A year that has already been carved in the history of our coming generations. A word whose meaning remained unrevealed to most of the population. The rampant event that made every single mortal being walking on any side of the 5th largest planet and the so-called the only life-sustaining planet come on their toes.
To save them from something which for the first time united the whole world. And reminded the whole world that they are the same homo sapiens just living on different sides of the world. Just politically and physically separated. Otherwise the same beings with the same traits, emotions, vulnerabilities and going through the same thing, acting as a gentle reminder to everyone that the whole world is one family.
Originating from the greek the word ‘Pandemos’ pan meaning ‘all’, demos meaning ‘people’, was present in the dictionaries since the 17th century. It always makes itself prevalent from time to time and yet again in 2020.
Isn’t it hard to believe that one virus, coronavirus can shut the whole of mankind down and force everything to be closed. And also will constraint the man in four walls. When we are the race of unstoppable and hence nature keeps on reminding us.
By the unpredictable kinks on our ways which we even while using our full potential cant get rid of from our way. So we here need to stop for a while and reflect on the time and need to decide that what can be controlled even in the time of turmoil.
Everybody across the globe had their battles to grow from. People have been surprising their selves by discovering new things about themselves. It was all over social media. We all saw that majority of people started to cook by themselves even those who did not even look for food for their own selves.
People who never went for a walk had now started to do lunges on their own lawn. Instead of seeing cars polluting on the road, you now saw calories being burned by cycles down the road.
More people discovering and coming up with their new passions were hitting everyone like a thunderbolt. Everyone, not even the privileged ones could use their power and step out of the four walls. Once for all everyone was on the same page.
This pandemic has no doubt put us down the hill. It is now going to take time to get back to what we were before. But on the other side, it has also pushed us further in a lot of ways. Online classes, courses, and even work from home which was all a rare thing before got escalated so much because of the pandemic.
We are all distracted by superficiality. Everyone needed some time to sit with their own selves and decide what they actually wanted for themselves. This pandemic forced us to sit with our long-lost families. This made us realize that this world had just consumed us alive separating us from what is and will always be our life. As Joshua Becker says “ If buying stuff hasn’t made you happy, maybe getting rid of it will.”
This pandemic healed our nature. The researchers were on the lookout for an answer for preventing pollution and saving nature. With the closure of the whole world, wild animals started to come out to the roads. Even the busiest cities like Delhi with the highest pollution showed clean air. The air quality drastically improved. Even the ozone layer started to make the moves. We just by sitting in our homes could breathe a new form of ambiance in the rooms and even outside.
We all needed this break to realize that everything is temporary around us. Our survival needs are way too little compared to how much we have been consuming all our lives. But most importantly what we need to learn here is to know that we would not always have power over what is happening around us.
What we do can change what is happening around us. The only thing we exert real power is over us alone. If we know how to manage and balance it, not even the perfect storm will be able to shake you from your ground.
Nature needed this break. To heal, although it took a lot of lives away from us. But haven’t we humans have been taking the rooted lives away ever since we have come their way?
– RAVNEET KAHLON Counselling Psychologist
Looking for a body transformation and don’t want that yummy cheeseburger to slip away from your cravings list? Let us help you. Life is meant to be something joyful but where is that joy without your favourite Pizzas, burgers and spaghetti.
That’s why we need a certified Dietician by our side. We always need a second opinion from our buddies on our next major decisions but let us agree we don’t always get that when it comes to eating healthy.
So what about a professional Dietician buddy who lets you eat your favourite items in the right quantity. He will back you the next time you crave a cheeseburger and never leave you to bother on your excess calories.
A dietician is never that family doctor guy whom you always despised from your very childhood. He is the friend who keeps track of your eating habits and helps you to arrange them effectively. He/She knows your weak foot and power foot at the same time and let you score that angle zero goal.
Changes are never overnight but consistency is the key factor. Every action you take casts a vote on the person you want to be, so every single step counts. Diet is going to make you in the shape that you always wanted to be and you will need a push for it. That is why we are here, we got your back.
The so-called “ideal shape” varies from person to person. Every individual has different ideas on being in good shape that is mentally and physically.
We find it very difficult to stick to a healthy diet plan only when it is very strict and there is no space for flexible diet planning methods but what if it’s on your terms? Here we value your favourite food while the dieting process actively functions.
FFounder fitness clinic is a virtual fitness platform for business owners, startup founders, creative people and others where we provide customised diet plans and fitness sessions with utmost efficiency.
If you are a startup owner or Business professional, time is one of the most important items that you will never get enough of. Each and every minute in a professional’s life is priceless. In a long term scenario, one can never be as productive as he/she used to be when they were physically and mentally fit. There will never be space for creativity and flexibility in their works. It’s true that most of the time we don’t get time to nurture ourselves. It’s all according to customised plans that are set up compatible with personal working conditions and behaviours. That is our vision on FFounders.
