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“Pushed to the brink” Mumbai Mirror, ToI, 24 April 2012

What a sweet coincidence, Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday coinciding with some very pertinent disclosures from the International cricketing scene.

A detailed, well-written and candid account on how the intense media scrutiny, punishing schedules, crazy travel and extended time spent away from loved ones have pushed many a talented player to the edge. » Continue reading ““Pushed to the brink” Mumbai Mirror, ToI, 24 April 2012”

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8 Feb 12, Wednesday: Mumbai Mirror, pages 11 “school suspends student for henna hands”

You know that we are not doing something right when our kids are ‘traumatised and scarred’ by disciplinary action that schools take when they break rules. In this case however, it’s the parents and not the little toddler who needs to take the rap.

I am all for unconditional loving and supporting our children and believe that these are core ingredients which go a long way in shaping them into independent and confident adults.

But are we taking things a tad far and raising our kids to have zero resilience? Are they having things so easy that they are mentally unable to withstand even the minor falls? » Continue reading “8 Feb 12, Wednesday: Mumbai Mirror, pages 11 “school suspends student for henna hands””

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Wishing you a stress-free Valentine’s day!

St Valentin(e) must be beaming from the heavens above and rightly so; he would have never imagined that ‘his day of love’ would perhaps become the most celebrated day of love world over.

Personally, I love all the colour and charm associated with V-day; the sight of red and pink heart-shaped balloons, pudgy stuffed teddies, chocolates, flowers, valentine-eve dances (sigh)…. I could go on and on and on.  Even web-sites offering express shopping and gifts are all bright and cheerful this time of the year.

What I don’t like however is the stress that this commercialisation of love has brought with it? » Continue reading “Wishing you a stress-free Valentine’s day!”

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Wishing you a stress-free Valentine’s Day!

St Valentin(e) must be beaming from the heavens above and rightly so; he would have never imagined that ‘his day of love’ would perhaps become the most celebrated day of love world over.

Personally, I love all the colour and charm associated with V-day; the sight of red and pink heart-shaped balloons, pudgy stuffed teddies, chocolates, flowers, valentine-eve dances (sigh)…. I could go on and on and on. Even web-sites offering express shopping and gifts are all bright and cheerful this time of the year. 

What I don’t like however is the stress that this commercialisation of love has brought with it? 

If I allow myself (very reluctantly) to rewind about 15 years or so to when I was a teen AND ‘Valentine-less’, this day would have been THE one where I would have prayed that the earth open up and swallow me whole (ok, I know that’s too melodramatic but seriously!).  I mean, I had no valentine right, not even one in-process, so all the colour and paraphernalia was just plain ‘painful’ and I’m talking about the late 90s where V-day wasn’t such a big deal anyways.  Even then I can guarantee that I would have had enough company in this ‘V-less’ induced sadness of mine.

Today, I’d be mortified if I were Valentine-less!  As are most youngsters who have this very distorted picture about Valentine’s Day. 

V-day is not just about boy-girl or romantic love BUT love in ALL its forms & glory.

Media sadly has added the stress element to this sweet and simple celebration of love; so instead of love being the core, the focus is now more on what one should buy to express love and how one should be, when in love. 

TV shows, radio, print media have all jumped onto this bandwagon and taken upon themselves the task to teach us all, ways and methods to express love; and since the easiest and most gullible target group is the ‘young ones in romantic love’, V-day has largely become about them. 

Finding that special someone is great and when it happens, it’s magic but that’s not the only form of love that we experience in our lives.  What about all that loving from parents, siblings, friends, teachers and even Mother Nature!!

And how can we forget, the most important love of all? Love of self which starts with accepting yourself as unique and thus incomparable; loving yourself with all your strengths and embracing your human imperfections.

Valentine is a celebration of all this love and there is so much love out there, the moment you decide to start loving yourself and open your heart and arms wide to it, you will see all these doors opening up for you as well.

So, go ahead and buy the valentine paraphernalia that you’ve been eyeing as a bystander all this while and start by being your own valentine.   

This Valentine’s day, make yourself a promise – throw the stress in the garbage-bin and tell yourself that you will NEVER be “Valentine-less” again because you are first and foremost your own Valentine.  

Happy V day everyone!!

Article wriitten by Priyanka

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2 Feb 12, Thursday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 7, “before exams, city kids most stressed in India”

It was heartening to see that this issue finally found first page mention; what was also commendable is the effort to collate statistics on the youngsters’ state of mind pre-exam and the acknowledgment that ‘exam-fever’ is indeed a reality.

While the effort must be lauded, it needs tackling at the very root.  » Continue reading “2 Feb 12, Thursday: the Times of India, pages 1 & 7, “before exams, city kids most stressed in India””

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Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults – a prospective cohort study

Background

Because of the quick development and widespread use of mobile phones, and their vast effect on communication and interactions, it is important to study possible negative health effects of mobile phone exposure. The overall aim of this study was to investigate whether there are associations between psychosocial aspects of mobile phone use and mental health symptoms in a prospective cohort of young adults. » Continue reading “Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults – a prospective cohort study”

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29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family”

At first read, this piece was hilarious but if you stop by and think at what’s really happening, it’s melancholic!  My husband thinks I am too much of an idealist and there is no such thing as ‘balance’ in life. (I wasn’t even getting into the gender-angle of this article, which would require a thesisJ)

China’s tremendous financial growth and prosperity would obviously come at a price. But this – ‘hiring’ partners (‘especially’) during holiday season to please your parents is in my opinion, is plain alarming. » Continue reading “29 Jan 12, Sunday: Mumbai Mirror, page 18, “In China: Rent a girlfriend to please family””

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Depressed teens mostly struggle alone

April 29, 2011: New findings, by the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, were issued to kick off a month of national activity aimed at raising awareness of childrens’ mental health. With about 15% of high school students in the United States reporting they have seriously contemplated suicide in the past year, many of those efforts are geared toward identifying those at risk and intervening early to prevent self-harm. » Continue reading “Depressed teens mostly struggle alone”

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How Stress Can Improve Your Performance

In an article a developmental psychologist cited a mountain of evidence showing that IQ was one of the most significant predictors of emotional resiliency in children. The same pattern has also long been seen in the military, where it has been conclusively shown that higher-IQ soldiers show fewer signs of long-term post-traumatic stress.

Why would cognitive ability predict emotional hardiness? In truth, it doesn’t. But the tests that measure cognitive ability do. When you tell people they have 12 minutes to show whether they are smart or dumb, the ability to stay calm and focused under duress has a huge impact on the scores. » Continue reading “How Stress Can Improve Your Performance”

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Stress Hormones May Increase Cardiovascular Risks for Shift Workers

According to an Endocrine Society press release, there New Research indicates shift work, defined as work performed primarily outside standard working hours, at a young age is associated with elevated long-term cortisol levels and increased body mass index.

Previous studies have shown that long-term elevated cortisol levels lead to increased abdominal obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular risk. » Continue reading “Stress Hormones May Increase Cardiovascular Risks for Shift Workers”

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