Stress and Mental Health

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“Stressed” is an adjective that a lot of us would identify with. However, it isn’t a happy space to be in. All of us do our own bit to manage stress and deal with emotional problems and hassles. A little more guidance always helps :) In order to manage stress well, we need to have an understanding of its causes. We also need to modify our thought patterns and expectations. Here we write blogs directed at healthy ways of coping with emotional stress and improving mental health.

ON ‘PHOBIA’: WHAT IT REALLY IS

Most of us use the ‘word’ phobia rather casually. We often hear such exclamations as, “I really hate Maths… I think I have a phobia of numbers!” or “I don’t socialize much- It's like I have social phobia!” But what really is a phobia, and how is it different from the more generic, everyday [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2016 – “DEFENSE MECHANISMS”

We begin our theme-based series for the Mental Health Awareness Week 2016! We all use psychological defenses to help us cope with something which we find difficult to accept. So for this time, each day of this week, we will put up a post that highlights the defense mechanisms used by a fictional character that you know about.

By | October 8th, 2016|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2015 – “DISCOVERING ARCHETYPES”

This year, we have been feeling a bit mystical and so we are going to be talking about “Discovering Archetypes”! We thought it would be fun if we could take you a bit deeper into the recesses of the human psyche and explore its mystery. We hope that this sneak-peek into the remote, unexplored parts of your mind will help you discover how these sides present themselves in the world around us and most importantly, within ourselves.

By | October 9th, 2015|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

THE FEAR OF MISSING OUT: AM I DOING ENOUGH?

Think about the guy who checks his facebook, twitter and instagram accounts countless times in a day, to remain “updated”; or the girl who attends 3 parties on a Saturday night so that she doesn’t miss out on the awesome time that everyone else will have. Today, a lot of people find themselves flitting from one event to the other, picking one novel opportunity after the other, not wanting to miss out on anything.

By | July 28th, 2015|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

DAY 6 : EMOTIONAL PAIN – AN UNUSUAL ALLY

In the end of this series of looking within, I want to talk about an unusual ally that aids you to look within yourself. In fact forces you to do so. –Pain. As I work with people and also with myself, I am more and more convinced that pain is actually a friend. Unless we are pained, helpless, sorrowful, we never really question or look for answers from life.

By | October 10th, 2014|Stress and Mental Health|1 Comment

DAY 5: SELF REFLECTION- USING PAINTINGS AS MIRRORS

Paintings, especially paintings of people, are not just beautiful pieces of art, they can also be artistic ‘mirrors’. Usually, when you look at a painting, you dwell on the art – the figures, their expressions, the colors, how they blend and change. Have you ever stopped to gaze at a painting, while remaining aware of what it brings up in you? How it makes you feel? What thoughts, memories or emotions come up within you while you look at it?

By | October 9th, 2014|Stress and Mental Health|2 Comments

DAY 4: EXPRESSING EMOTIONS- DO YOU FEEL FREE TO DRAW?

The dictionary definition of doodle is to scribble or make a rough drawing absentmindedly. However, doodling, as opposed to drawing, is an activity where you can fearlessly express, without the pressure of having to meet any external standard. A doodle represents something that has meaning exclusively for you.This mental health week, let’s try and see if we can make sense of this activity more ‘present-mindedly’!

By | October 8th, 2014|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

DAY 3: DISCOVERING SPONTANEITY- CAN YOU STEP BEYOND YOUR ROLE?

With the busy lives that people lead, everyday routines do not have too much room for spontaneity. In that cramped room of “too many things to do/not enough time”, your natural urge to explore, to try something new or to just have fun hides in a corner, eagerly awaiting its turn. You let your roles and responsibilities limit you and thus, miss out on the rest of you! In this article, read about discovering this seemingly lost idea of "spontaneity".

By | October 7th, 2014|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments

DAY 2: UNDERSTANDING JOY- HAVE YOU STOPPED TO SMELL THE ROSES TODAY?

Life is generally viewed as a series of ups and downs, successes and failures. Hence, when we are going through a tough time we wait for “suffering to end” and hope for joy to be waiting at this end. What we forget is that happiness can exist alongside. Maybe not in big, obvious ways. But in small moments. Like the rainbow.

By | October 6th, 2014|Stress and Mental Health|0 Comments