Counseling: Improving Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness

There are so many factors that can damage your overall well-being. Some of them could be the death of someone you love, conflict with other people, relationship issues, environmental toxicity, medical problems, social stigma, etc. With all the unwanted stressors we experienced every day, we become prone to mental illness. Fortunately, there are better ways to address that. We need to take extra care of our overall health, and here’s what we should do.

How To Get Started On Improving Your Self-Awareness

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Stay Physically Active And Fit: Exercise can contribute a lot to our self-awareness as it helps maintain physical strength. It also supports proper blood circulation and enhances the body’s immune system. But exercise’s self-awareness benefits don’t stop there as it can release brain chemicals called oxytocin, which is known as “feel-good hormones.” These brain chemicals are beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety levels in the brain. Some of the exercises we can consider doing regularly include:

  • 15 to 30-minute lightweight workout
  • Cleaning the house
  • Walking outside
  • Gardening

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Eat A Balanced Diet – Eating a well-balanced diet can be very beneficial for our self-awareness. Food that contains high vitamins and minerals is essential to keep our physical health functioning and mental health intact. We also have to drink enough water as it helps in supplementing us with energy. Limit high-caffeine or sugary drinks and avoid too much alcohol consumption. It is significantly important to eat at least three meals a day. Some of the foods to consider are the following:

  • wholegrain cereals or bread
  • fruits and vegetables
  • dairy products
  • nuts and seeds
  • fish and meat
  • lots of water

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Have A Good Night Sleep – One of the main reasons we can’t sometimes get rid of emotional and mental health problems is that we do not give ourselves time to rest. Often, we get to overthink life’s uncertainties, making it impossible for us to get self-awareness and a good night’s sleep. But to keep our self-awareness and mental state healthy, we need to have at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep per day. Better sleep helps us in a lot of ways, such as:

  • Lowering down our risk for serious health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
  • Improving memory and support better cognitive function
  • Reducing stress and anxiety caused by daily stressors
  • Allowing clear thoughts to come in
  • Improving concentration and attention to tasks
  • Maintaining better weight
  • Reducing physical, emotional, and mental dysfunction

Always Keep In Touch With Ourselves – An important factor in mental health improvement is self-care. Therefore, we should consider taking care of ourselves more often. Because the more we handle ourselves positively, the more we get to have that overall health stability.

Self-care provides us with insight into how to be the best version of ourselves. It allows us to better cope with stress while supports us in prioritizing what’s important. It provides us time to understand our needs better. Some of the things we can do include:

  • Taking care of our hygiene
  • Pampering ourselves and visiting the salon
  • Taking our time to rest and rejuvenate
  • Talking to ourselves positively
  • Practicing deep breathing and meditation
  • Understanding what keeps us happy

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Talk And Express Feelings: Mental health is always correlated to emotional health. The more we are emotionally unstable, the more we are prone to mental illness and lack of self-awareness. To avoid that, we need to have an outlet to vent out those unwanted feelings. It would be an excellent choice to talk about our emotional issues with people who truly understand what we are going through. We need enough self-awareness to express the things we are carrying around in our minds not to feel alone. People with self-awareness are honest about everything to achieve the best support we deserve. Thus, we can consider doing some of the following:

  • Call, text, or email someone we trust
  • Visit a close friend or relatives and spend some time with them
  • Make it a habit to let your loved one know what you feel all the time
  • Reach out to old friends, schoolmates, and relatives that have been out of reach for a while

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Take A Break: It is okay sometimes to feel pressured because, like anybody else, we have a lot of priorities to do. However, people with self-awareness shouldn’t let our busy schedules become the reason for our mental and emotional burnout. We have to relax for a little bit and find time to pause, even for a while. Taking a break from everything improves self-awareness because it helps us in clearing our thoughts and feelings. It enables us to cope with stress and have a sense of self-awareness. Taking a break allows us to reclaim self-awareness and regain focus. Some of the things we should do include:

  • Taking deep breathing exercises
  • Getting a nap
  • Practicing meditation
  • Working on yoga

Do you think you are self-aware now? If not, give counseling a shot today.

