When you Battle with your own Mind : Anxiety & Depression

Farheen here, with a very delicate topic to talk about. The anxiety & depression – these two words themselves signifies the enormous amount of pain and pity.

You know, when you are going through your low times among st the usual ups and downs of life. The time when the things go terribly wrong and you feel helpless, nothing is under control. The problems/situations/circumstances smashes out the spirit and confidence from you. Like a sudden tsunami wave in your life…. BAM !!! … Everything is broken – including the hopes & dreams you carry in your eyes. The days look dull and the nights are gloomy. You feel so worthless, however from the core of your heart you know that you are not so. That empty feelings of being nothing and you feel like your spark is all gone. Yes, I am describing about how a person feels through anxiety and depression. Trust me, even these sentences are not enough to tell the torture of such mental issues.

Getting into such medical conditions is nothing to be ashamed of. Anyone can suffer from this, anybody who is thriving to live a passionate & hardworking life. From an unsuitable job or unemployment, relationship problems, an injury, ongoing chemotherapy of any medical disorder or being diagnosed by an incurable disease or your unfulfilled wishes, anything can put you in shitty situations like anxiety and depression.

 People feel so shameful stating the fact that they have gone through such conditions & its all because of our society. More precisely, in our Indian society, it is majorly considered a taboo. No one talks and shares about it. According to people, these conditions are not even taken as diseases, people never keep such conditions in the category of a medical disorder

It goes like this, if you have typhoid or malaria, yes its a disease, everyone knows about it and the medications are also easily available. But in the case of anxiety & depression, there is no awareness regarding such topics. A person might be considered mad, crazy, insane, out of his/her mind when going through anxiety & depression but is never said to be “diseased”

So let me tell you, anxiety and depression are disease conditions, just like any other diseases such as TB, asthma, conjunctivitis etc.

Anxiety and depression can occur to anyone and at any age & the both can be cured with successful efforts. There are medicines available out there, you can get help, but the main drawback is, there is zero knowledge and information on such topics in our society, no one wants to talk about it and if someone has gone through it, so much of guilt is there in the patient, build up by the society, that no one wants to even share about it. 

I do confess, I have gone through anxiety & its horrible but its nothing to be ashamed of.

Anxiety and depression may be defined as a medical condition or disorder of brain, like its that simple, your brain becomes ill/sick. 

Sick because of continuous negativism in your life. Its all because of stress. You might get stress from anything, like living a continuous routine boring life can also get you in such situations, because our body/mind needs something fresh, something new to be excited about, that  makes you happy.

The first thing I wish for, is to make people aware of such sensitive topics. People need to know about them, in detail

Now, when you are struck by such conditions, firstly you will think of medicines, but according to me, you should not go for them immediately. I am not saying that you should not take medicines, because I understand, a person going through bizarre symptoms feels terrible and runs towards the medicines, like yes, only this thing will give me relief. 

In case of taking medicines, first consult a trained professional, elaborate the symptoms, tell about your condition, what you are really feeling. The doctor will understand and give the best possible medicine. Other negative fact about medicines is that consuming anxiety and depression drugs for longer duration s might affect your brain function, the way it works normally or the person might also get addicted. Going for the medicines at the very first instance or completely relying on them to get you out of your condition might not be a good option. Moreover, they do have their own adverse effects like weight gain/loss, disturbed thyroid levels, upset stomach, excessive sedation/sleep and you might even feel excessive anxiety due to the medication. If your condition is way too serious, then only go for medications, but to a professional only because the doctor must continuously monitor the doses/amount of drugs you are being given, because taking too much can make you feel worse.

 My point is, without medicines also, you can get rid of your anxious and depressive episodes by ‘Exercising’. Yes, you read it right, Exercising and being physically active can be a serious life saver for you. 

Whether it might be attending gym with a proper trainer or yoga with a trained professional – it will all help. Ok, we can be basic, like you might not be having enough money to join a gym or keep a yoga trainer, so you can also help yourself by doing things like rising up early in the morning, taking a brisk walk or do some jogging or cycling in your locality, or rope skipping might help as well. And you can even start by doing very basic stuff like cleaning, yes, look around yourself, is it full of dust & dirt, so get up and do some cleaning. 

