Anxiety and why we need to talk about it?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. It’s just a personal opinion and my effort to shed light on a topic which needs to be discussed.

Anxiety and Depression discussion in India is an understatement. We don’t discuss it like we do other diseases, especially the older generation. In India, mental health is a taboo. If you say, I have health issues that deals with brain and mind, or I am under depression or I am seeing a Psychiatrist, we are immediately labelled as ‘Pagal’ (Mad). Thus, we choose to ignore discussing such topics, or even worse, we ignore to go to a consultant as well, or simply just hide it. However, ignorance is not always bliss.

A recent report by WHO says India is one of the most affected countries in the world. The report conducted for NCMH (National Care of Medical Health) states that atleast 6.5% of the Indian population suffers from mental health disorder. Majority of the patients are young teenagers.

The stigma of having an anxiety disorder is real and it needs to stop.

Anxiety if not handled at the correct hour can lead you to depression, bipolar disorder, multiple personalities and many grievous problems.

So what exactly happens in Anxiety and how to know that you are suffering from it?

Let me start with an example:

I have always been an over thinker and an emotional person. I take things a little too seriously and close to my heart. I could imagine never how overthinking could kill me slowly. I first experienced a pain on my left chest while crying in 2013. I ignored it, thinking that it must be gas.because I had not eaten. It then happened again after two-three months, when I was sad. It then started frequently, if I am sad I would experience that pain. It was until 2017, the pain started to extend from my chest to the left hand. By 2018 early, it was unbearable. I had to stop crying so as to reduce the intensity of pain and finally the time came. I experienced my first Panic Attack in July 2018. It was my worst experience ever. I was breathless, my BP went high, I felt I had a cardiac arrest (and trust me when I say this), my heartbeat increased, and I almost fainted. It was bad. I felt so a weak from Inside for the next two days. Everyone around me was scared, they thought my heart was unhealthy. I undergo multiple checkups and found my heart completely fine. On discussing the symptoms, the doctors recommended me to consult a Psychiatrist.

I normally would complain about multiple health issues like diarrhoea, muscle twitches, zero bladder control, getting tired easily, high BP, increased heart rate, becoming anti-social, left chest and hand ache, excessive sweating, fearfulness, poor concentration, excessive worrying and a few more. They were all so normal that I never thought it was all happening because of this. I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Doctors were not happy to see how I had managed to ignore all of this for so long. I was asked to take rest and zero stress. I was recommended a tons of medicine. I was in shock and upset. I took a few decisions. I left my job, joined a gym and focused only on myself. I wanted to avoid taking medicines. I changed my eating habit and normal routine. I got multiple sessions in between and eventually have improved a lot.

Now I know how to handle stress and such situations.

If you come around me, I am so vocal and talkative, but I would never discuss how affected I was or am always. Now, I do. I share it with my people and it has helped me for good. My parents would still deny that I suffered from something like this.

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So all my dear readers, please don’t ignore even a tiniest such signal and get checked up at the drop of a hat. Sought help with your friends and family. Don’t Hestiate!

Talk about it and spread awareness. Lately, we have seen a few initiatives around, for example, the LIVE LOVE LAUGH foundation by Deepika Padukone. They are prompt and helpful. I have contacted them whenever needed, and they would listen to all I have to say. India and other countries are still battling with this social stigma. We need to encourage people around us to speak and share. It’s time to get out of the closet and TALK.

Tips I would give from my experience:

  1. Always keep a check on your daily habits. It will help you trace the trigger.
  2. Workout/Run/Yoga. Take care of your health and try to eat clean. Do at least 3-5 times a week.
  3. Avoid foods that spur anxiety. For example Coffee, Alcohol, and Sugar for starters. The list is long.
  4. Avoid things that trigger you for example dark and sad movies or web series. It does wonders.
  5. Try not to be alone. Stay around people.

These are a few changes I had brought in me and have seen the changes. It’s Positive.

Thanks to all of you, who have made it till here. People wondering were was I for all these months, well now you know! All questions answered.

If you wish to talk to me and share your story or fears you can always mail me at shso94929@gmail.com or talk to me over the phone. I would surely help you reach the right place.

Love Love!

See you guys soon!

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Indigo Tales

“Indigo Tales” shows how the colours of the sky, the lake, and the soul are all amalgamated into a single colour. A passe-partout colour, capable of overcoming and encompassing any other shade.

Blue is the world’s most popular colour, has always had something to offer everyone with its full spectrum of shades. But indigo is not a generic blue: it brings with it the radicality of white and black, plunging a deeper blue.

