कोरोना से प्रभावित होती याददाश्त क्षमता 

कोरोना अर्थात Covid-19 से जब दुनिया तेजी से प्रभावित होना शुरू हुई तो सोशल-डिस्टन्सिग, मास्क आदि उपाय खोज कर Covid-19 की रफ़्तार को कम किया गया। फिर विश्व के बड़े देशों ने अपने-यहाँ लॉक-डाउन का सहारा लिया। जिसके तहत लोगों को उनके घर में ही रहने की सलाह दी गई। जो भारतीय रेल कभी युद्ध की भयंकर स्थितियों में नही रोकी गयी,आज उसकी गति पर भी विराम लगा दिया गया है। इससे आप स्थिति कितनी ख़राब है इसका अंदाजा लगा सकते हैं। लेकिन इस लॉकडाउन के बीच कुछ ख़बरें ऐसी आ रहीं हैं जिनसे मनुष्य के खराब होते मानसिक स्वास्थ्य के बारे में पता चलता है, जो कि चिंता का विषय है। इतने समय तक तमाम मिडिया चैनलों केवल-और-केवल कोरोना की खबरें ही चल रहीं हैं; कभी कहीं से एक दिन में लाखों लोगों के प्रभावित होने की ख़बर आती है तो कभी एक ही दिन में हजारों लोगों के मरने की ख़बर। कुछ ऐसी भी घटनाएं सुनने को मिलीं जहां कुछ लोगों ने अपने हल्के खांसी-जुकाम को कोरोना समझकर आत्महत्या कर ली। इन सभी घटनाओं का परिणाम यह हुआ कि मानव मस्तिष्क अपने सभी सपनों, लक्ष्य, काम आदि को छोड़कर लगातार एक ड़र वातावरण में जीने लगा। कोरोना से लड़कर वापस आम जिंदगी में आने वाले लोगों को तवज्जो देने के स्थान पर मानवीय मस्तिष्क ने भय, नाउम्मीदी और अतार्किकता को महत्व दिया । जिसका परिणाम यह हुआ कि कोरोना से प्रभावित होकर वापस ठीक होने वाले तथा अप्रभावित दोनों की याद्दाश्त क्षमता प्रभावित होने लगी। डॉक्टरों का मानना है कि जो लोग कोरोना से ठीक हो रहें हैं उनमें पोस्ट कोविड सिम्पटम दिखाई देने लगे हैं, जिसमें याद्दाश्त क्षमता का कमजोर होना सबसे बड़ी समस्या बनती जा रही है। राजीव गांधी सुपर स्पेशलिटी अस्पताल के डॉक्टर बताते हैं कि पोस्ट कोविड क्लीनिक में इलाज कराने आए 250 लोगों मे से 80 लोगों में न्यूरो समस्याएं देखने को मिली हैं। इनमें करीब 20 फ़ीसदी लोग ऐसे हैं जिन्हें भूलने की समस्या हो रही है। यदि डब्ल्यूएचओ की मानें तो जब कोई कोविड-19 से उबर रहा होगा तो तब यह समस्याएं कुछ हफ्तों या महीनों में अपने आप दूर हो जाएंगे, लेकिन कुछ लोगों में यह लक्षण ज्यादा वक्त तक भी रहे सकते हैं। तब ऐसे में उम्मीद न खोएं। अपने को व्यस्त रखें,नकारात्मक विचार मन मे न आने दें।अपने दिमाग को चिंता व तनाव से दूर रखने तथा इस भय और लॉकडाउन की कष्टदायी घड़ी को बिताने के लिये अपनी हॉबी पर काम कर सकते हैं। इससे आपमे जीवन के प्रति उत्साह भी जागृत होगा तो साथ ही इस विपत्ति की घड़ी से उबरने का साहस भी मिलेगा। हमेशा याद रखिये हर विपत्ति का अंत होता ही है तो इसका भी अंत होगा। आने वाली सुनहरी सुबह का इंतजार करिये और हिम्मत कभी मत हारिये। सकारात्मक ऊर्जा और जुझारूपन ही हमें इस संकट की घड़ी से उबार सकता है। यादाश्त क्षमता को बढाने के उपायों पर कार्य कीजिये हो सके तो व्यायाम और मेंटल एक्सर्साइज का भी सहारा लीजिये। और जब लगने लगे कि परिस्थितियां हाथ से बाहर निकल रही हैं तो किसी मनोचिकित्सक की भी सहायता लीजिये।  

