Smartphone Separation Anxiety



You know that anxious feeling you get when you leave your phone at home, or you don’t have it with you? Like you have suddenly lost your association to the world?

Well, contrary to common opinion, it goes beyond just a simple digital itch.

According to research, it might just point out to a new technology-inspired disorder which is influencing your capacity to think. Phone separation anxiety, also called Nomophobia (no-mobile-phobia) is a term that describes a feeling of stress or panic some individuals experience when they are not close to their phones or are unable to use them. It affects adults and teenagers alike. You are even free to participate in an online test to verify if you have it. 

Just recently, Hong Kong researchers have warned that this anxiety is affecting virtually everyone. In their report, they indicate that individuals who use their mobile phones for sharing, storage, and accessing of individual memories tend to suffer the most. 

Amazingly, it has nothing to do with being unable to complete or receive calls. 

What Causes Phone Separation Anxiety? 

1. Viewing our phones as an extension of ourselves’: 

Phones are now so enhanced and so specific to us that they are slowly becoming an extension of ourselves’.

Besides acting as the storage for some of our most meaningful messages and images, they are also a means of accessing multiple websites, services and apps which afford us quick access to materials of significance to us.

As such, we have become so overly dependent on them that we regard them just as carpenters regards their toolbox – as an extension of our very being. 

When we are disconnected from our phones, it is like losing a limb and creates anxiety. 

2. Fear of Missing Out (FOMO): 

FOMO is a fear that manifests through worries about being out of touch with experiences, conversations, and events happening around your social circle. It inspires a desire to continually remain connected with what others around are engaging in. 

Individuals with FOMO can only resolve this anxiety by going online.

This is manifested by people who are constantly online even when they are at important events, out for the evening or attending family gatherings. 

How to deal with Phone Separation Anxiety:

Regardless of which reason best defines our nomophobia, we ultimately need to recognise the issue and before it gets out of hand completely. Some of the best ways include: 

• Be alert: 

By being conscious of your phones ability to provoke anxiety in you, you can now see the necessity to alter your behaviours. 

• Step away from it: 

According to several studies, such is the distraction that comes with the presence of a phone (even when switched off) that it can hinder a proper face to face conversation. The longer you start spending time away from your phone, the faster your need for it will diminish. 

• Establish genuine expectations with your social partners 

Let your behaviour communicate to your friends that they need not expect your instant responses on social media. As soon as people recognise that you not constantly monitoring your social media, the urgency to reply will diminish. 

Conclusion:

Working to implement any of these few suggestions will ultimately result in almost instant results and begin to make you less reliant on your phone. 

And who knows, you might just find yourself rising up and not thinking any more about where you last left your phone. Wouldn’t it be awesome? 

Mayfair, we care

Overcoming Mental Illness



We have all felt sad at some point in our lives. Customarily, it is perhaps because of frustrations, disappointments, or even losing a loved one. This sadness is normal. Time heals, the mood gradually lifts and we go on with our lives.

However, for some of us, this state can get to such severity, that it completely dominates our lives, preventing us from living as we were accustomed to. This condition is known as Depression – a prevalent mental health illness that requires treatment.

Commonly referred to as the 'black dog' or the 'common cold of mental health illness’; depression is a global menace that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), is the biggest contributor to worldwide disability.

Globally, there are approximately more than 300 million individuals suffering from it (about 4.4 % of the overall global population). The good news, however, is that despite its prevalence, you can overcome it. And although it is dependent upon the individual we examine some of the most effective ways you can use to manage your mental state include:

Therapy

‘No man is an Island’ it is said and it makes perfect sense in these circumstances. Talking to a person about how your life is unfolding without the fear of being judged is not only a huge sigh of relief but also has therapeutic benefits.

Sharing helps you cope with stress. It also allows people to understand what you are going through making it easy for them to devise strategies to help you conquer it. Moreover, you learn about solving problems and coping with life stresses better.

Support groups

Support groups afford you a wonderful chance to interact with people undergoing a similar challenge to yours.

You get the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences and how others have learned to manage their challenges. Apart from understanding what you are experiencing, they give you validation for what you are feeling which is an important aspect of healing because many sufferers a mental illness have to deal with allegations of over-exaggeration’ and pretence.

Exercise

It seems cliché but such exercising is crucial.

Not only does exercising improve your overall health, but you also get a sense of accomplishment. Exercise promotes a healthier brain that responds better to stress by boosting the brain chemical levels that promote the formation of new brain cells and neural connection.