What’s Up With My Anger Issues? (Mental Health Counseling)

Being mentally and emotionally unstable is all I can understand with my situation right now. But it doesn’t bother me at all. For all I care, I am just true to myself. Therefore, people can either go by with my antics or leave me alone. It does not matter whether they like me or not because I know I wasn’t born to please them. I deal with things my own way because there is no point in allowing people to share their unsolicited opinions. I don’t need it. And even if I do, I still won’t have enough reasons to listen to their suggestions.

Yes, a lot of them think I am entirely hard to deal with. But I like it that way. I am not sure why many of these individuals make a fuss about how I deal with others. This is me, and I only want to be accepted as who I am. Is that too much to ask? If my personality is the significant issue why people are choosing to stay away from me, it doesn’t matter. I don’t need them anyway (sourgraping).

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How I Deal With People

So far, I deal with people the hard way. Perhaps that is because I always find myself angry, even at small things. But can you blame me? I mean, who on earth would feel happy when they get upset? Of course, there is no one. And even if people tell me that I am too naïve in just feeling angry for petty things, I do not care. If those things upset or disappoint me, then it does. I won’t control my temper just because somebody might get offended or hurt.

But to be honest, I know I am unfair to those I felt angry with and myself. I understand that my personality has nothing to do with this emotional issue. My angry disposition is not something people would easily accept and understand, and I get that. I sincerely know that people avoid me because they feel like I intend to hurt them physically, verbally, and emotionally.

My anger is way out of control most of the time. Some of the things I do are very inappropriate such as shouting at someone else’s face, breaking and smashing things into small pieces, and physically hurting someone. I also find myself lying most of sometimes so I can emotionally torture others’ feelings and thoughts. Doing these things makes me feel both in control and pathetic at the same time.

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The Triggers

I know that my actions are solely based on the triggers I can’t avoid. Some of the things that can affect my anger management issue when I deal with things repeatedly. It makes me lose all the patience I have. It makes me feel stupid for putting up with things I can’t come up with a solution to. Sometimes, I also get uncomfortable when my opinions are not heard, which makes me feel unappreciated. Also, there are moments that I get in rage just for thinking about how most people bully me with my condition. And the fact that they intend to avoid me makes me lose my last inch of restricted tolerance.

I find myself entirely unpredictable as I get angry often too much. Even those memories I used to remember make me feel a little irritated. In unfortunate instances, hearing words and phrases that do not entirely concern me makes me annoyed—and knowing that people worry too much about their lives and all that makes me want to hate them. I get frustrated and agitated when I can’t control situations and sometimes people too.

Until now, I still haven’t figured out why I seem to hate everything about my life. There is so much anger in me that I feel like I need to release. In my last counseling session, my counselor told me that it is perhaps due to the childhood trauma that puts me in a devastating position. When I think of it, I could say he might be right about it. My childhood experience is way too different than anybody else. I suffered a lot from emotional, physical, and verbal abuse from my unloving parents. I also experienced being bullied at school for being different. I don’t genuinely have friends that I can turn to. So I suppose that is where all these anger management issues arise.

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Final Thoughts

It’s not often that I say this, but I know I need help. That is why I would like to open up more to my counselor about the struggle as much as reasonable. I want these anger issues to go away. But for now, my anger problems are what I can hold onto. It allows me to realize how many things I need to sacrifice to change the way I currently am.

Frequently Asked Questions About How To Deal With Postpartum Depression

I was a highly emotional person when I was pregnant with my first child. I had to add the word “highly” in that sentence. The reason was that regular mothers could cry while watching a specific commercial or cat videos, and people would still say, “Aww, that’s cute!” It would seem like their maternal instinct was flaring up, thus causing them to be tearful all the time.

In my case, though, I cried about everything. For instance, my husband would open the door and help me out, and I would need a minute to wipe my tears away. He had been doing that ever since we started dating, but I only felt emotional about it when I was already pregnant. Other times, gestures as simple as handing me a paper napkin, giving me a pen, asking me what ice cream flavor I wanted, and handing the remote control to me so that I could choose what Netflix movie to watch would always make me tear up.

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In all fairness to my husband, he never told me that I was weird or that I freaked him out. I was the one talking more about it because even I found it strange – and I was the one doing all that crying! He consoled me by saying that my supercharged emotions would eventually calm down after childbirth. That’s what I had been hoping for because I was not a crier before the pregnancy. It would be bad to say that I felt weak because of that. That’s not what I wanted my children to learn, but that’s how I felt when I was pregnant. I felt vulnerable, and that realization made me cry harder for days.