Never start dieting on your own that can take a U-turn and adversely affect your health. Start with proper guidance from professionals. Talk to our professionals and get proper awareness on do’s and don’ts in the process. Our body is our home and we live in it. It should be neat and tidy as we take care of our own home. Remember people of different shapes. All shapes are good as long as the person who lives in them is confident.
No shape is better than the other and each among us is unique.
Depression is a disorder that is common among all age groups but seen much more aggressive in teens.
Depression is a mood disorder that involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyed. It is also known as major depressive disorder and it affects the way you feel and the way you live.
Depression may not be an issue that one can treat all by themselves. As a result, we should be able to understand and help the ones affected and we should keep in mind the symptoms
For some people, these symptoms are noticeable in day-to-day behavior but for some, it just stays with them and requires more help.
Since most people are suffering from depression at times, it’s a normal reaction to life’s losses and challenges. But when continuous sadness keeps on in life, it makes you leave life and does not let you live your life. So we could fall into clinical depression, a treatable disorder. Yes, depression is normal and it is normal to seek treatment. But depression is not a disorder among common people causing the disorder to far fetch over a greater scale.
People need to understand the requirement to treat depression as a disorder, a common medical condition.
Teenage is a stage of life in which we process lots and lots of mental stress as it is a stage of life where we are expected to behave like adults and be treated like kids. Hence there are many reasons for teens to get depressed some of them are:
Depression hits differently on different people. Therefore the diagnosis and treatment of the specific type of depression are essential to make a cure out of it.
Some of the types of depression are:
It is characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, hence causing significant impairment in life.
Possible causes include a combination of biological, physical, and social sources of distress. But research shows that these factors may cause changes in brain function, including altered activities of central neural circuits in the brain
The mainstay treatment is usually medication, talk therapy, or the combination of two
It is the depression that occurs after childbirth. People who develop the postpartum disorder are more likely to fall into major depressions in later stages of life. The symptoms include insomnia, loss of appetite, and difficulty in bonding with the baby.
Treatment includes antidepressants, counseling, and hormone therapy
A mood disorder characterized by depression occurs at the same time every year. It occurs in climates where sunlight is less in certain parts of the year.
Symptoms include fatigue, hopelessness, and social withdrawal. Treatment includes talk therapy, light therapy, and medication.
A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from low depressive to manic highs
The exact cause of the disorder is unknown but the environmental, genetic, and altered brain structures may play a role
The premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe form of PMS which involve behavioral and physical symptoms which revolve along with the onset of menstruation
PMDD causes severe mood swings which can disrupt work and damage relationships. But drugs and changes in lifestyles can help.
It is a subtype of a major depressive illness that includes some type of psychosis. The psychosis may be hallucinations, delusions, or some other reality-breaking facts.
Medication and therapy are the most common treatment ways.
A mild but long-term form of depression.
Dysthymia includes symptoms of low self-esteem, hopelessness, low appetite.
Treatment is medication and talks therapy
Atypical depression is a subtype of major depression that involves several specific symptoms including excessive sleep, fatigue, or weakness.
It is the result of impaired functions of brain circuits that control mood.
It requires specialist or professional treatment and is treated by medications and talk therapy.
Suicides are one of the highest causes of death around the world.
But suicides can be preventable and it starts when we understand what to look for and what to take care of. Anybody thinking or talking of hurting themselves should be taken seriously. Also, the need to contact helplines is very important. Warning signs of suicide may include:
Therefore these signs should be taken very carefully and treated.
The diagnosis of depression or the subtype of depression is a must factor in the determination and treatment of the disorder. It is always hard to convey yourself to others and even doctors when you are depressed.
So talking with the patient is the most important diagnosing tool the doctor has in this disorder. Therefore to determine the disorder the doctor needs to know if the symptoms have occurred, they use some standard questions to screen the diagnosis.
Observed changes in the behavior of a person and the person’s loneliness and are the ones which we should take proper care of.
Medications and psychotherapies are most efficient in most people. But if you have severe depression, you may require a hospital stay or you may need to participate in an outpatient treatment program until your symptoms improve.
Let’s take a better look at the medications;
This may be necessary when you can’t take proper care of yourself or when you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself or others. Hence these programs provide outpatient support and counseling needed to the patient.
As we mentioned above, depression is common. But we need to tackle it. There are times where none of our close ones can help. In such cases, it is very suitable to seek professional medical help.
A productivity contest. Mostly that is what social media and the influencer culture have made the pandemic look like. Baked goodies, finished paintings, revived skills, many other happy and success-scented snaps or write-ups have occupied a common part of our social media consumption.
While at the same time our anxieties, fears, and frustration out of the pandemic have shrunk to one locked room with us, creating a cloud of uncertainty above our heads which many of us refuse to publicize. And that is completely okay!