Moreover, exercising regularly has been seen to be more effective for depression than typical depression prescription drugs (SSRIs). During exercise, endorphins (feel good body hormones) are released which help uplift your moods.

Medication

Finally, if the case is more severe, you can always opt for medication. Usually, the popular drugs prescribed are anti-depressants. It is important you understand that these drugs are not an instant magic pill’ and as such you need to practice patience to enjoy optimal results.

Role of Family and friends

Having support plays a crucial role in helping you overcome depression. Individually, it can be challenging to sustain both a healthy perspective and the necessary effort needed to overcome depression.

What’s more, the innate characteristic of depression makes reaching out to help a difficult task. When you are suffering from depression, you tend to withdraw and subsequently isolate hindering active connection even with loved ones. Nonetheless, when you have friends and family by your side, you have confidence in speaking out since you are certain of their unconditional love and support despite your shortcoming.

Everyone wants to feel loved, cared for and safe and if you are depressed, even more. We all want someone who can listen to us attentively without judging us or getting distracted while at it. And who else better at it than those that know you well enough?

Finally, staying connected and close to individuals who both understand your condition and can offer a positive influence will have a beneficial impact on your outlook and mood.

Mayfair, we care

Top 5 health issues to be aware of in 2018


In 2017 we witnessed many new developments in the health industry. With more and more people joining the fitness bandwagon, several issues, that weren’t deemed to be pertinent, gained a much-needed limelight.

2018 isn’t going to any different. Fresh health concerns will emerge, and this time, let’s hope people take them seriously. Here’s a quick look at the issues we are likely to face:

Mental health

When an earthquake, the magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale, hit Haiti in 2010 more than 200,000 people died. The aftermath was equally terrible. Almost 25% of the surviving population experienced significant post traumatic stress disorder and many of the rescue and health workers were similarly affected.

In 2017, a similar level of stress was observed among Americans. This stress level rose between January and August. According to studies by the American Psychological Association, more than half the population of Americans feel that they are experiencing the lowest point in their lives.

While a part of this is due to the constant political unrest and uncertainty, another part of this has risen from gun violence, chronic poverty and natural disasters.

Globally, how can we even forget technology? With smartphones, tablets, laptops and bluetooths, we are connected more than ever. And maybe this is why we feel incredibly lonely. In almost every corner of the globe, the issues of teen suicide and depression have risen and in 2018 things are going to be even worse.

So when it comes to global health issues that deserve awareness, mental health issues will definitely top our list.

Malaria, virus, and dengue

With the global temperatures slowly rising, diseases like malaria, dengue, Zika virus and chikungunya too are on the rise. The mosquito and many other disease-carrying pests are thriving on this big, warm world.

This in turn, is leading newer strains of influenza and the relatively older strains bubonic plague are forecast to emerge and re-emerge. With an outbreak of bubonic plague having just been reported in Madagascar we cannot afford to be complacent in 2018.

Disease resulting from natural disasters

Last September, the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was more than 64. Several people were diagnosed with exhaustion, heart attacks and strokes, most of which they wouldn’t have experienced, if the hurricane had not occurred.

Extreme weather conditions are becoming common with every passing day – 2017 saw wildfires claim 300,000 acres of California and 1 million acres of land in British Columbia as people lost homes, livelihoods and in some cases, lives. With droughts and floods forecast to be more frequent across the world the possibilities of impending infection also rise. So, in 2018 Governments need to be aware of, and prepared for, dealing with the diseases cropping up from natural disasters.

Tick borne viruses

Tick borne viruses, or more specifically the Crimean congo fever, is yet another health issue that is going to take 2018 by storm. This tick borne virus is widely prevalent in the African, Asian and Middle Eastern Countries. So if you’re planning a trip here anytime soon, it would be wise to take the necessary precautions.

Ebola

Ebola has not had such a high profile as it did when this deadly virus occurred with a  severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-2015. However, it has not gone away and there is still a high possibility of its re-emergence. Although there isn’t any vaccine for Ebola currently available, scientists and doctors are hopeful that a vaccine will go into production in March /April 2018 which will address this dreadful disease.

Summary

If the foregoing sounds like more of the same then that is probably because it’s true. Mental health issues look to be here to stay and natural disasters are a constant threat – moreso in some parts of the World than others but these are all global issues and it is to be hoped that the trust we all put in our world leaders is well placed.

Mayfair, we care.