Dental decay and tooth loss may not be simple medical problems and psychological issues such as depression and anxiety are linked to these conditions, research suggests.
“Tooth loss from caries (dental decay) and periodontal disease (when the gums detach from the teeth) is an outcome from complex, chronic conditions,” said the research.
“Several bio-psychosocial factors are involved, including accessing care. Individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid dental care and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care,” said R. Constance Wiener from West Virginia University.
For the study, researchers used a data of 451,075 respondents and selected those who were 19 years or older, and had complete data on depression, anxiety and tooth loss.
There were 76,292 eligible participants; and 13.4 percent of participants reported anxiety, 16.7 percent reported depression, and 5.7 percent reported total tooth loss.
The researchers found that depression, anxiety and a combined category of depression or anxiety were significantly different in tooth loss than in the participants without such conditions. (Bollywood Country)
Picking up cleaning equipment and getting down to clear clutter around oneself could be one possible way to cope with stress. Many health opinions suggest stress cleaning is an actual issue many people worldwide face. But, what really is stress cleaning?
“The act of cleaning, if done within limits, can bring an added benefit of exercise, which can be great for relieving stress, so called ‘stress-cleaning’. Response to stress can be subjective, for example, some people can comfort eat or exercise or some may resort to cleaning as a way of stress-busting”, states Dr Santosh Bangar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Global Hospital, Mumbai told IANSlife.
A cluttered house can lead to negative emotions like irritability, tension, worry, whereas a clean space is more likely to be linked to positive emotions like feeling happy, calm and a sense of wellbeing. People can experience a feeling of achievement or pride, enhanced self-esteem after a cleaning-up session.
What causes it?
Our brain responds to stress with a fight or flight reaction by the amygdala, which is associated with facilitating emotions like fear or anxiety. Another brain area called the prefrontal cortex regulating emotions gets deactivated and works less. So, while the stress is getting triggered, the system supposed to keep it in check is slowing down!
Why it could be good and bad?
The response to stress is subjective, as some people can respond well to stress or even thrive (healthy stress), while other people’s emotions can be excessive leading to a full blown panic attack, characterised by shaking of body, dryness of mouth, sweating, palpitations, rapid breathing, feeling of impending doom. If excessive stress goes undetected or untreated, it may have number of physical and mental health complications.
Depression, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and suicide in extreme cases are known complications of untreated and persistent stress. Stress cleaning can worsen or induce OCD, Dr Bangar says.
The physical health complications include, impaired blood sugar or diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension, heart attack, impaired fat levels and uncommonly various forms of cancers.
Various forms of relaxation techniques are useful in dealing with stress, one such being ‘stress-cleaning’ or ‘stress-baking’ during periods of social isolation or lockdown. Others can be meditation, for example, mindfulness, yoga or deep breathing exercise. Listening to soothing music, taking regular exercise are other ways of managing stress at home. Reduce caffeine, smoking and alcohol intake, getting a refreshing sleep and eating a balanced diet can go long way to reduce stress. Of course, if these measures are not enough, then one must seek specialist professional help at the earliest. (IANS)
Renewing your career after motherhood is a challenging milestone; one that presents several dilemmas for women as professionals.
Quite often it is the woman who has to bear the brunt of sacrificing her career post marriage and subsequently childbirth. In today’s age, issues like renewing a career, providing maternity benefits, and child-friendly workstations or facilities for working mums are of importance.
Women make up 48 percent of the Indian population but have not benefitted equally from India’s rapid economic growth. Sixty-five percent of women are literate as compared to 80 percent of men. India has among the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, says a report by World Bank Group published last year. Female child mortality is still a grave concern, with over 239,000 girls under the age of 5 dying each year.
“About 40 percent of working mothers want to quit jobs to raise their kids,” noted a survey conducted by ASSOCHAM under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation. At the study conducted, ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation had interacted with a total of about 500 working women including 200 working mothers in 10 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune during the course of the past fortnight to gauge their career-related goals. A whopping 80 out of 200 respondents who are working mothers quoted motherhood and lack of quality time being spent with family were the primary reason to quit jobs.
At such a crucial juncture, what will it take to give a much-needed push and bolster women to return to career’s post motherhood or even start a career is they hadn’t before?
“My suggestion to women who want to get back to work is three-fold: Look for a role that excites you and one in which your mind will stretch and learn new things. The personal cost of balancing work, life, and children is tough, and beyond the very important role of financial independence, our jobs and careers nourish our minds and imaginations. Many women leave jobs, or struggle to keep them, after becoming mothers because boring jobs, or ones in which they are not growing, don’t seem worth the effort if you are fortunate enough financially to have a choice not to work,” believes Shreyasi Singh, Co-founder, and CEO, Harappa Education.
