anxiety – HTV https://htv.com.pk Thu, 14 May 2020 23:57:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 5 Self Care Tips For When You’re Having A Tough Day https://htv.com.pk/lifestyle/self-care-tips Tue, 26 Feb 2019 04:30:10 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=43159

We’re all familiar with that sinking feeling during the day when everything that has been piling up starts to take a toll on us. Nothing is going right, and life keeps throwing new stuff at you to juggle. Everything feels like it’s falling apart. Pause, take a deep breath, and remember you’ve dealt with situations […]

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We’re all familiar with that sinking feeling during the day when everything that has been piling up starts to take a toll on us. Nothing is going right, and life keeps throwing new stuff at you to juggle. Everything feels like it’s falling apart.

Pause, take a deep breath, and remember you’ve dealt with situations like this before. You’ll get through it. But here are a few things you can do to help you deal with this.

Related: Positive Thoughts, Positive Life

Do something for yourself. A trip to the spa, a little retail therapy or maybe get your favorite food for dinner.

When everything is going wrong, you need to have at least one thing go right. Let yourself indulge. You deserve it.

Related: Find Out Which Foods Can Make You Happy

Take a long, hot shower

Not only will this help your tense muscles relax, it’ll also give you a break from everything. You’ll get some alone time to be able to clear your head. And the happy soapy smells will lift your mood.

Call a friend

It can be hard to reach out. You feel like you’re burdening someone with your problems. But you need to talk! People that are close to you will not feel burdened. If it makes you feel any better, ask your friend if they’re free to listen to you vent. This will make it easier for you to talk because then you won’t have to wonder if they need to be somewhere else. Just letting it out can make a difference.

Go for a run

If you feel you are able to go for a run, do it! It gives you a healthy way to channel your anger, anxiety, frustration, and any other negative emotions you might be feeling. It also releases chemicals that lift your mood. And you feel great after you’re done!

Read: 7 Tips For Coping With Stress

Positive Reminders

During a tough time we’re too hard on ourselves. Remember:

It’s okay to make mistakes. Forgive yourself, you’re only human.

You cannot control everything.

You’re trying your best.

Your emotions are valid. Give yourself the space to feel sad, upset, etc.

You matter, and your happiness matters.

You’ve achieved things in the past.

Write all these reminders, and then some, on post its and put them up around you. Fight that self-doubt and know you’re doing okay.

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Signs That Your Vitamin D Levels Are Low https://htv.com.pk/health/vitamin-d-signs Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:32:31 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42483

One thing Pakistan is not lacking in is sunshine. Which happens to be one of the most essential components of receiving adequate Vitamin D. However, despite having abundant exposure to the sun, a 2016 study shows that a whopping 80% of the sample population suffers from Vitamin D Insufficiency or deficiency*. Vitamin D is absolutely […]

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One thing Pakistan is not lacking in is sunshine. Which happens to be one of the most essential components of receiving adequate Vitamin D. However, despite having abundant exposure to the sun, a 2016 study shows that a whopping 80% of the sample population suffers from Vitamin D Insufficiency or deficiency*.

Vitamin D is absolutely essential for bone health and steering clear of bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis.

Here are some signs that may be suggesting that it’s time for you to get your Vitamin D levels checked, pronto!

1. Pain in your bones, most often in the joints or back

This is perhaps the most tell-tale sign that you need more VD. Did you know yoga can help build stronger bones? Once your levels are back on track, try yoga to keep your bones strong

2. Feeling fatigued or unusually tired

Studies have shown that feeling tired or sleepy may be due to low levels of Vitamin D and more energy has been recorded once supplements were taken.

Read: 11 reasons you’re feeling tired

3. Depression and/or anxiety

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Vitamin D receptors are spread across our bodies but experts say that the brain may be an area of high levels of Vitamin D receptors. Therefore, it is possible that low Vitamin D has effects on mood and linked disorders.

Read: The Truth About Winter Depression

4. Weakened immune system

You feel like you are falling sick too often and wonder why. It is unlikely that we will attribute this to low VD, but it could be true!

Other ways to boost your immunity

5. Low bone-density

This is very closely related to the amount of VD you have in your system. It basically means softer bones therefore, more chances of bone injuries such as fractures.

6. Muscular pain

You may be waking up with stiffness around your joints. There are many causes of muscular pain. However, a study showed that children complaining of growing pains benefited from administered doses of Vitamin D.

7. Hair loss

Everyone experiences some level of hair-fall. However, if the hair loss is severe then there may be a link to your VD levels. Alopecia areata, which is severe hair fall (sometimes in chunks), is associated with rickets- soft bones.

8. Impaired healing of wounds

Since Vitamin D is essential for the creation of new skin cells, wounds are less likely to heal as fast as they should if you suffer from deficiency.

If you suffer from these symptoms, you should get your Vitamin D levels checked, and if they are below sufficient, your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dosage.

9. Weight Gain

You’ve been trying to lose weight but it’s just not happening. Low Vitamin D could be the reason behind that stubborn belly fat.

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7 Foods To Help With Anxiety https://htv.com.pk/nutrition/7-foods-to-help-with-anxiety Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:23:26 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42235

Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent. Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may […]

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Anxiety is what you feel when you are in the face of stress. Apprehension, tension, fear, nervousness, irritability, trouble concentrating are all characteristic of anxiety. Anxiety is present in everyday situations and is considered normal up to a certain extent.