The main motive is to be physically active. Scientists, after experimental procedures, have claimed that being physically active or we can say, doing some sort of exercises releases/increases the amount of “endorphin s” ( the ‘happy’ chemical substance or ‘happiness’ mediator ) in our brain.

 Hence, thats why there is a very simple logic of advising someone suffering from mental issues to do some physical stuff i.e. exercises. So, eventually exercises will make you feel happy and you will get relief from those clingy symptoms. In addition, exercising will keep your body toned up and healthy by increasing the blood circulation, because mental conditions deteriorates your physical health also. Along with the exercise, also focus on your diet, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water. You must also do anything interesting that makes you happy and excited, you should plan outings and step out of home.

Anxiety and Depression – It is very easy to speak about them but very difficult to deal with. 

There must be more and more awareness on such issues and they must be handled like any other disease conditions only – with all attention & concerns. And as a preventive measure against them, we must live a positive life, distracting our focus from the negatives. Just stay happy, always keep smiling, keep calm, forget the bad, forgive easily, don’t get angry on tiny issues, maintain a harmony with the surroundings.

Spread the happiness & love and let the world heal.

#health&happiness

 

 

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Cosmetics – The Present Stage

Hey, Farheen here. This time with a sort of reality check of the most advertised thing – cosmetics. My observations, my words.

In a very normal & usual language, I may define cosmetics as “The substances we use to beautify ourselves”. I may say, we are living in an era of cosmetics. It’s the very obvious human behavior – everyone wants to look beautiful, look young. Youth is directly linked to beauty. Wrinkle free skin, radiant complexion, lusturous hair, sparkling eyes, is all beauty –  In our manner, according to we people. 

The media these days, whether it is electronic or print – is all flooded with advertisements of ‘so called cosmetics’ that confirms & assures us of granting “beauty”. I am not an ‘anti-cosmetic’ person because I also do use them. But the issue or problem with these cosmetics is the way they are being portrayed. You just look at any of these advertisements, they seem so magical. Some of them claim to change your natural dusky skin to complete bleached white ( which is unnecessary), as according to the society, white is beautiful. Some cosmetics just want to make you look several years younger in just a few days. Some advertisements includes ‘attracting’ masses of opposite gender on application of a particular cosmetic. Like seriously, this is not the way the things get done. These things are not natural. Present day cosmetics show themselves​ as a magic wand….  Whoooshh!!!!    Use them, and all your imperfections – your dull skin, grey hair, wrinkles, fine lines – it’ll be all gone in no time. The facts / points, which these advertisements consider as imperfections, are not really the imperfections, according to me. These are just normal human things, like people live in this bad routine of hectic schedule, long job timings, stressful lifestyle, no fixed time for food and sleep, bad/nutrition- less diet, almost absence or complete lack of physical work – it’ll all lead to bad health & weak immune system, and bad health means dull skin, early greying of hair, weak eyes, early fine lines etc.

See, It is this simple, if you want to look beautiful & ‘glowy’, you have to take good care of your health. Taking care of health includes eating good nutritious diet at particular fixed time, drinking good amount of water, fixed sleep and wake cycle, appropriate amount of exercise. These are the minimal things you have to do in order to attain good health, good body. If you eat nutrition lacking diet or you do have irregular food timings – you will not and can not look beautiful. According to me, beauty arises from within. Healthy functioning organs denotes good and sound health and good health simply means clean subtle skin, lively eyes, shiny hair. The main​ thing I want to convey is – you cannot attain natural “health linked beauty” with the help of cosmetics. Like ok, I agree with the fact that makeup can do wonders to your looks, but for how much time…?? For how much duration you will look glossy with the help of cosmetics – for few hours only. You want to look beautiful, stay healthy – that’s it.

Now the next thing, wise use of cosmetics. Cosmetics, as we look up to them as magic potion – actually they are just chemicals. Some may be mild and some may be harsh to your skin. You have to carefully choose which one you have to use. Skin is a sensitive organ, especially the skin of the face is very delicate. Don’t treat your skin like a laboratory beaker. You just pour different chemicals each time and nothing will happen to the beaker’s structure, because the beaker is made of such stuff. Our skin is not  designed that way. I see people experimenting with their skin, their body – continuously & repeatedly – just for the sake of so called ‘good looks’. You have to be careful, the chemical of the cosmetic may give you adverse reaction, which you may not be even thinking of. Choose your cosmetics wisely, keeping in mind the sensitivity level of your skin. You might use herbal, plant based cosmetics if you do have a sensitive skin.

