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There are a lot of discussions these days about the importance of self-love. It sounds good, but what does it mean to love oneself, and why does it matter? People strive to be flawless, and perfectionism is regarded as a more valuable quality or trait than self-love. Many people consider the idea of self-love to be an exaggerated philosophy, and they often underestimate its significance. But, self-love is essential for maintaining mental health and well-being and preventing depression and anxiety. When we engage in activities that promote our physical, psychological, and spiritual growth, we cultivate a sense of self-worth that makes us feel good about ourselves. When you love yourself, you have a good self-image.
To be in love with oneself means to have a significant concern for one's well-being. Self-love means prioritizing your own needs and not putting your well-being at risk to please others. It means refusing to accept anything less than what you deserve. Since we all have various ways to take care of ourselves, self-love may mean something different for each person. Not every day will be filled with feelings of self-confidence and self-worth, which would be impossible. It is critical to your mental health that you understand what self-love looks like for you as an individual.
"We are not plants that grow in sunshine and rain but we're humans who grow in happiness and pain."
–Mahyah Binti Idris
Let us begin to embark on the journey of loving ourselves by practicing these simple activities in our day-to-day life:
Saying Positive Things To Yourself: The way we talk to ourselves has a significant impact on how we live, our decisions, and our emotions, among other things. A negative conversation with oneself may negatively influence our mental and emotional well-being; therefore, we mustn't be too harsh on ourselves. You can try saying some of these phrases to yourself: "I am valuable," "I am unique," "I matter," "I deserve good things in life," and "I have a purpose."
"To err is human; to forgive, divine."
– Alexander Pope
The way we talk to ourselves has a significant impact on how we live, our decisions, and our emotions, among other things. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Asking For Help: How do individuals develop great companies without burning themselves out? How can we acquire new skills and grow as individuals? There is always someone who assists us, whether we are conscious of it or not. Asking for help is not selfishness; we always require support, and others need our support. If we want to grow in this world, we can't do it all on our own. Remember that "Sharing is caring," don't push everything inside, seek help and speak your heart out.
"Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong."
Don't push everything inside, seek help and speak your heart out. Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash
Forgiving: When it comes to forgiveness, each individual has ideas about what it means. In most cases, however, it includes deciding to let go of bitterness and revenge. Although the thoughts of the act or person that caused you pain may remain with you forever but understanding, empathy, and compassion for the person who has hurt you may emerge as a result of forgiving them. Forgiveness gives you peace, which allows you to go on with your life.
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
Forgiveness gives you peace, which allows you to go on with your life. Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash
Accepting our imperfections: Self-acceptance is tough, especially when we compare ourselves to others and feel inferior to them. Nobody is without flaws, and we are all imperfect in one way or the other. Imperfections are a natural part of life, and it is okay to be flawed and not be in love with every aspect of oneself. Accept your imperfections and learn to accept them as a part of who you are. Speaking from personal experience, I wore braces for two years, and I had a hard time smiling during the first few months. However, to overcome this, I explored the brighter aspect of things and realized that after my braces are removed, I will look prettier while smiling. Keep in mind that imperfections are something that can be accepted. Bring more optimism into your life and learn to accept and love your imperfections.
"Once you realize that perfection is a myth, you become free."
– Samuel Zulu
Accept your imperfections and learn to accept them as a part of who you are. Wikimedia
Appreciating your efforts: You will no longer be concerned whether or not someone else appreciates your efforts when you learn to appreciate yourself. Getting other people's acceptance and praise is common. However, when you are pleased with yourself, the praise of others is more like a cherry on the cake rather than the cake itself. Recognizing and appreciating your efforts is the key to living a happy life.
"It's not about perfect. It's about effort."
– Jillian Michaels
Recognizing and appreciating your efforts is the key to living a happy life. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
It's normal to feel uncertain about self-love or making any change in your life. However, loving yourself does not imply that you must alter every aspect of your life. Strive to treat yourself better than you did yesterday. Take care of yourself! Not all of the storms you encounter are intended to destroy; sometimes, they are meant to clear our way. We may be tempted to give up, but these temptations are envious of our achievements, serenity, and peace of mind. We all grow at different rates, and it is okay.
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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