what to adjust, modify or even delete on your list. Just don’t be in a hurry! 

Luckily, you can keep your brain dump list either in a notebook, tablet, voice memos etc but try to keep your list in the most convenient, accessible place for you.

Moreover, don’t attempt to do it all at once. Start it out in little time snippets, here and there, as the thoughts occur. Spend a good chunk of time just getting things off your head and down onto paper, particularly if it is your first time to do it or it has been long since you tried it. 

In a nutshell: 

Although using a brain dump does not mean that you are free of getting overwhelming thoughts completely, it does mean that next time you feel this way, you know how to approach and combat such feelings. A brain dump simply gets you back on track quicker. 

If you are having trouble finding sleep due to thoughts racing through your mind, then a brain dump is worth every effort! 

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An update on the Zika virus - where has the danger spread to?


According to World Health Organization (WHO), Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that was first discovered in Uganda, 1947 in monkeys. It comes from the Zika forest of Uganda Later in 1952; it was discovered in humans in now both Uganda and Tanzania.

Zika virus can be transmitted through a mosquito, Aedes aegypti which bites in the evenings, sexual transmission in partners, and mother to child during pregnancy and blood transfusions.

Brief History

1947- It was first discovered in Uganda, where monkeys tested positive for the Zika virus.

1952- It was discovered in human beings where at first the symptoms resembled those of yellow fever.

1954-1983- The virus spread across African and Asian countries during this period

2007- The first outbreak of Zika virus beyond Africa and Asia was discovered on the Island of Yap in the Federal States of Micronesia. 

2013-2014- Zika virus spread to French Polynesia, Easter Island, Cook Islands and New Caledonia.

2015- Zika virus crossed borders from Brazil to countries in South America, North America, Central America and the Caribbean. It is estimated that 1.5 million people have been infected by Zika virus in Brazil.

2016- World Health Organization declared Zika virus as a long term disaster rather than an emergency.

2017- Angola reported two cases of the Zika virus.

Zika virus at the moment

According to newsroom reports, below is the statistics as per today.

Caribbean

There are 598 confirmed cases of Zika virus.

South America 

There are 5439 confirmed cases of Zika virus.

Mexico, Florida and Texas 

There is evidence of Zika virus in the US & Mexico. Expectant mothers and those intending to conceive together with their partners have been warned not to travel to Zika transmission areas.

Zika forecast

With a view of the Aedes aegypti map, Africa, South America and Asian countries will have highest infections of Zika virus infection in the next five years. The infections will primarily be transmitted through mosquito bite.

What can we do?

It is said prevention is better than cure and as we can see in the current situation cure is becoming hard to find and if it is there, not everyone can afford the cost that comes with it. Health providers have therefore come up with preventive measures for people to follow.

• Sleep under treated mosquito net. It is recommended everyone should try and sleep under a net more especially those in affected regions.

• Shut windows and doors to avoid entry of the mosquitoes. Apply insect repellent. This can apply to people who do not want to use a net. The repellent has an annoying scent to keep off these tiny monsters.

• Wear clothes that cover 99% of your skin to minimize mosquito biting.

• Abstaining from sexual acts with infected people.

• Using protection when engaging in sexual act with an infected person.

For Expectant mothers

Avoid unnecessary travel to regions that are prone to the Zika virus until after delivery.

Zika Vaccine

Scientists are working round the clock to come up with the vaccine. It is expected that by 2018, health facilities across the Globe will be fully equipped with the vaccine.

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References

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/05/yes-zika-will-soon-spread-united-states-it-won-t-be-disaster

https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/health/what-is-zika-virus.html?_r=0

 

Stay safe when attending the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games


Are you planning to visit Brazil for the Paralympics and Olympics or any other reason? If so then you should know what to avoid as well as what to do so that you remain healthy during your visit and after you return.

The dates for the Olympics are 5-21 August, 2016 while the Paralympics will follow on 7-18 September, 2016. The summer events promise to be spectacular and will see many thousands of participants and fans travel to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from all over the world. If you are among those who are going to enjoy the summer games then a healthy and safe stay should be your top priority.

It is recommended that you check with your local travel agencies and government sources to inquire about health dynamics in Brazil. Furthermore, the internet is another reliable source of this critical information so this article examines some of the most vital considerations for you as a visitor to this vibrant, exciting city.

 Essential vaccinations

There are a number of routine vaccinations that you should know before booking your plane. It is advisable that you get all relevant travel medicines and vaccines based on your doctor's recommendations. This will help you to avoid particular diseases in Brazil.

Additionally, consider what you will be involved in and the duration of your trip. This is a basic safety tip for all of you. Some of the vaccines that you should not ignore include: Polio vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and chickenpox vaccine. The annual flu shot is another valuable precautionary measure.

Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines

You should avoid contaminated water and food while in Brazil. In case this might be more difficult than it sounds, you should be vaccinated against typhoid. Furthermore, this will be handy as you visit smaller cities, eat heavily, tour villages and stay with family and friends. In addition, there is a risk of contracting hepatitis A regardless of your food joint via contaminated water and food. This makes hepatitis A vaccination a necessary requirement for you.

Hepatitis B

This is another health hazard that will compel you to do avoid certain activities. Blood products and contaminated needles are some of the major causes of this disease in Brazil. To add to this, sexual adventures will increase your chances of getting hepatitis B.

Malaria

Malaria is a deadly disease. Your Brazil visit should be free from any mosquito bites. You are advised to take precautionary measures depending on travel time and destination not forgetting the time you spend outdoors. Some medical professionals will advise you to take medication during the stay, before and after the Brazil tour.

Yellow fever and rabies 

Some parts of this fabulous country have the potential of exposing you to yellow fever. Everyone who is nine months onwards should be vaccinated to prevent yellow fever infection.

More so, mammals especially bats and dogs are the main source of rabies. This is not a great concern but you should be vaccinated if you fall in any of the following categories of people:

• Those working with animals or involved with animals in any way

• Remote area outdoor activities where you can easily be bitten by animals

• Children because of their playful nature

The Zika Virus

This virus has been in the news consistently in recent weeks and advice continues to develop but you need to be aware that Brazil is one of the 58 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika virus by mosquitoes. While mosquitoes are the primary vectors, a person infected with Zika virus can also transmit the virus to another person through unprotected sex.

Zika virus disease usually causes mild symptoms, and most people will not develop any symptoms. However, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly (children being born with unusually small heads) and other brain malformations and disorders in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy.

This virus will be the subject of a later blog in July when we will relay the most up to date advice but it is certainly something to be aware if you are planning to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.

In Conclusion

The Olympics will only be a lifetime experience if you are safe and healthy. Speak with your doctor, take all the necessary precautions and you will enjoy the trip of a lifetime at the world’s greatest athletic event in one of the world’s most exciting places.

With acknowledgements to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel  and https://www.passporthealthusa.com as well as https://www.who.int

Top tips for choosing the right international healthcare insurance

Choosing the right sort of international healthcare insurance policy can be influenced by a range of factors – we examine just a few for you to consider.

In order to determine the right international healthcare insurance, you need to assess your concerns and priorities as far as healthcare is concerned. Different insurance companies offer different levels of coverage. 

What is covered?

The main healthcare levels of coverage are usually: Maternity, Dental, Outpatient, and Hospitalisation cover. A healthcare plan with hospitalisation only will cater for major risks such as surgery, diseases, or accidents, that leave you hospitalised. This is the most significant level of healthcare plan, as it provides a way to cover for the typically expensive cost of hospitalisation. 

Generally, you’ll be provided with the Outpatient International Healthcare Insurance plan as an option. This will enable you to go and visit doctors (Specialists, GPs, and for prescribed medication). You may not need a healthcare insurance plan if the outpatient benefits in your country provide low cost visits to the doctors. 

Several international healthcare insurance plans also offer dental care as an option. This usually comes with a waiting period before you can start enjoying the dental coverage. There are some healthcare plans that cover major dental treatment as well. Usually, healthcare insurance plans that include orthodontic cover are the most expensive, which goes to show how expensive they are. 

Maternity cover, on the other hand, is quite different and a policy qualification period of between three and twelve months is often included. This level of cover can significantly increase your healthcare premiums so careful consideration should be made about whether or not it is necessary. 


Determine your priorities 

Figure out whether you want the most cost effective healthcare plan, or the best offer in your range. Relatively inexpensive insurance plans should cover hospitalisation, at the very least. But flexibility may also come in handy when choosing the right international healthcare insurance plan. A healthcare plan that includes dental or outpatient cover will provide more alternatives should you find yourself in an overseas country. For instance, expatriate doctor fees are usually higher as compared to local doctor fees. An insurance plan that includes outpatient cover will enable you to consult any doctor you want freely from any medical facility. 

Compare the International healthcare insurance plans 

Enquire for a healthcare insurance quote (which is usually free), and compare the available plans. When deciding over a wide range of international healthcare insurance plans, you may need to determine how much travel you are likely to do and how many different countries you will visit. A suitable insurance plan will enable you to move from one country to the other without having to reapply.

If you would like advice from experienced professionals please contact our friendly team at info@mayfairworldwide.com

 

The relevance of a healthy workforce

Corporate health is the collective well-being of company averaged by the health of its individual members. Successful business managers are always aware of the health of their employees.

A physically fit and active work force is a great asset to any corporation. We look at several reasons why employers should not underestimate the importance of the good health for their employees, education programmes and healthcare insurance.

