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 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.

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

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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What I Wore – Convocation 2018

Hey, there all you lovelies!! Welcome to my page. This blog is about a day in my life, and it’s a short one. But before I start, thank you all of you for showering me with appreciations and love for my last blog – Road Trip To Munnar.

Last weekend I was in Jaipur – The ‘Gulabi’ City. Why was I there – For My Convocation. It was a fun-filled, less sleep three day trip to Jaipur with friends who are family. It’s not a travel blog because I went there just to chill. (more…)

18 Things To Do In 2018 <3

18 Things To Do In 2018

Hello All of You!! We are in the last week of the year. It’s time we promise to our self a lot of things. But I have curated a list of 18 things or maybe just habit changes, which you can teach yourself. These changes are so basic that one must do it. No matter it’s what time and date. Some of you might be doing these points already, but here is my take on this: (more…)

D = Desi Tadka

Hello and Welcome Back to my Blog. 🙂

I am back after a short break with yet another definition. Today’s topic is my favourite. Because it is ‘D = Desi Tadka.’ I have a strange obsession with anything Indian or ‘Desi’( I Prefer the Term Desi Anyday). Be it a Saree, Kurta, Lehnga, Jooti, Jhumka, the list goes on, there’s no chance I can get enough of any of them. In fact, I would love to create a whole new series just on Indian Wear.

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Sleepy Sundays!!

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That is me every Sunday [+ every night].

Good Morning All of You!! How are you? I am fine, Thank You!

As Today’s heading says, Sundays are sleepy, lazy, happy and a day I prefer sleeping slightly extra. Normally I wake up at 7, but today it is 7:15 or maybe 7:18. Yes, that is pretty much my extra. 😀

Every Sunday I fall in love with myself all over again. ❤ Well, if you dedicate your 24 Hours with me, you will know why this happens.

**Self-Hug Moment**

I switch off my phone(mostly), never plan an outing (except sometimes), stay creative, watch splitsvilla, fear factor and all that I missed of the week (go ahead judge me :D, but I do watch them).

Sunday and I have an agreement: I do not take a shower on Sundays, in return, Sunday will still own me like a Baby! So no shower, no face wash, no makeup, nothing. Just me and my pet clothes. 🙂

I try reading the newspaper, but that never happens :/ [I am a big time not at all updated with current affairs kinda person]

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Hello, World!!!!! That pimple though :/

I love early mornings!! I love the sun rays, fresh breeze, caressing my skin and getting sunkissed ❤

DSC00523 I am in a committed relationship with soups 😍 I love them, anytime and anywhere! 

My best combination is soup in a coffee mug 🤗

Stay light and be playful. I do household chores, I cook, I clean and I spend, some time with myself 😊

With this I would end this one-week blog posts marathon!!

Self-love is very important ❤️ love everyone but first love yourself, and see the wonders happening around.

Love you all, stay happy and simple!!

If you like this thought, tell read, write and share your thoughts 😋

Images by Himani Yadav 

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Goodbye, see you soon!!

Slay ON Saturdays!!

“Nimboo Pani. Can I have a litre of Nimboo Paani, please?” I muttered to my sister, who is yet asleep. Thirsty as hell, I got up, walked up to the kitchen and squashed a half lemon into my mouth. My head was spinning so bad. Argh, why did I got drunk last night yarr?

Well, That my friend is a hangover.

I walked up to my room, got hold of my phone and what?

It is two in the noon already 😱 What the hell! Shit Shit.. 4 missed calls from home :/ I am so dead. I am never drinking again, never [A promise I do to myself every week :D].

I had plans, have to go out and look at me :/ I am a mess.

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Okay, I cannot ditch my friends, so let’s do this. I will go.

I kicked my sister, asked her to get me some food, while I rushed towards the washroom [That pee thing :D]

I took a cold shower, helped me unwithered my brain cells, and my eyes wide. Now I woke up; earlier I was just a zombie, walking around.  

