Using defibrillator recently installed at a boy’s school highlights urgent training for public to use them. A 15-year-old’s life is saved by father after Ethan Askew started to feel ill in sports class and told his teacher before he stopped breathing and collapsed in his arms. Stuart Askew works as premises manager at Steiner Academy school at Much Dewchurch in Herefordshire, which his son attends, and ran to deliver emergency aid. He said afterwards: It was very scary, but I remembered we had a defibrillator so didn’t doubt it will be OK ending. NHS England and NHS Scotland are joining British Heart Foundation and Microsoft over next 12 months to create database of defibrillators across UK. The move is in response to figures of public-access to defibrillators used is less than 3% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests British Heart Foundation says it “significantly reduces the survival chances of tens of thousands of people each year.” Stuart says the device was “very easy” to use, acknowledges considering the stressful circumstances. “Thank God this terrible and frightening experience turned into life saving of son. Ambulance arrived in five minutes and Ethan was taken to the hospital and put in induced coma. Tests revealed one of his coronary arteries is too narrow as random genetic condition and because he exercised so much, not enough oxygen was getting to his heart.Three days after his operation Ethan surprised his friends at school and was filled in on what went on at school the day he collapsed. Ethan had surgery to replace his artery. Now 16, he says he’s fully recovered and “even better than before.” He says it feels like a bizarre dream. “I still can’t believe it happened. Honestly I can’t remember anything from that day. I can remember the day before and I can’t remember anything in past until I woke up from my induced coma and then after that it was a bit hazy.” And he was not fully aware it was his Dad that saved him. “Everything was so overwhelming, I didn’t really acknowledge it that much. I kind of just accepted everything that happened from then on. “They only told me they put it in two days before after I came out of hospital, so was quite a surprise.”Ethan was hiking in the Brecon Beacons six months after his collapse. But Stuart says things could be very different. “He was due to go on his Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition the week after, which means he’d have been in the middle of the Brecon Beacons. We’re so fortunate that it happened within sight almost of a community defibrillator.” The first thing Stuart did when he went back to work was to register the defibrillator with the West Midlands Ambulance service. He says people shouldn’t be scared to use them in an emergency, even if they haven’t had any first aid training. “Have the confidence that the device is there to help. As soon as you unzip pack only one or two buttons to press and the device tells you what to do. “Don’t be afraid and just know that you’re doing some good – you have the potential to save someone’s life having the guts to go get this device is really is having confidence to grab it to help save somebody’s life. Airports, village halls, railway stations and nationwide is now available so look out for them. You can help save 30,000 people who suffer cardiac arrest away from hospital each year. Chances of survival are as high as 75 per cent if defibrillation is delivered rapidly. British Heart Foundation said at least 230 lives are saved already. A heart attack is the main cause of cardiac arrest, when the heart stops effectively pumping blood around body and goes into ventricular fibrillation, meaning the muscles are contracting randomly rather than regularly so heart stops. A defibrillator uses electricity to shock the heart out of this lethal rhythm and back to normal. From the moment one stops breathing, it takes four minutes before brain starts to die. Applying a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides best chance of survival. For every minute heart stopped, chances of staying alive reduced by 14 per cent. It is important to remember you can be someone to use defibrillator,’ says Clive James, St John Ambulance trainer. The AED automatically carries out many of the key stages of resuscitation, such as recognising electrocardiogram rhythm (ECG). ‘This assesses whether the heart is shockable,’ says James. ‘In 80 per cent of cases it will be.’ Shoppers at Westfield practice using a defibrillator, 10,000 AEDs placed in shopping centres, airports, village halls and railway stations. If cardiac arrest has not occurred, rhythm incompatible, a shock not administered. So sensitive are machines they assess how strong the shock needs to be so most city’s Tube and train stations, international airports, churches, schools or in the markets to provide AEDs on sites placed in small white boxes on walls around these places to notice in advance in case you need to help someone. Open the box and lift out the AED to find a small package containing two sticky pads you plug into the main AED box similar to a child’s lunchbox. Its latest technology of adhesive pads for better contact with skin than traditional paddles. The gyms need AED trained volunteers to help the fitness instructors during emergency. A defibrillator pack has turn on machine instruction’s so voice says put pads on a patient’s chest and press buttons.
Carefully lay the two large, white sticky pads on bare chest, one up near right shoulder and the other down by the left ribs. The normal-electro impulse starts in the top right-hand side of the heart and passes to the bottom left-hand side. The machine’s electricity pass through heart’s normal route. The AED tells you it checks heart rhythm. ‘Clear!’ Means press the orange shock button if heart in arrest, the shock brings back rhythm but for training pads no current runs through. It is crucial to remember the medic and onlookers take care not to touch patient. ‘There are no recorded cases of injury, but it’s not worth risking an electric shock. Importance of AEDs is remember to locate and use them and be sure to supply at least three in small premises and 20 in large complexes of playing sports centres. Clinically dead for minutes saved by the defibrillator available and someone prepared to use it. Defibrillators need onsite training for volunteers to test out AED on dummy. Shoppers be aware where its available, as public allowed its use in emergency. Ideally people should be trained, but lack of training shouldn’t stop use,’ says Dr Jasmeet Soar, of the Resuscitation Council, body behind recent change in regulation. Studies show schoolchildren are able to turn them on and follow the instructions. Trained first-aider may not be at the sight of collapsed patient so people can help save lives. Generis, 37, saved two lives using defibrillator said help save someone. He felt buzz as the paramedics arrived and they told him he brought patients back.’ If one suffers cardiac arrest there’s a good chance of survival thanks to AED in sports and social clubs. AEDs are everywhere. And that’s very reassuring. Above all take care of personal health, eat, rest, sleep, and drink plenty of water. Remember God is life Giver so honour and preserve life. It is good to press the chest to kick start or give the kiss of life. Learn more about reviving people using massage in places where there is no defibrillator. People use massage and rely totally on prayer in the Mighty Name of Jesus of Nazareth to raise the dead. GLORY be to God.
