Monthly Archives: June 2014

Know your Human Rights and Mental Health Laws

Human RightsAll persons with a mental illness, or who are being treated as such persons, shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person… There shall be no discrimination on the grounds of mental illness…” – The UN Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental illness: GA Resolution 46/119, 17th December 1991.

Days, months and years have passed; times have flown by…. but, still today we live in a society of mixed feelings. In some parts of the world the scenario of mental health has really strengthened and has seen a drastic positive change. But, in some corners of the world, still the mentally ill have to face a lot of stigma and discrimination day in and day out. Don’t be surprised by reading this. It happens! If you suffer from fever of flu then people are ok. But, the moment you suffer from a mental ailment many eyebrows would be raised and your life would change for a lifetime. If you are lucky enough then you will get the best of treatment, care and empathy from the people around you. If you are not, then don’t be surprised if people start calling you a Psycho or something like that.

I don’t want to scare you off folks. Mental health scenario has positively changed over the past few decades. People with mental illnesses in the past were chained or closed in dark rooms. They had to go through multitude of pains and sufferings. At least this worst-case scenario does not happen today. The world today is much more sensitized and aware of these issues. Today, starting from mental health awareness to treatment process…everything is much better developed and within the reach of a common man. But, the story does not end here. It is not only the duty of professional or stakeholders to provide you treatment or create awareness. As a responsible citizen of the civil society you also need to be sensitized about mental health laws and human rights. This will help you to help yourself, help your loved ones and the ailing. This will also help you to avoid unnecessary stigma, discrimination and get the best of mental health services.

This blog is an insight into the mental health laws and human rights that all are entitled to as human beings. No matter where you live or where you are be healthy, be safe and safeguard your human rights. Live and let live!

…Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…” – 1st sentence of the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Here are some important Mental Health Laws and Human Rights that you should know:

  • Right to informed consent: You should be made aware of your mental health issues without any discrimination. You are also entitled to know the treatment procedures.
  • Right to confidentiality: This right safeguards your confidentiality and dignity. Under no circumstances your name and other personal information should get leaked out before others.
  • You have the right to refuse treatment if you are not comfortable. No mental health professional or GP has the right to administer drugs on you unless and until you give the consent.

 You have the right to:

  • Avail all medical facilities irrespective of your gender, religion, language, culture or race.
  • Avail hospitalization and emergency services if the situations or symptoms worsen.
  • Take appropriate action if you feel someone breaches your human right or mental health right.
  • Continue your work if your doctor has advised you to do so.
  • Choose which mental health professional you want to get services from and the kind of therapy services you need.
  • Avail insurance services, medi-claims and other such financial aids.
  • Ensure your safety and integrity.
  • You cannot be denied of your property, freedom, legal and ethical rights, liberty, possessions only because you have a mental health problem.
  • You cannot be denied of treatment.
  • You cannot be denied of proper hygiene, exercise, nutrition, care and allied health care services.

In a nutshell, suffering from any mental health issue does not mean that you cannot live life freely and fruitfully. Knowing the laws and rights is an essential part of meaningful living, survival or existence in the civil society. You have the right to live with dignity irrespective of your health conditions.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” – Bill Clinton

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Bereavement and Its Psycho-social Aftermath

BereavementDeath leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” – Headstone in Ireland

Tears that just don’t seem to stop, memories that keep ripping the heart, ripples of faith and hope together just yearn to live with your loved one for just another day… It is easier to die than to live and keep dying everyday in the memory of the loved one that demised. It’s sad but true folks, that life and death are the two sides of the same coin. In one moment you would be happily celebrating life with your loved ones, and another moment you would be left crying at the burial ground. Life’s like that… it’s a blend of smiles ‘n’ shadows. Day in and day out the world ceases for someone. Leaving this world and joining the celestial race may be difficult, but to be bereaved and staying back on earth is far more difficult. It is heart trenching, overwhelming and unless and until we get over the loss, it’s like living-but dying a new death every day. The whole thing is so complicated!

Bereavement leads to huge emotional pain, immense grief and sense of loss. It is very difficult to pacify the one who is bereaved. No words or actions can soothe the pain of getting bereaved. Bereavement has a lot of psychological and social impact associated with it. In some cases, it can lead to severe physical condition too.

