Not Just an Adult Thing – Mental Health Issues Can Affect Children Too

Children are exposed to a lot of different environments as they are growing up. As they grow, they learn new things, their body’s transform, and it’s all a very dynamic process. There are a lot of factors that need to work out properly for a child to smoothly transform into an adult. Many times, this process adversely affects the children, which might lead to mental illnesses.

Just as adults, mental health issues affect children of all family types and cultural backgrounds. Studies have shown that 1 in 10 children suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, conduct disorder, etc. About 50-70% of these mental illnesses show up before the age of 18, and thus, have a huge impact on the child’s development.

Most parents are not ready to accept that their child could be suffering from a mental issue because they consider it as an abnormality. However, in reality, either the child is born with such issues, or it’s just a consequence of the environment and circumstance surrounding the child. The parents end up making the matter worse by not taking the help of psychiatrist counselling. It is extremely important for the parents to acknowledge that their child could be suffering from mental health issues and that they should support him/her to come out of this difficult period.

The emotional wellbeing of a child is equally as important as the physical wellbeing. Good mental health allows a young person to cope with change and deal with the various facets of adult life by developing them into mature people that can take care of themselves.

How to recognize if your child is suffering from a mental health issue?

The first and most important step in treating mental health issues is to figure out whether your child is suffering from those. Here are a few symptoms to look for –

  • Sadness of mood
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Lack of interest in everything
  • Aloofness
  • Disinterest in pleasurable activities
  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Thoughts of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Extreme rage or anger and disappointment
  • Extreme thoughts like death or suicide
  • Staying away from family or friends
  • Lack of concentration

What are the various types of mental health issues?

Once you have identified that your child could have mental health problems, it is important to understand the exact issue. Here, the parents must take the support of a phycologist to better understand the illness of their child. Knowing the type of illness will allow you to make a proper plan so that you tackle it effectively.

Some common types of mental illnesses are:

  • Depression: Depression is more common in adults as compared to children. However, it has started affecting more young people today, than in the last few decades. Having said that, depression is seen mostly in teenagers as compared to young children. Depression usually affects the emotions and attitude of your young ones and makes them feel sad and irritated.
  • Anxiety Disorder: This disorder is the most common among young ones. About 6% of the kids suffer from this disorder at some point in the childhood and usually happens because the children are afraid of things or situations that happen in their everyday life.
  • Conduct Disorder: This disorder is also common in young people. Children who suffer from this disorder are generally averse to rules and can also exhibit an aggressive and destructive attitude towards other people.
  • Eating Disorders: Eating disorders generally start in teenage years and are, thus, more common among teenagers than young children. Eating disorders can severely affect the health and physical development of the concerned young person.
  • Self-harm: This is another very common problem among young people. Due to certain situations in their lives, young people suffering from this problem feel that by hurting themselves, they can manage their intense emotional pain and suffering. Examples could be cutting or burning themselves.
  • ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): Just under 5% of the young people suffer from this problem and ADHD makes it extremely difficult for them to settle down and keep their focus on things for long.
  • Schizophrenia: This is a rare case but it does affect a few young people. This disorder makes it difficult for people to talk and behave in an organised way, with them losing touch with reality in certain cases.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): This disorder is a result of witnessing something extremely traumatizing or could be as a result of being a victim of bullying, sexual abuse or violence.

It is important that parents seek help and guidance from doctors and experts to resolve the illness affecting their young ones. This brings us to our next step.

Ways to help children suffering from mental illness

Parental Support

The biggest and most primary support for the children suffering from a mental illness has to come from their parents. As mentioned earlier, it starts with parents accepting the fact that their child is suffering from a mental health issue and then going on to deal with it. If parents can keep a warm and a loving relationship with their children, it makes the situation much easier as children are not afraid to share their discomfort with them. The most important thing here is for parents to listen carefully to their child’s problems and take those seriously.