Because the aim is not to publicize sadness, doubts, worries, and other unpleasant things, but the goal is to build the ability to discern the difference between a whole reality filled with all sorts of emotions and experiences from a carefully curated virtual world which is mostly overshadowed by happiness and success alone.
An argument on social media these days goes on to assert that a pandemic lockdown gives people more time. It further goes on to imply that those who don’t use this said “increased free time” fruitfully to enhance their skills or work on their dreams are time-wasters and must not complain of a lack of time later in life.
What one fails to realize at the first glance here is that “increased free time” during a pandemic lockdown depends purely on one’s privilege. A healthcare worker or frontline worker might be puzzled by this argument with extended working hours at their hands. Those who experienced no loss (personal/financial) and those who did not have to grieve certainly had an advantage over those who did and could focus on other things like hobby building, leisure time, and the like.
To question and compare one’s productivity during a lockdown based on social media posts without comparing the level of privilege of both parties could be an absurd activity and one that brings uncalled-for anxiety.
The healthiest social media practice is to realize that it is a virtually curated world, mostly only filled with the bright side and that everyone goes through the ups and downs in life. And hence, not compare one’s life to that of other social media personalities. Easy to say but it is genuinely difficult to implement this practice all at once!
As one slowly tries to get there, some easier-to-do social media practices that constitute healthier social media consumption are simply unfollowing and muting.
It is advisable to regularly keep filtering what you consume digitally. When something makes you uncomfortable, stop to think why it is doing so and what could you do best to get rid of that inconvenience. Take breaks as and when needed. Even a 24 hours break does so much help in a time of desperate need!
Respecting one’s capacity, one can always be productive and set realistic goals. The key is to not look at what everybody else is achieving or has achieved but to find out what you can and wish to achieve with the means you have. This could lead to fulfillment and gratitude rather than a constant feeling of “I haven’t done enough” despite burning yourself out.
To be productive is many times falsely interpreted as working strenuously without breaks and outdoing your capacity. Getting your prioritized tasks for the day done without compromising on your rest, health, and leisure time is the desired shift that is expected to happen from the existing notions of productivity.
One can, through the following suggestions, healthily tap productivity,
– Riya Susan, Mount Carmel College Bengaluru
Recently, I’ve been in a weird phase of my life. It may sound boring but that’s not the point here. I thought of sharing how I’ve been through it just in case someone else is in this battle right now, I am letting you know that “dear, it’s just a matter of days!”. I’ve heard about people being depressed or depression-caused suicides before. Also, talk to a psychologist or consult a psychiatrist for advice. It always gave me a second thought. What’s there to be so dramatic, being sad for no reason are common and sometimes it does help you to be a better version of yourself. Trust me, maybe I’ll be the only person on the earth who goes through random mood swings every other day. Now, where did I stop? Ahhh depression. I realized it’s not as silly as I thought. Not at all.
The days when you question your existence, the purpose of your living. Where nothing seems wrong or feels right either. You feel different kinds of pain in your abdomen and then straight to the corner of your heart. A heavy feeling, to be frank, a bulk of bricks dropped on your chest kind of feeling. How would it feel? Also for no reason? You would ask why the sky is blue and why can’t it be green. You would even feel to shape the round earth into a pentagon. Believe me, I am not exaggerating. You would get bothered by every little thing and that’s not normal. Not at all. It’s not because you are all alone or you are crowded somewhere. It’s not about you being weak inside or you are not strong enough. This is a phase anyone with a heart can experience. And anyone with the heart can deal with it. No matter if you have four people around, or you have that one person worth of all. It’s the battle between you and yourself.
A battle you should strive hard to win! And the loser is the one who gives up, the one who thinks quitting life is the only solution. I sincerely wish may none of you go through this phase of life or if you are in it now, take your time. It’s not rocket science. Let your tears out and cry until your stomach hurts. If you won’t, who else will? Either way, talk it out to someone who cares. Yeah! you can get through this too. Nothing on the earth can let you down. And if you are the one who comes across, I am letting you know, you deserve the applause of seven skies. May you live happily forever.
Ameena wafa, GFHSS Cheruvathur
Mental health is as important as any other illness.”
It is not uncommon to spot people that do not give much-needed attention to mental health and its subsequent consequences. Be it the person experiencing such mental trauma, or the ones surrounding such a person. Treating mental health is not a luxury. It is not serious concern or issue since it is not visible or biological. But, mental illness should be like any other illness.
Very often; people suffering from mental trauma do not recognize it until they reach a certain point where they can no longer control their thoughts and actions. It often feels like they’ve almost lost control over themselves.
We are social beings. No matter how much we claim that we live in our own bubble; we are in a society with its unwritten notions and perceptions. Behind every decision we take, there is at least a minor upper hand of society and its concerns. Mental healthcare, unlike other illnesses, is viewed upon as a completely non-agreeable trend in a group or a circle. Not having proper knowledge regarding mental health leads to the same consequences as in any other illness. Basic knowledge regarding one’s self is essential for any developing and growing society.
