Alanna Shaikh has been working in global health for about 20 years, with a specialty in the health system and what happens when health systems experience severe shocks i.e. what happens when diseases move on a large level. She has also led epidemiology efforts ranging from evaluating Ebola treatment centers to looking at the transmission of tuberculosis in health facilities and doing avian influenza preparedness. And here are her views on COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a novel virus and is a coronavirus just like SARS or MERS are. They are all respiratory viruses that damage the respiratory system. All coronaviruses are zoonotic which means they transmit from animals to people. COVID-19, however, transmits also from person to person thus it travels faster and farther. COVID-19 skipped from animal to people at a wild animal market in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 is not the last epidemic that we’ll see, unfortunately. There are going to be more epidemics as a result of the way that we, as human beings, are interacting with our planet. Part of it is because of climate change and the way a warmer climate makes the world more susceptible to bacteria and viruses. However, it’s also about the way we’re pushing into the last wild spaces on our planet.
When we burn and plow the Amazon rainforest so that we can have cheap land for ranching, when the last of the African bush gets converted into farms, when wild animals in China are hunted to extinction, human beings come into contact with wildlife populations that they’ve never come into contact with before, and those populations have new kinds of diseases.
She says that we can’t stop the outbreaks with quarantine or travel restrictions because it is very hard to do so and act so quickly that they can actually stop the outbreak instantly. That is not possible. And with this virus, you can be infected for 24 days with no symptom and carry the virus with you without knowing that you need to be quarantined.
According to her, if we really want to slow down these outbreaks and minimize their impact, we need to make sure that every country in the world has the capacity to identify new diseases, treat them, and report about them so they can share information.
“If we’d been perfectly prepared for COVID-19, China would’ve identified the outbreak faster. They would’ve been ready to provide care to infected people without having to build new buildings. They would’ve shared honest information with citizens so that we didn’t see these crazy rumors spreading on social media in China.
And, they would’ve shared information with global health authorities so that they could start reporting to national health systems and getting ready for when the virus spread. National health systems would then have been able to stockpile the protective equipment they needed and train health care providers on treatment and infection control.”
However, even with all of this, we are still going to have outbreaks because of how we occupy this planet of ours. Watch more on this in the video below.
CBD or Cannabidiol is best known for healing anxiety, insomnia and depression. When there is a reduction in anxiety, the concerned person falls into a state of relaxation. This also results in long hours of sleeping. While sleeping because of reduced insomnia and anxiety is quite normal, there is a lot of confusion about sleepiness, tiredness, or drowsiness being a side effect of CBD oil.
There is a lack of research in this area but CBD, in every sense of its existence, is not known for creating any potential side effects. Even so, people have a lot of questions regarding the relationship between CBD oil and sleep.
Before you put a finger on CBD oil making you sleepy, here’s what you must know about CBD and its effect on sleep.
First off, what are CBD and THC?
We cannot explain the relationship of the CBD with sleep until we know how CBD works. So, to put it in simple words, CBD, or Cannabidiol is one of the many chemical compounds, such as, marijuana and hashish, found in the cannabis plant.
However, unlike other drugs that come from cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive and doesn’t create any ‘high’ or ‘brain alterations’ in the brain The reason behind non-intoxicating characteristic of CBD is the absence of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is solely the reason behind getting a person stoned. CBD only has 0.3% or less amount of CBD, which is lower than the amount present in other drugs.
This also means that there is hardly any potential side effect caused by the use of CBD. Since, THC doesn’t bring any alterations in our brains or impeded our coordination; there are chances that CBD does not create drowsiness or sleepiness. Let’s get to the bottom of this.
How does CBD work?
There is a network of receptors in our body that interacts with CBD and other endocannabinoids. CBD interacts with these receptors, which are divided into two categories, namely, CB1 and CB2. CB1 is concerned with our brain and nervous system while CB2 interacts with peripheral organs.
CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system (ECS); it regulates serotonin level and brings relaxation to mind, which relieves it from stress, anxiety, and depression. This also results in reverse of insomnia.
CBD is currently under medical study and we hope to receive new updates on the same soon.
So, does CBD oil really make you sleepy?
CBD oil does not have any sedative effects on the body because it is non-psychoactive in nature. For this very reason, it is excluded from the list of ‘controlled substance’ (as per Farm Bill, 2018). Since CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of the body, it helps in achieving balance in serotonin levels and overall equilibrium of your system. This results in decreased anxiety, insomnia, depression, and stress. As a result, people become relaxed and sleep well.
Anyone who understands THC will agree that CBD doesn’t have any component that would result in drowsiness or sleepiness. However, since our bodies are different, the effect of CBD on us might vary. For example, person A and B, both take a dose of CBD. Now, A feels energized after taking CBD while B feels relaxed and sleeps. Now, this isn’t a problem since due to heavy anxiety, people lose days of sleep. When your system relaxes, your body automatically asks for rest and sleep. The minute its need for rest is complete, you would become active. Basically, CBD helps our bodies achieve homeostatic balance, which basically helps us sleep or relax without pinning us down, as is the case with marijuana and other high-inducing drugs. This is how it works.
So, yes, CBD oil affects us in all the positive ways.
Will CBD oil make you sleep all the time?
No, it won’t. As discussed earlier, CBD helps in calming the mind. In no way does it induce sleep or drowsiness. That is often the result of your brain finally finding relaxation amid chaos. In fact, CBD oil helps you focus better during the day since your brain is relaxed.