Counselling

There is no shame in taking help from a psychiatrist or a doctor for a child suffering from any mental health issue. In fact, it is the best possible way to deal with the issue as psychiatrist and doctors are experts in these matters and can help. The psychologists know how the children suffering from a mental disorder feel and hence, are able to communicate with them in a way that allows them to come out of their shelves and slowly but surely resolve the issue. Also, there is no need to worry because these experts keep all the discussed matters completely confidential. Your family’s information will be completely safe with them.

Medication

There are many medications available for children suffering from certain types of mental ailments such as ADHD, mood swings, and anxiety. If you are concerned about the medications and how will they affect your child, then you can have an in-depth discussion with the doctors and they will tell you about the various risks and benefits of the medication. 

Support Groups

Sometimes, it helps to meet other people suffering from the same or similar difficulty. This is the logic behind the support group. Children suffering from the same or similar mental health issue come together as a peer group to help better their issues.

Just like adults, even children suffer from mental health issues. It is of utmost importance that the parents recognise the child’s illness and provide the right help and support so that the child can grow up to be a socially and emotionally healthy adult. Remember, mental illness is not a stigma. It is real, common, but definitely treatable.

 

Super Simple But Effective Dadi Ma Ke Nuskhe For Summer Care

Summer is here and it’s again that time of the year where you would want to head outdoors and bask in the glory of the sun. The harsh summer sun can have an adverse effect on your skin, hair and body but let not that deter you from stepping out and having some fun.

Summers can be harsh; there’s no questioning that but you can take care of yourself and your loved ones with some simple tips. No need to rush into the world of toxic cosmetics full of chemicals. We have some fantastic Dadi Maa ke nuskhe for you to take care of your hair, skin and overall health this summer.

Skin Care During Summers

The harsh sun rays tend to make your skin oily thereby making it prone to breaking and acne. Following a regular skin care regime is essential. We see a few of you cringing there, but hey, Dadi Maa has easy hacks for you. Follow these simple steps to take care of your skin during summers:

Cucumber & Lemon Lotion

Stepping out in summers mean getting a horrible tan or sunburns in extreme cases. Cucumber and lemon are known for their lightening properties. Make a lotion with cucumber juice and lemon and apply on the exposed parts of the skin before stepping out. It will not only protect you from tanning and sunburn but will also help in keeping your skin feeling cool. Tip: For more effective results you can add a little coconut oil to this formation.

Curd and Multani Mitti Facepack

Both curd and multani mitti are known for their cooling properties. Rejuvenate your summer skin by applying this face pack. Mix a teaspoon of multani mitti in two teaspoons of curd and apply on your skin. Keep it for 10-15 minutes and wash with cold water. This pack can be applied all over the body. This combination provides moisture and cools down the skin. Since it’s an all natural thing, you can apply it as often as you deem fit for your skin.

Hair Care During Summers

More often than not, people tend to overlook their hair while focusing on their skin. Hair needs as much care and protection as your skin. Here are two best summer hacks by Dadi Maa for summers:

Oil Your Hair

Yes, you read that right. During summers people tend to skip oiling their hair considering that the hair already gets quite murky but that’s the biggest mistake you can commit. Hair needs as much moisture in summers as in winters. During summers, you can opt for coconut oil which is a natural coolant. Massage your scalp for 5-10 mins after oiling. Leave in the oil for at least 30 mins before washing.

Aloe Vera and Curd Hair Mask

Hair needs nourishment just like your skin. Deep conditioning is one of the best and most effective ways to repair the damage caused to your hair. Aloe Vera and curd have cooling properties. Apply this on your head and keep for not more than 30 mins. This mask not only relaxes and rejuvenates your hair; it also helps in fighting dandruff. Yes, dandruff happens in summers too!

Health Care During Summers

Dehydration is the most common issue that people face during summers. Keeping yourself hydrated can be a task if you are on the go the entire day. Here are two simple and easy Dadi Maa ke nuskhe to keep you hydrated even on the go:

Change Your Diet

Water is not the only way to keep your body hydrated. Dadi Maa says that you can eat water too. Yes, you can! Supplement your diet with food that has cooling properties and high water content. Add melons, cucumbers, celery, and strawberries to your diet. If you have a long outdoor day planned, consume these foods or carry them with you along with water.