Many types of the plastics are designed to last for a long time. Nearly all plastic created still exists in some form today.
A paper published in Science Advances Journal by industrial ecologist Dr Roland Geyer, from the University of California in Santa Barbara, and colleagues, calculated the total volume of all plastic ever produced at 8.3bn tonnes. Some 6.3bn tonnes is now waste and 79% is in landfill or the natural environment. This vast amount of waste has been driven by modern life, where plastic is used for many throwaway or “single use” items, from drinks bottles and nappies to cutlery and cotton buds.
500 billion plastic bottles
Drinks bottles are most common types of plastic waste. Some 500bn plastic bottles were sold globally in 2017 that is more than a million bottles per minute. 130bn were made by drinks giant Coca Cola.
Some countries are considering moves to reduce consumption. These includes deposit-return schemes, improvement of free-drinking water supplies in major cities, forcing the producers to cut down overproduction. So much plastic waste ends up in the sea about 15m tonnes of plastic currently ends up in oceans each year. Scientists from National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and University of Georgia, Athens estimated the figure as 11m tonnes, and forecast that to rise to 20m tonnes by 2019. The study, published in the journal Science surveyed 192 coastal countries affected by ocean plastic waste, and found Asian nations suffered most.
China and US, UK, among top of the list of countries mismanaging plastic waste, and contribute higher rate of waste per person. Plastic waste accumulates in areas of the ocean where winds create swirling circular currents gyres, which suck in floating debris. There are five gyres around the globe, but best known is probably the North Pacific gyre. It is estimated debris takes about six years to reach the centre of the North Pacific gyre from the coast of the US, and about a year from Japan. All five gyres have higher concentrations of plastic rubbish than other parts of the oceans. They are made up of tiny fragments of the plastic, suspended below surface phenomenon described as plastic soup. Hard-wearing qualities of plastics means some items take hundreds of years to biodegrade. There are moves to clean up the North Pacific gyre. An operation led by a non-profit organisation Ocean Cleanup has begun in 2018.
How are things in UK?
Marine Conservation Society finds 718 pieces of litter for every 100m stretch of beach surveyed during recent Great British Beach Clean Up. That was a 15% increase on last year.
Rubbish from food or drink constituted at least 25% of litter collected, the MCS reported. The origin of a lot of the litter by public contributes is 35%. “Sewage-related debris” or items flushed down toilets instead of in bin, amount to 9%.
Plastic harms marine life
Sea birds and larger marine creatures, whales, turtles, dolphins, seal’s danger comes from being entangled in plastic bags, other debris, mistaken for plastic food. Turtles don’t distinguish between plastic bags and jellyfish as part of their diet. The plastic bags consumed cause internal blockages and result in death. Large pieces of plastic damage digestive systems of sea birds, whales, potentially fatal. Over time, plastic waste degrades so breaks down to tiny micro-fragments also causing scientists concern.
A recent survey by Plymouth University found plastic was found in a third of UK caught fish, cod, haddock, mackerel and shellfish. This can result in malnutrition or starvation for fish, and lead to plastic ingestion in humans too. The effect on humans of eating fish containing plastic is still largely unknown. But in 2017 the European Food Safety Authority warns of increased risk to human health, food safety given potential for micro-plastic pollution in edible tissue of commercial fish.” A whales died after swallowing 80 plastic bags off southern Thailand.Rescuers used buoys to keep the whale afloat during rescue attempt. The whale died in southern Thailand after it has swallowed more than 80 plastic bags. The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near border with Malaysia, Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said. The whale vomited five bags while rescuers used buoys to keep it afloat in a rescue attempt, an umbrella held to protect it from the blazing sun.Plastic bags taken from whale’s stomach piled together. A veterinary team tried “to help stabilise its illness” but the whale later died on Friday afternoon, officials said. An autopsy revealed 80 plastic bags weighing eight kilograms (18 pounds) in whale’s stomach. Thon Thamrongnawasawat, marine biologist and lecturer at Kasetsart University, said bags made it impossible for whales to eat nutritional food. Shopping bags can be recycled for road materials, etc.Marine biologist, Thamrongnawasawat said plastic pollution was huge problem. 80 plastic bags in stomach caused death, he said. Mr Thamrongnawasawat said, about 300 marine animals, including pilot whales, sea turtles and dolphins died each year in Thai waters ingesting plastic. He said: “It’s a huge problem as the world uses lots of plastic washed in the sea and ashore.”The plastic bags weighed up to eight kilograms (18 pounds). The pilot whale’s plight generated sympathy and anger among global citizens. One Twitter user wrote: “I feel sorry for animal that did not do anything wrong but has to bear the brunt of human careless actions. A new way of solving pollution of rivers with plastic waste and debris is the use of Trash Traps collecting litter before it flows further or piles up clogging rivers and sewages tunnels
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Thank God Almighty for this amazing miracle rescue of the coach and Wild Boar team boys trapped in the cave in Thailand has made headlines all over the world. This miracle surpassed any past cave rescue missions so involved numerous international cave diving experts. Thanks to excellent teamwork, all managed to overcome overwhelming challenges to rescue team successfully. It is beyond any other previous daring rescues without precedence yet worked together to rescue the team and experts who risked their lives to save them. The poignant issue that stood out for me is a miracle of ability to communicate with the two British cave divers who helped to rescue the team. How on earth would they understand each other without the only English speaker among. It would probably have caused further delays or complicated matters. In counselling the concept of entering cave means getting into the most painful areas of life one does not want address. The mountain in this case described as sleeping woman so symbolically her womb was entered. The flood birth water had to be drained so human life is born. Like a birthpang labour pain is unpredictable and time-consuming the process was daunting but by the Grace of God team delivered safely to the Glory of God. The 12 boys were all rescued and taken to hospital to be checked with the coach and later released press conference. On 23 June, 12 boys and their football coach walked into cave after football practice in northern Thailand. The boys, who are part of the Moo Pa – Wild Boars football team became trapped when heavy rains flooded the Tham Luang cave to cut off their escape route. All 12 boys and their coach have been freed from the cave. A few details about the group have been released. Here is what we know about the boys and their coach:Chanin Vibulrungruang (Nickname: Titan), 11 is the youngest in the team, who played as a forward. Titan started playing football at seven before joining his school’s sports club. He was later invited to join Wild Boars football club.Panumas Sangdee (Nickname: Mig), 13. According to Nopparat Kantawong, the head coach of the football team, Mig is bigger than other kids his age, but he is agile. He is a defender for Wild Boars.Duganpet Promtep (Nickname: Dom), 13 is a striker, and captain of the Wild Boars, Dom has reportedly been scouted by many professional clubs in Thailand. He is said to be motivator and respected by team for his football skills. Players on field need captain like him because sometimes a coach can’t get in to solve their problems,” Nopparat told the BBC.
