Depression: Do You Have It?

The thing about life is that there will be times where we feel down. We might receive unpleasant news or perhaps have a bad day at work. There’s nothing we can do to always remain in a happy mood and in high spirits. We just have to accept that, at times, we’ll feel sad or upset about stuff.

 

Some people experience more downs than ups in their lives. If that sounds like you, it could be that you might be suffering from depression. Believe it or not, most people suffer from depressive stages in their lives. It can often stay with people most of their lives, or, if they’re lucky, they could only experience an episode of depression just once.

 

A lot of folks don’t realize they have depression until an extreme action or series of events occurs in their lives. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn more about depression and what you can do to combat it.

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What is depression?

 

In a nutshell, depression makes it hard to lead a “normal” life. When a person suffers from it, emotions such as hopelessness and despair take over and leave them in permanently low spirits.

 

Learning more about depression can help you understand why you feel like you do and how to get help.

Symptoms of depression

 

Some sufferers describe having depression as feeling like they are permanently living under a black cloud. They’ll also say things like they feel nothing ever goes right for them, and that they just feel emotionally hollow inside.

 

Common symptoms of depression include:

 

  • Feeling helpless;
  • Finding daily activities uninteresting;
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss;
  • Problems sleeping;
  • Feeling angry and irritable, and having a low tolerance level;
  • Feeling physically drained and having no energy;
  • Inability to concentrate;
  • Behaving in a reckless manner (compulsive gambling, substance abuse, etc.);
  • Feeling suicidal.

 

There are also differing forms of depression. Many people get diagnosed with chronic depression, for instance. People with severe depression and extreme mood changes may even get diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

 

The weather can also be another form and cause of depression for thousands of individuals. S.A.D. or “Seasonal Affective Disorder” can make people feel depressed during the winter months of the year. Or, indeed, any of the other seasons. The Canada Pharmacy Online offers some telltale signs of S.A.D. in case you feel that is something you are suffering.

 

How to treat depression

 

Admitting that you have a problem and that you think you might be depressed is the first step to getting help. The next, of course, is to talk to your doctor about your depression. They’ll ask you some simple questions to diagnose your level of depression.

 

Once they do that, you can agree on an action plan with your doctor. Usually, that means starting a course of antidepressants such as fluoxetine (i.e. Prozac) and seeking cognitive behavioral therapy. You may also benefit from counseling to help you beat your depression.

 

Final thoughts

 

Depression might feel like you’re in a black hole that you’ll never escape, but that’s not the case at all. There are people out there that care and want to help you get better. Remember that there’s always someone to talk to, even if you feel like all hope is lost.
Good luck, and thank you for reading this article.

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Pain Is Not The Path To Holiness, It’s Just Bad Pain Management

In the theological learnings, pain is the only path to holiness, as men are in the world to please God. Pain is one of the many tests of their existence that can help them to experience sacredness and holiness. While there is some beauty in this thought, there’s no denying that pain is not a divine gift, but an endless sorrow. As there are different types of pains, there are also different ways of coping with it. While not of them for sure lead to divine holiness – although nothing is certain, there’s been no studies proving that it doesn’t either –, finding the appropriate coping mechanism or solution can dramatically improve your lifestyle. So what is the right pain management for your trouble? Find out here.

 

Physical Pain Can Limit Your Experience Of Life

Physical pain, whether it is the result of unexplained chronic pain or a fall, imposes certain limitations on your life. Suddenly you don’t find yourself able to walk to the shops without experience sharp leg pain or to sit down through your favorite TV show without needing to stand up regularly to release the pressure on your back. It is important to note that physical pain doesn’t come from an injury per se but your nerves communicating information to your brain. As a result, damaged nerves can be a likely cause of chronic pain, when there is no obvious cause. Unfortunately, pain is relative, and for some a 2 on the scale of pain can become an 8 for others; everyone responds differently to pain. Be patient with yourself and keep healthy, natural remedies with herbs and warmth to handle your pain without creating an addiction to medicine. Do also make sure to have medical assistance about managing it more effectively.

 

Withdrawal Pain: When The Brain Needs Rewiring

One of the biggest pain taboo of this time is drug addiction, and specifically the damages that the addiction does to the brain. It’s no lack of willpower that stops addicts from embracing a healthier lifestyle; it’s the fear of withdrawal pain. Addiction changes the wiring in your brain and creates a series of physical  behaviors in relation to the drug abuse: Cold sweat, anger and anxiety disorder, and tremors are not uncommon symptoms of early withdrawal between each take, forcing the addict to pursue the addiction to avoid further discomfort. Rapid Detox has started a treatment to stop the physical pain and help kickstart a healthy recovery journey. In one treatment, the physical pain of withdrawal is targeted by inducing sleep for the patient. This quick detox approach is a great recovery step.