So, if you are trying to perform at work, CBD will actually help you achieve that goal by helping you stay calm and more focused. When you put your energy in building something productive, there is no way that you won’t feel energized and by the end of the day, you would want to get a good night’s sleep and thanks to CBD oil, you will.
There is no doubt about the fact that CBD works miraculously in reducing stress, anxiety and depression. A good sleep is the result of reduced anxiety and increased relaxation in your mind. So, if you know someone who is suffering from stress or similar problems, then you must suggest CBD oil, or other CBD-infused products to them. In fact, be a good human and gift them the same.
However, be sure about the dosage of CBD oil. Some people feel better taking 10 mg of dose while others don’t stop before 30 mg of CBD dose. In any case, you will start feeling better with a single in-take of CBD oil.
Of course, every parent first turns to the grandparents to watch their children, but according to one doctor, they should really rethink leaving their kids alone with their grandparents. Why? Because according to a study, leaving children with their grandparents can have hidden dangers.
Dr. Andrew Adesman says that many parents trust their parents to use safe methods when raising and taking care of their children just because they themselves turned out fine. However, that is not always the case. He is the lead author in the aforementioned study, and he said that it is wrong for parents to assume that just because their parents have raised them that they know how to do it. Plus, parenting practices always change and what was safe back in their time, may not be considered to be safe now.
When it comes to grandparents paying attention and keeping them safe from unintentional injuries, they need to always learn and stay up to date with the practices of childcare as much as possible. This is vital considering the fact that more and more children today are raised by their grandparents.
Of course, some say that keeping up to that with parenting practices is not so important while others argue that something as innocent and as simple as putting a stuffed animal near the baby when it’s asleep can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
For example, 40% of the participants in the study said that cold baths are a good way to reduce high body temperature while in fact, a cold bath can worsen the situation because it can drop the child’s body temperature too low. Therefore, when it comes to these things, proper communication together with setting boundaries can go a long way.
Of course, we should all be more cautious and try to educate our parents and tell them what we want for our children and what we do not want, but at the end of the day, they are still the best caregivers we can ever find because their love for our children has no limits.
Do you leave your children with your parents?
Cannabis is going mainstream. After a century in the shadows and the stigma of generations raised on Reefer Madness, marijuana is finally being rediscovered. The much-maligned plant is now opening the eyes of researchers to the potential benefits. Medical marijuana is now accepted almost everywhere. Hospitals in Israel administer cannabis to patients on-site with marijuana vaporization devices. And it is vaporization devices that represent the future.
States such as New York and West Virginia now allow the use of medical marijuana but also impose conditions on patients. Specifically, conditions on how medical cannabis patients ingest marijuana. Edibles, topical oils, and pills are allowed. While patients cannot smoke marijuana, vaporization is allowed. Portable, hand-held vaporizers deliver the active ingredients of the marijuana plant without the byproducts of combustion.
Smoking is bad for you. That is common knowledge. It does not matter what substance you smoke, it is bad for you. If you light organic spinach on fire, the smoke will be bad for you. On top of that, smoking is wasteful. Much of the desired ingredients go up in smoke, literally. However, vaporization extracts and contains the active ingredients without combustion.
How Vaporizers Work
Plant materials such as herbs, wood, cannabis, etc all have an ignition temperature. Once heated to the ignition temperature, the material ignites beginning combustion. Combustion is a series of incredibly rapid chemical reactions creating a massive number of toxic byproducts. In addition, each material has a boiling temperature at which point the active ingredients convert into gaseous form. Also known as vapor. The boiling temperature equals what we call the vaporization temperature.
A vaporizer works by heating herbal material to the point of vaporization but not reaching ignition temperature. The vaporization temperature can be increased or decreased to speed or slow the rate of vaporization. By controlling the temperature of a vaporizer, the user controls the vapor output.
The vaporizer consists of a battery, a heating chamber, and a mouthpiece. A battery powers a heating element, also known as a coil. The heat is then used to heat the chamber where the herb is located. The vapor is then drawn from the mouthpiece.
Ideally, the herb does not come into direct contact with the metal heating coil. Instead, the coil heats a ceramic dish to avoid burning. The airflow from the mouthpiece spreads the heat for a blend of convection and conduction heating. The vapor itself is comprised of the active ingredients. As a result, the aerosol is more potent than smoke. Vaporizing cannabis delivers a stronger dose than smoking.
Why Use A Vaporizer?
The primary advantage of using a vaporizer is avoiding combustion. The secondary advantage is efficiency. Cannabis products are expensive. Smoking is wasteful. Vaporization contains the aerosol in the vapor device until it is inhaled. In addition, a good quality vaporizer will fully exhaust the ingredients. A vaporizer is also easy to use and maintain. Ultimately, the technology of a vaporizer renders smoking obsolete.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary, Weed, follows his journey from a skeptic to a believer in the potential benefits of cannabis. When asked about the best way to ingest cannabis, Gupta is quoted as saying vaporization is the best method. Edibles absorb unevenly because the digestive system is a harsh environment. Inhalation is regarded as a fast, efficient delivery system.
Looking at the advantages of using a vaporizer, it suddenly becomes very clear why numerous medical marijuana states allow patients to vaporize cannabis, but not allow patients to smoke cannabis.
The Market Sees A Bright Future For Vaporization
According to a vaporizer market research study published in February 2020, estimates project a 25% growth rate over the next seven years. The estimate expects the vaporization device business to reach $26 billion by 2027. The numbers make sense. Legalization is expected to continue to expand in America and throughout the world. In fact, legalizing recreational marijuana will be on the ballot in several states in 2020.