When I Learned The Meaning Of Too Much Wishful Thinking

Early in my third trimester, my doctor told me to get the C-section because the baby was too big. I am not the type of person to disobey my doctor’s orders to be “in” and try other delivery methods, so I said yes. Of course, it also meant that I did not need to go through labor to bring my baby into the world. That’s a win for me, for sure. 

When my due date came, I woke my husband up early to be at the hospital at 7:00 a.m. The doctor was not supposed to come until 9:00 a.m., but I was too excited. While I enjoyed the last nine months and would love to do it all over again, I had not seen anything past my belly in the previous two months. If I didn’t stand in front of the mirror, I would not know what’s happening down there. It made me more emotional, so I wanted to be done with my pregnancy at that time.

The birthing process was successful. I could not remember much of it because of the epidural, but my baby and I got out of the hospital with zero complications. I cried again when I saw my baby’s face and held her in my arms the first few times, but I assumed nothing of it. I merely charged it to the remnants of my intense emotions during pregnancy.

However, when two months passed and my emotions did not change for the better, I began to worry. I contacted a psychologist and told her about my symptoms. She then gave me an understanding smile and said that I could be dealing with postpartum depression, which was common among new mothers.

What are the causes of postpartum?

There can be two causes for postpartum depression. One is due to the physical changes that you have experienced. Once we give birth, our hormones experience a severe drop in levels. Meanwhile, other hormones produced by our thyroid gland can drop significantly, which can cause us to feel tired. Another reason for postpartum depression is because our emotions cause it. When we become new moms, we are sleep-deprived, and it can be pretty overwhelming. This can cause us to feel anxious, our self-esteem might be at a low point, and we might feel as if we have lost control.

How long is the postpartum period?

Postpartum depression goes through three different phases. Each phase has its own time frame. In general, postpartum depression can last for months or years, depending on the person and the kind of treatment they are getting for this. It is advised that mothers experience symptoms of postpartum depression for more than two weeks. This is to avoid any further complications or issues.

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How can you prevent postpartum?

Postpartum depression is a serious issue affecting ten to fifteen percent of the female population after delivering a baby. Over time, there have been multiple studies that have shown many ways to prevent the risk of developing postpartum depression. Right now, the best thing to do is to enroll in classes that are made available to teach us crying patterns, sleeping patterns, facing issues with a positive mindset, and all these classes can help you reduce the risk of developing postpartum depression.

Is postpartum considered a disability?

Postpartum is a kind of depression that affects women after they give birth. Since they cannot function without being hindered by their depression, this is considered a disability. You can claim a disability benefit for this under the Social Security benefits you have. You can seek help from a disability attorney so that you can process your claim.

Is it normal to cry a lot after giving birth?

Being overcome by many different emotions all at once is normal, especially when you have just given birth. This is why crying a lot or maybe feeling overwhelmed by everything can be quite normal. However, once this feeling of sadness or emptiness continues to persist even after two weeks, you might be experiencing postpartum depression. Once this happens, make sure that you can seek help from a doctor to get the help you need.

Why does it smell down there after birth?

After we give birth, we have a certain type of discharge that can smell stale and musty. This discharge is referred to as Lochia. For the first few days, your Lochia will look like your regular period. After the initial discharge, the dark red color of your Lochia will turn lighter and lighter as time goes by. However, there are instances that it turns back to a darker color for a few days, but it should revert to a lighter shade which eventually stops.

Are you fertile after having a baby?

The answer is yes. As early as three weeks after birth, even when your period has not started again and even if you are still breastfeeding. Ensure that you are still on your pills or any form of contraceptive to ensure that you do not get pregnant, especially the first time you have sex again after giving birth. You will still ovulate even after you have given birth, so that protection will be necessary.

Why do you have to wait 40 days after giving birth?

Many studies and researches have been published that serve as evidence that we must wait for at least three weeks or more after giving birth. This is because when our placenta leaves our body, it can leave your uterus wounded, and it will require time for it to heal. Our blood vessels will close up the wound naturally by clotting and shrinking themselves. This process can take a long time which is why we must wait.

Can babies feel when Mom is sad?