Here is an overview of the effects of bereavement:

Psychological Impact

  • Depression, Sadness, Grief
  • Sense of loss
  • Stress and feeling overwhelmed
  • Anxiety and apprehension
  • Lack of motivation
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in some cases
  • Problems in attention, memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive abilities
  • Suicidal ideations and committing of suicide in worst cases

Social Impact

  • Culture-specific stigma, taboo and discrimination
  • Suffering caused due to social stereotypes and prejudice
  • Loss of life, property and economic stability
  • Social support system is affected and/or influenced

Other than that, bereavement can also affect you physically in the form of discomfort, medical conditions, changes in sleep-diet patterns, and so on. I know it is very difficult or may seem next to impossible to get over the loss or to get over bereavement. But, it is very necessary to deal effectively with bereavement. Otherwise, it may lead to even more problems in your life and the ones related to you. It is true that the one who is gone cannot be brought back, but we still need to live for him/her, at least to fulfill his/her expectations towards us…to fulfill his/her unfulfilled dreams. Following are some of the ways in which you can deal with bereavement and its multidimensional negative aftermath:

Mourning

Do not shield or cocoon your emotions when you experience loss. It may lead to even more harm. It is ok to mourn and cry and let out the pent up emotions.

Sharing

Try to share your feeling with the ones you can rely on. Try to talk to the persons who can emotionally support you or understand you.

Writing

Sometimes writing letters/writing down your feelings for the ones who left you helps a lot. It helps you express your feelings towards the person and also lightens you in the process.

Memory-Lane

Try to assemble photos/pictures of the ones you lost. Keeping a memory diary or a scrapbook of the good times spent with the person will make you feel better. It will also motivate you to live life with a purpose, to live life for others and the way he/she wanted you to live.

Support Groups

You are not alone… There are many people who would be sailing in the same boat as yours. Try to find out support groups and forums where you can join others. Sharing and caring together heals unfathomable wounds effectively.

Professional help

If you feel that you are sinking into deep psychological, physical, social problems then taking professional help would be a good step. Your life is also precious; you need to take care of it too.

Don’t grieve. Anything you lose, comes round in another form” – Rumi

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Play Therapy for Depression

DepressedDepression… generally speaking, it is a mental health condition, in which life just ceases or seems to be at a dead end. All of us get struck by depression in some or the other part of our lives in varying degrees. Death of a loved one, loss of job, a bad break-up, trauma, life-transition, failure, environmental conditions, terminal illnesses, shocking life events… All these are some of the causal factors that can literally shove you into depression. And once you slip into depression, everything related to your life starts falling apart like a deck of cards. Helplessness, hopelessness, social withdrawal, lack of energies and motivation, change in sleep and diet patterns, suicidal thinking, are some of the symptoms that may start bothering you. These symptoms are enough to jostle you off your physical health, psychological well-being, social life, relationships, self-concept, work/studies, and the entire outlook of life as a whole.

Therefore, if you or your loved ones feel depressed then it is very important to come off it via strategic therapeutic interventions. In some cases, medication also becomes necessary. There are many ways in which depression can be successfully treated in today’s world. Hey, have you read another blog on depression that I have written? I would suggest you to read that too once you have read this blog. It is based on the technical know-how on depression and the treatment techniques for depression.

Among the different treatment interventions available for depression so far, play therapy is sometimes amazingly effective. I know you must be thinking that when you are depressed, sad and dejected how can play therapy help you with depression? It is possible folks. Let me tell you how play therapy works:

  • Taps the feel-good hormones and chemicals of your body and brain
  • Works on your lack of motivation when you are depressed
  • It engages you in adaptive behavior
  • Makes you feel fresh and energized
  • It also serves as a gateway to the happy and colorful moments of your life

When done with the help of an experienced practitioner, play therapy can help you in significantly dealing with your depression. It can be done both in individual and group settings. A typical play therapy session can last up to 30-40 minutes. Once you try the play therapy methods, you will surely crave for more! Now let us look into some of the common play therapy methods:

Sand-Magic

In this form of play therapy you would be given sand/mud as a medium of therapy. First you would be asked to shed your inhibitions, feel the sand and try to enjoy that feeling. Then you need to use the sand/mud to illustrate your major life event – events that have changed your life, events that you like and/or events that have significant influence on you. Based on your illustrations your therapist would assess your symptoms, and help you more in the treatment process.

