Office Bathroom Etiquette 101 – A Refresher Course

This is needed because bathroom horror can scar you for life.

There are few things worse than taking a visit to an office bathroom only to find stained yellow droplets on the toilet seat or … an unflushed toilet – smelly poop that could knock you over. Sometimes there’s no soap or running water. Perhaps the only thing worse than that is experiencing the same thing every other day! If you happen to take an emergency visit to the office bathroom and feel like you’ve entered a septic tank, well, you’re not alone.

What most ‘adults’ fail to understand is that their bathroom habits define what kind of a person they are. Apparently many professionals today have forgotten the basics. Yes, Bathroom Etiquette 101 is really a thing. Just because you have a deadline to meet, doesn’t mean you cannot leave the bathroom in the same condition as it was before you came in.

So people, here are some basic Bathroom Etiquette.

  1. The office bathroom is a communal area which means you will share it with other employees. So always be respectful and clean up your mess. Pick up your deodorants and other personal items after using them.
  2. If you spit on the sink, rinse down the remains. The last thing others want to see is your spit hardened into a glue-like substance.
  3. Pee pee left in the toilet stinks after a while so just flush! Period. And additionally, if it’s brown flush it down twice!
  4. If you pee on the toilet seat, wipe it up instead of just leaving it there for the next person. Simple, right?
  5. Don’t leave poop floating – yes, it is gross. Please use the flush after washing your arse. We don’t want to see your business.
  6. Have an upset stomach? You can always use air fresheners after you are done.
  7. Go inside the toilet, do your business and get out immediately. Playing Candy Crush or reading your favorite book for an hour sitting on the toilet seat while others wait is just rude.
  8. If you use the last bit of toilet paper, throw the empty carton in the trash and place a new roll. It doesn’t take long – trust me!
  9. Always close the door. It’s never a good idea to let people see your jewels.
  10. Ladies, wrap up your feminine hygiene products before throwing them in the trash can.

You would think that most of this stuff is a no-brainer. But many people forget this. Let’s follow this common etiquette not just in office washrooms, but at home as well.

Never Give Up

Successful people are those who never give up.

I see people all of the time become victims of life challenges. When life gets tough or depressing, they adopt a negative perspective and think to themselves about how unfair life is and how things should have happened differently.

Well, the truth of the matter is that life is going to happen – sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. The one true thing that you will always have 100% control over is your response to these events. When you adopt a positive attitude and always look for the good in any given circumstance – how could you not move forward?

Remember, you must never give up and success will be yours.

#motivational_quotes #keepgoing #nevergiveup💪 #motivation #trustyourself #mindfulness #positiveaffirmations #positiveenergy

Keeping Good Company

Surround yourself with good and positive vibes.

Certain people radiate positive energy and others negative energy. This energy is a combination of a person’s mindset, their dominant thoughts, and beliefs and can be easily felt. Positive people are loving, happy, compassionate, kind and supportive. Negative people are judgmental, always complaining and like to put others down. It’s not surprising to feel uncomfortable, unhappy and tense around them.

If you have a gut feeling about a person, follow it. That’s your body’s way to communicate with you, so pay attention to those warning signals. Always go with the gut feeling that feels GOOD. Similarly, listen deeply to the one that feels bad.

Of course, some people are simply awful to deal with. However, you can choose not to let their negativity influence you. Remember that you are influenced by the energy of others. But you have the power to set healthy limits and boundaries. No one can make you feel angry, sad, or worthless without your consent.

Don’t forget to set clear limits and boundaries with negative people and cut them off when they become overly critical or mean. Support your mental and physical health by nurturing positive thoughts and emotions. Focus on positive outcomes based on love and happiness. Whenever you find yourself surrounded by people you don’t like, create an emotional barrier. The sooner you do this, the happier you will be.

#positiveenergy #positivity #positivevibes #motivational_quotes #thegoodqoute #setclearboundaries #mentalhealth #selflove #selfcare #negativitynotneeded

The Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

If you’re wondering how to check yourself for breast cancer, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms.

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it’s important to check your breasts regularly.

How should I check my breasts?

There’s no special technique and you don’t need special training to check your breasts. Everyone’s breasts are different, so get to know how your breasts normally look and feel. That way, it’s easier to spot anything unusual.

Remember to check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits.

If you spot any changes to your breasts, make sure you get checked by your doctor as soon as possible.

What should I be looking for?

Lumps are important to look for and can be the first symptom of breast cancer for many women. But there are other signs and symptoms you should look out for.

Pain in your breasts is not normally a sign of breast cancer, but it can be if it is associated with other symptoms. While most pain is not usually a symptom, it’s important to look out for any pain that is unusual and persists over a period of time.

It’s as simple as TLC: Touch Look Check

TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual? Lump – may not be seen, but might be felt.

Can you feel a lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit? You might feel the lump, but not see it.

LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?

Change to size or shape?

Can you see any change in size or shape? For example, one breast might become larger or lower than the other.

Change to skin texture

Is there any change in skin texture? This might be puckering or dimpling of the skin of the breast.

Colour change

Can you see a change in colour? The breast may look red or inflamed.

Change in nipples

Do either of your nipples look different? For example, one of them might become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out.

Nipple discharge

Have you noticed any unusual discharge from either of your nipples?

Rash or crusting

Can you see any rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area?

CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.

Have you felt or seen anything unusual? If so, make sure you get checked out by your doctor or nurse as soon as possible.

Having some of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean you have breast cancer, but it’s important to get checked out if you are worried.