It is my girl’s gang day out, and I want to dress like Saturdays, like a rough tough and a bold day [well, that’s how I perceive today as].

A chunky hairstyle, with ‘tak-tak’ shoes,  a dark lip color and a lil bit of show, here and there. And obviously a choker. This is totally my thing. I call this my Slay ON Saturday Look.

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Sorry for the very short article, as I was super late.So what are you doing? Head out and party.. Get weekend vibes!

Coming Up Next: Sleepy Sundays!

Images by Abhishek Gupta[@imagesutra]

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Classic Fridays!

7:00 AM: Alarm Clock Buzz. I wake up. My eyes half closed half open. I get out of bed. Rush into my washroom and hah..pressure released. 🙂

7:15 AM: Brushing my teeth like a robot. Simultaneously checking my phone. Wow. I have received 34 messages from 6 chats [People Love me, Man] ❤

7:30 AM: I am done with all my bodily chores. Let’s cook something. Breakfast Preparation Mode on.

8:00 AM: Breakfast Done. Head on to take a shower? Nah, I  grab my Lappy and get the work done. B)

So Hello and Good Morning All of You, My name is Sonali, and here I am to steal your 10 mins!

Fridays are Classic. Why? Because we yearn for them..every day. So we have all our plans ready, and it is tough to go to office or college. College is still better; you can stroll around, sit anywhere and do nothing. However, offices, you cannot.

So Today I will give you some tips on how to enjoy in office, still be at work. So pull up your socks and get started. I will go by the typical 9-to-5 hour; then you guys can adjust it accordingly!

9:00 AM: You do not reach today at 9, You are late, just be late, One day late is normal, Anyone can be late. 😀

10:30 AM: You have reached, act a little disheveled like you have suffered a miserable traffic and something terrible has happened. Maintain an ‘I am sick’ 😦 kind of face today. Get in, reach your desk, just keep settling your bags and laptops and charger and so much more…

Note: Do not forget to wear a watch, you need it to execute the plan!

11:00 AM: Head on to the pantry for some tea/coffee as you are not well. TP around, sit and sip in as slow as you can, do talking or anything else. Then start with your breakfast. Woohoo, it is 12:00 Already!! 🙂

 [Your mission is to do nothing, so if you thought doing nothing will not take much effort, you were wrong.]

12:00 PM: Get back on your desk, open your laptop. Keep your phone aside. Now, in one tab open your WhatsApp web, in another open something related to work. Turn up the radio volume, and you are set! Chat,  Listen and just pretend that you might faint anytime. 😀

13:00 PM: **Lunch Time** [Don’t eat, just act]

14:00 PM: **Lunch Time** [If you do the above one correctly, only then you will reach here!]

15:00 PM: Back to desk, open new tab, search anything you want to over the internet! Go to some shopping site, evening plans, or if you wish to do some work you can [But remember that is against the oath you took this morning!]

16:00 PM: **Tea Break**

17:00 PM: You announce, “Oh! Look it is five already, I have to go, I am not well. See you all on Monday Guys.”

Cab Booked: Pickup – Office and Drop – XYZ Pub. Your taxi is arriving. 😀

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Yes, this is how happy I am when getting out of office 😀

So that is it! You can seriously apply the above tips once if you have not yet. They do work, I have done it myself, and it is fun.

So, when you are planning all this, you need to dress accordingly. So I have paired up this look for myself, where you can replace the shorts, with a skirt, jeans or pants, because a shirt paired up with any of these is a classic combination! When heading to your party, roll up your shirt, get in the jazz mood and be ready to slay.

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Happy Weekend to all of you!! Show Some Love!! 

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Images by: Abhishek Gupta [@imagesutra]

My Partner in Crime for such plans: Satvik Sinha[@spiffyhipster]

Coming up Next is: Slay ON Saturdays!!

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GoodBye!! Take Care!