Namaskar or the Surya Namaskar, this form of exercise was introduced in ancient times to salute the sun, which plays an integral part in supporting life on this planet. Since the sun is the source of energy, this yoga asana is a powerful way to awaken your body, mind and soul.
If you are too busy to exercise or practise yoga, simply perform this namaskar exercise that is equivalent to a workout session and yoga practice. The benefits of namaskar are many as it is believed to activate each part of the body, including the mind.
The Surya namaskar comprises 12 poses, each holding a special significance and benefit to the body.
The prayer pose: This pose can be done in an upright position by holding your hands in a prayer form as you inhale and exhale deeply. This position relaxes the nervous system, helps maintain the body balance and aids in relieving stress and anxiety.
The raised arms pose: This position requires lifting your hands while joining your palms and bending slightly backwards while keeping your feet close and your back straight. This pose stretches and tones the abdominal muscles, aids digestion, reduces back pain and lowers asthma.
Standing forward bend pose: This position requires you to touch your heels with your fingers without bending your knees and spine. This pose helps cure insomnia, headache, anxiety and stress.
The lunge pose: This position requires you to bend your knees slightly and rest your palms on the floor, in line with your feet. Your right knee should be on the right of your chest, while your left leg should be stretched out at the back. This pose increases lung capacity and relieves indigestion and constipation.
Plank pose: This pose needs no introduction. All you need to do is position yourself in a plank pose while keeping your elbows and knees straight. This pose keeps your mind calm and improves posture.
Eight limbed pose: Bring your knees on the floor, rest your chin on the floor, your hips raised slightly, your posterior in the air and your arms on the side of your chest. This pose increases flexibility and relieves stress.
The cobra pose: Lie flat on the ground, and with the support of your arms, raise your body in the air, like a cobra, with your pelvic region touching the ground. This pose improves flexibility and mood.
Downward facing dog: As you’re standing straight, try bending forward without bending your knees and back and touching the ground with your palms. This pose calms the nerves, relieves menopause symptoms and increases blood circulation.
High lunge pose: This pose is similar to the lunge pose, with a better stretch and aids digestion and relieves constipation.
Standing forward bend: Once again, you come back in the standing forward turn pose as you reach towards the final steps of this exercise.
Raised arms pose: Get back into the extended arms pose again while practising deep breathing.
Prayer pose: Conclude this namaskar by positioning yourself in the first pose, which is the prayer pose.
Now that you know the benefits of the namaskar, you can start doing it every morning to feel rejuvenated throughout the day.
Every year, we see new styles emerge and brides dressed in airy bridal gowns. Brides are pushing the envelope and experimenting with unusual colour palettes and lehenga styles. We’ve seen it everything, from women experimenting with the tones of their dresses to brides who embrace minimalism. When it comes to their clothing and style, today’s brides are all about embracing unconventional choices. Every season, bridal and wedding designers introduce new trends to meet the escalating aspirations of brides. We’ll go over some of the latest bridal lehengas online and their trends that every bride-to-be should be aware of. Scroll down to see what’s hot and see if it’s something you’d like to try.
The multi or Technicolor lehenga — Technicolor bridal lehengas online have become a millennial bride’s absolute favourite. The metallic tones and geometric designs work so well together. This design is ideal for brides who want to make a statement with their modern style and appear absolutely stunning on their wedding day. This is a style that we’ve seen brides choose for their pre-wedding ceremonies. However, you can always try something new and go with this style for your wedding lehenga.
The lehenga trail — A trail can undoubtedly boost your style and provide that oomph element, whether you’re wearing a gown or a bridal lehenga. Many designers are exploring lehenga designs and adopting the trend of putting a lehenga trail into their creations. This trend is ideal for brides who want to add a touch of drama to their ensemble. We adore the way brides have experimented with this style and carried it off so tastefully. You can go with any colour you want, from champagne gold to red or pastel pink, to create a dramatic trail on your wedding lehenga.
The flowery pastels — Pastel shades are so soothing to the eyes and will definitely never go out of fashion. Pastel bridal lehengas have been in trend for some time now and will continue to rule. We have seen brides opting for bridal lehengas with floral embroideries and completely rocking that look. It is such a beautiful combination and will make you look ethereal on your special day. If you are someone who loves pastel shades, you can definitely experiment with this trend and look like a princess on your special day.
Shimmer and blingy lehengas — These days, shimmering and blingy lehengas with elaborate workmanship are extremely popular. The handcrafted lehengas with Swarovski crystals, sequins, and pearl details are a visual treat. These are fashions that you can wear from your engagement party through your reception.
Flairy can-can lehengas — Without that flair and enormous can-can, a bridal lehenga is nothing. They provide volume to your attire and give your bridal lehenga the perfect vibe. If you want flared lehengas, you should choose ones with underskirts and a hefty can-can. You can choose some unusual bridal tones, such as a combination of old rose and khaki, or a magnificent combination of all pastel shades; you can even play with the colours.
Storytelling lehengas — You might choose this style if you enjoy wearing ensembles that are based on a concept and are one-of-a-kind. You can even have your own love tale read on your wedding lehenga or have something personalised embroidered on your bridal dupatta. Personalization and storey will give your garment that special touch while also enhancing its beauty.
