Wooow! Its October already and it is Oral Health month in Jamaica. In the month of October it is also National Dental Hygiene Awareness month. Today October 18,2021 is celebrated as National Heroes day.
Our tip for you is to visit your Dentist or Dental Hygienist if you haven't done so for a while now. At this visit you will have your entire mouth examined and be updated about the existing condition of your teeth.
This way you can make a fresh start by getting your teeth cleaned. Your efforts of homecare will be evaluated based on the amount of dental plaque , calculus and stains found on your teeth.
You will be taught how to floss your teeth and brush your teeth using the recommended brushing technique. Take this opportunity to find out if you could benfit from teeth whitening. Learn more about the prevention of gum disease, cavities and tooth sensitivity.
Learn more about medicated mouthwashes and how you could benefit from them during COVID-19.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we had to spend more time indoors due to lockdowns in Jamaica. Getting up and seeing the walls everyday and occasionally peeping through the window was insufficient for me.
I felt swollen like something inside of me was gonna explode just to break free spiritually because my body was goverened by the laws of the land.
I just could't get use to not getting up in the mornings for work. I still cannot get used to not buying what I want and whenever I want it. Every week the cost of food goes up at the supermarket.
The nights came but the sleep abandoned me. I thought many times that I would get up and do some exercises to stay fit but my body would not cooperate with my mind.
I was eating several times a day and using the restroom less. I couldnt concentrate on doing anything.
I tried to imagine being in another place but still couldn't focus because partying felt like 100 years ago.
I felt as though I watched everything on TV so I was no longer amused by the things I used to enjoy.
I scrolled through instagram constantly checking for updates and watched tiktok in between. I was even more sad because everyone seemed happy and appeared to be having a good time. "Jamaica No Problem" yeah right, big problem in my head.
Yep I was still feeling sad and worried and tired all at the same time but as soon as I tried to sleep the mind decides that it has no intention to rest.
So I tossed and turned at the sound of every tik and tok of the clock. I went to bed at 9pm and slept for hours. When I got up it was merely 11:45pm.
So I turned to Youtube for the Audiobible and sounds of the rain. I even tried those bamboo flute Chinese style meditation music with soft piano keys and the sounds of the ocean.
I heard about depression but I don't really know what it is. I have never met anyone who was diagnosed with depression.
Google defines depression as feelings of severe despondency and dejection.
"self-doubt creeps in and that swiftly turns to depression".
Medical News Today stated that, "Sadness, feeling down, and having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities are familiar feelings for all of us. But if they persist and affect our lives substantially, the issue may be depression.
Wow..Am I depressed? I wondered to myself. What do I do about it? Who do I speak to? With all this social distancing and spaced out appointments would online therapy by a professional be effective?
As I thought more and more about how many people were losing sleep at nights, sad or worried about something I couldn't help feeling helpless to know I can't help them because I am going through the same thing.
I purchased a book online entitled "Worry Less and Pray More" by Donna K Maltese. Since I started reading the book I started to feel better.
The book speaks about how we can deal with our worries the biblical way through building a better connection with Jesus and trusting God to take care of us.