The pick-up-sticks Game

I am sure you must have played this game in some part of your lives. This game has therapeutic value too. In this game there would be sticks of different colors depicting the different colors of your life. The therapist holds all the sticks together and releases them. You would have to pick up one stick out of that without disturbing the others and describe events, moments/experience of your life that are related to the color of the stick that you have picked.

This game is very helpful to re-create scenes from your life and resolve them through therapy. It also gives a boost to your creative thinking, memory, concentration, and other cognitive skills.

Bubble Breaths

Have you ever tried blowing bubbles from a can/or a container having detergent/soap water? I just loved the game when I was a kid. But, today I know that it has great therapeutic value. When you are depressed, your energy system becomes low. When your energies are low, it exerts a negative influence on your brain and body; your respiratory system needs to work hard in order to pump oxygen to the vital organs of your body to keep them functioning.

In this form of play therapy, the practitioner would blow bubbles first and ask you to pop them. If you are too fast in popping them, then the therapist would ask you to take a deep breathe and then pop the bubbles. So what is the whole rationale behind it? It is quite simple yet effective. Bubble breath help you to understand your mind-body connection, it helps in impulse control and above all it makes you to breathe deeply as a result of which there is adequate supply of oxygen to your brain and body. This helps a lot in reducing depression symptoms and the physical symptoms related to it.

So folks! This was a brief overview of how play therapy can help in the reduction of depression symptoms. It may sound silly and kiddish at first, but has deep therapeutic properties. Once you start practicing it you will yourself see and experience its magic!

No matter how worse life can become, no matter how harsh life can become… there is always a way out. So never give up

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Ornaments and their Psycho-Physical Effects

Ornaments and Psychophysical EffectsCan you find one thing common in the image depiction above apart from the costume and posture of the dancers? It is their ornaments, right! In many regions of the world people are adorned with ornaments. From head crowns, hair bands, nose and ear studs, necklaces, bangles to waist ornaments and anklets… We have developed virtually every ornament to beautify us. In fact, ornaments are the epitome of your rich cultural heritage and tradition. They are also like status symbols in many societies. Nowadays they have become style statements of the gen-next.

According to some people, ornaments have – apart from their beauty – multitude physiological and psychological positive effects of their own. Let us look into these potential psychophysical positive effects of ornaments:

Physiological Well-being

Metals and alloys have their own distinctive properties. So undoubtedly the ornaments that you wear play a vital role in enriching your body and mind with the essential metallic elements needed for health and well-being. Metals like gold, silver, copper, brass etc. not only give rise to beautiful ornaments when carved, but also form a vibrant platform for physiological and psychological health.

Curative properties

I remember my cousin wearing a magnet necklace as she was suffering from Asthma. We used to make fun of her by seeing that necklace. We thought that how can a necklace of magnets cure Asthma? To our amazement, she got perfectly fine after using that necklace for some time. The therapist made us understand that magnet has the capacity to influence the flow of air, blood and other body fluids ‘n’ mechanisms. She spent years of allopathic treatment, but all in vain. Finally, a magnetic necklace healed her. She is 36 years and she has had no asthma attack till date!

So, in a nutshell… Ornaments have curative properties other than the beauty index. The metals and materials in which ornaments are made have potential positive influence on the mechanisms of our body and mind.

Reflex and alternative therapy

Reflexology states that the veins of your body parts end in your palms and feet. If you suffer from any disease, then therapeutic-stimulation of those reflex points lead to cure or relief from that disease. Ornaments worn on the ears, anklets, neck etc. also have the same healing effects. The ornaments stimulate the veins related to the target organ and aid to faster effectual healing. For example: Bangles on the wrists aid to reproductive health since the veins of reproductive organs are present there.

Self-confidence

Apart from being potential healing agents, ornaments also tend to boost self-confidence to higher levels. They make you look unique and at the same time mark your individuality as elegant and exclusive from others. They also aid in a strong sense of self-esteem, self-efficacy and personality development as well.

Cognitive Development

Do you want to improve your memory, concentration, attention and other important cognitive skills? Then, try to adorn yourself with ornaments like necklace, ear-studs, etc. Due to their curative properties and metallic properties ornaments have great influence on your mind too. Complex cognitive skills are harnessed in the process and so is your psychological fitness.

No need to stack up yourself with loads of ornaments and look weird. Just try trendy and stylish stuff to ornate your body. That will do the rest of the magic!

