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Causes of Sweating

How to Prepare for a Job Interview in 2020

How to Prepare for a Job Interview in 2020

Preparation is key to a successful interview. The more prepared the more confident you will feel on the actual day of the interview. Planning and setting a timetable will be key to have everything in place. The pressure is on. You have impressed the hiring manager with your resume enough to advance in the process, and how you handle the interview will decide if you move forward. The employer is hiring to fill a need—you must show that you are the best fit. “Every position is centered on a problem.

Gather as Much Information

Do as much research as you can about the employer ahead of your interview. When researching employers, LinkedIn is the most accessible resource. I recommend also “ask[ing] current employees at the company that you know about the interviewers.” Not only will this give you the inside scoop, but it will also provide a better sense about the company culture. Finally, become familiar with the position. Review the company website and all social media to understand the company. Having a good understanding of the company, the questions you will ask will be more in depth. Remember, an attorney (or a good one I should say) does not ask a question that he/she doesn’t already know the answer. Like their product portfolio, customer base, mission statement, growth, and core values. The more information you gather, the better you will be able to tailor your responses.

     Talent will get you in the door, character will keep you in the room

Practice Responding to the Questions

In front of the mirror. That is right, in front of the mirror. There are standard interview questions most managers are going to ask, regardless of the job. These include “Tell me about yourself,” “What’s your biggest weakness?” and “Why are you interested in this job?” Practice responding to these common questions, so you become comfortable and do not forget the key points you want to make.

Compile Your Stats

Interviewer managers do not want to know what you were responsible for doing in your previous jobs, they want to know how well you performed and relate it to the position you are applying for. Prepare for your interview by compiling achievements, such as specific examples you can describe or stats that objectively quantify your claims (rankings or percentages). This allows you to show, rather than tell, that you are a top performer. Have your brag book ready.

Questions on your Own

Since interviewers typically open the conversation for questions from you in the end, you want to be ready to present thoughtful questions that demonstrate your professionalism and enthusiasm for the position. Come up with questions of your own ahead of time to ask. I suggest that applicants select 5 good anecdotes to have ready for the interview by considering the following questions: “P—What was the project, problem or performance objective that needed to be addressed? What were some challenges you faced in meeting your objectives? A—Describe the specific action you took. It does not matter if you are referencing a team effort or group project; you need to highlight your contributions that lead to a successful result. R—State the positive result. Numbers can be impressive, especially if used in comparisons.” Not only will these anecdotes clearly detail your role and accomplishments at your previous organizations, but the format also allows the interviewer to better remember you.

Remember this is an interview, not an interrogation.

Project the Image You Want

Your interview responses are not the only factor on which you are evaluated – it is the overall impression you give, from your appearance to your body language to your punctuality and preparedness. 

                             “Don’t be afraid of silence”.

When you’re nervous, a minute of silence can feel like an hour.  Moments of pause are normal and can show thoughtfulness. “Don’t rush to answer a question that requires some thought and reflection on your part,”  After you’ve responded, allow the interviewer time to process your answer and jot down notes—“don’t feel the need to fill silence with extended responses or nervous chatter”.

Show your personality. Smile, look pleasant, show you are happy to be there even if you are scared to death. Plan, Plan, Plan, the image you want to project. Select a professional outfit and ensure it is clean, wrinkle-free, and properly fitted. Practice your handshake and introduction, so you are speaking with confidence, maintaining eye contact, and smiling. If your hands get clammy or start sweating when you get anxious, invest in a strong antiperspirant that treats hand sweat. I recommend Monray Antiperspirant. It shows really good reviews for its hand protection. Want a deal breaker; shake the interviewers’ hand with wet hands. Instant turn-off. Also,  pack your belongings ahead of time, have extra copies of your resume and a pad and paper for taking notes during the interview. And finally, plan your route to the interview location and give yourself plenty of extra time, so you don’t risk running late.

Ask for the Job

I can’t tell you how many times I hear, they never asked me for the business. I can tell you one thing, do not ask and you will not move forward, especially if you are in any type of a sales interview. Be confident and let them know you want this job.

Conclusion

Interviews can be a very tedious and involved process, but with adequate planning and preparedness, it can provide positive outcomes. There are professional coaches, resumes and recruiters to help thru your process. One such person is Tynesha Haynes with Haynes Talent Solutions. She can be reached at tynesha.haynes@gmail.com

Is Caffeine The Cause To Your Excessive Sweating?

Is Caffeine The Cause To Your Excessive Sweating?

And, the answer is YES!

And, the caffeine found in coffee and tea is still a drug and can make you sweat by increasing the stimuli of the central nervous system.

In fact, the more caffeine you drink, the more you are to perspire. If abnormal sweating is a problem for you, reducing the intake of caffeine could help reduce the amount of sweat you produce. Like:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soft Drinks (Caffeinated) 
  • Certain over the counter meds like cough syrups and Excedrin
  • Weight Loss Supplements

But according to researchers, you keep your intake of caffeine below 400 mg a day.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pill/S02786915173017091

There are some exceptions but for now, let’s compare the science:

Caffeine

This chemical is a stimulant of psychoactive drugs. It increases alertness and changes the way your brain and body function via the central nervous system. It really targets the cardiovascular system by elevating heart rate and boosting stress hormone production.

