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Numerous factors, big or small, in the world may cause a person to feel stressed out. It is not a new term to come across. We as human beings often come across a stressful situation, such as a relationship issue, or death of a dear one. And it is completely normal, until and unless it allows you to carry out all your daily tasks as you normally would.

What is Stress?

Stress is nothing but how we react to different situations. While some people may remain calm, some others may get panicked and stressed due to a normal traffic, or maybe due to work pressure at job. Stress, if severe, can be problematic. You tend to adversely affect your physical health or feel dog-tired. Or you may fail to concentrate on simple things.

Nevertheless, your body has a "fight-or-flight" response to such stressful situations. During this process, your body releases some hormones post receiving signals from your brain to boost your potential for responding to a possible threat. But, due to stress having become a common issue, this "fight-or-flight" response process goes recurring. This is where stress management is required, since it provides you with a sea of tools to fight your stress.

Make stress management your goal that you constantly want to achieve. And do not forget to analyze your stress level from time to time. Thereafter, move on to determine what causes you to stress out.

Tips to Manage Stress

1. Notice how you feel - No two people will experience stress in exactly the same manner. Notice how you behave or think when you stress and when you do not.

2. Understand the source - Pay attention to what is the triggering factor of your stress. This factor can be anything, including your relationship with your partner or spouse, your kids, your job, your financial issue, or anything else that matters to you in some way or the other.

3. Understand your way to deal with stress - Try and identify if you go unhealthy when you go stressed out. Maybe you start eating more than enough when you feel uneasy and strained. Analyze if it is your regular or pertain to a specific situation only.

4. Ask for help - Choose from keeping your stress to yourself and continuing to stress or sharing it with friends and family and feeling a bit relaxed. But trust me, the latter will help you cope better with a stressful situation as compared to the former, in which case you would need to consult a professional psychologist.

5. Keep physically active - Forget not making any physical movements at all. Physical exercise of any kind is a great stress reliever. Since, the feel-good endorphins get a boost and bring an enhancement in your overall well-being.

6. Laugh more - Laughter is the best medicine. Definitely, each of your illnesses is not treatable alone by your laughter. But, it certainly helps you feel better. You feel lighter mentally. So, find humor in everything you see or experience.

7. Sleep enough - Take a proper sleep every night i.e. around 7-8 hours. When you sleep well, you feel well, and you react well.

8. Remind yourself - "I am special" - Don't forget to eat well and drink lots of water every day. Go for a walk, listen to music, and dance to your favorite number. Be happy. Take a break from work. Enjoy yourself. Half of your problems will disappear.

To conclude, stress may be related to a positive or a negative situation. Make sure you gauge your stress level keeping in mind both the aspects. Not suddenly, but gradually, you will learn to manage your stress in the safest and most effective manner.

Here are the best tips accumulated by Sakshi to help you manage your stress.

 

However, when children become victims of mental instabilities, things might seem to fall apart. But it is all about getting the grip and helping the child with the right treatment and support. The mental problems in a child can sprout due to several reasons, of which some can be beyond general anticipation. It is a well-known fact that mental illnesses are common in a child as well.

Some reasons behind their mental problems can be deciphered easily, while it can be tough to decode some others. Here are some not so prevalent causes that may trigger mental illness in a child:

    1. Air pollution: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the world's greatest environmental health risk, linked to one in eight of the total global deaths. But when it comes to air pollution, people generally connect it to respiratory problems, like coughing, wheezing, asthma, etc. A 2016 study by the UmeƄ University in Sweden revealed that there is a strong link between polluted air and the rise in kids' mental health problems. In fact, they found that the children who stayed in highly polluted areas were most likely to take prescribed medications associated with long-term mental problems.

 

    1. Weather worries: Worrying constantly about weather can cause mental problems, like phobia and stress. According to Stephen Whiteside, a psychologist and anxiety prevention expert at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, being anxious due to severe weather conditions is normal. However, some children develop storm phobias that affect their day-to-day lives. He added that constantly worrying about the weather makes it difficult for such kids to concentrate in schools. Moreover, there have been instances when children routinely check the weather forecasts and are afraid to leave the house.

