Friday October 18, 2019

Here’s How You Can Easily Measure Your Stress Level at Home

The researchers, however, maintained that the test is not an alternative for laboratory tests

Your body may not cope with evening stress: Study. Pixabay

Feeling stressed out? Take this newly discovered home-test that can easily measure your stress level and tell you whether you need to consult a doctor or not.

The researchers, including one of Indian origin, from the University of Cincinnati have conducted a new test with a device that uses ultra-violet light to measure common stress hormones using sweat, blood, urine or saliva.

“This may not give you all the information, but it tells you whether you need a professional who can take over,” said Andrew Steckl, Professor at the varsity.

The research, published in American Chemical Society Sensors journal, showed that the device measures stress biomarkers in our blood, sweat, urine or saliva.

“It measures not just one biomarker but multiple biomarkers. And it can be applied to different bodily fluids. That’s what’s unique,” Steckl said.

“It is a common belief that mental issues are mainly arising in metro cities owing to the stressful lifestyles. However, the non-metro cities are also in immediate need for access to mental healthcare,” Aparna Mahesh, psychotherapist at Practo, told IANS.

The researchers, however, maintained that the test is not an alternative for laboratory tests.

“This doesn’t replace laboratory tests, but it could tell patients more or less where they are… If you’re able to do the test at home because you’re not feeling well and want to know where you stand, this will tell whether your condition has changed a little or a lot.” Steckl noted.

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Stress is linked to several physical ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure and neurological or psychological disorders. Understanding how stress affects you individually could be extremely valuable, the researchers said.

“This test has the potential to make a strong commercial device. It would be great to see the research go in that direction,” said Prajokta Ray, the study’s first author and a graduate from the varsity. (IANS)

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Best 5 Festive Season Renovation Ideas For Your Home

Festive season is round the corner, so try out these interesting home renovation ideas shared by Lokendra Ranawat, founder and CEO, WoodenStreet

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A simple way to do that is to just upgrade your centre table. Pixabay

Festive season is round the corner. So try out these interesting home renovation ideas shared by Lokendra Ranawat, founder and Chief Executive Officer of WoodenStreet, to add that extra zing to your living space this year.

Wingback chair: Create a first impression. Begin with your living room as it often showcases the “character” of the house. Make it grand by implementing the idea of adding a wingback chair.

One can blindly opt for a Joan wingback chair. High backrest, comfortable wings and elegant crisp design, Joan is one complete balletic package! It’s an amazing yet steal-worthy way to change the vibes of a living room.

Coffee table: Spruce up the focal point. You want to get a festive feel but at the same time don’t want to spend too much? A simple way to do that is to just upgrade your centre table. Make this spot a centre of attraction by incorporating Naoshi coffee table. It is space-savvy and durable. Crafted in solid wood, this can be a flawless beauty of your living room.

Bookshelves: This piece of furniture not only provides space to keep your books but also adds elegance and style to a room. So this festive season, you can go innovative by renovating your reading corner with the help of a bookshelf. Cagney Bookshelves can be the charm of any nook. An alternative box pattern is the statement feature of this bookshelf. With five different blocks, it can hold quite a good amount of your favourite reads.

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RIght mirror placement brings prosperity in lives. Wikimedia Commons

Curtains: Even little things matter. When renovating your home, it’s wise to consider the windows and doors. The idea of changing the drapes is one of the most refreshing things you will do for your home. It will tie the entire look of a home. Scarlet Blue Door Curtain is a perfect combination of beauty and quality to hang in your room.

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Bohemian Mirror Frames: Festival is all about decorating. The best way to do this is adding a fascinating mirror collage to your home. Bohemian Mirror Collage will accentuate the surroundings in no time! The spectrum of colours can be seen in this mirror collage. Featuring artistic tiles, it will surely create the striking contrast to bare walls. (IANS)