Avoid Fatigue

Feeling exhausted and drained out is a natural thing during summers. The heat and the physical activities can make you feel tired more often than the usual. In order to fight fatigue and energise your body, you got to stay hydrated. Yes, we know it is clichéd, but that’s the way. Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks as much as you can. They tend to reduce the water content in the body thereby making you feel fatigued.

Sleeping Better During Summers

We know you all are prepared with your air conditioning and other cooling systems but despite that, you need to take care of certain things in order to sleep better.

Choose Proper Clothing

Ditch all your fancy nightwear and make way for simple, loose, and comfortable cottons. The material of the cloth of your nightwear plays an important role. Our bodies sweat and release natural oils during the night and in summers they do even more. Cottons help in absorbing all the excretion from the body thereby helping you sleep better.

Consume Light and Cooling Food Items

Make sure that you don’t binge during dinner time. Dinner has to be the lightest meal of your day and in summers it becomes even more essential to follow this. A heavy meal will make your body feel warmer which in turn causes trouble with the digestive system. Consuming cooling food items will keep your body temperature down.

Summers may be harsh but you don’t need to lock yourself up indoors. Following these few basic tips can help you in keeping your overall health in check. Whenever stepping out in the sun, make sure that you have your UV protection on and don’t forget to carry your scarf and sunglasses!

Your Most Common Nutrition Questions Answered Here

Staying fit and healthy is not an overnight task. It is a lifelong commitment. Exercising and eating right are two peas in a pod. A good exercise regime has to be backed by a good eating routine and vice versa. In today’s changing lifestyles and fast-paced lives, we often relegate health to the bottom of our need’s pyramid only to pay heed when the body reminds us, not so subtly, of lack of nutrition and healthy routine.

The most important ingredient for healthy living is eating right and consuming a nutritious diet. Inadequate intake of nutrients can cause various health issues like stringing aches in various parts of the body, fatigue, weak bones, poor concentration, etc. Most of the people think consuming nutritious diet comprises of going on a strict diet and ditching their favourite foods forever. But, that’s not the case. With so much of information available on the internet, one is bound to get confused.

Here are some of the most commonly asked nutrition questions that beginners often have:

  • I am new, where should I begin?

The question that muddles every beginner is where they should begin from when it comes to eating right. The first and foremost thing to do is to understand your body’s nutrition need. Each body has a different requirement depending upon their physical work, weight, height, age, and gender. As they say, an excess of everything is harmful. Any nutrient in excess can lead to harmful consequences. One needs to understand the right quantity of nutrients to be consumed for their body type. Don’t blindly follow something that a friend or acquaintance of yours is following. No two bodies work in a similar pattern. Something that worked for you might not work for a friend of yours. Always take guidance from a certified nutritionist before adding or cutting down anything in your diet.

  • Which diet should I follow?

Following a diet doesn’t mean starving yourself. Starving is the worst thing one can do to their body. A healthy diet comprises of foods that take care of the essential nutrients and minerals required by your body. There are various diets like Keto, Low Carb Diet (LCD), No Carb Diet (NCD), No Sugar Diet (NSD), Low Sugar Diet (LSD), Liquid diets etc. Choose a diet depending on your body and fitness goals. For example: If a person with low blood pressure opts for a NSD i.e. no sugar diet, she is bound to suffer fatigue and dizziness. Hence, it is essential to understand your body before trying out any diet. Consult your physician or a nutritionist before starting a diet.

  • How effective is high protein diet?

A high protein diet should be backed by a heavy and rigorous workout regime. Proteins take time to break down and digest. A heavy workout helps in faster ingestion of proteins in the body. If a person is not working out and consuming high protein diet, he is bound to feel lethargic as body’s maximum energy will be consumed in digesting the protein intake.

