Keys To Good Mental Health

  • The first recommendation deals with sleep. Most professionals recommend eight hours of sleep per night for adults. More than eight hours may lead to depression or at least sluggishness. Less than eight hours may lead to anxiety or nervousness. However, I maintain that sleep does not have to be completed in one block of time. Personally, I sleep for about three hours, work on projects for an hour or two, sleep for another one or two hours; then I nap once or twice during the day when I’m tired. Sometimes naps last an hour, sometimes only ten minutes. I think the key is to sleep when your body tells you it needs rest. Of course, I’m semi-retired, and my schedule may not work for most professionals.
  • A conscientious diet is helpful for mental stability. I recommend a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids. Those can include, most nuts and seeds,

Motivation and Perceptions

A patient of mine had a painful knee-joint for months. She had tried physiotherapy and other forms of treatment and nothing seems to have worked. She was still in pain and felt very miserable and depressed. Looking at her I could see that she was a big woman carrying a fair bit of extra weight. She was middle-aged and was looking for a job. Her knee stopped her from looking for a job. When questioned about her weight problem she became very tearful and she said she had tried everything in the book to lose weight but nothing worked. She hardly ate anything but still could not lose weight. This made her even further depressed. Yes, reality for her presented a grim picture.

Then there was another elderly patient who was also overweight and had knee problems. She had also tried to lose weight but was never successful. She was …

Agarwood

Agarwood, which is also known as “Wood of the Gods,” has been highly valued and traded for thousands of years. This aromatic wood is used for medicinal purposes, as incense, and in the distilled form, it is used as a perfume component and perfume. Agarwood is known around the globe and it is used by religious healers in the Middle East at healing ceremonies. The Japanese pilgrims donate Agarwood oil and flowers to Shinto-Buddhist temples. In other Delta communities, Vietnamese religious groups must bring Agarwood to temple ceremonies. Agarwood oil is dark and thick, yet non sticky. Agarwood oil has been used in treating lung and stomach tumors, fevers, asthma, cancer, nausea, bronchial problems, and general pains.

Agarwood oil is used in hair products to manage dry and frizzy hair. It is also used for facial creams and body lotions.

In countries such as Malaysia and Taiwan, Agarwood oil is …

About Anxiety and Movies

This went on for half a decade, and needless to say that all the while, I was disinterested in watching exciting movies. Nervous excitement, tension and adrenaline rushes were my everyday and I had no need of additional ‘pumping up’ in search of entertainment.

My pulse would race, my heart ache, my head spin, and the excitement in the movie soon made me feel claustrophobic, so that I had to be out of the room. It can be so hard to explain that anxiety brings real, physical effects, but they go undetected and disbelieved because doctors can’t distinguish the changes in chemicals that we carry naturally. This leads to the frequent assumption of their being no obvious ’cause’.

It’s not only us mortals that suffer from anxiety attacks though. We may be sitting there watching a movie star who themselves has experienced the stress of an anxiety disorder.

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Beat Burnout and Enjoy Life

The good news is that burnout is preventable and even resolvable no mater how far down the path of self destruction you have already gone.

Burnouts… , it sounds reminiscently like a Jan and Dean song of sixties: “Wipe out.” And, in-fact, that might not be a bad way to describe it. Herbert J Freudenberger, Ph. D., who first identified the syndrome among social workers and coined the word, defines burnout as a state of depletion and of physical and mental exhaustion caused by over commitment to a job, cause, relationship, a way of live.

Sufferers complain initially of feeling “overwhelmed,” “frustrated,” “blocked by insurmountable circumstances,” or “unable to cope.” Eventually, they feel “drained of energy,” “used up”, “having noting more to give.” This, in turn, gives rise to a calloused cynicism a “don’t knock yourself out for anymore” attitude and, finally, to a sense of personal powerlessness – that …

Support Someone With Alcohol Addiction

If someone you know is experiencing the above mentioned signs and effects of an alcohol addiction, then your support can be a great aid.

It is with your support that attaining recovery can become a priority for them and everything they love does not have to come last. When that happens, the afflicted person learns to persevere and be remembered for his/her recovery and not his/her addiction.

Here are ways of helping someone with an alcohol addiction:

  1. Understand the nuances of alcohol addiction by seeking guidance from published resources and qualified experts.
  2. Encourage them to be open about the challenges faced so that you can help them find alternates or solutions to the same.
  3. Tell them about the effects their habits are having on you/others so that they do not take you/others for granted.
  4. Convey to them that you are by their side always irrespective of how bad or good

Role Of The Brain In Addiction

Physiologically, limbic system is the brain’s reward system. Mesolimbic and mesocortical pathways (Mid-brain) have our cognitive control and functions which would be both reward related and aversion related. Reward related functions are always stronger and more motivating than aversion, hence drug abuse behavior is stronger in addicts. The reward system connects certain structures in such a way that they generate the feeling of pleasure for certain behaviors or stimulus given to the body. In day-to-day life, it is activated by healthy, life-sustaining activities like eating and socializing. But ‘Drug Abuse’ is another behavior that generates euphoria, which is enjoyed by the mind. And human nature is to repeat those actions that give us some definite satisfaction. The limbic system does more than just giving a reward response. For any behavior to be reinforced, it has to be first registered as pleasant to the mind and body. Limbic system in the …

Healthy Nutritional Eating

Healthy eating is important from the day we are born. As a child, we grow quite rapidly and this is due in part to the foods we eat. Foods all contain nutrients that provide us not only with fuel to live our daily lives, but also with the very substances that build our bones, muscles, and organ tissues.

Not getting enough of one nutrient or another can cause a variety of problems, including stunting our growth. For mothers who are nursing, nutrition is important because breast milk contains the nutrients a child needs to grow and develop properly.

As we grow so does our need for more substantial solid foods, however our bodies need for proper nutrition never changes. Cells continuous break down and rebuild, so healthy eating for growth continues to be important right up until the day we die.

Maintaining bodily functions is also important but without healthy …

Gateway Out Of Addiction

Researchers allowed rats to dose themselves at-will with cocaine until they became addicted. At the end of the period, they gave some of the animals transdermal patches that provided an infusion of cannabidiol. Rats that received the patches reduced cocaine intake, whereas the ones that didn’t continued to consume as much cocaine as before. Miguel Hernandez, researcher at the University in Spain, reported on an initial study showing that cannabidiol reduced alcohol consumption, as well as the desire to drink and any impulse toward relapse.

Another possible measure being discussed would be to use THC to steer pain sufferers away from opioids. A chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alleviate pain but it also makes the user high. Researchers found a possible way to treat neuropathic pain-the kind produced by nerve damage.

Marijuana is chemically complex, and the plant’s therapeutic potential comes laden with entanglements. Pot ingredients may reduce cravings …

Dealing With Anxomnia

Anxiety and sleep go hand in hand. Sleep deprivation could be causing anxiety and at the same time, anxiety could also cause sleep deprivation. This is known as anxomnia. However, there are ways to control the situation. Some of these ways are:

  • Quietening the racing brain – A racing brain can be brought to rest by practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness, a therapeutic technique, is the art of focusing one’s thought on the present situation and calmly acknowledging one’s feelings. This can be achieved through constant practice and patience. Racing thoughts can tire out a person making them feel fatigued. Mindfulness can bring in a lot of respite, calming the mind and inducing sleep.
  • Using science-backed herbal remedies – Consumption of science-backed herbal remedies, such as valerian, is also known to be helpful. Valerian has compounds that alleviate anxiety, however, it does not make one groggy.
  • Using military precision to drop off