Browsing All posts tagged under »psychology«

Lessons from a messed up Yoga pose

April 13, 2018

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As a chronic pain warrior, Yoga has literally been my lifeboat over the last 4.5 years. People often ask me how long I have been doing Yoga. It is a common misconception that the number of years one has been practicing determines how “advanced”, or far worse, how “good” one is. And then some are […]

65 Reflections on 65 Days of Daily Meditation

April 9, 2018

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From January 31st to February 11th, I went to my second Vipassana retreat. No phones. No talking. No reading. No writing. Just myself and me. For 10 days, meditating 11 hours a day. I have maintained this practice daily since I got back. Here are my reflections. I have developed discipline by sitting daily, twice […]

Reflecting on a year of gratitude and self care

January 1, 2018

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At the beginning of 2017, I had not made any resolutions. In fact, a resolution kind of followed me and made me adhere to it! I began to maintain a daily gratitude journal simply because my soul was begging me to. I’d say I wrote regularly for almost 7-8 months. You can read about it here […]

Life After Alzheimer’s

September 16, 2017

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My mom died when I was 19. She was 49. I stopped being a caregiver. But dementia is a shadow that continues to follow me. The summer has ended. I am relieved. I won’t have to look at pictures of people eating ice cream. Eating ice cream makes me anxious. I don’t mean feeling guilty. I […]

Melting Together: A Story by People l/w Dementia

May 4, 2017

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My friend Romina and I co-created The Boomers Club, a wellness program at the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, for people living with Young Onset Dementia (under age 65) and their family care partners. We focus on physical exercise and cognitive stimulation. The group has a strong component of peer support for people living with dementia […]

800 Positive Things in my Life

April 21, 2017

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Late January this year, my soul began beseeching me to start journaling again. But not the ordinary run-o-the-mill daily happenings, rather mindfully jotting down 10 positive things that happen each day. Me being me, I ignored my soul for a week. I figured it’s only my soul, not the Dalai Lama! Till it began screaming […]

10 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood

January 30, 2017

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As a person who struggles with anxiety and worry, I have good days and bad. In 2017, my mission is to care for myself. I am trying to create good habits that will have an overall impact on my mental health and well-being. Here are some things that help me when I am down.

10 +ve Things About 10 +ve Things

January 25, 2017

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I’ve been doing this exercise for a few days now. At the end of each day, I’ll write down 10 positive thoughts or things that happened that day. It started because I bought a new fountain pen. Okay, may be the pen propelled me to do it. The real reason is my gut has been […]

Responding to a friend in crisis

January 23, 2017

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Friends are the first line of support for most people these days. As friends, how can we best support someone that confides in us? Here are a few tips from me.

World Mental Health Day – Living with Anxiety

October 10, 2016

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I live with chronic hormone-related anxiety. This means that I can several weeks of being absolutely trigger-free and then I can have a few weeks of living in panic. So what does living with anxiety feel like (to me)? I get very physical symptoms – heart racing, bile rising in my stomach and my body […]

A Crack at “Pop” Psychology

September 12, 2016

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When I was growing up, the six of us – my mom, dad, sister, paternal grandparents and I – lived in a 2-bedroom flat. For the longest time, my sister and I shared our parents’ bedroom. When I turned 11, our parents began to insist we sleep in the living room; my sister and I […]

Lessons from 10 Years of Writing / Blogging

November 2, 2015

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Why am I not blogging more? This is a question I have asked myself several times over the last few months. I know the answer. It is a good answer. But it still makes me sad. For the longest time, my blog used to have the following text in big font: “The answers to life […]

10 Communication Tips I Wish I Knew as a Dementia Caregiver

August 29, 2015

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Hindsight is always 20-20. I was an Alzheimer’s caregiver between 18-15 years ago. The world was a different place then. The internet was not as big as it is today and nor was Alzheimer’s a household name. Not in India, anyway. As time has passed, my work with families and people with dementia has increased […]

What My Facebook Friends Don’t Know About Me

August 16, 2015

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I have a toxic relationship with Facebook. It is the bane of my existence. I go off it several times a year and for weeks on end. But I always come back. What I know is, the time off from Facebook, finds me happier and more productive. I feel proud of myself as I am […]

Saying NO to NEW Year

January 3, 2015

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I feel a great affinity with the month of December. It’s almost as if the month doesn’t even get the chance to truly exist. I feel the same way about my life. The moment I begin to relax a bit, I am hit by a wave of change and then begins again the herculean effort […]

Compliments I’d Give Myself

December 2, 2014

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Today I felt a little jealous of someone who comes to my dance class, simply because she dances well. She is very nice to me and it makes me not like her even more. As a person, I am trying to compete less with others, and encourage myself to do better at the things I […]

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