2 weeks ago

Recognizing and coping with panic attacks

There are many people around us who suffer from panic attacks, this is an area which most of us are unaware of. A panic attack can happen when a person has high levels of anxiety and it is said everyone will face panic attacks at least once in their lives. Panic attacks are horrifying situation where a person might even feel that they are having a heart attack, it is accompanied with overwhelming and unbearable emotions like fear and helplessness and also might have physical manifestations through fast heartbeats, chest pains, shaking, dizziness, numbness, chills, nausea and many more discomforts, if not familiar with this condition we might admit ourselves to hospitals for these discomforts because that intense is the difficulty the sufferer faces.  This is a situation where anxiety has gone wrong because for a person who suffers from continuous panic attacks the anxiety levels are very high. This usually happens when the person faces environmental stresses and it might reach a stage where even the smallest concerns trigger panic attacks in them. This anxiety also includes a fear of death or fearing death even for simple problems. The main problem with continuous panic attacks is that it becomes panic disorder where because of their panic attacks people avoid socializing and even going out, fearing everything that triggers their attacks, it ultimately leads to changing of behaviors which can be greater threats to our mental health. Treatments for this disorder are very limited having only 40% effect on patients which are antidepressant medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Though there are medications, the best way for anyone who has beginning symptoms of panic disorder is to try and solve it ourselves. for which the first thing is: Acknowledgement : it is proved that making the patients clearly aware of their condition and showing them that there many people living with it might help in creating in them a long lost self confidence, so we should understand our problem and face it head on. Accept: we must be able to come to terms with our own problem and understand that it is just how we are and stop being guilty and inferior. This can be very difficult but until the next panic attack happens try and learn from the previous ones and understand how fear plays an important  role in elevating our problem so  try and accept it and survive it before it devours us. Alternative response: once we have understood to accept and face it the next step is to rehearse the changed ways of response like deep breathing telling ourselves that the difficulties are not serious, meditation or yoga where the mind is taught to remain calm. All these are applicable only when the attacks are at the beginning stage but if it has reached the disorder stage the best way is to consult a doctor. Always accepting who we are and not fearing others will help though in some cases it can be genetic or due childhood traumas, whatever it may be if we have taken the decision to face and overcome it then that is what matters the most. By: Nabeela Rasheed

