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  1. The entire world is battling this deadly and contagious virus called COVID 19. The news channels continue to telecast how Coronavirus is affecting all the countries and that is surely resulting in panic and anxiety, as people sitting at home are struggling to deal with it. Well, itâs better we trust the accounts of the people who are actually COVID 19 positive or have recovered from it so as to get a clearer picture in our heads. Purab Kohli took to Instagram to share his account with all his fans and posted that he and his family are not contagious anymore. The former VJ said he wanted his fans to know about it as he thought this would help reduce the panic a little. View this post on InstagramHey guys, weâve just had a flu and given our symptoms our GP says we were down with Covid 19. Pretty similar to a regular flu with a stronger cough and a feeling of breathlessness. Inaya got it first and very mild. A cough and a cold for two days. Then Lucy got it more in the chest, quite similar to the cough symptom everyone has been talking about. Then me, i got a solid cold for one day which was horrid then it vanished and this irritating cough set in for 3 days. Three of us had only mild 100-101 temperatures and fatigue. Osian got it last with a 104 fever for 3 nights. Also a runny nose and a slight cough. His fever disappeared only on his 5th day. We were constantly in touch with the GP on the phone. Apparently everyone in London is getting it and its rampant here, and a few people we know have gotten it. Just wanted to share it with you if it helps reduce the panic a little to know someone who has had it and is fine. On Wednesday last week we were out of self imposed quarantine and are not contagious any longer. We were doing 4 to 5 steams and salt water gargles a day, ginger haldi honey mixtures to sooth the throat really helped. Also warm water bottles on the chest really helped relax the chest. Hot baths helped the fluie feelings. And of course lots and lots of rest even now after two weeks we can feel our bodies still recovering. Please stay safe. I hope none of you get it but if you do, know that your body is strong enough to fight it. Seek proper advice from your doctors as intensity of each case is different as was in my household alone. And please stay home and rest the body as much as possible. Lots of love. #CoronaVirus #Covid19 #Recovery #DontPanic #Breathe #CalmA post shared by (@purab_kohli) MensXP got in touch with Purab Kohli to know how he battled anxiety and how his family dealt with the situation as all the members tested positive for COVID 19. Here are the excerpts from the interview: First of all, I am more than happy to know you and your family are recovering and are doing better. I know these are hard times and even in those hard times, you reached out to all your fans and followers to make them understand the importance of self-quarantine and social distancing. I am more than happy to know that you are happy that I have recovered and I am doing well. Well, I wanted to reduce the sense of panic because I felt that was the need of the hour. When our doctor told us that we had mild to medium symptoms, we realized that our daughter was in contact with someone a week before who got the virus and was taken to the hospital and there's when we got confirmed that we are down with COVID 19. After we got a confirmation, we sent out messages to our friends. We got a very positive response and there was a sense of relief that we all felt. So, they suggested that I should put it out as a post and it might help a lot of people. Well, people are writing to me that they are feeling relieved after reading that message. I am glad that my post did the job because the media has the tendency of showing the worst and people are only looking at the deaths happening because of the virus. The number of cases contracted can create paranoia but then there are people who are getting recovered so that's hope. One of my biggest intentions to share it on social media was to show this side of the story too. When you found out about being COVID 19 positive, did you have any sort of anxiety considering the nature of the pandemic? The first four or five days, as I said, I didn't believe that we have got COVID 19 so then there was no panic as such. Honestly, we were feeling a bit fatigued and I have had a worse bout of flu. When it actually started getting worrying was between the sixth and the eighth day. My wife started feeling breathless, I also started to feel the same way but it wasn't as bad as hers, especially in the night when we were sleeping. I am sure my son was also getting a little breathless, he is a 15-month-old baby and can't speak but we could notice his breath getting heavier at night. There was a very irritating feeling, sort of dry and scratchy sorts just above the chest. It was actually then we realized that this is no joke and my son's fever also shot up. All of it combined was very stressful. View this post on Instagram#Dada Kohli #Daddy Kohli #OsianNur Kohli #Kohlis #threegenerationsA post shared by (@purab_kohli)It would be great if you could give tips on how to stay mentally fit when you are already tackling such a big issue? How did you manage your stress with your health not being okay? We reached a point that we decided to switch off our phones and stopped reading information scattered all over. It's flu at the end of the day. We were doing basic things like consuming turmeric, ginger, hot water gargles and keeping a hot water bottle on the chest. In fact, keeping a hot water bottle on the chest was the advice given by my wife's friend who also had COVID 19. To keep ourselves mentally calm, we stopped responding to the WhatsApp forwards that were telling what we should be doing and what not. We were meditating as keeping calm was the only way out. If there's breathlessness, your mind would obviously go into panic mode that would put the body in the panic mode. Just calm yourself and give your body ample rest. We reduced all sorts of communications at that time. In India, we have been staying under the lockdown as we cannot step out. What are you doing to keep yourself busy in this self-quarantine period? In London, there's not much of a lockdown per se. We do go for walks but yes, we weren't stepping out when we had COVID 19. For almost 2 weeks, we completely closed down and at that time; we were spending time with the kids, cooking food and doing all the household chores. We have two kids, one is 4 and one is 15-month-old, we are seeing them grow. We have got games to keep the kids busy. View this post on Instagram#InayaAmeliaâs pretend #TeaParty #BTS #OutofLove #BBCstudiosIndia #HotstarVIPA post shared by (@purab_kohli) How have you guys been a pillar of strength to each other when everyone was battling the virus? It was hard with all the