Yes, our babies can feel our emotions. Positive emotions will help give the child a happy environment as they grow, leading them to become healthier. Meanwhile, negative emotions can delay development, and it can decrease your baby’s health. Ensure that you can handle your emotions well during your pregnancy because your baby feels it, affecting their growth and health.

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Can my newborn feel my emotions?

The simple answer to this is yes. Babies can feel our emotions with rather surprising accuracy, and as with adults, emotions are very quickly able to affect our newborn babies, especially our negative emotions. Studies have confirmed that babies can determine the feelings of adults. However, this will take time before they can distinguish the emotion that adults are expressing. A study published in 2018 found that babies can determine emotions through facial expressions and tones of voice. This is because babies are developing their emotional abilities at a very early time in life.

Why do new moms cry?

The most straightforward answer to this is hormones. Once a baby is delivered, and the mother now begins to breastfeed, the hormone levels dramatically change. So, if you find yourself crying a few days after you give birth, you are not a lone case. This is a normal thing that many mothers experience after they give birth. There is eighty percent of first-time moms that share this, and it is often referred to as “baby blues.” 

How do moms feel after birth?

During the first few days of giving birth, new moms may feel many different emotions, such as feelings of extreme sadness or tearfulness, without really having a reason for these feelings. Other feelings they may feel are helplessness, crankiness, restlessness, and discouragement. The emotions that new moms may feel are due to the hormonal changes they are experiencing, the lack of sleep, and the overwhelming feeling of becoming a new mother. 

How long do Blues last?

Baby blues area period after giving birth when we are filled with many negative emotions such as sadness, anxiety, and stress. Around 80 percent of women experience this, meaning that is about 4 of 5 new mothers report experiencing the baby blues. This can last for anywhere between 10 to 14 days, and it can start happening around the second or third day after you give birth. This experience can be different for different women. So you should not expect to feel the same things as other women. If it persists longer than two weeks, make sure to consult with a doctor.  

How long does it take for hormones to settle after birth?

The best estimate for this is around six months postpartum or after birth. When hormones normalize, it usually is also the time when the postpartum period starts. This should not be a surprise because, according to studies, the hormonal changes in estrogen and progesterone will still be resetting to the normal hormonal levels or pre-pregnancy hormonal levels. But again, every woman will experience things differently. One woman’s experience may not be the same as your experience or another woman’s experience. So another woman’s one to two weeks can be your three to four or another’s 6 months. This will be different for all of us. 

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How can I stabilize my hormones after pregnancy?

Our hormones start to settle back into the pre-pregnancy hormone levels or the baseline within the first week or two of postpartum. What you can do to stabilize your hormones is first, you have to practice daily detox rituals. You can start drinking juices filled with healthy vitamins and minerals, which will help your hormones go back to a stable level. Ensure that your blood sugar is at a good balance and lastly, make sure that you are healing and waiting for that three-week period to be done. 

Final Thoughts

Like any form of depression, postpartum depression did not have a cure. Taking antidepressants was out of the picture from the get-go because I was breastfeeding an infant. Thus, the psychologist prescribed counseling to me and connected with other moms dealing with the same symptoms.

Little by little, my emotions became stable, and I felt more equipped than ever to become a mother.

Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga And Anxiety

There are so many methods that many experts and clinical physicians usually advise us when it comes to maintaining our overall health. There is an emphasis on eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, drinking enough water every day, surrounding ourselves with positive energy, spending time with our loved ones, and so on. However, experts advise us to concentrate more on exercise and meditation to boost our emotional and mental health if we haven’t noticed it that much. That is because these two can create a significant change in our overall wellness, especially when done regularly.

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Speaking of exercise and meditation, one of the most practical and most favorite techniques for relaxation techniques is yoga. It has a combination of physical exercise and mindfulness. You can go on and stretch your whole body, maintain strength and balance while getting enough focus on your thoughts and feelings. Yoga is an effective anxiety-killing method as it helps you relax, provides you with brighter moods, increases your energy, and helps you manage stress.

In case you are not certain about incorporating yoga into your life, here are some of the frequently asked questions that might walk you through.

Is yoga good for anxiety?

Yes. There have been many studies that prove yoga practices can help reduce the impact of unwarranted stress responses. Thus, it becomes helpful for both mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Yoga functions best because it is a self-soothing technique that can be considered relaxation, exercise, and meditation.

