Mental health and neurodiversity are no easy topics to talk about. In fact, it’s the complete opposite, as a whole can of worms can be opened once the discussion goes on. Treatments and results are a vast and wide variety, and the general society may not be feeling the plight of someone whose chronic illness isn’t immediately visible. You may know someone, ranging from a family member to a friend online, who may have been showing signs of such things like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and many more, and may feel this topic as something genuinely close to home. Read more
Career development is one of the things that you need to focus on if you want to become successful. “In order to find the career that is right fit for you, you must first get in touch with your 4 P’s – passion, personality, preferences and principles,” says Jamie Lewis Smith, PhD. Keep in mind that there is no other way to go but up when it comes to building a career. According to a therapist, a person’s success in business or work can have a significant effect on how he views life. He also emphasized that successful individual are happier and feel content compared to those who have no idea what to do with their career.
If you think that you are struggling in career advancement, do not worry because we are going to give you a list of things that you can consider. Before anything else, you have to accept the reality that it is crucial to work hard for what you want. You cannot just sit in the corner and wait for the magic to appear right in front of you. Make an absolute promise to yourself that you will become relentless in your journey to success. Do not let anyone or anything prevent you from reaching your dreams. “Aligning your career with your mission (or message) can sustain you when setbacks occur,” shares Melissa Slawsky, Ph.D.
For today’s article, allow us to enumerate the smart strategies that you can do to advance your career. All the tips mentioned below came from the notes of a well-known therapist:
Know What You Want The initial step that you must take is to be sure of what you want. Make it a top priority to look into your heart’s desires and consider them in making a decision. Do not choose a career just because other people say that it’s the best choice. The right thing to do is to get to know yourself and be aware of the kind of direction that you want to follow. If it means resigning from your current job, then do not be afraid to take it. Remember that sometimes, you have to be strong enough to take the necessary risks.
Attend Seminars or Conferences Another excellent way of becoming a better professional is to invest your time in learning new skills. You have to make time for training seminars or conferences that will teach you about the latest updates in your chosen field. Be humble enough to be aware or recognize the fact that you do not know everything that is going on in your industry. Sometimes, you have to get inputs from learned professionals. Remember that some events can be free, which is why you have to ask around.
Be Fearless In Following Your Dreams As already mentioned above, it may be possible that the only way to advance in your career is to resign from your current job position and look for another one. Be fearless enough to make this decision as soon as possible. Keep in mind that it is crucial to act fast before it is too late. Do not settle for anything less because it will not take you to the top. Instead, be brave enough to chase your dreams even if it means starting over again. It is better to press the re-start button now than live a life full of regrets in the future. According to David M. Kopp, Ph.D. “Remaining resilient helps make sound decisions, think clearly, creatively and maintain the persistence needed to find a career.”
Take A Break And De-stress Take note that success and happiness come hand in hand. You cannot expect to be successful in what you do if you are constantly in search of happiness. As such, it is essential for you to consider your mental health as you strive hard for career advancement. Learn when is the right time to take a break from work or things that keep you busy. De-stressing is the key if you want to move to a higher level in your career. Failure to do this can make you grumpy to the point that it can affect your aspirations or goals. All of a sudden, you will lose interest in your work because of exhaustion or stress.
Be Patient The last thing that you have to instill in your mind is the significance of patience in turning your dream to a reality. Remind yourself that ultimate success does not happen overnight. Just because you exerted all your efforts today does not necessarily mean that you will see the results the following day. It can take several months or even years before you can be promoted in your job and there is nothing wrong with it. What is highly essential is that you know how to whether your current situation is worth fighting for. Assess your current job position and decide if it is worth keeping. Career advancement takes time, which is why you must not rush it. Enjoy every moment you get.
The fundamental study of the effects of high altitude on a person’s body is called aerospace physiology. It includes different pressure and levels of oxygen. It explains the body’s particular function and reaction when there is a different level of altitudes. Usually, it provokes more cardiac output and produces significant erythrocytes. But how can psychologist seem to connect it to mental health? Here is how some experts see it.
