MANAGING DEPRESSION

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Depression has become a common catchword in our society which leads deaths related to stroke. Work stress is extremely prevalent in today’s society, and can impact happiness levels, health, and other important aspects of your life. We need to learn more about the link between work depression and happiness, and find resources to have a healthier, happier life. Managing stress is all about taking charge, taking charge of your thoughts, emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress Management is the need of the hour today. One would find that depression is now-a-days viewed as a ‘bad thing’, with a range of harmful biochemical and long-term effects. These effects have rarely been observed in positive situations. In humans, as in other animals, these hormones help us to run faster and fight harder. They increase heart-rate and blood pressure, delivering more oxygen and blood sugar to power important muscles. There are many proven skills that we can use to manage stress. These help us to remain calm and effective in high pressure situations, and help us avoid the problems of long term stress. Further, adopting a humorous view towards life’s situations can take the edge off everyday stressors. Not being too serious or in a constant alert mode helps maintain equanimity of mind and promote clear thinking. Nearly 160 million Indians are suffering from high blood pressure (BP) – 17 per cent of global burden of uncontrolled hypertension. Despite the seriousness and pervasiveness of heart disease, cardiovascular problems aren’t inevitable. High Blood Pressure is often a precursor to heart disease. High blood pressure that goes undetected or if not properly controlled can lead to heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure, stroke or premature death. High BP is the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease mortality, causing more than 7 million deaths every year worldwide. Studies shows that around 87 per cent of Indian women claim feeling stressed most of the time, with an additional 82% asserting they had insufficient time to relax. It turns out that in general women cope with stress differently than men. When women are stressed, they seek emotional support from family and friends. It is rightly said that ‘With more and more nuclear families, women of the house have to balance home and career.’ Women are socialised to be the caretakers of others. Today, we can describe women as struggling to achieve the ‘male standard’ at work, while trying to maintain perfect wife and mother standards at home. The only way to manage stress is to challenge the negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking.
On the other hand, bad habits such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol overburden our already busy hearts and cause them to break down. Certain lifestyle and genetic factors may contribute to the risks of developing essential hypertension. Lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and increased exercise are very much important for everyone with raised blood pressure. Adopting a more heart-healthy approach to life can definitely have a positive influence on future generations.
Vinod Chandrashekhar Dixit