Remedies for Lower back pain

The desk job has been taking a toll on us in ways more than we know or we accept.

The sedentary lifestyles have harmed our bodies way too much. While we cannot do much about the way of working, we can always find ways to improve our health.

Lower back pain is like slow poison, you would not tend to notice it in the beginning, you tend to ignore the little signs which tell you there is a problem with your back. But one fine day, it increases beyond measure and you face difficulty in even bending down for basic tasks.

Let us discuss what all can we do at home to make this pain go away!

  1. Keep moving: That little device in your hand always does more than just let you surf through social media! Keep reminders in your mobile phone for getting up from your seat every hour and taking a 5 minutes’ stroll.
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2. Do stretching: Every morning after waking up, keep those few minutes aside for the stretching exercises, which are a must for your body. Blood flow increases in your body because of that and you will feel more energetic throughout the day.

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3. Yoga: Imbibe certain yoga poses in your daily routine to keep the back pain at bay! Don’t you worry about the difficulty level of the poses if you are a non-practitioner of yoga, as these are all very basic poses. Try to hold all the poses for 10-15 seconds for added benefits.

Listing a few of them below:

  • Cat pose
  • Cow pose
  • Bridge pose
  • Cobra pose
  • Child pose
  • Locust pose
  • Downward facing dog
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4. Sleeping tip: Sleep with a rolled napkin or a small pillow under your knees. It helps in maintaining the natural back curve and the healthy sleeping posture.

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5. Hot compress: This therapy is for the ones with a chronic back pain. Use a heating pad/bag etc. before sleeping and after waking up as the chronic back pain is at the peak during these times. The hot towel/bag therapy reduces the stiffness in the muscles caused while sleeping and also increases the blood flow in the affected area. It soothes the aching muscles.

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The above mentioned remedies are helpful in case there is mild back pain or just the beginning of it. If it is persistent/unbearable it is highly advisable to visit a doctor for appropriate and accurate treatment.

Disclaimer: Above content is only for knowledge purpose and should not be a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. Consult a doctor if the lower back pain persists.

Colours of SS 21

As we enter in the new year, we see a lot of changes happening around us! Change is something that all of us are looking forward to in this new year. The colour trends are just telling the same story.

The colour trends for the Spring Summer 2021 released by Pantone are a treat for the sore eyes.

Without building much mystery around it, let’s dive into the 8 colours of the Power Surge Palette by Pantone for SS21.

  1. Red Maple:

This colour speaks a lot. It is the colour of courage, passion, love, and sacrifice. It is not too loud but at the same time stands out for sure. The maple tone in this colour gives a warm vibe about it.

  1. Nobility:

The nobility colour is a shade of Blue. It is on the brighter end of the colour blue. The colour pops out! It gives the sense of trust, security and loyalty. The colour signifies responsibility and reliability. It’s like a new blue colour.

  1. Iced Mango:

This is a new and fun colour! This colour is a bridge of the pastel tones of the past few seasons with a dash of this season’s trend of the bright colours. Iced Mango gives out the perfect summery feels.

  1. Boudoir Red:

Another tone on the dark end of the palette. The boudoir red colour looks stylish, elegant and classy, all at the same time. This shade of red is not something that is seen often. Adorning this colour will ensure that you turn a few heads in your direction!

  1. Lime Zest:

As the name describes this colour is zesty, vibrant and fresh. It symbolizes happiness, optimism, energy and clarity. We are so thrilled to see this colour on outfits and how stylists’ style it with other colours.

  1. Siesta:

Siesta is the cutest shade amongst this palette. It is somewhere on the lines of peachy pink. The colour reminds of the sunset sky from the beach. It’s a beautiful shade of pink.

  1. Pepper Stem:

The pepper stem colour is a shade of green. This colour looks like 2 tones lighter of the bottle green colour. The colour is soothing, relaxing and youthful. This colour can be played around with a lot in the accessories.

  1. Fairy Wing:

This colour is all magic! It is a pastel shade of pink-purple colour which we have been seeing for the past few years. It is a super cute colour which has a very girly vibe about it.

This is all about the Pantone SS21 palette from us. We are super psyched seeing all these colours!

Realizations in 2020

We have come to such a point in life where every realization, every situation, every incident ultimately makes us think about life in general – in retrospect.

COVID has changed the way we view things. What things are worth our time and which deserve to be ignored and laughed at!

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We tend to get upset over the silliest of things and waste our happy moments and days being grumpy about things which are not going to matter in the long run. But recent times have changed the way we deal with life.