 

    1. Spanking: Spanking is seen as a common method to discipline a child. However, a 2016 study by the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan confirmed that spanking might increase the risks of mental health disorders, cognitive impairment, aggression and anti-social behavior in children. Spanking, in fact, might cause long-term mental problems that greatly overshadow the short-term behavioral obedience.

 

    1. Threatening parents: Parents who yell and threaten their children can trigger depression and other disruptive disorders in them. A 2010 study done by Bowling Green State University, Ohio, revealed that verbal hostility can put the children at greater risks of developing mental problems. As Peggy O'Mara, renowned editor and publisher said, "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

 

  1. Cyberbullying: Physical bullying definitely causes a negative effect on a child's mind. But with more time spent on social media, children now become victims of cyberbullying too. The Huffington Post website states that since cyberbullying takes place in a virtual space without any physical contact, the agony experienced by a child can be double than normal. Since the child is powerless to take any real-time measures to stop such a harassment, he/she feels more tormented and mentally distressed.

Seeking treatment to cure a child's mental problems

As Magic Johnson, retired basketball player, said, "All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them." A little support from the parents, teachers, friends and well-wishers can help them fight the challenges and secure a sound mind.

 

Sigmund Freud gave us the first image of the subconscious mind, showing us that it hides our secret sexual desires and our selfishness. It also keeps a record of the traumatic experiences we have.

Carl Jung believed that we have an unconscious mind, able to think, feel, and sense in a different way, and make different conclusions. So, he believed that the unconscious mind was a part of our psyche, and not an extraterrestrial being.

He also noticed the existence of a collective unconscious mind, which he believed to be formed by various human experiences in our history. He verified that the collective unconscious mind produces our dreams and he started analyzing the meaning of these images for various different civilizations of the world, in various different historical times.

He understood that he had to be able to decipher the meaning of these images for humanity in order to understand the meaning they had for the collective unconscious mind; the dream producer. This was how he began his research.

He was influenced by the mindset of his historical time, even though he also had a very different behavior in comparison to the behavior of the scientific community of his historical time. His research was not only restricted to the scientific field.

In the end he concluded that the unconscious mind was God's mind, but he believed that God was also evil, besides being saintly. This is why he attributed the formation of mental illnesses to the unconscious mind, even though he saw that the unconscious mind worked like a doctor.

This was a contradiction that he believed to be possible. He was influenced by Nietzsche's ideas about the possibility of the existence of a reality beyond good and evil, while this was an absurd assumption.

Whatever is evil is poison for our brain and our lives. We must be only good in order to find peace.

I had to correct Jung's mistakes when I continued his research by precisely obeying God's guidance in my dreams. I concluded that the human conscience was idiotic and absurd and therefore, our own conscience was responsible for the formation of mental illnesses.

I concluded that the unconscious mind was only wise and saintly, especially when I translated the two symbolic meanings of the literary book I had written when I was a teen, according to Carl Jung's method of dream interpretation.

I concluded that our idiotic and absurd conscience must obey the wise unconscious mind instead of making mistakes and losing consciousness.

My obedience to God's guidance helped me discover the existence of a satanic primitive conscience in the human brain that generates mental illnesses within our conscience, and is more absurd than our one-sided conscience, which is underdeveloped and makes many logical and behavioral mistakes.

This is why everyone is affected by mental health problems, and this is why we live in a crazy world characterized by terror, violence, immorality, hypocrisy, and greed.

The therapeutic power of the intelligent messages we have in our dreams prove that they are not produced by our brain, since our brain is absurd.

You may be surprised with this statement, but the fact that we seem to be balanced in our work or during various social occasions doesn't mean that we are mentally healthy. We simply pretend to be reasonable, while we are mainly absurd, especially when we are alone.

The unconscious mind doesn't belong to the human brain. It is an extraterrestrial being, since God doesn't belong to our planet. So, there is another dimension behind dreams.

God created our planet in order to transform demons into human beings who would then be able to attain sanctity.