Part of the calculation for the anticipated growth in the use of marijuana vaporizers includes celebrity involvement. Rapper Snoop Dog already boasts his own brand of vapor devices. Many celebrities are well-known cannabis activists. For example, Bill Maher and Seth Rogan. However, the biggest force behind marijuana legalization and destigmatization is a generation of young people that are open to the possibilities of the potential benefits.
The younger generations do not hold the same negative views of weed that their parents did. Combine that with the fact that medical science is shrugging off generations of negative perception and is now doing real science. The pendulum has swung.
The Future Of Cannabis
The research into the benefits of medical cannabis for stress and anxiety or pain management is ongoing. Pain management may be the most obvious but there is also research into potential benefits treating cancer. Glaucoma patients frequently receive medical marijuana licenses because THC has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure in the eye.
Cannabis is not just about marijuana. The hemp plant produces CBD, a cannabinoid that does not cause a high. The links between CBD and mental health are being studied. Early research indicates that CBD may benefit people suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. CBD is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, which could be helpful as we are seeing a dramatic increase in auto-immune conditions in our society.
At the end of the day, we are just scratching the surface of the potential of cannabis. Many suggest cannabis be used to replace opioids as a means of reducing the horrendous death tolls of the opioid crisis. Whatever the possible uses of cannabis, vaporization may represent the best means of accessing whatever benefits there may be.
First, you need to be positive for your pregnancy. According to researches, it has been considered that an unwanted pregnancy becomes a reason of depression in women. If you are the one who was not prepared for the pregnancy either mentally or financially then you must understand that you are going to deliver a child (a new life).
What is the mistake of that child why he has to suffer for your mistake? Just remember one thing that if you are giving birth then it must be healthy and normal. Make yourself positive towards pregnancy and say thanks to God for this lovely gift.
Pregnancy is duration of nine months in which you need to be very careful about your health and nutrition. During this situation a woman can’t handle all the things with herself. She needs support of her husband to share her feelings, problems and needs. Women must be prepared to adapt all the changes like weight gain and body aches. It has been come that most of the women come in depression during pregnancy just because they don’t look attractive like before.
Well, let me clear one thing that pregnancy is not a period of whole life rather it is period of nine months. After this duration you will able to see you back as you were before. Over weight can be reduced but don’t take stress because once you have lost your child you will not able to get it back. There are many cosmetic creams available that can remove your stomach scars after pregnancy but no one will help you to get back your child.
You are the mother and you have taken responsibility to introduce a new life in this world. During this period you need to do such things which can make you happy and keep you away from the depression. What things you can do to reduce depression during pregnancy. The best one is to join yoga classes that are especially made for pregnant women. Here, you can share and discuss your feeling with other expecting women. This sharing can help you to overcome some worse situations. Another side, you can join cooking classes where you can learn recipes of health food during pregnancy.
As becoming mother make you self happy because your happiness will bring a healthy child for you. Do you want an abnormal baby? No, any mother would not able to see her child abnormal. So keep smiling and all the best for your pregnancy.
Self-isolation. Quarantine. Do these words sound familiar to you? Well, they sure ring a bell with me too.
I had a lot of time these days to think about how to keep ourselves entertained during a pandemic. What can we do?
It turns out there are more risk-free games than you actually think. So, I am sharing a list of fun games below you can play alone or together with your family:
You can play chess at a one – meter distance from the other person. You have your own figures that only you play with and touch, so during these hard times, chess seems to be one of the best ways to keep yourself entertained.
For all those who still don’t know how to play this game, well, now it’s time to learn how to do that. You get to spend some time off social media and you get to learn something new in a safe way.
Similar to chess, checkers is a board game which doesn’t require you to sit right next to the person you’re playing against. The pieces can only be moved diagonally to an unoccupied space. If you have to position your figure to a square already occupied by your opponent, you only jump over that square.
Again, the distance plays an important role here as well as the fact that each player has their own figures to play with. After the game ends, you can disinfect both the board and the figures. Just to stay on the safe side.
3. The 300 List
Now what’s so good about this game is that each person has their own piece of paper and pen. All you have to do is to name a category, say, capitals in Europe, and you have to name as many capitals as you can think of. Whoever has a longer list – wins the game.
Other examples of categories include names that start with a certain letter, Oscar-winning actors or directors, cocktail names, dessert names, and whatnot.
4. Speed geography
Speed geography is another game you can make use of during these times. Every player has their own piece of paper and pen, so from the very start, the game is free of any corona-induced risks. The players can all sit in different corners of the room and that’s the closest contact you’ll have with your opponents while playing this game.
The best part is that this game is educational and perfect for all those with a competitive spirit – it requires knowledge, speed, and resourcefulness.
Pictionary is a word-guessing game. Usually, it’s played on a small board or an easel. Each player can draw on a separate piece of paper and show it to the rest of the players.
You’ll have a lot of fun guessing what the drawings mean, but most importantly, you won’t share the paper and the marker with anyone else.
Domino puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, word or picture puzzles are all fun to do and you can do them by yourself. In case you have two identical puzzles, you can play with a family member to see who will put together the puzzle faster.
Besides, solving puzzles is a great mental exercise because it improves our mental speed and accelerates our thought processes.
7. Memory Train
This game is suitable for more than two players. Namely, one player starts a sentence. The other person has to repeat what they’ve heard and then they have to continue the sentence adding one more word. If you miss a word, you get eliminated from the game. Thus, the person that will repeat the sentence correctly every time wins.
You don’t need to touch anything and you don’t need to be near anyone to play this game. The good thing about it is that it sharpens your memory.
