Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand. The stress response if the body’s way of protecting you in every problematic situation. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a general term for many disorders that can cause worrying, apprehension, fear and nervousness. It can also cause physical symptoms.read more
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Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand. The stress response if the body’s way of protecting you in every problematic situation. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a general term for many disorders that can cause worrying, apprehension, fear and nervousness. It can also cause physical symptoms.
Being away or oblivious to social media is synonymous to not following the herd. Social media probably is no more the latest fad; it is the given code to take a deeper look into the present age. The rewarding fact about social networking sites is their ability to transport us to people and places millions of miles away from us. This epoch with its dictates of overproduction and maximum utilization of labor, snatches away the boon of communication.
Some of the mental health problems that you may suffer from due to a social media addiction are discussed below:
- Peer Pressure- Social media use also creates the fear of missing out because you want to do what everyone else is doing. This evokes anxiety and will give rise to negative feelings and emotions, which again create mental health problems and stress and anxiety disorders
- Fatigue and Stress- When you are using social media, you are constantly switching from one task to another because there is just so much to do and see. This information abundance can tire out your brain, especially when it is received chaotically. Your brain needs time and room for absorbing the data and processing the information, but multitasking on social media makes your brain work overtime. This can prevent it from relaxing and it will become exhausted as it tries to deal with the barrage of information. Hence, the fatigue puts your mind under a lot of stress and you may not be able to concentrate on anything at all.
- Social Anxiety- Even though the whole point of social media is to allow people to stay connected with others, it doesn’t have the same satisfaction and element associated with actual human interaction, which is a crucial human need. In fact, in some ways, it is too distant and this is not a good thing for those who become dependent on social media as it can lead to social anxiety. Those who are already suffering from this problem will find it even more difficult to indulge in face-to-face interaction. Real human interaction can become extremely scary for people as it is becoming common to hide behind your computer screens and not go out at all.
- Distraction- Social media is just tailor-made for decreasing our productivity because you spend hours looking at everyone else’s life when you could be doing something else. This means that most of your time is spent on viewing photos, liking posts, and writing comments and these activities don’t really require the use of your intellectual abilities. They aren’t intellectual at all and distract you from activities that are such as reading, studying informational articles on the internet, etc. Your brain doesn’t get enough food for development and your intellectual abilities can decline in this way. Your brain will slow down and not be able to respond quickly in various situations.
- Insecurity- One of the major problems with social media is that posts typically present an idealized version of what’s going on in everyone’s life. Usually, what you see isn’t actually reality because everyone has their problems and issues. Nevertheless, you end up comparing your own life with that of others and think less of your own. If people in your newsfeed seem to be having a good time, it will make you envious and affect your mood negatively. Research has shown that widespread use of social media can demotivate people, make them aggressive and cause a decline in confidence.
- Low self-esteem.
- Feeling low when you see other people's images and lifestyle.
- Envy of others people lives - wishing your life was like someone else's.
- Finding social media as your first and only choice of activity done for enjoyment.
- Not having as many face to face conversations with your relatives and friends and feeling disconnected.
- Being unable to do anything without feeling you need to share it online.
Sleep is known to most as a period of rest and relaxation, but there are multiple disorders which are associated with sleep too. Hypersomnolence or hypersomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders. This is characterised by excessive daytime sleepiness and prolonged periods of sleep at night. They wake up fresh in the morning, but can easily go back to sleep any time of the day without feeling strained or tired. There is again no freshness associated upon waking up. Funny as it may sound, they can doze off even during a meal or in the middle of a conversation.
Causes: This condition is most common in men and in the early adolescent days.
- There is no underlying cause that has been identified, though there is a genetic predisposition.
- People with history of head trauma are more affected
- People with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, epilepsy, and other mental disorders are also more likely to be affected
- People with sleep apnea often are hypersomnolence
- Restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy
- Neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s tend to sleep more.
- Sleeping for longer hours at night time
- Excessively sleepy during daytime
- Able to doze off anytime during the day
- Inappropriate and involuntary sleeping pattern
- Having difficulty getting out of bed after waking up, even after prolonged sleep
- Feeling of disorientation
- Feeling agitated, anxious, lethargic, and irritated
- Impaired cognition and memory
- All these lead to extreme state of drowsiness
- Increased tendency for hallucinations
- Reduced appetite and even weight loss in some people
- There is restlessness, reduced pace of thinking and speaking
- Overall reduced energy levels
- Social interactions are affected including work life, social functions, etc.
- If a person happens to sleep more at night or falls asleep during the day easily for more than 3 times a week, it is usually concerning.
- The added feature of no tiring physical activity can also lead to suspicion
- In acute cases, these symptoms are present for at least a month and in chronic cases, it could be seen for up to 3 months
- It cannot be explained by lack of sleep on a regular basis
- One or more of the above conditions could be present, which can help in making the diagnosis
Most cases of hypersomnia would need treatment only to improve their energy levels and improve the quality of life. Very often, treating the underlying condition can lead to improvement of hypersomnia. The tired, lethargic, restless feeling affects the overall performance of a person, leaving them with a lowered self-esteem. Brain stimulating drugs like amphetamines are used to improve daytime alertness and also reduce sleepy feeling during the day.
Business world has evolved in the past few decades in such a manner where small businesses grow to become corporate. The world is increasingly being dominated by corporations and a significant number of people also work in these places.
