The Moon And The Kids – A Family Matter?

 

 

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What’s the mystery behind the fool moon? Some people say it has the power to change a sleeping person into a wild beast, specifically if the person drank rainwater from a wolf’s footprints before he falls asleep on a summer night. The only means to stop this wild beast is to shoot it with a silver bullet.

Now that’s a hell of a story!

Other people, on the other hand, don’t do business when it’s a full moon. They believe it’s a risk for failure or being scammed. Ladies also stay home because they might be mistaken as witches. And dogs are feared to be rabid if they wander outside at night with the full moon glaring.

Nowadays, only a few people believe these stories, but there is one result of the full moon apparent power that has stayed on – its capacity to alter a person’s behavior. You can try asking your community police officer or the nurse at the local clinic. They’ll say that when the moon is full, there’s a whopping increase in crime rates, a lot of people aren’t able to sleep, and we all do or act a little crazy too. Do you believe that?

This is a question that was posed before a team of known researchers from the Eastern Ontario Institute, which was created solely to learn more about the effect of the full moon on children’s behavior and sleep.

 

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Researchers observed almost six thousand kids that lived in separate continents and originated from different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds. Age, sex, parents’ educational background, BMI, degree of physical activity, hours of sleep, and sedentary time were some of the variables utilized. Data collection and recording of specific behaviors and activities of the kids were also made for 28 months. All these children were observed at the same time during the new moon, half-moon, and full moon.

The result? Well, it might dishearten people who love myths about the moon, because it turned out that the full moon did nothing to affect the behavior of a person, let alone a child. There was one exemption, though – with regards to sleep. The participants reported having slept a mere five minutes less than usual during the full moon. Thus, the researchers concluded that their experiment provided strong proof of the moon not having any influence on people’s moods, behaviors, or activities in any way. The only noteworthy revelation was 1% fewer minutes of sleep when the moon is full. Genes, family background, education, and psychosocial factors are stronger contributors to behavior.

The team of researchers agrees that their outcomes are irrefutable, but they do confess that the controversy on this topic will linger, as myths don’t die down that easy. And by next month or next year, another group of curious researchers will attempt to develop another study to connect a person’s biology to the lunar cycle. Perhaps adults are more affected than children. Or that it has a stronger effect on people with mental illnesses or physical disabilities. Nevertheless, the mystery of the moon will always captivate generations in the years to come.

 

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Here’s another take on the moon and children’s behaviors.

Surveys in the United States suggest that people believe the lunar cycle is associated with human madness. This is rooted in the fact that “Luna” or moon is linked to lunacy or insanity. For years, stories have been shared about how crimes, ER admissions, and people’s anxiety and depression rise when the moon is full. Some suggest that the lunar cycle may also impact fertility, menstruation, epilepsy, cancer recovery, and even stock exchange returns. Many studies have explored the possibilities, and despite finding potential connections, bigger, more thorough trials have revealed no concrete relationships.

However, 50% of participants who joined in a survey in America – which composed psychiatric nurses, ER physicians, and police officers – behaviors of children and adults are highly influenced by the full moon.

Same Cycle

Different theories have been suggested that connect human cycles to the stages of the moon. The most common of these is a woman’s menstrual cycle, which was found to be related to the moon’s various phases. It also apparently influenced fertility, birth rates, genders of infants, and ovulation. There is no concrete explanation that could strongly prove this notion, but concepts about the gravitational forces between the moon and the human physiology have been proposed.

Wall Street And The Full Moon

Comprehensive studies have been done on the link between the lunar cycle and stock profits. These investigations, some of which are broad, have revealed that values of stocks are substantially decreased during the full moons than during the new moons. Other researchers agree that this is because the moon does impact people’s moods, and this affects how to invest and to decide.

 

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Bottom Line

The relationship between human behavior, be it in adults or children, has been a topic of much controversy throughout the years. While there have been numerous scientific studies that have unsuccessfully proven this time and time again, still, many people and cultures hold on to their beliefs and superstitions. Misconceptions about the moon are largely influenced also by folklore and of course, Hollywood. And one cannot judge his fellow person because of his beliefs alone.