Adul Sam-on, 14 born in Myanmar’s self-governing Wa State and left his family behind to get a better education in Thailand, according to reports. The left defender speaks Thai, Burmese, Chinese and English, and was the only one able to communicate with the British divers when the group was first discovered. While trapped in the cave, the boys and their relatives exchanged letters, carried by the rescue divers. Adul told his parents he missed them and not to worry. “Mum and Dad want to see your face,” his parents wrote. “Mum and Dad pray for you and your friends, so we can see each other soon.” Adul is also a talented volleyball player – and part of a local team that came second in all of northern Thailand two years in a row, local teacher Bunjob Chai-arm told BBC. Adul said he learnt as a Christian in Church. So an amazing miracle the team gets on well together despite being from different faiths. This mutual respect is a great advantage and so its good to learn basic English. Somepong Jaiwong (Nickname: Pong), 13 is a cheerful boy who likes football, and all sports. He dreams of becoming a footballer for the Thai national team,” his teacher Manutsanun Kuntun told AFP. The left winger wrote to parents from inside the cave, saying: “I love Dad and Mum. Don’t worry about me, I’m safe.” His parents replied: “Take good care of yourself and be strong said Dad and Mum and all are waiting for you.”Mongkol Booneiam (Nickname: Mark), 12. Mark has been described by his teacher as a “very respectful” boy. He cheerful, energetic, very friendly, and likes football and volleyball, Bunjob Chai-arm told the BBC. Mark and his mother had moved to Thailand from Myanmar. He plays in same volleyball team as Adul. His father Thinnakorn Boonpiem told AFP that his son is a “good boy” who loves to study – almost as much as football.Nattawut Takamrong (Nickname: Tern), 14. In a letter to his parents, Tern told them not to worry about him. The defender wrote he missed his parents and grandparents, but “Tern can take care of myself. “Dad and mum are not angry at you and do not blame you,” his parents replied, adding that they were waiting for him “in front of the cave.”Peerapat Sompiangjai (Nickname: Night), 17. Night plays as right winger on the team. He went missing on his birthday and his parents say they are still waiting to hold his party. According to reports, the boys went into the cave to celebrate Night’s birthday. They were said to have brought treats and snacks along with them. The supplies probably helped sustain group in the many days spent trapped inside the cave. Sittthisak Sawanrak, who goes to the same cycling club as Night, describes him as “a great lad who just loves to cycle and play football.“He’s a quiet boy – doesn’t talk much, but a very good, polite boy,” he told the BBC. In a letter to his parents from the cave, Night wrote: “Night loves everyone” and drew several hearts.Ekarat Wongsukchan (Nickname: Bew), 14. Bew is the goalkeeper of the team. In a letter to his mother, Bew promised to help her sell things at her shop once he was rescued.Prajak Sutham (Nickname: Note), 15. Note is described by family friends as a “smart, quiet guy who loves sport and supports Chiang Rai United.” Family friend Ponrawee Tachavandee told the BBC he was “shocked” when he learned Note was trapped. “I didn’t expect he would go inside cave.” Rinlinee Sombat, who works in the same garage as Note’s father, describes him as a kind boy who takes care of his two-year-old sister, and enjoys playing with her young son. He is a smart kid, when you teach him how to fix something in garage learns how to do it after just one go,” she told the BBC.Pipat Pho (Nickname: Nick), 15 in his letter, Nick told his parents he wants to go for Mookatha, or Thai barbeque, when he comes out of the cave. “Nick loves Mum, Dad and siblings,” he wrote, alongside a drawing of a heart.Pornchai Kamluang (Nickname: Tee), 16. Tee is a defender for the Wild Boars. “Don’t worry, I’m very happy”, said Tee in a letter to his parents.The mood was tense as people waited for news of high-risk operation. The Assistant coach Ekapol Chantawong (Nickname: Ake), 25. Ake reportedly born in Myanmar and lost his parents at a young age. Before becoming a football coach, spent several years as a Buddhist monk, and learnt to conserve energy by restricting movements and meditating. According to local news reports, taught these techniques to the boys in the cave. In his letter, Ake apologised to parents for taking boys into cave network, but many replied to say they did not blame him. “I promise I will take care of the kids as best as I can,” Ake wrote.The group of boys and their coach were found after nine days. Some media reports suggest that when the group was found Ake was the weakest, having refused to eat any of the food they had brought with them, giving it instead to the boys. His note aincluded a message to his aunt and grandmother, informing them that he was “fine.” Do not worry too much about me. Take good care of your health,” he wrote, adding: “Please prepare vegetable juice and pork rind for me to eat when I get out. Thanks.”Thank God meant finally, they had been found. Two British Mr Volanthen and Richard Stanton were in the cave after being called in by Thai authorities with another British caving expert Robert Harper. The trio arrived in Thailand 3 days after football team went missing. More than 1,000 people were involved in operation from all over the world.(From Left to right) Richard Stanton, Robert Harper and John Volanthen. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) – the body for voluntary underground rescue in British Isles in contact with British divers since the return. Bill Whitehouse, council’s vice chairman, said the men described dive as “gnarly” in an email, meaning there were complications and problems. It was 11 hour round trip, involving a 1.5km passage, flooded open he told BBC’s Breakfast.On hearing the boys were found, Mr Whitehouse said: “It was really quite a moment, I can tell you.” However, he said that “moment of euphoria” for the divers and the boys would have been followed by: “Now what?”Bill Whitehouse of British Cave Rescue Council was in touch with the divers. Around 4,000 volunteers worked to clean up the area around cave which was battered by relays of rescuers, volunteers and news crews.