The constant changes in the body from consistent oxygen deprivation cause energy waste. The damage promotes muscle tensions, fatigue, loss of motor skills, and even decreased proper coordination. However, all results still vary from different levels of altitude. That is because the affected physiques are different when in space and ground. That also explains why people exposed inside pressurized cabins experiences loss of muscle growth. Typically, with the exposure in a higher altitude along with a partial carbon dioxide pressure, the oxygen production decreases. The oxygen degradation is what people call hypoxia. Throughout higher altitude, the arterial saturation of oxygen decreases in as much as 70% on a rapid state. It may not sound so alarming for a lot of people, but it caters a hidden effect in the brain. But what exactly is happening in there?
Oxygen Deficiency And The Brain
The brain is the most vital part of the body that uses a large amount of oxygen. Although it only constitutes 2% of the body’s total weight, it consumes approximately 20% of the entire oxygen production in the system. The brain cells depend on oxygen so it can support a better function of the body. It helps in the blood circulation to boost its overall system have more energy. It promotes total function and regeneration.
However, when the body suddenly does not get enough oxygen, there becomes shortness of breath, and the nonessential body functions begin to shut down. When that happens, the neurons in the brain become affected and can go on a strain condition. The body reacts to that particular moment and attempts to save itself from the loss of energy. That explains why it eventually shows a slow process that people often misinterpret as a weakness. But usually, it is the body’s way of coping with internal dysfunction. Aside from that, when there is a shortage of the supply of oxygen in the brain, one experiences dizziness followed quickly by fainting. In some unfortunate instances, a blackout can occur.
Inadequate oxygen supply to the brain also causes a stroke. There is swelling due to an increased amount of water in it. It leaves pressure that crushes the brain in a slow phase. Loss of oxygen is also responsible for cerebral hemorrhage or the internal bleeding in the brain.
The Minutely Countdown
In some unfortunate instances, when there is not enough oxygenation, the brain causes more than just hallucinations. That is because of 30 to 60 seconds of deprived oxygen results in loss of consciousness. With that 1 minute mark, the brain cells begin to depreciate and die. And in the 3-minute countdown, the more extensive damage in the neurons tends to become permanent. So in 5-minutes, one can expect immediate death. But on that state, the brain is still functioning and putting all of its effort to regeneration. However, in a 10-minute time, even if the brain is still alive, a coma becomes inevitable. So in a 15-minute damage exposure, it becomes nearly impossible to survive.
A lack of oxygen induces shallow breathing, and that results in stress and anxiety. Its severity distorts the proper psychological function where it entirely changes the brain’s overall capability. The damage can manifest in the brain’s structure, size, and roles which eventually target the levels of a person’s genes. From there, it negatively secures the buildup of mental confusion, the inability to follow particular instructions, lack of emotional stability, depression, Alzheimer’s diseases, and other psychological problems. Also, oxygen deprivation to the brain associates in the slow process of learning, memory loss, and nerve cell deterioration due to fewer productions of healthy brain cells.
Aerospace physiology focuses on the physical matter associated with altitude. And since oxygenation gets involved in the topic, mental health also becomes part of it. Honestly, all things that happen in the body have something to do with the brain’s function. Whether it is emotional or physical, the psychological state gets often included in the overall discussion. So when the mental health weakens, all systems will eventually shut down.
With the uprising trend on the number of mental health cases, medical professionals are on their toes in finding a cure to address this problem. Due to the severity of some situations and reoccurrences of most cases, it can be stated that therapy and medication are not enough, which is why ideas and ideas are pouring in in a hope to put to an end to this phenomenon.
With several alien theories out there, it’s hard to ascertain if these could be following facts or just pure fantasy. However, according to scientists, these alien encounters can be attributed to the existing mental illness of the people experiencing them. With mental health becoming a buzz word nowadays, it is just as important to dig deeper as to why people are merely hooked on pointing out that aliens exist.Read more
You might probably wonder if there are tens of billions of planets outside space that you didn’t know. Well, maybe there is. There may be a planet that looks the same as earth. But as we all know, here on earth, life begins as soon as it could. We know that around three and a half billion years ago, hundreds of comets bombarded earth with tons of water. Then some volcanoes popped up on the surface of the planet. You seemingly have a lot of questions about how the earth formed itself and your friends and family also believe the same way about what’s beyond the universe.
