International youth Day

The strength of any country or groups of people lies in its youths. That’s why the importance of empowering and investing in youths cannot be overemphasized..
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Emphasis for this year’s celebration is on the inclusion of the youths in the combined effort to fight against poverty, restore the planet, protect life as well as integrate biodiversity in the transformation of food systems.
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Meanwhile, this is a golden opportunity to remind the youths that, although we are to put in the requisite efforts to make this world a better place…

We mustn’t forget our creator in this primetime of Life.
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This is the time to use our strength for God.
This is the time to serve God and do as much as we can to share the Love of God to as many people as possible.
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A time will come, when you will be too old to carry out certain tasks. How you spent your youthful years will determine if you’d feel fulfilled or regretful.
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The book of Ecclesiastes in the Holy Bible puts it this way;
Remember your Creator while you are young. Your old age is coming when you will have many troubles. When that time comes, you won’t have much to enjoy. Remember God before your life is snapped like a silver chain. Remember God before your life is broken like a golden bowl. It will be as useless as a broken bucket at the spring. It will be no good, like a broken wheel at a water well.
Ecclesiastes 12:1‭, ‬6 ICB
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My fellow youths, let’s think on these..

Mindfulness..

I’ve been thinking lately on the subject of mindfulness..

One of the things that irks me the most is having to find things especially when I’m in a hurry.
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Its sets me in such a terrible mood and I start blaming everyone… I mean everyone except myself for whatever it is that is missing…
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While, sometimes some other persons might be at fault for the misplacement of whatever it is that I’m looking for..I mean..I have kids ranging from 7years old to 1yr +.. So , things are bound to here and there… You get the picture..yeah?!

Other times..in short most times, I am the cause!
Which I failed to see for a long time
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I realized that I have a habit of keeping things mostly out of reach of my kids and forgetting where I kept them
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So, I made a decision to be more mindful about where I keep things..I made a decision to not be so absent minded when I’m dropping anything so that I can easily recall where exactly I left it, to save myself the turmoil of futile, annoying, hurried searches I do when I need whatever it is I’ve kept.
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Now, moving on to more serious aspects of life. We are a product of our decisions and being mindful about the decisions we take in our lives will go a long way to save us from frustrations, regrets and stagnation.
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We can’t afford to do certain things absent mindedly.. Or from a carefree standpoint.
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We need to stop the blame game.. We need to stop blaming our parents, children, spouses, economy, church, school, location etc…for not reaching the fullness of our potential.

We need to rise up today, make a decision to change the status quo , and be more mindful about where we want to be tomorrow.

Have you said these today?

HAVE YOU SAID THESE TODAY?
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I started this year with a particular request on my mind, then as the year has gone by, I’ve added 2 more items to the list of my request.

And although, I have prayed and I know God has heard…but as we all know, that window between when God has answered our prayer and when we see the manifestation could be wide…

The waiting time can be very trying..however, we are expected to be in a thankful mode, during this time (which most times I am and even just for everything in General).

Needless to say, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak is sometimes my case being the human that I am

Thankfully, God says his Grace is sufficient for me and his strength is made perfect in my weakness.

All these to say that I have had days when I’ve been blue on the subject matter…and other days I’ve been bright.

Lately though..I’ve been more blue than bright on the matter.

But you know what…God has a way of reminding us of what’s more important and what’s more astonishing is that he sometimes uses the most unlikely source to tell us.

So, there is this person that sends me bizarre videos on WhatsApp…I didn’t even save the person’s number. The person got my phone number as a result of a work related issue, after which the person has held on to my number.

Anyway, this person after seeing I have ignored previous messages stopped sending me messages on WhatsApp for months now…so imagine my surprise when I saw a video message from the number! I almost deleted it chugging the idea of the video to one of those random messages…but I felt a nudge to at least check the video out.

Lo and behold…it was this beautiful song below and I believe God used this person to remind to be thankful and not be focused on those things I’m thinking I want or need!

It has touched me deeply today..and I thought to share the video too.

So, Have you thanked God for the little things God has given you or are you laser focused on what you are expecting to get from God that you are yet to see?

Be reminded by this beautiful song in this video about what truly is more important!

Video credit: Harmony in heartland

Take care of your heart: world Hypertension day( May17)

World Hypertension day (May 17)

Did you know that there are 1.5million cases of newly diagnosed hypertensive patients per year in Nigeria?

In my practice, I find that many people are hypertensive without realizing it.

Thankfully, Blood pressure check is one of the free services we offer where I work as well as in many other healthcare facilities..

I have lost count of how many people have walked in just because they were cajoled by a friend or family member to check their Blood pressure(Bp) or because they came to see the Doctor for other complaints and have to get their vital signs checked only to find out that their blood pressures are elevated/high.

Most of the time, these patients were as far as they were concerned feeling well with nothing to indicate that they were having a high blood pressure.

While in some other cases, some of these patients show signs and symptoms which are associated with the condition..

So then you may ask;

What is hypertension?

Hypertension is a condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120.

Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood against the walls of the body’s arteries, the major blood vessels in the body.

Just think about it like this; when the vulcanizer is pumping air into tyre tubes..you can see the pressure from the air being pumped into the tyre from the expansion of the tyre tubes.. Which if the pressure of air pumped into the tyre is too much can burst the tyre…you will have to agree that the pressure of air pumped into tyres must be just right..

So, picture the heart as the vulcanizing machine that pumps air but now..its blood while the tyre tubes are the arteries, and major blood vessels in the body…okay..now you get the picture..

Blood pressure is written as two numbers. The first number which is called systolic represents the pressure in blood vessels when the heart is contracting while The second number called diastolic represents the pressure in the vessels when the heart rests between beats.

The risk factors for developing Hypertension include;

Modifiable risk factors include ;

🚫unhealthy diets (excessive salt consumption, low intake of fruits and vegetables),

🚫physical inactivity, consumption of tobacco and alcohol, and being overweight or obese.

Non-modifiable risk factors include;

➡a family history of hypertension,

➡age over 65 years

➡co-existing diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease.

common signs and symptoms of hypertension?

Hypertension is called a “silent killer”.

Most people with hypertension are unaware of the problem because it may have no warning signs or symptoms.

For this reason, it is essential that blood pressure is measured regularly.

When symptoms do occur, they can include;
♦early morning headaches,
♦nosebleeds
♦ irregular heart rhythms
♦ vision changes
♦buzzing in the ears.

Severe hypertension can cause;

fatigue
nausea
vomiting
confusion,
anxiety,
chest pain,
muscle tremors.

The only way to detect hypertension is to have a health professional measure blood pressure.

Having blood pressure measured is quick and painless. Although individuals can measure their own blood pressure using automated devices, an evaluation by a health professional is important for assessment of risk and associated conditions.

The benefit of reducing hypertension cannot be overemphasized because;


Reducing hypertension prevents heart attack, stroke, and kidney damage, as well as other health problems.

Preventive measures include;


♥Reducing salt intake (to less than 5g daily).
♥Eating more fruit and vegetables.
♥Being physically active/Exercising regularly
♥Avoid smoking
Reducing alcohol consumption.
♥Limiting the intake of foods high in saturated fats.
♥Eliminating/reducing trans fats in diet.

Treatment/ management of Hypertension involves;

♥Reducing and managing stress.(Getting adequate amount of sleep)
♥Regularly checking blood pressure.
♥Taking prescribed antihypertensive medications regularly
♥Managing any other underlying medical conditions