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I was extremely bored and tired last,  so I decided to catch up a movie. After browsing through a few channels, I finally got hooked to one (I do not want to name the movie). After a while I was so involved in it, I felt  even more tired,sad, angry,upset and finally broke down to tears. Oh! I just couldn’t sleep. Why did I punish myself for something that was just fiction, I wondered. Emotions such as fear, anger and frustration are energies that we potentially tend to catch from people without even realizing it. We tend to become an emotional sponge, which reflects in our mood throughout the day. I don’t know whether this was something I naturally had in me, or my mother’s death triggered my emotional side, but I do admit being extremely emotional can be very distressing at times. It does affect my relationships with people, my work and also creates a lot of self-esteem issues. Negative energies can originate from various sources, some from others and some from our own unresolved issues. What your feeling may not be your own, but a result of an emotion you just caught up from a friend. Do you absorb other people’s emotions too? How do you deal with it?

 

Dr. Judith Orloff, tells everyone who’s ever been labeled as “overly sensitive” how to keep your energy high, even in negative or frustrating situations.

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An article I liked..

When you face a difficult task, it can sometimes feel like you’re trying to move a mountain.The longer you stare up at the mountain, the more overwhelming your task seems. In this situation, it’s very easy to start procrastinating by finding other things to do.

Procrastination is one of the major obstacles that you need to overcome in order to make your dreams a reality.

The secret to overcoming procrastination is to stop looking up at the mountain and start looking down at your wheel barrow.

Let me explain…

When you look at a complex task in its entirety, it is very easy to become paralyzed by the sheer amount of work that you need to do. Your mind starts telling you that ‘it’s impossible’ and you spiral downward into a sea of negativity.

Mountain1

Mountain1

The way to overcome this paralysis is to change your focus and stop thinking about the overall task you need to complete. Instead, just concentrate on something you know you can achieve.

Mountain2

Mountain2

Let’s look at an example to see how this works in the real world.

Peter is facing the ‘mountain’ of writing a PhD thesis. When he thinks about writing a 500 page document, it just seems too overwhelming and so day-after-day he procrastinates and avoids getting started.

Each morning, Peter asks himself, “Can I write a 500 page document?” and his internal answer is “NO WAY!” so he procrastinates and looks around for other things to do – He takes his kids to school, goes to the gym, does the shopping. Anything to avoid the mountain that is sitting in his study.

Finally, Peter realises that the best way to overcome procrastination is to stop looking up at the mountain and start looking down at his wheelbarrow.

Instead of asking himself, “Can I write a 500 page document?” he begins his day by asking, “Can I work on my PhD without being distracted for 1 hour?” – his internal answer to this question is “Yes – I can easily do 1 hour”

Peter blocks out all distractions and works on his PhD for 1 hour. At the end of the hour he feels like he has made a small amount of progress. He asks himself again, “Can I work on my PhD without being distracted for 1 hour?” – Since he has already done this, he knows the answer is ‘Yes’ so he does it again.

By the end of the day, Peter has completed four hours of effective work on his PhD. He is tempted to look up at the mountain but he knows it is much better if he just focuses on moving his wheelbarrow one hour at a time.

After a month of following this routine, Peter takes a look at his mountain and sees that his 1 hour blocks of action have made a dramatic impact. This gives him even more confidence and momentum to keep moving forward.

Step-by-step, one hour at a time, Peter moves his mountain.

If you are currently trying to move a mountain in your life, here are the steps you need to take in order to overcome procrastination and get the job done!

This Weeks Action Steps

(1) Stop thinking about the overall task you need to complete.

(2) Instead, focus on a small component of the task that you know you can achieve.

(3) Ask yourself, “Can I work on this task without being distracted for 1 hour?”

(4) Forget about everything else other than working hard for 1 hour.

(5) At the end of the hour, ask yourself the same question again.

(6) Move your mountain one hour at a time.

(7) Enjoy the amazing sense of achievement that comes from completing a difficult task.

Until next time,

Dare to dream!