four people in the household being sick. The kids kept waking up at the night and we had to take care of them and in the process, take care of ourselves. We had to do everything related to household chores so we kept our head down and kept going. My kids also realized that something is wrong, so they understood completely. It was surely stressful. View this post on Instagram#Grouphug and Bowbow comes everywhere.A post shared by (@purab_kohli) There are people who are scared of it and are even running away from quarantine centres. Would you want to give them any solid advice as they are scared and are not ready to take it seriously? Taking it seriously and being scared are two different things. If people are thinking that 'mere ko nahi hoga', that's a stupidity because there are many cases here in the UK who are the carriers but aren't showing any symptoms. The virus is in them but isn't affecting them; probably they have a stronger immune system. But, it doesn't mean that they are not carriers. They are a bunch of older people around and you can pass this on to them. In India, I don't know the correct details if the Government is taking people under quarantine or not but here in the UK, people are asked to be in self-quarantine. Here, we can go out to pick groceries and walk in the park. When we contracted COVID 19, people were helping us with groceries and they were dropping it at the doors. This can be cured but going in denial that 'mujhe nahi hoga or mujhe nahi hua hai' won't help. My advice is to quarantine yourself when you start having symptoms. In our case, it was my daughter who got it first, then my wife and then me. For the first few days, I wasn't ready to believe that we have got COVID 19. It was only after my son got a fever, we started calling our doc and she listened to our symptoms. She also told us that people are having different symptoms and still contracting the virus. I would advise people that it's a contagious disease, so please take care. View this post on Instagram#Storytelling #InayaAmelia #OsianNur Reading the life of #FreidaKahloA post shared by (@purab_kohli) So, thereâs a myth that people in high-rise buildings and sanitized homes canât contract this virus, do you have anything to say on this? I think the virus can go anywhere through the human body and hard surfaces. Everyone should be just careful, be it you're staying in sanitized homes or underground. Has something changed in your approach towards life post battling this deadly pandemic as a lot of people are now respecting life & understanding its importance? I have always been a believer that panic always brings trouble. If there's something that I have learnt is that panic is the worst emotion, so it's better to try and stay steer clear of it. Well, it's better to focus on achieving calmness. When it comes to appreciating life, I have always been an appreciator. My thoughts haven't changed on that front. I really hope that the world changes and people start loving the environment more. In a deeper way, this feels that that planet is asking us to stop. Mother Earth is actually telling us to calm down and people have started to respect each other. I think after the lockdown lifts, it will be difficult for people to go back to the hustle-bustle life and I wish the world changes for the better. We hope you got clarity after reading the information Purab shared. In case you or anyone around you starts showing symptoms, donât get scared of getting tested and donât let panic run on your mind. Practice social distancing and continue following guidelines. View the full article
  2. Social distancing, working from home and self-isolating can be really hard and they can take a toll on your mental health. This pandemic is hitting everyone differently, but if there's one thing that's common to all, then it has got to be stress and anxiety. And therefore, we think it's the perfect time to develop the habit of taking some time off for mindfulness and meditation. In case you need some help with that, we have curated a list of the best meditation apps to help you stay calm and keep the anxiety away. Calm © App Store Calm is probably one of the most popular mindfulness and meditation app there is. It has a beautiful and easy-to-use interface, which is what we all want right now. From mindfulness exercises and guided meditations to stretching exercises, there's a lot to check out here. And in case you don't want to download the app on your phone, you can even head over to their dedicated page to get a glimpse of all the available resources. Download: iOS, Play Store Ten Percent © Play Store Ten Percent is an app that's great for both who are willing to pay a premium or simply use a free tier. Ten Percent has a lot of really good explanatory videos and guided sessions. We're talking about short sessions that are no longer than a minute or so, making them perfect for people who don't have a lot of time. They also have a dedicated COVID-19 section with daily live "sanity break" videos. Download: iOS, Play Store Smiling Mind © App Store Smiling Mind is a free app that's designed for kids and young adults. It has a ton of videos and sessions across a lot of modules that can be very useful during these tough times. This particular app is also very well designed and it's very simple to use. Also, Smiling Mind is one of the very few apps offering the premium tier membership for free for those who can't afford to pay, so be sure to check it out and give it a try. Download: iOS, Play Store Insight TimerThis is a free-to-use app with a library of over 30,000 guided meditations. This is a very basic app that's not going to offer you anything out of the ordinary. Just pick a meditation routine, set a timer and you're good to go. There's a premium tier with a very generous 30-day free trial, so it's a really good option. Download: iOS If meditation isn't for you and you just like to kill some time by playing games, then be sure to check our recommendations for the best relaxing games you can play. View the full article