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Emotional Pain Needs Healing Too

Not every pain is physical. Emotional pain can handicap your everyday life in the same way than a broken leg would. Rejection, loneliness, loss, and guilt are some of the most common burdens that people carry through life. It’s often too easy to turn to self-criticism, hatred and sometimes and harm as a response to hurtful situations. The mind needs to accept emotional accidents of life and learn to deal effectively with them. This can only be done by focusing on your own strength and by using them as a way of rebuilding your self-worth. Bad things happen, but they are in a no way a reflection of yourself.

 

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The Road To Recovery From Addiction Must Be Steady

Beating addiction isn’t all about suffering withdrawal and get it out of your system. There are a lot of people going through recovery for the first time who believe they can brute force it. That, however, tends to ignore the problems of their habits and their own personality that can send them crashing into a relapse. To fully recover, you need to be as steady as a stream and as watchful as an eagle.

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Know your triggers

We all have little triggers for unconscious behaviors that can dominate a lot of our reactions to events. One example is how we tend to turn our feet towards the person we find most interesting in a group conversation. A more pertinent example is how social gatherings, like parties, tend to be a big trigger for anyone with recreational drug or alcohol dependencies. Old friends, familiar settings, and unattended drugs and alcohol are some other common triggers. You need to learn to deal with those triggers by learning to be mindful. Practicing mindfulness means being acutely aware of one’s own reactions and why they are happening as they are. When in doubt, you should always consider removing the triggers from your environment or choosing another environment. Shrugging off old friends and social scenes can be one of the most difficult parts of the recovery process. If there are people who don’t respect your attempts, however, perhaps they shouldn’t be your friends.

Find new coping mechanisms

Even without triggers, you are going to feel those old itches and urges resurfacing again. Finding new ways to cope with idleness are a great way to distract yourself in those quiet moments of weakness. Everyone who goes through recovery has them, and they use some of the most effective ways of taking their minds off their dependencies. Exercise, writing, even meditation can be great positive ways of coping.

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Get your support system involved

If you have friends and family who believe in your ability to recover, then it’s a good idea to get them involved in helping that recovery. With the right recovery process from alcohol and drug use, they can get the kind of education on how to be more supportive and more emotionally prepared to help you in the journey. At rehab, you can ask them to send you care packages which serve as a good memento of the positive influences willing your recovery. It can be embarrassing, but asking for help from the right people can be a great asset in your recovery. It’s also a good idea to use support groups and surround yourself with people who can understand your journey to a deeper degree.

Make recovery measurable

Many recovery processes and support groups will offer tokens of how long you’ve stayed clean. You shouldn’t just measure your successes in terms of how long you’ve stayed from your dependencies, however. You should measure all success in your life. If you’ve found a new job, if you’ve taken up a new hobby, if you’ve written a chapter, or run for longer than before: celebrate it. Self-esteem and self-respect can be earned, you just have to take stock of how far you’ve come.

Recovery is beyond no-one. Developing the will-power and the self-awareness are goals that anyone can achieve. They just need the right tools, like those above, to do it.

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You Won’t Beer-lieve It! How To Take Your Mind Off Alcohol

Alcohol dependency affects around one in ten people at some point in their lives, making it one of the most common addictions out there. During the early stages, you’re hardly aware that there’s a problem. But it’s the sort of thing that sneaks up on you slowly, slowly gnawing away at your social life and your health. Often you realize you might have a problem just in the nick of time.

 

The problem with drinking too much is that it is often covering up for a deeper, underlying issue, like so many other addictive habits. It’s the desire to feel good in the moment to get away from negative feelings.

 

The good news is that there are plenty of other ways to do that which are actually good for you. Here’s how.

 

Meditate

 

It turns out that meditation isn’t just something for Buddhists or ancient mystics: it’s something that is beneficial for everybody. The real positive impact of meditation shows up time and time again in the research literature. Physical effects, like lowering blood pressure and reducing stress hormone levels have actually been observed, proving that there is a genuine mind-body connection.

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Meditation attempts to get to the core of the problem by focusing on ridding the mind of its negative energy – the thing that is driving addictive tendencies. This is fundamentally the reason why so many people visit an alcohol rehab center. They want to find a way to resolve the underlying issues that lead them to want to drink in the first place and deal with it.