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Borderline Personality Disorder Vs. Stability in Life

Stability in LifeHi folks! If you are someone who is experiencing BPD or if you are a friend/relative/partner/care-taker of someone with BPD, then this post is meant for all of you. I guess you already know what BPD actually is. In case, you want to know what BPD is, let us take a quick tour into its psychological and pathological aspect.

The World Health Organization’s ICD-10 considers BPD as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. It states that there are two variations of it:

F60.30 Impulsive type

At least three of the following symptoms must be present, one of which must be:

  1. Marked tendency to act unexpectedly and without consideration of the consequences;
  2. Marked tendency to engage in quarrelsome behavior and to have conflicts with others, especially when impulsive acts are thwarted or criticized;
  3. Liability to outbursts of anger or violence, with inability to control the resulting behavioral explosions;
  4. Difficulty in maintaining any course of action that offers no immediate reward;
  5. Unstable and capricious (impulsive, whimsical) mood.

F60.31 Borderline type

At least three of the symptoms mentioned in F60.30 Impulsive type must be present, with at least two of the following in addition:

  1. Disturbances in and uncertainty about self-image, aims, and internal preferences;
  2. Liability to become involved in intense and unstable relationships, often leading to emotional crisis;
  3. Excessive efforts to avoid abandonment;
  4. Recurrent threats or acts of self-harm;
  5. Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  6. Demonstrates impulsive behavior, e.g., speeding, substance abuse

So that was bit of an idea about what BPD is and what are the symptoms of BPD. A Mental Health Professional or a Clinical Psychologist does the diagnosis of BPD after detailed behavioral and psychological assessment. The symptoms that you just read are just a minute view of what BPD patients suffer from. However, the personal, physical, psychological and social aftermath of BPD is really painful and intense. The turmoil that one goes through on all these levels is overwhelming indeed. That is why whether you are suffering from BPD or you are closely related to someone who has BPD… Each and every one of you needs to know the essential logistics related to it. Only then you can understand the vital aspects, help yourself and help others too.

One of the major issues in BPD is stability. Be it stability in relationships, thoughts-behavior-moods, profession/education, stability in commitment or overall stability in life as a whole, BPD has serious impact on these aspects. BPD suffers also face problems in consistency of treatment as well. They tend to start treatment or therapies with a lot of spur but often find difficulty in sticking to it, continuing it or completing the therapy procedures. Therefore, owing to this let me tell you some ways in which you can stay tuned to the different aspects of your life, maintain stability in those dimensions and effectively deal with BPD:

  • No Matter how strong the negative thoughts or impulses are, try your level best to push yourself towards your therapy sessions. Research studies and clinical outcomes show that most of the BPD cases get healed after successful treatment. Ongoing treatment and after-care also makes chances of relapse less.
  • Relationships suffer most in case of BPD. This is not your fault. The symptoms of BPD make you be so. If you see that your relationships are falling apart, then it’s high time to understand that this is due to BPD and take necessary steps to keep your bonding n ties intact.
  • Proper lifestyle management, routine management, time management will help you a lot in maintaining consistency in the different aspects of your life including social interaction, profession, education, etc.
  • BPD is also linked with fluctuating moods. Therefore, when you feel that your mood is fluctuating try to pacify yourself as much as you can.
  • Relaxation training, Yoga, Meditation, Reflex therapies…. Apart from psychological interventions these therapeutic avenues can also help a lot in achieving stability and improve the prognosis of BPD.
  • For BPD caretakers it is very important to understand the deep issues related to BPD so that you can understand the emotional and personality problems the person may go through.
  • With the help of empathetic understanding, timely and proper treatment, ongoing practice of therapy techniques, BPD can be easily dealt with and its stability issues can be pacified.

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Self Confidence Vs. Social Anxiety

Self Confidence and Social AnxietyBecause one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” – Lao Tzu

Struggling with social anxiety? You have come to the right place then. Social anxiety is the intense fear and apprehension that you face when you are in a social situation or about to go to a social setting. Along with the apprehension you would also experience bodily discomfort like palpitations, frequent urination, stomach upset, trembling, tremors, shivers, cold feet, profuse sweating, etc.