  3. Love is a four letter word so powerful, it can weave together the myriad threads of the most bedazzling emotion one is capable of feeling in their lifetime. It is more than just four English alphabets scribbled beside the name that makes our heart skip a beat every time it is mentioned. It will catch us by surprise when we are least expecting it, and render us speechless at a moment when we would rather spill our guts out. Plaguing us with an unceasing giddy restlessness and excitement that makes going through our days a torment - made bearable only with the sighting of the person our heart seems to be beating for all of a sudden. Love is called magical simply because when we are in love, we can never be too sure what the next moment could bring to our life - while we stand powerless against its bittersweet onslaught. (c) Pooja & Varun To love is to hold and cherish, protect and care, with a promise to be fair and honest, not only to our beloved but also towards the relationship we build together. Love in all its beauty is to accept, support and encourage the happiness and the well-being of that one individual we would move heaven and earth for. But to love is to also face the demons of your lover and stand by their side as they fight it off. To love is getting through those ugly fights and misunderstandings that come from feeling too much, and too deeply. To love is to see the person you care deeply for at their weakest or lowest, and loving them anyway. No questions asked, and no strings attached, simply because seem like life's greatest blessing. Varun and Pooja's journey towards love is made up of all that - the good, the bad and the ugly - and their love has come out strong, oh so strong against every test of time. (c) Pooja & Varun The couple met each other through a common friend. Pooja recalls her first meeting like it was yesterday, “My friend told me about this guy who would be perfect for me and she wanted to set me up with him. I did not pursue it at the time, but one day when I was catching up with an ex, my friend invited Varun there without even telling me. the minute that he walked in, I could not take my eyes off him. I was intrigued to know him more. We just got to talking and started meeting every day.” However, Varun has a different (and may we add more interesting) story to share. “We met through a common friend, rather it was a set up for which I had to coax that friend for a month to introduce me to her”, shares Varun. Now that's some memorable “coincidental” meeting the two had, and while it's pretty clear that they hit it right off from the go, wait till you hear about their first “official” date. (c) Pooja & Varun “I asked him out on a date. We had been talking for a week by then, and I suggested going out for a movie. However, Varun insisted that we went out for coffee instead. I agreed thinking a movie wouldn't give us enough time to talk, but Varun made the suggestion because he felt that a movie date would only last for 3 hours, whereas a coffee date can go on an entire day. I just couldn't stop smiling after that.” Again, the first date was memorable for Varun for a totally different reason. “We went to Barista in Basant Lok Market, and personally it turned into a disaster at the end since I had forgotten to get my wallet.” Their journey only gets better from here on. They went on to date each other for the next 11 years, and sure enough, faced a number of ups and downs during this time. Their courtship had all the elements of a budding romantic relationship, but it was made a little difficult by Pooja's anxiety issues which she never imagined would turn into a full-blown disaster, coupled with panic attacks. (c) Pooja & Varun Recalling the time when she came to face her demon for the first time, Pooja says, “I had been dating Varun for 3 yrs when he decided to get a job in UAE and moved there. This posed as an unbearable change and the loneliness caused my anxiety to become full-blown panic attacks.” The distance took such toll on Pooja's mental well being that she would cry endlessly and began to fall sick. Through it all, Varun was right by her side despite the miles separating them. “He used to call me for long hours at night to calm my panic attacks. He spent half his salary on calling me long distance to pacify my fears. Once he was back, we went through a time where I could not leave my house. I used to feel ill and anxious if I did. Varun and I had our dates at home those days. He used to sit with me and my family. Watch movies all day”, shares Pooja. (c) Pooja & Varun Even when things got difficult, Varun never bailed on Pooja. He stood right beside her like a pillar of strength and helped her fight her battle all the way. Talking about all those moments that Varun made bearable for her, and ultimately helped her to get better, Pooja adds that “There were also times where I could not travel or stay away from home even for a night. Varun also sacrificed those trips with friends so that I wouldn't feel like I was missing out.” Varun decided to help Pooja deal with her reality better, and that's when “he came up with the plan to make me feel comfortable with night stays outside the house and that is when we started taking 1-day trips together. We went to Agra once and I had a severe panic attack there. He stayed awake all night long hugging me while I kept wailing the night away. No questions asked. No words were spoken.” (c) Pooja & Varun This was the moment that changed everything for Pooja. She was willing to give her all to anything that would make her better and stronger as a person. She told us, “when my partner was also missing out on things because of my disability it gave me a purpose to overcome anxiety. What got me better was his constant presence letting me know that he has my back always.” That's not all, Pooja's acknowledgement and gratitude is proof that when done right, there are lots of ways how a supportive partner and a loving relationship can help someone who is suffering from severe episodes of anxiety. “Varun gave me that space where there was no pressure to be normal. He took my anxious nature as my normal and that just gave me the time to try cognitive therapy and the will to better myself. Now we travel 3 or 4 times a year which was once a dream for me. I am still dealing with it one step at a time but we have made great progress.” (c) Pooja & Varun After 11 years of dating each other, the couple finally got married in 2017, which happens to be their most dear milestone. Pooja shares how the grew as a couple through the years, “we have been through every test of time. From being in a long distance to being in the same city but living far. From seeing each other every day to seeing each other once a week. From accompanying each other for our respective exams to managing to get a degree at the end of it all. From taking risks in life to being scared even to leave the house. From facing panic attacks to going FOR counselling. Every hurdle thrown our way has been faced together with an abundance of patience and we are still moving ahead and dealing with life together.” (c) Pooja & Varun For Varun, Pooja continues to be his biggest cheerleader. Someone he can trust and rely on. He shares that, “When the shit hits the roof, she is the one you need by your side. She is cool as a cucumber under pressure.” Varun also has just one an important to share with all those men who have partners who also suffer from anxiety. “Things become better with patience and perseverance”, quips Varun, and we presume that this along with his love for Pooja must have helped the couple sail through the tough situations and come out as winners in life and as lovers. More power to the happily married couple!