If you liked this article, share it with your friends and family. At these particularly hard times, we all need a little bit of joy and entertainment to distract ourselves.
Since drugs usually act on the human body by engaging with a molecular target, it is important to find the perfect target for any drug under development. Usually, this means intensive research into the potential protein binding sites that may allow molecular interaction. What, exactly, is a binding site?
A binding site is an area on the outside of the protein molecule that can bind to a molecule, such as a messenger, hormone, or another modulator. Upon binding, the reaction between the protein and the binding partner – known as a ligand – usually changes the protein’s shape, altering its function. For many diseases, altering the protein’s function in a particular way can remedy issues related to that function.
Ligands and Their Importance
In most cases, protein binding sites will only allow bonds with specific ligands. Ligands that are not the correct shape or molecular structure will not bind adequately with the binding site. Conversely, the proper ligand will fit properly, allowing the formation of the strong hydrogen bonds that are necessary to keep it in place.
Once the ligand is in place, the hydrophobic atoms of the protein molecule shift into place, surrounding the ligand. This ensures limited reactions from the surrounding environment and provides the ligand with a more secure fit. Drugs that closely mirror the structure of a particular ligand can fit into their place and thus have their own effects on protein function.
There are people who want to get rid of it and there are people who know about the benefits of dandelion and use it for healing their body. So, is dandelion good or bad? Of course, good!
Whether you drink its juice or make dandelion root tea, dandelion is a herb that has many health benefits. It helps with urinary and liver disorders, diabetes, anemia, acne, and even cancer. Sadly, many people are killing this plant that could cure and help them with their illnesses.
Here are 10 health benefits of dandelion that prove its healing and nourishing abilities and why you shouldn’t want to get rid of it, ever!
1. LIVER HEALTH
Dandelion improves the function of the liver by re-establishing hydration, removing toxins, electrolyte balance and bettering bile flow.
2. STRONGER BONES
Dandelions are rich in calcium which is the most important element needed for having healthy and strong bones. Also, dandelions have many antioxidants like Vitamin C and Luteolin which serve as protectors from bone weakening and loss of bone density.
3. URINARY HEALTH
Dandelions are an amazing natural diuretic and they get rid of any toxic build-ups in the urinary tracts and in the kidneys. They also prevent bacteria from growing in the urinary system which is excellent for those people who suffer from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Dandelion stimulates the production of insulin in the pancreas and regulates the level of blood sugar. Dandelion is also a natural diuretic which encourages urination and that helps in removing excess salt and sugar from your body while also reducing sugar build-up in the kidneys.
A dandelion root extract is an effective tool against breast cancer and leukemia treatment. It induces apoptosis in leukemia cells while leaving alone the healthy ones. Moreover, dandelion has a positive impact on cancer cells that are immune to chemotherapy. Dandelion is also effective in fighting prostate and pancreatic cancer.
6. IMPROVES SKIN
Dandelion is a great antioxidant and detoxifier and one of the best herbal remedies for treating skin problems including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It also purifies the blood and betters the function of the liver which results in glowing, beautiful skin.
7. GALL BLADDER DISORDERS
The leaf of the dandelion is excellent for sluggish gallbladder stimulation. The gallbladder is the organ which excretes and stores bile as the body needs it. Gallstones can be flushed out from the body even by combining dandelion and milk thistle.
8. DIGESTIVE ISSUES
Dandelion contains inulin and mucilage which make the processing of food easier by soothing the digestive tract. Dandelion is also a big source of dietary fiber which is essential for having good intestinal health and healthy gut flora. If you have problems with diarrhea or constipation, eat some dandelion greens.
The liver-healing abilities of dandelion also help with jaundice which is a liver disorder when it overproduces bile and messes up the whole body’s metabolism. Dandelion helps regulate the production of bile and also encourages urination which helps the body to eliminate excess bile.
10. CIRCULATORY HEALTH
The high levels of protein, B-vitamins, and iron in dandelion make it perfect for those people who suffer from blood-related disorders such as anemia. Dandelion is a natural diuretic and it lowers blood pressure by getting rid of the excess salt in the body. Also, the fiber in the dandelion helps reducing cholesterol and maintains a healthy circulatory system.
Being smart is something that most people would want to have in their lives, especially students. Imagine being able to understand all of your lessons as soon as possible without any kind of hang time. This can be a bit of an exaggeration but who doesn’t want that kind of ability anyway? You can learn and understand theories and concepts in a flash or with minimal health. According to this article, your learning style does not matter anymore since you can just take information through almost any kind of medium.
There might be some people who have this kind of ability from birth. Good for them because what they have is something very special. However, others need to work twice as hard so that they can even achieve a fraction of what these people have. Even though intelligence might not be the only ingredient for success in life, it does help in improvement and learning. This is why a lot of people will do anything so that they can have better brain power. One of the ways that are becoming more popular is taking in nootropics.
You may have already heard of this medicine or drug before. It has been on the news for so many times already so there might be some misconceptions. To put it simply, nootropics are substances taken to improve brain functions. This includes memory, understanding, alertness, and others. Some work in almost an instant, while others may take months of continuous use to see the effects. You can think of them as mental vitamins, as they can be treated similarly.
There are many kinds of nootropics in the market. Some of them are considered as natural, as they came from extracts and other parts of the plant. Others can be a combination of drugs that had already existed before its conception. Some of them might even be used in other ways, like treatments for certain mental and psychological conditions. It can be confusing to choose one because most of them can give different effects. However, you can always stack or combine some of them to produce a concoction that would work for you, like so: https://learnaboutsupplements.com/guides/nootropic-stacking-guide/.
