I remember when my mom was in her mid 50s. The family was so devastated because we thought she was going crazy or that she might have a serious illness that was getting into the terminal stage. She was constantly crying over the small and big things. She would sweat profusely and she was always angry. And when you can’t hear her calling, she would shout and say, “Does anybody listen to me anymore?”
Grief is the word used to describe the natural emotional response to loss. When faced with the loss of any kind, one feels a number of emotions in response to this. The word grief refers to the different emotions, such as what both psychologists and Betterhelp say is a feeling of emptiness when something or someone you love is taken from you.
Grief is commonly used to describe the emotions one feels in association to death.However, death is not the only type of loss that can cause a person to experience grief. There are a number of different emotions you can feel when you are faced with any type of loss including:
The loss of a loved one through divorce or the end of a relationship
Loss of your health
Losing your employment
Facing the loss of financial stability
The loss of a friendship
One can experience grief with the loss of safety after a trauma
Loss of stability such as losing your home
The loss of a family pet
The Symptoms of Grief
The symptoms of grief will vary from one person to another as loss affects people in different ways
The Emotional symptoms of grief include:
Sadness (you may have feelings of emptiness, despair or deep loneliness)
Crying or feeling emotionally unstable.
Guilt or regret
Fear or anxiety
Withdrawing and lack of interest
The Physical symptoms of grief include:
Grief is not only an emotional experience but can also give rise to a number of physical symptoms that include:
Weight loss or weight gain
The Downward Spiral of Untreated Grief
The emotional and physical symptoms of grief, if left untreated or ignored can lead to more serious effects on the griever. Therefore it is important to seek out support from friends and family or even a therapist to help you through the grieving process. Grief is a transient emotional period and with support, one can work through the emotions and find ways and learn coping mechanisms to deal with grief.
For example, From Grief to Homelessness:
There are a number of reasons that a person can become homeless. One such reason can be grief. For instance, suffering the loss of a loved one can result in a number of emotions and physical symptoms. These symptoms and emotions such insomnia, fatigue and lack of interest can lead to loss of employment as a result of poor performance or non-performance. This can spiral into the loss of financial stability and can be followed by the loss of their home or car due to the loss of income.
This is a worst case scenario but the point is that the emotions and symptoms of grief can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Finding support or seeking out therapy to deal with the emotions you are feeling can help you process the stages of grief and aid you in finding ways to deal with the loss you have experienced.
Support and Therapy
Lean on your family or turn to friends.
Accept the assistance others offer
Seek out and join a Grief Support Group
Talk to a therapist or grief
Seek out an online Grief Support group, there are a number of online support communities as well as on social media
From What’s Your Grief“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.” Mitch Albom, For One More Day
You wake up in the morning feeling the pain in your throat when you swallow. You cough and cough and then, you spit blood. You begin to panic and become very anxious about the type of cough you have. Could this be something serious?
You hurriedly went to your doctor and have yourself checked, and the doctor auscultates your chest and back. She tells you that it’s nothing to be worried about, although your tonsils are red and inflamed and you’ll need to buy some Bactidol for that. She tells you that the blood was just because the coughing irritated your throat, which may be coming but has not yet reached the chest or lungs. You pay the doctor’s fee and go home, still feeling anxious and doubtful if there really is nothing wrong with you.
Knowing the Type of Cough You Have
The initial cause of a cough is usually because you are trying to get rid of an irritation in your throat. However, it would be helpful if you have sufficient information on the basics of cough – the types of cough and its causes. Anxiety from coughing is common, especially if the cough has persisted for weeks and you don’t have the time or resources to go and see a doctor.
Here are some common types of cough and how you can approach them.
A wheezing cough is the hallmark of asthma. You often cough and make a sound when you inhale. People with asthma have inflamed airways, which results in wheezing and difficulty in breathing. Coughing often worsens at night or early morning.
Asthma is chronic and it can happen to people of all ages, but it usually begins in childhood. When your doctor suspects asthma, he might ask you to take a spirometry test, which helps determine the efficiency of your lungs. Exercise, too much hot or cold, and severe anxiety can trigger an asthma attack.
For fast relief, you can take medications such as albuterol, a bronchodilator that can be taken orally or through a nebulizer. It helps dilate the airways and makes it easier for the individual to breathe.