  4. Resident Evil, the long-standing horror franchise that has captured every fan's imagination recently came out with a remaster of one of its classic games. We played a demo of the game at Gamescom and it already looked fascinating back then. Resident Evil 2 was originally released in 1998 and was about the fall of Raccoon City. It had iconic villains and characters that made it one of the most renowned Horror games in history. © Capcom Now exactly 20 years later, the game has been remastered by Capcom with updated graphics, an updated story and better gameplay mechanics. In essence, the game was coded from the ground up and is probably the best-remastered games we've ever played. In fact, the game follows the same formulas as the 1998 classic game and is unapologetic about it. In the game, you will either be playing as Leon Kennedy (cop) or Claire Redfield (college student in search of his brother) and follow different story arcs in the zombie-infested Raccoon City. © Capcom Resident Evil 2 is a third person, an over-the-shoulder shooter that still has the same claustrophobic feeling you would get from the original game. This oppressive feeling would add to the anxiety when you are trying to fight off zombies in tricky areas and even in open hallways. The over-the-shoulder play is tweaked to perfection here, as it instils gut-wrenching horror in every step you take. The environment itself its filled with tension that adds to the visceral and morbid world of Resident Evil. There's darkness in every corner and your flashlight is the only thing keeping you safe until you get jumped on by a zombie. The scare is real where you have to tackle jump scares while traversing different areas in the game. The audio design is also top notch as moans and shrieks added extra tension in moments of silence. Tackling zombies also need to strategic in certain scenarios as you can either blow their face off or blow up a limb to slow them down. This is by the scariest Resident Evil game we've played yet and it's great that the franchise embraces everything that made it successful in the first place. The story in Resident Evil 2 is identical to what the original game with a few more cutscenes and new locations that add to the narrative. You won't see any cringe-worthy lines or dumb quotes that took away the seriousness in older Resident Evil games. A lot of the game takes place in the massive police station where you will have to unlock new areas by hunting objects and combining them to open areas. Just like the original, this game does not have an autosave feature which means you still need to find a typewriter in order to save progress. The voice acting also adds to key character moments as it accentuates the modern cinematic style. Performances by voice actors were up to the mark that added some weight to scary or emotional moments. © Capcom For the first time in a game, I was genuinely scared because of an NPC that would show up or stalk you at any given time in the game. The enemy is called “Tyrant” and it will show up every few hours that would eventually skyrocket the intensity and stroll levels of the game. Once you encounter the enemy, you will be more careful where you go and have to be attentive of every door you open. You can't even kill the damn thing so shooting at it is pointless. © Capcom Sound design also plays a crucial role when it comes to horror games and Resident Evil 2 delivers the perfect experience in that department. It's probably one of the reasons why Tyrant sounds scarier than anything else in the game. You will hear its footsteps echo in your environment even though it's not on the same floor as you. The incredible sound design basically got me anxious each time I opened a door. You will be travelling with genuine fear simply because of these mysterious sounds. When it comes to gameplay, the new over-the-shoulder perspective works extremely smooth and you can control both Leon and Claire without any issues. Both characters have unique weapons and gadgets that you will use whole tackling enemies. There are also puzzles like the original game that you will need to solve and they aren't overly difficult or simple either. Resident Evil 2 is all about survival and where staying alive is as important as having the ability to shoot zombies, It isn't fast paced like modern zombie games where you will shoot everything in sight. Each move, path and shot has to be calculated otherwise you will end up dead. © Capcom In fact, when you are done with your first play-through, we encourage you to play the game again with a different character (either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield) as the campaign offers different scenarios for each character. You will have similar objectives, visit the same locations but a lot of the campaign is different. You'll even unlock The 4th Survivor where you will play a small side story with its own story and rewards. Overall, the game has more replay value than any other horror game we've ever come across. Verdict Resident Evil 2 gives you the extra replay value you expect from a game as you would expect it from games from the 90s. It's got an exceptional sound design, great environments and overall a very scary experience. Even if you have played the original Resident Evil 2, you really don't want to miss out on the remastered version. It's a whole new game that hasn't forgotten its roots and is arguably the greatest survival horror game very made. You simply can't ignore this one.