It is quite typical to follow the majority than to join a minority, it is basic human instinct. Under such circumstances; if a person suffering from any mental trauma is surrounded by people who have very poor knowledge regarding this matter. And are disproving and unapproachable during such hardships; it can directly affect the person. Also, he/she might also try to hide the fact that they are “sick” from the outside world. This will adversely affect the person and eventually the people surrounding them too. To avoid such acts of immeasurable consequences; it is better to constantly lend a helping hand to those in need. It is also important to stay with them at times of support.
Concerns regarding one’s social status also play a pivotal role in the recognition of one’s illness. People often consider those who are having mental issues as weak. This in turn can result in taking advantage of them. Fearing this, many of them who suffer from mental trauma tend to bury it within themselves. As a matter of fact, people availing of therapy or any other kind of medication for mental health issues are still frowned upon by people.
As a responsible citizen, every individual must break such illogical and baseless shackles. Bring out the true self to the limelight. Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of, rather, it is just like any other disease. Only after proper treatment, will this disease get past you and make your life easier.
Earlier in this era, mental health was directly linked to psychotic behavior and something to be chained and kept in a cell. But, there has been a very slow, gradual but assured change in the way people started to conceive the idea of seeking professional help for mental illnesses. Nowadays, people are more welcoming and ready to offer help to those in need, which is absolutely a very progressive change one can notice in a society.
There has always been a social stigma revolving around the normalization of mental health and seeking professional help. It is high time that we raise awareness within our social circle regarding this matter.
In 2014, a postal questionnaire was sent out to a random sample of 500 adults aged between 18 to 70 years in Vilhelmina, a community in Northern Sweden. The aim of this study was to examine potential changes concerning attitudes of people regarding mental health issues between 1976 and 2014.
However, the results were not satisfactory. The study shows that the attitudes towards people with mental illness have not generally become more positive over the years. In 2014 almost 1/4th of the population still think that “people with mental disease commit violent acts unlike others”. Even more people in 2014 than in 1976 agree with the statement that “mental illness harms the reputation more than a physical disease”. However, people with low educational levels have more negative views than the contrary. Henceforth there is no debate on the topic that it is high time that people change their perception toward mental health issues and consider it a legitimate disease that requires care, treatment, and attention.
It is a common misconception that mental illnesses and health disorders are very rare. But at least one person we know is suffering from any kind of stress or mental issues directly or indirectly. Numerous eminent personalities in history have come across and eventually, successfully tackled mental health issues. A few of them are:
The revered sixteenth President of the United States suffered from severe and incapacitating depressions that occasionally led to thoughts of suicide, as documented in numerous biographies by Carl Sandburg.
“Had he been a stable and equable man, he could never have inspired the state. In 1940, when all the chances were against Britain, a pacesetter of sober judgment might well have concluded that we were finished,” wrote Anthony Storr about Churchill’s manic depression in Churchill’s Black Dog, Kafka’s Mice, and Other Phenomena of the Human Mind.
In conclusion, it’s high time the so-called society accepts mental illness as a really serious and legitimate issue and if not a helping hand, stop the judgments and criticism. Consult a mental health expert if you are suffering from any mental health issues and to know more.
“Positive vibes only aren’t a thing. Humans have a good range of emotions and that is okay.”
Jim Rohn said,” Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Yes, that’s right! You might be living in the most comfortable apartment, but your body is your soul’s home at the most fundamental level. So, before you think of revamping your bedroom, take a step back and look at your body. What does your body need? Keep reading on and I will walk you through the path of finding fitness and building a healthy home for your soul!
In simple words, your body is said to be fit if it gives you its best performance in every task that you do, and also shows strength and endurance during unfavorable times.
Rather than me listing out reasons why you should start your fitness journey and how you will benefit from it, it will be more effective if I educate you on how the body works and reacts to fitness measures so that you can conclude on the importance of it. So, here are the different components of fitness:
It indicates the body’s efficiency in supplying fuel via the circulatory and respiratory systems, during physical activity.
Train Activities that cause an elevated heart rate for a sustained period help to improve your cardiorespiratory performance.
E.g.- exercising, swimming, jogging, etc.
When you train for cardiorespiratory performance:
Good cardiorespiratory performance helps in preventing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
It is a measure of the amount of force you can put out or the amount of weight you can lift.
To train: Anything that works a muscle until it is tired will increase muscle strength over time.
E.g.- lifting weights, working with resistance bands, push-ups, etc.
It is a measure of the ability of a muscle to continue exerting force without tiring or the number of repetitions of a single exercise you can do without tiring.
To train: Muscular endurance activities involve a repeated motion over a long period.
E.g.-swimming, running, cycling, planks, etc.
It measures the relative amount of muscle, bone, water, and fat an individual has. Two people with the same weight may have different ratios of each of these components.
A healthy body composition would look something like this for males and females:
Body composition is flexible, and an ideal ratio can be attained
through proper diet and exercise.