2 weeks ago

Recognizing Sedentary behaviour and overcoming it

Ever since I reached my college age one thing that I have noticed is that I don’t have time for anything, I don’t do anything but still, I didn’t have time, it is said that this happens not because there is not enough time but because we lose so much of it and we don’t even realize it. We might have goals which we would like to achieve but we sit idle and only worry about it instead of working on it and then worry about this sedentary behaviour of ours and get stressed but still we don’t start working. Well if you are one of such person don’t be so disappointed because you have millions of friends. There might be people who don’t even realize that they are being sedentary. Sedentary behaviour is the time spent doing nothing- watching TV but not focusing on it, random browsing, scrolling through things without any need, too much thinking before taking action, doing something unnecessary just before beginning to do something productive-all these are some examples of sedentary behaviour.  It is said that 80% of youth are being more sedentary and some of the reasons are increased vehicular transportation where for even going to close places people go in vehicles, academic stress like exam preparations, increased cell phone use, television, and other streaming technologies or college lifestyle. This sedentary lifestyle is seen as the emerging reason for many life style diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. Sitting idle also leads to overthinking which also eventually lead to mental illnesses like anxiety, depression which is now recognized as leading to illnesses and disability in the millennial. This is not our fault our lifestyle has been made into such by technologies and eventual progression in human innovations but this cannot be a reason to continue our sedentary behaviour because we must take care of ourselves. Few things that is proven to decrease the sedentary behaviour are: Physical Exercise: the opposite of being idle is moving around, this can be any kind of exercise, may be workouts or just walking, doing physical chores, we should take care not to sit simply for longer duration. Prepare goals and rediscover passion: prepare the goals you want to accomplish and write it down and share it with your friends because when you write or share your goals your ego pushes you to work for it at least to prove it to your friends. recognize your passions and satisfy your inner peace by doing what you love. Be patient: whenever I realize that I am being sedentary I do get up and work but become impatient for results which will again lead to me being disappointed. Being impatient leads to anxiety so we should be patient and work towards our goal slowly but with progressions. Self soothe: teach ourselves that these feelings are only temporary just work on it and we can overcome it, we know ourselves so do whatever to soothe yourself. Sedentary is no chronic behaviour issue but if left unnoticed it can reach that intensity, if there are people who are not able to get out of this habit even after doing these tips don’t feel ashamed in taking a therapy, it is for your own good, don’t you want stop being envious of others and start achieving our dreams? then focus on yourself and work to be active and perky all the time. By Nabeela Rasheed

4 weeks ago

5 Ways to Reduce Emotional Rigidity and Add Flexibility

Having to deal with depression and anxiety in daily life makes one emotionally rigid. It’s a psychological phenomenon that is highly seen in people suffering through mental illness for a long time. What’s Emotional Rigidity? Nick Montgomery, Author of Joyful Militancy: Building Thriving Resistance in Toxic Times, writes “When rigidity and suspicion take over, joy dies out.” By definition, it is the mental block formed by people overtime that avoids penetration of different perceptions other than what one believes in. A therapist’s work is to first break through the wall. Being the first and foremost step, this is also the most difficult task to do. Why is it essential to break the rigidity? You see around yourself, civilization happened only when ideas were made to break. Had the stagnancy inflected the generations, we wouldn’t thirst for more. Even in relationships, if you’re not looking further into the future, slowly but gradually, you’ll start to lose people from your life. For growth, prosperity and peace, we need to add more flexibility into the headspace. What are some ways to reduce emotional rigidity? 1. Find your rigid areas Keep a note of your rigid areas for a few days. When you’re in office or college, note, if you’re taking feedbacks harshly or talking to someone, puts you off instantly. When at home, address your feelings when your family members discuss certain topics with you. Know where do you find yourself stern. 2. Experiment more One of the best ways to break the shell is to try out new things. When you’re deeply tensed about something, try venting online. If you easily get bored then join some groups where people from different walks of life meet and celebrate their common interests like food, reading, storytelling, poetry, political discussion, etc. 3. Let it go It’s not easy for a person with wisdom and wise to allow others to lead their day. Are you highly drawn towards a habit-forming routine? Well, take a break! Ask your friends, partners or family members to decide your day. Go on blind dates if you’re looking for a partner. There are so many things where all you need to do is to let it go! 4. Avoid All NOs! Well, it’s said that it’s difficult to say ‘No’. But when you’re dealing with emotional rigidity, you’re more comfortable in denying anything and everything that comes your way. Keep a check on your “Can’t”, “Shouldn’t”, “Wouldn’t”, “Nope!” and other negative phrases and try to convert them into a yes! It’s going to be quite a struggle. But try! 5. Just Vent Bottling your feelings to avoid confusion, stress, sadness or other negative emotions can be a defense mechanism for you. We know you want to protect others from your demons but the truth is, fighting alone is going to exhaust you. That’s why we suggest an anonymous posting board when you need to vent out. Is it going to be difficult to break the pattern? Yes. We don’t want to give you a fake image that people have come out of their years of pattern in just a few days. It’s a daily job. You’re fighting your conscious and subconscious mind. While it might take time for you to break psychological rigidity, but it’s going to be worth it. You’ll allow the happiness to flow into you. You will enlighten yourself with possibilities that were getting blocked otherwise. Hold on to the thought of working on yourself, and you’ll find happiness. Stay tuned to this space for more such amazing articles just for you.

