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Unlearning Helplessness

Have you tried so hard but it all seems not to work out?

Are you constantly in a bad or low mood?

Are you taken over by negative thoughts?

Do you feel like you are falling apart?

Do you feel like giving it all up?

Let’s take a moment to seriously ponder on these questions about ourselves or about people in our lives that are currently in one or more of this conditions and are looking to find a positive way out. We all definitely have different moments in life; sad ones, happy ones and of course, the memorable ones that are absolutely unforgettable which could be either good or bad as well.

As humans, we are constantly learning from every single experience that life brings our way. We learn from the achievements, from the failures, from the successes, from the promotions, from the disappointments, from the heart breaks, from the struggles, from the victories, from the tests/trials, from the opportunities taken or missed and generally from every encounter past, present or future. Each of these experiences imprints certain lessons in us.  

We can either learn to persevere and pull through in spite of the challenges or we can learn to become helpless and even unwilling to try anymore.

Learning helplessness occurs quite slowly and unknowingly until the individual is unable to achieve so much or overcome certain challenges encountered no matter how much they try. When people learn helplessness, they begin to feel hopeless and wallow in self-doubt, feelings of guilt, low mood, extreme sadness and the likes.  

Certainly, we may all feel a bit low at some point in our lives particularly in situations of bereavement, disappointments or some other related challenging situations. However, when an individual appears to persistently be immersed in low mood, sadness, negative thoughts, helplessness, hopelessness, feelings of worthlessness and guilt such that it interferes with normal functioning, then there is a need to seek professional help.

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to be aware of our emotional functioning as much as possible by being mindful and by carrying out a self-appraisal during and at the end of every day.

Depression creeps upon people when they are most unaware

Now, no matter how much helplessness you have learned over the years, it is time to unlearn them by being purposeful about how you interpret life’s lessons and how well you are able to take charge of your life.

Don’t give up on yourself, there is so much out there for you if only you give hope and yourself another chance and make the most of it and if you seem to fail again, give yourself yet another chance again and again!

For more information about mindfulness, kindly visit our website on www.mobilehealthconsult.org.

For more information about getting help for depression and to take advantage of our non-drug/non-invasive approach in the treatment of depressive disorders, kindly visit our website or send an email to mobilehealthsonsult2000@yahoo.co.uk to be scheduled for an appointment.

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To Love Mindfully

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“…When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers”

-Thich Nhat Hanh

We all have our fantasies when it comes to being in relationships, be it in dating, courtship or in marriage. It could be a deep desire to be treated with so much love from our partners but this may not always be the case. Certainly, relationships can have its share of ups & downs, good & bad times, happy memories & painful ones as well but above all, the success of any relationship is largely dependent on how such a relationship is being handled by the parties involved. When there are unchecked deficits on the part of either or both parties with regards to how they treat each other, such relationships may be headed for the rocks on the long run.

It’s valentine once again and lovers all around the world seem to be getting more and more creative on how to express their love and bring happiness to their partners/spouses with special gifts, love notes/letters, surprises, romantic dates and so much more.

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Be as creative as you can this valentine to touch the heart of your special one with everything you say and do!

But do you know that it could be so much more wonderful if it extends beyond Valentine’s day?

Yes, it sure can!

It is by loving mindfully. Which implies that you become more intentional about how you treat your partner/spouse DAILY as opposed to being mindless every other day. Being mindful about loving your special one will involve deliberately gaining more “awareness” of him/her as much as possible by paying attention and studying him/her wholly so as to become more responsive to his/her own peculiar needs.

Here is a daily love challenge that will involve you and your partner/spouse to be more mindful about how you express love to each other for the next 30 days.

Get him/her involved and make a commitment to each other today to mindfully DO something special or UNEXPECTED for yourselves every day.

Try not to be predictable and keep him/her guessing.

It is really not in the volume of what you do but in the thoughtfulness.

Feel free to share your experiences with us and extend the challenge days until it becomes a daily practice. You’ll find that both of you will become closer, more affectionate and fulfilled in the relationship as you treat each other better everyday!