Lightweight and embroidered lehenga – For the minimalist brides out there, opt for simple georgette bridal lehengas online that are available in light neutral shades and look fascinating with minimal embroidery over them.
Republic Day is approaching and it is high time we appreciate some of our local homegrown brands that are working diligently to serve you with the best of the bests. The brands and products I have chosen for todays post are used and loved by me and appreciated by many of the beauty experts. Today, in this post, I am going to share 8 skincare products that are locally produced, are rich in natural ingredients and works amazingly. So, let’s start.
Before moving on, I just want to mention that these products are currently available at a great discount on Nykaa’s Republic Day sale. So, it’s an added benefit for you.
1. Kama Ayurveda Kumkumadi Thailam
Kama Ayurveda never fails to satisfy with their large array of multiple skincare options that are genuinely natural and have the efficiency to solve the issues that are meant to solve. Their Kumkumadi Thailam is a one of a kind product that helps in repairing and regenerating damaged skin cells to give you that optimum glow and refined skin texture with regular usage.
Mamaearth is another admired skincare and haircare brand that has gained immense popularity in the past year because of its affordability and efficacy. I have used their Ubtan Face Mask in the past and I totally loved it as it clarifies the skin by reaching the deep layers of the skin, opens the pores helps the skin breathe, brightens and evens out the complexion.
It’s been years that I have been religiously adding Plum products into my skincare regime and let me tell you that the association has been proved worthy. The Green Tea toner from Plum suits me the best as it’s free from any harsh chemicals, paraben, sulphate, silicone and of course alcohol. Because of that, it doesn’t irritate the skin nor does it create any burning sensation. It just mildly tones your face and effectively removes any extra dirt that your face wash was unable to clear out.
4. Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan Removal Scrub
When someone asks me for any product recommendation for tanned skin, I blindly say this name. I have emptied several packs of this particular product and have gone gaga over this on all my social media platforms. The Bio Papaya scrub had got my back when no other products did. I tried several brands and zillions of products that claim to remove tan but nothing worked for me*.
Biotique Bio Papaya helped me get rid of my tan in two-three usages and those were sunburns that were the result of a beach trip. You know how hard it is to get rid of them!
5. Lotus Botanicals Vitamin C Skin Brightening Face Serum
Vitamin C is an essential part of my skincare regimen. I am in my early 30s and anti-ageing is one of my top priorities when it comes to choosing skincare. Vitamin C helps my skin look younger, brighter, and fights off dark spots beautifully. That makes me go on a constant hunt for the best product containing Vitamin C so that my skin doesn’t settle with a particular product.
Recently, I came across this Vitamin C face serum by Lotus Botanicals which is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, free from parabens, silicone, mineral oil and preservatives, non-comedogenic formulation. It beautifully sinks into the skin giving it a healthy glow. I am still using this one every morning and I can say I am loving it so far.
Pilgrim is a brand that has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years and there are valid reasons for that. First of all, the concept is one of a kind, something that the Indian skincare industry is quite new to. Secondly, their ingredients are 100% natural and exotic. They are gentle on the skin and suitable for all skin types.
I have used many of their products including their skincare and bath and body products and I can vouch for their quality and efficacy. The product I love the most from their huge catalogue is the White Lotus Natural Face Mist and Toner. Using it for a while, I have realized that White Lotus is a gentle ingredient that suits my skin so well. I use this product as a mist and it has worked in different ways for me. One, it soothes irritated skin, tones it, balances oiliness, provides hydration and refreshes the skin.
7. The Moms Co. Natural Cranberry Coffee Face Scrub
I am a sucker of all things coffee in my skincare regime. Not only its unparalleled fragrance but also its anti-aging, brightening properties that make me love it more and more. The Mom’s Co Cranberry Coffee scrub is not only enriched with the benefits of coffee but it also has cranberry which is known for its anti-aging properties.
This scrub could be a little messy but it works amazingly and smells divine.
8. MCaffeine Naked & Raw Tan Removal Coffee Face Mask
Another coffee-based skincare product I’ve loved in the past is this face mask by MCaffeine. I used it twice a week. It clarified my skin, added some healthy glow, removed tan and evened out the skin tone. Regular usage could help you with your skin texture.
MCaffeine Coffee Face mask is rich in Argan oil, Vitamin E, Pure Arabica coffee, caffeine, and Kaolin which helps in removing extra oil from the skin. MCaffeine products are vegan, free from paraben and SLS, FDA approved, Made Safe and dermatologically tested.
No matter if you are a newbie bibliophile or an avid reader, a good book recommendation is a bonus for everyone. Among all the genres, crime books take the cake. There is some connectivity with the crime thrillers that strike the chord in the reader. The gripping storyline, plot twists, and sudden turns of the events keep the readers glued to the story and make them think of possible routes to the ending of the story. This genre is much more engaging. No wonder it’s growing in popularity among the new age readers.
Although each individual has their own admired types of stories, some love tragic and dark crime thrillers, some love more mellow stories and some love to have a comic touch to their chosen novels. Among all these categories, here I have some books that have touched many hearts with their fabulous narrations, plots and storytelling.
Three people are kidnapped across California. Sophie is locked inside a derelict warehouse. Henry is abandoned in remote woodland. Elizabeth is trapped inside a sinking ship. They are alive, but don’t have much time to live…
Only one man can save them: unique investigator Colter Shaw. He’s an expert tracker with a forensic mind, but this will be a test even for him.