The roots of social anxiety are sown right from your childhood when you start socializing or interact with others. The way you are brought up, the way you are treated by others, how people see you and your personality… everything has an important role to play. However, at the very core of social anxiety symptoms lies a shattered and battered sense of self or self-confidence. If you have a high level of self-confidence then probably you won’t experience social anxiety at all! But, if your confidence levels are low, then you are under social anxiety threat.

As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.” – Nic Sheff

So, how to develop a good sense of self or a well-defined self-confidence? Here are some techniques to add a buffer and boost to your self-confidence levels:

Building Self-confidence

  • Do not compare yourself with others. This is the major mistake that most of the people do. Focus on your own inner self. You will find a lot of potentialities within.
  • Identify your weaknesses and shortcomings. Once you have discovered the loopholes, you can easily bridge the gaps. But, don’t be too hard on yourself. It is ok to not to be perfect. In fact, no one is perfect out here. We all are a work in progress!
  • After you have identified your weaknesses, try not to avoid them. Try to accept your weaknesses, take them as a challenge and work on alleviating them.
  • The next step is to discover your strengths and strengthen your strengths. The more you harness your strengths and virtues, the more confident you will be.
  • Believe in yourself that you can do it! Be optimistic! The more you start believing in yourself and believing in the best… you will see a new beautiful n bright “U”.
  • Accept compliments with generosity and listen to comments mindfully. If someone comments on you, try to analyze if it’s really meant for your well-being. If it’s good for you then there’s nothing bad in listing to other’s advice and working for your betterment. If it’s meant to hurt you, then put the words in one ear and flush it off from the other ear. That is the reason why you have two ears!
  • Celebrate your success no matter how big or small it is. This calls for a party!
  • Sometimes making others feel good also makes you feel good and confident. Be good and do good…that’s the best serum n syrup that would boost your confidence to unfathomable levels.

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” – E.E. Cummings

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Eco-friendly Living Improves Mental Health

Eco-friendly Living“Environment friendly”, “Eco-friendly” and “Go green”… these words are so commonly used in today’s world. Do you know what does it mean by being “Eco-friendly”? In simple words, it means practices that conserve the natural resources of Mother Earth. This word has been the most frequently used jingle and buzzes in almost all news channels, discussion forums, and conferences and so on. Why is this so important? It is a matter of concern because the way our natural resources are decaying day by day… it is becoming a potential threat to our health, life and habitat as a whole.

What is eco-friendly lifestyle?

Using of products that do not pose harm to the environment, taking care of our natural resources, etc. These aspects epitomize an eco-friendly lifestyle. If I will ask how many of you use plastic bags, plastic products (jars, toys, sheets, covers etc.), canned food, synthetic products and chemicals, heavy metals, etc.? Many of you reading this blog will answer it with a “yes”. Sometimes we are aware but not careful enough to stay away from such products and sometimes these dangerous substances influence our health and mind unknowingly thought the air, food and so on.

Living life mindfully and in a way that does not pose a threat to the environment you live in encompasses an eco-friendly lifestyle.

How do environmental pollutants influence our mental health?

Non-biodegradable substances or substances that cannot be recycled or decomposed through the natural processes are the main culprits that harm your mental health. The sight of their filth, the harmful gases that are released in the environment, the foul smell, the chemicals that you eat… all these release harmful chemicals in your brain leading to:

  • Psychosomatic illnesses
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Neuro-chemical imbalance in the brain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Palpitations, tremors
  • Developmental delays, neurological disorders in children
  • + many other severe mental health disorders

Some worst environmental tragedies in the world:

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy, 1984 in India; 1948 Donora Fog, US; the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Alaska, 1989; the Pacific Gyre Garbage Patch… all these are some striking examples of the disasters that man has made in the environment. These disasters and many others have done irreparable damage to life and property. Millions of lives have been lost, have been negatively influenced, and have been under threat even today. Not only human, but also innocent animal kingdom has also fallen prey to it.

Next time you pop in a canned food in your tummy or use a vehicle, when you leave lights turned on or when you tend to forget closing a running tap… just remember that you are building up a platform of severe mental health crisis for yourself, for your loved ones and everyone around you.

