Monday, July 11, 2011
We have been dealing with many mind disorders lately at drshreya.com. The cases of various mind-related maladies are rising. The eminent psychologists believe that the seeds of mind disorders are there in our fast-paced lifestyles and self-obsessed thinking process. Back in villages, an all-encompassing thinking pattern was nurtured for the benefit of all. The village patterns fell apart; neither did the family patterns last longer. The effect of this self-obsession could never be positive for anyone. It did give initial sense of freedom but in the long run created feeling of loneliness and boredom. No wonder the people living constantly interacting with society are at less danger of developing mind-disorders than those who keep aloof!
While treating the mind-disorders homeopathically, we often have to counsel the patient to lead a successful life ahead. Homeopathic medicines are powerful weapons to deal with the mind symptoms. When coupled with apt counseling, they definitely give better results!
The irritable dispositions emerged from this hazy and bored frame of mind that constantly thought of nothing but material possession. The irritability obviously paved way for physical disorders and these disorders took the front seat while navigating through the plus and minus of life. In this twenty first century, therefore, many are trying hard to acquire the peace we all desire. But many fail to perceive that whatever is tried too hard, leads to failure. The peaceful life should HAPPEN because of your purposeful yet subtle gestures. It can never be GAINED by hunting round the bush.
True that calmness can be a different entity for everyone. Not everyone likes to hit mountains like saints to find the calmness. Living the day to day life should be able to bring calmness unto us. This is what Lord Krishna has propounded in his Bhagawadgeeta as Karma-Yog! But while performing this karma-yog, we are actually forgetting what is the most important for us, i.e., peace!
To know how we can develop an attitude that can help us stay calm all day, we consulted and discussed with some eminent psychologists, priests, and counselors. Many of them said, “It is a process that should begin from within. Unless you give yourself consent to stay calm, nothing can MAKE you calm.” And giving this consent is the thing that needs to be learnt. Sounds philosophical? Well, if we want to enjoy our life to the fullest without letting our body suffer, these apparently philosophical tips can help our life reach an altogether different terrain that we all need to explore! The positive physical health is the bonus in return! Here are some “Tips to Stay Calm” by experts--
(1) Choose to respond instead of reacting-
þ Reacting to situations is what we all do. If someone opines about something and that goes against our judgment, we get irritated and react harshly to that opinion. This obviously derails our peace. However, if we just stay focused on his point of view that made his opinion, we can choose to respond positively to the point and discuss the aspects that we felt wrong.
þ It is an art to stay focused on the right aspect of any situation than engulf in the negativity. To make this happen, start considering each situation or discussion in your day to day life separately. For example, think yesterday’s situations, how you reacted to them, and how you could have reacted to them better.
þ Once you realize the faults, try amending today’s situations in that manner.
þ Initially you might feel this takes more time than usual time of reacting. But the time taken is worth to teach us the art.
þ Once connected to this thought involuntarily, you will never tend to react to anything suddenly. This obviously paves way to calmness!
(2) Coping with negative emotions-
þ Experts say- Try not to be judgmental of your negative emotions all of a sudden.
þ Having or developing an analytical mind instead of judgmental one, you can view your own stand-point from a third man’s perspective. Many of our negative emotions crop up from our past-life events. Letting go of the past is never easy. But looking at the past event as a teacher often helps in building the lost confidence again.
þ This way you tend not to repeat your mistakes and gain tremendous wisdom in return to cope with the future better.
þ Brooding tendencies often can be checked by watching someone bettering the life by bravely fighting the odds while keeping the smile intact.
þ Try to be surrounded by people who spread positive vibes. DO NOT share company of people whose negative emotions build up your own! Or let your positive vibes erase those of your pessimistic friends!
þ Staying focused on your work is another thing that will not give you time to dwell on negativity.
(3) Choosing what you want to do-
þ Many times, calmness gets eroded when you need to do what you don’t want to. Well, choosing what you want to do is always not in our hand especially at the work place. And this mostly needs to be faced head on.
þ Saying NO to unwanted tasks is not easy but can be cultivated when you know that it is not YOUR job! Even at home, this habit saves the hassle of being bugged and irritated by too much work load.
þ Just how to say NO is an art that can be learnt without hurting the opposite party.
þ If you tend to hurt while securing your freedom to work, it will not give you calmness but an opposite force will drag you down further.
þ Be consistent with your answers and try to explain your situation positively to free yourself from unwanted work.
þ And if you can work upon the thing that you love, you tend to bask in the glory of peace! No wonder allowing our children to work upon or study the things they like paves way to the peaceful future for them!
The above 3 tips are the pillars upon which the castle of peace can be built. Stay focused on your desire to remain calm and you will for sure!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
When I get patients suffering from some sort of arthritic troubles like ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, most of my auxiliary regimen includes certain specific exercise regimen for these patients. I am lucky that many of patients do start with the regimen seriously and find good relief when combined with apt homeopathic medicines. But as can be guessed, not all patients give feedback about the auxiliary regimen in their next follow-up. Many give some sort of excuses but it can be read between the lines that they did not find the time to follow the auxiliary regimen and possibly they will not ever!
