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Let’s admit it; the previous years have been very challenging. As a result, it’s understandable that returning to the real world after a year of doing nothing but binge-watching celebrity fitness videos can be a little unsettling. There is a genuine thing called chronic stress and post-pandemic traumatic stress, which might make you feel anxious about returning to normalcy.
There is no use in doing all of the stress-relieving things in the world if you aren’t taking care of yourself first. In fact, when you attempt to meditate, you may find yourself falling asleep because you aren’t meeting your body’s need for sleep. Going to the gym once in a while won’t do much to ease stress if you’re not routinely nourishing your body with nutritious foods. If you want your stress-relieving hobbies to succeed, you must first attend to your fundamental requirements.
What Exactly Is Self-Care?
Recently, there has been an increase in the usage of the term “self-care.” A fair description of self-care is doing activities for yourself on a regular basis that make you feel good about yourself. These might be simple self-care ideas, such as arranging some alone time with a nice book, or they can be more substantial, such as planning a vacation.
In order to maintain our mental health and emotional well-being, we must practise self-care. When you prioritise yourself, you not only guarantee that you are the greatest “you” that you can be, but you also re-energise your body and mind. With increased energy and happiness, you’ll be able to help others too.
What is the importance of self-care?
We are all experiencing the consequences of the pandemic. We’ve been separated from family and friends. Because of travel restrictions, we can’t even get to enjoy any trips. And no one knows when things will return to normal – or even whether they will ever return to normal. Even if you’ve always been strong and steadfast, the status of the world will eventually drain your inner fortitude. As a result, now is an appropriate moment to take a step back and concentrate on your priorities. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to give your best to others or work to bring about the changes you want in the world. Effective self-care is essential for reducing stress at work and at home, reconnecting with yourself in order to reinforce your real nature, and setting a positive example for those who look up to you in your life.
You can boost both your physical and mental health by following self-care practices. Stop considering self-care to be selfish; it is, in fact, one of the most unselfish things you can do.
Stop considering self-care to be selfish; it is, in fact, one of the most unselfish things you can do. | Photo by Giulia Bertelli on Unsplash
Drink plenty of water: Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important aspects of maintaining proper self-care. In order to create a happy and healthy lifestyle, water is a vital element for your body and brain to function properly. When you practise self-care, you are taking measures to improve your overall well-being. When you make better choices about what you put into your body, you are engaging in self-care activities.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the most important aspects of maintaining proper self-care. | Photo by engin akyurt on UnsplashEat Right: The food we consume can either keep us fit or contribute to unhealthy weight gain or disorders, but it may also keep our brains active and attentive. It is possble to avoid short-term memory loss and inflammation by eating the right kinds of foods; nevertheless, both of these conditionshave the potential to have long-term consequences for the brain and, therefore, the rest of the body. Foods such as fatty fish,blueberries, almonds, green leafy vegetables, and brassicas such as broccoli are some of the healthy foods you can consume
Photo by Jingxi Lau on Unsplash
Learn to say NO: Knowing when to say no may be challenging; many of us feel pressured to say yes whenever someone requests our time or energy. But, if you’re already anxious or overburdened with your work, saying yes to things you don’t want to help with to loved ones or colleagues might lead to burnout as well as worry and irritation in the long run. It may take some effort, but if you learn how to say no calmly, you’ll begin to feel more self-assured and have more time for your own self.
Knowing when to say no may be challenging; many of us feel pressured to say yes whenever someone requests our time or energy. | Photo by Isaiah Rustad on Unsplash
Exercise: Everyday exercise can benefit you both physically and emotionally, improving your mood and lowering tension and anxiety, as well as assisting you in losing excess weight. While going to the gym every day may be difficult, try to add other forms of exercise into your routine, such as walking, jogging, or meditation, as these activities may be more readily accommodated into your schedule.
Everyday exercise can benefit you both physically and emotionally. | Photo by Alex McCarthy on Unsplash
Take your time off: Taking a vacation may significantly impact your quality of life. Even if you’re not feeling pressured, going away for a weekend now and then may help you reconnect with yourself, relax, and be renewed in various ways. These self-care trips do not have to be expensive; simply drive to the nearest town over and pause all the worries of your life for a while.
Even if you’re not feeling pressured, going away for a weekend now and then may help you reconnect with yourself. | Photo by S Migaj on Unsplash
Regardless of if you decide to go for a long walk, soak in a hot bath, or watch a movie with friends, scheduling some self-care time is essential. Look for different ways that you may integrate self-care into daily life. The more you can incorporate self-care into your schedule, the more you’ll be able to build, enjoy, and prosper in life.