Colour brings movement and fashion cannot be static. Hence, the obvious union of fashion and indigo had to happen. The colours blue and indigo work very well in fashion, be it dresses, kurtas, tops in formal or casual wear, Footwear or Handbags. Indigo is everywhere.

To me, the colour reflects great impartiality, freedom, wisdom and vogue. Here’s my take on Indigo.

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Take Care! Love Love!

Best Gifts For Him (Part 2)

Hey Guys, hello and welcome back to the part 2 of Best Gifts For Him and Her. If you are here for the first time, then my name is Sonali and this blog is a series.  Have a look at this blog too: Best Tech Gifts For Her!!

Also, I know I was away for quite a long time, I had reasons, but no more!

Getting back to the blog, Men needs ALOT of pampering! Be it our friends, partner, daddy, brother or any other guy, they love us and so do we! It’s time now we gift them something they would drool over *_*

Many men around us are tech-savvy guys but it’s time they get gifts with a twist. So let’s get started with the list:

  • The Gamer Guy: Gift him his favorite gaming and entertainment accessory. He would go GaGa. Buy Sony PS4 Pro in the color white here!

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  • The Dog Lover: If he is the one who loves his dog more than anyone else, then you gotta make sure to keep pampering the dog too. Get your hands on this comfortable dog sofa here!

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  • The Fitness Freak: If he is the one who hits the gym every day religiously, then this super road bike is something that will make him go weak on his knees. Buy it here!

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  • The Fashion Fanatic: If he spends more than 30 minutes in front of the mirror for setting his hair and Creach lines, then this perfect dapper suit is the one gift, you should definitely add to your cart and buy for him. Get it here!

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  • The Mountain Monk: If mountains are his second home and all he does is camping and trekking, then how loved would he feel, if you gift him this camouflage trekking backpack.

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  • The Book Worm: This is so amazing. A man who reads is a man who understands women better. Gift him a set of novels, in which he can dwell in for months. My choices are Lord Of the Rings Set and Game Of Thrones Set.

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Apart from the above list, there are so many other options. If he loves watching cricket, then IPL semi-finals & finals are around the corner, Theatre Plays, Music Rock Concerts, Stand-Up Comedy Shows and So much more is happening in your city. Head to BookMyShow now and get the tickets for you two, your family and friends. Surprise him the way you want.

That’s all for this one, see you all very soon! Until then Take Care!

Love Love ❤

A letter to my mother!

Dear Mummy,

I don’t remember the last time you didn’t panic when I told you I am not feeling well. If you were not around me, I couldn’t have completed my school ever. Your “Uthhh jaaaaa….School Nahi Jana??” (“Get Up, Don’t you have school to attend?), is still registered in my mind. The daily drill that started with switching off the fan and ended at “Beta, Tiffin kha lena..” (“Dear, eat the food for sure”) I know we fight a lot, we have our disagreements, but where did I learn all this? Who was my teacher? You are the strongest my mom; you always taught me to take my stand, do what is correct, and never be off guard. You taught me how to speak, walk, eat and all the essential etiquettes. You have no idea how much I love ditching the chopsticks and eating noodles with the fork when I am with you.
When I bruised my knees while playing, you got my first aid done, gave me medicines and injections and a few days later, beat me up over the same. Reason: I should have been careful. Why so innocent Ma? You have in the past, cooked all my favourite foods, and taught me to do the same. Today, I proudly cook your recipes and my friends go wow on tasting them!!

From the first day to my school till today, It’s tough for me to leave you every time. I don’t tell you often, but I miss you too much. Anyone cannot fill your absence. Mum, it’s always fun to sit with you and talk nonsense, while you give that heavenly champi to me. I love it when you gossip about the other aunties. Our hourly phone calls, discussing your fav characters from serials, is unbeatable. I love it when you call me to ask your Whatsapp, Facebook and Instagram issues. I love it how you go cray-cray for burgers, pizzas, french fries and all that junk.

Our fights have many times started over a pizza slice, have continued to me asking you to change your thinking and ended at you throwing one of the household stuff on my face. Gosh, I love God for giving me, you!

Mummy, you are the best, you are the chef, the babysitter, family caretaker, finance manager, counsellor, teacher, advisor. You are cute, tough, lovable, naïve yet experienced. You are the Champion, the Pillar. You have kept us all together. Today, what we are, who we are, we owe it to you, I owe it to you.

Every day can be a mother’s day, but this day is just a little extra special.

In no words, I can define my infinite love and respect for you.

Love You!

Best Tech Gifts For Her (Part 1)

Heyyy Guys, how are you all?? Fine, No? Good, No? Super Awesome, Yeah? Great!! So Today’s blog is all about what tech gifts should be in your IT-List for your Beau, BFF, Partner, Mother, or any other female you would want to pamper. Also, there are two parts to this blog. This is part 1, the other part is ‘For Him’, but boys ladies first, right!

