Saturday, July 31, 2021

Tips not to over eat when you are depressed




            Think of a time when you felt extremely tensed or anxious about something? That is definitely not a good feeling. Also, have you noticed that you tend to eat more without realizing when you are emotionally drained

Let us discuss  a few reasons why people tend to over eat when they are depressed:

Food can be comforting:

When someone is going through a rough patch emotionally, whether related to relationships - personal or professional, career or financial problems, eating could be calming. Eating food high in sodium or sugar can comfort you. Although they are very high in calories but can be soothing to someone who is felling emotionally very low.

Binge eating:

Anxiety or emotional stress causes a person to binge eat which means that a person tends to eat food even though he doesn't require the calories.

Food can act as a distraction:

When a person doesn't want to think about the situation that is causing him anxiety, he tends to eat more and the food becomes his distraction. Thinking about food or eating food tends to distract him from the present situation.

It becomes a habit :

What started as a small phase of overeating tends to become  a habit if the person doesn't stop at the right time.

These were a few reasons why people tend to overeat if they are feeling low. Let us see  a few ways of how to reduce these triggers:

Seek Help:

If you are feeling low and depressed reach out to your family , friends or seek profession help. It is very important to create awareness that talking about mental health is absolutely normal.

Think before you eat:

It is very easy to overeat. But one should think before they eat. In the beginning one tends to over eat or eat at odd times to calm himself but eventually it becomes a habit and overeating is not good for health.

Try out a new hobby:

It is always good to have a hobby which will rejuvenate you when you are feeling low instead of overeating. It could be reading, singing, gardening, painting, cooking , anything that makes you feel better.

Do not bring food that tempts you in the house:

Even if you are feeling depressed do not bring food to the house that will eventually lead you to gain weight.

This article is a part of Blogchatter's cause a chatter 

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Montessori and Play Based Learning

Montessori and Play Based Learning

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" Play is the work of a child." - Maria Montessori

Play in a layman's term means : " An activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose". Play for parents means letting their children go out in the open and play a sport or a game. Indoor play could be playing board games or playing with toys. It means enjoying in the fields and outdoor, hanging from trees and playing in mud. 

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that the children learnt better through play. Children have a very short attention span and if they are given something which interests them , then they focus on it and learn independently. She believed that the traditional method of learning from text books is not beneficial for their overall growth. She was a strong believer of children learning from self discovery and without a direction of teacher. A teacher should act a guide and guide children when needed.

Montessori toys are designed in such a way that a children learns something from each toy. There are rods, beads , puzzles, blocks and lots of other open ended toys specifically designed for their holistic development. 

Through Montessori method of education, Dr. Maria emphasized :

The traditional method of education can be monotonous and boring. Play is fun, engaging and children can use their own innovation to create a lot of things.

 Play brings in a lot of freedom for the child to create on his own. It involves a lot of thinking and patience whereas in traditional teaching, the child doesn't have to think at all. The teacher provides the notes and the child has to follow the teacher's instructions.

Learning through play motivates children to create something on their own. They learn to create their own processes of what they are doing along the way. This helps to improve their cognitive skills and patience. In traditional learning, the children learn whatever the teacher tells them to learn. They do not use their own innovation to create something new.

The children are given the freedom to move around freely and choose their work stations. The different activities are set up by the teachers, for eg. sensory bins, kitchen set, wooden toys, puzzles, blocks. The child has the freedom to choose what he wants to work with everyday. The Montessori method also gives the freedom to the child either to work individually or in groups.

Learning through play helps them in developing their social skills too. The child is allowed to interact with his peers and can also get motivated to work better by seeing his peers.

Montessori method of education allows children develop their problem solving skills too. If a child makes an error, he tries to rectify himself rather than wait for the teacher to do it for him.

Learning through play opens a lot of horizons for children. It teaches them to become independent and confident individuals which helps them in the future too.

 ‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’

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