What we know about trio
Mr Volanthen and Mr Stanton are part of the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team. John and Rick involved in a good number of rescues over the years, and they’ve got lot of personal expertise to take to Thailand,” the team’s chairman, Gary Mitchell, said. In France in 2010 the pair were part of a team attempting to rescue a trapped diver. Mr Stanton, a retired firefighter from Coventry, was also involved in the rescue of six British cavers in Mexico in 2004.Richard Stanton was made an MBE in recognition of his cave diving rescue services. During that rescue Mr Stanton was able to persuade one of the group – who was terrified of water – to make a 180-metre dive out of the cave, the West Midlands Fire Service said. In a 2007 interview, he said he became interested in diving after watching a programme called “Underground Eiger” as a child. He joined caving and diving clubs at university. Speaking to the BBC in 2004 he described difficulties of navigating caves: “When people land on the moon they had a map, they knew where they were going but in cave if you’re beyond known limit of the cave, nobody knows where it goes, you don’t know what will happen round the corner.” Mr Stanton was made an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List at the end of 2012 for his cave diving rescue services.John Volanthen is a member of South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team. Mr Volanthen is an IT consultant based in Bristol but who grew up in Brighton. He started caving as a scout. Spoke to the Sunday Times in 2013, said cave rescue required calm heads.“Panic adrenalines are great in certain situations but not in cave-diving,” he said. “The last thing you want is an adrenaline whatsoever.” He added: “cave diving is like a puzzle with fox, chicken and grain, not dangerous if you do it right.” According to an online profile, Mr Volanthen runs marathons and ultra-marathons. He joked “he runs to eat more biscuits.” His mother Jill said she felt ‘absolute pride’ over son’s role in rescue effort in Thailand.
Artists rallied together to create mural to commemorate event by various team members showing cave rescuers and the supporting teams that helped to achieve this miracle. The rescue teams included local divers and a cave doctor from Australia and soldiers volunteers, whole Thailand nation plus all nations helped in the search and rescue of 12 teenage boys and football coach who disappeared into a cave network in Thailand. Professional divers helped to find the group but high water and the mud in narrow passages drove them back when Jonathan Head was with search teams. Eventually the Wild Boar team was safely rescued after 17 days in the cave and now back home, thanks and Glory to God. In life people descend into emotional trauma caves sometimes requiring whole lot of global specialists to understand daring missions to help overcome. Counselling demands people be willing to let in others to dig deeper to deal with the hidden cave issues affecting your life. Despite opening up and feeling vulnerable it is worthwhile getting help. Everyone in life most of the time needs somebody so all others are in it together whether inside or on the outside cave it takes mutual support to survive daily challenges in life.
Thai boys and parents send letters of love & reassurance 7 July 2018
Video Thai cave: Wife and father mourn ‘hero’ diver on 9 July 2018
Thailand cave rescue: Community united in hope 6 July 2018
- Brits helped find boys 3 July 2018
Some say the news is not good for you so giving it up makes you happier. Often throughout the day one checks the news for updates to keep up and be informed about what is going on in the world. The News is around for years to alert and warn of the changes in weather but some feel it is not good for your health. Too much news leads to fear, aggression it hinders creativity and ability to think deeply. So the solution recommended is for you to Stop consuming it altogether. It sounds alarming to require you to stop listening or watching the news. In the past few decades, fortunate among us recognise hazards of living with an overabundance of eating food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets. But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don’t really concern our lives and don’t require thinking. That’s why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles that require thinking, we swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise toxic news.
We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. If you think you can compensate with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news-borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely.
News is irrelevant. Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career or your business. The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you. But people find it very difficult to recognise what’s relevant. It’s much easier to recognise what’s new. The relevant versus the new is the fundamental battle of the current age. Media organisations want you to believe that news offers you some sort of a competitive advantage. Many fall for that. We get anxious when we’re cut off from the flow of news. In reality, news consumption is a competitive disadvantage. The less news you consume, the bigger the advantage you have.
News has no explanatory power. News items are bubbles popping on the surface of a deeper world. Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists’ radar but have a transforming effect. The more “news factoids” you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand. If more information leads to higher economic success, we’d expect journalists to be at the top of pyramid. That’s not the case.
News is toxic to your body. It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.
News increases cognitive errors. News feeds the mother of all cognitive errors: confirmation bias. In the words of Warren Buffett: “What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact.” News exacerbates this flaw. We become prone to overconfidence, take stupid risks and misjudge opportunities. It also exacerbates another cognitive error: the story bias. Our brains crave stories that “make sense” – even if they don’t correspond to reality. Any journalist who writes, “The market moved because of X” or “the company went bankrupt because of Y” is an idiot. I am fed up with cheap way of “explaining” the world.
News inhibits thinking. Thinking requires concentration. Concentration requires uninterrupted time. News pieces are specifically engineered to interrupt you. They are like viruses that steal attention for their own purposes. News makes us shallow thinkers. But it’s worse than that. News severely affects memory. There are two types of memory. Long-range memory’s capacity is nearly infinite, but working memory is limited to a certain amount of slippery data. The path from short-term to long-term memory is a choke-point in the brain, but anything you want to understand must pass through it. If this passageway is disrupted, nothing gets through. News disrupts concentration, it weakens comprehension. Online news has an even worse impact. In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that comprehension declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Why? Because whenever a link appears, your brain has to at least make the choice not to click, which in itself is distracting. News is an intentional interruption system.
News works like a drug. As stories develop, we want to know how they continue. With hundreds of arbitrary storylines in our heads, this craving is increasingly compelling and hard to ignore. Scientists used to think that the dense connections formed among the 100 billion neurons inside our skulls were largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. Today we know that this is not the case. Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus. Most news consumers – even if they used to be avid book readers – have lost the ability to absorb lengthy articles or books. After four, five pages they get tired, their concentration vanishes, they become restless. It’s not because they got older or their schedules became more onerous. It’s because the physical structure of their brains has changed.
News wastes time. If you read the newspaper for 15 minutes each morning, then check the news for 15 minutes during lunch and 15 minutes before you go to bed, then add five minutes here and there when you’re at work, then count distraction and refocusing time, you will lose at least half a day every week. Information is no longer a scarce commodity. But attention is. You are not that irresponsible with your money, reputation or health. Why give away your mind?
News makes us passive. News stories are overwhelmingly about things you cannot influence. The daily repetition of news about things we can’t act upon makes us passive. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitised, sarcastic and fatalistic. The scientific term is “learned helplessness”. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption, at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression.
News kills creativity. Finally, things we already know limit our creativity. This is one reason that mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas. I don’t know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don’t. Society needs journalism in a different way. Investigative journalism is always relevant. We need reporting of polices of institutions to uncover the truth. Important findings don’t have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too. I have now gone without news for 7 years, so I can see, feel and report the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights. It’s not easy, but it’s worth iBS
This is an edited extract from an essay first published at dobelli.com. The Art of Thinking Clearly: Better Thinking, Better Decisions by Rolf Dobelli is published by Sceptre, £9.99. Buy it for £7.99 at guardianbookshop.co.uk
Have you ever woken up in the morning and experienced sadness that enfolded you? Do you find yourself struggling to get out of bed? Like no matter how hard you try you can’t put a smile on your face in the morning? You don’t feel sleepy, but something heavy, keeps holding you down, sort of a pinch in the heart that says, “stay in bed. Don’t get up.” *so ignores alarm going off* Is it morning already? Already feeling that heaviness but awake only a few seconds already wants to get back to sleep again. Maybe just a few more minutes… A few more. And a few more after that. Many people live like this every day, really hated the mornings. It’s not because a night person or because tired or didn’t get enough sleep but just couldn’t find a good enough reason to drag self out of bed. Didn’t realize morning depression suffered was the cause of such feelings. This depressing feelings disappeared a few hours after starting the day like it was never there. Today wake up happy, excited and charged with energy. You can stop morning depression happening after you realise what causes morning depression and it’s effects. Morning depression applies to hours following the moment you wake up. The feeling of depression fades away later on, like it was never there. People suffering from morning depression feel energetic with elevated mood a few hours after waking up but are inspired evening and night.
Feel Morning Depression
Depression on waking up is described by sufferers as a deep sadness, a lack of desire starting day, lack motivation, unexplained unhappiness, heaviness, desire to sleep as long as possible. They say when they wake up in the morning, their brains look for excuses not to get up. The excuses remembered later does not make sense to depression sufferers. Completely awake in a few hours, regret they did not wake up earlier also realize staying asleep means surrendering to excuses their minds created. According to research morning depression is the Diurnal Mood Variation. Its phenomena includes people with the symptoms of depression during certain hours of the day, while feeling emotionally balanced and stable at other hours. The morning depression can be avoided, or at least reduce it significantly so that it will not hit you with intensity in the mornings.
4 Reasons for Depression
Some scientifically explanations given for waking up depressed or “rational” causes provide personal impressions of “waking-up” depression. According to studies these common reasons people wake up with a sense of depression and sadness in the mornings are as follows:
Low blood sugar hypoglycemia
There is a direct link between mood and blood sugar balance. This is part of our survival system; humans and animals unhappy when their blood sugar is low. This mechanism is designed to make finding food a priority. While you sleep, your blood sugar levels progressively drop. The reason for this is that you haven’t eaten anything in the past few hours. Many people don’t eat before they sleep, so all those hours add up.
Poor nutrition unhealthy diet
This relates significantly to low blood sugar levels. People tend to eat so much processed sugar that it causes a major drop in blood sugar levels, which leads to depression and anxiety. When foods of this kind eaten at night before one sleeps, negative effect of hypoglycemia is increased. The conclusion is to eat healthy. Here you can find a detailed article about foods for the brain that reduce anxiety and depression.