 

 Which yoga is best for anxiety? 

One of the best yoga that helps relax and manage stress and anxiety is Hatha. It is one of the most common yoga styles that suit beginners because of its slower pace and easier movements. It helps build flexibility and mobility, maintains healthy joints, promotes strength and core stability, strengthens the immune system, and improves sleep quality. It also develops balance and proprioception and develops discipline and self-control.

 

 What exercise is good for stress and anxiety? 

Experts often recommend regular participation in aerobic exercise because it has been shown to stabilize mood, decrease overall nervousness levels, improve sleep, and build self-esteem. Even a five-minute aerobic exercise can begin to stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

If you don’t like or are not comfortable moving your body simultaneously, you can consider yoga for a more relaxing and soothing way of exercising.

 

 Why do I cry during yoga? 

Crying during a yoga exercise is fine because your mind is less active. Your focus is on your breathing, and that allows space in your mind and body to give you the necessary time for tears to emerge from whatever you are feeling intensely. It might be tears of joy or tears of sorrow, depending on what you feel at that particular moment.

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 Is stretching good for anxiety? 

Yes, of course. Stretching is beneficial because it helps release tension in the back, neck, and shoulders, which are the primary physical parts that hold onto stress. Stretching supports the compression of your body that requires you to breathe deeply. And every second of deep breathing promises to reduce anxiety and stress.

 

 Can stretching improve mental health? 

Yes, stretching has a significant impact on your overall health. It caters to the mental and emotional state’s needs by understanding the links between the mind and body. Stretching reduces the strain of co-existing conditions between chronic physical pain and mental health. Even a couple of minutes of stretching can already provide your body and mind a considerable relief.

 

 Why does rocking help anxiety? 

Rocking helps with anxiety because it triggers the brain to release endorphins, commonly known as feel-good chemicals. In some beneficial instances, rocking acts as an important supplement to long-term care therapy programs that balance blood circulation, reduce muscle pain, and aid depression.

 

 Can anxiety be cured completely? 

No. The reason it can’t be cured is because of an individual’s genetic makeup. Meaning, a person tends to have anxiety because it is part of the brain’s function. Thus, it is something no treatment can adjust. However, there are ways and scientific studies that healthcare providers know which work best for most people.

 

 What not to mention or say to someone with anxiety? 

When someone has emotional and mental issues, you should not tell them to “push through it” or “calm down.” They do not emotionally and mentally feel that way because it is a trend or something but struggle with their overall balance. You should not say, “Everything is going to be fine” because, for someone with anxiety, it will take more than just a thought of that.

 

 Is anxiety all in your head? 

All individuals experience anxiety at different levels in different periods of time. It’s normal because it is the brain’s way of preparing you to face or escape the danger of uncertainties. Anxiety is the first thing that you experience when dealing with stressful life situations.

 

 How does a person with anxiety feel? 

When you are anxious or scared, you experience physical symptoms such as sweating and an increased heart rate. In some cases, you also experience nervousness and restlessness or having a sense of impending danger. In worst times, it makes you feel out of control, which results in panic attacks.

 

 What is a good gift for someone with anxiety? 

Some gift ideas you can consider to help your loved ones struggling with anxiety are the following: Soothing Teas, Incense, Candles, Classical Music CDs, Bath Kits, and Lavender Essential Oils.

 What gets rid of anxiety? 

To instantly reduce your anxiety, here a few things you can do. Take a deep breath, accept that you’re anxious, focus on things in front of you, use a calming visualization, question your thoughts, and use positive self-talk. It is vital to realize that your thoughts and feelings are important.

Does anxiety worsen with age? 

Anxiety disorders do not automatically get worse with age. However, because of health-related stressful problems, financial struggle, loss of loved one’s death, and other significant life changes, anxiety levels escalate and stay long-term.

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 Anxiety or any other mental health conditions is inevitable. But when you are motivated to seek an overall physical, emotional, and mental balance, try yoga.

 

How To Have A Positive Mental Health When You’re 20 And Living With Chronic Disease

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I have a childhood best friend named Rain. From the first time that I met her at the daycare center, we had always been playing with each other. She would come over to my house for playdates and vice versa. It was a good thing that we lived in the same neighborhood, so we managed to enter the same elementary school and even class.