I just want to say that, use your mind while purchasing cosmetics. Don’t​ just blindly follow the advertisements. Don’t get into​ their “glitter effect”. 

Be Smart, Stay healthy, Stay Beautiful.

#health&happiness

Misuse of Medicines

Hey people..this is Farheen..again..  with some decent pharma info..

Misuse of Medicines here in India is a big problem in the present time. You know what, the word ‘big’ is not even enough to describe what the situation is… trust me…it’s more than big…it’s ‘huge’. This disaster we Indians are doing with ourselves is not going to be good at the end – yes….we will see some dangerous outcomes…   & actually..we have already started experiencing the results. The list of incurable diseases around us….in addition to wrong lifestyle,is also due to the improper use of Medicines.

The thing is…that people don’t use Medicines wisely. I mean,like, it’s related to your body.. your health… How can you be so irresponsible..??! It’s the body you should take care of, & you are just there loading unnecessary Medicines into your stomach, intoxicating your organs and spoiling your health.

We should not take a Medicine unless it is prescribed by the doctor. Indians are just master at this thing called…” Self medication”. It goes like this  – Ok, I am having a headache…let’s take a big tablet,probably my favorite painkiller,which will cure me and which is always there in my first aid box for me.  – People keep continuing this even if the headache is there three times a week. No..!!! You should not do this. Please don’t. You don’t even know why the headache is there repeatedly at such short periods of time…… It might be a severe migraine, or due to poor eyesight, or due to some sort of inflammation in brain, or any other internal injury. Don’t do the ‘diagnosing’ yourself, let the doctor do it because they are trained for that. If you are experiencing a health problem again and again, don’t take Medicines by yourself…go to a doctor and get it diagnosed, then the results will tell you what your situation is and the doctor will prescribe you an appropriate medication… that’s not all – after you have those Medicines in your hands – follow the instructions properly regarding the intake of Medicines  -: This is called proper and safe use of Medicines.

You know this famous quote… Health is Wealth. I just totally support it & this quote is indeed the truth of life. If you do have a healthy body, you have everything. A healthy person can do anything what he wants, because he do have the required energy, power & stamina. The diseased body is only a burden. So take good care of your health and use Medicines carefully. Medicines are not chocolate bars, you just nibble them when you think you want to. No…. These are strong chemicals.

Don’t do this to yourself. You are precious, your life is a gift…. don’t waste it doing wrong things. Stay healthy, stay happy.

#health&happiness

Pharmacy in India

Hey…this is Farheen…simply telling u…what I genuinely think..& what the scenario is..

Pharmacy is an interesting field. Amazing area, consisting of numerous things; starting from procurement of drug in it’s crude form, then manufacturing in the industry, marketing of the ‘best’ with most therapeutic advantages, into the patient’s hands & then into the body, finally curing the disease.

Making of “Medicines” is an immense effort of people round the globe, who are engaged in the field of pharmacy, to make people free of diseases & to keep them healthy.

India play’s a ‘Nice’ role too, as it is the manufacturing hub, with a turnover of 60 billion dollars, industry growing at a rate of 14%. Indian Pharmaceutical industry includes 20,000 pharmaceutical companies, employing 2000-5000 people per company. India exports to almost 65 countries.

But the bad news is that the scope is not ‘that’ good here in India. The profession of Pharmacy is not valued much. People actually don’t even know who pharmacist are, what they do. Drug extraction (Pharmacognosy), Manufacturing medicines (Pharmaceutics), Doing marketing and getting the best drug into the doctor’s prescription, Dispensing of drugs to patients (Hospital Pharmacy), Giving information about drugs & health to people (Community Pharmacy)…….   Yesssssss… Pharmacist do it all – All that is required to keep people happy & healthy & free from ailments. I just hope people will understand the hard work & dedication that is needed to be a Pharmacist.

Just hoping for the best future of Pharmacy….yes… something good will happen… fingers crossed..  😊

#health&happiness