A healthy body composition increases your lifespan by reducing the risk
of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, insulin resistance, etc. It increases energy levels and improves self-esteem.
It refers to the range of movement across a joint. It is important as it improves the ability to link movements together smoothly and prevent injuries.
To train Activities that stretch the joints, ligaments, and tendons to increase flexibility.
3 types of stretching are done to increase flexibility:
Like our physics teachers repeatedly made us say, “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only be transferred from one form to another”.
This applies to every single work-producing machine. So, fitness is not just about exhausting your muscles with workouts. It is equally important to ensure that you meet your body’s energy requirements for the same.
Switching to a healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. As long as you incorporate necessary proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fats, and fibers in your diet, feel free to eat as you please. But if you have any medical condition, make sure to consult with a doctor or nutritionist and find out how different foods affect your condition.
Here are a few general tips to keep in mind to eat healthily:
The below-given food pyramid will give you an idea of how to eat a balanced diet.
In today’s modern world, while trying to manage a busy, hectic life, it’s understandable to want to prioritize activities that provide the most benefit.
But can you deny feeling more alert, more energetic, happier, and better able to function after a good night’s sleep? This explains why sleep might be necessary after all!
Sleep has several links with your brain’s productivity, cognition, and mental health but here we will only discuss its correlation with physical activity and fitness. Better sleep lets you exercise better, and better exercise helps you sleep better. Now, this is convenient!
The bottom line is, if you are not getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, you might want to rethink your schedule as being sleep deprived only harms your daily performance.
Fitness keeps you in good shape and allows you to be at your best but here’s the bonus, fitness makes you happy!
Here are more reasons why you should exercise:
Exercise increases brain sensitivity for depression relieving hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine. It also increases endorphin production that helps to produce positive feelings.
Regular exercise boosts your body’s production of natural antioxidants which help protect skin cells. Exercise stimulates blood flow and delays appearances of skin aging.
Exercise improves blood flow to the brain. It causes the hippocampus, a part of the brain that’s vital for memory and learning, to grow. It also reduces changes in the brain that contributes to conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
Physical activity raises pain tolerance and decreases pain perception.
Exercise helps improve sexual desire and performance in men and women. It also reduces the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.
You have reached the end of this blog and can no longer claim to be ignorant of the benefits of fitness! So, stop with the excuses. Consult a dietician to know more and start your fitness journey right now!
The world is pacing at a rate like never before. Technology has become an inevitable part of life. With the advent of the global pandemic, technology had further fortified its throne and the world realized that there would be no life without technology. It connected people across the globe, changing the face of education, business, healthcare, payments, financials, and everything through ideas and constant innovation.
This penetration of technology into all aspects of our life has flip sides as well. Technology is never bad. It’s an enabler. How we use it makes it good or bad. While conscious and balanced use of technology can help us track our health numbers and help choose healthy practices, unconscious and overuse of it can drain us completely of our vitality and productivity.
We live in an era, where every click we make on the internet has the potential to bring money to someone, and platforms are pretty much designed to improve customer engagements. Because the audience comprises all segments, the fine line between good and bad is almost vanishing.
But at the same time, it is very important to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Now let us see some ways that will keep you fit.
Life is not one thing. It is a million little things. Everyone might have a fatty to-do list, yet end up not able to strike out anything from the list. This happens due to preoccupation. The thought that “a lot to do”, itself can drain the energy and enthusiasm. Being mindful helps you to bring your best into whatever you do. Different techniques are there to teach discipline to the monkey mind.
Try each one and find what really works for you. One such technique is “One task! One hour! One mind! Here your main goal is divided into a small task that can be completed in an hour. In that one hour promise yourself not to diverge your mind to anything else. It can work miracles. Rush at the eleventh hour is not everyone’s cup of tea.
All are blessed in some way or another. Problems arise when we initiate comparisons. Be happy and grateful for your strength and politely acknowledge your weakness and work for improvement. Mind is like a magnet. Like poles attract. It attracts good things only when you feed it with good thoughts. Divert your mind into something positive when you catch it drifting into negative thoughts.
Self-discipline is the highest form of self-love. Take your time to understand yourself. Write down things that keep you happy and content, your needs, and how you plan to meet them. Mental clarity would really help in balancing things.
“What do people say?’ This phrase has killed the dreams of many. You are only responsible for your words and deeds, not for what others craft in their mind. Unfortunately, people don’t understand this. Beautiful minds will always encourage, provide insights and bring meaning to life. Surrounding yourself with a supportive community can help you a lot to ease out the traumas and find solutions to your problems.
It’s not about the majors or minors in school and college. It’s about everyday learning right from the moment you wake up to the moment you doze off. Being a good observer can help you a lot in understanding people and things around you. No one is too dumb to teach you something and No one is too intellectual to not learn anything.