Bad sleep patterns or sleepless
If your sleep is not stable and you suffer from sleep problems such as waking up in the middle of the night several times or having difficulty letting go of your scattered thoughts, it is definitely going to influence how depressed you are when waking up. Bad sleep can cause morning depression, grumpiness, anger, stress and anxiety. A great solution for sleep problems is presented below.
Desire Deal to with your reality
The common scientific reasons might make one depressed on waking up but many people suffering from morning depression and considering experiences had other symptoms. Another possible explanation includes physical aspect. Waking up in the morning is more than merely opening eyes and starting the day. It is a process of “who you are” and “where you are” questions or issues. So waking up from a world of dreams under comfortable sheets to a world of many times more realities you do not want to be in is a daubting reality many don’t enjoy. Morning depression involves waking up in the morning and feeling unhappy about life in certain areas unsatisfied with. Opening eyes and coming back to such a reality is difficult because of things unhappy with popping up rapidly all at once! The brain can barely function rationally or deal with fear emerging. It’s the fear of “how will I start off when I have all these problems?”An interesting point is morning depression disappears during vacations. Everyone talked to suffering from morning depression upon waking up felt better during their holidays. On vacations no feelings of the morning depression was experienced when waking up.” Low blood sugar levels is not gone away on vacation but it was stepping out of a stressful reality and traveling somewhere. All the troubles overwhelming and staring goes away, and so morning depression disappears.
Stop Morning Depression
Sleep well for 8 hours daily
Better sleep highly improves your mood the following morning. One of the best methods to deal with sleep problems is listening to Binaural Beats or Isochronic Tones. A sound therapy consisting of healing frequencies that sync with your brain and put you in a deep, relaxed state of mind. Furthermore, the theta and delta waves induce sleep faster and easier. It is one of most popular sessions for helping better deep sleep.
Do Eat Breakfast Daily
When you wake up and get out of bed, despite being depressed, it is extremely important to eat breakfast. Even if you are not hungry, eat something small, in case low blood sugar levels affects you. Elaborated list of foods improve mood.
Stretch body after you wake up
Stretching helps your body feel better by getting rid of fatigue you experience, but also calms mind. Stretching helps release mental tension, enhances your mood and relieves morning depression.
Lightbox (SAD lamps)
Overwhelmingly more than 70% of the people interviewed reported light box is extremely helpful to reduce depression symptoms to minimum or eliminating them. The light box is used in “light therapy.” The light mimics sunlight to elevates moods instantly.
Wake up earlier to avoid rush
Set alarm to an early hour so you will not start your day in a rush, stressed. It might be difficult at first, but takes only 30 days to form a habit. After a short while waking up early becomes part of your routine.
Start The Day By Feeling Good
Start geting ready feeling good to go to work so a job should not be the reason you wake up early. When experiencing depression on waking up do develop a new habit of biking to a lake everyday and write. Write about everything for therapeutic writing helps distract you being self centered and balanced. And writing focuses thoughts and gives you clarity about things and so gradually morning depression disappears.
Self-dialogue speaks thoughts
This wonderful method works in a long run with morning depression requiring daily practice. Self-dialog conversation with yourself keeps you awake and prevents you from falling asleep right away. Second, it helps prevent you from falling into automatic depression; helps analyze your depression and gradually reduce it before you start day. What can you say to yourself when you wake up and all you want to do is avoid reality? First, remind yourself it will soon be over in an hour or two of depression.
“I feel very overwhelmed right now because I just woke up and all of the things that I fear are emerging right away, all at once. I realize that it can be scary and a bit stressful, but all is well. I can take care of everything. I’m on top of things and later on I will feel much better. However, I will not get better if I surrender to my excuses and ignore life. I should just face it and trust myself that I’m going to manage everything the right way. All is well.”
Waking up with depression does not have to be part of your life. It can be dealt with pretty easily, especially if your depression is gone later on.
Choose the techniques that resonate with you the most and start applying them. It will feel weird and unnatural at first because your mind is not used to feeling happy and lucid in the mornings, but practicing these methods consistently is the key.
Stop Morning Depression
All the wonderful ways to stop morning depression is a method super-efficient and easy proven scientifically time after time. This method is called subliminal messages. Subliminal messages contain positive affirmations and suggestions cannot fully hear and understand, they effortlessly bypass your consciousness and natural resistance. For example, if you hear clear-spoken affirmation such as, “I feel wonderful to wake up in the morning,” right away because this kind of statement is the complete built-in of a thought pattern. When you hear this suggestion, you have option to repeat it to stop morning depression. Once you have resistance you stop powerful affirmations from sinking in reaching deep inside your subconscious mind. They are recorded in a way bypasses conscious processing. Allowing it to take root deeply permanently rewire your mind to feel happier in the mornings. It works almost like the advertisements you see on TV. When you see a delicious meal being displayed, you feel hungry. You weren’t hungry before, but now, you definitely want some good food.
Reshape Brain Condition
Be sure that your subconscious mind will absorb all of hidden affirmations. According to world-famous researchers, subconscious mind processes 40 million bits of information in seconds! On the other hand, the consciousness processes only 40 bits of information. In other words, the subconscious mind is million time stronger than your consciousness! That’s what makes subliminal messages method revolutionary. Imagine before you sleep listen to subliminal session of tens of thousands repeated affirmations to stop morning depression without any resistance from your side. You believe is going to reprogram your subconscious mind! This method has been explored in many studies found to be efficient means of decreasing depression, and anxiety, and addictions to alcohol and food helping with all areas of life. The subliminal messages are recorded with multi-layers a unique formula changes lives of thousands of people worldwide! They will do the same for you.
