Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Hap­pi­ness is the ul­ti­mate goal of our lives. It gives com­fort to the body and brings peace to the mind. But hap­pi­ness is not found out­side the body or mind, it re­sides within. Recog­nise the hap­pi­ness ly­ing deep in­side you and feel it. Do not search for it in worldly pos­ses­sions. Do good deeds. Wealth and fame can­not bring life­long hap­pi­ness. Hap­pi­ness is a state of mind. Hap­pi­ness also gives you the de­sire to live. But re­mem­ber, hap­pi­ness de­pends upon wis­dom. Be­fore do­ing any­thing, ask your­self whether this act will give you hap­pi­ness. You have to be happy be­fore you can spread hap­pi­ness.

In­ner seren­ity, con­tent­ment and hap­pi­ness re­move fear of age­ing, ill­ness and death, lead­ing to bet­ter health and longevity. There is clear ev­i­dence of the mind in­flu­enc­ing the body. Hap­pi­ness and pos­i­tive think­ing re­lease help­ful chem­i­cal sub­stances which strengthen the im­mune sys­tem and ward off dis­eases and help in anti-age­ing.

If the con­scious mind pro­duces neg­a­tive thoughts or de­pres­sion, mis­ery and con­fu­sion, they will be im­printed on the sub­con­scious mind. If the con­scious mind draws a pic­ture of hap­pi­ness, peace and har­mony, the sub­con­scious mind takes it as the truth and fol­lows it blindly. The sub­con­scious mind con­veys the ef­fect to var­i­ous vi­tal or­gans of your body to cre­ate that pic­ture of peace, har­mony and hap­pi­ness. Hap­pi­ness helps to im­prove health. If both part­ners are happy, then both have good health. Re­cent re­search shows that one happy part­ner en­hances the other’s health due to hap­pi­ness.

I ob­serve in my sur­gi­cal prac­tice that when a per­son who has to un­dergo surgery is trained be­fore­hand in deep ab­dom­i­nal breath­ing ex­er­cises along with med­i­ta­tion, his or her oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion of the blood in­creases by two to three per cent. This may seem small but is very help­ful, both dur­ing and af­ter surgery in the re­cov­ery pe­riod in re­la­tion to com­pli­ca­tions and heal­ing. Such peo­ple re­quire less painkillers in the post

op­er­a­tive pe­riod. Dr Alice Do­mar, psy­chol­o­gist at Har­vard Univer­sity, has ob­served that pa­tients who did two min­utes of deep breath­ing and med­i­ta­tion in the op­er­a­tion the­atre be­fore go­ing in for surgery had lower blood pres­sure, bled less dur­ing surgery and it took less time. Med­i­ta­tion helps to pre­pare pa­tients for surgery and may im­prove the out­come and lead to speedy and un­event­ful re­cov­ery. It re­laxes the mind and body, re­duces anx­i­ety, brings peace and strength­ens the im­mune sys­tem, thereby in­duc­ing an im­proved im­mune re­sponse from the body for heal­ing af­ter surgery. Start prac­tis­ing med­i­ta­tion daily a few days be­fore surgery.

Nathan Sch­mule­witz from the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati, Cincin­nati, USA, stud­ied the ef­fect of “Heal­ing Touch” ther­apy. He re­ported in Science Daily that a light touch of the face, neck and head along with a mild seda­tive re­laxes pa­tients and pre­pares them well for sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures. The heal­ing touch har­monises the en­er­gies in the per­son’s body and mind. It has been proved by many stud­ies that those who do reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion have 40 per cent to 50 per cent lower brain re­sponse to pain than oth­ers who never did med­i­ta­tion. I have ob­served that while do­ing up­per gas­troin­testi­nal en­doscopy, if the pa­tient feels nau­se­ated, just rub the tip of the nose with a fin­ger and re­quest the pa­tient to feel the touch and con­cen­trate on it. It stops nau­sea or retch­ing.

I am 60 years old and my face and neck have started sprout­ing small flat spots. What are these and how can I deal with the prob­lem?

First, it is ad­vis­able to get your­self checked with a der­ma­tol­o­gist to rule out any se­ri­ous con­di­tion. Prima fa­cie is what you are suf­fer­ing from sun spots, com­mon in the el­derly, and oc­curs due to ex­po­sure to the ul­travi­o­let rays of the sun. Try the fol­low­ing tips: Use vi­ta­min E di­rectly taken from a cap­sule. Sim­ply break it open and use the con­tents, and ap­ply on the spots. This will lighten the spots grad­u­ally.