Some of the Best Nootropics and Stacks
- Caffeine and L-Theanine
One of the more well-known options on this list, caffeine is considered as the most popular drug of choice in the world. The consumption of coffee, tea, and chocolate is the main reason why this is the case. Caffeine is very popular because it keeps us awake, which is why we take it when we want to remove some of the remnants of sleep in our system.
With L-theanine, it becomes a potent mental power-up that boosts focus and alertness without the fatigue that coffee gives after its effects wear off. This is also why more people prefer the green tea because it has a natural combination of these two substances. However, the concentration might not be enough for some people. Read more about green tea here.
This is one of the staples in any multivitamin supplement on the market. B-complex is the combination of B1, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9 and B12. Each of these has something good to offer to our nerves and brain cells. When combined, they are an essential part of any vitamin or nootropic stack that you would want to take. For example, B6 (P-5-P) and B12 (Methylcobalamin) helps with the development of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Not only will this improve your mood, but also your mental processing habits as well.
Also known as Citicoline, this nootropic is known as one of the best ones for memory improvement. You can visit this page to know more about nootropics like this: http://www.bestnootropicsnow.com.Many research articles show that it does improve the way that we recall information as well as retaining it in our brains. However, it does perform better when taken with other nootropics and made into a stack. If you are looking for better cognition and retention of memory, then this one might work for you.
- Pine Bark Extract
This is not just the type of pine that you see decorated during Christmas, as this pine bark comes from the French maritime pine. It is supposedly used to help with diabetic patients, but there is research that shows its potential as a nootropic. Specifically, it helps with the retention of neurotransmitters in the body. Specifically, it regulates dopamine and norepinephrine to prevent them from decreasing for a while. According to this link, it may also help in decreasing the risk for other neural diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
- Rhodiola Rosea
A flowering plant that thrives in the colder parts of the world, Rhodiola rosea is a nootropic that helps with fatigue, and overall mental exhaustion. Many people use this to recover after a long hard day of work as tea. Afterward, it boosts your energy which helps you continue what you were doing for the rest of the day. It also helps with improving mood as it also increases the production of serotonin and norepinephrine. Once combined with other nootropics, it helps with memory, concentration, as well as mitigates the destruction of nerve cells.
Someone once said to me… “You know what anxiety feels like? Imagine that your brain is a TV and someone else has the remote.”
The truth is… Anxiety can completely overwhelm your body and could your judgment. It is a mental state in which one cannot really think straight. An unpleasant emotional state for which the cause is never really identified. A feeling that cannot be controlled and avoided. That is why oftentimes, helping a friend or a partner who struggles with this issue is considered a pretty difficult and challenging job.
What these people need is compassion and understanding, but what we usually provide them with is quite the opposite. That is the sad reality that most of us realize only after they’ve already done the damage.
So, know this. Even though your heart is in the right place and you wish nothing but happiness for these people, encouraging them that they need to “smile more” and “calm down” can only backfire way worse than you expect.
If you really want to help a person who is struggling with anxiety, here are 10 phrases you must avoid telling them:
1. CALM DOWN
Calming down is the goal. So, if you know any useful methods for relaxing, make sure to share them with your friend. But, please, whatever you decide to do, don’t suggest that they should just calm down. If they could do that now, they would.
2. LIFE IS SHORT TO BE GRUMPY
Yes, life is short. And we all give our best to make the most of it. But saying this to a person who cannot find a way to calm their loud insecurities and control themselves is a bad idea. These people know that there are better ways to live life, so this knowledge hurts them even more.
3. IN A FEW YEARS, YOU WILL LAUGH ABOUT THESE THINGS
This might be true. But don’t you think that saying this to someone who goes through a panic attack means denying their pain and not acknowledging their condition?
Remember. When someone is panicking, they don’t need logic. They need understanding and compassion. The validation that it is okay to feel scared is what helps them go through the pain.
4. IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL, SO DON’T MAKE IT ONE
For them, it is a big deal. Get that in your head! When you say, “It’s not a big deal” to an anxious person, what you actually mean is “stop overreacting”. That is how it sounds and that is how the anxious mind interprets it. Instead, try “I know it is difficult, but I am here to help you”.
5. IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
Yes, all of their thoughts and fears come from their confused minds, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect their emotions. Their emotions are real, regardless of how much you believe in them. So, when a person is having anxious thoughts, the only thing that can help them is a reminder that those thoughts are natural. Instead of blaming them that it’s all in their head, try to make them understand that acceptance is the first step to growth.
6. THINGS CAN BE A LOT WORSE
Statements like this trigger guilt and self-hate. And you can probably guess what comes next. A hurricane of anxiety attacks. If you want to help someone who struggles with anxiety, shaming them is not the way to do it.
7. YOU HAVE TO BE MORE POSITIVE
Let’s be more realistic. No one is positive all of the time. So, telling someone to be more positive is suggesting that they should pretend to be fine when really, they aren’t. Instead of forcing them to miraculously become more positive, show these people what it looks like to be positive. Love them for who they are and help them overcome the obstacles.
8. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FRIENDS
I know this sounds like the right thing to do when a person feels sad and alone, but sometimes not even friends can soothe this pain. So, when someone with anxiety wishes to be left alone, let them be. I know you’d give everything to take that pain away from them, but you are not that powerful.