  • Should I opt for the no carbs diet?

Every nutrient is essential for a fit and sound functioning of the body. Completely eliminating any nutrient from the body is not advisable. Carbs are the main source of energy for your body. Moreover, following a no carb diet gets a little tough to keep up with. Completely eliminating carbs from your diet is a herculean challenge. A no carb diet will leave you drained out than usual. Don’t go for it unless it is specifically advised by your nutritionist.

  • How important is it to keep calories count?

Counting calories can be confusing in the beginning with various food items/dishes cooked and prepared in different styles. It is difficult to give a universal calorie count for any particular dish. On the other hand, when consuming fruits and nuts, you have a definite calorie count. If you are overweight to obese and looking forward to cutting down some weight, keeping a check on your calorie intake can be helpful. By counting calories, one is able to strike a balance between the calories consumed and calories burnt ratio thereby initiating faster and healthier weight reduction process.  You can take help of some smartphone apps for this.

  • What is nutrient timing?

Nutrient timing is all about what you are eating and when you are eating. Every nutrient has a different absorption period and until and unless you allow your body the time to absorb the consumed nutrients, it’s futile. You will only end up adding calories by not paying attention to the nutrient timing. One must be aware of the foods to eat before, during and post a workout. For example – Consuming proteins prior to workout helps in initiating faster and proper digestion since proteins take longer to digest and the rigorous body activity helps in speeding up the process.

  • How many meals a day should I eat?

More than the number of meals, the proportion of your meal matters. Eating small portions is the best practice to follow. Longer periods between meals make you feel hungrier and by the time you start eating, you end up binging and putting much more than what your body requires. This meddles with your metabolism leading to slower digestion process and bloating of the stomach. It is healthy to have 5-7 small meals in a day. By meals, we don’t mean full meals. Create a proper balance between your nutrients intake by adding a different kind of food products in your five meals of the day.

  • What should a healthy diet comprise of?

A healthy diet doesn’t mean completely cutting down on carbs and fats. There are good and bad fats. Before cutting down or adding anything in your diet, it is essential to gain knowledge about how the nutrition cycle works. For example – Cheese and ghee fall under good fats and are required by the body. But, it is important to know what quantity one is supposed to consume. Anything beyond the required quantity is going to create trouble for the body.

Again, when it comes to nutrition, there is no one-size-fits-all. Eating right is a lifestyle and one must adapt to it to stay healthy. Gain knowledge, talk to experts, and you will be able to make the right eating choices without necessarily cutting down on anything.

 

15 Food Combinations to Avoid at All Costs

We, Indians, love our food more than anything else in this world. Any occasion or celebration is incomplete without a huge spread of sumptuous and delicious food. And why shouldn’t it be? With a food culture as diverse as our country, there’s never a lack of options. But, do you know how the food combinations affect your digestive system and overall gastronomic health?

The changing trends in health and nutrition with humungous emphasis on healthy living and eating right, it is essential to know about the pros and cons of our food / food habits.

You would be shocked to see the most common food combinations making to our list of 15 food combinations that you should avoid at all cost.

  1. Consuming Fruits Just After a Meal

Many Indians still abide by the old saying – ‘Khaali pet jal, bhar pet phal’ which is the biggest mistake that we commit as per the nutritionists. Fruits are quick and easy to digest. However, combining them with food slows down the digestion process. Moreover, when fruits are consumed with a food item or immediately after a meal, it stays in the stomach for longer making it ferment and act like sugar. Fruits are best consumed alone either 20-30 minutes before a meal or an hour post a meal. 

  1. Eating Cheese and Meat Omelette

Combining two sources of protein in one meal can create havoc on your digestive system. Proteins are hard to digest and consume a lot of energy. Mixing two sources of high proteins can drain you out while being tough on your digestive tract as well.