4 weeks ago

कोरोना के दौरान कामकाजी महिलाओं का जीवन

कोरोना के कारण आज लगभग सम्पूर्ण विश्व एक बड़े संकट के दौर से गुजर रहा है। सम्पूर्ण मानव जाति का जीवन आज अस्त-व्यस्त हो चुका है। लेकिन सबसे ज्यादा मुसीबतों का सामना आज यदि किसी को करना पड़ रहा है तो वे महिलायें हैं। सामन्यतः एशिया महाद्वीप और भारत जैसे देशों में महिलाएं कामकाजी या नौकरी-पेशा वाली नहीं होती क्योंकि लगभग 50 प्रतिशत से ज्यादा महिलाओं के केस में घर वाले नहीं चाहते कि वे नौकरी करें।  यदि कुछ महिलायें नौकरी करती भी हैं तो उन पर घर की भी जिम्मेदारी होती है; अर्थात घर और ऑफिस दोनों की दोहरी जिम्मेदारी। दिनभर ऑफिस और घर के काम करने की वजह से महिलाओं के पास अपने लिए बिल्कुल भी समय नहीं बच रहा है। बगैर किसी मदद के घर के सारे काम करना उनके लिए मुसीबत बनता जा रहा है। जिसके कारण तनाव या एंजाइटी का ख़तरा और केस लगातार बढ़ रहें हैं।  मरीजों की बढ़ती संख्या को देखते हुए पहले ही एहतियात के तौर पर सरकार द्वारा पूरे देश में लॉकडाउन की घोषणा कर दी गई थी।ऑफिस न जा पाने के कारण लोग घर से ही अपने सारे ऑफिशल काम निपटा रहे हैं। भारत में कोरोना वायरस लॉकडाउन की सबसे बड़ी विडंबना यह है कि महिलाओं के लिए इस दौरान काम का बोझ हल्का होने की बजाए दोगुना हो चुका है। यही वजह है कि यह लॉकडाउन पीरियड कामकाजी महिलाओं के लिए मुसीबत का कारण  बनता जा रहा है। दरअसल, इस लॉकडाउन के कारण नौकरी-पेशा महिलाएं जहां एक ओर वर्क फ्रॉम होम करते हुए 9-10 घंटे ऑफिशल काम कर रही हैं तो वहीं बचे हुए समय में उन्हें घर व परिवार का भी पूरा ध्यान रखना पड़ रहा है। यह स्थिति उन्हें हर दिन फिजिकली और मेंटली रूप से ज्यादा थका रही है। एक सर्वे के अनुसार अभी तीन में से एक महिला पूरे समय बच्चों की देखभाल कर रही है। वहीं सिर्फ पांच में से एक यानी 17 प्रतिशत पुरुष ही पूरे समय बच्चों की देखभाल रहे हैं। सर्वे में कहा गया है कि पांच में से दो यानी 44 प्रतिशत महिलाओं को अपने बच्चों की देखभाल के लिए कार्य के घंटों से आगे भी काम करना पड़ रहा है, वहीं 25 प्रतिशत पुरुषों को ऐसा करना पड़ रहा है। सर्वे के अनुसार, पांच में से सिर्फ एक यानी 20 प्रतिशत महिलाएं ही अपने बच्चों की देखभाल के लिए परिवार के सदस्यों या मित्रों पर निर्भर हैं। लगभग 50 प्रतिशत महिलाओं पर मानसिक बीमारियों का ख़तरा बढ़ चुका है। एक रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, हर एक महिला रोजाना लगभग छह घंटे से आठ घंटे अनपेड वर्क यानी घर का काम करती है जिसका उसे कोई आर्थिक भुगतान नहीं किया जाता। इन परिस्थितियों के कारण जहाँ समाज में एक ओर लिंग भेद की समस्याएं बढ़ रहीं हैं, वहीँ दूसरी ओर सामाज का एक महत्वपूर्ण अंग तनाव की बिमारी से पीड़ित होता चला जाएगा। और एक बेहतर समाज का सपना हमसे लगातार दूर होता जाएगा। समय रहते अपने घर की महिलाओं की मदद और काम में उनका हाथ बाँटना हमें सीखना होगा ताकि बेहतर बन सके ये सारा जहाँ।