  5. The lovably eccentric character of Genie from 'Aladdin' has been one of the most beloved characters for years, and it was probably because of Robin Williams. The late actor will always be known as the voice of Genie and it's obviously hard to follow in his footsteps, but Will Smith has taken on the challenge in the upcoming live-action version of 'Aladdin'. However, Disney's adaptation of the beloved animated movie seems to have gotten off to a rough start, with people not exactly being excited about the most important character - Genie. I mean, he's not even blue! That's not how it works, that's not how any of this works! A whole new world. Check out the exclusive first look at Disney's #Aladdin on the cover of the newest issue of @EW! https://t.co/WZkpxh4YNU pic.twitter.com/ch0zpbM7AQ — Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) December 19, 2018 The first picture of Will Smith in character was posted by Entertainment Weekly alongside Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin and British actress Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. Well, ever since then, Twitter has been having the best time roasting the hell out of it and it kind of deserves it, tbh. This ain't it, chief. Ummmm.... That's gonna be a no for me dawg. . .#aladdin #Disney #willsmith https://t.co/kPwFIWdmXi — Tarski Merceda (@TarskiMerceda) December 19, 2018 Nope. Just saw Will Smith as the genie in the live action Aladdin remake. My reaction....... #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/v6irLIjRC5 — Jason Wesney (@JasonWesney) December 19, 2018 #NotImpressed Will Smith: Hey Twitter, Take a look at these shots of me as Aladdin my new film. All of Twitter: pic.twitter.com/lS1HeQl2Mr — ð¦I'm your finder. (@hllwy) December 19, 2018 People are roasting Aladdin as well. I still can't believe Disney made the actor playing Aladdin wear a shirt under his vest in a movie set in the middle of the fucking desert pic.twitter.com/AFdfhzp2cS — frank costa (@feistyfrank) December 19, 2018 That gif, tho. When I saw what genie will look like in #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/QtB85IQPiC — The Comic Losers Podcast (@TheComicLosers) December 19, 2018 That's uncomfortable. What could Will Smith possibly have done to deserve this? Jada is gonna have to do a whole episode of “Read Table Talk” about this hair piece. pic.twitter.com/wMm5fysIg0 — Saeed Jones (@theferocity) December 19, 2018 It's a crossover! Aladdin should not be dressed like Marty McFly pic.twitter.com/c8jvjCQfGc — Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 19, 2018 It's already giving me anxiety. Will Smith's genie hair in the live-action #Aladdin is going to be a major source of anxiety for me in 2019. pic.twitter.com/FwG44LHiUj — Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) December 19, 2018 Really? That's it? so that's it huh? #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/JkQ6IGsobG — ðºð (@Hellkr1) December 19, 2018 So much better! The new Aladdin Movie with Will Smith looks good! pic.twitter.com/pU3DiUZXET — TRAFON (@RiseFallNick) December 19, 2018 Someone's calling everyone out. disney: we're gonna spend like $200 million having humans recreate a beloved animated movie for some reason internet: omg take all my money disney: sweet here's how it looks so far internet: THAT ISN'T HOW A GIANT BLUE GENIE'S HAIR IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK YOU MONSTERS — Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell) December 19, 2018 Will Smith to the rescue! #WillSmith I need to see some photos of this. Because atm my childhood memories are upset. #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/6fuxmuy5dG — Sarah Freer (@SarahFreer) December 19, 2018 Someone added blue. A splash of blue :) #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/n2rmaaUxy0 — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 19, 2018 Oh no! *upon seeing Will Smith as Genie for the first time* #Aladdin pic.twitter.com/uLpMzwE38P — Nick Bosworth (@NickMBosworth) December 19, 2018 Umm. pic.twitter.com/nH6np0Px08 — Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) December 19, 2018
  6. If you are looking to involve a daily dose of meditation in your schedule to take a moment to relax and know yourself better, then here are some free apps for you to start with. You can begin with Headspace if you want to practice meditation at a beginner's level or go with Breathe Deep for specific kind of breathing exercise. 1. Calm Whenever you find yourself super-stressed about a work project or had a tense conversation with a colleague, open this app to calm yourself down. It features guided meditations and nature sounds, as well as advice for reaching a peaceful state of mind. 2. Headspace ©YouTube If you want to learn how to meditate, Headspace is the right deal for you. It allows users to practice meditation and mindfulness through daily exercises. 3. Happify ©Google Play If you think all meditation apps are boring, then this one will change your perception. Happify uses science-based games that can increase your daily happiness in small doses where users can select the game category (savor, thank, aspire, give, empathize, etc.) to reach their specific happiness goals. Simple. Isn't it? 4. Pacifica Pacifica tracks users' progress and helps them manage their anxiety on a daily basis. It does so through strategies based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation. 5. Breathe Deep The app features lessons on specific types of breathing, like Ujjayi breathing and Pranayama breathing.
  7. Today, life moves so fast that it is impossible to eliminate stress from your life. This continuous stress in millennials is ultimately leading to an increasing number of cases of heart disease, obesity, depression, gastrointestinal problems, asthma, and more. A recent paper out of Harvard and Stanford found health issues from job stress alone causes more deaths than diabetes, Alzheimer's, or influenza. © Az Quotes Well, there are many habits successful people suggest to help deal with stress like reading a book, meditating and thinking positive but all these require a lot of effort. It wouldn't be anything new if we told you that music helps you relax but what if we gave you the list of songs which Neuroscience suggests can help reduce anxiety by up to 65 percent. © Az Quotes Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International conducted this research, where participants were asked to solve difficult puzzles as quickly as possible while connected to sensors. The puzzles induced a certain level of stress, and participants listened to different songs while researchers measured their brain activity as well as physiological states which included heart rate, blood pressure, and rate of breathing. The song 'Weightless' topped the list. Here is the list of songs that you can listen to when you feel that you are going through a bit of stress. 1. "Weightless," by Marconi Union 2. "Electra," by Airstream 3. "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)," by DJ Shah 4. "Watermark," by Enya 5. "Strawberry Swing," by Coldplay 6. "Please Don't Go," by Barcelona 7. "Pure Shores," by All Saints 8. "Someone Like You," by Adele 9. "Canzonetta Sull'aria," by Mozart 10. "We Can Fly," by Rue du Soleil You can also listen to them for a good night's sleep, just before going to bed.