Because this killer isn’t following the rules; he’s changing them. One murder at a time…
With a lot of twists and turns of events this story is completely unputdownable. Deaver does a great job creating the storyline and going along with the flow, leaving the readers in question.
About the book: “[A] pitch-perfect murder mystery… If The Crown were crossed with Miss Marple…, the result would probably be something like this charming whodunnit.” – Ruth Ware, author of One by One
The first book in a highly original and delightfully clever crime series in which Queen Elizabeth II secretly solves crimes while carrying out her royal duties.
It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted by the shocking and untimely death of a guest in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene leads some to think the young Russian pianist strangled himself, yet a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play. When they begin to question the Household’s most loyal servants, Her Majesty knows they’re looking in the wrong place.
For the Queen has been living an extraordinary double life ever since her teenage years as “Lilibet.” Away from the public eye and unbeknownst to her closest friends and advisers, she has the most brilliant skill for solving crimes. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian officer recently appointed to the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen discreetly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth won’t hesitate to use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.
SJ Bennett uses the wit of Her Majesty as a witty, extremely observant detective who is there to investigate a murder mystery. Set on a funny note, this is a sheer brilliance in terms of plot and storytelling.
It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.
Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.
But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?
This is another unputdownable book that is filled with elegant, mind-boggling twists written in a beautiful manner. A must-read for sure.
If someone was in your house, you know … wouldn’t you? But the hunter family are deaf, and don’t hear a thing when a shocking crime takes place in the middle of the night. Instead, they wake up to their worst nightmare: the murder of their daughter. The police call Paige Northwood to the scene to interpret for the witnesses. They’re in shock, but Paige senses the hunters are hiding something. One by one, people from Paige’s community start to fall under suspicion. But who would kill a little girl? Was it an intruder? Or was the murderer closer to home?
The blurb itself is enough to make you pick up the book. The layered plot and sudden turn of the events make it a gripping read.
I hope you loved this little list of must-grabs. Which one is your favourite?
The holiday season calls for multiple opportunities to celebrate, look great, and style yourself in the best possible way. Every year people look forward to experimenting with unique makeup looks and styles. There are multiple options to explore and try, be it creating subtle makeup looks to dramatic ones. So, when it comes to keeping up with the latest trends, you cannot miss out on the Manish Malhotra collection of beautiful makeup and skincare products to amp up your holiday makeup look. Need a little inspiration to carry your dreamy holiday makeup looks? We’re right here for you! Scroll below to get a sense of what types of holiday makeup looks you can opt for and slay like a queen!
Holiday Makeup Looks To Try & Slay Like A Pro This Year
Though you have all the rights to wear alluring makeup every day, holidays are somewhere special. Agree? So, to make your holidays even more exciting with a touch of glam, we’ve got you covered without suggestions on some amazing types of holiday makeup looks you can try for sure. Get ready to look beautiful and slay like a pro this year!
Shimmer & Glitter Makeup Look
Glitz and glam never go out of style. You do nothing, simply put on some glitter, and you can still step out looking all fab and gorgeous. All you have to do is go soft with your lips and eyes, put on some good amount of glitter on your cheekbones, nose, and neck, of course, and you’re all sorted. It’s fun to bring drama and shine to your family gatherings or friends’ re-union by only shining in the crowd. So, ready to make heads turn around?
Go Bold Makeup Look
A bold makeup look always wins the game and many hearts too. LOL! You can go for a beautifully bold look for your holiday. All you have to do is paint your lips with red or maroon colour, add some dark eyeshadow to your eyelids, and wear an apologetic amount of blush to your cheeks. Next what? You’re all ready. So, when nothing goes right, go bold!
Neon Craze Makeup Look
Neon simply sets the right tone for a serious holiday makeup look. You don’t have to worry about much for this particular makeup look. This is a quite simple look where you have to opt for any neon colour of your choice, paint your eyes with a subtle touch of makeup on your lips and cheeks. Then, you’re ready for hitting the party right during your holiday!
All Glam Makeup Look
For women who love to go subtle and simple on their holidays, all glam makeup look is ideal for them. All you have to do is to go with natural and neutral makeup tones, bold liner, and voluminous lashes if you like. If you want to add some drama to your all glam look, you can also try applying a smokey liner.
Bold Red Lip Makeup Look
Holidays call for a comfortable yet beautiful makeup look. So, if you are somebody who likes to keep it simple yet bold for a holiday sesh, this one is for you. All you have to do is go subtle and neutral with your eyes, cheeks, simple liner, and some bold lipstick on your lips. And you’re ready to mesmerize people with your bold red lip makeup look.
Pretty Pink Makeup Look
Almost every girl loves to keep a pretty pink makeup look during holidays or even at the most lavish parties. A pretty pink makeup look is when you add a flush of pink onto your cheeks, eyes, lips and keep it simple. You can finish off your look by adding double coats of mascara to open up your eyes.
Pastel Love Makeup Look
Pastels are pure love and have become quite trending, especially amongst youngsters. So, to make your pastel shades pop, all you can do is to pick any pastel colour and put it on your eyes, lips, and cheeks. The best part here is when you only keep your look subtle with pastel colours and do not try to play a lot with your makeup look.
