Stay Involved with Life and Living

Connect with Nature

Connect with Nature

The best among us are subject to depression. There are times you feel drained of all hope, drive and energy. Life appears difficult in the face of the storm you may be facing.  But while severe neurosis will have to be taken care of by experts, if you are simply feeling low or find yourself in the grips of fleeting melancholia then you can do things on your own to improve the situation. Some circumstances will of course take their time in resolving themselves but for bouts of depression that affect us all from time to time, you can work on snapping out of it.

With due diligence and persistence you can even wean yourself out of stubborn depression. Start by taking baby steps to feel better. And in no time you will be able to get yourself out of the woods. You can best do this by making positive changes around yourself, everyday. The road to recovery needs to be action oriented. It is but this fact of taking action is what you must be focused on. Set yourself in the frame of mind to do all the things you chalk out or yourself.

You should start by making small changes and adjustments for your psyche to regain its balance. If you like to schedule action points start with daily walks. Nothing is more invigorating than brisk walking. Besides the exercise doing you a world of good, it becomes the reason to step out of the confines of the indoors that seem to tie you down. Stay focused on your plan and do it with regularity. You should miss the activity if you happen to miss out any day. Getting out and enjoying the outdoors restores your sense of well being.

Next you could begin to look for likeminded people to befriend. Cultivate supportive relationships that will make a huge difference to your state of mind. Enjoy small exchanges and interactions – having tea, going for a movie or conversations. These will help you to maintain perspective over situations as well as keep you from being isolated. It is essential not to be lonely as being alone definitely increases depressive states. It is therefore extremely important to enjoy social relationships and activities that will keep you engaged.

Turn to loyal friends or trusted family members who want your betterment. You should share with them whatever is affecting you and help you to face up to things as they are. Sometimes all you need are people who will just listen to what you have to say. Having people you trust in your life keeps you from withdrawing into yourself. Also good company keeps you away from being down in the dumps. In extreme cases people have joined support groups, where often it is far easier to talk to relative strangers.

It helps to talk to people about your feelings. So never miss an opportunity to have coffee, lunch, movies, concerts, parties with friends. Seek out loved ones.  Be thankful they check on you with such regularity. Stay in touch, make calls, write letters, go back to old friends and meet new people too. Extend your social circle and make no bones about enjoying it all. Keep challenging all negativity around you. Negativity puts a spin on things so make sure you enhance positivity around yourself.

An important aspect of self help is taking good care of yourself. Do all the things that keep you happy. Have a healthy lifestyle. It is half the battle won. It automatically puts you on a get well mode and you manage stress better.  Eat well, sleep well and live well. Get good sleep. Stick to a tidy schedule. Enjoy your favorite show on television. Enjoy music. Enjoy sunshine daily. Sunlight offers a very positive impact. Enjoy eating out on the patio. All these small things will help you to feel better, naturally! Last but not the least – Pray. Enjoy your conversations with God – the most powerful therapist of all times.

Sunlight - Powerful Antidote

Sunlight – Powerful Antidote

September 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day

Keep your mind active and busy

Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

World Alzheimer’s Day is observed every year on 21st September. In fact the month of September is known as World Alzheimer’s Month. It is believed that nearly 44 million people worldwide live with the disease. It therefore becomes essential to share information, understand risk factors and comprehend prevention measures. HERD Foundation is spreading awareness and inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives to ward off the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The disease, named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, was detected in 1906, when he noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who died of mental illness. Her symptoms had been memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After her death her brain was investigated to reveal many abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers that are now medically known as amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, respectively.

Alzheimer’s is actually a form of dementia that is largely incurable. People diagnosed with it may really exhibit few symptoms initially but as the disease progresses it gets more debilitating. The plaques and tangles in the brain are essentially two of the main features of Alzheimer’s disease. The third is the loss of connections between nerve cells or neurons in the brain. Although treatment may help manage symptoms there is actually no cure for this devastating disease.

The disease increasingly makes one suffer from loss of cognitive functioning. It impairs thinking, remembering and reasoning and also affects the behavioral abilities to an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. This ranges in severity from mild stages to most severe stage that makes the patient completely dependent on others for basic daily living. Thus this neurological disorder ends in death of brain cells causing memory loss and cognitive decline.

The neurodegenerative dementia happens over a course of time, when the total brain size shrinks and the brain tissue progressively has fewer nerve cells and connections. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually even the ability to carry out simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60. Foods like walnuts, flax seeds, salmon and soybeans are high in omega-3’s that help you keep your brain healthy. Be sure to eat them in moderation.

The disease is equally challenging for the patient as it is for family members. Worse still are stigma and misconceptions surrounding the disease that need to be addressed. People with dementia feel disconnected not only from society but also from their own friends and family. This distancing further creates barriers to progress.  Reports state that 40 percent of people with dementia have experienced being avoided or treated differently because of the diagnosis of the disease.

Here’s how one can reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Eat a well-balanced diet with plentiful fruit and vegetables
  • Keep your mind active and busy
  • Do regular physical exercise
  • Get plenty of good quality sleep
  • Follow your treatment guidelines if you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes
  • Maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Indulge in memory games, stay organized and be active
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol
abnormal clumps and tangled bundles of fibers

Amyloid Plaques and Neurofibrillary Tangles