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Coping with the Pandemic of Grief -COVID 19

Coping with the Pandemic of Grief -COVID 19

Two pandemics would be considered the worst in recent human history. The first was the H1N1 pandemic, seen in 2009. It lasted for 19 months and was responsible for millions of people losing their lives. The second is COVID-19, which started in 2019 but took the shape of a pandemic only in 2020. We have already seen more than 33 lakh deaths worldwide, and with the pandemic refusing to come under control, can see many more. Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Drug Use: What’s the Connection?

The coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken have brought significant change to our lives.

You might feel increased stress, anxiety and depression particularly if you’re facing self-isolation.

It’s quite important to understand how this may affect your mental state and behavior and how you should take steps to look after your health and wellbeing. Read more

How are a good night's sleep and mental health connected?

How are a good night’s sleep and mental health connected?

A good night’s sleep can work wonders for a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Sleeping allows the brain and the body to rest giving them the time to recuperate and rejuvenate. This is the reason why most elders would insist on a good night’s sleep before taking any major decisions or appearing for major exams.

Mental health and sleep have a bidirectional relationship. People suffering from mental health disorders find it difficult to sleep and poor sleepers are prone to develop mental health disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and other similar conditions. Scientists also believe that treating sleep disorders can help in treating mental disorders and managing their symptoms. Read more

How insomnia affects mental health and 5 ways to deal with it

How insomnia affects mental health and 5 ways to deal with it

Insomnia or the inability to sleep properly at night is a common condition affecting nearly 33 percent Americans. Studies all over the world have proved that adults should get at least eight hours of sleep to maintain their physical and mental health.

Mental health and sleep are closely related. While disturbed sleep patterns may suggest a mental health problem, people with mental health disorders are poor sleepers. Additionally, treating sleep problems in people battling a mental disorder can help diagnose and treat mental disorders. Read more

5 habits of happy people

5 habits of happy people

What is happiness? Happiness is a balanced emotional state of mind characterized by feelings of joy, calm, satisfaction, contentment, and fulfilment. According to studies across the world, we control 40 percent of our happiness quotient. If you ask me, it is quite high and something that we should aim at achieving. But how? Read more