An issue that has made waves these days is the importance of personal wellness. But what really is wellness? According to experts from California University, wellness is a process that involves an active awareness of decision-making to fulfill a healthy and worthwhile life. Balance is only achieved when a person is physically, mentally, spiritually, and socially. Ultimately, all these are dependent on the everyday choices that he makes. Continue reading How A College Student Can Achieve Balanced Wellness
My marriage with Stella is all I can think of. I was bound to commit my life to her, and I promised always to be there whenever she needed me. I was proud of myself for providing her everything she desired. I was confident that I could protect her from any harm that may come along the way. But just years ago, I failed.
Chronic pain, as the name implies, is a condition that can be daunting and stressful for one who suffers from it. Thomas Rutledge, PhD, wrote, “Based on more than a half-century of pain research, we now know that it is more accurate to think of chronic pain as being both a medical condition and a psychological condition. The psychological part of chronic pain refers to the degree of negative social, emotional, and quality of life effects experienced by a patient.”
Most often, people depend on the pill to be immediately alleviated. However, there are other healthier and more holistic methods to do that. Below is a list of other treatments for chronic pain. Continue reading Different Ways To Deal With Chronic Pain
This article provides information and advice on how to choose the right acupuncturist. First and foremost, it is important that if you want to have acupuncture, you must confirm that the practitioner is licensed and certified to practice in your state. It is also vital that you find someone that you can be comfortable with, as he will be working on you for several sessions presumably. Acupuncturists have different techniques, although it is possible that they can have the same skill level. Ultimately, it is upon you to decide which you consider the acupuncturist that best suits your needs and your personality.
Chelsea is a health and fitness coach who visited her acupuncturist regularly for her chronic back pain. During the sessions, she recalled that she didn’t feel comfortable and instead of feeling relaxed, her muscles were more tensed throughout the session. After the whole cycle, she was not relieved of her back pain. She decided to see another practitioner, one who she felt she ‘connected.’ She never felt more comfortable when the therapist placed the needles on her back while talking with her about something of her interest. In fact, in the middle of the session, she almost fell asleep. Ultimately, at the end of two months of periodic acupuncture of her back, she felt considerable pain relief of up to a week.
Credentials You Should Look For
Be keen to ask for the acupuncturist’s requirements needed for her to practice in your state (or any state for that matter). There are some states that have more strict regulations than the rest. Three associations, namely the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, were created to write and implement the standards of practice for acupuncture. It can be quite confusing for someone to find a certified practitioner by following the guidelines of these three associations, but the NCCAOM is the choice for most of the states in America.
Currently, insurance companies like Medicaid and Medicare do not include acupuncture in their coverage, although some companies do accept policies that cover acupuncture treatment. How can you tell whether or not your insurance company pays for the treatment or not? You simply must call the company and inquire about it. Some of the questions that you can also use as followup include:
- How much do you cover?
- How many treatments am I entitled to?
- How much do you pay for the treatments?
- How much do I pay out of my pocket if I were to choose an acupuncturist that is not on your list of providers?
- Would you need a recommendation or referral from my primary physician?
- What are the conditions that you consider covered for acupuncture treatment?
- How much will my deductible be?
Don’t Fear The Needles
If you haven’t tried acupuncture and you are hesitant because you are afraid of needles, then don’t be. Even those who were initially scared of pointy things have finally enjoyed and reaped the benefits of acupuncture. You will experience relief and the best results especially if you have found the right acupuncturist for you.
My wife and I have been married for a long time now, and as years passed, she hasn’t physically changed a bit. She does still have that amazing glow that I used to love about her. She even managed to stay young, pretty, and confident. After all these years of being in a relationship, I can say that I’m indeed a lucky man for having a timeless beauty by my side.
There are times in our relationship that we see our significant others as someone that we accept for who they are. However, there are those times that we somehow notice some little to big changes that they do in their behavior. Sometimes, we consider that their mental state is also affected by these changes and we often look for ways to understand why it’s happening. (You need self-care to function properly. John Duffy, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist said that self-care is “attending to your own needs such that you are content, focused, motivated, and ‘on your game.’”)