Exercise is another element for a healthy body and mind. It doesn’t mean you hit the gym and do heavy exercises. It’s more about personal preference; find your own way of moving your body to stay fit. It can be a sport you love, swimming, dancing, whatever. Make sure your body gets enough moves it needs.
Healthcare apps help you to track your health details, medicine reminders, consultations, predictions, etc. With AI and inbuilt analytics, these apps can remember and provide insights about your well-being and thereby help you track and focus on important issues regarding your health. Having a basic awareness of your body and mind is necessary to stay healthy.
Your environment has a major role in molding your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Make sure you keep in touch with people who help you grow. Practice compassion and respect boundaries. Being social beings, humans have a responsibility to build and nurture communities that support a positive atmosphere and thereby produce a socially responsible generation. Feel free to exit from places that drain you of your vitality.
An active mind needs proper sleep. Schedule a proper bedtime and keep all sorts of electronic gadgets away while you sleep. Sleep is necessary to prepare you for all adventures that life has to offer. Mental clarity, the ability to articulate thoughts, and a mind that breeds creativity are some of the side effects of good sleep.
Laugh harder until your stomach hurts. We all know the story of Dr. Norman Cousins who overcame the deadly disease of degenerative collagen through laughter. Some medicines don’t use chemicals and are free too.
Sunlight is something that tropical people enjoy the most. Health benefits of exposure to morning and evening sunshine can keep you warm and healthy.
Be conscious of what you let in. Know the good and bad of the food you consume. Healthy eating habits always help to keep medicines away. If you don’t take food as medicine, then you might have to take medicine as food. Eat the right food, in the right quantity and at proper intervals. Day by day nothing appears changing, but when you look back on the years that passed; everything was nothing but the sum of your everyday habits.
Technology has grown to a point where we have no idea what will happen next hour. There are a lot of cons associated with this fast technological revolution. But the best part is we still have control in our hands.
To prioritize and practice what’s healthy and leave behind what’s deteriorating us. Take charge and be accountable for your own health. Everything comes with a hidden cost. Be mindful of what’s really helping you grow. End of the day, it’s all about the choices you make, that counts.
It is always important to remember that mental health is also important as physical health. Use technology to be healthy and happy. Consult medical experts at regular intervals to ensure you are both mentally and physically fit.
Mental and physical health are equally significant parts of overall health. Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. Hence is vital at every phase of life; from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and aging.
Every individual has some risk of developing a mental health disorder, no matter their age, sex, or income. Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs.
But the good news is that mental illness is treatable, and most individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.
About 13% of the world’s population suffers from one form or the other of mental health problems. But according to the World Health Organization (or the WHO), approximately 20 percent of Indian citizens suffer from some form of mental illness.
Since the country has a high proportion of children and adolescents affected by mental disorders, it is important to ensure that they are provided with proper care and treatment.
Therefore experts and researchers use terms like “epidemic” and “crisis” to characterize the mental health challenges currently facing American college students.
But according to recent studies, one in five college students suffers from some sort of recurring feelings of self-loathing and immense sadness.
Anxiety is the top presenting concern among college students (41.6 percent), followed by depression (36.4 percent) and relationship problems (35.8 percent).
According to the World Health Organization: “Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can make a contribution to his or her community.”
“Therefore mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health. Mental health is determined by a range of socioeconomic, biological and environmental factors.”
“Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders.”
Mental illness also called mental health disorders, refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior.
We all have times when we feel down, stressed, or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass, but sometimes they develop into a more serious problem, and this could happen to any one of us.
mental health disorders are characterized by feelings of distress; lack of control, choice, and autonomy; low self-esteem and confidence; a sense of not being part of society; diminished activity; and a sense of hopelessness and demoralization.
In the short-term, mental health problems can cause people to be alienated from their peers.
Mental health issues are the leading impediment to academic success. Mental illness can affect students’ motivation, concentration and therefore it is a crucial factor for students to succeed in higher education.
Sometimes these mental health issues may be the result of unhealthy amounts of stress and anxiety. This may also be the result of failing to fit into groups and not making friends.
According to a survey by a Boston University researcher of nearly 33,000 college students across the country reveals the prevalence of depression and anxiety in young people continues to increase, now reaching its highest levels. Its title reads: Depression, Anxiety, Loneliness Are Peaking in College Students.
Most importantly, mental health disorders have their peak onset during young adulthood. Kessler et al. observed that by the age of 25 years, 75% of those who will have a mental health disorder have had their first onset.
Therefore health issues are the leading impediment to academic success. Mental illness can affect students’ motivation, concentration, and social interactions—crucial factors for students to succeed in higher education
The Covid-19 situation has brought the student mental health in higher education into renewed and sharp focus.
The main reason is the sudden and radical lifestyle changes due to constraints on physical movement and social activities due to quarantine. The primary causes for stress were infection fears, frustration, boredom, inadequate supplies, inadequate information, financial loss, and stigma.
