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Zig Ziglar said a healthy mind breeds a healthy body and visa versa. While talking about sound mental well-being, one must think about caregivers who find themselves even more exhausted due to and during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Caregiver fatigue is very common. Almost every caregiver goes through this feeling of exhaustion, drowsiness, debility, etc, says Dr. Mantosh Kumar, Sr Consultant Psychiatrist, Sukoon Hospital (clinically governed by Fortis Healthcare).
“Being a caregiver for someone you know and love, can be both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. This can drain a person physically, mentally, and emotionally. Fatigue usually occurs when this stress and burden starts affecting the caregiver’s life and health. They might have felt alone, unsupported, or unappreciated. Eventually, they can lose interest in caring for themselves and the person they look after,” says Dr. Mantosh, who has worked in the Department of Psychiatry at IHBAS (New Delhi) and as a Consultant in VIMHANS (New Delhi).
The physical symptoms are headache, insomnia, body ache, and change in body weight, among others, whereas the mental symptoms can be figured out from the behavioral changes i.e. anxiety, hopelessness, impatience, self-isolation, etc. The most prominent factor for caregiver fatigue is neglecting the caregiving duties.
The world is experiencing a ‘unifying trauma’ of loss and uncertainty, and mental health workers, therapists and caregivers aren’t exempt, says the expert. As per a recent survey, the therapists’ mental and emotional investment into their work has registered an uptick, and most therapists are experiencing caregiver fatigue as a result of the current COVID-19 situation, lockdown pressures, and doing only/mostly telepsychiatry.
“We have all felt the devastating effects of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic) on our families and communities. It is unequivocal that this pandemic has led to a near-total disruption of our social fabric. Under these circumstances, one can imagine the psychological toll which is very significant,” he said.
For some people, speaking to a therapist is the most effective way of understanding their own feelings, experiences, and surroundings. However, in a situation like the ongoing pandemic, even therapists or caregivers themselves are going through the same situation.
Counseling their clients on trauma, they are experiencing the same feeling themselves. This fatigue is making them feel overworked as their demand has increased, explains the Sukoon Healthcare expert.
“The pandemic has shaken the economy of the world. The financial situation is creating affecting people badly, who want to see a therapist to understand their own thought process and the situation. Nobody was prepared and nor is anyone immune to such disruption, like the one that has been caused by the pandemic. Therapists and counselors are facing the same anxiety, uncertainty, and financial stress that is troubling those who seek their services.”
With some have lost jobs, are getting low or minimum salaries, some are stuck in a place far away from home struggling to meet the basic necessities of their own lives; survival is getting difficult and more complicated. With the growing number of people getting affected and dying, therapists are troubled to maintain professional boundaries. Thus, leaving them with fatigue and feeling overworked.
“For a patient or client, it might be the first time they’re really voicing and vocalizing this stuff, it’s one of seven or eight times a therapist is hearing this during the day. Dealing with the same kinds of questions, queries, or uncertainties ‘n’ number of times in a day can also exhaust and trouble. Plus, their own internal monologue of how they’re doing themselves is bound to have the caretaker worried themselves.”
There is an urge to let the worries and personal anxieties take a back seat on days punctuated by appointments for them. Therapists and caregivers can’t be both, a stressed human and a good therapist at one go, and they need to pick and choose, opines Dr. Mantosh.
The financial concerns are just one part of a constantly turning wheel of what therapists and counselors are working with as they try to maintain the same standard of care while adapting to a new normal. It has been a significant challenge to navigate self-care while helping others.
Therapists are experiencing the same levels of helplessness, the same feelings of anxiety and doubt and fear, and on top of that are making space to take care of other people’s concerns. And so it’s a tough job, too. Working through the anxieties and fears of other people means mental health professionals are consistently being exposed to the collective trauma of the pandemic. (IANS)
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By Olivia Sarkar
The season of love is upon us and as wedding bells ring louder, timepieces that radiate elegance and beauty become an important accessory.
Michael Kors attention to detail, features timepieces designed for the exquisite woman and the sophisticated gentleman. So, while the bride and her bridesmaids prepare to have the wedding party fawning over their looks, and the groom puts on his best, these new watches are sure to elevate any ensemble and turn heads.
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For the bride
The bride is the star of the wedding festivities, and she wants every detail of her big day to be memorable. These designs are created for the fashion-forward woman and are likely to attract the attention of any vogue observer.
The Signature MK logo collection
The instantly recognizable, bold silhouettes, gleaming dials, and stainless steel bands are all part of the new signature logo collection. The gold-tone Wren pieces are 42mm in diameter and come with an H-link bracelet with the MK emblem. This watch, which costs INR 21,995, is sure to go with whichever clothing the bride chooses.
The shiny new Layton Pave
The popular Layton has been encrusted with pave stones of various sizes to give it a sparkly sheen. The stainless-steel chronograph is 42mm in diameter and comes with a 3-link bracelet for more glitz. The polished Layton, priced at INR 27,995, will be available in silver and gold tones, making it ideal for brides to choose and set the tone for their big day!
The Everest relaunched in its original boyfriend-style with even more sparkle and gloss.Unsplash
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The iconic Everest
The Everest, one of the brands most popular watches, has been relaunched in its original boyfriend-style with even more sparkle and gloss. Everest's renowned New York traditional jet-set look is ideal for the fashion-forward, modern-day bride. Each large chronograph makes a bold, stylish, and dazzling statement, which is exactly what a bride requires.
These will be available in a variety of colours, including gunmetal, rose-gold tone, two gold tone variations, and a two-toned piece, and will cost INR 43,000 and INR 51,000, respectively.
