7 lessons I learnt by looking back at my teenage

by Komal Sharma, Freelance Contributor

 

Quite early in our life, based on hit and trial encounters with our environment we subconsciously start to settle ourselves on a particular approach towards dealing with situations we face in life. More often than not, it becomes our default system in how we manage ourselves in contextually similar situations. there are 7 such patterns that I have identified which help me to take a step-back from the situation I am in and look at it objectively. I use this to reflect, and to address it later;  in a healthier and more progressive manner.

 

1. Attachment style

All of us either have a secure or an insecure pattern in which we inter-personally attach to our family, partner, authority figure, subordinate etc. Every time we feel fearful, anxious, overwhelmed to an extent that it shuts down our normal functioning, it is time to be conscious of rapid changes in our bodily and psychological dynamics. Mostly we will find ways of dealing with this in the retrospective analysis of situations that aroused similar emotions within us in the past.

Mantra I follow: Identify problem area -> Detach from your maladaptive approach -> Critical identification of a better response –> And finally; mindful responding

2. Teach them how to love you and learn how to love them

“I don’t think it’s their mistake, maybe I cannot be loved”
“My partner is trying so hard but I don’t feel loved”
“We are happy, but not in love, not like ‘it was before”

We all have been there with our parents, friends, partners and others in our inner circle. It is a two-way process – come a little closer to them, try to reveal your held-back ways of receiving  love, hold out your arm when you need their re-assurance, the chances are that you will end up feeling better about your relationship with them. To have a ‘childish’ conversation of what you need and how you need it is radical in creating foundation of a secure relationship. Let there be nervousness of how they might react, but for that conversation to culminate into a fruitful conclusion, both the sides must yearn to know, share and cultivate the bond.

3. Sometimes give, give, give, and let go

Are you chasing a void of never realizing the outcome you ferociously set out to achieve?
Are you feeding the void with a lack of self-esteem born out of already having put in so much without having anything to show for it?
You are attached to a void that does nothing but disturb your mental peace
This void may be because of a person, desire, any interest or pursuit for which you have not only extended your abilities but also stretched yourself off limits; but without giving it enough time to give you back. Relax. Let go of your troubles. Let life unfold.

4. Pay attention to your emotions

Emotions need expression but more than that, they need articulation. If suppressed, they eventually leak through cracks; jeopardizing our work, relations, health and more.
Have you not had a moment when a friend starts talking in an odd and unexpected manner, and you’re just wondering what went wrong at your end?
It may be just that they had a heated exchange at the office, or they are just plain hungry. A psychological exercise as described by Dan Siegel may be helpful in such a situation– ‘name it to tame it’. If you are able to sit with the emotion and pass it through you while expressing through verbal, written, or kinesthetic modes, you have mastered your mind!

5. To be sensitive is bold

Only brave-hearts can endure paying detailed attention. It understates that they care and are willing to go an extra mile to understand. From slight changes in the immediate environment to energy draining human personalities, they are alert. This helps them to stay away or foresee a conflict and develop meaningful relationships which serve growth at both ends.
A sensitive person naturally evaluates the mood and accordingly, in a non-taxing manner is able to put forth their response. It is a skill highly regarded if you’d like to make most of ‘now’.

6. To be assertive is freedom

We often find difficult to communicate what we want or think is right, and it is arduous to even do that when we are not used to standing up for our needs. To be assertive is to put your own will with due respect and consideration which is critically reasoned well.
Assertiveness is the wisest of personal qualities any person can develop to express effectively. It is an integral element of communication style which improves relation to self (confidence & satisfaction for being heard) and others (self-worth & earned respect for managing emotions). The most powerful assertion is to say ‘No’ without pulling wrong chords.

7. Develop your night time routine

We all have heard about morning routines but little to no emphasis is given to a night routine. We wake up with the mood we sleep with – why not develop a regime that works for us?
It’s natural to witness events in our life beyond our control when there is awfully much to absorb all the time. A night routine which can be combination of few activities like reading novel or quotes, meditating, sipping an organic drink, reflecting on the present day, or reckoning to-do list for next day and more. You are a winner if you bring the agency of your life back before tomorrow starts-off!

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10 ways in which your dog is more than just your dog

by Pallavi Kandhari , freelance contributor  

 

Dogs are pretty awesome! In case you did not already know; here are ten reasons why. 

  1. Dog at home = More physical activity = Less stress!!

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  • Many studies show the importance of physical activity in decreasing stress. So just get your dog out and go out for a stroll and kick your stressful days goodbye!

 

  1. No loneliness = No stress = Fur Friend!!

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  • Nobody to listen to your cribbing at 3am? Your dog will always be there no matter what time it is, having your furry friend by you will never let you be lonely and consequently you wont stress over the temporary lack of companionship in your life

 

 

  1. Laughter is the best therapy!!

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  • The chances are he’ll be a a part of most of your day’s embarrassing moments, leading to a hilarious relationship between you and your pet.

 

  1. PAWSING for study breaks is no more regrettable!!

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  • Exams going on? Need a stress-free moment? Go ahead and take your buddy for a walk and his happiness would create the perfect stress-free break in between those long exhausting study hours.

 

  1. The only love that is unconditional.

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  • The amount of love you get from your dog is unconditional no matter what the world thinks about you. You can never feel “not-loved” if you have your dog with you! And when you realize you deserve to be loved, you will attract love from more channels.

 

  1. You always have something to look forward to when you come home!!

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  • Bad day at work? Boss made your day difficult? Had a fight? Come home and see your cute friend wagging his tail and removing all your STRESS!!!!

 

  1. Also regulates your STRESS-HORMONES!!!

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  • Petting/playing with your dog can decrease Cortisol (stress producing hormone) and increase levels of Oxytocin (stress reducing hormone). PLAY ALL DAY LONG!!!!

 

  1. They can be the best healers!!!

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  • Having a bad headache? Not feeling well? Cuddle up with your furry friend and see all the anxiety go, leading to a decrease in pain. NO PAIN=NO STRESS.

 

  1. Your buddy will make you popular among your peers and the not-so-easy-to-please neighbors.

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  • Anxious around peers and neighbors when alone with them? Take your buddy and see the amount of attention you will attract… Your social circle will increase, you will get freedom from the fear of your anxiety levels rising when your furry friend is around.

 

  1. Cuddling with your fur-ball before sleeping!!

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  • What can be better than having a de-stressor right beside you after the hectic day. So just cuddle up and have a STRESS-FREE sleep.

 

So you still don’t want to adopt me???

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