We have become less concerned about what people will think if we do not behave a certain way or in line with the norms decided by the society! We have come to give a pass to other people as well and not hold a grudge against them for petty happenings.

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The small social circles have become even smaller. We have started taking things on a lighter note more often – which is very good because every little thing should not carry so much of weight and importance.

We have started becoming more forgiving and kind to each other and most importantly –  to ourselves. The part of the world where we come from – we are used to being so harsh on ourselves. We need to change that and be more accepting and less judgmental of our own selves.

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We are blessed with this beautiful form of life and we should try and make the most of it.

Future is uncertain –this sentence never made so much sense until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world!

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Goodbye 2020, we had so much to learn from you!

Welcome 2021, we await with you new hopes and dreams in our hearts!

2020 is flying by in front of our eyes

A lot of us are now so fed up this year that we just want it to vanish – pooofff!!! Correct?

We can totally understand the feeling as we too sail in the same boat.

At the same time, we also believe that we should not forget all the things that 2020 taught us – some by force, some we learnt on our own and through our own experiences.

So, before we bid goodbye to this strange year, some points that we should carry with us to the next year and for the years following that.

1] Fill your life with more and more moments spent with your closed ones.

The best asset of our lives is the people we have in our own little world. Be it our parents, siblings or partners – nothing and absolutely no amount of wealth matches the level of joy and peace that these relationships can provide you with!

Of course chase your dreams and build your dream life –but make sure this bunch of people is in it, closest to you otherwise everything might feel meaningless!

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2] Carpe Diem.

One thing we all learnt in this year is that life is so damn unpredictable and it is not healthy for anyone to dwell too much on the future. What we have is today and so we should literally make the most of it. Live each day as it is the best day of your life and try to make it as beautiful as possible.

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3] Healthy body and mind should be a priority and not an option.

Suddenly when the pandemic hit the world – the word immunity and fitness became synonymous with every conversation. But my dears, is it only this pandemic which requires us to be fit and healthy? Isn’t immunity and good health a goal otherwise?

If not, then it should be. Better late than never!

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4] Let go, be kind.

This world needs more kindness and there is no two ways about it. Humanity needs a revival in its approach. Being considerate and empathetic is the need of the hour.

Just let go of little things and misunderstandings and look at the bigger picture. Trying this will definitely make your life more peaceful. This does not mean that you should not take a stand for what’s wrong but it means that one should choose their battles wisely- not every situation is worth taking up a stand for!

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5] Minimalism is the way ahead.

Lockdown during the pandemic taught us what the basic necessities of life are. We have become so obsessed with our possessions that we are blinded by them. What should be truly a part of our life and what is completely unnecessary – we are not capable enough anymore to judge that.

So many options are thrown at us that we tend to collect stuff which we throw off ultimately as it expires, sometimes without even using it once.

It is very important that we control the splurge on things even though we can afford them. As much as we would love to have variety in everything – the world resources are only finite and so it is in the best interest of everyone that we learn this lesson the soonest!

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Hope you all could connect with our heartfelt 2020 penned down in a few words! Toodles!

How to survive a bad day!

We all have to agree that there are some days when you wake up groggy and as the day passes you feel more and more miserable. Of course it is okay to feel that way sometimes, but many a times we do not have the luxury to wallow in self-pity even on such odd days.

So how to survive that day?

Well, here’s sharing our tried and tested ways to pass the gloomy day and wait for a brighter next morning!

  1. Start your day with meditation/yoga or a light walk in the fresh air. Even if you are not a regular practitioner of yoga/meditation, give it a shot on such days, it will definitely fill you up with energy!

You could go out for a walk in a park nearby or if your society has one, you can use that. Soak in some sunshine and breathe in some fresh air – both of these have become such rare things in our busy lifestyles that getting some of them would make you feel instantly pumped up about life as we know it.

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  1. If you have a job that requires you to work from home then you have the liberty of working in your own twisted ways. Take little 5 minutes break every hour and walk around in the house. Talk to someone close to you for 5 minutes in that break; talk about anything at all in the world – may be even politics in Brazil haha!
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  1. If you have a fairly long commute to your work, listen to music while on the way. Any kind of music – soothing, loud, blasting your ears, romantic! That will help you to calm your nerves and feel better in a way that you will be able to pass your day in a better frame of mind.
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  1. Engage yourself in as much work as possible; do not keep your mind free. On such days, it is a normal human tendency to go on a thought train and overthink. Do not let that happen or else a bad day will turn into a worse one. Keep yourself occupied in one thing or another and that is the key to stay away from any negativity that might seep in.
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  1. Plan your evening; not necessarily a fancy night but it could be a quiet dinner watching your favorite classic movie on the couch. Eating your favorite food could up your spirits or at least provide you with some comfort, in a way uplifting your low day a little higher.
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  1. Read your favorite book with a scented candle lighted on your side table and you cuddled in your cozy comforter. Nothing better than reading a good book and melting into the book world and forgetting the real world and its worries on a bad day.
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Let us know if any of the above mentioned things you found helpful! You could even share your little secrets about how you uplift your low days!