It’s an irritating feeling when some fluid from the nose moves down your throat and you swallow it, or you attempt to spit it out by coughing. That fluid is called postnasal drip. This is usually a result of an allergic reaction to dust or pollen. It can also be released through sneezing. Inhaling steam is a natural way to get rid of postnasal drips.
Taking an antihistamine also calms down the symptoms and helps the individual relax and sleep. If the cough persists, though, you should see a doctor to rule out sinusitis.
Unlike the first two types, pneumonia is a serious type of cough. It initially begins dry then progresses to become wet and may be filled with red, green, or yellow mucus. You should be worried when you start having low-grade fever, chills, and difficulty breathing along with a painful cough.
Children with pneumonia are usually hospitalized, as they need careful monitoring. For adults, they may take antibiotics if the infection is bacterial. Over-the-counter cough medicines, rest and hot soup are some remedies for viral pneumonia.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
COPD is mostly seen in chronic smokers. Coughing in COPD is persistent, lasting for more or less three months. There is plenty of phlegm, which can be green, yellow, or even bloody. Bronchitis and emphysema are two kinds of COPD.
Other types of cough are those which are medicine-related. There’s also a cough that makes a whooping sound called pertussis.
If you are unsure of the type of cough you have, you can always read through this article or find other helpful information online to help you ease your anxiety. If, however, your coughing disturbs your daily activities and the symptoms do not alleviate with simple remedies, then, you must see your doctor immediately.
Adjustment disorder is a stress-related mental with a group of emotional symptoms such as feeling anxious, sad or hopeless, and physical symptoms that can occur after experiencing a stressful life event. Adjustment Disorder is a transient condition that can occur when an individual has difficulty dealing with or adjusting to, a specific source of stress. Adjustment Disorder is also often referred to as Stress Response Syndrome. It is not uncommon for people suffering from this disorder to reach out and seek support from a therapist.
20-year old James is a college student who is working in a part-time job to support his education and participating in extracurricular activities to boost his experiences. While he worries about his academics, his part-time job, and his extracurricular activities, he also worries about something else: he is recently diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
Depression is a mental illness that affects us down to our core. When you are constantly moving from place to place and sometimes experiencing situations that are less than desirable, it can be easy to get depressed. It can also be easy to get stuck in that rut and to think that you will never be able to receive the help that you need. If you find yourself becoming depressed, look at some of the methods below that will help you battle your depression naturally.
We live in a world which is fast moving and impermanent. Nothing lasts the same forever and we are all constantly changing too. It’s the world in which can affect our mental state on a great level and while you might not think too much about your mental health, it’s an important element of life. When our mental health is healthy and happy, we can live a fairly decent life and when it’s out-of-shape, everything can go wrong. How can we deal with mental health within the transient community?
Admit it. You’ve had your share of embarrassing moments when you were on a bus that was crowded with passengers, and your sweat just won’t stop dripping from your armpits, smelling really bad. You remember people looking at you, candidly covering their noses. You thought, “Well, you smell too, you know!” And they did. They, too, were sweating like crazy. What’s worse was that you were still on your way to work! How can you survive this sticky feeling walking around in your office and stinking like you haven’t bathed for days?
Most likely, we blame our sweats for the stink that comes out of us when are in crowded or hot places, but surprisingly they are not the reason for the smell. Do you sometimes notice that sometimes even when you’re in a cool place you smell something bad from your body – the underarms perhaps? It is because it’s not the sweat but the bacteria that have proliferated in the sweat that caused the smell. Bacteria love to stay in moist areas so don’t wonder why the groin and the armpit areas are some of the most common areas that stink.
There are some natural ways that we can do to control or stop our body odor, some quick tips to remedy that smell when you’d have to stay in the office the whole day and can’t go back home to change.
Practice proper hygiene. Taking a shower everyday is the most basic way to avoid body odor. You can use a mild soap if you think strong soaps clash with your natural body smell. If your underarms sweat and stink most of the day, you can try washing it with warm water, as this kills more bacteria. Wash and soap all parts, especially those that sweat easily, such as the underarms, the feet, and the groin. And after showering, take time to dry your whole body so that no moisture is left for bacteria to thrive. If you’re someone who’s extra-sweaty, it would be best to bathe twice or thrice a day.
Wear clothes that are made of cotton or silk. These types of material do not absorb sweat but rather allow it to evaporate. Synthetic materials lock moisture and cause body odor. Also, if you plan to go somewhere busy and crowded, wear comfortable, loose clothes that won’t stick when you perspire. Don’t use strong perfumes and deodorants, as these can clash with the acid that forms in your body.
