Dr. Rishi Singhal
Mental and emotional health are a global concern. Today, in these times, the whole world suffers from so many problems. Amongst one of the major problems is depressive illness called depression. It is much like a silent epidemic. According to a survey, it is assured that death due to depression is much more likely as compared to diabetes and blood pressure.
No one will understand the state of a depressed patient. It is assumed that it’s due to so many ups and downs of daily routines in life. When this patient goes to a doctor, they label them as depressed.
It is essential for a patient to move out from this depressing situation. For all the seminars, teaching should be given, but they are only a temporary relief. To take a patient out of depression, it’s essential to understand his puzzled mind, which is only solved through love, care, and try to make himself happy.
How to Help
The condition of a depressed man is much like the sun, which hides behind dark clouds. It is not permanent state of mind, because whenever these clouds scatter the sun will definitely shine. So, for a while it is essential to understand the condition of this person. Only through loving behavior of others, and within himself, will he feel long-term states of happiness. This will enable him to improve himself, instead of neglecting his depressive state.
1. Maintain positive thinking, as some people say: thoughts change in to word.
2. Maintain positive language because it converts into the words of positive work.
3. Maintain positive work energy which becomes a habit.
4. Make a habit of positive changes into a daily routine.
5. Maintain a positive daily routine, which give us a sparkling future.
Every person suffers so much tension, in these days, our reaction depends on our internal mental state. How will we respond to stressful situations if we are so weak in the mind? Then, to be suddenly knocked down, by daily circumstances, it is hard to be bold, strong, and happy while recovering from a depressed condition.
Is Depression an Epidemic?
The way in which it’s spreading, it should be correct to say it’s an epidemic. Tension and depression both of them are co-related, if tension goes beyond its natural limits, then its called depression. Since India is a spiritual country, people believe in treating problems with the older and natural methods like Yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda only.
Heredity: if any person previously suffers in one’s family, then it should be considered that anyone might be suffer from depression in the same family.
The atmosphere in which one is residing working family tension any chronic diseases economical and stresses affect mentally in negative manner
In our brain, so many chemicals are present; some of them are neurotransmitters and some are neuroinhibitors. Together, they maintain balance in our brain and are responsible for maintaining normal states of mind. It’s said that if serotonin like neurotransmitter decrease in concentration, then brain comes into a state called: “depression.”
Signs of Depression:
• Considered himself unhappy and hopeless.
• Put himself target less from his life.
• Increase or Decrease in hunger.
• No Sexual excitement.
• Worried and cried whole time.
• Not feel himself in the environment of joy.
• Feeling himself lonely amongst friends and family.
• Always trends to crying.
• No interest in any work.
• Frequent frustration and irritation.
• Suicidal thoughts
• Inferiority Complex and Loss of confidence
• Dull Face with Dull Expressions.
• Future Insecurity
• Constant negative thoughts running through the Mind with destructive feelings.
• No Interest in future
Nowadays there are many alternates available as well as supportive therapies along with allopathic medicines by which you can gain more benefits in treating problems.
• Aroma therapy
• Art Therapy.
• Ayurvedic therapy
• Creative training
• Crystal Power
• Dream therapy
• Deep Relaxation
• Healing Touch
• Herbal therapy
• Imaginary & Visualization
• Music therapy
• Nutritional Supplements
• Time management
Depression- Invitation Of Disease
• High Blood Pressure
• Artery Blockage
• Nervous System Disorder
• Sexual Disorder
• Hormonal Disorder
In Depressive conditions, Yoga is helpful in releasing muscles tension.
The following Yoga techniques are therapy for depressive conditions.
• Tiryak Ttadasan
• Katichakra Asan
• YogMudra Asan
• Ustra Asan
Keeping mental and emotional health in the safe zone requires the creation of healthy habits. In Depressive stages, make a habit of deep breathing. Deep breathing is always helpful because during bouts with stress, our breath becomes fast and shortens supplies of oxygen to body – By which the person feels himself tired. That’s why it is good to do Yoga and meditation regularly, techniques such as: Anulom – Vilom Pranayam, Vilom Pranayam, Bhramari Pranayam, and Aum Chanting are beneficial. Do aum chanting for 3-5 minutes with concentration. This session will make you feel happy and joyful with aum chanting.
Meditation starts with concentration for that whenever you start meditation lying down on floor in sleeping posture. Close your eyes slowly, relax your body. Mentally say to yourself that: “My body is going to be relax.” Say 8 to 10 times: “I have no tension in my body – I am going to be relax.
