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How Vatsal Used Therapy To Infuse Positivity Into His Life – Self Improvement Article

Have you ever thought about how our childhood experiences tend to shape us in a certain way? From the time I was a kid, my entire academic life revolved around the thought that I need to get good marks from which I’ll get recognition from people and that this would make me feel good about myself. That’s Vatsal Dattani, 24, a BTech student at IIT Madras. Since he was a kid, he struggled to make friends. He developed social anxiety…

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How Kunal Used Therapy To Get The Better Of His Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

According to the WHO – 38 million Indians suffer from anxiety disorders. What does that mean? Well, when a person experiences heightened feelings like fear, worry, suppressed rage, etc., along with increased physical responses – palpitations, restlessness, sweating, etc.- it is called anxiety. When this anxiety is so pronounced that it becomes a handicap, it becomes an anxiety disorder. Kunal, 43 has struggled with the most common of these disorders, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. GAD is characterized by long…

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How Vanraj Upgraded Himself To Vanraj 2.0 – Self Improvement Article

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly” For millions of people, this quote is a perfect description of their lives. Vanraj is one of them. Vanraj, 22, is a final year engineering student at Parul University, Vadodara, one of Gujarat’s top private universities. In fact the day we caught up with him, he had just written the last exam of his programme. Confident, wise, and fluent are some terms that come to mind when…

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The Blessings of Having a Daily Spiritual Practice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

When you commit to a daily spiritual practice, you create a life for yourself that feels Right and True to you. In fact, having a daily spiritual practice frees you from the many bonds and attachments to fear. And it gives you permission to just be – to create and live your life freely and joyfully. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc The days of thinking that spirituality is only for the mystics, the saints, the gurus, the monks, the religious people, and…

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How Millenials Are Dealing With COVID-19 Stress – Self Improvement Article

As a part of its COVID-19 related activities, YourDOST conducted a survey on “COVID-19 related stress”. Our findings were very interesting. When analysed specifically for responses from our community members who belong to the millennial generation, here’s what we found: 55% Of Indian Millennials report experiencing moderate to no stress from the COVID-19 pandemic With the majority not experiencing high stress, this number is a testament to the resilience of Indian millennials. After all, we’re in the middle of a pandemic.…

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The Most Meaningful Lessons I’ve Learned About Grief – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Photo by siyan peng on UnsplashWe grieve differently. We see the world differently. We heal differently. We open our hearts differently. We are different because we, ultimately, must be. Sameness, the whole humdrum operation, wouldn’t serve us anyway. It shouldn’t be difficult to “make do” with the grief I feel. But, I always end up comparing my pain to others. In grief’s journey of anger, sadness, questioning, and guilt, pain becomes delectably comparative. When I feel a certain way, I always wonder if I’m…

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Stay with My Son – Ignatian Spirituality – Spiritual Article

This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. I picked up a prayer book and out fell a bookmark showing a mosaic detail of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. I stared. Sometimes, like this time, God leads me into a prayer that I never expected. In this icon, Jesus grips Mary’s hand with both of his tiny ones, turning away from a vision of an angel presenting him with…

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Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Self Improvement Article

A pandemic and an ensuing lockdown, never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that we would experience these outside of movies. Yet, here we are, confined to our homes, for the sake of our safety and good health. This, of course, brings with it, it’s own set of challenges.  There’s a lot of talk out there about the business aspects, the economic aspects, or the financial aspects of this strange-strange situation. But a topic that isn’t getting sufficient…

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How To Deal With Coronavirus Blues – Self Improvement Article

The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting safety measures have completely taken over our lives. The uncertainty of it is unsettling, and as was discussed in our earlier article, adverse effects on our mental health are real.  We’ve all read about the precautions to take to avoid contracting the virus – washing hands, social isolation, etc. But are there any must-take precautions to cope with the mental toll this situation might have? Let’s have a look: 1. Fear and Anxiety Fear…

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Awakening to Truth and the Return to Wholeness — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

The time for Awakening has arrived. And believe it or not, this isn’t a time to fear. Nor is it a time to feel sorry for yourself. This is a time for you to Awaken and for humanity to return to Wholeness. ~Luminita D. Saviuc It is in turbulent times like these that we can all stop and ask ourselves questions like: Who am I? Where am I going? What is the hidden meaning in all of this coronavirus pandemic? …

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Suffering Is Grace – Spiritual Article

Suffering is grace.If you are reading this post today, the likelihood is that suffering brought you to my blog today. Suffering most likely brought you to the spiritual path.If someone is immersed in a comfortable happy life, they generally don’t go digging through search engine results and social media to find spiritual articles. They’re happy. Their ego has decided to keep things as they are. Does it occasionally happen that someone comes to a stage of happiness and success that…

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Why This Will Be the Year I Stop Running from Pain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“One has to accept pain as a condition of existence.” ~Morris West This may seem sounds counter-intuitive, but this year I want to let go of trying to avoid suffering. It doesn’t mean that I am a masochist and plan to spend the next year being miserable. It’s more a question of learning to accept life as it is—uncertain, full of surprises, and with its full quota of difficult circumstances. Our Wish for Happiness The thing is that we all…

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37 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from St. Teresa of Avila — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

With a heart inflamed with love, St. Teresa of Avila taught people one of the most powerful lessons – to look for God within themselves; To pray with their own words and to seek to hear God’s voice – not Outside themselves, but in their own Interior, which she called, the “Interior Castle.” And in today’s post, you will discover, not just that one powerful lesson, but many others that can transform you and your whole life. 37 Life-Changing Lessons…

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What Helps Me Put Things in Perspective – Happiness Article

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” ~Douglas Adams The Buddha famously said that life is full of suffering. While I acknowledge there is much suffering in the world, for my privileged life in the West, I like to think…

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5 Ways To Beat Procrastination Like A Boss

I have so much to do! I have emails to answer, lectures to prepare, and clients’ problems to solve and on top of all this a big presentation at work! You know what the worst part is? People assume I am magically immune to procrastination, just because I am a psychologist. But hey, I’m still a person and at times I get overwhelmed, or plain bored with all the work I need to do. But the difference between me and…

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A Psychologist Reveals How Your Mind Tricks You Every Day

I was once asked if I liked what I wrote. I said I have different phases, I like my writing in some phases and don’t like my writing in some phases. Huh? Let me explain. I’m working on this children’s book, a series of short stories for children. In the beginning, as I was writing the first few stories, I was mentally rehearsing my Booker Award Speech, and I was all like, “Wow, this is going to be SO great!”…

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