 

Go Hiking

 

Many of the people who get addicted to stuff feel “boxed in” whether that is literally because they are confined to their home or their neighborhood, or whether it is mental because they are trapped in dysfunctional relationships. An excellent way to escape this feeling is to go on hikes to see the wider world and take in all its beauty. Hikes are a stark reminder that the world is a lot bigger than we are.

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There may be some science to suggest that hiking is a good way to wean yourself of alcohol. The evidence comes from animal studies involving rats. Rats who were confined to a small space and not allowed freedom to move around long distance were more likely to get addicted to cocaine than rats that were. This led researchers to theorize that being caged and imprisoned by something is more likely to lead to addiction, perhaps because it is a way of coping with confinement.

 

Write

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  1. R. R. Tolkien, the man who wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is believed to have started writing as a form of therapy. He was involved in the futility of the First World War and saw just how easily human life could be thrown away. He, as well as other famous authors like C. S. Lewis, picked up their pens and tried to process their trauma by writing books. To some extent they succeeded, and through their works they inspired a generation.

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The Feel Good File

Sometimes it can be really tough to get out of a slump. You may feel down, ill even, and it can affect other kinds of your life too. If you aren’t feeling your best then it can hurt your work life, decreasing your productivity and chances of progression and even your home life because you could take this mood out on your family and spark arguments. There are ways you can help yourself feel better, and increase your outlook on life. These tips can get you started.

 

Get Your Teeth Fixed

 

For some people a smile is everything. Without a good smile your confidence could be affected. Why not get to a dentist and get it fixed? When you have a better smile and have sorted out whatever problem you have you’ll be able to do things with a sense of pride and confidence. It can do wonders in getting you out of your slump and for many people concerned about their appearance can completely fix any issues they have. Simply knowing you have a great killer smile can make that key difference to your life.

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Kick The Habit

 

Sometimes a downturn in mood can be turned around by stopping something that could be damaging you, such as smoking. Quitting can help your health, allowing you to breathe more freely and stopping any serious issues down the line. It can also save you money, as cigarettes are more expensive than ever. The same can be said of other addictions like alcohol or drugs. All are bad for your health and if you quit it can do wonders for your social life and even family life. There are many programmes out there that can help you quit whatever addiction you have, it can be a tough road, but certainly a rewarding one if you end up conquering the addiction.

 

Lose Some Weight

 

Another way of getting that feel good factor is by losing weight. Try joining a sports team which can help your social life too. If you like working alone then start swimming, cycling, running or even walking. Exercise is the best way to lose weight and it can get you out and about. Diet also helps, if you start eating better you’ll notice you feel better too, you’ll have more energy and a willingness to do more. When you start to see the pounds drop off there will be a sense of pride, and you will look much better too, giving a huge boost in confidence.

 

Increase Your Water Consumption
To give yourself an easy yet still effective boost then try drinking more water. Again, your energy levels will spike and you will end up feeling much better. Your brain will work harder and you’ll notice yourself getting tired less. It has other benefits too, your skin will start to look better, and the constant drinking of water will flush out the toxins in your body. It can also increase your metabolism, helping you in the losing of weight.

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Networking & The Hero’s Journey: Overcoming Your Fears

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Making connections and learning to network is a vital part of any self-development process. As part of the hero’s journey, it’s necessary to encounter other people who could play an essential role in your growth – which is where networking comes in. Whether you are trying to increase the number of clients you have, are pushing for a promotion at work, or even just looking to create stronger, better relationships with those that can help you, a little networking with the right people can go a long way.

 

The trouble is, not everyone is comfortable with the idea, and the prospect of standing in a roomful of strangers making small talk is a nightmare for many. There are some who love it, of course, and to whom networking is a natural act – and it’s these people who tend to get ahead in life, even if they are less well-equipped or skilled than their introverted rivals.

 

It’s one of those things in life that isn’t fair, but nothing is going to change soon. In short, you have to overcome your fear of networking and get out there and make a noise – so here are some ideas for you to get started.

 

Research attendees

 

It’s OK to do a little research on the attendees of a particular event to find out who they are and what they do. Take a look and see what you can find out about your prospective contacts, to ensure that there is a valid reason for attending, whether for business or self-development reasons. LinkedIn is the ideal place for this, and there are plenty of event sites that include listings of attendees and guest speakers. You might even find that setting up an event group can help you meet people online before you arrive.

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Sharpen up your small talk

 

Small talk doesn’t come naturally to most people, but it’s a learned skill – anyone can do it if they practice enough. It’s a good idea to catch up on some industry news before you go to a business event, and also some general stories from the newspaper. It’s advisable to keep politics, religion and other potentially awkward subjects off the table when you meet people for the first time, so look around for five or six other topics you can use as conversation starters.