4 weeks ago

Create a Euphoria Lifestyle

Euphoria is the excitement you get from incredible events like scoring a high mark, sharing an intimate experience, a roller coaster ride or physical activity like downhill skiing. This is the moment that is between reality and dream, where we experience only that moment even forgetting our physical existence. It is the utmost peak of happiness and satisfaction, it is a feeling that humans get at certain moments of their lives that in most cases we keep in our precious memories, but euphoria can get unhealthy when this feeling is induced using outside elements like drugs, this is a word we always hear from drug users as they have experienced it, the ecstasy they experience while using drugs. It is this euphoria that drugs users get addicted to and it is for this that they, again and again, turn to drugs, but the continuous triggering of euphoria leads to us losing the ability to enjoy it or our body tries to hold its chemicals as it is not programmed to nonstop release of this feeling which leads to the condition where we no longer feel this ecstasy and even drugs won’t be able to help it and we reach a dead end and see the beginning of our world crumbling apart because of this drugs. But what we should realize is that euphoria is not something unattainable without the use of drugs, it can happen naturally and this natural occurence of euphoria is exactly why people are living for. But for this happiness to come our way or to meet this feeling intermittently in your life we have to open up and do some things which will ultimately make our lives happier and beautiful because Euphoria happens to us only when we do what we love, it is the reward for being ourselves and tasting the sweetness of this life, if we always brood upon our problems we will never get to Euphoria. Euphoria comes our way when we indulge in less self chatter, inner list making and task orientation instead we should turn our vision outwards seeking wonder. Here are some habits that can lead to intermittent Euphoria, the happiness that everyone is seeking. ·         Try to excite the people in our lives and savor the moment of their happiness, it can be our children, aged people or just someone passing by, but to give them a moment of wonder and excitement can sure enlighten us. ·         Stop dreaming and start to accomplish your dreams of witnessing whatever you love, it can be achieving something that you love or going places that you always wanted to see, check off your concerns and just go and do it ·         Try to enjoy everything with more depth, be it songs or concerts, events that you have great interests in, read books that suck you into them. Let it chill your body, you should be able to give yourselves some Goosebumps worthy moments. ·         Open your eyes and take in every detail of your usual surroundings sometimes, take in the shape of the tree, the colour of the flower, the smell of the breeze, and the smiles on strangers. ·         Try to take in the beauty of the naked nature, walk in the woods, fields and beach at night with no flashlight, there you are alone with the beauty of nature and it is something that rarely happens. ·         Do new things each day, maybe giving a kid a cookie, talking with aged people, buying a stranger a coffee. If privileged enough go for sports like snorkeling, tree climbing and similar things that you never have done. ·         Go back to memory lane and revisit the precious times and moments of euphoria through talks, reading old letters, picture albums. This can enhance our connectedness and bring back the bliss that we once had. ·         Take on a creative project that you love and start doing it. Go to public places and observe people and imagine their stories. If you get an opportunity go stargazing, sit at a lonely place just letting out all thoughts. Take the mindset of a 6 year old on a day and find happiness in the simplest of things, don’t over-think just relish the moments and create moments to relish. Accumulating money for a comfortable life won’t give us the happiness to reach euphoria we must sometimes give priority to nature and people around us, know the value of this life, and the beauty of each moment. It is easier  to get euphoria via drugs but only to lose it forever but when you get it by actually acting on happy things and enjoying life as it is, we will always have euphoria in our lives, let’s all have this healthy euphoria By:  Nabeela Rasheed