People often asked, “How are you still best friends?” I could not blame them for their curiosity because Rain and I were total opposites. Whereas I could spend hours in one corner with a good book or my coloring kit, she always felt the need to get up and explore the room and touch everything in it. Our moods were not matched, considering I rarely smiled around others, while she was quick to offer a smile to anyone. My best friend did cheerleading for extracurricular activities, while I joined the chess club (the most boring of all clubs, according to her).

 My typical reply was, “We are meant to be sisters.” After all, sisters do not always need to have common interests to like each other. Even when I was reading silently, and Rain was practicing her dance routines in the same room, we still felt close. There was never an issue about school popularity, too, which my best friend dominated. We loved supporting each other no matter what.

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When high school ended, Rain and I were lucky to get accepted at NYU. She majored in Dance while I focused on Finance. Again, those subjects were poles apart, but that’s okay. I would always get a front-row seat during her recitals, and she often brought me coffee and donuts whenever I pulled an all-nighter to study. It should not be surprising that our parents agreed to share an apartment a couple of blocks away from the university.

Then, sad news rocked us all when a doctor diagnosed Rain with scoliosis during an executive checkup. The morning before that, she was still joking, “What if the doc finds out that I have an STD that I don’t know about?” But when I came back after my classes in the afternoon, I saw her in a quiet living room in deep thought. Music always followed Rain wherever she went, so I thought that odd.

When I asked what happened, she told me about her scoliosis. Pouting, she said, “I want to dance forever. What guarantee do I have now that I can still do that?”

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I had no idea how to answer my best friend, but I promised to accompany her to her next doctor’s appointment. While waiting for that, Rain made the diagnosis known to her coach, who also felt saddened. Though Rain was slated to star in their Fall recital, the coach thought it was best for her to sit this one out and star in the Winter showcase to rehabilitate her back. Of course, my best friend was not happy about it, but what could she do?

Living With A Chronic Disease At 20

For a few weeks, I hardly saw Rain smile. She attended her classes, went to her part-time job, and even cheered me on during a decathlon competition, but I knew that her mind must be all over the place. That was until the doctor disclosed that her spine slightly curved like the letter S, but it was not prominent yet. (Yey to early diagnosis!)

The appointment happened a day before my best friend’s 20th birthday. When the eve of her birthday came, our other friends and I surprised her with a cake and party. Before blowing the candles, Rain uttered, “Starting tomorrow, I will dance again. Scoliosis can kiss me in the you-know-what.” It earned a roar of laughter and more cheers from us. Knowing Rain for so long, I knew that she meant every word.

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The next morning, my best friend woke me up by blasting the speakers and hip-hopping in my bedroom. She was like, “Get up, sleepyhead! Early birds like us should be exercising by now!” Since I was ever supportive, I joined Rain as she jogged around Central Park. The doctor gave her a go signal to dance again, too, provided that she wore a back brace to avoid straining her spine. Luckily, Rain was hell-bent on starring in their Winter showcase, so she followed everything the doctor said to a T.

Sometimes, Rain would complain about her aching back, which was expected because of the hours of practice she clocked in almost daily. But her regular X-rays showed that her spinal curvature was not getting worse, so she was elated.

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At Present

Rain went on to audition for various Broadway musicals and tried her luck on dance films. She eventually became a choreographer for a musical, and others started contacting her, asking if she could lend them some of her expertise.

How was my best friend’s scoliosis, you might ask? It’s still there – I doubt it will ever go away. However, the most important thing was it no longer in the way of Rain’s dreams.

 

COPD And Its Impact On Family And Friends

 

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COPD is one of the most common chronic lung diseases that affect more than just the individual who is diagnosed. It also has a tremendous impact on family and friends. We will discuss here the ways that this might occur and what can be done.

Some studies reveal that the effect of chronic conditions on family members, friends, and significant others may not be like that of the individual diagnosed. But others have shown that in a lot of ways, it may be the same as well.

Stages of Grief

Supposing that the effects are the same as for the diagnosed individual, the family may also undergo the five phases of grief.

Denial. The usual phrase you hear during this stage would be, “This is not happening to our family! I don’t believe that someone from my family has COPD!” If you have a family member with COPD, you might go through this stage by denying that your loved one’s condition will eventually go away or be cured. This might be a normal method for tackling change. On the contrary, the condition may be considered minor or may be secondary to aging. Just as the way the diagnosed individual denies the impact of COPD, the family member may also be in denial of the changes that are seen along the way.