  8. Imagine standing in the middle of the road, seeing a truck head your way, while you stand there absolutely stuck and helpless, waiting for it to crush you under its wheels. Imagine feeling this way, all the time, every single day of your life. Now, imagine dating someone who feels this way constantly. Imagine dating someone who lives in a constant state of catastrophe, and doesn't quite know what really triggers it. This, my friend, is called anxiety and it can make the strongest person go weak in the knees, just by making its presence felt each passing day. Dating someone who has anxiety isn't a walk in the park, to be very honest. There are a myriad ups and downs the person experiences every other moment and the only way to ease them out of the situation is to patiently calm them down. The triggers can be anything. From the biggest tragedy to the smallest fear. For example, when you're dating a person who suffers from anxiety, the smallest thing like you not answering her calls, while you're busy at work, can trigger an unfathomable range of emotions in her and make her feel anxious about the situation. © Thinkstock An anxiety attack is not the same as a panic attack. Anxiety occurs due to a stressor. When the person faces an anxious situation, they usually identify the stressor that's provoked that reaction in them, whereas a panic attack is quite unpredictable and doesn't necessarily require a stressor to invoke a certain panic stricken reaction from you. So, identifying the difference between the two, while you're dating someone is fairly important because you might just inevitably become the stressor in her life, without knowing it and no it's not your fault at all. Yes, it's difficult to be with someone who is constantly anxious. People who suffer from anxiety over think and overanalyse everything. They run a scenario in their head tumultuously, a number of times just to get the answers to everything, themselves. For example, she may think about how your hug was different today than it was yesterday and beat herself silly over this simple thought or she may call to check on your whereabouts time and time again and ask you numerous times about when you'll be done with work. This is her not being insecure, this is her dealing with her anxiety and she knows it's troubling you. © Thinkstock You will definitely figure it out when someone you're with is being insecure and unreasonable or genuinely going through a bout of anxiety. The symptoms are very clear and if she has anxiety concerning the relationship, she will definitely have anxiety regarding everything else too. So we're going to try and help you understand how you can be around someone who has anxiety and goes through numerous anxiety attacks on a daily basis. Understand What Anxiety Is In order to deal with someone who is going through anxiety, you need to understand what anxiety is first. When your girlfriend or wife is experiencing an anxiety attack, open up a conversation and understand how their body is reacting to an attack, while understanding what is going through their mind. © Thinkstock Keep A Check On Their Frequent Triggers While there may be a different trigger that sets off in their head each day and gives them anxiety, there might be a pattern to the trigger points too. Understand what the common triggers are, causing her anxiety and help curb them for her. It could be bad traffic while she drives to work. You can insist on her taking a cab instead. It could be you not answering her calls or texts on time; you can let her know you are busy instead of ignoring her. Whatever her triggers are, identify them and understand why they give her anxiety. © Thinkstock Be Calm When She Isn't This is important for you to understand. After you know how her body and mind react to an anxiety attack, you have to be the calm one, calming her down. You can't raise your voice, even though she might be screaming, neither can you show callousness towards her through body language. You have to be ready and available when she's experiencing an attack and calm her down as much as you can. If physical touch helps her calm down, then definitely hold her close and give her a hug and keep talking to her through her rancid experience. Do not be abrasive! © Thinkstock Have A Plan To Tackle The Situation In Hand Whenever she's going through anxiety, have a plan in hand that will ease the situation for both you and her. It could be you sitting in silence and calming her down or you playing her favourite music to calm her down. If she wants you to leave the room, make sure you have an exit strategy sorted. When you figure her triggers out, don't do anything impulsive or spontaneous after. Make a plan and it will become easier to deal with, both for you and her. © Thinkstock Never Take It Personally Anxiety, more often than not, can manifest as anger and frustration and it can be taken out on someone anxious people are closest to. Never take her words or actions seriously when she's having an anxiety attack, it will only make things worse for you and you'll go down the rabbit hole, without even understanding where she's coming from. It's a tough thing to do but when she's experiencing anger, tell yourself it's temporary and constantly remind yourself that it's not aimed at you personally. The biggest challenge though is you thinking you can't fix the situation but with your determination and patience, the situation will heal on its own. © Thinkstock Urge Her To See A Therapist If she's already not seeing someone to curb her anxiety, definitely take her for therapy yourself. A therapist will understand her anxiety a lot better than you ever will, even though you do everything in your power to help her. Professional help can make her deal with her anxiety a lot better, so get her help when she needs it. © Thinkstock It's a tough ordeal to be stuck in and if you're with someone who has anxiety, don't give up on them and walk away. Instead understand what they're facing everyday and help them heal. Eventually, things will begin to look up for the both of you.
  9. Elementary school children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial anomalies may struggle more than older kids with anger, anxiety, depression and stress, according to a recent study. Compared to older kids and teens, those between ages 8 and 10 have the highest risk for psychosocial dysfunction, the study team reports in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. ?The ultimate goal for all of us who work in craniofacial surgery is to help kids feel better and grow up normally,? said senior author Dr Justine Lee of the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. ?At first, we weren?t looking for differences in age but other factors such as health insurance, socioeconomic status or how many surgeries they had over time,? she told Reuters Health in a telephone interview. ?It surprised us to find out how tough elementary school was, realising somebody else is different and noticing your own differences.? The researchers surveyed 99 patients at the UCLA Craniofacial Clinic ranging in age from 8 to 17 years. The survey asked the girls and boys to recall how they felt in the past week, including anger, anxiety and depression, as well as how social interactions made them feel. When researchers split participants into groups aged 8-10, 11-13 and 14-17, they found that the 8-10 age group showed the highest anxiety and depression and had the lowest peer-relationship scores overall. The youngest age group also had the most severely affected children. In particular, 30 percent of those between ages 8 and 10 had severe anxiety scores and 37 percent had severely low peer relationship scores. The 11-13 age group had the lowest anger scores. ?Some surgeons like to wait before doing certain reconstructive surgeries, but it?s good to know that we need to be more aware of the appearance concerns in the 8-10 age range,? said Dr Russell Reid, director of the cleft and craniofacial services program at the University of Chicago Medical Center, who wasn?t involved in the study. ?We?ve assumed that teens were more aware of their surroundings and self-perception, but we need to be sensitive to issues that affect our elementary-age patients and their daily living,? Reid said in a telephone interview. Lee and colleagues are working on several follow-up studies regarding psychosocial stress in children with facial birth defects and finding that parents believe high school is a more fragile time than elementary school. The research team is also working with children and parents who speak Spanish in the Los Angeles area. ?For some reason, those children are doing worse,? Lee said. ?We?re not sure if it?s the general immigrant experience or a particular effect of craniofacial anomalies.? Reid said that he and colleagues plan to begin using the survey from this study to understand patients? stress in the Chicago area, looking at the ?before? and ?after? effects of surgery on anxiety, depression and anger. ?We also want to follow our patients as they get older and begin to function in society,? Reid said. ?Not only peer outcomes but how they feel as they integrate into society, jobs and their careers.? Craniofacial surgery often means more to the patient than a physical change, he added. ?It?s not only about fixing a structure; it?s about taking care of the whole child.? Similarly, parents should remain aware of how their children perceive themselves and feel about their social status, Lee added. ?Kids go through a lot of things growing up, and anomalies add another stress on top of that,? she said. ?It?s important for everyone to celebrate and be proud of their differences, no matter what it is.? All parents can be supportive, whether or not their children have facial anomalies, Lee said. ?Words and actions can be hurtful and have long-lasting impacts. Be careful and aware and take that additional step of consideration.?