How to save your mental health by being eco-friendly

With the help of simple yet mindful ways you can live an eco-friendly lifestyle and save your brain and body from getting ill:

  • Use eco-friendly products that are organic, biodegradable and are non-toxic. Ensure that you are using them on a daily basis
  • Turn off lights, close running taps etc. when not in use
  • Turn off all electric appliances when not in use. This will keep you safe form the hazards of the electro magnetic field (EMF) and the eco-threat as well
  • If you need to go somewhere that is close by then please try to walk to that place instead of using your vehicle every time. Studies show that the CFCs emitted by vehicles are the most dangerous threat to the environment, body and brain.
  • If possible you can car-pool with others while going to the office or dropping and picking up your children from school on a regular basis.
  • Try to decrease your meat consumption. The more you eat green veggies, the more you will promote space for the habitat of other species, the more you will stay healthy and fit
  • Use paper bags instead of plastic bags
  • Have two dustbins at your home: One for the ones that can easily degrade and the other that is non-biodegradable. When you will need to throw them, try to dispose them separately. This will help the corporations to recycle the necessary stuff and dump the rest of the stuff easily.
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) rather than the incandescent bulbs. These are more eco-friendly, emit no harmful radiation and are more cost-effective

With simple and smart living you can live life the eco-friendly way, and you can also protect your mental health from getting destroyed. Your sincere effort can beautify your life, save the life of others and make the world a beautiful n healthy place to live in!

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Suicide Help and Prevention

Suicide Help and PreventionIn a world that is seen being full of struggle and strife, even a school going child knows what suicide is. The moment you would be thinking of killing yourself, you would also be creating a silent unseen plan of killing your family and loved ones for a lifetime. These words may seem hurtful, but it’s true. You may be thinking of leaving this world, but somewhere or the other your loved ones would die even with the thought of departing from you. If you are someone who is thinking that life is hopeless and isn’t worth any more… please halt for a moment. Give your life another fair chance. You really deserve a life worth-living to its fullest. Only cowards think of dying or leaving a battleground. I know you won’t consider yourself or tag yourself a coward. True fighters and winners are the ones who sustain all difficulties in life, fight against them with all their might, the ones who put all their potentialities in action and ultimately come out successful.

There could be many reasons that would be driving you towards taking your own life. It can be severe depression, life-threatening events, loss of loved ones, loss of job, stress, failure, anxiety, frustration, a terminal illness, assault or abuse, harsh life situations, bullying… many such suicide-provoking incidents. Even if I say a million times that don’t give up, don’t lose hope… I know you would say, “It’s easier said than done”. Well, I admit! But, for whom am I saying this? It’s for your well being, for the sake of others for whom you mean the world, who owe you. Before even thinking of taking your life just think about that amazing moment when you were born and your parents took you in their arms, think about the moment you realized your potentials and walked along the crossroads of life, think about the good n gala time spent with your loved ones. A single or some negative life events cannot rip you apart champ! If at all you want to end something, try to end your problems by solving them. And that solution is not your life, but skillful strategies and healthy coping to life’s stressors and pressures.

Life never leaves one hopeless – it always gives another chance. Even if you do not believe in this now…just don’t give up. Keep trying, you will yourself see how beautiful your life is and how worth living it is. Even if life shows you a hundred reasons to cry and lose, fight back and show life that you have a million reasons to smile and live like a winner. Live life king size.

If you are thinking of harming yourself or ending of life, please give yourself and your loved ones another fair chance. Life is for living like a champion and dying like a martyr. Please contact us if you or your close ones are thinking of suicide due to any of the reasons I said above. There is always a solution to every problem. Believe in this fact.

You can immediately contact suicide prevention centers and suicide crisis lines in your area. Here is a list of a few such centers from around the world:

Country

Organization

Australia

  • Lifeline (lifeline.org.au) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and mental health support services.
  • Kids Help Line (kidshelp.com.au) is a 24-hour nationwide service that provides access to crisis support, suicide prevention and counseling services for Australians aged 5–25

Canada

Cayman Islands

  • The Cayman Islands Social Services (gov.ky/portal) based in George Town, Cayman Islands has a telephone number available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Ireland

  • Samaritans (samaritans.org) is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout Ireland.

New Zealand

  • Lifeline Aotearoa (lifeline.org.nz) is a New Zealand organization providing free 24-hour counseling and phone help lines.

United Kingdom

  • PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide (papyrus-uk.org) is a registered charity. It is the national charity campaigning for prevention of young suicide. It operates a helpline providing short-term support and advice for anyone concerned about himself or herself or a young person they know. PAPYRUS also offers training such as the international ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) program and bespoke packages.
  • Samaritans (samaritans.org) is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (thecalmzone.net) is a registered charity based in England. It was launched in March 2006 as a campaign aimed at bringing the suicide rate down among men aged 15–35.