You can also use OTC creams which con­tain Tretinoin, Aze­laic acid among other such spe­cial in­gre­di­ents spe­cially made for treat­ing spots and stains on skin.

If you wish, you can opt for cryother­apy which uses liq­uid ni­tro­gen to re­move the spots. But this could leave some red­ness and bruis­ing.

The eas­i­est op­tion is, of course, to use a con­cealer and foun­da­tion to cam­ou­flage the spots. Ask your beau­ti­cian to teach you the cor­rect tech­nique for this.

I have a pretty face which is marred by a broad nose! Please help. I am an 18-year-old col­lege girl.

Stop ob­sess­ing over this small aber­ra­tion. Surely no one re­ally will no­tice the width of your nose when the rest of your face is pretty.

Any­way, the only per­ma­nent so­lu­tion is to re­sort to plas­tic surgery where in a pro­ce­dure called rhino­plasty, the nose is re­shaped ac­cord­ing to the client’s wishes. This is a very com­mon cos­metic surgery but hard on the purse!.

You can try clever make-up tricks to make your nose look slim­mer. Shade the sides of the nose in a darker shade of make-up but keep the cen­tre lighter. This will give you the il­lu­sion of a slim slen­der nose. With a lit­tle prac­tice you can use this method ev­ery day when you fix your face to start your day.

You can also mas­sage the sides of your nose, us­ing a lit­tle pres­sure with co­conut or olive oil. It could make a lit­tle dif­fer­ence if done daily and dili­gently.

I have a dusky com­plex­ion. Please tell me which kind of lip­stick and make- up will suit me? I am a 19- year- old from Kolkota.

Dusky com­plex­ions look fab­u­lous with the right makeup rou­tines. First, wash your face to re­move oili­ness; you can ex­fo­li­ate too with a good scrub.

Find a foun­da­tion which is clos­est to your skin colour. Never ever buy one which is lighter..it will make your face look grey and ghostly!! You can even mix two shades to get the per­fect match.

For an oily skin, use a wa­ter-based foun­da­tion; for dry com­plex­ions, a cream based one is per­fect.

High­light your eyes with mas­cara and eye-liner...this looks great on darker faces.

For lip­sticks opt for dark shades like bur­gundy, berry, plum, mauve..or just use a nat­u­ral shade.

For bronz­ers choose coral, rose and deep orange shades. To add a touch of glam­our for night time out­ings, use a lit­tle golden shim­mer on your eye­lids.

Is there any per­ma­nent way of re­mov­ing the slight sag­ging of my chin and cheeks? I am a 55-year-old woman, good-look­ing and well-main­tained, ex­cept for this small is­sue. Please ad­vise.

If you want a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion, you will have to con­sult a cos­metic sur­geon...but even then, the pro­ce­dure will need to be re­peated af­ter a pas­sage of time.

There are some fa­cial ex­er­cises which a good beau­ti­cian will be able to teach you...these will tighten the sag­ging skin to a cer­tain ex­tent. Mas­sage your face with creams con­tain­ing retinol and other such col­la­gen- en­hanc­ing prod­ucts.

You can go in for face lift­ing with in­jec­tions of fillers. Hyaluronic acid filler is in­jected into the cor­ners of the mouth to give it a gen­tle lift. These can be used also on the cheeks and chin. But do al­ways go to a re­li­able, ex­pe­ri­enced and qual­i­fied skin spe­cial­ist.

I have fat thighs and can­not wear jeans and shorts like other girls my age! Please tell me how to get rid of my thun­der thighs...i am not oth­er­wise fat.

The eas­i­est way to lose fat on the thighs is by los­ing weight... although you claim that you are not fat, even less­en­ing your weight by a few ki­los will make your legs slim­mer. Try it... with the right diet and ex­er­cise, it will not be dif­fi­cult.

Go for walks, use a tread­mill with an in­cline, skip or jog. Lunges and squats are per­fect for ton­ing hips and up­per legs. Join a gym and do car­dio un­der the in­struc­tions of a trainer.

Li­po­suc­tion is of course the last re­sort for re­mov­ing fat but this is not rec­om­mended for you at your age.

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