Full-On Glossy Makeup Look
The full-on glossy makeup look is one of the simplest and glowing makeup looks. The full-on glossy makeup look is all about applying no- makeup and simply wearing glossy lips, eyelids, and cheeks with either help of a lip gloss or even a highlighter as well.
A holiday is the best way to spend time with your family, friends, and most importantly yourself. So, to help you pamper and beautify yourself, we’ve got great ideas for you. Our above list of holiday makeup looks from subtle to bold is ready to inspire you to try different makeup looks for your perfect holiday. Concludingly, hope our curation of some of the best holiday makeup looks got you excited, and all crazy!
Though these days we get to hear all the lectures on body positivity, we still don’t seem to get over our body image issues quite well. Even if there are thousands of styling tips on Pinterest, our self-esteem falls short when we fail to look appealing in a dress we thought of wearing. To break the vicious cycle of feeling doomed about our bodies, we need to look for the right ways.
We all have different body types and complexions. Therefore, we need to go for specific styling tips that emphasize our body shape. Subsequently, there are four primary body shape measurement guides –
Shoulders: Wrap the measurement tape loosely on the higher ends of your shoulder.
Bust: Wrap the measurement tape around the fullest part of the bust, but don’t squeeze it too much.
Waist: Measuring the waist size can be a bit tricky. The waistband doesn’t go right where your waist is. Wrap the measuring tape where your waist is the narrowest, generally a little below the navel.
Hips: Again, you need to measure the fullest part of your hips. Wrapping up the measurement band around your butt, a little below your hip bones.
The Body Shapes
After you’re done measuring your body shape, determine which is the right shape of your body. Here are a few styling tips for each body type:
The Inverted Triangle Shape:
People who have this body type must go for outfits that accentuate their bottom halves, like A-line skirts or dresses and wide-legged pants or boyfriend jeans. They should also avoid boat-neck necklines, wide straps, and halter-neck tops. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore, and Rene Zellweger have this body type.
The Rectangle Shape:
This body type is also known as the ‘athletic’ body type and celebrities like Kate Hudson and Gweneth Paltrow have this kind of figure. The best styling tip for people with this body type is to amplify their waistline. Any soft fabric is worn with a belt, or mid-waisted trousers and belted jackets are all great options.
The Apple Or Round Shape:
The round shape body type can be a tough one. Individuals with this body type have a broader upper body and a waistline with no definition. The best styling tips would be streamlined and straightforward tops and jackets. Tailored tops, well-fitted but not too skin-tight jackets will do wonders. Don’t go for shoulder embellishments, and try to bring out your legs. Legs are great in this body type, so pencil skirt, straight jeans all look fabulous on a round-shaped body. Try keeping your upper and lower body in the same ratio while choosing an outfit.
The Pear Or Regular Triangle Shape:
This body type is identified with a wider lower half. Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez have this body type. People with this body type can go for tops that highlight their upper half. For example, necklines like the sweetheart or boat neck necklines allow their shoulders to look wider. They can also try to add volume to their upper body by wearing layered tops. However, ditching long or crop shirts is amongst the essential styling tips for them.
The Hourglass Shape:
Though Marilyn Monroe is the most celebrity having the perfect hourglass body, celebrities like Beyonce and Dita Von Teese also have this body type. You’d want to wear clothes that bring out your waistline in a perfect way. The waist is the slimmest part of this body type. One must avoid baggy clothes. If one wants their bust to look less fuller, you can go for a boat neck or scoop neck. Wearing turtleneck tops can cause the opposite effect.
Looking for outfits according to one’s body type can be challenging. First, they need to take measurements of their body and then look for specific fashions for their body type. The overall job can be very tough, but the result is almost always fascinating.
That was it about today’s post. Hope you liked reading our styling tips for every body type and gathered some information from it. Catch you up in my next one. Bye!
Being stressed or anxious is not a rare feeling to have nowadays. They have been there since time immemorial but even since the pandemic broke out, the frequency and strength of stress have only increased. According to a study conducted by a Delhi-based preventive healthcare platform The Center of Healing (TCOH), 74% of Indians are suffering from stress and 88% from anxiety issues since COVID-19 hit India. Everyone’s mental health has indeed gone for a toss but the severity of rising issues of anxiety, be it moderate or extreme, is genuinely alarming. That is why I wanted to share some of the stress relief activities that are not only approved by me as an anxious person but also are backed by science.
Stress: What is it like?
Stress, as I would describe it, is a continuous feeling of exhaustion both mental and physical caused when one is overwhelmed with or cannot deal with emotional pressures. It is your body’s and your mind’s way of responding to the emotional strain.
We often use the term ‘stress‘ in the most casual ways to describe how we feel but in this way, we only trivialize the most serious aspects of it and the effects it causes to those who have it. Stress can be of two major types- Acute and Chronic. The former is when you are feeling pressurized emotionally and unable to express yourself daily and the latter is when you are living in a stressful situation with the suppressed feeling for a long time.
The chemical changes caused by stress result in some involuntary consequences including an increase in blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. The most common effects are nervousness, shaking, exhaustion, inability to sleep often turned into insomnia, mood swings, instability of emotions and sometimes stress can affect your hormones, if you are a woman then your menstrual cycles could get affected. Sometimes severe hair fall and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) could also be the results of being stressed.