Watch what you eat. Do you notice that people who regularly eat spicy food smell ‘different?’ It’s because whatever we take in reflects in our body through smell. If you want to smell clean and fresh, you have got to eat food that’s mildly flavored. Also, research has proven that beef and pork produces more sweat in the body than does chicken, fruits, and vegetables.
Manage your stress levels. When you are tense or anxious, your body produces more sweat, which in turn causes more body odor. Find simple ways to relax, like stretching every morning when you wake up or meditating.
Dab some apple cider vinegar on your underarms. Acid from apple cider vinegar or from a lemon is believed to prevent the proliferation of bacteria that triggers body odor. However, you must make sure that you don’t have cuts or wounds in your underarms, as acid causes skin irritation.
Body Odor Comes from Anywhere
It may be surprising to know that unpleasant smells not only come from the underarms or the feet, but also from other parts of the body – the hair, scalp, and the back of your ears! Bacteria so love to live in you, so be keen and keep clean.
Summer is probably one of the most-awaited seasons for kids and adults alike. It means spending time with family, swimming in the beach, or traveling. But because the mornings are super hot and the evenings are cold, some of us suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and constant sneezing. These are the symptoms of hay fever.
Often, when we wake up on ‘the wrong side of the bed,’ we complain of a morning headache that won’t disappear after eating breakfast or taking a pain reliever. Your eyes are teary throughout the day and it’s just disturbing. At night, you wonder where that pounding one-sided headache came from and you wish it would go away with rest but it doesn’t. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what your headaches were trying to tell you?
Almost half of the world suffers from headaches once or twice a year. They are among the most common health concerns worldwide, which have been left for granted despite their high prevalence in late teens, working adults, and seniors. This article will attempt to describe three common types of headaches and hopefully help you know how to treat them.
What type of Headache Do You Have?
Tension headache. Most commonly seen in the late teens and adults, tension headaches are also referred to as stress or chronic headaches. They are elicited initially by a tightness of the head, shoulder, and neck muscles due to excessive stress. You can also get these headaches when you have poor posture or have the habit of grinding your teeth.
Pain relievers usually cure tension headaches but are not to be used too often as this may cause addiction or dependence. Taking too many pain killers has also been reported to cause rebound headaches and eventually hepatic damage.
The safest and healthiest way to get rid of these headaches is exercise. Rolling the shoulders backward with palms facing your body can greatly influence and correct one’s posture. Stretching the neck muscles by tilting it to the right, left, back and center also relaxes the neck and shoulders. These moves may be simple but are definitely beneficial in getting rid of the tension that is building up from the day’s work and may help in avoiding another headache episode.
Migraines. This presents with a sore or pounding headache, with mostly mild to moderate pain. The individual looks sick and pale. He usually feels nauseated with blurry visions and a hypersensitivity to light, strong smells, and noise. Migraines interfere with daily activities if left untreated, as they may persist for 3 to 4 hours. When stomach pains are present, these are called abdominal migraines.
Known to be the sixth most disabling illness worldwide, migraines are more prevalent in women than men and are thought to be genetic in some instances. They are considered a neurological condition, due to disrupted electrical changes from the brain stem. Individuals who have migraines are often coffee or alcohol drinkers and are advised to reduce their consumption of these substances to prevent further aggravation. Those who diet inappropriately and are dehydrated also get these disturbing headaches that come and go.
The best way to stop migraines aside from taking strong pain relievers is to prevent them from occurring, which means keeping track of triggers and staying away from them as much as possible. Some examples of triggers are caffeine, alcohol, cheese, and chocolates.
Cluster headache. As its name implies, this type of headache occurs in groups and is described as pain that is intense and excruciating. It occurs just right after falling asleep and may last for about two hours, up to seven or eight episodes a day for a few consecutive weeks. Ironically, most individuals report that the headaches disappear suddenly after occurring for several weeks, and then come back, still as intense as they were. Triggers are nicotine and alcohol.
Since cluster headaches are by far the most painful and distressing, stronger painkillers are used to treat them. Some people don’t get cured with painkillers and need to be injected by a nerve block at the back of the head so the individual can tolerate the pain. Pure oxygen therapy has also proven to be very effective in treating cluster headaches.