Taking a journey away from your homeland can make you excited and at the same time anxious, the same with the idea of taking a flight away from mother Earth. Separation anxiety, feeling like you want to jump out of the vehicle and just come back, can jeopardize space mission. Even the multi-million dollar space vehicle that serves as your residence cannot make you feel at ease and comfortable. It instead makes you feel isolated and trapped in the dark emptiness that surrounds you. This reality when in the outer space can take your mind to the brink of sanity.
Everyday stress experienced by astronauts can affect the success of their mission.
Dancing Fairy (Visual Hallucination)
Astronauts experience frequent hallucinations. They report seeing flashes of light that looks like dancing fairies. They see this even during their busy hours, doing their work, and while in the confines of their sleeping stations. Scientists make a study regarding this issue and experiments were done which made them think that the dancing fairy effects could be caused by cosmic rays.
Phantom Smell (Olfactory Hallucination)
Crews of the 1976 Russian Soyuz-21 mission have to be brought back to the Earth earlier because of concern of leak or technical problems. The crews smell something while aboard the space station (Salyut-5), but when being checked upon their return, no odor or any technical issues were found.
During the investigation, it seems that crews reported experiencing psychological problems and had some interpersonal issues. This led NASA to consider that the incident was probably caused by hallucination.
Exhaustion and disagreement caused the crews of the Skylab 4 mission to switch off their radio and ignore NASA for a day. They just watch Earth pass by.
Incidents like the above make scientists study the possible effects of being confined in simulated missions. How being in isolation for months to more than a year affect stress level and result in a myriad of psychological issues.
Scientists observe how the brain functions when on a mission outside of Earth’s atmosphere. They found that some of the primary function (task switching, attention, body coordination, and problem-solving) do not work well while an astronaut is in space. It is assumed that this could be due to the limited physical activity. Even when on Earth, reduced physical activity could over time affect mental abilities.
Gravity could also play a role in the changes in brain activity. Being in gravity-free space affect blood flow. Compared to when on Earth, oxygen supply to the brain might not be as efficient due to the effect of gravity.
Keeping Sanity In Space
Aerospace psychiatry serves as the mental health support for spacemen.
Watching astronauts from our television set make me look at them to be the best of the best, in mental intelligence and physical fitness. They are the men picked from the best selection of great men. But even them are not exempted from losing their mind for a while when not in the confine of their comfort zone (the Earth).
Upon coming back to Earth, noticeable signs of psychological distress from a prolonged time spent on the mission, living in tight quarters, spurred the establishment of space psychology. Teams of psychiatrists ensure to monitor, support, and re-establish psychiatric well-being of astronauts while and after the mission.
Life in space is harsh compared to the stress and loneliness we experience living on Earth. Well-fit astronauts even admitted that with their experience, they discovered that they are not psychologically prepared to be in such a mission. Hallucinations happen, anxiety and depression creep in due to isolation, lack of social communication and leisure activities, and (could be) gravity effect.
Life After Space Travel
Astronauts who make it safe home receive psychological support and help to adjust again to their life on Earth’s ground. They may decide not to fly back, or it may take them some time to determine if they would want to leave Earth again or do something else.
Keeping sanity while out of Earth’s grounds is hard to maintain, that behavioral and psychological support must be considered. Having some form of activities, hobbies, entertainment can help them adjust, unwind, and de-stress. Keeping the astronauts’ sound mind is essential when being sent to outer space to make their mission a success.
There is a reason why there is still no confirmed presence of life outside of Earth. Space is a hostile environment inimical to life. Conditions are widely different from those found here on Earth, so scientists and engineers have to remove some preconceived notions applicable only here on the planet when designing aerospace equipment.
Compared to other professional groups, pilots are unique when it comes to their working conditions and possible causes of stress. And these differences, together with the career structure and regulatory framework, can have a great impact on their mental health.