The reason for Stress
To address stress, we need to precisely scrutinize the reasons behind it. It could be caused by a traumatic experience or just a result of a flawed lifestyle. It could be personal or work-related or both. It could also possibly be a repercussion of being in a toxic environment where you overburden yourself with irresolute emotions. Even being burnt out could be a reason too. For an instance, the reason that I am stressed all the time or I should say most of the time is because I am a very self-critical person. I judge myself way too much that sometimes I suffer from imposter syndrome. This leads to overtaxing myself and eventually being stressed and anxious.
Stress and Anxiety: How are They Related?
Coming to anxiety, well, being stressed doesn’t necessarily mean you are anxious too. Stress may or may not result in anxiety but if you have anxiety then it can assume that you are stress-ridden. Basically, all I am trying to say here is that stress and anxiety both are related to each other but it doesn’t establish a pattern of one of them being the result or reason of the other.
Anxiety, as described in Google, is an “Intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Fast heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating and feeling tired may occur.” Basically, it is a fear or apprehension about what’s about to happen. Although indescribable you can compare it with nervousness or restlessness. It can happen before a big event or while taking an important decision or while thinking about you being heard by several people. In my case, it happens before a big day, or when I am too much behind my schedule, I keep judging and doubting myself. Being anxious means you have definitely been hit by stress.
Reasons to Choose Natural Ways to De-stress
Stress is not exactly as grave as it may sound. It is a part of our lives and almost all of us deal with it. In the present-day scenario, stress is inevitable as it comes along the chaotic lifestyle we have chosen for ourselves. We have the ability to treat stress ourselves in the early stage when the severity of it is mild to moderate.
There are many medical therapies, anti-depressants, stress-relievers available in the market which not only harms your body internally in the long run but also makes you dependant on the medicines. Even if it is a mild mood swing you’ll be reaching for medicines as you know they are going to work in a jiffy. But, that is totally not how you should treat stress. Some simple changes in the lifestyle and a few adopted practices can make your life simpler and happier. No medicines can make you internally happy which is the only guaranteed treatment for a stress-ridden person.
Science-backed Stress Relief Activities You Must Try
The reason why people often turn away from natural de-stress techniques is that A) they don’t have much idea, B) they are sceptical of the results, and C) they think natural remedies take too long to show effects. Busting the myths around natural stress-relievers, I am going to share in this post 13 Stress Relief Activities that are backed by science.
1. Practice Mindfulness
In simple words, mindfulness is the process of being fully aware of what you are doing and feeling. It is synonymous with being present in the moment and living each second being exclusively attentive to and focused on things that you’re doing. Believe me, it is as easy as it sounds. One gets hang of it when practised.
According to Mayo Clinic, “Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.” As true as it is, I believe we can practise mindfulness in each activity that we do on a day to day basis. For example- mindful eating where you are completely focused on the food you eat and not in the surroundings like the people who share the table with you or the TV show that you’re watching while eating, mindful journaling- where you genuinely pay attention to your thoughts and ideas without being critical or judgemental of them.
We attain ultimate peace when our mind, body and soul are aligned correctly. Mindfulness is a process that ensures they are aligned. It awakens our senses and makes us realise the importance of each moment, each breath we take, each work we do.
The next three points are how I practise mindfulness which you can try too!
Chant a Mantra or Prayer
India is a land of spirituality. The Indians have been practising chanting mantras and hymns from the bygone era. Indian culture has a lot to do with creating a healthy lifestyle and positive atmosphere which leads to eternal peace. Thus we can assume that the idea of chanting mantras had more reasons than just a religious practice. Chanting is one of the most powerful mindfulness exercises. Not only does it create a positive aura around you but also it works best in accordance with the Law of Attraction.
It is scientifically proven that repetitive motions or sounds can soothe anxiety, plus, it distracts you from the environmental interruptions and negativity.
Meditation- One of the Most Popular Stress Relief Activities
The benefits of meditation are known to all. It helps us cope with stress and anxiety by calming down our senses. Meditation is the most popular and most celebrated way of practising mindfulness. It opens the window of self-exploration as it allows the mind to be focused on what is been happening within us and not on the external world. Meditation allows us to delve deeper into our soul and thus receiving the vibrations that are hidden inside us. That is why meditation is considered one of the most rewarding methods to ensure physical and mental well-being.
You definitely don’t need to be an expert to start meditation. There are many tutorials on meditation all over the internet but what works best for me is to close your eyes and think of the happy times, or of a person who makes you happy, or of any god your worship. You won’t be able to focus in the first but soon you will get the hang of it. Make sure you are meditating in an open space in the quietest hour of the day, preferably in the early morning.
Many of us do breathing exercises or ‘Pranayama’ but have you ever heard of breathing consciously? Well, if not then keep reading. The term conscious breathing is quite self-explanatory. It means being completely aware of your breathing and taking control of it. Deep conscious breathing calms us down, reduces blood pressure, and relieves stress. It helps us balance our physical and mental health.
Inhaling and holding your breath for 20secs and then exhaling slowly is the key to deep breathing.
2. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Being grateful allows us to work on ourselves and improve. Counting your blessings every now and then and keeping a gratitude journal has been beneficial by many including me. Every morning, listing down the things I am grateful for helps me get mental peace as I know how lucky I am and what has been given to me by the universe and how should I use them to improve myself. A gratitude journal is just a place where you jot down your gratitudes.