Remember, NEVER stop treating each other in a special way!

Happy Valentine from all of us at Mobile Heath Consult. You can join the conversation as we celebrate love this February by following me on twitter @DrMorayoJimoh.

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SETTING THE PACE FOR 2017!

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It’s interesting how a whole year can go by so fast and then just like that another year starts. At the beginning of the year like this, almost everyone seems to be trying their best to get used to the “new year”. Certainly at this period, some of us may still find ourselves making funny errors such as, noting 2016 instead of 2017 when we are required to indicate the current date. Well, it may take a while to fully adjust to the new year. Talking about making adjustments, we also have to make necessary adjustments in our lives as well to set the pace for a great year!

If you didn’t achieve so much at the end of last year, here’s a fresh opportunity to do better. 2017, for the most part is an unwritten story or an unpainted canvas in our individual lives, you are the author as well as the painter. You have the blank sheets and the writing materials right in your hands, you also have the paint brush and the canvas on which to colour the 2017 you so desire.

It will be immensely beneficial if you can intentionally set the right pace for the rest of the year. This should get you thinking, really thinking about all aspects of your life from family, academic, spiritual, social, emotional, career, health and so on.

Asides the plans and objectives you may have set to achieve this year, the pace you set towards achieving them is expedient in determining how well you meet your set objectives at the end of the year.  

NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO START!

Once the pace is set, it will pave the way for the accomplishment of your goals. The following tips will be helpful;

  • Resolve to live healthy this year: be mindful of your health by eating balanced diets, exercising regularly, staying hydrated always, going for routine checkups, resting well, sleeping well, relaxing as much as possible and please don’t leave out fun.  Take charge of your health!
  • Resolve to occupy your heart with positivity. Don’t give permanent residency to negativity in your heart. In fact, let there be no room to accommodate negativity.
  • Give yourself another chance when needed and never let your “another chance” be exhaustible. Don’t give up on yourself!
  • Give others “another chance” as well
  • Be open to ideas and explore other options of doing things
  • Be more committed in everything you do
  • Avoid procrastination
  • Have a daily to-do list and see to it that you follow through with it.

Before we get so caught up in the busyness of every day of this year, ensure you set a good pace for the rest of the year. Then will you be able to paint on that canvas of yours more appropriately and will be great year for you.

Happy New Year!

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Save Some Christmas For Yourself!

The best gift you can give to anyone this Christmas is a HEALTHY YOU!christmas-heart-1

Has Christmas stopped being the most wonderful time of the year? …

Amidst all the excitement and merriment associated with the Christmas season, a lot of people can still relate with suffering from lots of health related challenges such as persistent headaches, sleep problems, emotional drain, body aches, depressive symptoms, anxiety and overall stress during such time.

Although the Christmas season is typically filled with celebration among friends and loved ones, it however can be an overwhelming period as well because in a bid to partake in the joy of the season, many may sometimes end up wrecked and unable to fully enjoy the benefits of the season as much as they hoped to. Also, during this season, it is quite easy to get so caught up with doing “too much” for every other person except YOU. Yes YOU!

You too deserve to enjoy Christmas, most importantly, you deserve to be in good health because that’s the only way you will be able to make a remarkable impact in the lives of others. Be rest assured that;

You will be a better father this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better mother this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better brother this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better sister this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better partner this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better friend this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better relative this Christmas, if you stay healthy

You will be a better YOU this Christmas, if you stay healthy

christmas1Let’s try something different this year. Don’t let this Christmas be just another one, choose to make it an outstanding one by being mindful of your health, eliminating unhealthy habits and maintaining a positive lifestyle.  

To do this, you need to first try to identify habits or lifestyles that trigger ill health for you. For example, if trying too hard to please everybody gets you overwhelmed and anxious, then quit that. Do only as much as you can and don’t wallow in guilt over what you could not do, be grateful instead for the much you can do.