Advancing psychology to benefit society and improve lives
Unfortunately, many people feel uncomfortable and don’t talk much about mental health problems because of the attached stigma attached.
Stigma and discrimination are negative consequences of ignorance and misinformation.
Though many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings, it’s healthy to know and say how you feel.
One major change being noticed is the shift in society’s attitudes; people are becoming more accepting of mental health problems and more supportive of people with issues.
Therefore we should together strive further to make mental illness free of stigma collectively, as a society. When social stigma is removed, so will the self-stigma that people suffering from mental illness face.
By creating and raising awareness we have the potential to revolutionize how we view and treat mental health in the future.
The five warning signs of mental illness
Looking after mental health can preserve a person’s ability to enjoy life. Because doing this involves balancing life activities, responsibilities, and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
Early detection and intervention are crucial since they can slow the progression of the disease and restore one’s ability to function normally.
While help is available for dealing with mental illnesses, unfortunately, it’s significantly underused.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Self-care, to prevent mental health disorders, including everything you do to take care of your well-being in four key dimensions – your emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual health.
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
Remember, positive mental health and wellness allow people to:
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medical problem, just like heart disease or diabetes.
Consult a mental health expert as soon as possible if you have any doubts or mental health struggles. Mental illness is treatable, and most individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.
Leaving the house to buy groceries on a Saturday morning when you are bombarded with a million questions in your head. Did I leave the gas stove on? Did I turn off the lights, fans, TV, and treadmill? Do you find such questions throbbing frequently within you whenever you step out of your house? If so, then worry not, you’re like most people on the face of the Earth. But, what if your neighbor spots you standing in front of your apartment and asks you –
“Hey, is there something wrong with your door? ‘Cause, you seem to be going in and out of your flat a dozen times.”A sudden release of adrenaline rushes up your spine and the next moment you ask yourself “Am I alright?”
Washing or cleaning for a long period. Putting things in order or organizing them, redoing tasks, or even refusing to touch certain objects with bare hands are all linked to a particular kind of disorder or a ritualistic behavioral pattern
Commonly known as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
The levels of OCD in a particular individual can vary in different ways. From the fear of keeping numerous Google Chrome tabs open on a single-window to brushing teeth for more than a couple of minutes are all examples of OCD with a 4 on a scale of 1-10.
Obsessions are ideas, images, or urges that repeat themselves and feel out of control to the person. OCD sufferers hate having these ideas and find them distressing. The majority of people with OCD are aware that their thoughts and actions are illogical. Obsessions are sometimes accompanied by strong and unpleasant emotions such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a sense that everything must be done picture perfect.
Obsessions take up a lot of time in the case of OCD, and they get in the way of important things that the individual cares about. So this last point is critical to remember since it helps to establish whether someone has OCD, a clinical condition, or an obsessive personality trait.
Compulsions are the second domain of obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are habitual activities or beliefs that a person engages to neutralize, nullify or eliminate their obsessions. People with OCD are aware that this is simply a short solution. However, in the absence of a more effective coping mechanism, people rely on the compulsion to provide temporary respite. Avoiding events that provoke obsessions can also be a compulsion. Compulsions take up time and interfere with key tasks that a person enjoys.
Scientists don’t understand what exactly causes OCD. A person’s chances of having the illness are projected by certain conditions, experiences, or cause an episode of OCD:
The treatment for OCD is a long way down the road which is quite understandable but a step-by-step daily plan or routine can surely work wonders and at the same time it requires the patient’s complete cooperation throughout the process.
Talk therapy with a mental health professional can be a direct solution to provide you with the tools that allow changes in thought and behavior patterns. Many people benefit from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure and response therapy, both of which are kinds of talk therapy. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is aimed at allowing a person with OCD to deal with the anxiety associated with obsessive thoughts, rather than engaging in compulsive behavior.
Antidepressants are preferred to be the go-to solution during the early stages of OCD (even though you might not realize that you have OCD at that time). It doesn’t necessarily mean that you simply are depressed; it’s just that antidepressants also treat OCD.
It can take a few months for OCD drugs to start out to process. They can also offer you side effects, like reduced saliva flow and nausea. Take your medications regularly on a schedule. If you don’t just like the side effects or if you are feeling better and need to prevent taking your medicine, ask your doctor the way to taper off safely.
Therefore if you miss a couple of doses you’ll have side effects or relapse. Sometimes OCD doesn’t respond well to medication or therapy. Experimental treatments for severe cases of OCD include
OCD is probably a chronic, weakening condition that affects every aspect of your life. Symptoms can sometimes be severe. A combination of medication and therapy is typically quite effective, but it can take time to figure out. There are various promising new treatments for severe OCD.
A vital element of successful treatment is strong doctor-patient communication. It is also important to continue practicing what you’ve learned in therapy between the sessions. The bottom line is that you simply don’t need to remain stuck or unaffected. There’s help for severe OCD.
