What You Can Do

Helping to Cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

This week, we have been talking about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  For those who still aren’t all too familiar with this, let me explain once again. When a person goes through a particularly traumatic event, they sometimes are left to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Typical symptoms include extreme anxiety, flashbacks, out of control thoughts and nightmares, amongst other things. Seeking treatment for PTSD is imperative since it can lead to psychological damage in the long term. Symptoms tend to become stronger, and sometimes, the condition ends up lasting for years after the traumatic incident.

It is important to help a person who suffers from PTSD. But for that to happen, one needs to be able to recognize the conditions. Some common things to look out for include fretfulness, unreasonable guilt, depression, etc. People going through PTSD also tend to avoid places and situations related to their trauma. Some other unusual symptoms include, disturbed sleep, getting startled very easily, sudden angry outbursts and tension.

But how do you actually help said person? What are the things you can do? Fret not (pun intended). Your answer lies here. Getting familiar with the disorder is the biggest means of helping, because then you can relate to the person. Help the person calm themselves by encouraging soothing activities. Go for a walk with them, or join yoga or meditation lessons. Do make sure to participate in the activity with the person, as this will let them know that you’re with them in it.

Talk to the person about their thoughts and encourage them to do the same with others. Try to increase time spent with family and other loved ones since that is known to help people suffering from anxiety and depression, some of the key factors of PTSD. If the person doesn’t want to connect with them, try having them connect with someone who’s been through the same; talking to another PTSD victim, someone who’s been through the same helps to get better.

One thing to keep in mind is that while you’re dedicated to the care of your loved one, and want them to be able to have a happy life, do not forget to take care of yourself either. Being able to cope with the disease without letting yourself drown in it is an equally important part of helping those who suffer.

Be your best self, and help the ones you love be the same!

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Tips and Tricks for Basic Self Defence

From all the life lessons I have ever heard, the most common is “Expect the unexpected”. And it doesn’t really make sense most times. It has always sounded like something of a paradoxical statement, I mean, how do you expect something, if it is going to be unexpected? But it took a few experiences for me to understand the true meaning behind this phrase, experiences that I never saw coming, the same experience that taught me, that this phrase was simply telling me to prepared for anything in life.

One such thing to be prepared for is to protect yourself from harm, mental and physical. In this run down society, it’s each one for itself, and you need to know how to protect yourself. And protecting yourself physically is an equally important. You need to be prepared to defend yourself when you’re walking down an empty or shady street and you’re all by yourself, because these streets are filled with all sorts of dangers. And these dangers will be a part of every city, every state, every country. Even the most sophisticated and developed countries have muggers, thieves and other predators targeting the weak.

Being attacked by a stranger Is neither the most uncommon nor the most unimaginable scenario in our current lives. Yes, it’s scary that we live in such a world, but it is true. And being scared won’t help you, being prepared and being able to defend yourself will help you.

Here are a few things to help you protect yourself in such a situation.

  1. Be loud and create a disturbance, so that you can attract someone to help you. Being loud doesn’t mean just making a lot of noise, it means making coherent exclamations, for e.g. saying “Back off”, or “Get away from me”. These statements let the others know this isn’t just a brawl between two people.
  2. Aim for those parts of the body that are easy to target and can harm relatively easily. Go for the eyes, neck, knees, nose, etc. The groin is the best part to go for if your attacker is a male.
  3. To attack, use your own body parts carefully. Use your elbows, head and knees.
  4. If you have a set of keys, you can hold it between your middle and ring fingers and use it as a defence mechanism. Other things that you can use include a deo or perfume spray; target the yes when you use this.
  5. If you’re in an elevator with someone who seems suspicious, press all buttons for all floors. If the elevator stops on every floor, there are lesser chances of someone attacking you.
  6. If you’re attacked in your house, say by a burglar, rush to the kitchen. You’re the only person who’ll know where all the dangerous weapons such as knives are, and it’s good to use that knowledge to benefit yourself.
  7. Keeping the hair tied, for girls is a good technique, because the attacker may catch you by your hair.
  8. Consider joining a basic self defence class

These are just a few things you can try. Trust me when I say this, being able to protect yourself is something you will never regret.

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One for the Environment

The planet Earth has had a long life, 4.5 billion years to be exact. And life on Earth originated around 3.8 billion years ago, at which point it was single celled organisms such as bacteria. Multi cellular life evolved a billion years later and the life forms that we are now familiar with, have only come to exist over the last 570 million years. Mammals, a life form that we as humans form a part of came into existence 200 million years ago. As for us specifically, the Homo sapiens, came around 200,000 years ago. So if you were to do the math, humans have only been on Earth for a tiny 0.004% of its history.

So what’s the point of discussing this? After all, we are here and we will continue to be here, right?

No. In fact, if we continue in our current form, life won’t stay the way it is right now for much longer. The fact is that in our existence of a mere 0.004% of the whole time, we have managed to bring Earth to an all time low. Starting from climate change, to depleted natural resources and all the way to over population and large scale deforestation, humans are destroying earth, on an hourly basis.