  1. Eating Cheese Sandwich with Coffee

The carbs in your bread creates a hurdle in consumption of calcium present in the cheese. A cheese sandwich only adds to your calorie count without adding any nutritious value to your body. Coffee further aggravates the issue of breaking down fats present in cheese.

  1. Drinking Juices / Water / Any kind of Liquids with Food

Fancy a glass of orange juice with your breakfast or can’t push down the food without a glass of water? You should stop doing that right away. Consuming juices or any kind of liquids with meals dilutes enzymes in your stomach which slows down the process of breaking down and digesting proteins, carbohydrates and fats. It is recommended to drink water 10-15 minutes before a meal and to wait for at least 40 minutes after meals.

  1. Munching Salted Nuts with Alcoholic Beverages

Munching salty nuts and mixtures while drinking alcoholic drinks is a very common practice. Consumption of alcohol initiates dehydration of the body. Consuming high-salt foods is anyway harmful for the body and when combined with alcohol it further adds to dehydration of the body.

  1. Consuming Carbs with Meat / Animal Protein

Love your butter chicken and naan combo? Do we see you drooling already? Sorry to break this to you but you should never combine animal protein with carbohydrates. The different digestive juices produced when animal protein and carbs are consumed will nullify the effect of both thereby causing gastric reactions. The heaviness that you feel afterwards is the result of mixing these two.

  1. Consuming Salad with Meals

Mixing cooked and uncooked can be harsh on the digestive system. The digestion time and digestive juices required to digest cooked and raw foods are different. Mixing these two puts pressure on the digestive system. Moreover, salads are filling and a complete meal themselves.

  1. Consuming Fruits with Flavoured Yogurt

The bacteria present in yogurt acts with the sugar in fruits. The combination results in toxins and you end up suffering from cold and other allergies. If you can’t give up on this combination, then it is advisable to replace your flavoured yogurt with the plain one and top it with either honey or raisins.

  1. Consuming Cucumber, Yogurt or Tomato with Sprinkled Lemon Juice

Lemon, when combined with cucumber, yogurt or tomato causes acidic reactions. Avoid sprinkling lemon juice over your bowl of salad that contains cucumber and tomato.

  1. Consuming Beans with Cheese

This combination is native to the Mexican cuisine. Beans are believed to induce gas, but the truth is that beans alone aren’t as harmful as combined with cheese. This combination is a sure shot resultant of bloating and gas. If you have a weak digestive system, you should avoid this.

  1. Consuming Milk with Any Food and Fruit

Combining milk with any other food item like coconut, walnut, vegetables, and fruits cause disturbances of digestive enzymes resulting in acidic reactions. Milk is best consumed alone without any accompaniment.

  1. Consuming Carbonated drinks with Food

Are you in the habit of guzzling down a glass of cola with your pizza or post a heavy meal? This is the worst thing you can do to your body. The high content of sugar mixes along with the sugar you consume in your food. This takes days to break down and digest thereby causing your body to consume a high amount of fats resulting in weight gain.

  1. Mixing Milk with Tea

India runs on chai and we love our cup of tea too much to give it up for anything. But, hey, consuming more than 2 cups of tea with milk can prove to be fatally acidic. It causes burning of the digestive tract. Tea is healthy and beneficial when consumed without milk.

  1. Consuming Chapati and Rice in one Meal

Combining two different types of grains in the same meal exerts pressure on your digestive system. The digestion requirement for these two is different and hence, when consumed together, it can result in constipation and gas.

  1. Consuming Cooked Ghee and Honey

Both ghee and honey are best when consumed raw. Heating them destroys the nutritious value and depletes them to nothing but a fatty food product. Ghee and honey in equal weight can be a poisonous mixture. Ghee is a cooling agent and honey’s a heating agent. The resultant mixture of these two opposite agents is poisonous.

