Types of Meditation!

Types of Meditation!

Learn different types of meditation and the various benefits associated with each of them.

Types of Meditation!

Meditation- Learn All About it!

Meditation- Learn All About it!

Know the various forms of meditations, and how it helps in improving focus and in achieving daily goals. Also, learn more about the different types of postures you can use to meditate.

Meditation- Learn All About it!

Tips for safe online shopping during Coronavirus epidemic

Online Shopping during Coronavirus Epidemic

The central government has imposed a countrywide lockdown to restrict the transmission of Coronavirus. While all schools, universities, offices and businesses have been shut down, establishments selling essentials – groceries, vegetables, and medicines are open. 

But fear of getting infected has made people avoid going outside to buy their stuff. At this stage, the best way to shop is online, but the question is – how safe is it?

In this article, we will look at how you can safely order your essentials online during the coronavirus epidemic

Is it safe to order food online?

Let us look at the issue from a different angle. You are aware that coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs or sneezes, these cough droplets land on a surface or get mixed with air. If you breathe this air or touch that surface, chances of getting infected goes up.

So, going to the supermarket to buy groceries is not very safe. This is because there will be many other shoppers and among them might be an infected person. Although social distancing has been implemented, you will still have to keep a distance of 2m from others– there still lies a high risk of being infected.

To be on the safer side, it is best to consider that these markets can be potential breeding grounds for COVID-19. People are constantly touching and replacing items, touching ATM cards, ATMs, receipts, stainless steel surfaces and credit card machines. Thus, this creates a high risk environment for the shoppers as the virus can be transmitted to these surfaces, which you may unknowingly touch.

The solution – shop online for your daily essentials. According to experts, there have been no observations suggesting that coronavirus can be transmitted via food or packaged food or groceries. Furthermore, if you are ordering food online, it is safe too as cooking kills the virus.

However, it is best to sanitize the packaged food before you eat it. This will remove any possible traces of the virus from the package.

Precautions to take while ordering online during the coronavirus epidemic  

Let us now look at the precautions you must take while ordering online – 

 

  • Contact-less delivery

 

Contact-less delivery will ensure that there is no contact between you and the delivery person. In this process, the delivery person will simply leave the food at your doorstep. He will give you a call or ring the doorbell to confirm the delivery. You can safely pick up your food from your doorstep while keeping distance.

If possible you can keep a basket or a bag outside your door where the delivery person can keep your package and leave.  

 

  • Online payment methods        

 

Another smart move to fight against the coronavirus epidemic, is to opt for online payment methods. This includes mobile payment applications, or via debit cards. This prevents the chances of COVID-19 transmission. As you do not have to pay in cash, you do not have to come in close contact with the delivery person.

But in case you do choose to pay in cash (cash on delivery), it is best to keep the exact amount in hand and give it to the delivery person. Put the exact amount in a packet or envelope. This way, you do not have to accept any change.

 

  • Cleaning the food package

 

After accepting the package, clean your hands properly with soap or an alcohol-based sanitizer. Then put the food or grocery items in a clean container. Then you must throw the packet in the garbage bin. Use bleach to disinfect the container to remove any germs. Also, disinfect the areas where the packaging has been placed such as tabletop, floor or chairs.

Experts say that wiping surfaces with household bleach will kill any virus on it within a minute.

 

  • Personal hygiene

 

It is recommended that you heat the food properly before eating if it has gone cold. This will remove or kill any virus that might have crept into it. You can eat your food with a fork and a spoon instead of your hands.

Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with a sanitizer or soap for at least 20 seconds before eating.

Conclusion

During these difficult times, you have to stay aware and take all the possible precautionary measures for battling against the coronavirus epidemic. Follow the tips mentioned here to shop online safely.  

If you still want to learn more about the strategies to stay safe while shopping online during the coronavirus epidemic, you can consult a doctor online on MediBuddy.

 

Source:
  1. BBC 
Signs And Symptoms of Depression

Signs of depression – check to see if you have them

Signs And Symptoms of Depression

Depression is a very complex mental disorder. The reason – its symptoms are not uniform between people. This makes depression a difficult disorder to diagnose. Most people do not even realize that they are suffering from depression. While signs of depression like feeling sad and hopeless are obvious, there are some subtle symptoms that are easy to miss.