So I have compiled my top 10 tech choices in the list below. They are all in vogue, chicest gifts and in your budget. The list is a mix of the trendiest and latest updates of the tech market, perfect for all the occasions. I have attached the link to all the products so that you can add them to your cart and gift wrap it immediately. So let’s get started with it.

1. Amazon Fire TV Stick: Connect this to your TV and binge watch all your favourite Hollywood, Bollywood, and Regional Movies. Listen to songs, watch web series and so much more. Now enjoy the world of online entertainment here.

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2. Amazon Echo Dot: Fill your room with immersive audio and groove on your favourite beats. Control with your voice and enjoy your day here.

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3. Apple Watch: Could there be a more smart gift? Who would not love the latest Apple Watch Series 3!! Swoop your lady off her feet with this surprise. Buy it here.

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4. Fitbit: A perfect gift for your fitness freak women. This season make sure that she stays healthy and fit with this smart wearable. Buy it here.

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5. Power Bank: For your mobile buff, who just cannot stop using her phone. The perfect gift is here.

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6. Action Camera: This one is to create and retain the travel or daily memories for your gadget freak girl. The GoPro Action Camera is your best shot in the Market. Buy it here.

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7. Wireless Bluetooth headphones: Let her travel in style with comfort. This pair of Sennheiser headphones offers you exceptional sound for everyday music listening on mobile devices. Buy it here.

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8. HP Sprocket Photo Printer: The cutest and handiest of all. This pretty tech gift is gonna make her smile ear to ear. They come in different colors and will fit in her bag. Buy this compact printer here.

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9. Polaroid camera: Shoot and Obtain. These peppy polaroid cameras come in candy colors and are super awesome. All you need to do is adjust, click and print. get instant photos for your walls here.

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10. Phone Covers: Yes, you can gift her this too. There are so many stylish, chich, quirky designs out there. All you got to do is order them right away 🙂

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Gift her a special gift on an occasion or just make her simple day special with these extraordinary gestures.

Image Courtesy- Amazon India and Google Images

That’s all for today guys, hope you liked it.

You can read my previous blog here.

Also, follow me on Instagram @thecrazywomansays

Tadaaa until we meet next!!! Love Love!! :*

Delhi Food Trail at Chandni Chowk – Chapter 1

Hello Guys… Goodmorning 😘
Recently I went to the famous ‘Chandni Chowk’ of Delhi.

The scrumptious smell, when you pass through the ‘Paranthey Wali Gali’ is as inviting as the ‘Jalebi Wala’ on the corner road.

This affordable market is famous for buying dresses, pieces of jewellery, bags and household stuff.

As you exit from the metro station to the hustled narrow roads, you spot Hanuman Mandir parallel to which is ‘Natraj Bhalley Wala’. I am not a Bhalla fan but they taste yummy. The ‘Thandi Dahi’ in scorching heat soothes your mind.

It’s a place where you find street food stalls after every ten steps. If you are not a street food fan, you can enjoy the same food at ‘Haldirams’, which is opposite to the ‘Gurudwara Sis Ganj’.

Do not forget to treat yourself to the national drink of India ‘Lassi’ and state drink of Delhi – ‘Banta’. 🙂

If your taste bud needs a hint of something spicy, saucy, Chatpata and full of flavours. You need to binge on ‘Aloo Chaat’.

Moving on I want to keep this blog as my first photo blog, so without further ado let’s have a look at all the food items I had there:

That’s all from ‘The Chandni Chowk Market!’

Comment down your thoughts below 👇

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See you soon until then take care!!

You can also find links to my previous posts below.

The Touch Of Your Love – A Short Poem

I wake up, my eyes flickering,
sunlight gleaming, on to my face,
I twinkle, my face crease,
I turn and wrap my self under that satin sheet,
I slide in my hands on to my body,
running continuously from my waist to the breasts,
it’s the touch of your love that I feel,
my lips twitch, and eyes flutter,
a cold wind flicked my bare shoulders, as my body shivers,
It’s the touch of your love that gives me the chills.
I look outside the window, sunkissed, I soak in the heat,
my hair in a tangled mess, and the heart skipping its beat.
My stomach tickles by the idea of you, it’s been so long,
but still anew.
It’s the touch of your love that I feel myself.
As I caress my body and fondle my soul,
it’s the touch of your love that I believe in love!

-sonali

 

Sketch By Me, Written By Me.

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Dear Woman – Never Stop

Happy Women’s Day All You Ladies out there! This women’s day I am here to share a message with all of you. The message is to NEVER STOP.