Try the following and watch how much of this Christmas you can save up for yourself to enjoy.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL

  • If you can’t handle all the planning – get or pay someone else to do it on your behalf
  • If you can’t handle all the cooking – get or pay someone else have it done.
  • If you can’t handle all the decoration – get or pay someone else to do it for you
  • If you can’t get all the shopping done- get or pay someone else to do it on your behalf
  • Also, don’t try to be OMNIPRESENT– you can’t be everywhere, attend to only as much as you can handle.

HAVE A PLAN B AND IF POSSIBLE, PLAN C

To avoid disappointments, ensure to plan appropriately concerning everything. Plan for finances, have a budget, plan for the gifts, plan for guests that you can handle and know when to draw the line in all aspects. Have back up plans just in case plan A does not work. This way, you’ll be less anxious and be more prepared for whatever surprises this season brings along with it.

LAUGH MORE

Laughter is the best medicine as popularly said, make it a practice this season to laugh a whole lot. You can get funny movies, comedy and anything that can get you laughing heartily. Enjoy quality time laughing this Christmas, you deserve to laugh!

PRACTICE MINDFULNESS IN ALL YOU DO

Mindfulness is a non-judgmental practice of moment to moment awareness of your thoughts, emotions, feelings and the influence of external stimuli on your internal functioning. Be mindful of how you feel physiologically and mentally at all times and know when to stop to take a break. It will be beneficial to schedule frequent breaks into your daily itinerary to relax. You can start practicing mindfulness by simply being aware of your breathing and taking deep slow relaxing breaths as often as you can as you go through the days in this season.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Give yourself the best treatment this Christmas. Sleep well, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, stay hydrated, get a spa treatment if possible, do what you enjoy, don’t hold grudges, forgive easily and make every moment count!
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Remember to stay healthy this Christmas for yourself and for your loved ones.

We wish you a Merry Christmas from all of us at Mobile Health Consult.

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Not Weird, Just Wired Differently

clrldWe all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to learning abilities just as it is with other aspects of our lives. Our learning styles also vary accordingly. Some of us are visual learners while some others may thrive better with verbal learning approach and some others may require a multi-sensory approach to learning. In addition, our interests in particular subject areas also vary as this often influences class placement in schools as well as eventual career choices.

Let’s go down memory lane for a while….

Try to remember how best you learned back in school,

Were you the kind of student that would rather seek visual aids such as pictures or charts in order to comprehend whatever information the teacher presented?

Or could you handle grasping the ideas from the verbal/theoretical methods of teaching?

Also, did you constantly require repetition in order to understand the information provided by your teachers?

And did you find that your teacher’s teaching style was not suitable to your learning style?

Most learners have different experiences and often develop strategies to “cope” with their learning challenges. However, individuals with learning difficulties may seem to be unable to cope with the challenges of learning as they may constantly feel weird as a result of their learning difficulty.

Let’s identify some common learning difficulties and their peculiarities

  • dyslexia-spelled-out-in-lettersDyslexia: is a brain related disorder that affects how the brain processes written and spoken language. Individuals with dyslexia have difficulties, decoding words, reading, spelling and comprehension of written words/sentences. They may often seem to reverse letters/words or miss out/misplace words when writing. Dyslexia has nothing to do with poor intelligence, poor vision or laziness, it is simply as a result of how the brain is wired and how it processes such information.     
  • discalculia-tratamiento-1Dyscalculia: is a brain based disorder that affects how the brain processes math concepts. Individuals with dyscalculia present with varying levels of difficulty ranging from comprehending numeric concepts such as number sequence to the application of numeric operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication & division.
  • Dysgraphia: simply means impaired writing. It is a brain related disorder that
    involves difficulties with handwriting such that writings are illegible, pencil/pen grip is poor, letter/words spacing is disorganized and written
    expression is problematic.
  • apdAuditory Processing Disorder (APD): this has to do with difficulty “comprehending” auditory information such as sounds or spoken words. This often affects how well an individual is able to understand verbal instructions/directions and affects the ability to cope with noise.

