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21 Easy Ways to Become A Calmer and Happier Person In 2022

How to be Calmer and Happier The world today is in a perpetual turmoil. It can seem really hard to stay calm and happy most of the time. With so much tragedy our lives, how can you remain happy this year? Here are twenty-one simple tips to try and become calmer and happier in 2022. 21 Ways to be Calmer and Happier 1. Exercise regularly This is probably on your New Years’ resolution list every year. But this year, really do try to exercise from frequently. The reason is that it really does make you feel better. Exercising helps release endorphins. It also gives you energy. Both these are extremely useful in making you feel both healthy and happy. You don’t need to sign up for heavy duty exercising. Figure out how much exercise you need and what can fit into your daily routine without much effort. You can go for runs or work out at home. If you want, you can even hit the gym few days in the week. Whatever it is you decide on, make sure you do it regularly. Only then will it be effective.

Marijuana for Anxiety: Know the Benefits and Risks

Using Marijuana for Treating Anxiety Marijuana – also called weed, herb, pot, grass, bud, ganja, Mary Jane, and a vast number of other slang terms – is a drug that is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried flowers of the plant Cannabis sativa . While it’s illegal in several states, many other US states have legalized marijuana to some extent, both for medicinal and recreational use. Marijuana can alter your feelings, perceptions and your mood. As of now, there is some anecdotal and scientific reporting of marijuana relieving the symptoms of anxiety by having a calming effect. However, its long-term benefits in this regard are not proven. Benefits of Marijuana in Anxiety The “high” you experience with marijuana is due to the presence in it of the chemical compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). When a person smokes marijuana, THC quickly passes from the lungs into the blood, and through the bloodstream it reaches the brain and other organs. THC acts on specific brain cell receptors called c

How to Cope With Negative Reaction from Others on your Mental Illness

Negative Reaction from Others on your Mental Illness Despite the recent positive representation of mental health in the news and campaigns such as Every Mind Matters , there is still much stigma associated with mental illness. If you have a mental health challenge, the last thing you need to cope with is negative reactions from other people. This kind of response often goes beyond the traditional ‘pull yourself together’ comment by a family member or friend or the all too common reaction that your mental health issue is somehow your fault. Is It Your Fault People React This Way? The answer to this is simple, and it’s: No .   You are not responsible for the reaction someone has to your mental illness . In most circumstances, unfortunately, it’s not the fault of the person who has an adverse reaction either. There can be a range of different reasons why someone has difficulty understanding or coping with your mental health challenges. It might just be a lack of understanding, or they hav

Hoarding Disorder: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

Hoarding Disorder Even normal persons may collect items, but collection of persons with hoarding disorder is purposeful and organized. They take pride in their collection. They find it difficult to part with possessions. Often these items are of little value. It does not inconvenience them. But, in hoarding disorder, the items clutter the living areas. One cannot use such living areas fully. Items that are most often hoarded are newspapers, magazines, paper, plastic bags, cardboard boxes, photographs, household supplies, food, and clothing. Some may hoard animals. People feel upset or anxious if you attempt to clean it up. Hoarding disorder starts usually in middle-age. It occurs in 2-6% of the population. Hoarding disorder can be comorbid with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) . People who hoard are perfectionists. They dread making wrong decisions. They fear wasting things or losing items that might be “important”. These worries lead to behaviors like indecision, not getting rid of

Paranoid Schizophrenia

Paranoid Schizophrenia Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common type of schizophrenia characterized by the presence of persecutory or grandiose delusions, often accompanied by hallucinations. Paranoid schizophrenia is no longer included in DSM-5. Psychiatrists now refer to paranoid schizophrenia as schizophrenia with paranoia . Not everyone with schizophrenia will develop paranoia. The average age of onset is late adolescence to early adulthood, usually between the ages of 18 to 30. Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia Prominent symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia are delusions, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations. Other symptoms, which are less common, can include disorganized speech, disorganized behavior, and negative symptoms. Suicidal thoughts can also occur. Depression and anxiety might accompany the disease. Delusions Delusions are fixed false beliefs about things, which the patient is resistant to correct even if shown opposite evidence. Usually, these beliefs are not in kee

