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    Tips to make journaling helpful & fun

    When we think about ‘journal’ or ‘journaling’, most of us think about those hefty biology/physics/chemistry journals we laboured over as schoolkids or writing a daily ‘diary’. The task of writing a daily diary or even writing a diary may seem tedious at a time when we seem to be more stressed than ever! But have you ever thought there may be more than one way to ‘journal’ or there may be more things to ‘journal’ about other than travel or the traditional ‘things that happened to me today’? More than one way to journal I was a daily diary writer as a child, in fact, up until my early 20s.…

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    Hacks to make phone photography a breeze

    We live in a visual world. Look at your social media accounts and you’ll realise they are pictorial journals – especially about food and travel. But with the pandemic curtailing movement, the reservoir of places and foods that can be photographed seems to have dried up. Or perhaps not. The lockdown has seen several of us pick up older passions or find new hobbies, some of them translating into business opportunities too! And in all of these cases, photographs and/or photography is a shining star! Photography has been used to chronicle the lockdown, share the stellar food that was whipped in the kitchen and draw the attention of potential clients…

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    Memories of a first foreign trip

    A few days ago, while going through my inbox to delete unwanted mails, I found a note sent by a friend. Mailed in May 2019, this note was an account of his eventful (and harrowing!) overseas trip in April 2019. It brought back memories of my own first foreign trip to Thailand – I accompanied my elder sister to spend a summer month on her university campus. She studied, I played, we both partied! Most of us remember our first, especially our first overseas trip! The excitement of preparing, the nervous tension as you step into the international terminal, butterflies in the stomach as the flight takes off and the…

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    Tips to get you started on a green life

    Eco friendly. Environment friendly. Sustainable living. Green living. Organic. These are words we’ve seen around us for a while now, irrespective of a sector. These terms have made their space in our daily vocabulary, making way for concepts like ethical, sustainable, fair-trade, biodynamic, earth-friendly, ecological, free-range and the likes. Experts keep reminding us of the need to adopt and adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle. The need of the hour is much stressed upon. But I’ve always had one question – among several others – is HOW does one go about stepping into this lifestyle? And questions like…– What do these terms – eco-friendly, sustainable, organic – really mean and how are…

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    Children’s well-being in the lockdown

    The children are fine! And they’ll continue to thrive with a little more love, attention and some exercises! So says Dr Shinee Shanbhag, a mother of two and a consultant physiotherapist who has been fielding varied queries from concerned parents about their children’s well-being. Several of my parent friends have been expressing concern about their children’s health and the effect that these uncertain situations – pandemic, lockdown, lack of physical activity, affected social skills, the list is varied and dependent on the family’s situation. And with education having shifted online, parents are worried about the effect on children – so much screen time and not enough running around! A mother…

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    Ways to fit reading into your busy schedule

    Reading – that one activity that everyone loves to do, everyone recommends for all age groups. Some of us are good at it, finding time to settle with a book and slip into a new world. Some of us struggle to fit in time to read, despite our best intentions and a burning desire. I love reading – I get it from my family, my parents love to read as does my sister. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t surrounded by books. I grew up listening to abridged versions of English literary classics that my sister read out to me – reading practice for her. I remember spending…

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    Tend to your work-from-home body aches

    Work from home has become a norm for most of us, as have the aches and pains that come from it. Physiotherapists and doctors have also noted an alarming increase in patients complaining of excruciating pain in the neck, shoulder and back. The reasons for these aches and pains are aplenty. According to Dr Shinee Shanbag, consultant physiotherapist & deputy medical director at Physiorehab, Mumbai, these issues could arise from– Settings not conducive to working long hours– Excessive focus on screens– Lack of cardio– Unaccustomed chores In an hour-long conversation with me, Dr Shinee touched upon various strategies that could help rectify the non-friendly working conditions at home. She also…

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    Dealing with post-lockdown anxiety in kids & teens

    We’ve all been speaking about ‘mental wellbeing’ post lockdown and how all of us adults will deal with the new rules and new world. But, what about the children and teenagers? There is an entire generation of kids and teens that have been forced into lockdown due to reasons that are absolutely unfathomable for them. Milestones have gone by in a haze, life has been stuck in a limbo and some have even witnessed the loss of loved ones. No playing with friends, no meeting friends or hanging out with them, getting snapped at and being scolded, no clue about when schools and colleges will open… the lockdown has been…

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    How to manage anxiety & stress post lockdown

    There was a lockdown. There is a lockdown. And then there is the unlocking. Our lives have been in a constant state of anxiety for the past few months. The reasons are varied – from stressing over the unknown pandemic, job and financial security, family welfare and safety, children, work from home, food, the list is endless and differs from person to person. What doesn’t differ is the varied stages of anxiety. The psychological impact of the lockdown has been massive – and I personally feel we are seeing only the tip of this iceberg. With a changing set of dos-and-don’ts, the rules are constantly changing. And with it, our…

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    Branding solutions for small biz

    From a boutique owner to an influencer, jewellery store to MNC, businesses have been shaken up and how! The lockdown and its after-effects are being felt far and wide forcing companies to take time out to regroup and restructure for the new normal. While big companies have their own sets of marketing teams, small-scale industries, local mid-level business owners and self-employed individuals seem to be a loss. Restructuring requires rebranding, advertisements and re-budgeting which is difficult in the given times. As a freelance content writer | blogger | home baker, I’ve had my share of moments trying to figure out how to make things work. At times like these, it…