If you’re reading this, it means that you have at some point in your life, experienced moderate to severe anxiety and know very well how horrible it feels, and you hope you will never feel that way again. (“Anxiety is the sense of discomfort, restlessness, or uncertainty that is internally generated,” according to David Spiegel, MD. “It’s being a worrier without having the stressors outside.”) However, it is most likely that if you have been anxious once or twice, then you have been experiencing it more than the usual.
Some people already feel anxious when they wake up from a disturbed night, and the anxiety can remain throughout the rest of the day. For others, anxiety has become part and parcel of their life. “They feel plagued by worries they can’t control and are occurring more frequently than they would like and are getting in the way of their functioning,” Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA says. “They spend life worrying about things that will happen.” Fortunately, there are holistic and natural ways to confront and relieve yourself from it – one of which is known as energy healing.
Energy healing helps an individual detach from his fears and worries and guides him into feeling more logical and grounded. When one learns the practice of energy healing, he is sure to slowly release himself from his fears – slowly but surely. There are no other external requirements for you to begin your journey of energy healing, as it is all within you. You only need to learn and practice it in order to successfully perform it.
The bio therapies, methods of mind-body techniques or Energy Psychology, are recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. They’re also recognized by the United States Veteran’s Administration. Energy psychology is a field now considered evidence-based. Researchers are working on getting mind-body methods approved for treatment of PTSD. There are more than 100 research studies published in peer-reviewed journals showing the effectiveness of energy healing techniques. – Susan Franklin PsyD.
Steps In Energy Healing
- Ensure That You Are Safe. For you to feel comfortable and relaxed, you have to feel secure with where you are. When this is done, you then permit yourself to be free of stress and begin to relax. Forget about your troubles for a while, at least for this energy healing session, because your body needs it. Talk with your mind and tell it to work with you.
- Be Aware Of Your Breathing. Feel every inhalation and exhalation that happens in your body. There’s no specific breathing pattern. What’s important is that you become aware of it. If you still have trouble focusing, you can better do that if you say it aloud, “I’m inhaling, I’m exhaling. My breath is coming in and out of my body.” This is a way of reinforcing your thoughts to think of the job that it needs to do.
- Become Aware Of Your Feet. Feel it inside your shoes and the ground below your shoes. Now, delve further and feel yourself inside your body – or perhaps you feel like you’re somewhere distant. This step can be difficult, but don’t pressure yourself. You will eventually learn how to ground yourself and put yourself in the moment.
- Imagine A Coiled Spring. This is a common image that is often taught to someone who is starting the practice. If not, you can always choose something that represents you and how loose or tight you feel. You can use a box or rubber ball. Imagine your image as the anxiety that you feel within. Is the box difficult to open? Is it tightly closed or just loose enough that you can easily open? You can compare this to the worry, anxiety, or fear that you are struggling with. Continue breathing so you can relax and loosen that box – loosen that tightly coiled anxiety in your body.
- Hold Your Breath For A Moment. As you are doing this, make sure your feet are still grounded for support. Slowly, sit down on a chair you prepared before the session, and then breathe out, releasing with it the tension from your body. As you continue doing this, you are eventually releasing all the tension, producing more relaxation and more opening. You will finally feel your whole body relaxing.
This is only one of the many examples of how energy healing works to relieve your anxiety. The other procedures involve centering as the first step of the healing process, followed by grounding, and then drawing a source from yourself to provide energy to heal. You can do this. But first, believe.