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The year 2021 has been not less than a roller-coaster ride. Undoubtedly, some great events took place in the year which will always be remembered as they created history.
So, here’s a recap of some of the biggest headlines of 2021!
India approved its two coronavirus vaccines
It was a proud moment for India when two coronavirus vaccines, namely, Bharat Biotech's "Covaxin” and the Oxford/AstraZeneca "Covishield”, were approved for emergency use. India, later completed another milestone and made headlines, when it crossed 1 billion doses. Now, the latest updated vaccines have been approved for usage too. They are namely, “Corbevax” by Hyderabad’s Biological E and the Serum Institute of India’s “Novavax” which will soon be seen being administered in public.
Storming of the US Capitol
Supporters of the former Prez laid a siege on the US Capitol following his defeat in the elections 2020.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Supporters of the former US President, Donald Trump, laid a siege on the US Capitol following his defeat to Joe Biden in the US Presidential elections 2020. When the attack took place, a joint session of the Congress was being held inside the Capitol to validate the results of the elections. It was seen in the viral videos that the rioters assaulted security officials, looted offices, and vandalised the Capitol. Moreover, Five people died in the attack and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called the Capitol siege an act of “domestic terrorism”.
Cargo ship got stuck in Suez Canal
A 400-metre-long cargo ship named “Ever Given” got wedged sideways.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
This was one of the most interesting event that took place in 2021. Well, a 400-metre-long cargo ship named “Ever Given” ran aground due to strong winds and got wedged sideways in the narrow Suez Canal. According to the news, the ship remained stuck for almost six days before it was freed. It was said that this incident lead to a “traffic jam” of over 400 ships at either end of the canal and the blockage had a domino effect on international trade.
Twitter suspended actress Kangana Ranaut’s account
On May 4, Twitter permanently suspends the account of Kangana Ranaut for hateful posts about the post election violence in West Bengal. Following this, Ranaut used her Instagram account to talk about the same.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, just weeks shy of his 100th birthday.Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, passed away in Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, just weeks shy of his 100th birthday. The Buckingham Palace announced that the Prince died “peacefully”. It must be noted that Prince Philip was the oldest male member of the British royal family and the longest-serving royal consort in British history at the time of his death.
Government of India created a new ministry– Ministry of Cooperation
On July 6, 2021, the government of India created new ministry named Ministry of Co-operation to strengthen the Cooperative Movement in India. Union minister, Amit Shah, was made responsible for this ministry.
B.1.617.2 variant was named Delta
Delta variant was the most dominant strain of the coronavirus around the world and it even spread to 192 countries by October, 2021. Photo by Wikimedia Commons
B.1.617.2, a potentially highly transmissible variant of the SARS-CoV-2, was renamed Delta by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in line with its Greek naming system for strains. It was seen that Delta variant was the most dominant strain of the coronavirus around the world and it even spread to 192 countries by October, 2021.
P.V. Sindhu of India won two Olympic medals
Kabul fell in the hands of Taliban
The Taliban captured the capital city of Afghanistan hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.Photo by Pixabay
The Taliban, which was constantly looking forward to gain control of Afghanistan, captured the capital city hours after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Not only this, videos and images became viral wherein it was seen how the local Afghanistan population wanted to rescue. One of the visuals that caught the world’s attention showed helpless Afghans trying to hold on to the landing gear of a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster while it was taking off and then some falling to their deaths.
Three Farm Bills were repealed after a year-long protest
On November 19, 2021, In a televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the farmers and announced the repealing of three Farm Bills. Because of the three Farm Bills, continuous protest took place in Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana borders. Moreover, though there’s no accurate record of how many farmers died while protesting against these laws, but the number was around 670.
Chief of Defence Staff of India passed away in an accident with 12 others
CDS of India, General Bipin Rawat along with 12 others died after an unfortunate incident of their chopper crash.Photo by Pixabay
One of the most heartbreaking headlines of 2021 was the death of Chief of Defence Staff of India, General Bipin Rawat, along with 12 others, including his wife Madhulika Rawat. The unfortunate event took place when the chopper in which all these people were flying crashed near Coonoor, Nilgiris district in Tamil Nadu.
Going through the headlines 2021, it is evident that there were some stories which made us feel proud of the enterprising spirit of the human race, and then there were others, which made us worry about the future, our future.
(Keywords: Headlines, Recapitulation, India, United States, News, Stories, Life, Future, Coronavirus)
Today, December 29 marks the 79th birth anniversary of Rajesh Khanna, also known as “Kaka” of Bollywood. Undoubtedly, Khanna became what he is today because of his acting but also, some credit goes to the chartbuster music that his films carried.