And so, albeit all pieces of evidence proving the opposite, when there are days of wild and crazy, you would still hear others say, “It must be a full moon today!”

 

 

Adapting In The Changing World (COVID-19 Awareness)

Until now, you are suffering from lots of uncertainties due to the pandemic situation. Maybe you are still jobless and can’t sustain your needs financially. Or perhaps you are having trouble getting things done because of the restrictions you need to follow. Maybe you thought you could go back to the way it was before and freely spend your life without a hassle. Sadly, that is impossible. Honestly, the world is changing, and all you have to do is adapt to it. There is no way you can survive the whole struggle of this global crisis if you don’t open yourself to the world’s “new normal.”

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The In Denial

To be honest, it is okay to convince yourself that things will be okay in the end. That is true. Sooner or later, everything around you will become part of history. You will come to a point where you can already laugh about the situation and openly tell the story to the next generation. But daydreaming about reaching the good things right at this moment is not an ideal way of handling this crisis. Convincing yourself that you are emotionally and mentally okay is not helpful at all. You can argue with me about that. But my point is when you fool yourself and think that you are perfectly strong enough to handle the pressure, you are only making it worst for your overall health.

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It is not like I am trying to discourage you from becoming emotionally and mentally positive. Honestly, you have to be. What I’m trying to imply is that you need to be aware of your weaknesses. You shouldn’t ignore them. You must accept that there are things you can’t control, not even your emotional and mental state. You should avoid confusing yourself and think that you are okay because you are not. Admit that you also feel anxious and stress and that you somehow need help.

You see, the problem of most people is that they cannot stay in the middle. Some are too afraid to face the reality of the pandemic situation, while others may be like you who think that they can confidently survive without putting up an effort. I am not saying that you are on the negative side. However, if you can’t see the problem of being overly confident, then you will end up ignoring “change.” You will become too attached to your reality that you will soon fail to accept that adjustments can make a big difference.

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Change In Perspective

All it takes is one idea on how to transform the way you see the situation. These ideas may sound simple, but they are so powerful in terms of the impacts and shifts in can provide in your life. Remember, mental clarity is not about genetics; it is about habits. Acknowledging your weak points is not going to bring you down. In fact, recognizing your unwanted mental and emotional aspects can lead to the development of a better trait. It makes your rethink how you structure your life, your decisions, as well as your ability to care for yourself. Changing your perspective about everything will make you understand the flow of the changing world.

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All changes are hard to do at first, and sometimes, it gets messy in the middle of the process. But once you master the necessary habits you need to keep your emotional and mental state healthy, it becomes fulfilling in the end. Just think about this: If the struggle is not complicated and hard at first, you can never consider it a “change.”

How COVID-19 Affects Us Mentally

The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our lives right at this moment. It causes a lot of unexpected changes in the world. And since it is the main reason why people’s emotional and mental stability is at stake, it is essential to take action seriously. So during this pandemic, all of us should focus on getting better overall health to fight COVID-19. But first, we have to acknowledge the effects of the Coronavirus in our lives before we can make necessary adjustments.

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Mob Mentality And Panic Buying

There is a different level of panic that goes around during this time of crisis that gets worse due to mob mentality. It is where individuals get influenced by other people around to behave and act in an overly emotional and impulsive way. Yes, preparing and stocking up goods is an excellent idea. However, hoarding too much leads to a shortage for others, especially the ones who honestly need it. But we can’t blame them. Some of these individuals believe that hoarding is entirely necessary because they think there is not enough supply for everybody. The behavior is not acceptable, but people react to terrifying situations differently.