It is proven to improve your mental health, give you a boost of self-esteem, bring positivity, help relieve stress and calm you down. Regular practice of gratitude journaling will fill you with immense happiness and appreciativeness.
3. Doing Morning Pages
This is a term that might sound a little alien to many. I myself have started practising morning pages very recently. I got the idea from Lavendaire’s video. As I started doing it I actually started loving the process. Basically, morning pages is a writing one or, as Lavendaire mentioned in her blog, three pages every morning. The writing should be spontaneous and not at all planned. In the morning pages, you dump all that has been going on in your head, all that has been making you hold back or making your heart heavy in a journal. It makes your mind a lot lighter and gives you vision and clarity in life. This is basically purposeless writing where you just empty your heart out on a piece of paper.
Morning pages might seem hard to do at first but you must not stop writing no matter how ridiculous it may read. Remember, you are writing for yourself and not for others to read. As you keep writing, you’ll get the hang of it and then you’ll start to notice the change in your overall mental health.
You may start by writing the quote you saw the other day, or about how your yesterday went, to-do lists, prayers, gratitude, books you’re enjoying reading, TV shows or web series you loved etc. Basically, anything and everything. I’ll recommend you to watch the video on the Lavendaire channel. She has discussed this in detail.
4. Include Yoga in Daily Routine
According to Wikipedia, “Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that originated in ancient India, aimed at controlling and stilling the mind, and recognizing the detached ‘witness consciousness as untouched by the activities of the mind and mundane suffering.” Yoga is a century-old method of stretch your body scientifically which is practised to target many physical and mental problems and at the same time relaxing the mind and soul.
Practising yoga every day for at least 15-20 minutes will help you increase your fitness, calm you down, reduce neck tensions, relieve soreness, and rejuvenate you. Regular practising Yoga will increase vitality, give clarity to your thoughts so that you have a clear vision of life.
5. Spend Time in the Sun
A lot of us have to spend most of our time confined in a small space for work. Even when we are not working we hardly go out in nature. But, that is essential to keep up the balance and harmony between you and nature. We are made from nature and it is obvious that nature has all the essentials to make us content and happy in-store. Such a thing is Vitamin D. We have learnt in school about Vitamin D and how we can get it only from the Sun. Not only does it strengthens your bones or regulates your immunity but also helps with the neuromuscular functions which enable you to fight stress, anxiety, hypertension, sleeping disorders, depression and other psychiatric problems.
Spending time in the Sun, definitely not in the scorching heat but the mild Sun during the early period of the day with help you absorb the necessary Vitamin D thus taking care of any deficiency. It will automatically uplift your mood, make you feel lighter and give you a good night’s sleep.
6. Meet the People you Love
Our body works under different mysterious substances that are commonly called hormones. Not only do they regulate our bodily functions but also our emotions. Such a hormone is Cortisol. This hormone helps control many internal concerns like blood sugar levels, blood pressure, metabolism, inflammations etc. There is an increase in the cortisol levels when a person is going through a tough mental state for example anxiety. It is scientifically established that there is a significant reduction in cortisol levels when we meet our loved ones.
Another such hormone is Dopamine which is popularly known as the ‘happy hormone’. When spiked it makes you feel happy and content. Any pleasurable experience, delightful emotion can spike up the dopamine level which in return gives you the feeling of comfort which eventually becomes a stress-reliever.
7. Stay Away from Social Media
In the current scenario when most of us are homebound, our exposure to social media as well as screentime, in general, has been increased dangerously. Too much addiction to the digital space eventually escalates the chaos of the mind and lessens the enthusiasm that is essential for a peaceful life. Days started with a small scroll through the social media handles vs the days started without that seem significantly less peaceful and productive. It overwhelms our minds and weighs down our thoughts. Also, this consumes a lot of our time and positive energy making us procrastinate.
Staying away from social media or what we call it these days, social media detox, once in a while, provides us with clarity in life, makes us focused and help us getting all our work done in a timely and organized manner. Excessive screentime can cause stress, loss of sleep and headaches. It is recommended to turn away from the screen at least an hour before bedtime.
8. Laugh a little Harder
When comes to relieve stress naturally, there is no better medicine than a dose of laughter. A hearty laugh has many benefits like stimulating the organs like the heart and the lungs, stretching your muscles, boosting endorphins released by the brain which helps us deal with stress and anxiety.
I get my daily dose of laughter by watching funny animal videos on the internet.
9. Listening to Music
Those who are easily affected by overthinking and are overwhelmed with emotions know what music can do to pacify the senses. The right choice of music can help you calm and soothe yourself which could be considered one of the best stress relief activities.
Here is a playlist created by me that has songs that are meticulously handpicked for stress relief. I consider it to be one of the best Spotify playlists for anxiety.
10. Surround Yourself with Plants
Houseplants are not just to have a pretty corner in the house or to purify the air, they are anti-depressants too. You can lower your stress level just by looking at them. Research shows houseplants can reduce stress by 40 per cent which is insane. It is more of a mental thing than a physical one. Living amidst plants tricks our mind to believe we are living a slower, simpler life close to nature which instantly calms us down.