We are demons because we think like demons, since the biggest part of our brain is occupied by our satanic anti-conscience. We also are human beings because God transformed a part of our brain into a human conscience. We can also think like human beings, but your conscience is absurd and evil too because it is one-sided. It cannot be completely developed without our participation in this process.

We tend to listen to Satan, since it is stronger in our psyche. However, our conscience must listen to God and respect His rules in order to find sound mental health and peace.

Your dreams give you this vision. Now that I discovered the existence of the anti-conscience the dream messages are very clear and everyone follows the necessary process of transformation in a shorter period of time.

This means that you have scientific proof of the existence of God and Satan, and you can understand how to stop being in the bad situation you are by following the guidance you have in your dreams.

The fact that you are so absurd is very bad, but the fact that you can become a brilliant human being after eliminating your satanic anti-conscience is an alternative that will help you solve all your problems based on God's wisdom, and not based on your suppositions.

Christina Sponias continued Carl Jung's research into the human psyche, discovering the cure for all mental illnesses, and simplifying the scientific method of dream interpretation that teaches you how to exactly translate the meaning of your dreams, so that you can find health, wisdom and happiness.

 

Stress and foul mood can be detrimental to one's health and reduce one's life expectancy. Now, scientists have identified the genes responsible for reducing the life expectancy of individuals who are always under stress and do not have a happy disposition.

The study, recently published in the Molecular Psychiatry, revealed the genetic reason of this poorly understood phenomenon. Mood and stress are known to shorten the lifespan. The researchers of the study have also identified the genes responsible for it.

The researchers of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Scripps Research Institute, CA, undertook a multi-faceted project, researching on the genetic premises of premature aging in the presence of stress and psychiatric illness.

The researchers used human respondents and a particular worm called Caenorhabditis Elegans - the most studied worm on the earth - for their research. The researchers identified a range of genes that seem to control the impact of mood and stress responses on the longevity of an organism. The reason why the researchers chose C. Elegans is that one of the co-authors, Michael Petrascheck, Ph.D., found that when the worm was exposed to an antidepressant Mianserin, it lived longer. The latest study was based on this prior knowledge.

"We were looking for genes that might be at the interface between mood, stress, and longevity. We have found a series of genes involved in mood disorders and stress disorders which also seem to be involved in longevity," said the lead author of the study, Dr. Alexander B. Niculescu III.

Gene ANK3's key role in reducing life expectancy

The researchers zeroed in on a particular gene called ANK3 that appeared to play a key role in the process. It is a protein called Ankyrin-G which is involved in certain types of synaptic transmission between neurons. Ankyrin-G was also found to be associated with bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia. This gene is a vital link for unearthing the association between emotional responses and premature aging.

The researchers found that these genes changed their rates of expression with age. The genes showed a significant shift in expression in people who experienced stress or mood disorders, and also in people who had committed suicide. This shift or change is normally associated with shorter lifespan and premature aging.

Modus operandi

The researchers did a thorough research to study the role of genes in altering the mood, stress and lifespan.

  • They first investigated the genetic changes Mianserin made to C. Elegans that affected 231 genes, which were then compared to the human genome. They found at least 347 corresponding genes in humans.
  • The researchers then compared these 347 genes with the genomes of 3,577 older adults and found that 134 of them overlapped with depressive symptoms in humans.
  • They then studied the C. Elegans and tested them under the effects of Mianserin and oxidative stress. ANK3 is set to increase with age and the drug keeps these levels down. However, they found that Mianserin needs at least some ANK3 to provide its life-extending effects.
  • While studying 700 blood samples from psychiatric patients and people who had committed suicide, the researchers found higher levels of ANK3 in older patients and those who had committed suicide.
  • They collected a panel of biomarkers by adding some of the other high-scoring genes from Niculescu lab's Convergent Functional Genomics investigation. As a group, they gave an even stronger result than ANK3 on its own. The correlation was stronger for the suicide group.

Link between genes and longevity

It was revealed that the genes that overlapped most with mood- and stress-modulated longevity are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction. And mitochondrial dysfunction and aging are closely linked, according to the researchers.