Friday, July 24, 2015
As we continue to age, we all become forgetful. Memory lapses are not uncommon, but it doesn't mean we all will have dementia.
The symptoms of memory loss and dementia may look similar in the beginning: gradual, and even insidious. When signs of dementia begin to surface, some patients may try to "cover up" or even blatantly deny that there are problems; others may blame others. No matter what, ultimately, the early signs of dementia will become more serious and obvious, and they include the following:
(1) The person is uncharacteristically negative and suspicious. Sometimes it is difficult to tell if it is dementia or not, especially if that person is also suffering from anxiety or depression.
(2) The person is negligent of his or her personal care and grooming, such as not bathing or shampooing. Again, an individual with severe depression may also neglect his or her personal hygiene.
(3) The person has difficulty in conversation, such as repeating the same thing, or talking vaguely without any specifics.
(4) The person has lost his or her motor skills, such as displaying uncharacteristically illegible handwriting, or inability to type or use the computer.
(5) The person is unable to make a phone call, even if he or she remembers the phone number.
(6) The person eats improperly, such as eating only sweets when there is a proper meal.
(7) The person keeps the house badly cluttered and disorganized.
(8) The person shows poor judgment in spending. Again, an individual suffering from anxiety or other mental disorders, such as bipolar depression, may also demonstrate the same behavioral problems in over spending.
(9) Other more dangerous signs of dementia may include: consistently forgetting to turn off the stove; wandering around outside at night; acting inappropriately in response to "paranoid" suspicions, such as calling the police based on paranoia.
If a member of your family demonstrates some of these obvious signs of dementia, be more observant of the behavioral patterns or conditions to see if medical or professional help is needed.
Anyway, it is important to keep your brain healthy through diet and exercise. Your brain has billions of cells, and only a fraction of them are used. Despite the degeneration due to aging, you can still harness your brain power; use it or lose it.
Stephen LauCopyright© by Stephen Lau
Copyright © by Stephen Lau
Friday, July 10, 2015
Happiness is a state of mind; that is, it is all in your mind. According to Descartes, the great philosopher, you are your thoughts, and your thoughts become who you are. In other words, you are the creator of your thoughts, which then become the substances with which you weave the fabrics of your own life. That is to say, your happiness or unhappiness, to a certain extent, is your own making. In addition, "too much" thinking may also make you unhappy, especially if your thoughts focus on unhappy things.
According to CNN on how yoga may help you realize your resolutions in life: simply resolving to do something isn't enough. You need the means to start on the right path and stay on the course. Too many of us set large-scale intentions but fall short on a follow-through strategy. That's where yoga may come in: the ancient practice can provide the resources and support for a multitude of modern-day lifestyle changes. . . . .
If you want to be happier, your wandering mind is most likely your stumbling block. According to a 2010 Harvard study, 47% of the time of the human mind is thinking about things that aren't happening. Understandably, spending half your life lost in thought is considered a major cause of unhappiness.
How can yoga help a distracted and wandering mind? Yoga is a practice based on mindfulness that emphasizes using your breath to consistently connect to the present moment. It also teaches you how to breathe deeper and use meditative techniques to tap into your parasympathetic nervous system to reduce stress and increase happy hormones. "
You must be mindful of your breaths, which is a way to re-focus your mind on the present moment. If you have a compulsive mind—that is, constantly thinking of the past and the future—you are not living in the present; not living in the now means your mind is obsessed with past memories and worries of future happenings. Remember, the past was gone, the future is unknown, and only the present is real. Therefore, the key to happiness is slowing down your compulsive mind. Yes, yoga is an exercise that may do just that.
Read my book Be A Better And Happier You With Tao Wisdom. It shows you how to live your life as if everything is a miracle. The book is based on the ancient wisdom of TAO from ancient China. True human wisdom requires you to be mindful of what is going on in your mind, and be mindful of others through love and compassion; mindfulness holds the key to understanding who you really are and what you really need in your life in order to be a happier individual.
Copyright© by Stephen Lau