Anger. Family members feel devastated about the whole thing, oftentimes leading to anger and frustration. Some families project their anger towards the doctors after they have given the diagnosis. They become upset at the researchers for not providing sufficient information about preventing the disease. They may feel mad at the pharmaceutical companies for not developing more effective medicines. Or perhaps you feel anger at the person who is diagnosed because he did not quit smoking or not being mindful of taking care of his physical health.

Negotiating/Bargaining. The guilty feeling comes in after the anger. The family member feels bad about not being able to help the diagnosed person stop smoking sooner, or that he never did anything to avoid him from having the disease. Subsequently, he negotiates to deal with the guilty feeling. He begins to ask himself questions like, “What if he didn’t smoke ever,” or, “What if she didn’t in that polluted factory in the first place,” or, “What if I noticed it earlier?”

 

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Depression. The sadness about the whole situation becomes more profound. For the diagnosed individual’s family members, they feel very anxious that their loved one will suddenly experience shortness of breath or worse, not be able to breathe at all – and that there is nothing they can do about it. They worry about how much the condition will cost them financially, emotionally, and physically.

Acknowledgment/Acceptance. Ultimately, in the end, you accept the situation as it is, and you help each other cope as a family. The entire family, including the diagnosed individual, learns to accept the changes that have occurred and the changes that will be anticipated. You, as a family member, will eventually commit to doing what is required to help your loved one to live comfortably and cope well with his COPD.

Counselors agree that people go through these stages differently. In some, the stages happen in order and quickly, and in others, they go through them rather slowly. Still, there are several who skip one or two of these stages or even drift in and out of each stage. For example, a person may feel very sad initially, and then he skips and goes right towards acceptance, but then he yoyos through these two stages, going in and out of depression. It is not the same for everyone.

Financial Effects

COPD undoubtedly impacts the whole family financially as well. Patients with chronic lung diseases can live through their condition for a long time, and the condition progresses, the patient can lose or decrease his ability to do particular activities of daily living. This will lead the family to hire someone to care for him, especially if the family members are loaded with responsibilities with their work and their own families as well.

Consequently, the financial impact of the disease will lead to sleeplessness, anxiety, and stress. Some family members quit their jobs so that they could provide support for their diagnosed loved one. They are also worried about the cost of hiring a nurse assistant or paying for their medicines, or the bills for their doctors’ appointments and routine tests. Thus, the financial crisis can affect the economic state of the whole family. As stress and anxiety build-up, possible health-related issues also develop in some family members. It is, therefore, vital that guidance and support from the entire family are present.

 

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Conclusion

Indeed, chronic diseases like COPD impact friends and family members often more than the loved one that has been diagnosed with the disease. It is, therefore, crucial that caregivers acknowledge this fact and consider treating it appropriately. The patient’s support network of family, friends, and significant others is critical to effective patient care.

 

 

 

Getting Over Paranoia: How To Do It The Right Way

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Are you always suspicious of people or things around you? Is it difficult to trust other persons, even those who are close to you? Do you fear that something terrible is going to happen at any time? If you answered yes to all these questions, then you may have paranoia.

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COVID-19 Awareness: What Makes You Lose Your Motivation?

Understandably, this whole pandemic situation can significantly affect you. It can bring tons of anxiety and stress that you feel you cannot handle. Sometimes it brings a lot of negativity that can make you feel hopeless and worthless. But if you think about it, isn’t it the time where your focus should be on motivating yourself instead of always thinking that there’s nothing you can do? If that’s not how you feel, perhaps there are some reasons you don’t feel motivated at all.

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You Have Zero Connection To Your Goals

Your goals have to be relevant to you. Maybe the reason why you don’t find yourself motivated enough is that you don’t know what you want. Perhaps you thought that you are currently unable to achieve the things you wish to have because of the restrictions you are experiencing right now. That is why you carry an emotional weight. If this is the case, you might want to re-check your goals one more time. And if this pandemic situation is affecting it, consider making adjustments.

