To live a healthy and happy life - Sounds like far-fetched idea right? In our day to day busy lives we have actually forgotten that such a reality exists, though deep inside us, unconsciously, we all long for it.
Everyone wants to be happy. But what’s the reality? We are so deeply involved in our stress-filled, target completing, rush-hour lives, that at every step and moment we sometimes look for depression, thinking of it as a motivator to work more or better. To top it all, this has become a “normal” state of being for most humanity. Not all of us know that the very tiny health problem in life that we might be facing, that sudden headache, or the feeling of not eating, or that one or few pre-mature greying hair can very well be a symptom of Depression. Depression is not something that happened today or yesterday, caused by a fast-paced society… It’s been there as a part of human lives since the past many years, even before Psychological Disorders were discovered.
To be in a state of Depression is more like having both Physical (health problems) and Psychological suffering. Let’s get more accustomed with Depression and its symptoms.· Psychology and science describe Depression as a mental disorder characterized by a pervasive low mood and loss of interest or pleasure in usual activities, along with inappropriate feelings of sadness, pessimism, helplessness, apathy, low-esteem, and despair. · Depression lasts longer and also has a large negative impact on a person’s life. · Be warned though, it is not a sign of emotional weakness, rather, an illness with physiological as well as psychological causes. · Depression can be a serious and often disabling condition that can significantly affect a person’s work, family, and school life, sleeping and eating habits, and general health. · Although depression is often thought of as being an extreme state of sadness, there is a vast difference between clinical depression and sadness. Sadness is a part of being human, a natural reaction to painful circumstances. · All of us experience sadness at one point or the other in our lives. However, depression is a physical illness with many more symptoms than an unhappy mood.Do Not Mistake Sadness With Depression· A person with psychological depression finds that there is not always a logical reason for his or her dark feelings. · Sadness is a transient feeling that passes as a person comes to terms with his troubles. Depression can linger for weeks, months or even years. · A sad person continues to cope with living. But a person with clinical depression may feel overwhelmed and hopelessSome Facts· The demographic research reveals that in United States, women are about as twice as likely as men to be diagnosed and treated for major depression. · Approximately 20-25% of women and 12% of men will experience a serious depression at least once in their lifetimes. · And up to 15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide (again, an escape route which ends up in more troubles, but we’ll discuss this sometime later). · Depression in today’s world is now referred to as a mood disorder, and the primary subtypes are depression, dysthymia (chronic and usually milder depression), and atypical depression. · Other forms of depression include premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD or PMDD) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD).A typical depression affects almost one third of patients suffering from the disease. Symptoms include overeating and oversleeping. Such patients tend to have a feeling of being weighed down and react strongly to rejection. It tends to occur more strongly in women than in men.Clinical depression is thought to be caused by a combination of psychological, biological and social factors. These may include genetics, early childhood trauma or abuse, loneliness and lack of social support, recent stressful or traumatic life experiences, use of alcohol and drugs, health problems and chronic pain and financial and employment problems. If depression is so painful and problematic, then why not come out of it? There are few simple ways of avoiding depression and living a healthy and better life (Trust me, it really helps).- Meditation : can be breath meditation or Chakra Meditation (Please leave a comment if you don’t know what Chakra Meditation is)
- Regular Exercises and/or Yoga (if you can’t do it regularly, do it every alternate day.): you can do any kind of exercise like swimming, stretches, morning walks or jogging, etc.
- Follow a routine for your eating and sleeping patterns: ‘early to bed, early to rise.’
- Follow a healthy diet with more veggies and home cooked healthy meals. (Yes, your diet and sleeping schedule also play an important role in depression and later health problems.) - If you like animals, volunteer at an animal rescue centre, or go play with a friend’s pet dog. Better still adopt a dog if you like and your situation allows you to, because theres nothing to cure you permanently of depression than those loving soulful, playful eyes.
- Have you ever tried your hand at gardening? Running your hand through soil, watching a seed grow into a lush plant can be the most fulfilling experience.
- Take a big bowl of water and run your hands elbow deep in circles in the water. You’ll be surprised how the whole activity will prove to be.
- Go hug a tree.
- Last but not the least our elders were always right, when they said an empty mind is a devils workshop. So heed their advice and keep yourself busy with the stuff that you like doing- can be your hobby.
So friends, let’s batter this illness by following some simple things in life, before it batters us down. “True health comes from within.” ~ Dr. Helen Thomas
Prior to writing this, I decided to read up on a few others relating to the same topic but then I dropped the idea because I wanted to write about something I’ve experienced, therefore I stayed away from statistical numbers and went with pure facts that almost everybody reading can relate to at one point or another.
The pressure of education has increased to the point that as soon as a child enters the world, parents have them enlisted in the most prestigious nursery of the state’, then as the child masters speech and relevant bathroom training, it’s time for the next level.
The reason why I am pointing this out is because it is important to trace back to the beginning from where a child’s creativity is crushed. Parents are under social pressure of making their children the best of what they can possibly be, a politician, an engineer, doctor, etc. and in the midst of all this effort, they reduce leisure activities and take away “play time”. It is essential for children and adults alike to have some time to relax their minds. We simply do not have the brainpower to stuff information into our minds for eight-nine hours straight (which is exactly what happens in our schools). Further, have you ever noticed that courses like physical education, art, music, and computer, are taught no more than twice (in most schools) weekly and the duration is usually shorter than that of the main subjects (i.e. English, Mathematics, etc). if you want to steal a child’s love of a topic, make it mandatory for them to follow precise guidelines of what they have to know and what is irrelevant. Don’t answer tangential questions, which will steal time away from the omnipresent syllabus (no time for intrigue!). If you are the principal, make sure that teachers and students know that you are always observing them. Deprive children of choices and alternative perspectives, and you might lull them into compliance. And if there are any behavioral problems, don’t assume they are bored or having a hard time focusing for long periods of time during the day. Assume it is their personality and has nothing to do with the classroom environment. Punish them. Punish anyone and everyone who has extra energy, different perspectives, or challenges what is being said and taught.Now, what does all this have to do with crushing the child’s creativity? Well, when a child is compelled to cram all the time without getting the chance to do what he or she actually enjoys doing then creativity just flies out. If you want children to do well in school, give them dedicated time to play, sing, dance, build something out of wood, or whatever their fancy. There is a myth that time spent in these activities is time better spent cramming in more information for all important high stakes tests. Unfortunately, the brain doesn’t work that way. We each have a finite amount of willpower and when this willpower is exhausted, carrots and sticks are not going to change this fact. Our brains need time for restoration and replenishment. Discover what kids are passionate about and set them free to pursue it. Let me repeat that, set them free. Do not overly structure their recess. Do not overly structure their playtime. Moreover, do not completely omit the time for these breather activities. This is a time for them to recharge their batteries. In return, the education system will get a greater frequency of creative, curious, critically thinking youngsters. You will get attentive, engaged students.
Needless to say that the education system and the pressure from our parents have us struggling from a very young age but the real question here is, are they wrong to do so, are they really wrong to prepare us for the competition that we all inevitably have to face? I won’t attempt to answer the question for you I’d rather leave you with the thought of how we can efficiently alter our education system, to make it more flexible, without compromising our creativity. It’s time for a change!
‘Parents and educators…need to establish a culture in which security and clarity of expectations are balanced with the encouragement of playfulness, inquisitiveness and self-reliance.’ Guy Claxton
That is sooooo Beautiful!!
just got done with painting this pot for my mum. pretty is’nt it?
hope she likes it…
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