April 22, 2014

Depression: Know the Signs

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From Mental Health America, visit www. mentalhealthamerica.net.

ImageEveryone gets down from time to time, but sometimes it’s more than just “the blues.” Sometimes, it can be clinical depression.

Clinical depression affects more than 19 million Americans each year. It is a real illness that can be treated effectively. Unfortunately, fewer than half of the people who have this illness seek treatment. Too many people believe that it is a “normal” part of life and that they can treat it themselves. Left untreated, depression poses a huge burden on employees and employers. It causes unnecessary suffering and disruption in one’s life and work, and costs about $44 billion a year in lost workdays, decreased productivity and other losses.

Know the Signs

The signs and symptoms of clinical depression are:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain
  • Loss of pleasure and interest in once- enjoyable activities, including sex
  • Restlessness, irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or at school, or difficulty remembering things or
    making decisions
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless
  • Thoughts of suicide or death

If you experience five or more of these symptoms for two weeks or longer, you could have clinical depression.

See a doctor or qualified mental health professional for help, right away.

If you are know someone who exhibits any of these symptoms and has frequent unexcused absences, discuss the situation with the individual, but do not try to diagnose the problem. Suggest that the individual seek help from his or her doctor or, if they have one at work, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Make sure the person knows that seeking help is the healthy thing to do. What are other ways to keep yourself healthy? The ten tools to keep yourself mentally healthy: 1)connect with others; 2)think positively; 3)get physically active; 4)help others; 5)get enough sleep; 6)create joy and satisfaction in your life; 7)eat well; 8)take care of your spirit; 9)deal better with hard times; 9)get counseling when you need it.

April 9, 2014

5 Habits of Body-Positive Dads by August McLaughlin

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:33 am by kellyfdennis

Image-Model healthy lifestyle behaviors. Children are sponges. Fathers who avoid dieting and fanatical exercise—major risk factors for poor body image and eating disorders—demonstrate that neither is effective or worth one’s time or energy. Supportive dads encourage activity as an enjoyable part of life, not as a form of punishment or weight control.

-Share quality time. Body-positive dads take interest in their children’s activities, which increases bonding and provides channels for open communication. Focusing on children’s daily lives, passions and skills also places value on authenticity, over aesthetics, paving the way for positive body image and self-esteem.

-Discuss negative media and keep it out of the house. Children are bombarded with media images celebrating an unrealistic, unhealthy definition of “beauty.” Twenty years ago, the typical model weighed 8 percent less than the average woman, according to Plus Model Magazine. In 2011, she weighed 23 percent less. Magazine images are so heavily edited to slenderize women and add six-pack abs to men, even the models don’t appear like themselves. Supportive dads bring light to these issues and keep sexualized, underweight and otherwise demeaning images out of reach.

-Focus on life, not appearance. Most folks want to feel attractive, but a body-positive dad places greater emphasis on life-beauty than the loveliness of his daughter in particular dresses or the brawny bulk of his son’s arms. Discussing life goals, dreams and experiences with children generates a positive sense of self-worth, prompting them to continue thriving.

-Respect women. A father’s respect for women, particularly loved ones, is one of the greatest gifts he can give his children. As children’s primary male role model, the way a father treats and regards women sets the stage for children’s long-term thoughts and behaviors. Daughters learn what to expect from the opposite gender, and sons learn what to provide.

– See more at: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/habits-body-positive-dads-how-fathers-influence-body-image#sthash.znhWPTGN.dpuf

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