United States

 

Leave no leaf un-turned. You have every potentiality to fight against all odds and evens of your life. Be positive, believe in yourself and believe in the best.

Sincere thanks to:

Online-therapy fraternity

Wikipedia

Life – the best teacher!

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Destroying Depression: Success Stories

Destroying DepressionThere are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral’s Kiss

Have you felt like you have reached a dead end and you can see no light at the end of the tunnel? At times of despair, do you feel that you will give up and you have lost all hopes? Do hopelessness and helplessness curb all your functioning potentialities? Well, these are all signs of depression. Depression is characterized by low moods, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, social withdrawal, suicidal and self-harming tendencies, lack of energy and motivation to do something, changes in sleep and diet patterns, drug abuse and impairment in daily life functioning.

When the clouds of depression hover in your life, nobody and nothing seems to be right. The heart aches and sinks. Tears don’t stop rolling from the eyes. Everything seems dark and dusty. In a nutshell, the world seems to cease and stops. Living life becomes impossible and gruesome.

Let me tell you about some heart-rending stories of how depression was experienced by some people.

X was a very talented student in a Grad School. He was extraordinarily intelligent and always scored high marks in all his exams. He used to be in the good books of his professors and was an achiever in academics and extra-curricular activities as well. He was the star! However, one incident changed his entire life. He was studying for is exams late in the night. Suddenly, his night lamp had short circuit and his entire study table burst into flames. In order to save his books and belongings he struggled in the fire and severely hurt his hands. Due to his injuries he could not write in his exams. A whole year went into vain for him. After this incident, X could not face anybody. He held himself responsible for this and always remained locked in his room. He seldom attended his classes and never took good care of himself any more. A bubbly-lively guy now became a slow, de-motivated, sluggish person with no hopes and energy.

One fine morning, he got up from bed and saw a small plant growing from a rocky ground. That whispered loud words of life within him. He fought against the bout of his depression with all his might. He sought professional help, took his medicines on time, he started to socialize with people who understood him…he did everything that would take him out of the dark clutches of depression. Today X is a General Manager in a leading Multinational Company. If anything wrong happens in his life, he now takes it sportingly and does his best to solve his problems.

Mrs Y lost her husband very early in their marriage. Her husband died in an accident in front of her own eyes. She was shell-shocked after this incident and lost all motivation to live. She had small kids, but she did not take care of them. Gradually she, her kids and her household started sinking. Mrs Y tried to kill herself a number of times. But, every time she got saved. One day while she was cutting herself her younger daughter came to her and cuddled her up. The lil’ girl wiped her mother’s tears and kissed her wounds. That was enough to create a spark within Mrs Y to start living life again! Today, she is a successful working woman and a wonderful homemaker. Her daughters call her “Super Mom” and life is full of life for them.

Like these brave warriors there are many strong persons who get burnt in the hearth of depressing life events but come out without getting hurt. Do you know what makes a person win over depression? There are some weapons that shield them from losing the battle against depression:

Never Giving Up! No matter how worse a life situation is, never give up. You never know that there would be happiness waiting for you just at the next step. So, never keep trying and never stop walking. Keep working towards a bright and better future.

Don’t Lose Hope! Life will take unknown twists and turns. The road in life is never smooth and straight. So you are bound to fall down not once, neither twice… but many times. When this happens try to clean your wounds, let the emotional bruises heal, never lose hope. Always try to give your life a second chance and that to a fair chance.

Be patient and Persevere! There would be times when you will feel like giving up. There will be a point when you will feel as in you don’t want to live or nothing can be set right again. Hold on… don’t lose your patience. Take some deep breaths, try to keep yourself calm and try seeing life with a different perspective. Sometimes we get sinned and tossed in our own negative spiral thinking. No… don’t do that! If you fell that you have now reached at the edge of things, situations and your emotions, try your level best to be patient. Sometimes things take their own time to settle down. Patience and perseverance are the greatest values that help man to steer through the most violent storms of life.

Talk to your loved ones or take professional help! Sadness halves when we share it with someone and happiness doubles when we share it with someone. When you feel depressed, helpless and hopeless always try to reach out to your friends or loved ones. If you think you need additional support then taking professional help really helps a lot. If you or your loved ones are experiencing depression then please contact us.