 

Colouring Your Hair? Know This First

The best thing to happen in cosmetology is hair dye. The concept has evolved over the years from the basic henna to a variety of colours available in the market these days. You have a red, a yellow, a green, a blue et al. You name the colour and voila! The range of colours provides you with a chance and scope to play with your looks. The colour and cut of the hair enhance your look, and, hence, it is essential to choose your hair colour wisely just like your haircut. There are many dos and don’ts for picking a perfect haircut, but people seldom pay little heed to the type of colour they should choose.

Things to Know Before Colouring Your Hair

It is recommended to follow a pre hair colouring regime before exposing your hair to such harsh chemicals to ensure that the texture and health of your hair remains intact. More often than not, people neglect the pre colouring hair care. The major focus of people and stylists is usually on the post colour hair care. Make sure to keep your hair healthy before colouring because it can cause severe damage to already damaged hair.

  • Massage your scalp with hot oil at least a couple of days before colouring your hair
  • Avoid washing your hair just before colouring them. Wash your hair a day before doing so
  • Use a mild or sulphate free shampoo to cleanse your scalp
  • Don’t use conditioner before colouring your hair
  • Get rid of your split ends
  • If colouring at home, do a patch test on a very small section of your hair before applying it all over

Choosing the Stylist 

If you are a first timer, pay special attention to choosing your stylist. A good stylist can do wonders to your look. Always choose a professional stylist for colouring your hair. The techniques of hair colouring are complex and not every stylist is well aware of those. Book a pre colouring consulting with the stylist, look at her previous works, discuss with her what you want and see if she is able to understand your requirements or not. Consult friends or acquaintances that have coloured their hair. Their recommendations can come handy when you are confused about finalizing a stylist for yourself.

8 Things to Know Before Colouring Your Hair

Here are a few things to keep in mind before colouring your hair:

  1. Get a Picture for Reference

Loved a look that you came across while surfing the internet or TV channels? Make sure to click a picture of the same to show to your stylist. Tell them what exactly you are looking forward to and it will help them in producing accurate results thereby eliminating any chances of disappointment.

  1. Communicate with the Stylist

As mentioned earlier, it is essential to talk to your stylist and convey her about what are you expecting out of her and the hair colour. It becomes easier for the stylist to work when she knows what exactly you are looking forward to.

  1. Choose a Hair Colour that Reflects Your Personality

We understand that you want to experiment with your looks but whilst you are at it, try and restrict yourself to a colour that will enhance your look and compliment your personality. Just because the blue colour in trending does not mean that it will look great on you too.

  1. Set Realistic Expectations

Many times people walk in the salon with images off the internet that are photoshopped and impractical. Understand this aspect and set realistic expectations for yourself as well as your stylist. If your stylist tells you that she can’t replicate what you want her to then trust her on that.

  1. Choosing Colouring Style

There are many variations and styles in which you can colour your hair. You can opt for highlights, streaks, single colour global, double colour global, highlighting tips etc. Depending upon your lifestyle and needs, choose the colour and style. If you are colouring to cover greys, then global is a good option. If you don’t have many grey strands, you can conceal them with streaks or highlights too. 

  1. If You Are Re-colouring

If you are a repeated user, it is important for you to choose your colour wisely. Repeated use of such harsh chemicals can ruin the health and texture of your hair. Opt for natural or milder hair colours over vibrant and fashion colours. The shades of natural tones are milder on the hair compared to the vibrant colours.

  1. Colouring Your Virgin Hair

Let your stylist know if you are colouring your hair for the first time. Some people’s skin can be reactive to chemicals in hair colour. Ask the stylist to conduct a patch test at the back of your crown. Colouring virgin hair can be fun. Since they haven’t been exposed to chemicals yet, you can opt for any kind of colour that you wish for.

  1. Post Colouring Hair Care and Maintenance

Post colouring hair maintenance and care is a long-term commitment. People often leave it midway. But, it is important to understand that your hair require nourishment and care. Use hair products that your stylist recommends. Before switching or changing your hair care products, talk to your stylist about it.

Keep these simple hair colouring tips in mind the next time you decide to change your look and you’ll be ready for that perfect Instagram pic!