8 Awesome Benefits of Staying on Track with Dry January 

8 Awesome Benefits of Staying on Track with Dry January 

Dry January is becoming a common New Year’s Resolution, but quitting alcohol for a month can be a difficult task for some people.

If you’ve given up alcohol this January, you may be starting to think about accepting that invitation from a friend or family member to meet for a drink by now.

To encourage you to carry on with the last week of the alcohol-free journey, below are 8 health benefits your body will experience after only a month away from alcohol.

1. Improved sleep.

You may think that you get a better night’s rest when you drink alcohol, as you fall straight into a deep sleep.

However, drinking actually causes you to miss out on the crucial rapid eye movement (REM) stage, which refreshes your brain and stops you from feeling fatigued when you wake up. Even after one week without alcohol, you will be benefitting from a better sleep cycle.

You will be more productive during the day, be able to problem solve better and have more control over your emotions.

2. Better hydration.

Alcohol is well-known for causing dehydration, with your body losing around four times more water than the amount of alcohol you drank.

This loss can affect the functioning of your brain as other organs take its water to continue to work effectively. Going alcohol-free for a month and becoming more hydrated can help you to experience fewer headaches, while also giving your motivation, concentration, and energy a boost.

3. Calories saved.

Many people overlook the fact that alcohol contains a lot of calories.

If you were drinking six 175ml glasses of wine before the start of Dry January, you will have consumed 3800 less calories after four weeks away from alcohol. And, if you were drinking six pints of lager a week, you will have had 4300 less calories.

Naturally, consuming fewer calories can go a long way when trying to lose weight.

After just one week with no alcohol, you will have effectively said no to eating six bags of crisps or five chocolate bars. And after four weeks away from a weekly habit of six 175ml glasses of wine or six pints, you will have saved the same amount of calories as is in 13 burgers or 20 chocolate bars.

4. Blood pressure reduced.

Drinking three or more alcoholic drinks in an evening can temporarily raise blood pressure. And long-term binge drinking can see it increase to an unhealthy level.

After three to four weeks, your blood pressure will start to reduce.

By maintaining steady blood pressure, you can reduce the risk of any related health problems in the future.

5. Better looking skin.

When you drink alcohol, you may notice that your skin can appear lacking in moisture and vitality.

During Dry January, your skin can become more hydrated and skin conditions like eczema can be reduced as more water is able to be absorbed by the body.

6. Recovered liver function.

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After four weeks of removing alcohol from your life, your liver will also thank you.

The fatty cells that can develop in the liver after drinking over a period of time will begin to reduce, falling on average by 15%.

Due to the liver playing a role in over 500 vital bodily processes including storing minerals and vitamins, regulating blood clotting and helping to fight infection, it’s definitely an organ you want to keep in good condition.

7. Reduced acid reflux.

After a couple of weeks of being alcohol-free, troublesome after-effects of drinking including acidic build-up can disappear.

Alcohol irritates the stomach lining, which can cause heartburn. This creates a burning sensation in the lower chest, an uncomfortable experience which can be reduced when abstaining from alcohol.

8. More money in your pocket.

Alongside the aforementioned health benefits, saving money otherwise spent on alcohol is an additional bonus.

After one week without buying alcohol, you could expect to save enough for two cinema tickets, while abstaining for a month means you will have covered your Netflix bill for a year.

Dry January is a great way of resetting your habitual relationship with alcohol and starting the New Year on a health-boosting high.

People who quit alcohol for a month are 72% more likely to consider reducing their alcohol intake for the next six months.

If you would like to find out more about the health benefits on your body after a month of not drinking, you can read the full article by Priory on ‘The benefits of giving up alcohol for a month’.

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8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

8 Tips for Women to Help Grow Their Career

Why are there so few female CEOs? It’s a commonly discussed topic in the Australian business landscape, and often highlighted as an issue in society.

This has been made evident in the inaugural Robert Half CEO Tracker, commissioned by specialised recruiter Robert Half to identify common traits amongst the leaders of the ASX 200-listed companies. The research found the top position in the workplace is still male-dominated, as the majority of ASX 200 CEOs are men (94%). Only 12 ASX 200 CEOs are women.

It’s an unfortunate fact of the current C-suite employment market, with women underrepresented in top positions – a fact that applies to not only ASX 200-listed companies.

Despite this, it’s well known that diversified boardrooms with women represented across leadership positions bring enormous value to organisations and the wider business community. This is not just because of their wealth of experience and knowledge. But also because of their diverse perspective applied to business strategy that’s required for any organisation to succeed.

Whilst looking at the low percentage of female CEOs, within our Executive Search branch, we’re seeing a strong push for diversity from companies looking to hire at the C-suite level. Organisations are actively specifying diversity in their recruitment agendas, and not only just based on gender, but on an all-inclusive approach.

While there still is a long way to go for women to be represented equally at the boardroom table, it’s encouraging to acknowledge just how far Australian women have come and actively promote steps they can take to further their careers in the business world. More can always be done to empower women within the workplace. And understanding the common professional characteristics of top Australian CEOs is a great place to start their C-suite journey.

For women looking to hone their personal attributes, CEOs need to be clear communicators who are capable of both giving direction and accepting expert opinion. And as with all leadership positions, exceptional people skills are essential. By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts.

How Women Can Grow Their Career

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1. Know what you really want.

Think about what you want to achieve in your career – and why. Ask yourself some important questions:

  • As a senior executive would you be willing to work long hours and take up extra responsibilities?
  • Do you like to solve complex problems?
  • Are you comfortable as a leader?
  • And, crucially, how do your family feel about you pursuing a career as a business leader?

2. Develop a career plan.

Determine what you want to achieve, and work out a detailed career plan. This will be a blueprint that maps out your journey to the top of your organisation, allowing you to focus on your ultimate career goals.

3. Work continuously on your leadership skills.

Developing leadership skills is an ongoing process and an essential element for women pursuing a management position. By developing your technical, managerial and social skills, you are more likely to climb the corporate ladder – and be better prepared for the challenges you face along the way.

4. Communicate (more) directly.

Well-developed communication skills are essential for all managers. Yet men and women often have different communication styles.

Women usually take on a more modest tone, and often tend to communicate in an assuming way (“wouldn’t it be better”, “could we perhaps”, etc.). However, for a male audience – who usually communicate in a more direct way – this style of communication can suggest you lack confidence or are unsure about the matter at hand.

5. Take risks.

Women are usually less inclined to take risks than men. Yet this is part of being a leader. If you can prove you are willing to take calculated, carefully considered risks, you’re more likely to assume a managerial position.

6. Offer to take on certain tasks, even those nobody else wants.

A willingness to take on additional projects or raise your hand for tasks that others are sidestepping, can showcase your skills beyond your normal job duties. This is a great way to demonstrate you’re a team player, who is willing to go the extra mile for the company.

7. Do not be afraid to stand out.

All great leaders stand out from the crowd. As a manager, it’s likely you will have to make tough, and at times, unpopular decisions, so be prepared to set yourself apart from others in good times – and in bad.

8. Build your network.

People like to work with people they know. So do not underestimate the possibilities offered by traditional and online networking. Building your network can be important to getting ahead.

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Robert Half Executive Search specialises in the search for and placement of executive leadership talent across a broad spectrum of function areas and industry sectors.

By being assertive, forward-thinking and willing to take risks, ambitious women in the workplace can ascend the corporate ladder to the top job just as fast as their male counterparts. Here are 8 tips to help women grow their career