 

The open-ended technique

 

OK, so you have built up enough confidence to start some conversations. But, all you ever get are blunt ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers, which leaves you feeling even more uncomfortable than you were before. So, practice asking open-ended rather than closed questions. Give people a chance to expand on answers, and you will find the conversation starts to flow naturally.

 

Target groups

 

It can be overwhelming for shy, nervous, or introverted people to enter a room full of people and get talking straight away. But it doesn’t take much to get involved in a discussion. Look for groups of people talking, rather than individuals – when you approach a group, one of them is more likely to offer their hand and welcome you to the discussion.

 

Start your own networking night

 

Starting a networking night yourself is a great way to put yourself front and centre in people’s minds. And it’s a lot easier to deal with your fears, too, as people will come to you to do the talking. Yes, you will be feeling a lot of pressure to arrange a great night, but not all networking events have to be full-on – perhaps you could design a gentler occasion that better suits your personality, and will attract others that feel similar?

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Hold a golf event or function

 

Golf and business go together hand in hand. Many a deal has been struck on the fairways, and having a focus for the event is a great way to take the pressure off you. The great thing about golf is that you get a lot of time to spend with particular individuals, and it’s a more intimate occasion than holding a huge party in a hotel function room. You can buy some golf trophies to add a little competitive spice, and even arrange a regular event which targets different types of attendee or client.

 

Be wary of alcohol

 

There is often alcohol at business events, and when you are feeling nervous, it can be tempting to go for some Dutch courage. Try to avoid overindulging, however, as it will backfire. A small drink at the beginning of the event will help you relax a little, but if you overdo it, people will notice – and it can be incredibly damaging to your personal brand.

 

Be nice

 

It’s easy for your nerves to get the better of you when you are attending a networking event. It’s why you see so many serious faces at these types of conferences – everyone is so desperate to make a professional impression that they end up looking cold, stern, and unfriendly. So, be nice – and smile. It will instantly mark you out from the other attendees, and more people will want to come and say hello and find out more about you and your business. Friendliness costs nothing, and there are plenty of people who actively seek out a winning smile at networking events.

 

Enthusiasm wins

 

One thing you must do at a networking event is to be enthusiastic about what you do and why you are there. This can be harder than you might think, especially if you don’t like praising yourself, or feel worried about discussing problems and issues you might be having. The trouble is, if you don’t wear your passion for what you do on your sleeve, no one else will believe you have it either – and they will instantly lose interest. If you are struggling with this tactic, concentrate on coming up with an enthusiastic one-line pitch which explains what you do and why you are there – and always say it with a smile on your face.

 

Have a goal

 

Finally, have a goal in mind before you go to a networking event – something like collecting as many names as possible, or talking to a particular individual whose work in self-development you admire. Doing something like this will force you to get out there and be chatty and communicative. If you set yourself targets in life, you are more likely to achieve them, and networking is no different to anything else. Good luck at your next networking event!

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Taking Care of Your Health One Step at a Time

Healthcare is becoming an increasing concern for many people around the world. Compared to just half a decade ago, we’re not worrying more and more about every facet of life. Are we consuming the right nutrients? Are we getting the right amount of exercise? Are we drinking enough water? These are just some of the many concerns that people think of on a regular basis.

 

And with good reason. With recent media exposure, there are a lot of issues going around that are putting people in a state of panic. For a while, sitting was said to be worse than smoking in terms of increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. However, scientists are now saying that standing is actually no healthier than sitting despite all the articles, blog posts and other media scares.

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Don’t always believe the media

 

While the media can often cite sources, it’s important to remember that not everything they say is often true. They can get facts muddled up, you might misinterpret something, or perhaps you just don’t understand what is being said when it comes to the facts and technical details, but they win over your opinion with scare tactics.

 

Don’t always fall for these media tricks. There are times when the media releases quality information that does hold some truth but do remember that the goal of the media, articles and bloggers is generally to get as many views as possible, hence the clickbait titles and outrageous claims. Make sure that before you believe in an opinion that you do ample research on your own. It is your health, after all, so it makes sense to put in extra effort to ensure that you are getting the right help.

 

With that out of the way, let’s look at some easy ways for you to get your health back on track, a single step at a time.

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Focus on lifestyle changes, not temporary changes

 

Your body and health are in their current states because of how you have been treating it for the past couple of years. If you feel you are overweight, have a bad back, or get strain injuries when using your computer then that’s likely because of the activities you partake in. If you use the computer a lot then you’re going to eventually end up with wrist and hand strain injuries if you don’t take regular breaks or try to strengthen those joints. If you feel like you have a bad back, it could be the result of bad posture when you sit in your office chair.