Make a few lifestyle changes and add particular foods to your diet and it may help in relieving or managing your anxiety.

Tips to reduce anxiety and stress

Research shows that anxiety manifests due to combination of genetics, environmental factors and brain chemistry. Certain foods are known to increase brain health and may prove to be beneficial in managing anxiety.

Related: Spending too much time on your phone may be a sign of anxiety

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan which aids in the production of serotonin, our happy hormone. It is also loaded with potassium, which regulates electrolyte balance and decreases feelings of stress and anxiety.

Vitamin D Rich Foods

Foods that are rich in Vitamin D might help curb feelings of anxiety. These include fatty fish like salmon, egg yolks, lean meats, soy, nuts and seeds. Eggs also contain tryptophan. Here are 5 ways to add eggs to your diet.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids in particular. These may reduce inflammation and cell death in the brain. Chocolate is also linked to improved mood.

Benefits of eating dark chocolate

Turmeric

Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin. It is very common in South Asian cooking and many people use it as a home remedy to treat many illnesses. It reduces inflammation and helps with episodes of anxiety.

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Chamomile

Chamomile tea calms the nerves. The flavonoids present in chamomile have relaxing and anti-anxiety properties. It doesn’t necessarily prevent anxiety but can manage its symptoms.

Green Tea

Green tea has theanine. Theanine increases production of serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals can improve mood and increase feelings of calmness.

You can also use Green Tea for all your beauty needs.

Yogurt

Studies are showing a link between fermented products and positive effects on brain health. Fermented products may improve problems related to social anxiety and increased levels of happiness in some people.

Yogurts and dairy products in general have anti-inflammatory properties.

Make your own yogurt at home!

Please keep in mind that if anxiety persists over a longer time period, then it may be due to GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and will need to be evaluated by a doctor.

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Thyroid Gland Disorders https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/thyroid-gland-disorders https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/thyroid-gland-disorders#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 05:02:07 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38445

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Overview

The thyroid gland is a minor gland located in the neck. It produces important hormones that are necessary for the maintenance of the normal metabolism of the body. The two important thyroid hormones produced by the thyroid gland are T3, and T4. Disruptions in the levels of these hormones lead to the development of most of the thyroid gland disorders. Some of the important thyroid gland disorders are listed below:

  • Graves disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • De Quervain’s thyroiditis
  • Multinodular goiter
  • Thyroid cancer

Causes

The causes depend on the disorder. Some of the causes are listed below:

  • Autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland
  • Stimulation of TSH receptor by intrinsic antibodies
  • Decreased dietary iodine
  • Congenital absence of thyroid gland
  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland

Symptoms

The symptoms of thyroid disease are contingent on whether the disease produces the state of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism in the patient. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and De Quervain’s thyroiditis produce hypothyroidism, whereas multinodular goiter and Graves disease produce hyperthyroidism.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Slow heart rate
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Oligomenorrhea
  • Decreased sweating
  • Muscle aches

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Menorrhagia
  • Increased sweating
  • Arrhythmias
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Protruding eyes (in Graves disease)

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of thyroid gland disorders is made with the help of clinical signs and symptoms and physical examination of the thyroid gland. Confirmation can be done by the following tests:

  • Thyroid function tests (TSH, T3, T4)
  • Fine needle biopsy of the thyroid gland

Treatment

The treatment aims to correct the hyper or hypothyroidism.

Treatment of hyperthyroidism:

  • Surgical removal of the thyroid gland
  • Radioactive iodine ablation therapy

Treatment of hypothyroidism:

  • Thyroid hormone supplementation – Levothyroxine

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Sexual Health Disorders https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/sexual-health-disorders https://htv.com.pk/health-a-to-z/sexual-health-disorders#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 04:59:40 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=38238

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Overview

The maintenance of good sexual health is very important for the general, as well as mental well being of an individual. Problems in a person’s health can often be source of great embarrassment, and constant discomfort. The important sexual health disorders can be divided into the following categories:

  • Infections of the reproductive system (STDs, Endogenous infections, Infections induced via medical procedures)
  • Congenital disorders of the reproductive system (Intersex, androgen insensitivity syndrome)
  • Functional sexual disorders (Impotence, Premature ejaculation, Hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dysmenorrhea, menorrhagia)
  • Cancers of the reproductive system (prostate cancer, testicular cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer)

Causes

The cause of each sexual health disorder varies with the specific disorder.

  • Reproductive tract infections – sexual intercourse with multiple partners, unprotected sex.
  • Congenital disorders – problems in maternal health during pregnancy
  • Functional disorders – psychological, blood vessel disorders, hormonal imbalances
  • Cancers – genetic and environmental factors

Symptoms

The general symptoms that are associated with most sexual health disorders are:

  • Inability to have sexual intercourse
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Pain or discomfort in the genital region

Diagnosis

The following tests are all helpful in diagnosing sexual health problems:

  • Pap smear
  • Semen analysis
  • CT scan pelvis
  • Ultrasound pelvis
  • Biopsy

Treatment

Treatment depends on the specific disorder. Lifestyle alterations, medications, and surgery all play a role in one disease or the other.

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