  • Never Stop moving forward.
  • Never Stop because someone else wants you to.
  • Never Stop loving yourself.
  • Never Stop they think you can’t.
  • Never Stop taking your own stand.
  • Never Stop embracing yourself for who you are.
  • Never Stop being the best version of you.
  • Never Stop because you don’t see a solution.

Always Stay Healthy and Fit, Eat Fine and Laugh like there is no Tomorrow.

Do what makes you feel YOU, Just Breathe.

A while ago I created four posts thread on my Instagram wall called #NeverStop Series.

  1. Don’t Let Anyone Ever Dull Your Sparkle. (1/5)

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2. Love Your Body and Teach Your Mind to Respect it. Stay Comfortable in Your Own Skin. (2/5)

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3. I am who I am. Not who you think I am. Not who you want me to be. I am me. (3/5)

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4. “I am under no obligation to make sense to you. Always stay fierce!” (4/5)

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5. To the divine mischievous spark in you.. (5/5)

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Happy Women’s Day!! Cheers to all the beautiful ladies!! Love Love!

Hair and Makeup Artist – Self and Photography – Self

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My Goa Trip with my Parents

“Get the beer bottles and your bucket list. For god’s sake, it’s Goa.” Stop, right there! Yes, you heard me right. The above sentence is something you hear from people when the adrenaline rush is on some other level.

Unlike everyone else, my Goa trip started something like this- ” Peripauna Papaji, Peripauna Mummyji! Kaise ho? Kuch doodh tey lassi laun?” 😂

Yes, I went for a Goa trip, and Yes, I went with my parents. So let’s get this straight, in this blog you ain’t getting any beer rates and port wine details. But I got some awesome clicks 🙂 (scroll below to see)

Our Goa trip was 3 Days 4 Nights long. And it was good.
Coming to the point, let me help you go through the deets one by one.

What to do (If you are on a budget) –

1. Hire Scooty or Bikes, Avoid Taxis and Auto.
2. Stay at homestays or at the beach,😂 Avoid Hotels.
3. Eat at local restaurants and eatery joints, Avoid Eating at beach shacks.
4. Don’t go shopping for ‘The Goa Clothes’, You will get plenty of shops nearby beaches, they are affordable and cheap.

Well, if you are not on a budget, consider the avoid part. 😃

What I Observed –

1. People are kind and genuine. Helpful and Cute.
2. No theft! Leave your stuff at point A and come back an hour or later, only to see your stuff still lying at point A.
3. Except for the shack, food joints are cheap in price.
4. Variety of Fish Dishes.
5. Reasonable Beer Prices.
6. Lots of Tattoo Parlour at nominal rates.
7. Tittoo’s Lane is a must go after Evening. It’s beautiful. You will find many cafes, Jewellery Shops (having the fantastic collection) and Dream Catcher Shops.
8. It’s hot in the noon, so prefer going out after 3 in the noon and stay up late.
9. Beaches are clean.

There are many beaches where you can go to Calangute, Arambol, Baga, Vagator and more. We visited all the beaches. I loved Arambol and Vagator as they were less crowded. Calangute and Baga were crowded, but it was fun there too.

I cannot take the opportunity to write in detail because we just visited all the beaches rather than sitting in one place.

We also visited two forts, you must visit them for some top and serene view of the infinity beaches. Good location for Photography!

We hired a taxi who charged us INR 2100/- from morning 7AM to Evening 7 PM, and INR 200/- per hour afterwards.

If you are planning to go and enjoy on Cruise, I suggest you Deltin Royale Cruise. Rest all are wastage of time and money.

I don’t have my budget list because I was not spending. :p

Here are some of the images from my Haridwar Trip, Oops I mean Goa Trip:

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That’s all for today guys! Hope to see you all soon! Love Love!

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Breakfast for 7 Days – What I have

Hello and GoodMorning to all of you!! If you are a kind of person who cannot eat the same food everyday then high five because that’s me.

Every Morning I wake up with a constant thought – What will I eat Today. What shall I cook today.

If you are wondering how much time it takes me to prepare this meal? Well, it depends on how much time I have on that particular day. There are days I have plentyp of time and days when I am on a time crunch.

So let’s get you going through my 7 days Breakfast Menu without much talking –

1. Days When You Don’t Want to Cook – Have outside 😃 –

2. Bread Omelette/Poached Eggs To the Rescue –

3. Days you want to eat tasty food and within two minutes 😍

4. Days you want to eat healthy –

5. Days when you have a lot of time 😍 Cook Yummy Food 😋

6. Days you want to take in some oil –

7. Days you want to have simple food-

So that’s it for this one! I hope you have these too. Comment down below and let me know what do you prefer??

See you soon!!

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