After some time, you will feel that your body is really become relaxed. Now, concentrate your mind on the top of your the Head, and Imagine…(Remember: as good your imagination is, you will get more comfort and results) on the top of your Head you will feel a Brightening light as a flame. Now, feel the energy in this flame like the energy of the Sun. This energy will strengthen each and every part of the body in terms of freshness and relaxation from bad thoughts in the mind. By this method, you will feel your body is now getting relaxed from the drain of bad thoughts for the rest of the entire day. Your mental and emotional health depend on your daily rituals.
In the other words: You may feel a spiritual energy inside you, by this flame which you are mentally looking on the top of your Head. This spiritual energy is making you now stronger, energetic, and providing you a confidence to stay alive and do the best utilization of your life – The life in which you have good from God. You have to live life, and feel your worth in terms of name and the fame of you and your family.
Dr. Rishi Singhal
Counselor & Meditation Consultant
Kalptaru Counseling and Meditation Centre
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By Gopi Rao
Sometimes, mentioning emotional health is perceived as a sign of weakness. Prajnaparadha is an Ayurvedic word that is literally translated as “offense against your wisdom.” Essentially, this word indicates that a person has ignored their own inner wisdom and indulged in unhealthy practices, which can lead to an unbalanced state and disease in the long run. This lack of discrimination can be mental, physical or verbal. By studying the warnings and advice found in the concept of Prajnaparadha, we are able to clarify where we may be taking missteps in our daily lives, which frequently result in ill health over time. Reconnecting to your own inner wisdom and establishing a sense of balance in your body, mind and speech are critical keys to reestablishing your own health, according to this ancient Ayurvedic wisdom of India.
One of the common missteps that you may be taking is to overly rely on the intellectual and analytical capacities of your mind, to the detriment of your intuitive wisdom. According to Prajnaparadha, if we are overly analytical or indulging in negative emotions, our mental health may begin to suffer. Some of the more common negative emotions that many Yoga practitioners find themselves struggling to eradicate are feelings of grief, anger, greed, fear, and fault-finding. Emotional health maintenance requires us to see ourselves and not to focus on one little aspect, because we are not just the worst or best qualities that we see. If you find that you often engage in these negative emotions, by mindfully becoming aware of when you are indulging in negative thinking, you will be more able to gently guide your mind away from languishing in negative emotions and to shift your thinking into a more positive focus.
Vrksasana or Tree Pose
One of the best ways that I have found to address emotional health and become aware of my own negative thinking is to witness my thoughts as I practice Tree Pose. Tree Pose is a basic standing Yoga pose that is accessible to most Yoga students. Although the posture seems to be quite simple, it is actually very challenging to balance in Tree Pose for a full five breaths without tipping over! It is wonderful Yoga pose for improving your sense of balance, as you release tension in your hips and elongate the sides of your torso. This Yoga posture also strengthens the legs.
Tree pose is usually practiced after a full series of Sun Salutations and standing Yoga poses. When you are ready to practice Tree Pose, come to the front of your Yoga mat and stand in Mountain Pose. Shift the weight of your body onto your left foot and gently bring your right foot to your left ankle, left calf or the upper part of your left thigh. Where you place your right foot on your left leg will depend on your level of flexibility today. Place the sole of your right foot flat against the point on your left leg where you are most comfortable.
With your next inhale, raise your arms over your head and press your palms into Prayer position. With your next exhale; gently press your right knee towards the back of your body, in order to increase the stretch through your right hip. Extend your arms fully over your head to increase the stretch through your side torso. Choose a gazing point a few feet in front of you on your Yoga mat or on the floor and hold this point for the duration of five breaths as you stand in Tree Pose. While you balance in this Yoga posture, simply witnesses the thoughts that arise in your mind.
Your state of emotional health needs daily balance. If you find that your thoughts are negative, gently release your mental focus on the thoughts by visualizing a soft wind blowing through green leaves on a warm summer day. Allow your mind to focus on the gazing point in front of you, as you expand more fully into Vrksasana by the lengthening your arms and grounding down into the earth beneath you. With each exhale, release a negative thought by offering it to the soft wind that blows through the leaves of “your tree.” When you have completed your practice of Tree Pose on the right hand side, release your arms with your next exhale and move back into Mountain Pose at the top of your Yoga mat. When you are ready, repeat Tree Pose on the left hand side.