Fatigue is the number one problem that most young professionals are suffering from. We have to grapple around with work, chronic stress, poor sleep, forgetfulness, office politics, lack of exercise, irregular meals, all of which drive fatigue and make it impossible for us to achieve any worthwhile objective. At times, you will be told that such fatigue is normal, as you are getting older. But this kind of fatigue does not have to be a part and parcel of your life.
Here is a list of some basic essential tips that will help you get rid of fatigue and stay energised for the entire day:
Start the day with fulfilling breakfast
Even if you are not feeling hungry, you should not forget your breakfast. A breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day in terms of energy. It gets your metabolism going and is probably the one meal that you can afford to splurge on. A healthy breakfast consisting of fresh fruits, milk and cereals can help you stay primed for rest of the day.
A spike or dip in your blood sugar level can lead to fatigue. So you should eat every four hours to ensure that your sugar level remains at optimal level. If you eat three large means, which are spaced out by five to six hours, it can take more energy to digest and lead to wide imbalance in your sugar levels. It is better that you should take light refreshments at regular intervals throughout the day.
Whenever the occasion permits, you should find a private area in office where you can do some noisy power breathing. This involves inhaling and exhaling quickly and evenly through your nose. Many yogis claim that it will make you feel as invigorated as if you just finished a workout.
Take a walk
Sitting in front of the computer for few hours can easily sap your strength. In the late afternoon period when you feel the hints of fatigue, you can drag yourself outside the office and take a walk up and down the corridors or in the lawn. Going up and down few flights of stairs is also a good way of getting yourself to feel fit.
Shake up your routine
A bored brain is a fatigued brain. The brain responds to novel experiences by releasing a rush of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, which make you more alert. Try to do something new everyday. Change the layout of your desk. Use a different font for typing in the computer. Making big changes might be difficult for you, but you can always make the small changes to feel better.
Use Instagram to take better photos
These days it is quite common for people to use their smartphones for taking pictures. What many users don’t know is that they can take much better quality pictures if they download the app called Instagram. Even if you are using a smartphone to click pictures, the rules of photography apply. Light, depth and angle are all things to consider when taking a photograph. Instagram enables you to take full advantage of the simplest rules of photography.
If you are an Android user, you can download the Instagram app for free from Goople Play. The users of iOS devices can download it from iTunes store. Once you have downloaded and installed the device, a shortcut will automatically get created on the home screen. Click on the shortcut and go to the “Sign In” icon. You can enter your email, username, password, phone number (optional), and upload a photo (optional) to create your account.
Once you have opened your account, it will be possible for you to link it to your Facebook account, from where you can import contacts or find friends. This will make you easier to share pictures that you take through Instagram. When you click Next, you will be taken to a page where you will find suggested Instagram users whom you can follow. Click “Done” to complete the process and continue directly to your account.
The camera icon is at the centre of the tab at the bottom of the screen. In order to snap a picture, all you have to do is tap the camera icon. Of course, the picture will be taken through your Android or iPhone camera. You can also click the small icon on the bottom right to enable and disable your device’s flash, if supported.
Use of filters can vastly enhance the quality of your pictures. You will find a series of intertwined squares at the bottom left; from here you can filter that is most appropriate for your needs. Click ”Next” when you are finished. On an iPhone, this will be a green check mark on the bottom of the screen; while on an Android, tap the double arrows at the top right corner to move on. Instagram has a total of 19 filters (not including original) and each one adds a different feel to your photo.
Hard going or plain sailing?
Musing over Indian English – Part I
Today we boast that India has a competitive advantage in outsourcing because of its English-speaking population. But most at Independence wanted to eliminate English and replace it with Hindi. In the passage of time, we have witnessed that most of us wanted Hindi as a national language and also valued English as a window to the world. Some have launched agitation but ultimately English and Hindi now used as official languages for all purposes. In short English has been used and will be used in the future for many purposes, though the sailing (acceptance) was not plain.
But our own Indian English will be intelligible to us and to the outsider is a question to be asked as we said Indian English is coming as a separate variety of English. In spite of India’s diversity, however, there is indeed a general homogeneity in syntax and vocabulary that can be found among speakers across India. It will be found that excellent English bearing fewer regional grammatical peculiarities is spoken now in India.
There are plenty of facts you can find in everyday modern living which help to convince you that learning English language has become a global necessity. The world is increasingly getting smaller, say, a global village and English, which has become the world language, is being one of the major catalysts there. People in India be in trade, technology, international relation, cyber world etc. has been using English.
English is used for many purposes. English was previously utilised and accessed only by the elite minority, now stands as the most widely spoken language in India, after Hindi. Despite being a second language, its dominance has grown over the years, and it has come to occupy the position of an accepted language in the fields of business and education. But, we should ponder over two important questions viz. with the dominance of English shall we forget our own indigenous languages? And let us try to find out now what kind of English we are using and how far it is intelligible/acceptable to world at large?
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(The writer is a Assistant Prof. in Late BRD Arts and Commerce Mahila Mahavidyalya, Nasik, Maharashtra. Email: [email protected])