9. JUST SUCK IT UP AND MOVE ON
Having anxiety is bad enough as it is. Sucking it up is not the right way to overcome the pain. Saying this is implying that an anxious person is a coward who cannot take responsibility for their behavior.
10. YOU ARE OVERANALYZING AGAIN
That is the very nature of this disorder. Pointing out the obvious in the middle of a panic attack will not make it better. Only worse. Do your best to never minimize or invalidate someone’s struggle with anxiety. They are not overreacting, they are coping.
We are all in this together. And we can put an end to this terrible disease if we are protecting and helping each other, if we work as a team, and not against one another.
Be gentle, be kind. Let’s hope that all the infected people will heal and we won’t lose another life. Every human life is valuable. Let’s help the doctors and medical people who work day and night for our own good to fight the virus by listening to their recommendations. And may they find a cure soon.
Until then, protect the elderly and chronically ill by staying home. You may be young and unafraid, but you can kill your parents and grandparents. So, please, please be responsible and stay home! Follow the instructions from the World Health Organization and wait until everything passes and life is back to normal.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
When coughing, always use your elbow or carry a napkin with you and then throw it immediately in the nearest garbage bin.
Keep your distance from people. Stay at least 1 meter away from people.
Always keep a sanitizer with you and napkins.
Avoid crowded areas.
Wear a mask when you go out.
Don’t hug, kiss, or handshake with other people. Find other ways of saying hello.
Keep your nails short and clean.
Sanitize your phone with alcohol many times a day.
Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water.
Don’t touch your face, nose, eyes, or your mouth.
Wash your outside clothes every time you go out.
Let’s hope that everything will end soon! Sending you lots of love and support!
It’s quite difficult nowadays to come by anyone who admits to never having been stereotyped. As college students, we go through prejudices nearly every day. Most of those stereotypical actions are so overtly expressed that they leave no doubt as to whom they were intended for. Other acts of prejudice are thinly veiled, ostensibly to try and make the object of the stereotype feel good about themselves, but still, take the message anyway. Stereotypes have led to some of the world’s most brazen massacres and persecutions. Of notable mentions include the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, and even slavery.
We suffer all kinds of prejudices in colleges, that’s a given. Not only do these stereotypes affect our grades and social development, but they also leave a lasting impression on how we view the world and society in general. But for objects of prejudice, there are only two options to explore. You can choose to play the victim and hope the oppressors will change someday. Or, you can take charge and rise above every prejudicial treatment directed at you.
Right off the bat, let’s warn against submitting to any stereotypes. Doing so is tantamount to declaring the oppressor’s powers over you. But what if you’re the perpetrator? How do you recognize and overcome your own prejudices and biases in college? That shall be the focus of this post, but first things first.
How to Recognize and Overcome Your Own Prejudices in College
Take a Course in Prejudice
The best way to tackle your prejudices in college is to first understand what those stereotypes are. Appreciating that you have a problem is key to overcoming prejudice. And to do that, you may consider taking a course in prejudice.
The first thing you will learn is that prejudices have nothing to do with your present situation, but rather it’s an attitude problem. The course will also introduce you to the unconscious bias, which is the primary cause of most prejudicial treatments out there.
You’ll appreciate the fact that you’ve also expressed prejudice at one point, and that the problem exists in our unconscious minds. It’s only after knowing what those biases are that you can successfully overcome them.
Be Empathetic To Others
Showing empathy to other people’s feelings can significantly help you overcome your prejudices. That especially applies if you’ve also been a victim of discrimination. To Kill a Mockingbird essay would be resourceful in helping put that into better perspective. Through the essay, you are free to learn of the many examples in the novel of how some characters used empathy to overcome their gender and racial biases. After that, you can extrapolate these lessons into your college environment to successfully overcome your own stereotypes.
For instance, you may have once been racially abused but now find yourself in a college setting where your oppressors form the minority. You can use your past experiences to express empathy instead of showing stigma.
Understand That It’s Human Nature
You should remember that even people who were brought up in the most cultured environments are predisposed to stigma. If you were born in a wealthy family and didn’t step into a shanty till you were 21, you’d believe all poor people are sluggards. Therefore, another tip to overcoming your prejudices is understanding that it’s an intrinsic behavior. Let’s do a To Kill a Mockingbird literary analysis to help put that into perspective.
During Tom Robinson’s trial, we see Atticus making one of the most thought-provoking submissions to the jury. Atticus argues that immorality is a human problem and not necessarily a problem of specific races. His appeal is inspired by the glorious sentiments in the Declaration of Independence, which presupposes that all humans are equal. And his own admission that “there’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads–they couldn’t be fair if they tried’’ helps reinforce the notion that all humans are prejudicial by nature.
Diversify Your Social Circles
Another golden tip on how to overcome prejudice in college is to diversify your social spheres. Most college students tend to go for friends that are drawn from their own race, language, and academic abilities. It’s only natural to get attracted to people with whom we easily get along. However, associating only with students who are so similar to you in every aspect doesn’t help address your prejudices.
Why not consider diversifying? Start by seeking relationships with a cross-race friend. If you’re a white student in a predominantly white college, it will help to forge friendships with as many black students as possible. Even though the black population in your college suggests they’re a minority group, you won’t necessarily view them as such if you associate with them.
Reframe Negative Thoughts
All acts of prejudice emanate from negative thoughts. For instance, if your friends continuously ridicule you for your inability to pass exams, you may believe that perhaps you were born to fail. Therefore, you could start to view everything with the lens of failure. Tasks that would have otherwise been very easy to execute suddenly begin to bog you down.