Acne is a widespread problem that is so devastating for some that people who suffer from it just want to keep their face hidden from the world. This skin disease, according to therapists and other mental health professionals, is more than just a problem of the skin – it’s more than skin deep. Acne can affect a person’s emotional and mental well being, as they may eventually develop anxiety, depression, a damaged self-image, low self-confidence, isolation, and low quality of living. “Acne is a disease of civilization which, like depression, has increased the last half century, especially in women.” Says psychiatrist Emily Deans, “In fact, patients with acne struggle more with mental health issues than even patients with epilepsy or diabetes, according to a study comparing questionnaires between sufferers of acne and other general medical conditions.” How can this skin condition, which only begins as a pimple and worsens into acne, worsen, and becomes a mental or emotional problem? Read my story below.
Not Much Happy College Memories
When my pimples grew on the face, I wished every night that it would just grow hundreds on my back! I could tolerate the itch and the heat just as long as it won’t show on my face. I would cry when I would see myself in the mirror, and those large cysts would increase every day. I struggled with this skin disease since I was in my sophomore year, and as the years went by, I felt that I was ‘cursed’ while I was in college feeling insecure and ugly.
After a year of following my mom to just wash my acne with soap and water (to no avail), I tried buying acne treatment creams that were available at stores. Still, nothing worked. So I went to see my aunt, who was a dermatologist. She recommended that I take antibiotics, which is the first regimen for someone with severe acne. It cleared only a few of my large pimples, even with injections applied on the worst of my cysts. I was so frustrated that I quit that semester and stayed home.
My family was so worried about me. I didn’t see any of my friends, only two of them, my best friends. I would cry to them, and they would comfort me, but they didn’t know what to do as well. We both knew crying wouldn’t cure my skin problem. According to Dr. Aisling O’Donnel “We know from previous research that many acne sufferers experience negative feelings about their condition, but we have never before been able to draw such a direct link between quality of life and perception of social stigma around acne.” I just watched television most of the day and eat my stress away with junk, which aggravated my acne. I felt so devastated, insecure, and alone.
Two months after, my mom convinced me to see my aunt again, and this time, she treated me with isotretinoin, a strong medication indicated for severe acne. It gave me hope when after two weeks, some of my pimples were gone. Sadly, my skin was discolored and scarred – for life.
When I went back to school the next semester, a friend of mine told me about cosmetic surgery. She, too, had suffered most of her life because of her acne, and when she decided to have surgery, she said it was the best decision she made. To cut the story short, I underwent surgery myself, and it was successful.
Therapy After Surgery
I was so happy to see my face after the surgery. It was very smooth and very clear, but it was the first time I ever saw a ‘normal’ appearance. I was overwhelmed, but deep inside, the negative emotions still lingered, hindering me from moving on as quickly as I could.
I sought the help of a therapist, who saw me twice a week to talk to me and who allowed me to open up about how I felt in the past and how I feel now. I told the therapist everything I could remember that led me to the person that I was before – I was bullied, laughed at, and rejected. “When you’re anxious or depressed,” Psychiatrist Josie Howard, MD says, “your interpretation of your skin can change drastically. All of the sudden that zit becomes a very big deal, which may lead to not going out to work or social events, and the avoidance of social activities can make anxiety and depression much worse.“ The therapist used some powerful tools to help me shift my unpleasant thoughts about myself and think of them as trials that I have somehow surpassed. She taught me how to control my feelings and not delve so deep that I would go into depression again.
I soon learned to manage myself emotionally, mentally, and physically, as I continued to see my dermatologist for some prescription meds to help maintain my skin. I visit my therapist only once a week because I think I still need help in building my self-confidence. I also want to learn more about coping mechanisms and other strategies that help improve my life as a whole.
Looking back, I can’t imagine myself sinking into depression because of very common skin disease, but it happened to me, and it can happen to you too. The best advice I can give is to have your acne seen by a dermatologist as soon as possible to prevent further complications. The longer your acne persists, the higher the likelihood of depression and negative emotions that could ruin your life. Don’t let acne stop you from living your life.