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Feeling Of Emotional Isolation

Since the virus gets to pass on from one person to another through droplets from cough and sneeze, social distancing becomes a way to prevent it. Therefore, we have to keep physical distance no matter what, so that it can flatten the curve. However, physical isolation affects our emotional balance. It somehow heightens the feelings of sadness and loneliness due to the limited people we surround ourselves with. And though we can take advantage of the technology and use it to cross distances between friends and family, we still require more than that. In some unfortunate instances, connecting with people through technology sometimes heightens the emptiness we feel because we miss and worry about them more after knowing their conditions.

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Boredom And Mental Exhaustion

Being quarantined inside our houses for an extended period can make us feel uneasy. That is regardless if we love staying at home and are working from home. That is because, in the back of our minds, we have this desire to going outside. We love to explore and experience a lot of things, and getting stuck in the four-cornered wall is not going to help us achieve that. Sometimes, even if we try to fight boredom by listing things we mean to do, we find ourselves unable to start with it. Some instance, even our hobbies or the ones we love to do eventually turns out to be a tiring activity and uninteresting anymore.

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Overconsumption Of News And Media

Through the help of technology, we all have access to knowing what is currently happening in the world during times of crisis. It is great because we can raise awareness of that. However, overconsumption of sometimes inaccurate information is damaging to our mental health. It is because some news only intensifies the anxiety and fear we have. That is why even if we find it evident that we are looking at the not-so-credible source, we still believe the information we get from there. And to add damage to that, we often share false information online. Sadly, it soon becomes the truth of everyone. It is okay to get informed. But we have to be mindful of how much time we need to spend consuming news information.

It is okay to feel sad and alone in times like this. The emotional and mental struggle we are dealing with is valid. However, I would like to say that we are here for you during this difficult time in the global crisis. Stay safe!

We All Need To Know More About Our Mental Health

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Being a participant of the 2017 World Discussion on Mental Health Conference, it helped me widen my horizon about mental health. As far as I know, this topic is vast and can cover how an ordinary mind goes or the mental stability of a person, to how a person copes when something happens to him. It can also be about mentally challenged children who may be bullied by others. Depression, stress, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and all other mental health conditions that people are suffering are included in this discussion.

As much as we care for our physical health, we should also be aware of how our mental health goes. Usually, people have a happy disposition, especially when things go their way. But when trying times occur, it is when our mental health is being challenged.

Because of this mental health conference, I have opened my eyes to different circumstances in which our mental health is usually led to a struggle. And by understanding these circumstances, we can then learn how to handle our strained mental health when things don’t go our way.

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Of course, we all know that each of us has experienced the ups and downs of life. But people have different perspectives on how one handles these things, so that makes the difference. For example, others take their breakups just fine while others may really have trouble moving on, or maybe even do bad things like practice self-harm, get obsessive, and other things. During these times, when the pain or confusion is unbearable, one can always call on certified counselors to help them get through the tough times.

Stress is also a challenge to one’s mental health. There are different stressors for every one of us. For employees, one may be stressed over the attitude of their employers or with their co-employees. Housewives may be torn between wanting to stay at home for their children and wanting to look for work to have their income. In this conference, I have learned to understand more about how life goes with proper treatment and how to be free of worries to be able to keep ourselves not just physically healthy but mentally as well.

Out-Of-This-World Theories About Soulmates Which Prove That Love Goes Beyond Just The Ordinary 

Many of us have out of this world perceptions and beliefs about finding love. There is just so much fascination about it to the point that topics on love attract everyone’s attention even in the movies, books, songs, stories, and the like. Even if we deny it, somewhere inside of us lies hopeless romantic hearts carefully, patiently, and not to mention – painstakingly, waiting for that moment to finally meet the one. 

 

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In your lifetime, you may have heard from your loved one some extraordinary stories they experienced.  These stories can be the landing on the moon being merely orchestrated by NASA, that the 9-11 attack came from the White House itself, that there’s a secret group controlling the entire world, or that aliens are always in contact with us. These are called conspiracy theories. 

 We all do something, ranging from quirky to self-destructive, that seem on the surface to have no benefit at all. — Teri Woods Ph.D.

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