But that’s not all; negative thoughts will cause you to view everyone else as evil. You’ll even begin to doubt the loyalties of those friends who always stood up for you. Eventually, you’ll become very prejudicial, constantly prejudging everyone’s intentions and opinions about you.
All that underscores the importance of reframing negative thoughts. The fact that you aren’t performing so well in your studies doesn’t mean you can’t sing or play soccer. And neither does it mean everyone else that holds a low opinion of you deserves the same treatment. In another To Kill a Mockingbird literary analysis, we can take some cues from Scout’s discussion with Atticus on why women can’t serve on juries. In the ensuing lengthy discussion, the two tend to dispel the cozy impression that certain assignments are a preserve of men. They end up agreeing, though passively, that it’s all due to the ingrained negative perceptions about women.
Overcoming your prejudices in college begins by appreciating you have a problem. You can then explore the numerous resources out there to rise above these stereotypes. From reading novels like To Kill a Mockingbird, to adjusting your social circles, and even reframing your thoughts; there are many solutions at your disposal. If it comes down to it, enlist for therapy sessions with a professional counselor.
Most runners will tell you that they choose to run to stay sane. Even though they may probably first started running to shape and strengthen their body or lose some weight, after a period of time, they got addicted to running mainly because it makes them feel good.
The technology of brain imaging discovered that there is a neurochemical activity that happens when we run which gives us the popular “runner’s high.” This is good news for anyone who suffers from depression and other mental health disorders.
Neurotransmitters are messengers that carry chemical signals between the neurons in the body. They also play a huge role in giving a sense of pleasure to a person who is running or performing another activity. Norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine are all feel-good chemicals that trigger the feeling of ‘pleasure’ in a person. Depression is merely a result of a decrease in norepinephrine and serotonin.
“Exercise can create a more responsive and balanced system,” says Kirk Erickson, a professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburg. Exercising affects the whole body and makes us feel good. It lowers the stress hormones and increases neurotransmitters as well as our body temperature which leads to reduced tension in our muscles and feelings of relaxation.
Moreover, a 1999 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, studied 156 moderately depressed people and divided them into 3 groups. The first group exercised, the second took SSRI medication, and the third one exercises and took the medication.
They found that while taking medication reduced the symptoms of depression faster than exercise, after 16 weeks there were no noticeable differences between the groups. After 10 months, members of the group who only exercised shown significantly lower depression rate than the members of the other two groups.
Furthermore, a 2004 study compared psychotherapy with running. Participants were randomly assigned to run for 20 minutes 3 times a week for 10 weeks, attend a 60-minute therapy session once every week, or both. All participants showed decreased depression levels with the positive results lasting at the 4-month follow-up.
Finally, everyone who experiences episodes of depression, or struggles with anxiety, or other mental health problems, should try running as a cure since it could be the best way to deal with them. It benefits the mind, body, and soul.
Numerology is an ancient practice that can help you divine truth about yourself, the world around you, future events, and even the universe.
Pythagoras, who famously created a geometrical theorem, is often credited as the founder of numerology. He believed, as many others do, that numbers and mathematical formulas are magical things that prove the existence of a higher power.
An ancient combination of mathematics, language, and philosophy makes numerology what it is today. Numerological calculations may initially seem confusing or complicated. But the process of finding your personality number is relatively straightforward.
What Is a Personality Number?
Numerology can help you discover your life path, your heart’s desire, and so much more. Personality numbers can help you to learn more about yourself and how you think, act, and feel. A personality number is always a single digit.
If you’re seeking to find some insight into your character and how others view you, you must discover and understand your personality number. Let’s get started!
How To Find Your Personality Number
When it comes to finding your personality number, consonants are your friends. Each consonant in your name has a numerical value, and these values are added together to find a sum. Often, this sum is a two-digit or three-digit number.
But, by separating this number into single integers and adding them together, you can usually arrive at a single-digit number. This number is your personality number.
The values assigned to each letter originate from the ancient Chaldean peoples that lived in Babylon.
Letters J and S all correspond to number one. Letters B, K, and T correspond to number two. By moving through the consonants in the English alphabet and counting them 1-9, you can easily create a numerology chart for efficient calculations.
Here is a helpful example of a name’s corresponding personality number. Tom May has four consonants in his name. They can be viewed as T (2) + M (4) + M (4) + Y (7) = 17. This is, of course, a two-digit number. To figure out the personality number, this sum must become two separate integers.
Therefore, 1 + 7 = 8. Tom May’s personality number is 8! This process may take a little practice, but you’re bound to get it down in no time. Once you’ve arrived at your personality number, you can begin to learn more about what that number means.
What Do the Personality Numbers Mean?
Did you find out that you’re a scholarly 7? Maybe you’re a friendly 2! No matter which number you got, here’s some helpful personality number information so you can understand a bit more about yourself!
If you discovered that your personality number is 1, you’re a natural leader. But, you likely already know this about yourself. Your ambition is one of your most defining features!
One of the most significant challenges for you is learning patience and compassion. You value hard work and persistence more than almost anything. Meeting people with little confidence can be frustrating for you!
If your personality number is 2, you’re an honest person. You tend to act with kindness, and others likely perceive you as being very gentle and trustworthy.
You’re a philosopher that enjoys time alone and time with friends and family. Often laidback and easy-going, you tend to roll with whatever punches life throws at you. However, others may think that you’re moody or emotional.
If you’re a Number 3, then you’re pretty lucky! You have some exceptional characteristics, such as charisma, charm, and smarts. This makes you stand out from those around you, as you give off intense energy.