If your doctor thinks you need any further testing, they will refer you to a breast clinic to see a specialist.

How often should I check my breasts?

It doesn’t matter when you check your breasts, as long as you check them regularly. This could be every month or every couple of months. You could check while you’re in the bath or shower, after the gym or before bed.

When you get to know your breasts, you might notice they change with age, or at different times of the month. For example, your breasts might feel tender and lumpy around the time of your period. You may also experience normal changes during pregnancy, when your breasts may get bigger and feel tender or sore.

Reference: Breast Cancer Now – https://breastcancernow.org/

 

Don’t You Want an Ideal Body?

Here’s why body shaming must stop right now.

I clearly remember the first time I was “fat shamed.” The phrase – fat shaming wasn’t popular back then. A fellow student looked at me and said, “How much do her parents feed her?” There were other students as well and I saw everyone nodding in agreement. There was no remorse or compassion. No one asked her to stop being rude. Everyone just continued with their conversations and I sat in a corner – feeling low.

Two decades later I still think about that experience. And the interesting thing is that people haven’t changed much. They still believe something is wrong with me. Fat shaming sadly has become socially acceptable to the point where it is now intolerable. Most women and even men believe it won’t hurt if your body is made a talking point.

In this era where we are obsessed with being skinny or tiny, I’d like to say a few things. We all have days when we don’t feel good about ourselves and the last thing I want is to be attacked about my weight. I have always been big. “You must wear black often; it is a slimming color.” Well, people – there is more than one type of physique. Are women with curves not allowed to wear colors and embrace their bodies as well?

I’m happy about how Body positivity promotes the different kinds of body frames. But there’s a lot to be done. Another rude question we often encounter is “when was the last time you had a healthy meal?” Okay, I can guarantee that this question is not helpful or kind. In fact, it is offensive and why would someone ask that in the first place. It is just plain rude.

It’s hard to be happy when I am judged for my size. Of course, I want to be healthy, but it does not mean I want to be skinny! Maybe I want to be more toned or muscular.

Fat shaming has got to the point where new people would remember you for how you look. You’d find dozens of obnoxious memes on social media. It’s upsetting to see my physique being subjected to unsolicited advice and jokes. Even celebs aren’t immune to fat shaming – it effects them as well.

People also need to realize skinny shaming has the same negative emotional impact as fat shaming. You can’t get away with a little smirk if you thought skinny shaming is acceptable. Remember that you should be cautious about the way you speak about the other person’s appearance. Normal decency should apply to conversations. Don’t let someone down to make yourself feel better. These harsh words can break someone’s ‘body’ confidence – forever!

Know that You are Awesome

No matter how much we try, there will be people in our lives that drag us down.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Well, it can be hard to understand that we always have the option to choose our mindset.

Now I only focus on the opinions and the words of those who have a positive effect on my life. Yes, I refuse to be associated with those that worry little about me and only want to bring negativity into my life.

Today, I make the #choice to #bepositive. Remember that you can’t change everyone. But you can control your response. Learn to protect your self-confidence, self-esteem as well as your sanity.

#positivevibes #positivity #inspiration #loveyourself #standupforyourself #youareworthit #emotions #stayawayfromnegativity

Image Credits: tiny buddha.com, thegoodqoute

Product Review: The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

Salicylic acid is one of the most powerful ingredients for combating acne prone oily skin. Here’s why I like using the Ordinary Salicylic acid 2% Solution.

Salicylic Acid exfoliates the skin, even the inside of pores to fight the appearance of blemishes. This 2% beta hydroxy acid treatment solution makes skin ‘visibly clear’ with continued use. It is one of the few acids that can actually penetrate the pores and ‘clean’ them from within.

If your skin is prone to blackheads and pimples, using salicylic acid every day can keep them from coming back in the first place. With regular use, your skin will become softer, smoother and more even-toned.

When applied to the skin, salicylic acid removes impurities, excess sebum as well as dead cells before they could clog your pores and result in pimples. Because BHA dissolves excess sebum, dead cells and performs surface exfoliation, it helps even out the skin tone and gives your complexion a glow as well.

SALICYLIC ACID is ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. This means it can get rid of the redness that accompanies pimples and calm down inflamed skin.

Caution!

BHA or Salicylic acid is awesome for acne prone skin. However, just to be on the safe side, avoid salicylic acid if you have irritated skin. Also, avoid topical preparations containing salicylic acid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

About the Ordinary Salicylic 2% Solution

The product comes with a cute dropper. I apply a couple of watery-gel like drops on my nose (that’s where I get the most blackheads) and my chin. The solution doesn’t feel sticky, but it does foam a little which makes the application somewhat tacky.

Mirror Mirror on the wall, is the Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution the best of them All?

Pimples are evil and they always pop up before a big occasion. I apply a drop of the solution directly on the pimple. Does it get rid of nasty buggers? Well, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution isn’t a magical potion. A pimple does look smaller the next morning, but you need to wait for a couple of days before it goes away – for good.

The Verdict:

After a week of use, my skin doesn’t look like a mess. It is a superhero for oily skin – it kicked blackheads and (most) pimples off my face.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% solution should definitely be part of your anti-acne skincare plan. I use it once daily (PM)*. Just make sure you don’t abuse the product or BHA would wreak some serious havoc on your skin.

*Always perform a patch test before using any skincare product, especially acids.

Are you using salicylic acid in your skincare routine? Share your experience in the comments below.

Image Credit: theordinary.com Clinical formulations with integrity.