 

To fix these issues, we can often make drastic changes and we’ll be motivated to keep them for a long time. For example, you might invest in a standing desk and use it for a couple of weeks, but eventually, you could get tired and not only will you use it less often, but you’ll also have wasted money on it.

 

This is why it’s important to make lifestyle changes that you can keep. For starters, instead of using a standing desk, how about getting up and stretching more often? Celebrate completing an assignment at work by getting up, stretching and walking to the kitchen to get yourself a cup of tea. Just finished eating dinner? How about taking your dog for a walk or strolling around the block to get a bit of post-dinner exercise to let the food settle. It’s these small changes that will amount to habit, and once they become habits you can keep on refining those lifestyle changes to make your body more healthy.

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Your diet should be consistent, not a fad

 

The food we eat is incredibly important when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s for this reason that we are more likely to check food labels, read up online about the nutrients we should be getting, and we might consider taking supplements or hiring a nutritionist. But whatever you decide to eat or cut back on, remember that you are supposed to maintain that diet as a lifestyle change, not a temporary one.

 

Too many people believe that “diet” is a term used for a temporary change in your eating habits, and it has been advertised as such by big-brand news sites and even some fitness regimes. Unfortunately, a diet isn’t supposed to be something that you take on for a couple of days, weeks or even months. If you can’t stick to dietary changes, then it’s a good idea to take it slow and make small changes here and there.

 

For example, cutting out soda might be hard for someone who used to drink a lot of it. You will undoubtedly get cravings for soda later in the future if you try to cut it all out in one go, so the best way to get around this is to slowly cut down. Buy less soda, buy smaller bottles, or reduce the frequency that you go to the store to buy soda. Replace it with carbonated water, flavoured water or even just tea. The idea is to reduce eating unhealthy things, not replace them entirely. Once you get used to having smaller amounts of something unhealthy, you can then proceed to phase it out entirely and only have it when there’s a special occasion.

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Look after yourself at work

 

Many of our negative health factors could be attributed to our working conditions. For example, if you work around a lot of smoke, then you could develop a cough very easily or even worse, other health conditions that you might not be aware of. In times like this, you need to really consider if the job you are doing is worth the health risk. If not, then consider leaving and finding another job that puts your own health at less risk.

 

You could also speak to your employer about safety equipment. If we use the example of smoke, then your employer is expected to equip their members of staff with the proper safety equipment and have security measures in place for the well-being of their staff. For example, making sure the exhaust fan works to pull out smoke and chemicals from the air, smoke and gas masks for periods of heavy smoke, and regular screening to ensure that you aren’t inhaling nasty chemicals. You should also be limited to the amount you can be exposed to those conditions. There is some great info from Robins Cloud that will teach you about adverse working conditions, and the options you can take should you feel like you are being mistreated at work and, as a result, you are suffering from adverse health conditions.

 

You might be fortunate enough to not work in a hazardous environment, but that doesn’t mean you are free of nasty chemicals or health risks. For starters, if you are sitting for long periods of time then you need to ensure your posture is correct. Keep your back straight, stop slouching and ensure you have a good quality chair that supports your back. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different devices and gadgets you can use to improve your quality of life at work, such as arthritis gloves for typists or back support devices that attach to your chair. Keep in mind that your employer should be looking after your health and safety, so always approach them about these changes so they can help you pay for them.

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Take care of your mental health as well

 

Bottling up your emotions and struggling with stress can be debilitating. It can have a huge negative impact on your quality of life, and the issues could develop into worse conditions if not handled correctly. If you feel like you are suffering from depression or other mental issues, it’s never a bad idea to visit a doctor and speak to them about your problems. Having a close friend or family member to speak to can also help you maintain good mental health.

 

Mental health can be improved by first improving any other aspect of your life. Stress usually stems from an inherent fear of something, and that fear could be something like your job security, your weight or even your appearance. But eating well, keeping active and taking care of your body, it will reduce the amount of mental stress you have and contribute to your overall health.

 

Going on regular holidays, taking relaxing breaks and relaxing at home are great ways to melt stress away. Always try to indulge yourself in a luxurious activity once a week, be it a spa experience, a comfortable night in with a film and some friends, or even a massage. By having something to look forward to when the work week ends, you’ll feel motivated to work and push through the week of stress to reach your goal of relaxation.

 

Final Words
Taking small steps is perhaps the most critical part of improving your overall health. Large changes can be done, but they often don’t stick because of how difficult it can be to stick to those changes. Instead of trying to make large sweeping changes to your life that are hard to swallow, take it easy and work on those changes one at a time.

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