Eccrine Glands and Apocrine Glands

Eccrine glands regulate body temperature and are found in virtually every square inch of your skin. They are mainly around the forehead, palms, and soles of your feet. This type of sweat is 98% water and does not cause much body odor.

Apocrine sweat glands produce most of the stress related sweat, and they’re found in the armpits, groin, nipple areas and the eyelids

 

So why does caffeine make you sweat? Good Question.

If you drink tea or coffee in excess and you’re wondering why you sweat so much-probably the caffeine is your culprit.

There are over five million sweat glands spread across the skin. The major function of this is to keep the skin cool. When you’re stressed, it signals the nervous system to act, ie, sweat and then add caffeine, it increases the effect, and excessive sweating is your outcome.

coffee

Does Coffee make you sweat?

Coffee is the most common source of caffeine in this country. If you drink enough of it, you’re going to sweat. And there are other side effects from high doses of coffee, such as anxiety, dehydration, and dizziness. So, the goal is two or less 5 oz cups a coffee in a six-hour period.

Will Decaf coffee make you sweat?

People drink coffee for the pick me up or energy boost, others drink it cause they like the taste. The decaf does help reduce the amount of caffeine which will help reduce the amount of sweat caused by the caffeine. But decaf does not mean no caffeine. Each 5oz. cup of coffee still has appx. 3 mg. of caffeine and some brands as much as 7 mg. Check the label.

Do energy drinks make you sweat?

Caffeine and sugar are a double hit to the nervous system and increase the risk of sweating,  and as it turns out, energy drinks have too much of both. Although most brands have reduced the amount of caffeine, the average energy drink still contains the same amount of caffeine as two cups of coffee.

Does Chocolate make you sweat?

Cocoa beans are related to coffee beans and yes, they contain caffeine too. There are about 4 milligrams of caffeine in 5 ounces of hot chocolate and the same for chocolate candy.

How much caffeine can you intake without sweating?

Studies have shown drinking less than 6 mg per kg of bodyweight will help reduce the side effects (sweating) like poor calcium absorption and male infertility. If you are pregnant, the caffeine drops to 4 mg per kg. If you know you are sensitive to caffeine, avoiding caffeine is a must (sorry).

Side effects of caffeine overload:

Irregular heartbeat, vomiting, rapid heart rate (very common), diarrhea, dizziness, alertness issues and dehydration. Of course-sweating.

Hyperhidrosis: Signs and symptoms

We all know, everyone sweats, but if you sweat even when you do not need to cool down, the issue may be hyperhidrosis. According to a report in the archives of Dermatology, issues with hyperhidrosis can cause several common symptoms: visible sweating, sweating that interferes with daily tasks, night sweats, frequent skin infections like Athlete’s Foot and wetness in the groin, hands, feet and underarms.

Hyperhidrosis can cause many issues that are everyday tasks, like turning door knobs or gripping the steering wheel. Additionally, your dermatologist or pharmacist can recommend treatments like prescription or anticholinergics: a class of medication that affects the nerves that cause the sweating. There is another option, this is where your pharmacist comes in. There are strong antiperspirants out there. They all claim to be the strongest, so check the label and compare. In our research, we found the strongest to be Monray Antiperspirant. Found at: www.monrayantiperspirant.com

This product has a very low side effect profile which makes it very tolerable.

However, if sweating only occurs when you drink a lot of caffeine, staying dry may be a s simple as cutting back on caffeinated drinks.

Have you noticed when you eat spicy food that you begin sweating?  What causes this?

Have you noticed when you eat spicy food that you begin sweating? What causes this?

The spicy food (whatever it may be) tricks your brain into thinking your temperature is rising.  Though, this is a false signal, your body responds by using your cooling system called (sweat glands) and the sweat begins to flood.  Your sweat glands basically turn on even though there is no fire or external stimuli.  After that, you may soak your shirt even though the thermostat is normal.
   
One way to avoid excessive sweating is to not eat spicy foods such as: spicy hot wings, wasabi, jalapenos, and hot peppers.  However, if you’re like most people and enjoy spicy food, you could use a strong antiperspirant like Monray Antiperspirant which is known to be the strongest antiperspirant without a prescription.

Hyperhidrosis and Anxiety: Causes and Treatment Options

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis) and Anxiety: What is the Connection?

Anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to stressful situations. When faced with potential stressors or fear triggers (e.g., a job interview, a biology exam, heights, spiders) the amygdala of the brain sends a signal via the sympathetic nervous system to the adrenal glands (situated atop the kidneys), telling them to pump out adrenaline. This hormone goes right to the heart and tells it to pump faster in anticipation of either fighting or fleeing potential danger. Core body temperature rises and the eccrine glands push sweat out to the surface of the skin for evaporative cooling.