For the man of the hour
Why should the groom be left out if the bride is going all out? The Bayville Automatic is the perfect head-turner for the main-appearance man's for the night. Its semi-skeleton dial, color-contrast tachymeter top ring, and multi-link stainless steel band are bold and sporty, yet they're offset by a classy combination of brown and rose gold tones. The cost of the piece is INR 51,000.(IANS/PR)
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By Sukant Deepak
He describes himself as a 'Shiv bhakt' and a 'Muslim Jogi'. In his world, stories are not mere tales that entertain, but a tool to reinforce contemporary realities among listeners. Rich in metaphors, vivid with minute details, Jumme Khan likes to transport his audiences not to a world far away but the universe that surrounds them.
Part of a Jogi family from Pinan village in Alwar, Rajasthan and accompanied by his band of musicians, he uses a combination of harmonium, chimta, dholak, and the single-stringed bhapang - his instrument of choice - to retell stories that resound across generations. "The key here is connection. Unless people can relate, they will not enjoy it. To touch them, we have to decipher the common truth, find that elusive thread that binds us all. That is when the audience becomes one with the storyteller," he tells IANS.
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Khan, who enthralled the audience with the oral tradition of the improvisatory, communicative story-telling style of the Jogis at the recently concluded 'Mahindra Kabira Festival' in Varanasi, started singing when he was 13-years-old, and there has been no looking back ever since. "But it never gets repetitive. Every day on the stage is a new one. One is forever in search of something new that will resound with the audience," says Khan, who has also penned a song on the ongoing Corona pandemic.
For him, the magic of folk is unparalleled. He insists that nothing can replace the enigma of folk music in any culture. "Of course, this does not mean that steps are not taken to preserve it. We have seen a decline in the number of folk artists in the past few decades. But the immense power of folk seldom fails to move the audiences, including those who have always had access to modern entertainment," says Khan.
But he does feel that culture has taken a back seat in modern education. Remembering the time when schools would regularly organise cultural activities for students, he says, "It seems nowadays everything is about academics. How can we forget the fact that music and the arts play an indispensable role in all-around development? Culture opens an altogether new horizon, imparts a vision and understanding about the self. At least, give the children access and introduce them to different art forms including music. Let them decide if they want to pursue or not."
Swearing by the power of live and the energy he derives from the audiencesUnsplash
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Swearing by the power of live and the energy he derives from the audiences, Khan says that he is just not cut out for digital concerts. "They may have become a rage during the lockdowns, but I was clear that I would not be a part of them. In my art form, the live audience is an indispensable part of the whole act, without them, things will fall flat."
Stressing that while there were many platforms (festivals, etc) including those provided by the government, it was important that honest and qualified people be made part of the decision-making committees. "You just cannot expect artists to make rounds of programme officials trying to impress them. When as a country, we take so much pride in our culture, is it not important that this sector be streamlined and right people be recruited in the decision making bodies?" (IANS/PR)
Keywords: Shiv Bhakt, Dholak, Rajasthan
Today, we are exposed to a gazillion beauty product launches every now and then. The cosmetic industry is ever-changing and always gives us something new to wish for. But how much thought do we actually put in before buying the skincare product for ourselves? You should always pay attention to the products and their ingredients. Choosing products from a company with a reputable line of products can be helpful, since each component may be designed to work in conjunction with the others. You can also be assured of the products' quality and may better be able to predict how your skin will react to trying a different product in the same line.
Skin is one of the largest organs of the body. Because of this, caring for your skin can directly affect your overall health. Your skin acts as a protective shield and is most vulnerable to outside elements. It's affected by more factors than you may think. In addition to this, your health also affects your choice of skincare products and vice-versa.
Nandeeta Manchandaa, Founder of ENN shares the whys and hows:
Let's talk Vitamins: Your body needs all essential vitamins for proper functioning and if any vitamin is a miss, then effects show on your skin too. Like- dark spots, pigmentation are often seen on people with melanin issues, or even in pregnant ladies. So Vitamin-C rich products are the go-to to combat this issue.
Your body needs all essential vitamins for proper functioning and if any vitamin is a miss, then effects show on your skin too. | Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash
Baby on the way: Another major health factor that influences your skin care product selection is -- pregnancy! Pregnant women undergo 360-degree change internally and externally while their hormones are at their peak -- it gives way to allergic reactions, limitations of using certain products/ ingredient applications too. They are advised to stay away from Retinol (found in all anti-ageing creams), Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic acids (for face washes and cleansers) Essential oils (are the base for any serum, facial oils) So better to opt for clean and natural products as substitutes for the same.
Pregnant women undergo 360-degree change internally and externally while their hormones are at their peak. | Photo by Alicia Petresc on Unsplash
PCOD/PCOS: Thanks to the sedentary lifestyle and long working hours, one health issue in women that has been on the rise is PCOD (Poly Cystic Ovary Disorder) and PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome) Hormonal imbalances coupled with weight issues show their effect on skin too. A majority of women suffer from symptoms like cystic acne, excessively oily skin and scalp, open pores, blackheads/whiteheads, dark spots, dark patches to name a few. In this case, choosing products that will not irritate your skin or aggravate inflammation is your best bet. Avoid products with cocoa butter, isopropyl myristate, oleic acid lanolin, and butyl stearate. Chlorophenols are used as preservatives in cosmetics and have been linked to acne so these too must be avoided.
Avoid products with cocoa butter, isopropyl myristate, oleic acid lanolin, and butyl stearate. | Photo by Sabrina May on Unsplash
This is why we see the trend of clean beauty, Vegan beauty and herbal products flooding the markets because they claim to be free from all the nasties and let you get the maximum benefit of skin care products without any guilt. (IANS/ MBI)
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