Stress and The Corporate World:
One of the things that come along with the corporate environment is stress as it brings with it an entirely new lifestyle. Irregular food habits, odd shift durations, insufficient sleeping hours and extremely tough work situations are all part and parcel of this corporate world. Although highly rewarding in the path of materialistic pursuits, it squeezes out your life-force and pushes you to stress and other diseases such as:
Acidity and other gastrointestinal problems just to mention a few.
Methods to Deal with Stress in the Corporate World:
In the corporate world, the level of stress proliferates quickly and very few workplaces actually harbor a healthy atmosphere to look after their employees. Thus you have to take steps to reduce stress by yourself. Here are some of the ways by which you can save yourself from the parasite of stress.
You may often feel everything around you going haywire in your workplace. The next time you have this notion, try gathering your focus on everything that is going right instead. Let optimism fill your day and keep your cool knowing that losing it will only cause you harm.
At work, when hours fall short for achieving your target, keep a To-Do list to manage your priorities in an efficient and organized way.
For most people work seems to engulf their entire life. Do not allow this to happen at any cost. Maintain a healthy balance between your office and your personal commitments. Make time for the people you love.
Take short breaks in between your work to rejuvenate your energy level.
Assess your work at the end of the day as well as set a schedule plan for the tasks to be completed on the following day.
Engage in hobbies like drawing, painting, dancing and gardening or music to disconnect from the pressures of the corporate world.
Pay a visit to a psychologist or a stress management workshop to de-stress yourself.
In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
Choosing a life partner
In my practice, I often see clients on the verge of either divorce or a nervous breakdown due to a failed marriage/relationship. Without exception, each of them tells me they made a mistake in getting married to their respective partner. I find thatone of the absolute biggest mistakes people make when choosing a life partner is not assessing compatibility.
Rather than take adequate time and effort to assess compatibility, many people jump head-first into a relationship based upon items that are not very good indicators of relationship success. Two major reasons couples link up include physical looks & shared interests. “Oh, she likes sports too,” or “We both have an interest in movies/theatre,” are not reasons to link up for a lifetime. While you most certainly want to be physically attracted to your partner, looks are bound to change. And common interests, well…how many of us have all the same interests today as we did as teenagers or early adulthood? Find any couple who has been married 25+ years and see if they tell you that shared interests or physical attraction are what keeps them going in tough times.
Honestly I don’t understand how so many significant issues like “Do you want children? How important is sex to you?,” and “What religions/traditions do you follow and would you expect me to follow them?,” are not discussed prior to getting married or moving in together. Relationships involve investing time and emotions. There is no sense doing all that if you aren’t compatible with someone.
So, what should couples be focusing upon before commitment? Here is a pretty extensive list of Compatibility Checklist that I believe all couples should discuss before agreeing to be life partners (or even just getting too serious with each other).
Lifestyle- What kind of lifestyle do you want to live? How often do you want to travel? What do you think about living with parents/extended family?
Life Goals- what are some of your most important life goals—both long & short term? How do you plan to reach these goals? Do you prefer a partner who helps you meet these goals or just supports you from the sidelines? Do you want to have similar life goals as your partner?
Children- do you want children? If you want children and one partner cannot have them, would you adopt or use alternative methods? How many children are ideal for you? How soon after marriage would you want children? Will one of you stay home full-time to raise them? What is your outlook on childcare & outsiders raising children?
Individuality and space in a relationship- do you view your partner and you as one entity or as different individuals with their own thought process and point of views, interests, social life, professional growth and habits? Are you able to respect each other’s differences and agree to disagree peacefully on certain issues?
Finances- how well do you manage your money? How do you view saving, investing, and retirement? Do you expect to have a dual-income household? Do you expect to combine finances or keep them separate after marriage? Does either partner have any financial liability/loans/debts and what is expected of the other partner in handling these?
Sex- how important is sex to you? How often do you ideally want to have sex? How important is variety in the bedroom to you? Are there other items related to sex that are important for you to discuss?
Family- how important is family to you? Who will take care of your parents/siblings if they need it? How will your parents influence your life together & child rearing? If your parent steps in and meddles in your relationship, how will you handle it? Are both of you willing to draw boundaries with your respective families when it comes to your relationship?
Religious beliefs- how religious are you? Are religious traditions important to you? If so, which ones? If you are from different religious backgrounds, how will you balance this? What religion will you want your future children to be raised?
Interests- while interests are not dealbreakers, they can help you to better know what is important to your partner. How flexible are both of you to learn about the other’s interests and encourage each other to pursue them?
Disagreements- how do you react when you get mad or angry? How will you handle an argument with your partner? Do you have to settle all disputes before going to bed that night or do you prefer to sleep it over and talk when you have cooled down?
Deal-breakers- what are your deal breakers in a partner? What is it that you will absolutely not tolerate from your partner and is he/she able to handle that?
The reasoning behind discussing this Compatibility Checklist is that although humans certainly change over the years, their basic principles and values stay the same. For example, one’s desire to have children, religious practices, and beliefs on caring for elders are more likely to be stable over the years. If you don’t want kids today, you’ll more than likely never want them and if you absolutely can’t handle not marrying a person of a certain religion today it is highly unlikely you will change that opinion several years from now. Mutual trust and respect are the foundations of a lasting and loving relationship. A marriage takes a lot of effort to build and sustain, one needs to see if both the partners are up for it!