Until next time…

The instagram handles that we completely looveeee!!!

Well, we all might love it might hate it but the fact still stands tall that we all love our social media time. Some of us spend very little time, some of us dedicate a huge chunk of time to it but they are hardly some people who are completely off the social media roller coaster ride!

So, we planned to list down a few Instagram accounts/blogs/handles whose content we loveee!

1] Kusha Kapila: She is the first one on our list. The reason is simple. She is hilarious! Just go check her page. Her stories will make you crack like anything. We have been her fan since her “South Delhi girls” videos. There came a time when she became a viral sensation on social media and the characters that she played online became so damn famous!

Insta Handle: kushakapila

2] Mishti and meat: This Instagram handle is owned by Shramona Poddar. We just love her feed. The photos she puts up there and the stories behind them – amazingly beautiful. We are a big fan of her writing. If you are a fan of good captions and love reading, then check her account for sure and you will thank us later!

Insta Handle: mishit.and.meat

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3] Travel with searats: It is handled by a couple – Rashmee and Anant. We have been following their journey from the time when they had just started their space on Instagram. Ofcourse, they have grown by leaps and bounds since then! If you have that travelling ka keeda in you then you must follow them. They out up their travel experiences beautifully and not all their travel expeditions are luxury ones so if you have a budget when you travel then have a look at their handle and you will surely get a good amount of guidance from there.

Insta Handle: travelwithsearats

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4] Shivesh Bhatia:  He is a food blogger and a self-taught baker. We have made innumerable desserts following his recipes and they have turned out to be yummm! The recipes are extremely easy to follow; trust us because we are as naïve in baking as you guys, but still we could make our tummies happy by satisfying the dessert cravings with delicious desserts made by self. Haha!

Insta Handle: shivesh17

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5]  Haram_khor by Ganesh Vanare: He clicks some extraordinary photographs which need no description. The photos themselves speak to you and tell a story. His feed would take you on a thousand-mile-long journey from which you would not want to come back to the reality! Just have a look at his instagram handle once, if you haven’t already!

Insta Handle: haram_khor_

Now likes and dislikes are very subjective, so may be some of you might not be in assent with us for the choice of our list but hey, you could tell us your favorites too. Who knows we too might like them!

Benefits of practicing Hobbies

Hobby. Hobby is an activity that a person does in their own time and for their own liking. Hobby could be anything from sports, art, crafts, music to cooking, sewing, knitting, etc. Hobbies are of course for leisure and free time, but it has a few benefits attached to it as well!  Pursuing a hobby can be actually beneficial for your health as well as in your career. Let’s see the top 5 benefits that it has.

  1. Hobbies can keep your health in better shape.

Hobbies help you keep fit physically as well mentally. They work as a stress buster. These activities are not on any compulsory task list and so it makes the activity more enjoyable, hence making a positive impact on the health.

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  1. Hobbies makes you take a break for yourself.

In these constantly changing times, where everyone is in a rush, we often forget to take some time out for ourselves. Developing a hobby and practising it regularly makes sure that we take some time out consciously for our own nurturing. This helps us connect with ourselves on a deeper level.

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  1. Hobbies helps you improve your career.

Practising a hobby makes you better at handling work-life balance. This also helps us think more creatively in any situation. Hobbies take our minds off of the routine lives which recharges us to take on the upcoming week or day with new energy levels.

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  1. Hobbies can be your medium to meet new people and give back to the society.

Hobbies can eventually make you join some groups or clubs of the similar kind. This becomes a medium for us to meet new people, make friends, learn more about the activity, and much more. Mentoring about the activity, volunteering and teaching about the hobby can be a way to give back to the society, while loving every bit of the process.

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  1. Hobbies makes you more mindful and present in the moment.

Hobbies help you focus on the task at hand and not think about the various other things that maybe happening in your life. Activities demand concentration from you which makes you more mindful about the present moment. Such concentration can help the mind to centre and let the stressful thoughts go away.

Hobbies can be any activity that you enjoy. It can be painting, playing a sport, learning new languages, photography, pottery, and much more. Developing and practicing a hobby has so many benefits all while having fun and loving it.