Some of the indoor plants you can consider having in your home or in your office are- Aloe Vera, Jade plant, Areca Palm, Peace Lily, Syngonium, Snake Plant etc. These are some of the houseplants that cleanse the air and detoxify the space they are in.
11. Start Eating Healthy
Eating a healthy diet does not only ensures your physical health but also your mental health. To fight the adverse effects of stress and anxiety i.e. increased heart rate and blood pressure, a nutritious diet plays a huge role. Stress negatively impacts the functioning of the brain and the signals it sends. The brain needs nutrients to work properly and those nutrients are derived only from a good diet.
Usually eating junk food creates a subliminal guilty feeling which indirectly affects your already amplified stress level. Eating homemade clean food makes you feel good about yourself as if you are taking care of your body. This sense of satisfaction helps reduce the stress level. The increased blood pressure caused by stress can also be treated with food that helps regulate the blood flow in the body.
Daily consumption of greens, leafy vegetables, fruits and nuts are helpful for health. Also, nutrients like omega-3 and vitamin E are should be kept in your diet. Fibrous food like cereals and vegetables and yoghurt also take care of the gut and psyche.
12. Take a Stroll in the Nature
There is nothing like nature therapy to de-stress or unwind. A quick stroll in the park or a hike through the jungle help reduces the stress level. This light cardio does not only work for your physical health but also helps release endorphins which makes you feel better, reduces pain and help achieve a positive attitude. It also helps in lowering the level of cortisol also known as the stress hormone.
A walk in nature allows you to breathe properly, increases the intake of pure oxygen and at the same time helps you distract your mind from your otherwise chaotic life. So, like many other stress relief activities mentioned here, it is also beneficial for both the mind and the body.
13. Aroma Therapy
Fragrances play an important role in relieving stress in our day to day life. The significance of aroma in human psychological and physical health is increasing day by day and that is the reason why there is a considerable increase in the use of essential oils in medicinal as well as in cosmetic industries. The aromatic essential oils can reduce your cortisol levels, relax your senses and help you sleep well. Here are a few of the essential oils that help you calm yourselves-
So, these were the 13 easy stress relief activities that are science-approved and need to be incorporated into your lifestyle straight away. Stress is inescapable, what we can do is to know how we can deal with it and we must make sure we are choosing the natural way to treat our stressed mind.
Don’t forget to let me know what you think about this post. How many of the above-mentioned activities do you follow. Comment with your favourite destressing methods. I’ll be back with another exciting post in a couple of days. Until then, have a great weekend ahead!
Blessed are those who did not have to go through a phase where everything seems to be falling apart, to be drifting away in front of their naked eyes, to be losing themselves but completely unable to do anything about it. Sometimes, people don’t even know what is happening with them because of very little or no awareness and they seem to fall into pieces silently inside themselves. As I am writing this, even I am finding it extremely hard to put the feelings into words. That, my friend, is Anxiety and what I have written here is probably 0.5% of what people actually have to go through in anxiety.
In 2017, I was going through anxiety and now that I am recalling the time, I know the reasons behind them. It is so essential to know what are the things that are making you anxious and face them and fight them with utmost confidence. Now, I did not need to write all these in this post because that would be completely irrelevant but whenever I am talking about my anxiety issues, I find myself obliged to let you know what I feel about it so that everyone out there feels that they are not lonely. Anyhoo, let’s continue with this post.
When I was going through anxiety, I found a few things that made me feel a little better. One of them was an introduction to Indie music. I was browsing aimlessly through YouTube and I found a video containing a playlist of aesthetic music. Being a sucker for everything aesthetic, I immediately played the video and the very first song I listened to was Sometimes by Goth Babe. That song was so soothing it left me with a sense of tranquility and contentment. Then my YT homepage was full of suggestions and recommendations of indie pops and I was consuming each one of them like crazy. I did not stop there and kept exploring lo-fi songs, reverbed songs, and whatnot. Basically, that was a time I was longing to drift away from the reality and thoughts that were weighing me down. Personally, I feel the above-mentioned types of music give you that freedom to achieve quietude. They give you a break from reality which in turn makes you feel at peace for the time being.
It’s been a year since I created a playlist on Spotify to calm down my restless days and sleepless nights. Exactly a year ago, I created my very first Spotify playlist and named it CALM. What else could be more appropriate! Today, I am going to share that with you, with people who are feeling stressed, burnt out, and/or anxious. The playlist includes songs that have a slow tempo and relaxing beats. Most of them are vintage and aesthetic that best suits my preference.
As I mentioned earlier, my very first encounter with western Indie music was with the song that is listed on top of my Spotify playlist. Then it grew long and long. I still add songs that are appropriate for the list. So, this playlist is updated regularly. If I had to choose two bands I have been enjoying listening to, that would be Goth Babe and Cigarettes After Sex. I have started liking Prateek Kuhad’s songs as well. There are still so many songs to explore and add to my favouite playlist. I hope it heals you too like it did to me.
Have you listened to any of the songs from my Spotify Playlist? Let me know your thoughts when you do!
Hi, guys! Hope you’re doing well. Today, I am going to review an all-natural and organic scrub that I’ve been enjoying using during my self-care/ weekly pamper routine for the past couple of weeks. If you know me well, you’d know that I am a sucker for natural skincare and bath and body products. So, when I got to try a few products from Deyga I was very excited. Today’s product in focus is Deyga Rose Scrub that is completely natural and chemical-free.