  10. People who do resistance exercises like weight lifting may experience less anxiety than people who don?t workout, a research review suggests Researchers analyzed data from 16 previously published studies with a total of 922 participants who were randomly assigned to do resistance training or be inactive. Resistance workouts were associated with a reduction in anxiety symptoms regardless of whether or not participants had a mental health disorder, though the effect was more pronounced in healthy people who didn?t report any physical or psychological problems. ?The positive effects of exercise training on mental health are well established; however, the majority of this knowledge is based on studies involving aerobic based training,? said lead study author Brett Gordon, a physical education and sports researcher at the University of Limerick in Ireland. ?RET (resistance exercise training) significantly reduced anxiety in both healthy participants and those with a physical or mental illness, and the effect size of these reductions is comparable to that of frontline treatments such as medication and psychotherapy,? Gordon said by email. ?RET is a low-cost behaviour with minimal risk, and can be an effective tool to reduce anxiety for healthy and ill alike.? Because the analysis only focused on resistance training, the results can?t show whether this type of activity might be better or worse than aerobic or other types of exercise for easing anxiety symptoms. While the effects of resistance exercise on the brain are not as well understood as the impact of aerobic workouts, emerging research has also linked resistance training to less shrinkage of white matter in the brain, said Dianna Purvis Jaffin of the Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. White matter is composed of nerve fibres that connect neurons in different parts of the brain. Changes in white matter can occur with age, and are thought to be involved in cognitive and behavioural problems. It?s possible that exercise might help ease anxiety simply by distracting people from how they?re feeling and giving them something else to focus on, Jaffin, who wasn?t involved in the current study, said by email. ?Exercise generally requires some level of concentration on the activity and may serve as a distraction, and at least acutely (meaning - during that bout of exercise and a bit after) interrupt rumination and obsessive worrying,? Jaffin said. ?Finally, since people with anxiety tend to have uncertainty about their future, they may obsessively worry and lack confidence,? Jaffin added. ?Exercise can improve self-efficacy, the belief that one can succeed in particular situations, which may make someone feel more empowered.? While the amount of exercise may influence the impact of workouts on mental health, there isn?t enough evidence available yet to prescribe a specific amount of activity, said Steven Petruzzello, a body mechanics researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who wasn?t involved in the study. Absent this sort of prescription, choosing an enjoyable workout makes sense, Petruzzello said by email. In the current analysis, people did resistance exercises on two to five days per week for an average of 11 weeks. ?The best advice at the present time is to ?just do it? - it being whatever the person finds enjoyable or at least tolerable,? Petruzzello said. ?For some that might mean going for a walk, for others it might entail more vigorous forms of activity.?
  11. Up to 20 percent of UK hospital appointments for heart or brain scans and other exploratory tests are taken up by patients suffering from excessive health anxiety or hypochondria, experts said on Thursday. And while the problem is worsening - due in part to people with disproportionate health worries researching symptoms online in a phenomenon known as ?cyberchondria? - it can be effectively treated with psychological therapy, they said. Presenting results of a study of the condition, researchers said hypochondriacs given an average of six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) over several months saw significant and sustained reductions in their anxiety levels. Even five years later, long after the therapy had ended, those who?d had CBT were less over-anxious about their health than a control group who did not get the CBT. Health anxiety is a common but often undiagnosed problem characterized by patients excessively worrying about being ill and fearing they may have a severe or rare unrecognized disease. Symptoms can include chest pains or headaches that persist despite a doctor?s reassurance that there is no physical cause for concern. Experts say health anxiety is a significant drain on health services and leads to unnecessary, invasive and expensive medical tests. Patients pay repeated visits to the doctor and to emergency departments, and frequently seek second and third opinions. Researchers estimate the annual costs to Britain?s National Health Service of patients attending unnecessary tests and appointments could be as high as 56 million pounds ($73 million). A World Health Organization study conducted in five countries and published in 2016 found health anxiety is not only a problem among the wealthy, but affects patients and health services in developing countries as well. ?Most sufferers attend medical practitioners in both primary and secondary care asking for help in searching for a physical diagnosis, so ignoring the mental core of the condition,? said Peter Tyrer, a professor of community psychiatry who co-led the study. ?We found health anxiety was common in those with other physical illness. So people ... would interpret minor symptoms as warnings ... (and) cut down on all their activities, create more suffering, and have their lives thrown into chaos.? The study involved 444 people recruited from cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, neurology and respiratory departments at five general hospitals in England. It was funded by Britain?s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and published in the NIHR Journals Library.