 

As previously stated, getting a professional diagnosis of a learning difficulty is key to knowing the necessary steps in interventions to take in order to improve the learning capabilities of such learners.

Innovative approaches in the field of Neuropsychology & Educational Psychology towards improving cognitive functioning of individuals with learning difficulties have proven to be efficient. For more information about these approaches, kindly visit: www.mobilehealthconsult.org

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#Learning Difficulties.

 


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First Off: Getting to Know About Learning Difficulties (LDs)

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“Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,

it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

-Albert Einstein

It sure can be quite exhausting for parents and teachers of students with one or more forms of a learning challenge, particularly in the absence of a proper diagnosis and professional guide. However, the exhaustion is often felt a lot more by the individuals themselves. As if they are not going through enough already, they have to deal with being labelled, being compared to others and often times being stigmatized. You absolutely have no idea how much they struggle just to be as good as their peers.

Simply put;

A Learning Difficulty is a brain related disorder which affects how an individual learns.

This means that it basically has to do with how the brain is wired and how it processes information.

It typically interferes with basic skills in learning such as reading, mathematics, comprehension, writing, reasoning e.t.c. An individual with learning difficulty may experience challenges with one specific aspect of learning or more. For instance, he/she may struggle with learning to decode words but may possess impressive numeracy skills. On the other hand, some other individual may struggle with more than one aspect of learning such as: reading, mathematics, writing or more.

l-dWhen getting to know about learning difficulties, it is important to note that firstly, it has nothing to do with being lazy, laid back or unmotivated! as a matter of fact, individuals with learning difficulties often work really hard and aspire to be better. However, it is easy for others to form an opinion about them when they seem to shy away from cognitive tasks such as reading out loud in class, spelling, solving numeracy problems, or performing other cognitive tasks in the classroom.

Secondly, it has nothing to do with gender as it affects both males and females which is contrary to some strongly held beliefs about learning difficulties.

Thirdly, it has nothing to do with race or tribe as it can affect just anyone.

Fourthly, it has nothing to do with being stupid as most individuals with learning difficulties are intelligent! Finally, it is mostly hereditary as it runs in families, therefore, the chances of being diagnosed with a learning difficulty is higher when there is a history of learning difficulty within the family.

Parents, guardians and teachers can provide support and seek early interventions to improve their child/student’s cognitive functioning. kindly visit www.mobilehealthconsult for more information about learning difficulties and how to make an appointment for a Psycho-educational assessment.

Also, remember to follow me on twitter @DrMorayoJimoh for more informative updates on

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What Could Be Wrong With Me?

ldMost of us are conversant with obvious “physical” disabilities in people and this may vary from person to person, it could be as common as eye problems to more severe problems that may even render the individual as handicapped. We all have definitely encountered individuals with one or more forms of these disabilities in our environment. However, there seem to be an unsolved puzzle with individuals that appear perfectly normal in their physical appearance yet do have serious challenges with learning. Such individuals are often labelled as “dumb”, “stupid”, “lazy”, “slow”, “nitwits” and are usually being made fun of as a result of their poor academic performance. Eventually, the weight of these labels on the individuals gradually affects many more aspects of their lives, erodes their self-esteem/self-worth and may lead to depressive tendencies on the long run.

A typical example is seen below:

Joseph is often best described by his classmates as “awkward”

His struggle with literacy and numeracy tasks over the years

has taken a huge toll on him.

This has also affected his relationship with his peers as he is often aggressive and irritable.

Although he puts in his very best efforts to get good grades, frustration is all he gets at the end of the school year.

When counseled by the school’s counselor, he becomes emotional and reveals that he really wants to get good grades and be as good as other kids.

 “What could be wrong with me?” He asks….

Today, many students are just like Joseph, struggling with one or more aspects of school work and not understanding why or what the reason may be. Parents/guardians are also not left out as they are frequently at the edge with school authorities regarding the unsatisfactory performance of their children.

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This may be a clear cut case of an undiagnosed learning disability/ learning difficulty.

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