· HEALTHCARE EXPENDITURE.

Medical costs keep increasing with each year. For many staff, their health care insurance is covered by their employers. However, staff who are overweight, smoke or drink too much are at higher risk of lifestyle diseases and thus stand to incur more health care costs in the long run.

One of the ways to prevent this is by ensuring your staff keep fit. Education programmes and links with local fitness clubs will reduce the number of employees who regularly suffer from lifestyle illnesses and significant strain on company’s efficiency.

· ABSENTEEISM.

Numerous sick leaves always cost businesses money and time. A fit and healthy workforce means all available working hours will be fully utilized. It also reduces the need for temporary staff or colleagues covering that can often lead to important tasks being left half done or not completed at all.

· ENERGY LEVELS.

Regular exercise is believed to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels. For a business manager, having keen, energetic staff is a tremendous boost to overall staff morale.

Conversely, the heavy smoker will be away from there place of work on a regular basis having a ‘smoking break’. Much working time can be lost due to smoking breaks and smokers will often be less efficient than their non smoking colleagues.

Education and encouragement to give up smoking is practiced in many workplaces and the benefits can be seen in increased productivity and a healthier workforce. 

· COMMITMENT AND GOAL SETTING.

For someone to maintain optimal fitness and health, a good level of commitment to achieving set goals is required. Employees with healthy bodies and minds have learned how to set goals and go about realizing them. This attitudes often spreads to all areas of their life including their jobs. An active labor force will always stay in line with company goals and missions. Additionally, they will always have ways to keep them motivated at all times.

· REDUCED STRESS.

The workplace tops the list of factors contributing to stress in individuals. Overweight staff and smokers will be less efficient because they often have higher stress levels. Employees with healthy bodies are much better at handling stressful situations. With impending deadlines, workload and set targets, there will always be no shortage of stress triggers in any company. With this in mind employers stand to benefit hugely from fit staff that better cope with dynamic conditions.

To ensure full mental and physical productivity employers must ensure wellness programs are put in place to help those employees who need it to become healthier and a more productive member of the team.

ADVICE

If you are in need of advice about how to approach better health in the workplace or where to go for a Healthcare Plan, then we can help, please email us here at: info@mayfairworldwide.com and one of our friendly team will contact you.

 

The importance of good Health Care Packages to both Employees and Employers

Workplace health insurance programs are enormously popular because they offer numerous mutual benefits for both the employee and the employer. The best healthcare packages combine both individual and organizational strategies if it is to benefit the employees, their families and the company as a whole.


4 Benefits to employers offering health insurance  

From an employer’s perspective, it is unfortunate that a majority of publicity relating to providing healthcare perks to employees mostly focuses on the added burden that these benefits impose to a company.

However, it is important to look beyond the liability and focus on the overall benefits that come with offering the cover to your employees.

·        Good for the company image

One of the most important components of your company's brand is its public image. By offering a good benefits package including health insurance to employees, you help increase your company's visibility to potential future employees and the general public. Most people use this measure to gauge the company's desirability when seeking employment. To them, this in part shows your commitment as a caring employer.  

·        Reduces absenteeism

Healthy employees, satisfied with their salary package are far more likely to value their jobs and less likely to take days off sick. This is good for productivity and overall job satisfaction. A healthy employee with peace of mind who practices preventative health care is a tremendous asset to any employer and the health care package helps create this virtuous circle.

·        Saves the employer money

The cost of providing healthcare packages, whilst a major investment, is still likely to provide the employer with savings over the cost of sick pay, the cost of holiday accrual during sickness, the cost of temporary staff to cover the sick employee and the cost of managing the sick employee.

 ·        Helps you retain your best employees

Having a strong benefits package that incorporates health insurance will help the employer when it comes to retaining or attracting good employees. It is often the deciding factor when a competitor is head hunting your best people. If you have looked after them well the loyalty factor will usually repay you.


3 Benefits of health insurance to employees

·        It is a valuable perk

At a time when we are always looking to maximise our salary, the healthcare perk is a very attractive one when offered as part of the employment package. Such a benefit offers employees and their families the reassurance of being quickly and efficiently seen in the event of health worries.

·        Enhances job satisfaction

Employees appreciate the care and sacrifice that their employers make by offering them, and often their family, comprehensive health cover. This gives peace of mind that has a positive impact on job satisfaction. It is said that a happy employee is a more productive employee.

·        It’s more convenient

Job-sponsored health cover will help ease pressure of waiting anxiously for doctor’s appointments and enables health issues to be tackled quickly, efficiently and at a time to suit you.

Conclusion

A staff benefits package that includes healthcare insurance delivers benefits for both employees and employers in equal measure. It can be argued that a company is more likely to experience success and profitability for longer with a workforce that is looked after properly by a caring employer.