There is nothing that you cannot do. Unless you give up, nothing can pull you back. No matter how cruel life is towards you, do not give up… do not lose hope… and keep on marching forward.

“No matter how dark life seems, there is always sunshine the next day…”

Best wishes,

Sareeta

Weight Management through Yoga Nidra

Yoga NidraThis week let us take time to relax and tap our subconscious mind. There are many techniques for relaxation and healing. One of the best techniques is Yoga Nidra. It is also known as Yogi Sleep. Did you know Yoga Nidra can take you to the deepest realms of relaxation by helping you stay conscious too? Yes, that’s the magic of this technique!

The use of Yoga Nidra for relaxation and healing dates back to ancient Buddhist and Hindu cultures. Its practitioners popularized it in the mid-20th century. One of the pioneers of this technique is Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He developed 8 stages of Yoga Nidra that can be followed in step-wise manner. The eight stages are:

Eight Stages of Yoga Nidra:
  • Internalization
  • Sankalpa or resolution
  • Rotation of Consciousness
  • Breath awareness
  • Manifestation of opposites
  • Creative visualization
  • Sankalpa or resolution
  • Externalization

Yoga Nidra has been found to have healing and restorative effects in many physical and mental health ailments. Some of them are:

Healing and Restorative Effects of Yoga Nidra:
  • Nervous tension
  • Weight management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Some cases of Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Fears and phobia
  • Nausea, giddiness, palpitations, bed-wetting, migraine, etc.

So how does Yoga Nidra works? Yoga Nidra tends to deeply relax you and takes you to a journey into your subconscious mind. Our subconscious mind is one that forms 9/10th part of our functional mind. In a given day, you are bombarded with almost 100,000 stimuli from your surroundings. Out of these, only one stimulus is felt by you or is made conscious by your perceptual ability. Rest of the stimuli enters the dark chamber of your subconscious and unconscious mind.  It comprises of all that you experience in your lifetime, your thoughts, subliminal messages, thoughts, irrational desires, negative thoughts, disease-provoking conditioning thoughts, and so on. In a nutshell, though your sub-conscious mind is not always easily accessible, yet it has huge powers and potentials. So, when your subconscious mind is tapped with healthy and positive affirmations, it gets charged up more and more, it gets positively strengthened and guides you towards positive and motivating thoughts/behaviors.

Therefore, be it an intense fear or anxiety, weight issue or any physical discomfort, if your mind gets a curative affirmation through Yoga Nidra you can subsequently get cured out of these problems/symptoms. The good news is you can also do Yoga Nidra all by yourself. Here is a guide through the process of Yoga Nidra for weight management:

Step 1: Lie down on your back on a Yoga Mat or any mattress in a comfortable position. If possible, you can play a soft instrumental music during the Yoga Nidra session too. Loosen any tight clothing and ensure fresh intake of air.

Step 2: Take deep breaths, try to make your mind calm from all the other thoughts and try to focus all your attention on your body.

Step 3: Thee next step is to focus on each and every body part of yours; de-stress it and infuse a sense of positivity and curative property within. Start by focusing on your right foot. Imagine that your right foot is getting more and more calm and composed…. all the tension and disease-causing elements are getting released from that part… your foot is shedding unwanted weight… that part is now healthy and composed.

Step 4: Continue the same affirmations for all the body parts as you move from your foot to your head.

Step 5: Keep your heart as the final part to focus on. When you reach your heart chakra or your heart follows the relaxing and restorative affirmation that is mentioned above. And finally try to meditate that a white bright light is illumining your heart and your entire body. It is cleansing all the negative, disease-causing energies, shedding all your weight and making you more healthy and happy.

Step 6: Finally take deep breaths for some time. Meditate that all the positive healing energies that you gained and the way your subconscious mind got strengthened; all these healing will remain within you and cure you. And try to get up slowly.

Step 7: After getting up rub both your palms and touch them all over your body, starting from head to toe so that all the healing properties and energies remain within you and do their work with their fullest potential.

Yoga Nidra can be very effectual for weight management if done on a regular basis. If you are new to Yoga then seeking help from a Yoga instructor will also help.

Stay Healthy and Stay Happy!

Best wishes,

Sareeta