I used to think that losing weight was as easy as 1-2-3. With our society today, and all the lose-weight and diet plans that are available as celebrities swear of its effectiveness in less time, anyone would be enticed to buy those fitness programs. According to Rudy Nydegger, PhD, “For any person dealing with significant weight issues, it is important that they pay attention to the full range of health and mental health issues.” I mean, who wouldn’t be tempted? If Kayla Itsines can deliver a perfect beach body for you all year round in just 30 minutes a day, who wouldn’t be lured to buy it? That’s the psychology behind it all. Everybody wants to have the perfect body, and for those who can offer that chance, they will hit it big.
There are many things that you need to take into consideration when it comes to taking good care of your mental health. Take note that the issues relating to behavioral health are essential, which is why you have to give it focus and attention. Keep in mind that everything you do may affect your mental health or those surrounding you. In knowing this, you can start to be careful in what you do or say. Remember that these consequences may be good or bad. Lauren Mizock Ph.D stated that “A mental health problem doesn’t need to define a person, or become central to your identity. However, it does need to be integrated as a part of who you are.”
In this article, we are going to share five vital things about mental health awareness:
Self-Diagnosis Is Never Okay
The first thing that you must keep in mind is that self-diagnosis will never do you any good. The right thing to do is to seek professional help whenever you start to feel pain. Do not discount the feelings of sadness and grief. Take note that only a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist can provide you with the right diagnosis about your condition. You must listen to them to ensure that you will not make any false assumptions about your mental status.
Take Your Time To Accept Your Condition
Remind yourself that each person has his own way of coping with sad news or unfortunate events. Right after you find out about your diagnosis that contains negative findings, the first reaction that you would get is probably dismay about the current situation. This emotion would be followed by extreme worry. Take all the necessary time you need to process the diagnosis so that you will not end up making the wrong decisions. The moment you start to accept the findings, you will begin to see a better perspective about your condition. “Examine your values and beliefs about mental illness itself. Challenge any notion that you are somehow weak for needing help, and question feelings of guilt or shame around having mental health struggles in the first place. Trust me, you did not bring this on yourself.” Says Ellen Hendriksen, PhD.
You Are Not Alone In This Journey
Another essential information that you have to keep in mind is that you are never alone in this battle against your mental illness or problem. Keep in mind that several people in your life are willing to stay by your side no matter what happens. Do not refuse to accept help from the individuals who love and care for you. According to neuropsychologist Dr. Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, “Mental health doesn’t just affect the person struggling, but also the friends and family around them,” she added, “Too often, individuals who suffer from mental illnesses—and sometimes those who need significant care—isolate themselves. They may feel like no one—not even their close friends and family—understands what they’re going through. This puts a strain on most relationships, worsening the state of isolation”. Talk to someone if you have to or spend some time with friends if it makes you feel better. Always believe that someone in your life is still available to support and assist you in everything you need.
You Can Avail Of Treatments
Whatever it is that you are going through, always remember that there is a possible treatment for your condition. As such, you must not worry about what will happen to you. Just take note that as long as you have a trusted healthcare provider, everything is going to be okay. At the same time, do not underestimate the significance of keeping positivity in times of adversity. Make an effort to stay positive as you go through the process of treating your mental health concern. It can help a lot in improving your situation.
Always Be Kind To Everyone
Since you are suffering from a mental health problem, it is safe to say that you also know how it feels. Other people may misinterpret what you do or say because they have no idea about your condition. Make sure that will not end up like them. Be sensitive to the needs of other people. Just like you, they may also be going through a difficult time in their lives. Hence, it is crucial for you to be kind or to be nice to everyone around you. It is not expensive to continue showing good deeds and a great attitude to every person you meet.
You Can Get Better
As already mentioned above, everything is going to be okay. You need to connect with the right psychologist or psychiatrist who will help you in your case. Aside from this, the recent advancements in the field of technology have made it easy for people to find treatment against medical or mental health illnesses. What you need to do is to believe that things will turn out fine in the future. You can always choose to hope for the best and convince yourself that what you are going through is only temporary.
This article may apply to you or to someone you know. Make sure that you take your part in sharing mental health awareness with others.