depression, exercise, health, indoorworkouts, Mental health, staircase, staircaseindoor, weight loss

Staircase: Weight loss help!

I try not to use the elevator, at least when I am alone. Initially, I started this practice as I never wanted to wait for the lift but slowly it converted to a good exercise form. Now if I take an elevator or lift I feel so awkward. I want to be fit and strong and this is the easiest way I can do my workout on any day. It too helps me in many other ways and I list them below:

  • Climbing the stairs will help you in building your leg muscles. It’s an aerobic exercise that also strengthens the muscles of your lower body. When you climb stairs, you are working against gravity, which causes the muscles of your thighs, buttocks, and calves to work harder than they would on level ground.
  • Climbing stairs helps you improve your heart rate and it too will increase your lung capacity. The consistent movement of your legs and hips results in deeper breathing increasing your heartbeat, which leads to increased blood flow in all of your body.
  • You will burn more calories climbing stairs than you will be walking because it is a more vigorous aerobic activity.
  • Climbing stairs will leads to stronger joints and muscles.
  • It will help you in losing extra calories which will again help you in losing weight.
  • If you are claustrophobic this is the best way to avoid those crowded lifts.
  • You are never depended on the lift or elevator.
  • You are never depended on the weather for your exercise, you can do this anytime.
  • If you have a traveling job, this practice will help you to be fit and you will never miss your workouts.

Using stairs will help you in many ways and you will see the effect of it in a few days.

Note: If you have a history of knee injuries, consult with your health care provider before beginning a stair climbing program/ workout.

 

 

 

depression, exercise, health, Mental health, metabolism, mood swing, pregnancy

Mood Swings During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you probably have had some experience with mood swings. You are not alone. mood swings during pregnancy are common. You may be excited about being pregnant, but you can also be stressed or overwhelmed. You may have constant worries that may contribute to your mood swings.

Questions such as:

  • Will I be a good mother?
  • How am I going to manage financially?
  • Will my baby be healthy?
  • Am I doing the right things to prepare for my baby?
  • How will the life after baby?
  • Is this the right time to have a baby? and many more..

What causes mood swings during pregnancy?

Mood changes during pregnancy can be caused by physical stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 to 10 weeks and then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.

What should I do to treat my mood swings?

It is important to understand you are not alone, mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope.

The following list includes some ways to manage your stress level:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a break during the day to relax
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Eat well
  • Spend time with your partner
  • Take a nap.
  • Go for a walk
  • See a movie with a friend
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Try pregnancy yoga class or meditation
  • Try breathing exercises
  • Get a massage
  • Get help and don’t make yourself tired
  • Avoid things which make you tensed and stressed

If your mood swings last more than two weeks and do not seem to get better, you may want to ask your healthcare provider for a referral to a counselor.

 

 

 

 

depression, Feelings, Mental health

Breakup

Yes, feeling of being alone is something which I can’t explain. Days looks longer and every second passes like an hour. Feeling of not doing anything and keep looking straight for long. Life looks like coming to an edge and feeling of zero. Feeling of being alone and trying to find fault in self. All these where my emotions after my teen breakup.

I was scattered, it took time for me to get back to the world of life. All the help and friends were of no help because my mind was closed and stuck. I came out of that phase with effort and after loosing much of my time. What made me get out of that phase?

Off course time and situation helped me but I will give more credit to my positive thinking and my will power. To accept the situation and not try to move faster or run away from the phase.

I started doing things which I loved the most- watching comedy shows either on TV or internet. Many comedian made me feel that what I am doing is so stupid and so natural. They made me feel without hurting my feeling. I accepted my breakup with a big laugh and moved on.

Made many friends and got in touch with old ones. Started doing things for which I never had time as I was busy!

Just remember life is too small to be sad and unhappy. Go see the world around you. We are lucky and this is the reason to celebrate.

 

 

 

 

depression, how to start, Mental health

Mental Health- how do I get back to life?

Mental health is something which we often ignore. Either we don’t  understand what we are going through or we don’t accept it. As a lady who has gone through this can understand what goes inside us. What made me write today is I see alot of us going through this but we don’t understand or take it seriously. How do we understand when to ask for help?

When I was in college I went through a bad depression phase, given I was from a small town so I was clueless about my situation and there was not much help available on internet too but when I write now there are so much of help on internet and people are now open to talk about it too. I had lost much because of mine mental health but I am a fortunate person to come out of it. What helped in my healing? I was never on any medication given I never knew what was happening to me.

Problem with depression or low mental health is- you don’t feel like doing anything. To get pussed and start doing anything becames a big deal. I still remember how I started my first step towards my healthy life. One day when I got up all my roommates were off to class and I was only one sleeping and it was around 3 PM. That clicked me so hard and I made a promise to myself saying “I will not repeat this and let me help myself to come out of this”.

  • I started small and slowly that converted to my habit. I started getting up early around 5 in the morning and started going out for long walks. It helped me like magic. I use to walk really long thinking something. Slowly my thoughts got a positive shape but it took few months. I had failed many a times before making my walks really long.
  • Eat and drink clean. I am a non smoker and that too helped me. Normally I have seen people getting into bad habits just because they are into depression. Please, that’s going to worsen your situation. I drink almost 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
  • Make good friends who understand and help you. I know it’s not that easy but not that tough as well. Till the time you find someone write your thoughts into your diary.
  • I have lots of love for music and songs. Whenever I am alone I make sure I put on my favorites songs and Yes, I dance on them as well.

I don’t regret going through a bad phase in my important days but I will regret if I don’t help anyone going through it. I know its hard but just one step and you will be back to the life again.

Will write more on how to get a better sleep and get up on time when suffering from bad mental health.

 

depression, post pregnancy, postpartum

Post pregnancy depression

As a new mom we often get tensed thinking of many things or sometimes lack of sleep makes us more irritating.  Just remember one thing “we are human too and so can’t be perfect all the times”. There will be a time when we will lose our mind and sense but how to make sure we remain calm and composed.

Five points which helped me in my post pregnancy days raising and taking care of my son:

  • Relax, listen to some good music. watch your favorite show, call and talk to your friends. Most important talk to your partner.
  • Get out of the house for walk and fresh air.
  • Sleep with your baby. Don’t just start doing household work as soon as your baby sleeps. Take some rest as well. Dirty laundry and kitchen can be done afterwards.
  • Take help of family and friends. If you are missing something for your baby that’s still fine, just remember you can’t be perfect all the times so ask for help and trust them.
  • Don’t worry about weight loss. Of Course you need sometime to get in shape and worrying will not help you in getting that. Focus on being healthy, not on weight loss.

 

I understand it’s not easy to handle post pregnancy depression and at the same time no one can help you. You are the only person who have to work on it and come out of it. Just remember “You are the best!” .