Unfortunately, the amygdala can’t tell the difference between anxiety from an actual physical threat and perceived threat. It’s going to excrete adrenaline either way, which is going to make you excrete sweat. In non-threatening situations this can increase your anxiety, which of course makes you sweat even more.

Mental disorders do not cause hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a physical condition caused by overstimulation of the eccrine sweat glands and is not a psychiatric condition, as was previously believed by physicians. [1] Anxiety is not the only reason hyperhidrosis occurs; it is merely a symptom of the condition. Furthermore, hyperhidrosis is not dangerous, but the anxiety and stress that can result from it are detrimental if they are not treated.

Some of the Ways in Which Hyperhidrosis Causes Anxiety

Hyperhidrosis manifests in many ways. The symptoms may worsen due to particular situations such as interviewing, performing company presentations, and/or public speaking.  There are many other areas that hyperhidrosis affects one’s quality life, such as:

  • Personal hygiene – a patient may feel the need to change clothes or freshen up throughout the day. This can interfere with time schedules and affect job performance.
  • Self-worth – is often lowered due to this condition, which in turn affects all aspects of daily living.
  • Relationships – whether romantic or platonic the patient may feel unworthy, unattractive, and unclean.
  • Professional success – could be compromised due to appearing nervous or unprepared.
  • Social stigmas – something as routine as a handshake and having sweaty palms or palmer hyperhidrosis.

These are just some of the ways that hyperhidrosis can cause anxiety and lower the quality of life for those suffering. [2] Luckily, there are different ways to manage hyperhidrosis, and certain treatments are shown to reduce the anxiety produced by hyperhidrosis.

How to Deal with Anxiety Caused by Excessive Sweating

Some therapeutic approaches that can help relieve anxiety are deep breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation. Although these relaxation methods may greatly help, they generally do not eliminate all of the symptoms. In many cases, the most effective way to treat the symptoms or decrease anxiety caused by hyperhidrosis is to treat the actual condition. This often means seeking a doctor to implement a treatment plan. However, there are also some topical treatments a patient can try prior to visiting a doctor, such as antiperspirant lotions or sprays.

Medical Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis to Decrease Anxiety

Patients with primary focal hyperhidrosis are prone to high levels of anxiety. [2] This is usually noticed during adolescence and often occurs in certain areas of the body, including the palms and the soles of the feet. [3] The most effective and well-studied medical treatments that have been shown to reduce sweating and anxiety are minimally-invasive surgical treatments for primary focal hyperhidrosis. These procedures include botox treatments for palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis (hands, feet, and underarms). There is also a surgical procedure called endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), in which the sympathetic nerves responsible for inducing sweating are either clamped off or cauterized. Both treatments reduce sweating to a specific area of the body and thus greatly reduce the amount of anxiety for those suffering from hyperhidrosis.

Patients should be wary of a surgical procedure called endoscopic lumbar sympathectomy. It has been shown to have potentially serious and detrimental side effects, not to mention the side effect of compensatory sweating that can be difficult to handle. Most doctors maintain the that thoracic sympathectomy is still a safe treatment, despite some of the risks. [1][2]

Hyperhidrosis sufferers also have the option of being treated with oral medications, such as anticholinergic drugs like glycopyrrolate or oxybutynin, which can reduce sweating and therefore anxiety. This treatment option has been shown to be promising, although surgical treatments are more often associated with major improvements. [2] While these treatments show promise they are costly and insurance may not cover them.

Research on Hyperhidrosis and Anxiety, and Its Findings

There have been several studies examining the relationship of stress, anxiety, and hyperhidrosis, with some mixed reviews. However, there is a definite link between anxiety and hyperhidrosis. Several studies have used psychological testing and stress hormone testing to see if there is a connection between stress levels and hyperhidrosis. While the cortisol levels stayed similar within the control group, the hyperhidrosis group exhibited higher levels of stress and depression. [4]

There are many other assessments used to determine the quality of life for those suffering from hyperhidrosis including the Dermatology Quality of Life Index, Hyperhidrosis Impact Questionnaire, Skindex, and more. [2] Researchers or doctors may use these tools to identify how or to what extent patients are suffering psychologically from hyperhidrosis.

Some people suffer from stress sweating, or sweating that is greatly worsened when a person is in an acutely stressful situation. It makes sense that hyperhidrosis, stress, and anxiety are so closely related as the symptoms of hyperhidrosis cause both physical, social and emotional discomfort. [2] Fortunately, as stated above, there are many available solutions and ways to manage the condition so that patients feel better and have an improved quality of life.

Sources

  1. Ruchinskas, R. (2007). Hyperhidrosis and Anxiety: Chicken or Egg? Dermatology, 195-196. Doi: 10. 1159/000099581
  2. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th, vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  3. Ghorpade, V. (2009). Idiopathic unilateral focal hyperhidrosis with social anxiety disorder. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 51 (3), 214-215. Doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.55094
  4. Gross, K.M., Andrea, B., Schneider, K.K., & Meyer, J. (2014). Elevated Social Stress Levels and Depressive Symptoms in Primary Hyperhidrosis. PLoS One, 9(3). Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092412
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