a month ago

Meditation can be the road to healthy relationships

Meditation has been in high demand since its benefits have been known to the larger world. We know that it gives peace of mind, relieves stress, gives concentration, it’s the best way to start our day, it gives a positivity, it’s good for our heart and body as a whole. But like other workouts those are done for our body, the difference of meditation is that, it is an exercise for our brains too. What we usually don’t know about meditation is that, with improving our metabolism, it also improves our outer metabolism with the world and help us to maintain healthy relationships too. We are people who have various relationships, with parents, as parents, as a lover, as a worker/boss, as a neighbour, even as a regular customer at a coffee shop. But it might not be very happy relationships, our parents might have become distant, our neighbour might be loud and nosy, our child must be lazy, our client must be irritating, our bosses can be a stress giver, and our partner might not understand us, we are surrounded by relationship problems. And we might question that how some deep breaths and body movements can solve these relation problems, surprising right? Well it is a fact. The core of all the relationship problems are our expectations and concept about the other person, ·         Meditation helps to deviate our mind from these concepts and make us realize that it is just constructs of our mind. We get a clear picture of how our mind works and so we have clearer perspective of the situations. By letting go of these misconceptions our mind can be opened up a lot to accept the other person as they are and not as what we want them to be. ·         We get this renewed connection with our own qualities and compassion which help us love the other person with more genuinely because we are satisfied with ourselves since we stop to search the qualities that we want from outside and find it in ourselves. And we are complete in ourselves which takes away the element of dependency and relieves our partner from great stress. ·         since all meditation is slow and smooth rhythmic movements we internalize this softness in to our minds too, so we are not prone to our spontaneous reactions like stress, fear and anger and we learn to get rid of them easily because we have control of our minds and have more idea on how our emotions work (instead of avoiding them, we face them alone) , have the remote to control our outbursts and have a very conscious way of responding to things without giving our emotions the dominion over our decisions. It is very usual that we pour out our anger and stress to our close ones like our children and partner, this can be avoided through meditation and thereby can have a smooth relation. ·         The peace that we get from meditations is converted to broader perspectives- kindness and empathy- all of which are the pillars of a good relationship. We can develop the ability to understand other person more deeply while not giving up our own perspectives, so we understand clearly when the other person is distressed or whether they are playing with our minds. We get this beautiful balance of putting ourselves in other’s shoes while keeping our ground firm in our beliefs. ·         When mediation is done regularly we get the technicality of our brains – why we are feeling in a certain way, what our thoughts are- and rewire our brains to self-knowing. This helps in not getting lost in a relation and being vulnerable to situation and people. ·         When we know ourselves, we will have this feeling- what will be good to us and others and what will hurt other person (because we already have learned to ‘Listen’ to other) , our insights are deepened which gives a wider intellect which help us take better decisions , what to say- when to say kind of knowledge, and how to act during certain circumstances. Knowing our surroundings and situations and acting accordingly can benefit in every relation be it personal or professional. Dealing with better decisions also mean having better morality, knowing others and not just yourself, learning to talk instead of reacting, knowing what to say to convince and make others comprehend our ideas. In these manner meditation helps a human continue their relationships in the most healthy way that is proven by scientists. What we should realize is that basically meditation helps us to know ourselves which eventually leads to understanding others and power to focus on what we want when we want . We rule our life not our ego. Getting rid our ego is the best possible way of reaching an accomplished life. This is a gift we get from meditation By: Nabeela Rasheed

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