P.S: This article isn’t written by me. To whosoever it belongs, thanks a lot.

After 4 years, I finally got the opportunity to visit Kerala again.. Since it was a complete family trip this time, it was extremely enjoyable. Since we had time to visit only a few places, here are some pics of places..

Kanayi Fields
Kanayi Fields

Athirapally Waterfalls
Athirapally Waterfalls
Athirapally Waterfall-Close Up
Athirapally Waterfall-Close Up
Vayanad Waterfall
Vayanad Waterfall
Mayor's Palace
Mayor’s Palace
Malampuzha-Sky Cycle(View from top)
Malampuzha-Sky Cycle(View from top)
Malampuzha Park
Malampuzha Park
Malampuzha Aquarium
Malampuzha Aquarium

Happy Holi

Holi was pretty good this year, though I missed a lot of my old friends. After a good 3 hours of throwing colors and water at my friends and a few strangers and dancing to some great music, I got to have Thandai(a mixture of Milk,Sugar,Dry fruits and Saffron) this year. This was the first time I had tasted it and surprisingly, I loved it considering I just cant stand Milk.  On the whole, its always  great to have some fun with friends and family. 🙂

Holi 2011

Holi 2011

Some home remedies to nourish your hair.

Gooseberry(AMLA) is the best cure for hair fall and grey hair. Give your scalp a regular gooseberry paste massage to reverse the process of greying.

  1. Soak 10 to 12 dried gooseberries in half a cup of water overnight and strain it the next day. Use this as a hair conditioner after your head bath. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse your hair with clean, warm water. This will make your hair smooth and shiny and also prevent premature greying.
  2. A 15-minute, coconut oil and lemon massage is known to work wonders.
  3. Soak about 10 to 12 rithas and three to four shikakai pods overnight in a pint of water. Boil for a few minutes the next day and strain. Use this liquid as a normal shampoo on your hair.
  4. Apply a frothy mixture of castor oil and lemon juice evenly over your scalp and bathe after an hour with the shikakai and ritha shampoo mentioned above to reduce grey hair.
  5. Take one cup of strong black tea mixed with a tablespoon of salt. Strain the tea once it’s cool and massage on the
    roots of your hair. Leave it on for an hour and then rinse with cold
    water. Do not shampoo your hair after this.

Vaginal discharge is absolutely normal. But in cases where you have an infection, the colour, smell and quantity of the discharge will vary and may even cause you some embarrassment. Here are some signs you need to watch out for.Vaginal discharge begins a year or two after puberty and ends only after menopause. It is a mixture of secretions produced by small glands in the lining of the vagina. It constitutes normal bacteria and fluids. Before you ovulate, excessive mucous is produced; so there is maximum vaginal discharge during this time period.

Spot It Right

The colour and type of discharge will help you to detect if you have an infection.

  • At the beginning and end of your menstrual cycle you are likely to see a white discharge. If this is not accompanied with a foul odour or itch,
    it is normal; else it could be a yeast infection.
  • A yellow or green discharge indicates an infection. This sort of discharge usually appears crumb-like and gives out a foul smell.
  • A brown discharge is common just after your periods. This is just your body’s way of cleaning the vagina and removing the excessive fluids.
  • A clear mucous (fertile mucous) indicates that you are ovulating.
  • If you experience spotting or a dark brown discharge at the time of your usual period and you don’t get your period in the next two days, then
    you could be suffering from some sort of vaginal infection.
Could You be Pregnant?
Spotting could also be a sign of pregnancy. During pregnancy, your body produces excessive progesterone i.e. a hormone released during pregnancy. This particular discharge consists of secretions from the cervix and vagina, old cells from the
walls of the vagina and normal bacteria.

Red Flags!