  12. He is a star, adored by millions of fans; he is Bollywood's original khiladi; he is fit as a fiddle even at 50; and yet he takes out time to cook at home. Not just cook an ordinary meal, but make white chocolate mousse for his dinner guests. Akshay Kumar, you are setting the bar too high for us ordinary mortals. Twinkle Khanna shared a picture of her husband Akshay Kumar and son Aarav, making dessert for their guests. Father and son busy making soufflé and layered white chocolate mousse for our dinner guests.I have trained my boys well :) #dessertstory #sundayshenanigans A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Aug 13, 2017 at 4:05am PDT Akshay's cooking skills are no surprise; the actor worked as a chef in Bangkok where he had gone for martial arts training. A man of many talents, he makes sure his children imbibe them too. He is known to have trained son Aarav with a strict fitness routine. His son has a black belt in Kudo, a Japanese martial art. Every day is a #FathersDay if you have a son like that :) #MakingMemories â¬#blessed A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Jun 18, 2017 at 10:44am PDT One of the biggest Bollywood stars in the country right now, Akshay has time and again spoken up for what's right. With the release of his latest film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha', Akshay bats for the need of toilets in villages. Now you could be the biggest star of the country but at the end of the day, you still have to cook for the missus! Perfect husband, perfect father, perfect khiladi. Okay gotta go; have to start learning how to boil water.
  13. Activewear was long considered unworthy of upscale fashion, viewed as a product of necessity, not creativity, utilitarian, not elegant. As the thinking went, gyms were decidedly non-glam. But then there are personalities that prove that the latter is correct. © Viral Bhayani You know those gym wannabes – case in point: Shahid Kapoor – who roam around in ill-fitted baggy clothes that make them look like...well...d***heads? Just elevate it a notch up to haus of celeb-mania. A white tank top and charcoal grey ribbed pajamas? Like, really? As if we hadn't had enough monochrome melancholia these days. Now, whether it is the daddy dilemma or the stress of baby number two (we congratulate him on that!), taking the stress out on dull and drab clothes won't really solve the problem. © Viral Bhayani Thank God for those Nike sneakers! The eye-catching tangerine of the Swoosh is the only thing that shouts colour. © Viral Bhayani We still miss Shahid's he-day-looks, sweaty abs and coupled-with-Kareena looks but on the bright side, the only thing that catches our attention is the perfectly trimmed beard. Now, all we need is a better-styled tracksuit for next time!
  14. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell had several prescription drugs in his system when he committed suicide last month in a Detroit hotel, according to the results of an autopsy released on Friday. Cornell, 52, had anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives, barbiturates and sinus congestion medication in his system, a toxicology report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner showed. The medical examiner last month determined that the grunge singer died by hanging himself on May 17 with an exercise resistance band in his hotel bathroom. He was found dead hours after playing a concert in Detroit with the band. Cornell had spoken openly in interviews of his struggles with drugs as a teenager and later with alcohol. But he said in 2007 that he had been sober since checking himself into rehab in 2002. He also spoke of periods of depression and agoraphobia. Cornell's wife, Vicky Cornell, has said her husband could not have been in his right mind when he died, saying his judgment may have been impaired by taking anti-anxiety drugs. In a statement issued on Friday after the toxicology report was released, she said that those who knew him well "noticed that he wasn't himself during his final hours and that something was very off." "After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgment seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind. Something clearly went terribly wrong, and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back.?
  15. ‘Stranger Things’ has been a rage ever since it made it to our home screens via Netflix last year. The entire craze and buzz around the brilliantly crafted sci-fi show is immense, and truly justified. Who would believe that a bunch of kids can leave you tongue tied with such an intense performance? © Netflix So, obviously, the eight episode series left us gasping for more and when a second inning was announced, we were elated. The makers took the fans by surprise yesterday when a teaser of the second season was dropped during the Super Bowl in the US. Yes, casually swept in. The teaser begins with a glimpse of a vintage ‘Eggo’ ad (Eleven’s favourite, of course you know that).The teaser is hazy with ideas floating our way and we are already coming up with fabricated tales of our own. Not to forget the chilling scene on an upside down Eleven and a glimpse of the monster as well. © Netflix © Netflix The series is set to get back on Halloween and of course, it’s getting real hard to wait!
  16. Music is one of the most relaxing things in the world. It can mend a broken heart, soothe a battered soul and make your world a much happier place. We all have our go-to relaxing song when we want to lessen the ache in the heart or when the world feels a little too much to deal with. Turns out, there is one song that is scientifically proven to be the most relaxing song in the world. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International conducted a research to determine what music was the most relaxing and helped in reduced stress levels the most. The participants of the study were made to attempt some really difficult puzzles that were known to induce stress, as they listened to different songs. Their heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate were monitored to see which song had the highest calming effect. And it was found that the song that the most relaxing was ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union, and it reduced anxiety levels by as much as 65 %. While we are overjoyed that there is a cheat code to keep your nerves together when you are stuck in Delhi traffic with drivers honking from all sides, the song is not really a surprise as it was specifically created for this purpose. It was created for a spa and the makers of the song worked in tandem with sound therapists and put together all notes, harmonies and tunes aiming at lowering stress levels in the listener. © Unsplash In the study, it was found that the song was so impactful that many women reported feeling drowsy listening to it, which is why Dr David Lewis-Hodgson advises against listening to it while driving. In our fast-paced and extremely competitive world, stress levels are shooting through the roof. People as young as 30 are suffering from heart problems and experiencing ageing way too early. There is too much in life to worry about and we should do as much as we can to keep that stress at bay. Here’s a list of 10 songs that have been found to be effective in reducing stress. Add these to your playlist! 1. ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union 2. ‘Electra’ by Airstream 3. "Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)’ by DJ Shah 4. ‘Watermark’ by Enya 5. ‘Strawberry Swing’ by Coldplay 6. ‘Please Don't Go’ by Barcelona 7. ‘Pure Shores’ by All Saints 8. ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele 9. ‘Canzonetta Sull'aria’ by Mozart 10. ‘We Can Fly’ by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)
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