You Lack Independence

An unmotivated individual used to complain about everything. Most of the time, his only focus is negativities. That is because he somehow feels anxious about everything, especially the idea of doing things all alone. In this time of crisis, where you have to distance yourself from a lot of people, the tendency to lose all your self-confidence is there. If that is the case, you should find the right reasons for you to stay mentally and emotionally stable.

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You Reward Yourself Too Much

Honestly, it is okay to reward yourself when you achieve something better in life. However, it would be best if you considered that your situation now is different from the way it was. Thus, you need to work hard and strive even though you won’t receive anything. If you are losing all that motivation just because you think your efforts are all going to be useless, you might want to thank life itself for giving you a chance to live through this whole global crisis.

You Feel Bored

Boredom happens to be one of the top reasons why you are unmotivated. Honestly, that is understandable. With all the home quarantine and social distancing protocols, all you have is yourself and a couple of few people to surround you. Sure, there are all kinds of ways that you can entertain yourself. But without social connection and outside-your-home- experiences, things can get a little bit boring. If you continuously feel bored and think that social connection can help you get through emotional strain, use technology for communication.

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You Have All Time In The World

It may sound positive, but having all the time at the tip of your hands is not that motivating. Honestly, it can cause procrastination and too much self-confidence. This pandemic situation allows you to have all the time you need because part of the safety measure is for you to stay at home and spend time with family. However, there is a chance that you often find yourself always lying in bed. Or maybe you spend too much time on your smartphone. It merely implies that having all the time you want is not healthy for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being.

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You Overthink

One essential thing that you need to understand is the danger of overthinking. It keeps you unmotivated because it makes your brain less functional. You become unaware of your response to situations because you shut yourself out from valid reasoning. With that, you get hooked to tons of what-ifs and blame particular things for your life’s misfortune. If that’s how it is, please do take time to practice mindfulness.

How To Stay Mentally Healthy During This Pandemic Lockdown

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Until now, there is still no clear resolution for the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus. Therefore, people are following social distancing and home quarantine protocols. No one knows when the whole situation will calm down and that what makes every individual lose their sanity. Staying all the time indoors is not healthy. For most people, it causes them different levels of anxiety, stress, and even depression.

Honestly, individuals’ prolonged isolation is not the only problem during this pandemic period. People suffer from the unpredictability of the damage the virus will cause and a sudden break of a regular life routine. They experience fear of getting infected and dying. Individuals get drawn more into negative thinking. With this entire mental health crisis that everyone is experiencing right now, how can they tide over this period?

Well, here are some things one can consider.

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Fixing A Routine

Since the world is still suffering from uncertainties, individuals must learn to adapt. Therefore, fixing a routine during this time is a must. It is best to start the day by waking up on time every morning. It will help invigorate the body and mind. After that, do a 10 to 15-minute workout. But note that it is vital to rest a bit before taking a cold shower. Then eat a healthy breakfast before running some morning errands. At noon, individuals can focus on working at home or studying. They can also find some productive things to do, like cleaning the house or organizing stuff. Then in the evening, people can spend time with family. They can binge-watch movies and series on TV or play games. Just avoid late-night sleep so that the waking time won’t get compromised.

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Stay Connected

While all individuals are advised to stay at home, it should not be the reason to stop communicating with others. Yes, social distancing is a crucial safety measure. But there are ways people can connect, and that is through technology usage. They can call or video chat with friends and family from a long distance. It helps ease the emotional burden of staying at home alone. If individuals are with their family during the lockdown, they can consider keeping some exclusive time bonding. Parents and children can watch movies, play games, talk about stories, and more. At dinner time, they can discuss plans and trips they will do after the health crisis. It will help people in the house to refrain from thinking about negative things as they will have reasons to look forward to a positive future.

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Take A Break From The Virus Updates

For individuals who want to keep their mental health intact, they must take a break from any news updates about the virus. Since most reports will only focus on the downfall of humanity, it is safe to keep the emotional and mental state stable. Yes, people have the right to know what is happening around the world. But they should not get too attached to the negativity as it causes them stress. It is essential not to read newspapers with a noticeable negative outbreak update. Individuals should stay away from television news that reports numbers of infected and dead people. And lastly, if possible, people should disconnect from social media from time to time.

This global pandemic is stressful, and it can affect people’s mental health. But they should not let that happen. Because in times like this, the best strength everyone can have is their healthy mind and body. It is their asset in surviving the worse result this virus will offer for at least a few more months.