Along with getting a strong picture of current skills and ambition which is required to sustain in a specific industry, a holistic approach of looking at the situation and evaluation will help a long way, say experts. This includes getting a strong understanding of your own skills and ambitions. What do you really want to do? What could help you get to the long-term future you can see for yourself?
“Start somewhere, don’t wait for the perfect job. Figure out your non-negotiable, if that’s the commute from home, compensation, or the industry/role you want. Or, is it flexible time schedules? For example, the post-COVID work environment, especially remote WFH, can really be an important enabler for working mothers. Don’t be afraid to suggest, now of all times, the schedule that might work for you. Now more than ever, employers won’t judge you. This can actually be a good time to experiment, especially if you didn’t love the job you were in before. Keeping an open mind and stepping out of your comfort zone can be very powerful enablers in this phase,” adds Singh.
The lockdown necessitated by the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted the normal life of people all around the world. While the situation is challenging for all, it specifically puts great demands on the women in the family, as they not only look after the work at home but also at their respective offices.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that women are now doing two full-time jobs without even a weekend break. Indian women have always been multi-taskers and power-workers, balancing the needs of their family and job. Along with kids and family around in the same space, the work-life balance during the Covid-19 and amidst the lockdown has taken on a whole new meaning, agree on experts.
“Managing kids, work and the household – within lockdown, and the anxieties on both personal life (health, lifestyle) and professional life (Working from home, anxiety about the job), I have seen it manifest in my house, with my wife trying to navigate as a working woman, a mother, and a wife. Stress is a natural consequence, and new experiences that can be tried out at home can help counteract that. Be it working out as a family (with kids), or cooking as a family (encouraging kids to become little Masterchefs), or trying out online yoga – my wife has been at it since day one. Going through this experience has helped us/her assuage the stress effectively,” says Irwin Anand, MD, Udemy India.
We find ourselves looking to pick up new skills, whether it’s gardening, a musical instrument, or drawing/coding with kids in part because being challenged the right way can be a new source of delight for everyone! The coming weeks and months will shape the “new normal” in the day-to-day life of women, and I hope everyone understands how hard it is for them, and to support them however possible,” adds Anand. (IANS)
During pregnancy, women experience a large number of hormonal and physical changes, some of which can lead to stress. Especially, in these times of COVID-19, stress is tough to avoid.
However, it is a proven fact that stress can drastically alter the neural connectivity in the brain of an unborn child, says Dr. Anil Ballani, M.D, Consultant at Meyer Organics and teacher for Diploma in Diabetology with College of Physicians.
Researches have stated that a high level of the same has a damaging impact on the development of the baby’s brain. Hence, it is of great importance to work towards maintaining a calm and composed state of mind especially during the tough times of COVID 19. This can be ensured by engaging in relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation, mild exercise along with consuming a healthy diet, she says.
Dr Ballani lists some food items that can help in combating stress while you’re pregnant in Lockdown:
Green leafy vegetables
No diet is wholesome without the inclusion of ample green vegetables, which are packed with calcium, subsequently countering muscle fatigue and soreness, during pregnancy. They also enable the brain to kick-start the thermoregulatory processes in the body so that overall calm can be maintained. Options such as spinach, mustard green, fenugreek and broccoli are the best companions for staying stress-free.
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Enhance the intake of protein
In the absence of protein, one might frequently experience tiredness and sluggishness, adding up to the stress quotient. To avoid the same one should increase their protein consumption by at least 10 g, as it helps in the cell and muscle development of both the mother and the baby. For non-vegetarian women eggs and chicken are the best options; however, if one prefers a vegetarian diet, they should opt for proteins from various pulses, soya, sprouts, beans or legumes.
Items rich in Vitamin C
Vitamin C works towards the reduction of stress hormones along with boosting the immunity. Oranges are the best source of the same and can be consumed either as a whole fruit or in the form of a juice.
Incorporate selective seafood variants
It is a famous belief that seafood is not good for expecting mothers; however, it should be noted that not all varieties of fish are harmful either. Those which are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids help in curbing the rise of stress-causing hormones in the body as well as reduce the risks of heart diseases. Fish like salmon and tuna are filled with the goodness of Omega-3 and can be a part of one’s regular meal.
With high magnesium content, these act as natural sedatives and induce a sense of calm whilst minimising the feeling of anxiety. As an anti-heat food, it is known to keep the body temperature under control. Whole grains like whole wheat, brown rice, buckwheat and barley are some options one can choose from.
Apart from a healthy diet, pregnant women should practise some breathing exercises and light walks in the house. This is will help for a calming effect on mothers and relax their minds during COVID 19. (IANS)