When unpleasant feelings like sadness persist for long periods, one needs to determine if they are suffering from depression. Read on to find out the signs of depression and how they affect you and your loved ones.

Signs and symptoms of depression

 

  • Lack of interest

Not enjoying the things that you used to love earlier? A sudden loss of interest from activities you enjoyed earlier such as playing sports, strumming the guitar or reading a book could indicate depression.

Loss of libido may also be a warning sign of depression.

 

  • A negative outlook on life

 

Having a helpless attitude towards everything in life or feeling hopeless is a sign of depression. You may also feel worthless, self-hate and extremely guilty. 

Depressed people also tend to pin the blame on themselves for all bad outcomes in their life, even if it isn’t their fault.

 

  • Lack of energy and sleep problems

 

As stated above you stop doing things you enjoy. One of the reasons why this happens is because your energy levels drop. You will experience a constant feeling of fatigue, due to which your sleep quota could go up drastically.

Paradoxically, depression might also turn you into an insomniac or worsen your insomnia. Also, lack of quality sleep will make you very anxious.

 

  • Fluctuations in weight and appetite

 

One of the signs of depression is change in appetite. Changes in appetite are not uniform, some may experience increased appetite and put on weight as a result while others don’t feel hungry as usual and experience weight loss.

 

  • Feeling anxious

 

Depression and anxiety often occur simultaneously. Depressed people may experience the following anxiety symptoms –

  • Breathing rapidly
  • Heart beating rapidly
  • Feeling restless and nervous
  • Panic and dread
  • Sweating profusely
  • Muscle twitching 
  • Unable to focus on one’s thoughts 

 

 

  • Mood swings

 

Extreme fluctuation of your moods – angry one moment and crying the next – is a possibility in depression. These mood swings are not prompted by external environment changes.

 

  • Substance abuse

 

To cope with symptoms of hopelessness and sadness, some people turn to alcohol or drug abuse. These substances can worsen the symptoms. 

 

  • Physical health problems

 

While depression is a mental health condition, its effects are not limited to the mind. While losing weight and fatigue are less severe physical problems of depression, there are several other physical signs of depression

  • Problems in the digestive system
  • Recurring headaches
  • Pain in the back
  • Other conditions that cause chronic pain

Depression also increases the risk of these disorders –

  • Cancer
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Arthritis 
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Autoimmune disorders 

 

Signs of depression in women

The signs of depression in women are very similar to those of men. However, the rate of depression is higher in women. There are also physiological differences in how depression occurs in women. Women may experience depression when they undergo hormonal changes during –

  • Pregnancy
  • Menstruation
  • Childbirth
  • Menopause

 

What causes depression?

Treating depression starts with figuring out the cause behind depression. A few common causes of depression are –

  • Genetics – having someone in the family with depression increases your risk.
  • Hormone fluctuations 
  • Chemical imbalances – Chemical changes in the brain can trigger depression.
  • Traumatic events 

To determine your risk of depression, you can consult a doctor through MediBuddy’s E-consultancy services.

Coping with depression 

The first step is to identify its symptoms and to consult a mental health professional. 

These steps can also help –

  • Practise breathing exercises like yoga and pranayama. When your breath relaxes, so does your mind.
  • Go out and socialize, even if it may be hard for you to do so. Connecting with other people can uplift your mood.
  • Eating healthily. Stick to a balanced diet and avoid processed foods.
  • Exercising regularly. A good jog or a weight lifting workout releases endorphins in the brain that make you feel good.
  • Indulge in activities. Could be anything – playing cricket, reading books or cooking up a meal.
  • Seeking support from friends and family if the need arises.

Conclusion

You can beat depression if you take timely action. For that, it is important to recognize the signs and to seek help at the earliest. 

Remember, for any help or information, you can always talk to a mental health professional online on MediBuddy. 

Sources:

  1. Medicalnewstoday
  2. Healthline