Stop Morning Depression
Imagine how it would feel to wake up in the morning full of energy, vitality and exhilaration; with a sense of bursting liveliness and a great start to your day. Imagine what your morning would look like free of depression. It would turn around your whole day! Once you start your with happiness and joy, your whole day will feel this way.
No more fear of dealing with reality and daily routines. No more lack of motivation to get out of bed. No more waking up depressed. From now on, all of this can change for you because you will program your subconscious mind to feel good! You will raise your energy vibration and change way you perceive your life. The world will cease to be threatening and will become a safe place for you. Your lack of energy will be replaced with excitement because your subconscious will contain different patterns more positive so empowering. Messages help these affirmations. This is your time to say goodbye to morning depression and to open your eyes with a genuine smile that comes from within.
Stop Morning Depression
1. Listen day or night to good thoughts.
2. Play music recording in background at comfort volume to calm you sleeping not distract regular tasks when awake.
3. Headphones can help.
4. Be careful if in moving vehicle and/or doing activities might put others at risk.
Affirmations session of ‘I’ and ‘You’
I love waking up in the mornings.
I feel vibrant, vital and happy to wake up in the mornings.
Life is wonderful; I enjoy my life.
I feel complete; I’m a whole.
It feels great to wake up in the morning and start my day.
My life is great, I appreciate all bit in it.
I am grateful for my life for who I am.
My subconscious mind wired feels good.
Thinking positive is natural part of me.
Positive side of everything in this world.
My frequency level is high because I feel great during day and night.
Everything always works out for me.
Senses of joy and happiness in my heart, mind and soul.
I attract amazing opportunities, people and circumstances on a regular basis.
Every day, every way, more happy.
When I wake up in the morning, I feel highly motivated to start my day.
Death is a sensitive matter that brings about all sorts of negative evil emotions and disagreements due to accusations blaming others as their cause of a death. God said it’s appointed unto man to die and there is a time to die except unless one of those who will never see die in the Rapture. It clearly says in the Bible an average age of life is between 70 to 80 years although exceptions mean that some die younger and other people live hundreds of years. However awareness of existence of facts of life about death does not make death easier to accept, no matter how long the person lived. Even when a loved one is ill for many years there is expectation for recovery despite doctor’s prognosis. Letting go of loved ones is painful and soon turns to anger of feelings of being abandoned by loved ones. Soon anger turns to denial and the blame of anyone as cause of their death. Often accusations are levelled against a frontline staff for not trying harder to save loved ones despite the best medical resources. Relatives accuse and blame others for causing death through evil spirits using, sorcery, witchcraft and divinations charms, curses and spells. Often the shock caused by the death is compounded by financial demands imposed on relatives for a grand burial beyond their means and resources. The family is given a list of items to buy by the elders before burial takes place. The families compete for the corpse and the process of burial instead of unifying in grief for the sake of their loved ones. In some parts of the world burial is bigger than wedding so requires lots of money. And the sudden death burdens relatives obliged to provide coffin, food, clothing drinks accommodations for guests. This causes so much debt and puts pressure on families of the deceased because the resources are diverted for burial rather than investments into projects to help those alive. Fear of being haunted and punished by the deceased, if not buried properly or revenge for ” whoever” is responsible for the death becomes their obsession. Until the dead tells them who caused their death, a cloud of suspicion hangs around alleged suspects. They are often targeted and victimized, beaten, ostracised and in some cases killed to ensure that person does not kill more people. Thoughts and fears of potential deaths to be caused by a “perpetrator” drives the community to eliminate such an evil person from their midst. A closer look at alleged perpetrators involve the issue of land disputes envied prosperity and labelling them ritual killers for the material gain. Sudden change in wealth, buildings, or good fortune is thought to be the result of such killings. These are some reasons for delays for funerals for months or years until these issues are resolved. Grief and sorrow overshadow reality with strong desire to pin death on perpetrator for closure to project the pain and loss on them. People are fined, chased away from community banished for life so if anyone shows compassion to them are accused of being part of evil circle causing death. Adults or children are accused by the witchdoctors who fuel confusion by their condemnation of people targetted as perpetrator. Anger, and hatred causes bitterness, sickness, due to unforgiveness, fear and chaos as confusion in the family tarnishes many generations holding grudges by blaming members. An unforgiving person is very poor in spirit, suffers afflictions, many hardships, hypertension, pressure, lack of sleep, stress, exhaustion and serious depression, poor diet so low immunity. These affects quality of life made worse by the copius painkillers literally killing them. Challenges in life of the matured born-again child of God promotes them through furnance of faith to overcome in victory. What does not kill you makes you stronger so problem strengthen you for testimony to the Glory of God God gives solutions in Jesus Name to prove HIS miracle power is same yesterday, today and forever. Problems draw you closer to God to triump always. And we know nothing can separate us from the LOVE OF GOD including death. Personal neglect and the lack of drinking water causes dehydration and death. Do not seek evil sources of secret family idols in shrines through divination sacrifices or offerings on altars destroying people. Their potions, lotions, charms, rings and objects tie them to evil covenants killing them. God says MY people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. These professed Christian believers consult family idols as history reveals in covenant rituals for protection, power, childbirth, help sought for healing and material riches that ENSNARE family to evil spirits. So family members dedicated in the womb or after birth for life to witchdoctors to continue covenant bondage to powers of darkness yet confess to BELIEVE in God as Christians. Deep-rooted rituals secret rituals take place despite official church burials or business success. The family perform secret rituals involving witchdoctors in the name of culture. So these rituals require families paying the huge sums of money to witchdoctors for buying, cows, goats etc to pacify gods or idols from destroying more people. And sadly these rituals cause these divisions separating them from God depriving the family of joy, peace, love and unity. The family gets the worse problems because they held captive by dark powers. Some remain slaves to witchdoctors held in a spiritual captivity and the families takes loans to pay them. Younger generations have no idea of causes of evil challenges in their life as dedicated in the womb by rituals performed by these witchdoctors or herbalist. Fear of evil eyes of enemies reinforce greed of witch doctors fueling hatred among people seeking solutions to problems in time of need. Yet God the Giver of life warns about death as part of life to prepare to deal with death to cope better and to mourn with HOPE OF ASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE IN THE RESURRECTION.