Yes, practically everything we do is capable of making matters worse for the planet. However, carefully calculated measures can reduce the impact significantly. The year 2016 saw temperatures going higher than ever recorded.

Now for a look at India. The Biennial Update Report from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the energy sector in India which consists of manufacturing, electricity and transportation amongst other things, comprises of 71 percent of the Green House Gas emissions.

The climate change has already manifested itself in the form of delayed and lower rainfalls in various parts of the country. The food production is at a low and not anywhere close to being enough to feed the overly hungry of our over populated country.

My point is, that it is time that we stopped taking the environment for granted and started taking measures to improve conditions. And these are measures that need to be taken by individuals and government alike. The problem is that the ordinary people expect government to work on this and the government expects the people to do things on a personal level. This however, will not work. What is needed is a joint effort wherein both people and the government work together; Government designing plans and schemes, ones that work, and people working on these plans and schemes for real, rather than just claiming to, while doing nothing so much for real.

So this World Environment Day, let’s try and make a difference to the world.

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Tips and Techs to Save Water

Nawazzuddin Siddiqui starrer Manjhi- the story of a mountain man, is an inspirational movie about how an individual’s perseverance can lead them to success. Though the movie was a love story, the part that touched me the most was when the village is hit by a famine and the people evacuate. Except the protagonist himself who is busy excavating his way in between the mountains! The way he craves for even one drop of water is disheartening, indeed. There was a recent news article that reminded me about a similar kind of persistence of the human mind that Manjhi shows in the movie, physically. The persistence to create new ways. Some might even refer to it as a ‘Jugaad’! The article was about a person who used to collect all the dirty, hot water that came out of his air conditioner and used it for different purposes like watering the plants, cleaning his house etc. It just struck me that to save a simple resource such as water one does not need cool inventions and advanced gadgets. All one needs is the willingness to save. A willingness to contribute through small steps taken towards the conservation of water. And Voila! Here are a few steps which can be adopted by every one of us in our daily lives to do the same!

To begin with the Basics-

  1. Turn off the tap.
    Everyone knows this simple tip, yet all of us become careless with it! While brushing teeth, washing dishes, scrubbing and while performing all other tasks on the sink we always consider it a waste of energy and time to turn off the tap for a few seconds. That procrastination costs us the wastage of gallons of water each time.
  2. Fix leaky sinks and running toilets.
    We all have more important tasks to do than getting a few leaky faucets repaired because wasting water is fine but work is worship! We have to get rid of that attitude.
  3. Take shorter showers.
    We all love to take long showers after a tiring day. Who doesn’t? We can still try by closing the shower while using soap or rather using a bucket instead! Come to think of it buckets can also be used for purposes like flushing the toilet, watering the plants and washing your vehicles! It is a great water saver!
  4. Rinse your razor in the sink.
    This is for the guys. We do not need to keep the razor under running tap but rather we can sink it in warm water. Gives the same effect!
  5. Only order water in a restaurant if you are going to actually drink it.
    Not only at restaurants but anywhere, even if we go to someone’s home, if we are not willing to have water try not to have it. A lot of glasses are also half full so the rest of the water is thrown away!
  6. Reuse, Reuse, Recycle.
    This one goes with almost anything in hand when it comes to conservation. Reuse water from wherever you can, whether from back of the air conditioner or from the bowl of washed vegetables. Also use one glass all day long for drinking water at home rather than washing a glass over and over again.

 

While I used this amazing “Gyaan” from my personal experience and well, common sense I also came across a few technological advancements that might amaze you. These gadgets are made just to make sure that water is conserved properly. Sure, they aren’t easily accessible yet and might still be a farfetched dream but that doesn’t mean we can’t be wooed with the ideas!

  1. Urinal and Sink Combo

There is a lot of travelling involved usually from the commode till the sink. Who knows what can happen on the way? This technology reduces the travelling to nil by placing the sink just above the urinal. The water used for washing hands is used to flush urine as well. That means it promotes both hygiene and water conservation!

 

  1. Eco-drop shower

Imagine a situation where you are standing between 2 walls that have nails on them. The walls are comingeco-drop-shower2 closer slowly and you are standing there in between waiting to be crushed. Well not as dangerous, but a similar idea is the eco-drop shower that has concentric circles at the bottom of the shower. These circles rise after on showers for a long time and makes one uncomfortable in order to indicate one to stop showering.

 

 

  1. iSAVE Faucet

It is always motivating to have exact statistics about how much calories we burn or how much weight we have gained or what speed are we driving on. Always gives motivation to do more, get better and plan accordingly. Similar idea is the iSave Faucet. It reads the amount of water being used. The device that does not run on electricity and rather some turbine surely motivates to reduce the water pressure and be more judicious in one’s water usage.

 

These were some daily life tips and some future technologies that will help us save water and be be able to give a better future to our coming generations. WHO, World Health Organization recommends 2 gallons water per person per day to meet the daily requirements which is way less than what is used on a global level. We need to begin the conservation of water today. In order to see a better future!

Save Water! Save Life!

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