The most common  vaginal infection is vaginal yeast infection. You could also have a bacterial infection, mixed infection (yeast and bacteria) or a sexually transmitted infection. Besides vaginal discharge, you may also experience;

  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Discomfort
  • Rashes or sores
  • Foul order
A terribly foul smelling, dark yellow discharge that constitutes large amounts of puss could be indicative of cervical cancer. Immediate treatment is essential. If you think that you have a vaginal infection, consult your doctor immediately. There is nothing to be embarrassed about; the sooner you treat it, the better.Meanwhile, maintain a regular vaginal hygiene routine in order to keep yourself free of infection.

 

Courtesy: Team Indiwo with inputs from Dr. Anita Soni, Gynaecologist, Hiranandani Hospital

The most effective way to detect breast cancer is by mammography, and a clinical breast exam can complement
mammography screening. But medical organizations don’t all agree on the recommendation for breast self-exams, which is an option starting in their 20s. Doctors should discuss the benefits and limitations of breast self-exam with
their patients.

What Is a Breast Self-Exam?

The breast self-exam is a way that you can check your breasts for changes (such as lumps or thickenings). It
includes looking at and feeling your breast. Any unusual changes should be
reported to your doctor. When breast cancer is detected in its early stages,
your chances for surviving the disease are greatly improved.

How Do I Perform a Breast Self-Exam?

If you choose to do self-breast exam, follow the steps described below.

In the mirror:

  1. Stand undressed from the waist up in front of a large mirror in a well-lit room. Look at your breasts. Don’t be alarmed if they do not look equal in size or shape. Most women’s breasts aren’t. With your arms relaxed by your sides,
    look for any changes in size, shape, or position, or any changes to the skin of
    the breasts. Look for any skin puckering, dimpling, sores, or discoloration.
    Inspect your nipples and look for any sores, peeling, or change in the
    direction of the nipples.
  2. Next, place your hands on your hips and press down firmly to tighten the chest muscles beneath your breasts. Turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer part of your breasts.
  3. Then bend forward toward the mirror. Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles. Your breasts will fall forward. Look for any changes in the shape or contour of your breasts.
  4. Now, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. Again, turn from side to side to inspect your breasts’ outer portions. Remember to inspect the border underneath your breasts. You may need to lift your breasts
    with your hand to see this area.
  5. Check your nipples for discharge (fluid). Place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue surrounding the nipple and pull outward toward the end of the nipple. Look for any discharge. Repeat on your other breast.

    In the shower:

  6. Now, it’s time to feel for changes in the breast. It is helpful to have your hands slippery with soap and water. Check for any lumps or thickening in your underarm area. Place your left hand on your hip and reach with your right
    hand to feel in the left armpit. Repeat on the other side.
  7. Check both sides for lumps or thickenings above and below your collarbone.
  8. With hands soapy, raise one arm behind your head to spread out the breast tissue. Use the flat part of your fingers from the other hand to press gently into the breast. Follow an up-and-down pattern along the breast, moving from
    bra line to collarbone. Continue the pattern until you have covered the entire
    breast. Repeat on the other side.

    Lying down:

  9. Next, lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Put your right hand behind your head. Place your left hand on the upper portion of your right breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion
    may help to make this part of the exam easier.
  10. Think of your breast as a face on a clock. Start at 12 o’clock and move toward 1 o’clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle until you reach 12 o’clock again. Keep your fingers flat and in constant
    contact with your breast. When the circle is complete, move in one inch toward
    the nipple and complete another circle around the clock. Continue in this
    pattern until you’ve felt the entire breast. Make sure to feel the upper outer
    areas that extend into your armpit.
  11. Place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath the nipple for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.
  12. Repeat steps 9, 10, and 11 on your other breast.

Almost half occur in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, towards the armpit. Some physicians refer to this region as the “tail” of the breast and encourage women to examine it closely.

What Should I Do If I Find a Lump?

See your health care provider if you discover any new breast changes. Conditions that should be checked
by a doctor include:

  • An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.
  • A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.
  • A change in the size, shape, or contour of the breast.
  • A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a pea.
  • A marble-like area under the skin.
  • A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly, or inflamed).
  • Bloody or clear fluid discharge from the nipples.
  • Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.