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
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
“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
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
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
Why is should we take breaks? And how to take breaks when we use busyness to cope with stress? Find out in this article.
How to step out of our bubble and connect with others? This interview with The Curio-city Collective, an online platform on well-being and inter-connectedness in Indian cities gives us some insights.
It seems that, as people with privilege, we inhabit a different world than the migrant workers stranded in the lock down. Yet, our lives are inter-connected, and recognising this is essential in the pathway to justice.
Over the past month, quite a few phone conversations I've had have gone like this: “Hello” “Hi” “So, how are things going?” “Okay, I guess…you know, just sitting at home. What’s new with you?” “Same as you…nothing really new to talk about….” Most of the time, we find ourselves repeating the same facts about our… Continue reading Building Connection by Engaging with Stories Together
This post centres around three practices to manage your mental health during the crisis: 1. Setting an intention 2. Checking in with your feelings and 3. Asking for help