Dr. Ashaq Hussain
Depression is all part of being human; Smile and Physical exercise is best antidote to overcome it.
Homo sapiens are considered to be most adapted to the diverse array of hunter-gatherer lifestyles characteristic of past evolutionary environments, collectively referred to as the environment of evolutionary adaptedness (EAA). The discrepancy between the modern environment and the human EEA serves as the theoretical foundation for understanding the ultimate etiology of the aforementioned chronic disease, commonly called “diseases of modernity.” As the leading cause of morbidity and mortality, diseases of modernity are the greatest threat to public health in the developed world. Mismatch between contemporary and historic lifestyles adequately explains increasing lifetime risk of depression in the modern-industrialized world. Depressed people don’t all shuffle around with a long face, or cry at any provocation. Losing interest in important parts of life, eating or sleeping too much or too little; pulling away from people and usual activities; having low or no energy; feeling numb or like nothing matters; feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared; and thinking of harming yourself or others are some symptoms of this disease.
The biggest part of the disease depression is feeling really lonely even if you are in a room full of a million people. No doubt there are more living facilities available to the people today than in the past. The standard of living has risen. But as a result of the struggle to raise the standard of living and the pursuit of greater wealth and the pursuit of a more comfort and comfortable way of life, especially the urban population suffers from various mental illnesses in addition to physical illnesses. One of the most common of these is depression. By the way, this disease was once more prevalent in developed countries and in urban population, but nowadays it is also increasing in developing countries like our country that too in rural population. It is a very common mental illness where symptoms range from mild depression or sadness to extreme depression and sickness. The patient becomes so depressed that he loses any interest in daily activities. This condition cannot be treated as easily as physical illnesses. The modern-day stressful and complex lifestyle has begun to exacerbate the disease. In view of this situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently made depression a topic of discussion in order to provide information about this disease all over the world. The main symptoms of this disease include a strong feeling of loss, grief that persists and cannot be removed from the mind, lack of physical energy, lack of interest in the surrounding environment and fatigue, etc. Not being able to get a good night's sleep is another important symptom. Apart from these, lack of appetite, itching in the body, nausea, irritability, sexual incompetence or weakness, constipation, pain and soreness all over the body, lack of concentration, failure to make decisions etc. are also seen. Severe depression can cause symptoms such as a decrease in body temperature, a drop in blood pressure below normal, a sudden feeling of heat, and shivering.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say, ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say, ‘My heart is broken. Some people have mild depression and some have severe depression. Most people are now aware that if severe depression persists, it can have serious negative effects on the patient's body. His daily life deteriorates and he begins to feel unable to function normally. In these cases, some patients get bored with life and some of them are in such a condition that they are ready to give their lives.
Whatever the situation may be, we should try to cope with it. However, if the situation worsens to the point of depression, then it is better to try our best to get rid of it with the help of natural methods. The family and friends of a depressed patient can play a very important role in this regard. One of the most useful and important discoveries made by scientists after a long period of research is that smiling plays a very important role in overcoming depression. A smile is actually a perfect expression of a person's inner happiness and interestingly, there is no use of words in expressing happiness. Smile is a useful and effective medicine that is available for free to deal with any kind of stress and depression in life. Research has shown that when a person smiles, more than 40 nerves in his face are activated, blood circulation in the facial area improves and has a very beneficial effect on the overall health of the smiler. On the other hand, when a person is not smiling, only 7 nerves of his face remain active. However, it is to be noted that shallow and meaningless smiles usually do no good. One should forget all necessary and unnecessary worries and learn to smile from the bottom of the heart and make it a habit and only then large and small diseases like depression gradually begins to go away.
The physical exercise can also help to reduce depression and lead a normal life. Experts say that 20 to 30 minutes of daily exercise is very useful in this regard. Various research studies have also shown that very intense exercise cannot be of much benefit in this regard. Therefore, light exercise that is done regularly is very useful. Running is also a good exercise that triggers the release of hormones called endorphins in the brain. As a result, a person feels happier and happier and can stay away from diseases like depression. It is better to do something than to do nothing, it is wise to get up and start walking instead of sitting still and making your mind dysfunctional and sick.
The soft rays of the sun also play an important role in lightening the mood and giving a feeling of happiness and encouraging people to participate in the activities full of joy. This is because the sun helps the brain secrete an important chemical compound, serotonin, in normal amounts. Therefore, spending time in the light sun, especially in the morning and evening, helps to keep away this painful disease.
Remember that the best medications available today are for the treatment of depression, but it should also be noted that these allopathic medicines also have side effects. Therefore, efforts to get rid of this disease naturally are useful. But keep in mind that these exercises are only helpful and cannot be a substitute for treatment. Patients should start focusing on other people and situations instead of examining themselves. Physical exercise throughout the day and work exercise for a certain amount of time works as an excellent sleeping pill and creates a feeling of happiness in the mind. Exercise not only helps keep the body's muscles in the right shape, but also creates a positive feeling that you have achieved something. This feeling also helps to relieve depression. It is important not to suppress your feelings altogether when you are depressed. It is equally important to avoid terrible arguments or expressions of outrage. You should steer clear of emotionally damaging behavior. People forgive, but it is best not to stir things up to the point at which forgiveness is required. When you are depressed, you need the love of other people, and yet depression fosters actions that destroy that love. Remember depression doesn’t take away your talents; it just makes them harder to find.
(Dr. Ashaq Hussain is Assistant Professor (selection Grade) in Chemistry at Govt. Degree College Chatroo
and can be reached at [email protected])