Depression and Sleeping Too Little or Too Much

Depression and Sleep Disturbances It is well-known that people with depression sleep too little or too much. Sleeping too little, a cardinal sign of depression, often is characterized by multiple awakenings, especially in the early morning, rather than by difficulty falling asleep. Almost all people suffering from depression report low energy (or fatigue) and some sleep problems. Although sleeping too little ( insomnia ) is much more common (prevalence rates of 2/3rds to 4/5ths in most clinical samples), sleeping too much (hypersomnia) is not uncommon, particularly earlier in life. Young depressed patients, especially those with bipolar tendencies, often sleep too much and have difficulty getting up in the morning. About 40 percent or more of adults under 30 with depression are estimated to experience hypersomnia. 35 percent of patients seen in sleep disorders centers with sleeping too little as their chief complaint had a mental disorder, and half of these patients had a mood disorde

7 Best Ways to Prevent Depression Naturally

Prevent Depression Naturally Annually, about 21 million adults (8.4% of all U.S. adults) in the United States have at least one major depressive episode. [ Read the NIMH statistics article ] Along with therapy and medication, there is a lot more you can do to not only treat depression but also even prevent it altogether. I detail below 7 best ways to prevent depression naturally. 7 Best Natural Ways to Prevent Depression Follow a Routine by Making a Schedule When you are depressed, it can be hard to motivate yourself to do much of anything. Depression can distort the structure of your life. One day melts into the next. Making a gentle daily schedule and forcing yourself to do “one or two things every day” can get you back on track. This can mean sticking to your daily exercise schedule, following a healthy eating plan and sleeping on a regular schedule. The disease robs you of your motivation and your energy. So sometimes you may have to force yourself into action. So, following a rou

Signs of Clinical Depression: 9 Symptoms to Watch For

Symptoms of Depression The symptoms of depression – technically known as major depressive disorder (also known as  major depression (MDD) or clinical depression ) – are characterized by an overwhelming sense of sadness, isolation, and despair that lasts for two weeks or more. Depression isn't just an occasional feeling of sadness or loneliness like most people experience from time to time. Instead, a person suffering from depression feels as if they have sunk into a deep, dark hole from which there is no way out – and little or no hope that things will ever change (ref. PsychCentral ). What is Depression MDD Major depressive disorder (MDD) is diagnosed when an individual has a persistently low or depressed mood, anhedonia or decreased interest in pleasurable activities, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, lack of energy, poor concentration, appetite changes, psychomotor retardation or agitation, sleep disturbances, or suicidal thoughts. Per the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of

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How to Build Self-Confidence & Improve Self-Esteem : 5 Ways

How to Build Confidence and Self-Esteem Self-Confidence Meaning Self Confidence is a belief on ones abilities. In the purest form it expresses how much belief you have in your own abilities, in any field. You can have great self confidence in your soccer abilities but when it comes to relationships, you are lost. So it varies on the field which we are examining.   We all have our strong and weak sides, and that’s okay. The problem begins when we disregard and undervalue ourselves, and lose faith in ourselves. This is what you should focus on, when building self confidence. You should focus on your strong sides and remind yourself of the things you are proud of, of the things that you are very good at. When you focus on the things you are proud of, you start feeling great about yourself and you begin to acknowledge your advantages as well. This leads to strong sense of self-appreciation and confidence. How to Build Self-Confidence Everyone is different, and what works for one perso

Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation script

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a stress management technique developed by Edmund Jacobson, Physical Therapist in early 1920s. According to Jacobson, since mental stress and anxiety accompanies muscular tension, one can reduce stress and anxiety  by learning to relax muscle tension.  Jacobson's Progressive Muscle Relaxation  ( JPMR ) technique (exercise/therapy) is still popular among modern physiotherapists as well as psychotherapists. In this article you will find a detailed discussion on PMR and 2 Quick Progressive Muscle Relaxation scripts ... What Is Progressive Muscle Relaxation Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) can be defined as a relaxation response to daily stressors. It is a psychophysical therapy that can be used to reduce tension and physical pain, and to help clients learn to be more conscious of their own bodily sensations and body posture. It comprises a sequence of techniques designed to systematically relax specific

How to Deal with Depression Alone: Overcome Depression on Your Own

How to Deal with Depression Depression leaves devastation in its wake, but fortunately there is something that can be done about it. At this day and age, people are more aware of the harmful impact that untreated depression can lead to. Modern advances have more or less minimized the recurrence of depression once identified and treated. Knowing how to deal with depression will definitely save a life, yours or a loved one’s. Depression occurs more commonly than we think, and has varying impact to a person’s life. Depending on the individual lifestyle, coping mechanism and personality, it could range from manageable to disastrous. Symptoms could also vary, and a depressed person may exhibit frequent emotional down-times manifested through crying. It may also affect sexual desire, alienation from family and friends, as well as difficulty in finding meaning in life. A person with depression is also disinterested in participating in group activities, and may end up neglecting personal an