Tech addiction may be real in some cases but is mostly fear-mongering.
Many studies linking technology addiction with mental health problems may be setting a false narrative and blaming technology for unrelated psychological problems.
Many studies link tech addiction (like playing video games) to cocaine, or methamphetamine usage, as it stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain.
The dopamine release is blamed for the addiction, but research shows that video games release far less dopamine than drugs, approximately the same as having food.
Only about 3 percent of gamers develop problematic behaviours leading to bad grades. A vast majority of the problems are mild.
Kids who use smartphones aren’t all addicted, and having a smartphone won’t cause major interference in work or social relationships.
The addiction to games or gaming disorder has been classified as a disease, but it could only be a symptom of other mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression.
The truth is that most cases are mild and easily cured.
If a person is depressed, chronically anxious, or having attention problems, he or she may be showing abnormal behaviour and symptoms, and one of those symptoms may be to use technology in a disproportionate way and be affected by it.
If such a person starts to sleep all day, one doesn’t blame the bed and think that it is a ‘bed addiction’. The mistake is that a symptom is being treated with the real problem being neglected.
Apart from using technology, many people indulge in a wide range of activities disproportionately, like exercise, eating, sex or shopping.
The activity isn’t the problem in these cases, but the person’ underlying mental health needs to be diagnosed.
Sleep is one of the three pillars of health, along with exercise and nutrition.
The need to sleep better is topping the charts, as app makers and manufacturers struggle to meet the demand for services and products designed for better sleep, like live sleep sessions, weighted blankets, sleep masks, and high-tech mattresses.
The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns have changed our work patterns and made us more sedentary.
Sleep was always neglected but apart from insomniacs and people having sleep disorders, not many talked about getting better sleep earlier, as it was considered a necessary activity constantly disturbing their life (partying, watching Netflix etc.)
Apart from a few herbs, exercise, and nutritional changes, most sleep-related products are not backed by scientific research. Many people who cannot sleep become dysfunctional as their body triggers alarms, and start to panic. They become gullible to buy anything that the market offers promising better sleep.
Going to bed early without engaging with the phone or TV screens at night, for example, is an effective measure to ensure quality sleep, then buying cooling mattress pads or humidifiers.
Humans didn’t need lotions, apps or even mattresses for millions of years, and yet they slept naturally. Nutrition and exercise, the two other pillars of health, are also milked by capitalism into billion-dollar industries for stuff we can do by ourselves naturally and with zero investment.
We need to treat the underlying causes of non-sleep and make our body and our environment conducive to it. The sleeping area should be quiet, dark, cool and comfortable. The mind should be quiet and the body relaxed.
Paying attention to when you eat is as important as what you're eating. Intermittent fasting is a simple way to start experimenting with a diet. It requires you to abstain from food, or at least most food, for specific periods.
Diets based on intermittent fasting shows a huge list of benefits, such as weight loss, balancing out one's blood sugar, and mental clarity.
There are three approaches to take:
The diet doesn't specify what you should be eating, only when.
Typical Western diets consist of simple carbohydrates, such as pizza or sandwiches. These food items provide the glucose your body uses as fuel. Spiking glucose increases insulin levels, which the body uses to process blood sugars.
A 12-week randomized trial found that overweight adults who started time-restricted eating lost about the same weight as a control group, and most of the weight lost was lean muscle mass, not fat.
But the take on time-restricted eating is still open because so few studies exist that examine its effects.
Our bodies follow a certain circadian rhythm that relies on us following a consistent sleeping time.
One can use the morning sunrise as an anchor to your wake time. Having a fixed time also builds a sleep drive gradually, as the body gets in the habit of falling asleep at the same time at night.
We should follow the alarm that is set, and get up at the time. If it is slightly difficult, you can set up multiple alarms in the initial mornings, but do not hit the snooze button while half asleep. That’s cheating.
If you have trouble sleeping due to sleep apnea or are showing signs of insomnia, do consult a sleep specialist.
Sleep heals our mind and body, but in today’s fast-paced and distracted world, many people are sleep deprived, wreaking havoc on their attention spans, mood and brain functioning. Less sleep also results in weight gain, distress and risk of insomnia.
Mindfulness, or meditation/movement techniques that cultivate awareness and aid rest can tame our never-ending thought patterns, calming our minds for a better sleep.
The feeling of unease, meaninglessness and hopelessness about life, freedom and life’s choices is referred to as an existential crisis, also called existential anxiety. One feels that the foundations on which their life was built are crumbling.
This feeling arises due to loss of safety and security, transitions and difficulty in adapting, leading one to question the meaning of existence and our place in it. Example: A student moving away from home or someone going through a difficult divorce.
The phrase ‘existential crisis’ has its roots on the philosophy of existentialism.
Existentialists view life in terms of meaning, freedom, isolation, death and ponder about the choices that are made everyday. They look towards problems and obstacles in a deeply penetrating way, trying to find meaning and purpose of their existence.
Common symptoms include anxiety, depression, isolation, loneliness and obsessive worry. Chronic sufferers of depression, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mental disorders are more prone to an existential crisis.
Causes of an existential crisis can be the death of a loved one, serious illness, entering into a certain age-group, or having a certain traumatic experience.
Egyptian tombs excavated by modern archaeologists unearthed preserved pots of honey, which were thousands of years old, and yet unspoiled.
Pure honey, a hygroscopic food, remains preserved in a ready-to-eat form, and is medicinal in nature, unlike other resilient foods like dried rice or salt.
The reason for honey’s eternal life when kept sealed, are bees.
Their wings dry out the moisture in the nectar and their stomach have an enzyme called glucose oxidase, which helps in making a natural preservative called hydrogen peroxide.
The Sumerian clay tablets have a record of the medicinal properties of honey, and the ancient Egyptians used it for medicinal purposes regularly, from skin ointments to any eye diseases.
Even modern medicine has started using honey-covered bandages that are used in hospitals.
Honey bought from the supermarket is processed and does not change its properties, as it does not have any particulates.
The honey from the farm has pollen, enzymes and other particulates, which can make it crystallized, but still unspoiled.
Once you have the rope on hand, place the middle of the rope underneath the arch of one foot.
Stand straight up, pull the cable up vertically while holding the handles parallel to the ground, so their size is excluded from the measurement. The ends of the cables should be even with, or below, the bottom of your sternum.
Start with the rope behind you, pulling on your calves, your hands in front of you, and the cable end of the handles pointing frontwards. Then do an initial swing with your arms.
For a toe catch drill, swing the rope over your head once, then trap it with the front of your feet without jumping it. After that, try to jump over it just once, then catch it. Then do it twice, and catch it, and continue.
Don't forget to bring your hands back to the position near your hips.
... also called the "love hormone" makes people more social and communal. It's a neuropeptide and hormone that we naturally produce inside our brains. It has a wide range of functions, like:
The hormone can be produced in the body by: