Sunday, October 16, 2011


RETIREMENT is perhaps one of the most significant of life events. It brings
on a new role which is often difficult to accept. Retirees are often treated
lightly and made to feel unwanted or worthless.
Perhaps the biggest impact is felt by people who have occupied senior
positions in the civil service or in the private sector. Senior civil servants
are often pampered by underlings. A simple thing as a sudden withdrawal of a
personal driver just a day after retirement can unsettle the newly retired.
The maxim "people only respect the chair you sit on" often rings true.
Financial challenges, loneliness, loss of status and plain idleness can lead
to depression, or what is commonly known as post retirement blues. This is seen
more in men. It is said that women handle retirement better than men because
women also look after children and do household chores despite being career
Our own Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz admitted that even at the height of her career
as a cabinet minister, she used to try to rush home and cook for her family.
That probably explains why she is all smiles these days!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Yoga is a science and science does not require arguments to stay alive.Yoga will exist as long as the sun shines and air is still in the atmosphere.

We do not need to classify yoga as belonging to a certain sect,religion, country,race or spirituality. It is a standalone science . a science of mind body balance and an advanced mind development tool.

Yoga is and can only be known by practise, it is too abstract to be known by philosophical discussions, debates,study of the yoga tests, worship of gurus,nor by intellectual

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


By Anusha K.

IT takes lots of practice to reap the benefits of hatha yoga. Like any other form of exercise, discipline is also required.

Many people today have bloating and constipation problems attributed to over-eating and lack of fibre respectively.

"Yoga can be performed even by those with medical problems," says P. Manisekaran, president of Malaysian Yoga Society And Malaysian Association Of Yoga Instructors.

"Yoga does not require much physical strength or energy. Those who are fasting, semi-fasting or just out of the hospital after a surgery can perform the postures. The best part is that the practice of yoga and its benefits are best attained when done on an empty stomach."

One doesn't strain certain body parts because of the low-impact postures.

"But once a person experiences a faster heart beat, it's best to stop and relax," says Manisekaran, who's had 15 years of experience in practising and teaching yoga.

Manisekaran recommends certain poses beneficial to the digestive system. In addition to these postures, one should eat more vegetables and fruit.



Most medicines have side effects and they can be minimised by taking certain measures, eg eating prior to taking a medicine to reduce abdominal upset, avoiding alcohol, etc. It is advisable to ask the doctor or pharmacist about these measures.

You should also know what to do when side effects are experienced and when to inform the doctor.

When taking a medicine, you should be aware of how you feel and whether there are any bodily changes. If there are any changes, it is advisable to write it down so that you can remember to inform the doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

You should also know when an improvement will be felt and when the next appointment with the doctor is.

Monday, October 3, 2011

understanding depression

Understanding depression

We all feel sad from time to time. But when this sadness never seems to fade away, it might be a symptom of depression. Knowing how to spot depression can help protect you and your loved ones. With early detection, you can beat the blues.

What is depression?
Depression is more than feeling down or being sad. Depression may affect your work, interest in activities and quality of life. It is not a sign of weakness and it does not just 'go away'. Depression can happen to anyone.

Depression is a medical condition that affects how you think and behave, and the way you feel and function. It is one of the most common mental health problems and is faced by over 121 million people worldwide. In Singapore, an estimated 5.6 per cent of the population are affected by depression during their lifetime.

» Learn more about myths and common misconceptions about depression

How to recognise depression
Depression is different from normal sadness as it interferes with your day-to-day life making it hard for you to work, rest and have fun. People with depression experience five (5) or more of the following symptoms almost every day, for two weeks or longer:

Persistent sadness or emptiness
Loss of interest in all or almost all activities
Decrease or increase in appetite; unintentional weight loss or gain
Difficulty in sleeping or sleeping excessively
Restlessness or feeling agitated
Fatigue and lacking in energy
Difficulty concentrating or having trouble thinking and making decisions
Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
» Take our quiz to find out if you may be experiencing symptoms of depression

Risk factors for depression
Challenging life events can increase your risk of depression especially when you find it difficult to cope with them. Some of the life stressors that can increase the risk of depression may include:

Relationship problems
Financial difficulties
Physical illnesses
Lack of support
Loss of a loved one