Recently at drshreya.com, we did a survey and study of our arthritis patients (including all types of joint affections) in terms of their apt follow ups of drug and auxiliary regimens. The findings were intriguing. Among all these patients, 75% of patients who coupled homeopathic medicines with apt exercise responded positively to the treatment. Among these 75%, who practiced Pranayam too, were ranked higher in their better compliance to the treatment. One more finding was- those who exercised regularly responded much faster to the treatment than those who neglected exercise.
No wonder, we at drshreya.com insist on the exercise regimen and ask patients to provide details about their fitness schedule along with every follow-up. To help our patients and many others to help organizing their fitness schedules, here is an attempt-
Here are some tips how to FIND time for exercise?
(1) Split your exercise time into parts if you cannot find time at a stretch. Though it is always good to take out at least 20 minutes at a stretch, studies have shown that one should not underestimate work-out times as less as 10 minutes too.
(2) Exercise should be fun. Only then you feel like taking time out for the same. If you feel lazy to walk every day, don’t do so. Instead opt for different exercise regimens like sports, running, climbing a hill, dancing or yoga on different days. This automatically boosts up your chances of making TIME for exercise.
(3) Have gritty consistence for first 15 days. Most exercise regimes fail during first 15 days. If you can make yourself work-out for first 15, you start reaping the benefits of exercise slowly but surely. Once you enjoy the positive outcome, usually seeking time for the same is not very difficult.
(4) Have group exercise- Solo performances get boring after a while. If you are a social animal, get yourself into a group for a day to day routine. Running or jogging distance seems much shorter when you are in a good company! Have fun by treating yourself and your group members after one achieves some breakthrough result with exercise. If this group is your family, you will have more fun and disciplined regime.
(5) Make a chart. Putting in the details of your exercise many times makes you work more to fill in the positive details. This has shown to help people find good enough time to exercise. Try it!
Finally, dwell on a thing that nobody can MAKE you exercise. It’s all your choice to make things happen positively for you. Remember you improve your chances of positive life by more than 70% on physical, mental, and emotional plane just by pulling up your socks and exercising to the best of your ability! Now that’s something!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Being optimistic is real fun! Whatever ebbs you face in life, you tend to focus on positive things and life is all good again! Well doesn't seem easy? But it’s not difficult either. There are people constantly dragged down by life but it’s their habit to emerge victorious despite all odds. Let’s make such people our idols instead of idolizing the models and political heroes (or zeroes?) It is not hard to find such people. They are around you and me. Initially they chose optimism because they HAD a life ahead. Later they chose optimism because they WANTED a LIFE ahead!
Study of homeopathy is as fascinating as the study of these optimistic people. You meet optimists, pessimists, and people who loathe life in homeopathy. It is true that the feeling of optimism and pessimism are overlapping feelings often. Means, they tend to dwell in every person’s mind at different points of time. The one who weighs optimism above pessimism is the one whose aura speaks of his willingness to embrace life in its glory. No wonder I love homeopathy for its ability to teach me such aspects of humanity through its drug pictures. It’s just wonderful!
Have you come across any Phosphorus any time? One of the most vivacious, enthusiastic butterflies of homeopathy! “Going out of the way to help others” is the feature that puts Phosphorus ahead of any other sympathetic and empathetic remedies. The whole world seems beautiful to this person till he has seen it through. Yes, the optimism may wean off sooner or later in Phosphorus. He may even sulk. This is the case with any new thing he or she undertakes. The initial phases are often wonderful and optimistic but once he becomes “used to” to the event, he no longer finds pleasure with it. “Will go to the next flower” soon! This changeability of perception is found profoundly in Phosphorus. With the lean thin and attractively framed physique, they are some of the most important “Initial Power-Crackers” of homeopathy!
Now see the Aurum on the other hand. The precious metal gold has amazing powers and grit but doesn’t really have the mind to use them positively. The suicidal thoughts emerge from this wave of negativism and pessimism. They start loathing life. “Nothing looks beautiful” to them! Have seen wonderful transformations of Aurum met people after giving a dose of Aurum. The person, who didn’t ever talk to anyone in his work-place, now rejoices having parties with his friends! Homeopathy has this power of amazing transformation from pessimism to optimism!
Natrum mur and Sepia are the two important drugs that sway between optimism and pessimism. These swaying tendencies emerge from lack of objectivity or overconfident objectivity on their part. Natrums actually have very acute sense of beauty and liveliness. But certain life events drag them down and they pity themselves. Earlier optimistic Natrum turns sour and becomes fault-finding! The hurriedness in manner emerges from her eagerness to move past the time and try to forget the woes. This Natrum if ignored at this stage may develop into a Sepia. The Sepian negativity cannot be called a pessimism. It is an indifference even to pessimism. Certainly a very dangerous condition! She wouldn’t rejoice in joy and wouldn’t sulk in sorrow. She struggles to express her feelings and feels confused about it. This results in excess irritability and cross attitude towards loved ones. A dose of Sepia will save numerous women’s marriages at the verge of split up. And if the partner is a shrewd Arsenic album, both the partners will be inconsolable. The homeopathic medicines can help these people find the peace in their lives by enabling them to get optimistic with life again!
So, with homeopathy or without it, try to collect all your positive thoughts and feelings at one place. Dwell on it day and night. And soon you will find meaning in each apparently meaningless aspect of life! LIFE is certainly worth a try!