Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tips on Overcoming Anxiety & Depression

Depression and anxiety can impact individuals of any age. People with depression frequently also suffer from anxiety. The causes of depression and anxiety appear to be complicated. While there may be some biochemical cause behind these and at the same times it also genetic, psychological, emotional, environmental, social, and spiritual factors that influence depression and anxiety.
Combating anxiety is just as much about channelling and focusing, as relaxing and unwinding. Allowing fear to control you is destructive, but by breaking things down and focusing on ways to get back on track, you can regain some control over your life.
Here are simple tips to help overcome Anxiety and Depression:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Types of Mental Illness

Mental illness
Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person's thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.

There are many different conditions that are recognized as mental illnesses. The more common types of mental illness are:

  • Anxiety disorders: People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or situations with fear and dread, as well as with physical signs of anxiety or nervousness, such as a rapid heartbeat and sweating. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person's response is not appropriate for the situation, if the person cannot control the response, or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Benefit of Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Benefit of Yoga: Yoga is an ancient system of relaxation, exercise and healing with origins in Indian philosophy. It is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve calmness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress, anxiety and depression.

  • Stress reduction: Yoga is especially helpful for reducing stress and relieving muscular tension and pain. Yoga increased strength and balance, increased flexibility, lowered blood pressure, reduced cortisol levels and reduce stress. People who practice yoga, they sleep better and feel less stressed. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

What is Personality Disorder?

Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions in which an individual differs significantly from an average person, in terms of how they think, perceive, feel or relate to others. Those who struggle with a personality disorder have great difficulty dealing with other people. They tend to be inflexible, rigid, and unable to respond to the changes and demands of life. Although they feel that their behavior patterns are “normal” or “right,” people with personality disorders tend to have a narrow view of the world and find it difficult to participate in social activities.

Individuals who commonly suffer from personality disorders include:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Foods to Relieve Stress

Healthy and nutritious foods  are the simplest methods for relieving stress. These methods are not only cost effective but readily available – and without any side effects. Foods with high vitamin and mineral levels actively help to relieve stress.

Stress is pretty much a part of our everyday life. Some foods have been shown below to have beneficial effects on relieving stress:

  • Asparagus:
This green veggie is high in folic acid, which can help stabilize your mood. When you're stressed, your body releases hormones that affect your mood. Eating certain vitamins and minerals like folic acid and B vitamins can help keep your mood steady because they're needed to make serotonin, which is a chemical that directly affects mood in a positive way.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

How to Relieve Stress?

Everyone has stress in their daily lives. It's important to learn how to relieve stress so that it affects our bodies as little as possible. Stressful situations range from major events like a death in the family to the normal rush hour traffic jam. When your stress is getting out of control and you need quick stress relief.
Here are some of the best natural ways to relieve stress:
  • Breathe deeply and calmly: Sit down somewhere peaceful and take a deep breath into your diaphragm so that you feel your ribs expanding. Once you feel your breath is full, take three more little breaths and hold. Then, exhale fully and try to take three more small exhalations and hold. Repeat 3-4 times.
  • Smile: Sit up straight, push your shoulders back or stand tall. Realigning your posture into a positive mode will help to decrease stress. Look up instead of curling your chin and face downward. Change your expression. As well as grinning, also think about smiling with your eyes and presenting a lighter facial expression.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What Is a Stress Test?

Stress Test
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps to find out how well your heart handles its workload. Because exercise makes your heart pump harder and faster than it does during most daily activities, an exercise stress test can reveal problems within your heart that might not be noticeable otherwise.
An exercise stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Taking a stress test also helps your doctor know the kind and level of physical activity that’s right for you.

Why do people need stress tests?
Doctors use exercise stress tests to find out:
  • Diagnose heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias). If you have an irregular heartbeat.
  • If your symptoms (such as chest pain or difficulty breathing) are related to your heart. How hard you should exercise when you are joining a cardiac rehabilitation program or starting an exercise program.