To cite a few of of Khanna’s most iconic songs that were integral to his success were ‘Kahin door jab din dhal jaaye’ (Anand), ‘Jeevan se bhari’ (Safar), ‘Mere naina sawan bhadon’ (Mehbooba), ‘Mere naseeb mein ae dost’ (Do Raaste), ‘Woh shaam kuchh ajeeb thi’ (Khamoshi), ‘Maine tere liye hi’ (Anand) and ‘Hazar rahein mud ke dekhi’ (Thodi si Bewafai).
But, at the same time there are also some songs in which Khanna featured that are solemn and serious, handing out life-affirming philosophies.
So, some of the songs of Khanna in which he is seen celebrating the course of life are mentioned below. At last, as Anand has rightly said, “Babumoshai, zindagi badi honi chahiye, lambi nahin?”
Zindagi kaisi hai paheli from “Anand”
There is no doubt that Anand is Khanna’s best film with beautiful soundtracks. This song is pictured on a beach in Mumbai and captures the sorrows and dilemmas of cancer patient Anand’s (Khanna) life. In fact, more than a lament, this song is an ode to life.
A still from “Anand”.Photo by Pixabay
Zindagi ek safar hai suhana from “Andaz”
This song is one of the most loved songs which is quite popular even now, amongst teenagers. Sung by Kishore Kumar, remains the most popular in public memory and has become one of the emblems of Khanna’s dazzling success story. The song talks about the beautiful and unpredictable nature of life.
Zindagi ka safar from “Safar”
This song was yet another hit which was written by Indeevar and composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. The song gives voice to Avinash’s (Khanna) futile attempts at understanding the meaning of life. The line “zindagi ke safar mein guzar jaate hain jo makaam, woh phir nahin aate,” of this song explains everything that life is!
Interestingly, once a journalist named Journalist Ali Peter John told Rediff.com that the actor was “obsessed with death,” because every film in which he had died had become a hit.
Lastly, one of Khanna’s own dialogues from the film “Daag” (1973) encapsulates the ups and downs of his euphoric life– “Izzatein, shohratein, ulfatein, chahatein, sab kuch iss duniya mein rehta nahin/ Aaj main hun jahan kal koi aur tha/ Ye bhi ek daur hai woh bhi ek daur tha.”
Here’s to celebrating the life of Rajesh Khanna whilst playing songs about zindagi!
(Keywords: Bollywood, Hindi Cinema, Films, Movies, Rajesh Khanna, Life, Songs, Celebration, Birth Anniversary)
While the phrase "now more than ever" was the one mostly searched and used in 2020, it was the turn of "new normal" amid the Covid-19 pandemic that was used the most in 2021, according to Google.
Google's 'Ngrams' tool (launched in 2009 by part of the Google Books team) has revealed how words and phrases have fallen and risen in popularity over time.
Ngrams shows how books and other pieces of literature have used certain words or phrases over time, and we can chart their popularity throughout the years.
"One caveat: Ngrams currently tracks data from 1800 to 2019, prior to 2020, Ngrams' data ranged from 1800 to 2012, but the team added a huge new dataset about two years ago," said Molly McHugh-Johnson, Contributor, The Keyword (Google Blog).
This isn't the first time "new normal" appeared in the lexicon, though.
"It began to see small bursts of usage in literature and other writing in the mid-19th century -- though if you use Ngrams to see some of the examples of how it showed up, anew normal' was often in reference to types of academic institutions," McHugh-Johnson said in a blog post late on Tuesday.
Google's 'Ngrams' tool (launched in 2009 by part of the Google Books team) has revealed how words and phrases have fallen and risen in popularity over time.Photo by Pixaba
And then, "new normal" just sort of faded away, only to return big amid the pandemic.
"Then of course, I thought of 'vaccine', which actually began its Ngrams debut on a high, falling sharply between 1800 and 1813aonly to rise again in the early to mid 1900s, when many scholarly articles were published about things like typhoid, cholera and pertussis vaccinations," McHugh-Johnson explained.
Lastly, she took a look at "hybrid", as hybrid workplaces are becoming the norm in the pandemic and Google has also adopted this.
According to Ngrams, it's been in use since at least the year 1800, which is how far the tool's data goes back, and has gently, steadily risen since.
What "hybrid" means hasn't really changed, but it's the situations we're applying it to that have -- there's a much wider scope of daily life that falls under this category.
"Hybrid" didn't change, but how we live has. 2020 felt in many ways like a pause in life, and this year we began finding new, creative ways to adapt, a little of our old methods, mixed with the new," said McHugh-Johnson.
(Keywords: Google, Pandemic, New Normal, Search Engine, Coronavirus, Life, 2021)