Ask your doctor about subsequent steps toward managing your condition. Be honest together with your healthcare provider about how the symptoms influence your life. Treatments are simpler when your provider understands how the condition affects you.
The world has been cruel to those with mental illness. So it’s easy to predict their response to anybody talking about the importance of mental health.
People behave as if it’s least significant. But the world also has a history of adapting to better even if it is too late. That is the ray of hope we all cling to.
It is always good to see the days becoming better in front of us. But is it the same for everybody? Are the friends we talk to daily, the family members we stay with, the same as they show us? Or are they hiding a face behind their big beautiful smile? The real face. Here comes the importance of mental health.
It is a complete emotional, social, and psychological well-being. Mental well-being entails more than the absence of mental illness. It is an essential component of overall health; in fact, there is no such thing as health without mental health.
A variety of socioeconomic, biological, and environmental factors influence mental health.
Mental health is a condition of well-being in which a person recognizes their own potential, can cope with everyday stressors, works productively, and contributes to their community.
Think about a person you can talk about anything under the sun. It might be your best friend, your sibling, your mother, your father, your grandparents, it can be anybody.
You might call them immediately after something important happens and share every bit of information with all the excitement or hug them and hold on tightly when things go wrong and they never judge you. How good, right. But just imagine, that person doesn’t exist. You have nobody to share your feelings with. You got a medal in a race or you had a fight at school, you come home and you have nobody to share it with, nobody to calm you down. It just stays inside you. Nobody cares about how you feel. How depressing, right.
It is even worse when you don’t know how to express yourself. You don’t know what is happening with you, all you feel is fed up with everything, tired of even the thought of waking up tomorrow. All you need is an escape from reality. But maybe if you have the courage or that person things will be different.
According to the World Health Organization, the burden of mental health problems in India is estimated at 2443 disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) per 100 000 population; the suicide rate per 100 000 population is 21.1. Between 2012-2030, the economic cost of mental illness is estimated at $296 billion.
For the situation to be addressed, awareness must be raised and efforts mobilized in support of mental health. In India, having an emotional well-being issue is seen with a feeling of judgment and there is disgrace related to those having psychological wellness issues.
Mental issues are likewise considered just like a result of an absence of self-control and resolve. The disgrace related to psychological well-being just as the absence of access, reasonableness, and mindfulness lead to huge holes in treatment. The National Mental Health Survey (NMHS), 2015-16 saw that almost 80% of those experiencing mental problems didn’t get treatment for over a year. This study likewise recognized huge treatment holes in mental medical services, going from 28% to 83% across various mental issues.
Depression is more than just feeling down or having a bad day. When a sad mood lasts for a long time and interferes with normal, everyday functioning, you may be depressed.
The specific reason for misery is unknown. But it could be brought about by a mix of hereditary, natural, ecological, and mental factors. Everyone is different‚ however the accompanying variables might expand an individual’s odds of becoming depressed:
While dealing with our psychological well-being ought to be a need consistently, the current worldwide pandemic makes it basic to give close consideration to mental and passionate prosperity. The quick spread of the COVID-19 infection has led to uncommon circumstances – social distancing, lockdown, and quarantine to give some examples. These situations, combined with the pressure brought about by the infection, have negatively affected our psychological well-being.
Indeed, even as nations are lifting limitations on voyaging, get-togethers, and public spaces, individuals are as yet under impressive pressure. Feeling unhappy, restless, and doubtful is normal during circumstances such as the present. In any case, there are steps we can take as people to mitigate the uneasiness and take legitimate consideration of our emotional well-being.
The human brain tracks down a lot of comfort in the conviction and confirmation of schedule. Even though the pandemic has disturbed the standard speed and stream of our lives, it assists with following some sort of everyday practice. This incorporates heading to sleep and awakening at standard occasions, keeping up with individual cleanliness, and eating and practicing routinely. You will wind up more refreshed and more ready to handle the unsure parts of the day.
While keeping yourself informed with regards to the spread and control of the COVID-19 infection, screen the measure of data you are handling each day. A lot of information can leave you feeling more troubled than previously. In this specific circumstance, restricting the time you spend on your cell phones, PCs and tablets additionally should be checked. Broadened screen time has been connected to more significant levels of tension and misery. Also, be cautious with regards to utilizing online media as it can transform into a wellspring of falsehood. Confirm what you read on the web against certifiable sources.
People are social animals who require associations with others to lead a satisfying life. The pandemic has struck at the base of this establishment, making many feel alone, apprehensive, and restless. Notwithstanding, we should adjust and track down elective ways, for example, telephone and video calls, to remain associated with relatives, companions and friends, and family.
The significance of connecting when you feel overpowered couldn’t possibly be more significant. While it is normal and normal to feel a specific measure of isolation and stress, in case these feelings endure, regardless of your endeavors, converse with a relative or companion, or friend. If your mental state worsens, contact a mental health professional ASAP!