You’re most likely optimistic about most things in life, and you tend to be the most talkative of your friends and family. Don’t worry about annoying anyone — people love your spirit and cheerful attitude!
If you came to find that your personality number is 4, then you’re a well-organized person. If you made a chart to figure out your number, you probably used a ruler or straight-edged item to ensure that the table looks stunning.
You’re a frugal, hard-working person that desires appreciation for all that you do. Therefore, it’s crucial that you surround yourself with kind and compassionate individuals.
Number 5’s are full of energy. They also tend to have eclectic tastes and interests, an inability to control their impulses, and a vivid imagination. If you’re a Number 5, take heart. You’re the life of the party!
But your exuberance can be excessive, which is why it’s essential for people with this personality number to learn self-control and respect the wishes of others.
If you’re a Number 6, then you’re a natural-born caretaker. You may find yourself continually giving advice and assistance to friends, family members, and co-workers. Anyone in need seems to grab your attention!
You are likely generous with your time, energy, and resources. For you, the essential thing in life is making those around you comfortable. This can lead to situations where you’re taken advantage of, though, so be careful.
Number 7’s tend to enjoy pursuits of the mind. If your personality number is 7, others likely perceive you as being an enigma of sorts. You’re highly independent, secretive, and academic.
You may keep to yourself and only speak when compelled to do so. Others may see this as shyness or disinterest, but for you, it’s a matter of importance. You tend to conserve your energies for larger, more personal projects.
If your personality number is 8, then your intuition is keen. You can judge situations with ease and accuracy, which can allow you to achieve tremendous heights of success. You may tend to surround yourself with powerful or influential people.
However, your controlling nature and desire for attention and affluence could end up being your downfall. Remember to respect the little people, and you should be fine!
Number 9 personalities tend to be charitable and influential. As with Number 1 personalities, you may be extremely confident and gregarious. However, this sometimes comes off as pure arrogance to those around you.
While you’re likely talented and a creative problem solver, you may begin to think of yourself as better or above others. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this trap! While you are undoubtedly exceptional, it is vital that you learn to appreciate those around you.
Embrace Your Personality Number
Though you may feel that your personality number doesn’t accurately describe you, give it some deep thought. Chances are, you may be hiding an aspect of yourself that you do not wish to reveal or embrace.
The beauty of discovering your personality number is that it allows you to feel a sense of connectedness with yourself and with the energy you give to the world! Once you’ve mastered and fully understood your number, you can explore other aspects of numerology, like your life path.
Doing so may grant you the clarity and peace of mind you’ve been seeking!
Depression has been a prevailing topic in the current media discussion. The doctors express their concerns that more and more people, especially young people, are diagnosed with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. Many blame social media, political climate, bad economy, eating habits and many more. However, there is another common reason that’s often met among young people. It is college. Now, of course, college per se is not to blame. However, the stress that comes with it typically can be too much for unprepared students and their parents. The transition from a parent’s house to college is an emotional and challenging process. Students often have trouble dealing with it on their own. Hence, depression in college is a very common problem. We have prepared a guide for parents on what they need to know to help their depressed child.
What is college depression?
First of all, let’s just clear the air by saying college depression is not a separate diagnosis. It is the same disease, but with the name of the cause in a title. Depression is a mood disorder that makes people feel apathy or deep sadness for a prolonged period of time. The one suffering from it can’t just “snap out” of it. At first, a person may not even be aware of having depression.
What parents should know
Parents should know that it is a disease just like any other. Sometimes just because there are no physical visible symptoms doesn’t mean a person doesn’t suffer. Though, there are a number of behavioral symptoms that come with it. A depressed person is prone to stop doing things that used to bring joy. They become more passive, stop any spot activity. They tend to stay in more than go out, be alone instead of meeting with people. Their eating and sleeping habits may vary as well, such as loss or gain in appetite, insomnia. Fortunately, you can always get help from a customwriting essay writing service. Because they start having problems in school.
What parents should do
Just be understanding. Depression is never easy and often it comes with the feeling of guilt. Young people are especially prone to feel guilty for being depressed. There is a number of reasons for that. Most often, this period in their life comes with the expectation of fun. College students should go to parties, meet new friends, start new relationships and so on. But when you constantly don’t feel like fun, you start developing the feeling of guilt and shame. As there is something wrong with you. And it’s not. Also, students often simply don’t want to upset their parents, knowing that they worry about them.
As a parent, you also shouldn’t doubt their depression. Of course, parents believe it their duty to try to fix everything. So when your child tells you he or she is sick, normally the initial reaction would be to fix it. You can’t. Just accept that. Only a specialist can help to treat the illness. By offering all alternative methods, trying to cheer them up you make them feel worse. That feeling of guilt will pop up again forcing a child to pretend they feel better than they actually do.
Sometimes all you need to is to be there for them. Let them express their feelings and listen to what they have to say. Usually, a simple fact of acknowledging another person’s emotions helps more than all attempts to cheer them up.
We hope you have found this brief helpful for understanding your child better. Just remember, all they need from you, and all you can do, frankly, is just to be there for them. Support them, show them love but also let them space to breathe. Depression is something a person has to meet face to face and no one can help this person till he or she is ready to work on it. No one says it is an easy journey. Though, having the support of your loved ones surely smoothes the ride and makes it more tolerable. Just let your child you are there for them no matter what. Don’t forget to express your love to them with every opportunity. Stay safe!
Sandra Larson is a writer and a mental health advocate. Sandra shares her own tips on overcoming depression and anxiety. For instance, she encourages people to hike, practice yoga and meditate every day.