So it is important to remember children pick on these issues affecting by them if unresolved early. The child listens to various insinuations and made to take sides in such conflicts. Developing children who see physically and experience these matters need help to teach them the topic of death and loss sensitively in primary schools to fulfill section (a) of aims of the 1988 Education Reform Act to promote spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, physical development of pupils at school and of society. These issues must be addressed during Death Education in the home and by Teachers in their curriculum. Doctors also call for death education in schools to be taught in classroom to demystify death, ageing and dying. They need resiliency, more compassion positive proactive approach to death. Death Education in Schools is critically important to bring awareness for better understanding and for future generations. Afterlife has many beliefs so necessary to explain a human body is subject to change or decay over lifetime so demands better care of life to treat it as a precious priceless gift to treasure. Someone people think teaching death education in schools is too sensitive or inappropriate so might do the opposite of putting fear in them. Death education if discussed appropriately will not harm children but rather enhance knowledge and understand from the early years as young as three years if relatives died to help them express grief.
Teachers must be trained to handle the changes in children bereaved, the level of coursework, homework, studies and focus or concentrations. Schools must provide one-to-one counselling room for those children grieving to express the grief in private using Educational resources provided for schools, teachers to bring awareness. Healing takes years but a good enough starting point to help ease the pain. Relatives are traumatized after death and some think there is no light at the tunnel. Yet with the right support and compassion families will overcome death to find peace in the midst of adversity of death. Restoring hope after death or questions of cause of death can be dealt with by teacher in simple terms without indepth medical terms to help rather than confuse children. An expert paediatrician if required can be invited to guide children to express and write journals or scrapbook, drawings and to express grief after bereavement. Above all children need financial support, food and extra input into an academic work to catch up with loss of time away from school during such funerals. A conflict over the deceased loved ones seriously impacts children for the rest of live. So it is important to be careful what is said in front of them or listening nearby. The property and assets of a deceased is the major cause of divisions in the families. The family makes sacrifices to educate a deceased person so feels more entitled to their belongings. A wife and children are antagonized by deceased family for feeling cheated while deceased lived. So they are punished to pay for the costs of the burial for killing their only source of income. These issues must be addressed immediately to give scholarship to the children go continue their education. If not death of a parent ends education. Or death of adult breadwinner ends the well-being of elderly parents. Vitriol and rage caused by death means litigations in court drains limited resources. These parents need support too to help their children so both need encouragement. Life originates from God so not owned by anyone. Jesus said He gave His Life to overcome death so the sting of death is crushed by Jesus Christ’s resurrection power by raising from the grave. And so a believer in Jesus Christ is expected to live by God’s Biblical commands only. A secret ritual unseen or unknown to the pastor is SEEN BY GOD. All will be held accountable by God to give an account for their life and other people in their families. These are serious matters to reflect to make a right choice to please God. Living by God’s standard affects a family divided in their thoughts and the actions contrary to God’s WORDS. And it important to remember you come as an individual into this world and will face God as an individual on judgement day. Better to obey God than follow the men leading you into sin and destruction in the name of cultural belief. Despite all the punishment a deceased does not get out alive because of vengeance so does not really solve any problems. Believers can humbly share their faith from Bible in advance on God’s stance on the death and resurrection. Jesus guarantees joy and eternal life after death for a season so believers are assured of seeing loved ones again in the resurrection Rapture if a Christian believer. This means death is not the end families or loved ones, all will be reunited without pain, sorrow, grief, tears or crying anymore in perfect joy eternally. It’s important to EDUCATE people to understand CREATOR GOD’S words on burial and funerals. Excessive display of wealth to show off to others or pay money for journey or bury cars in graves with personal belongings are unbiblical. Worldly attitude to life seeps into church burial ceremonies despite Bible’s position th material goods does not constitute a man’s life. The worldly goods become completely useless in the afterlife and people must know this. The amount of money invested in death will change communities if it’s invested in a life of a deceased while alive. Believers must carefully pray and study word of God and seek deliverance from all these generational entanglements. Educated family members have an important role to play not to be deceived by envious evil people misleading them. God says in his words that where is no vision the people perish. The devil is a liar using deception to often manipulate illiterate family members without knowledge or understanding of medical biology, body chemistry, health and well-being. And so every death is placed on the targeted victim blamed or ostracised to ease the pain of death. Instead hatred breeds depression, low immunity, disease and heart attack, mental illness or madness. Unforgivingness over years destroys the health of people, as stated, hatred is the poison drank by a person expecting an enemy to die. It kills joy, causes misery and deep anger unleashed on innocent family members or colleagues. Endtime events are fast happening so this is time to ask GOD FOR HIS MERCY, GRACE, COMPASSION, FORGIVENESS, LOVE for yourself and your loved ones in Jesus Name. Jesus taught us to forgive and to receive Forgiveness from God so release people to God. Forgiveness does not mean you become best friend of enemy to hang out with them but it clears your heart from offending God and Jesus and grieving the Holy Spirit. The Bible says all sins will be forgiven except the sins against the Holy Spirit. Lifespan is the will of God so work with God and take of your body, Spirit and soul in Christ.