A geocachers journey to mental health

first_imgAnn-Kathrin (biotonne88) is a German geocacher who fell in love with the game in 2013. For her, geocaching is not only a hobby but a pillar of mental health. When she was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) three years ago, the game became an essential tool for her to deal with the often intense mood swings typical for BPD. She is allowing us insight into her passion for geocaching, explains the struggles when living with this mental disease, and how geocaching has helped her to find inner peace again. SharePrint RelatedGeocacher Carries Olympic Torch… AgainJuly 18, 2012In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”Featured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Finding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community” I’m sitting on my desk and turn to the right where my friend is playing computer games. I’m bored. What should I do on this beautiful autumn day? Then I remember my friend Jessica telling me about this outdoor game. Something like a treasure hunt but modern. I text Jessi and ask her about it. Geocaching. Right, that’s what it’s called. So I go on Geocaching.com and sign up for an account. I read a little bit about it and think, well that doesn’t seem hard. As my curiosity is sparked, I download the app. The map is loading and I see the first green symbol appear. A Traditional Cache which is located right on the street next to mine. I tell my friend, that I’d like to take a look, what I might find and together we go looking. We only have to walk around the block. Only 30 meters and the arrow on the map shows us we’ve arrived. We investigate the guardrail which divides the road here and I discover a magnetically attached container. There we have it: a geocache!When I found my first cache this day six years ago, I was absolutely amazed that many people walk this street without knowing about the existence of this treasure–but that I was part of a small circle of the enlightened. Even though this thought was fascinating to me, I didn’t think that this outdoor game would grow to have so much more importance in my life.Three years ago I was diagnosed with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and since have learned a lot about myself and my problems. It’s now clear to me why I never had a hobby before geocaching that I pursued for an extended amount of time. Because BPD is characterized by flightiness, not only within the mood of the affected but also their actions. It is difficult for anyone affected to make decisions and we are scared to make mistakes which can lead to negative emotions. Therefore it is something really special for me that I was able to develop such a strong passion for geocaching and since I became aware of this I also realized that it is my way out of this disease.How BPD presents itself often varies. But in most cases the problem is that the affected cannot regulate their emotions appropriately. If the tension becomes too strong and emotions overflow it leads to dysfunctional behavior patterns. Those help reduce the internal tension in the moment but can hurt people with BPD and often also their relationships. Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) teaches alternative methods and skills that regulate the tension in a more functional manner. Since I started geocaching, I have automatically employed the hobby as such a skill. That means, when I feel emotional tension and the pressure threatens to become too much, I get out and geocache. It distracts me and calms me.To conquer BPD long term, everyone suffering from it has to learn to be careful in everyday life. They have to pay attention about how high the tension is, what causes it and how they can confront it. When dealing with other humans mindfulness is very important. I realized it helps my fellow human beings if I explain my affliction and that in turn helps me to deal with some emotions in a more realistic manner. Even though this disease affects (directly or indirectly) many people, many have never heard about it.With my project “biotonne88 goes Europe” I want to call attention to this disease and also confront it myself. I am planning to travel around Europe for six months to knowingly surrender myself to my painful loneliness and inform with frequent videos about my disease and my experiences. Geocaching will lead me and give me strength on this trip.You can follow Ann-Kathrin’s European travels on Instagram or YouTube to experience her exciting geocaching adventures with her.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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No nod for tax on clicking pictures in Goa village, says Minister

first_imgGoa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Thursday said his department has not granted any permission for imposition of a ‘Swachhta Tax’ on clicking photographs in the scenic Parra village of North Goa district.Mr. Ajgaonkar told PTI that the tourism department will probe how the panchayat of Parra, which is the ancestral village of late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, was levying such a tax. The matter came to light on Wednesday after some Goa- based activists took to social media to highlight that the panchayat of Parra village, located about 9 km from Panaji, had started levying tax on clicking pictures or shooting videos in its jurisdiction. A sign board put up prominently on the main road of the village reads: “Swacchta Tax/Mission Clean Parra Tax will be levied on all film shoots and photo shoots. Tax will vary for individuals and commercials.” Taking serious note of it, Mr. Ajgaonkar said, “My department has not granted any permission for imposition of such a tax. We will inquire into this.” “If every panchayat starts imposing its own taxes like this, it would be harmful for the State’s tourism potential,” the Minister said. However, a representative of the Parra village panchayat, on condition of anonymity, said the tax was imposed as tourists leave behind lot of garbage and litter the place. “The fund raised through the tax would be used to clean the place. We don’t want to depend on the government to sanction money to keep our place clean. We are doing it through our own resources by levying the tax,” he said. Parra is one of the scenic villages located in the North Goa beach belt.last_img read more

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London Olympics 2012: Check out today’s Google doodle game

first_imgIt’s so much fun to see and indulge in a new and innovative Google doodle every day, from the day Olympics have started. And London Olympics’ 2012 slalom canoe is today’s Google doodle.Whitewater slalom or canoe slalom is a sport where the aim is to navigate a decked canoe or kayak through a course of hanging gates on river rapids in the fastest time possible. Canoe slalom has been a regular Olympic sport since 1992.The doodle is in the form of a game wherein one’s aim is to make the slalom athlete navigate as fast as possible. One can use the left and the right arrow keys on their keyboards to navigate. And as always, one gets to see their score in the end.last_img

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Hand or foot spasms

first_imgDefinitionSpasms are contractions of the muscles of the hands, thumbs, feet, or toes. Spasms are usually brief, but they can be severe and painful.Alternative NamesFoot spasms; Carpopedal spasm; Spasms of the hands or feet; Hand spasmConsiderationsSymptoms depend on the cause. They may include:CrampingFatigueMuscle weaknessNumbness, tingling, or a “pins and needles” feelingTwitchingUncontrolled, purposeless, rapid motionsNighttime leg cramps are common in the elderly.CausesCramps or spasms in the muscles often have no clear cause.Possible causes of hand or foot spasms include: Abnormal levels of electrolytes or minerals in the body Brain disorders, such as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and Huntington disease Chronic kidney disease and dialysis Damage to a single nerve or nerve group (mononeuropathy) or multiple nerves (polyneuropathy) that are connected to muscles Dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body)Hyperventilation (overbreathing), which is rapid or deep breathing that can occur with anxiety or panicMuscle cramps, usually caused by overuse during sports or work activityPregnancy, more often during the third trimesterThyroid disordersToo little vitamin DUse of certain medicationsHome CareIf vitamin D deficiency is the cause, supplemental vitamin D should be taken under the doctors direction. Calcium supplements may also help.Being active helps keep muscles loose. Aerobic exercise, especially swimming, and strength building exercises are helpful. But care must be taken not to overdo activity, which can worsen the spasms.Drinking plenty of fluids during exercise is also important.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalIf you notice recurrent spasms of your hands or feet, call your health care provider.advertisementWhat to Expect at Your Office VisitThe doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history and symptoms.Blood and urine tests may be done. Tests may include:Potassium, calcium and magnesium levelsHormone levelsKidney function testsVitamin D levels (25-OH vitamin D)Treatment depends on the cause of the spasms. For example, if they are due to a low level of vitamin D in your body, your doctor will likely recommend that you take a vitamin D supplement.ReferencesStein J. Spasticity. In: Frontera WR, Silver JK, Rizzo TD, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2008:chap 144.Review Date:2/24/2014Reviewed By:Joseph V. Campellone, M.D., Division of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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