Bare minimal of makeup essentials

Let us all agree on one point: Not all of us are fans of heavy makeup but still like some basic decking up.

Presenting here a list of products which according to us, makes up for the basic items which if included in your vanity, should be enough for your basic makeup routine.

1) Kajal: Even though it is the most basic and simple thing that your vanity can have; it has multiple advantages to it!

Firstly, it can enhance your already pretty looking eyes. Secondly it can save your day when you are not feeling up to the mark, just one stroke and your sad looking face will light up – or at least it will seem so to people around you!

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2) Lip Gloss:  This little stick works wonders when you are not a lipstick fan and still want something more than just a plain lip balm. Agreed, that it has been in and out of trend in the past few years.

But hey, when has trend affected the nude lip gloss users anyway!

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3) A gel based eye liner: Liner and Kajal are quite a pair! If one of them is missing, the other one fills the void with quite ease. Quite a lot of them are waterproof and so easy to apply and easier to remove without any mess around those gorgeous eyes!

We personally find gel liners to be super smooth – application wise. A liquid one is extremely difficult to handle (we are talking about makeup essentials here so pro makeup people; please be kind!)

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4) BB cream/Basic foundation: This one is a little tricky we agree as it includes choosing the perfect product based on your skin tone. Plus, if you are not a makeup fan then you might fight them to be a little too much; but trust us they are not!

BB creams are a tad easier to apply than the foundations and they give you one even tone on your skin. Foundations too are not that complex and with the use of a beauty blender, can blend quite effortlessly.

Though, you can completely skip either of these for your daily use if you are not comfortable with them.

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5) Makeup remover: This item should never be skipped. However, light the products might be, they must be removed before you go off to bed. All the good brands have their own variants of this and you can go with whichever product suits your skin the best.

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Importance of Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations. Most of us must have come across this term especially after what the world is going through right now. So just for starters, positive affirmations are positive phrases or sentences about one to keep the negative thoughts and stressful thoughts at bay. Those statements are not something that you just tell yourself, but you have to believe in them as well.

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Positive affirmations are not some magic, but a practice that we can develop to reap the multiple benefits they have to offer. Positive affirmations help us to become more resilient towards the difficult situations which everyone faces in their lives at some or the other point.

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So, let’s jump to the part where we talk about its benefits.

1. Increase in self-confidence

2. Helps improve self-esteem

3. Lessens frustration and anger

4. Calmer approach towards various situations

5. Increase in productivity

6. Helps in stopping procrastination

7. Helps in overcoming bad habits

8. Overall well-being of the mental and physical health

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These are the few benefits which have been experienced by people who have cultivated this habit of positive affirmations in their daily lives. Initially it can seem awkward to talk to ourselves out loud in such a manner, but when we say it out loud in our own voice, there is a higher chance of our brain registering it as an important event, which eventually will make it easier to believe in what we say.

Our top 5 comfort foods!

We will give you a fair warning about this list is going to include majorly high calorie food, lol! Read at your own risk and then keep on dreaming about it while drooling!

We all have different ways of coping with life. We choose food for every situation that we come across in life – as they say food is BAE!

Food helps us function better and make sense of life. We literally believe in “Live to eat.”

1] A good chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream : This combination can never go wrong for us. Whatever the mood might be, a slice of chocolate cake always helps.

It has been a constant companion in our celebrations of joy, sorrows, gloomy days, failures – everything!

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2]  Khichdi: Now, this one might surprise a lot of you, but trust us a warm bowl of khichdi with a dollop of ghee can comfort you like nothing else can. It is not comfort food; we call it soul food!

It is like chicken soup for an Indian soul which gives you full guarantee of a happy and satisfied tummy and a good night’s sleep.

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3] Aloo vegetable sandwich : This sandwich from some local shops along with tomato sauce and sev on top is just pure bliss. It has super natural powers of calming the anger and provide instant uplifting of mood.

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4] Indian style desi Italian pizza : There is one particular joint in the city we are based out of – called Jasuben pizza. They serve bhakhri based pizza with tomato gravy, onion, capsicum and loads of amul cheese (non baked) as toppings.

We could gobble down at least 2 at a time and still be craving for more – it is that gooood!

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5] French fries: Well, this one’s a no brainer, really! Food which has been a part of our childhood, teenage madness and adulthood craziness! Fries have never left our side – come what may! Birthday parties or bachelorettes – they have seen it all!

A true companion at every stage in life – this one sure is last on the list but not the least.

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