The importance of exfoliation is no secret. Scrubbing your skin on a regular basis to get rid of dead cells, blackheads and other impurities is like regeneration of the skin. I make sure to exfoliate my skin thrice a week. I try to keep aside a day, mostly Saturdays or Sundays for pampering my skin with exquisite skincare products. For my weekly pamper routines, I like to use products that are rich in organic ingredients, safe on the skin, and most importantly have an exotic feel in them. Deyga Rose Scrub has all of that and more. Made with 100% pure, organic, real rose petals, this scrub works wonders without harming your skin.
About Deyga Rose Scrub
Exfoliating feels exquisite with this beautiful rose scrub made with real rose petals. It melts quickly on the skin and gently refines the pores while removing the dead cells to expose cleaner, fresher skin.
Cleanses the skin
Softens the skin
Provides a healthy glow
How to Use-
Wet your skin
Scrub over face/hands/legs/underarm or elsewhere
Leave it on the skin for 60 seconds to absorb
Deya Rose Scrub is made up of all-natural ingredients like native rose, lotus petals, beetroot extract, semolina, aloe vera powder, and rice flour. While semolina and rice flour give the scrub a base and work as active physical exfoliants, beetroot happens to stop premature aging and reduces age spots and blemishes as it is rich in Vitamin C. Lotus petals and rose petals have skin-balancing properties which work best for controlling the sebum production of the skin. The fatty acids and proteins present in the lotus flower help keep the skin nourished. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose petals help fight the adverse effects of UV rays and it reduces the signs of aging.
This scrub comes in a transparent plastic tub with a black screw lid that closes tightly so there is no spillage. The packaging is travel-friendly because of its sturdiness. The minimalistic packaging has my heart.
Texture & Smell-
This is a DIY scrub. That means it comes in a powder form to which you have to add water, curd, or rose water according to your wish and need and make an even paste out of it. The powder is a little gritty to touch but is not abrasive on the skin. It has some woody rose notes to it which is very mild and lingers for a bit. For those who are allergic to strong smells, this would be a great fit for you as the fragrance is 100% natural.
My Experience with Deyga Rose Scrub-
As I mentioned earlier, I have used this scrub for more than 3 months for my weekend pamper routines and I have to say it is one of my most favourite skincare products ever that too in a budget. Its au naturel ingredients, unique formulation, and minimalistic approach instantly made me fall for it. I am always up for skincare products that are rich in natural and non-toxic ingredients and are sustainable. Each and every product from Deyga’s wide range of skin and hair care products falls under the aforementioned criteria.
Coming back to Deyga Rose Scrub, I thoroughly enjoyed using this in my everyday skincare routine. The texture of the scrub is effective to scour away any impurities, blackheads, whiteheads, and dead cells from your skin without damaging or irritating the skin layer. It also effectively enhances the skin texture. I loved the fact that it did not feel harsh on the skin. It surely is a little time-consuming and creates a mess in your bathroom but it is definitely worth it. If you are also into natural and sustainable skincare products, you should definitely give this scrub a go.
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Parents should always take the lead in teaching basic courtesies and manners to their children. This is a must in order to ensure holistic development and growth of their little ones while also making sure that children learn how to speak, behave and respond in the outside world without ruffling unnecessary feathers in a manner of speaking! A well-behaved, cultured, and well-groomed child will always be a positive reflection on his/her parents, indicating the knowledge and grooming that he/she has received at home. At the same time, it is important to encourage children to develop a well-rounded personality and perspective. Encourage kids to make new friends and pick up social skills. They will find more friends through participation in fun activities for kids online. Yellow Class is the best place for these fun activities onlinewhere they can learn new skills, make new friends, and find an outlet for creative and imaginative expression.
Parents should start young with their children in order to help them develop manners for a lifetime. Training can start as soon as the child starts talking and can assume more intensity with progress in age and more interaction and exposure to the outside world. Etiquette can be taught early on to children. Teach them to say thank you and please whenever they get something or ask for something respectively. When the child sits at the dining table for meals, then you can start by teaching him/her dining etiquette and manners. Children should be encouraged to go for family meals so that they understand how to behave from an early age. Teach children to be respectful and understanding at all times while being kind and patient with people as well.
Here are some basic commandments-
Etiquette or manners are always meant to show kindness or respect to others.
Thank you, excuse me and please are must-haves in the etiquette dictionary.
It is important to learn how to hold cutlery properly.
Children should learn how to wipe their mouths properly with the help of a napkin.
They should also learn to chew with their mouth closed.
They should be able to introduce themselves respectfully to others and also introduce other people including their family members.
They should learn how to invite people to something.
They should learn to be aware of positive body language and showing the same.
They should not interrupt adults while they are speaking to others.
They should learn that it is bad manners to comment on anybody’s appearance.
Learning how to pay compliments is also essential.
Writing thank you letters is a good practice that parents may encourage.
Children should learn the most important etiquette rule of all helping people who are in need.
They should not call adults by their first names unless instructed by the adult in question.
They should knock on doors before opening the same.
They should politely answer phone calls.
They should always make eye contact when speaking to someone else.
They should refrain from staring or pointing in any scenario.
They should cover their mouth while coughing or sneezing.
These are some basics that children would do well to absorb and follow.