Individual, Practices, self-care, Stories of Hope

Mental Health and COVID (how to look after your mental health if you have suffered from the virus or if you are/have been the caregiver of those affected by it)

It’s been more than 9 months since the COVID outbreak had our country shaken and brought to a standstill. We have now reached a space of navigating quite well through this new normal. Socially distanced gatherings or reduced outings/no outings have become our way of living.  Masks, sanitizers, sanitation sprays and face shields have become… Continue reading Mental Health and COVID (how to look after your mental health if you have suffered from the virus or if you are/have been the caregiver of those affected by it)

Initiatives, Learn and Act

Building Hope: A Volunteer’s Experience During the Lockdown

The novel coronavirus has smacked us right in the face with great uncertainty. The world thrives on planning for the future, often ignoring the present. This virus brought the world to a standstill and compelled everyone to work together and live in the present. The general functioning of systems is being questioned with great force,… Continue reading Building Hope: A Volunteer’s Experience During the Lockdown

Causes, Learn and Act

How media shapes our socially distanced lives

I read a headline a few weeks ago- “For the first time, the number of cured cases surpasses the number of active cases in the country”- and I found myself ecstatic. It almost felt like a weight lifting off my chest: a momentary victory in this anxiety-inducing period that we are all collectively experiencing. The… Continue reading How media shapes our socially distanced lives

self-care

Mindfulness for the Self

We have been running. Head and heart first. For a very long time. The explosive growth of the world economy has made us all run at a speed like never before. Our forefathers knew nothing of such speed and our bodies have yet to catch up with it. We have fastidiously created economies and neglected… Continue reading Mindfulness for the Self

Learn and Act, self-care, What Can I Do?

Keeping Hope Alive in a Messed Up World

We are going through a time of collective despair. The combined impacts of a pandemic, natural disasters and patriarchy-, racism- and caste-based violence can be overwhelmingly difficult to process. As we come face to face (not for the first time) with the lack of empathy and cruelty that human beings are capable of and how… Continue reading Keeping Hope Alive in a Messed Up World

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On the Grief We Are Experiencing, and How We Can Cope

“We are all dealing with the collective loss of the world we knew” ~ David Kessler, grief expert, in brene brown's "unlocking us" podcast The past couple of months have been difficult for us all. As we face the daily challenges of COVID-19, and experience natural disasters hitting various parts of the country (like Cyclone Amphan… Continue reading On the Grief We Are Experiencing, and How We Can Cope

Causes, Initiatives, Learn and Act, What Can I Do?

In the Overwhelming Times of Amphan and Covid, We Need Acts of Care

It’s probably an understatement to say that the last few months have been challenging. COVID-19 upturned our schedules, filled us with fear and suspicion and plunged millions of people in India and the world into a crisis affecting access to food, livelihood and standard of living. Physical distancing norms and lockdown have also resulted in… Continue reading In the Overwhelming Times of Amphan and Covid, We Need Acts of Care

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Quarantine With Headphones On

By far 2020 has been one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. With the coronavirus outbreak, forcing us to physically distance ourselves from society, it has taken a serious and heavy toll on our physical and mental well-being. As the months go by and the extensions keep getting renewed, it is not unlikely for people to… Continue reading Quarantine With Headphones On

Causes, Initiatives, Learn and Act, What Can I Do?

Feeding Stray Animals: an Often Overlooked Way of Reaching Out

It’s going to be 2 months since most countries went under lockdown as a strategy to flatten the COVID-19 curve. While this lockdown has been of major help in controlling the spread of infection, it has also brought with it issues galore. Today, I’m going to focus on one issue that might seem minute, but, to… Continue reading Feeding Stray Animals: an Often Overlooked Way of Reaching Out