GoDubai
  
  
  
  
Citylife > Press Release
  Home Contact us Add to Favourites
Most Recent Postings
More Press Releses
Featured Sections

Event Finder
A daily roundup of exhibitions, promotions and other events in Dubai and the rest of the Emirates.
Submit an Event
Latest Dubai Press Releases >> Healthcare, Fitness and Medicine

 
  Share
7th October 2018; Dubai, UAE:   Addressing mental health and the ways to reduce anxiety and stress ahead of World Mental Health Day, Dr Sweta Adatia Specialist Neurologist at RAK Hospital and RAK Diabetes Center, Dubai, advises to tap into the power of the Vagus Nerve to improve and strengthen one's mental health. 
 
As per the doctor, most diseases start in the mind, moving to organic brain and later follow with the systemic symptoms; the pattern known psycho-neuro-physio-immuno-endocrinology. 
 
“A long and wandering nerve, the vagus nerve is made of both motor and sensory fibers and connects the brain stem to organs and systems, including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and female sex organs, as well as linking the neck, ears and tongue to the brain,” explains Dr Adatia, adding, “A well-toned vagus nerve helps to regulate blood pressure, glucose levels, digestion and automatic responses like breathing and perspiration and is a fundamental part also of a healthy gut. Crucially, it is the power source of the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).”
 
In the brain, the vagus nerve helps mood and controls anxiety and depression. It is largely responsible for the mind-body connection since it goes to all the major organs (except the adrenal and thyroid glands). The nerve influences the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is important in social bonding. Studies have found that higher vagal tone is associated with greater closeness to others and more altruistic behaviour 
 
Physical symptoms of stress can include: low energy, headaches, upset stomach including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea; aches, pains, and tense muscles; chest pain and rapid heartbeat; insomnia; frequent colds and infections; loss of sexual desire and/or ability among others. The emotional signs of stress could be depression or general unhappiness; anxiety and irritability; excessive and uncontrolled anger; feeling overwhelmed; loneliness and isolation; other mental or emotional health problems. Identifying these signs and symptoms are important in the diagnosis of mental issues.
 
“However, each one of us has the capacity to reduce the effects of stress almost instantly by unlocking the power of the PNS system or the vagus nerve. Also by using some techniques it's possible to stay away from bad effects of stress and feel fresh each day while remaining healthy and free from diseases”, comments Dr Adatia.
 
What can you do to increase vagal tone and modulation? Experts advise the following: 
  • Yoga: Yoga increases vagus nerve and parasympathetic system activity in general, improving mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Meditation: Meditation is your medication. Start right now by focusing on your breath. If you're familiar with meditation or mindfulness practices, you'll already be aware of the benefits of watching the breath and then controlling it.
  • Laughing: Laughter is the best medicine – many studies show the health benefits of laughing as it is capable of stimulating the vagus nerve.
  • Fasting: Intermittent fasting and reducing calories both increase high-frequency heart rate variability which is a marker of vagal tone. When you fast, part of the decrease in metabolism is mediated by the vagus nerve.
  • Bio-electric Devices: Effectively stimulating vagus nerve is part of a burgeoning field called “bioelectronics” or “electroceuticals” that uses clinically-tested devices to “hack” into the body's nervous system to improve psychological and physical well-being. 
“Regular meditation or mindfulness is well-established as one of the most effective ways to self-manage stress. Spending at least 5 minutes a day breathing deeply well enough to utilize your diaphragm and not just your lungs is the best way to keep the stress at bay”, says Dr Adatia.
 
Observed on 10th October every year the World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health problems affect around one in four people worldwide in any given year. They range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.



Posted by : GoDubai Editorial Team
Viewed 5283 times
Posted on : Sunday, October 7, 2018  
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of GoDubai.com.
Previous Story : DHA to launch Dubai Healthcare Professionals Registry
Next Story : Aster DM Healthcare wins Special Recognition at Arabia CSR Awards 2018
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine

Comments

Back to Top  
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Let It Glow
Let All Your Photos Be Merry & Bright
Filorga Launches FLASH-NUDE Collection
HP ProBook x360 11 G3 and G4 Education Edition
Tips and Tricks to Wash the Perfect Whites
Chrono 4 Grande Taille - an extra-special timepiece
The Rado DiaMaster Petite Seconde Automatic COSC The Rado watch at the top of th...
30 Years of Ryder Cup Heroes Confirmed for the 30th Edition of the Omega Dubai ...
Nike Dubai, the largest Nike store in the MENA region, opens its doors in the Du...
Maintain Healthy Skin Year Round
PopSockets launches a new collection with crystals from Swarovski, the must-have...
American Eagle Is the Go-to Destination for Gifting This Holiday Season'
Akshay Kumar Stuns Audiences With Transformation Into Surprising Look for 2.0
Free gold coins at Malabar Gold & Diamonds Festival
MIDO Baroncelli Lady Day & Night collection
GAZOO Racing Wins Australia Rally at FIA World Rally Championship
Golden Mile Galleria's ‘A Cultural Flair' attracts hundreds of art lovers to Pal...
Newby Teas Launches Advent Calendar For Christmas 2018
Tissot Chemin des Tourelles
The Interiors Gift Guide with Home and Soul
Growth and inclusivity drive Avaya's channel strategy for 2019
Etihad Museum displays the UAE flag using 3D lighting
Time For Enchanting Moments
BharatMatrimony launches office in Dubai targeting 2 Million Indians
Holiday Handbags | GUESS
HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance opens In-Vitro F...
Kartik Aaryan attends Danube bash
France Attractiveness Scoreboard 2018 Released
International supervisory community meets to discuss challenges ahead for global...
UAE Exchange celebrates UAE National Day in association with RTA
UOWD's quality management expert wins ASQ-UAE Quality Professionals Award
Ring in a dazzling festive season at Ibn Battuta Mall
UAE Carriers announce aircraft formation to celebrate 47th National Day and Year...
Dubai's Most Magical Festive Market Opens at Dubai Festival City Mall
Chinese Manufacturing Companies to Highlight Trade Opportunities in Middle East
Global Knowledge Index 2018 and The Future of Knowledge: A Foresight Report shin...
Dubai Customs wins 3 awards from Ideas UK 2018
Voting on UAE Superbrands 2019 Begins
New Zealand Crowned Dubai Champions
Green Hope's November Advocacy
Middle East economies are still dominated by oil sector development
FBMA and 47 Emirati women celebrate UAE National Day
Five-Star Euro NCAP for Jaguar's Electric I-PACE
100 Day Countdown Begins for Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019
National Hospital offering special UAE National Day Health Package for AED 47th
Marina Mall sets new world record for Zayed legacy
BMW Group sales increase in October
New ACH145 Mercedes-Benz Style Cabin Model Highlights First Presence at MEBAA fo...
UAE Innovation Award is now accepting submissions till the 20th December 2018
Dubai's Top Franchise Event Begins Today