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.

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…

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.

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.

Things you can spend money on..

The current pandemic situation has caught each and everyone of us off-guard. We all have had some plenty of time to look into our lives to improve our overall lifestyle. Finances are one of the most important aspect of our lives. So here are various options that can be bought to enhance your daily life.

1.Gadgets

It may sound pretty obvious talking about gadgets, but we simply can’t ignore the fact that how different gadgets have made their place in our day to day lives. New advancements are happening everyday and new products keep on launching, be it smart TVs, watches, speakers, ear pods, etc. some of which are actually useful to make our lives more comfortable. They have this personalized touch, which takes the whole experience on another level. So, spending on gadgets would be an investment to make the routine more convenient.

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2. Hair/Skin Treatment

We all fancy some kind of makeovers. The hair or the skin treatment would be the best way out to get a complete refreshed version of yourself. Hair treatment options  vary from straightening, curls, colour treatment, new haircut,to what not. There are oodles of grooming services available for you to pamper yourself. As for skin treatment it would be showering yourself with love as our skin is continuously exposed to the polluted environment. Again, a lot of options here like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, acne blue light therapy, etc. It would be a relaxing session for you and your skin.

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3. Health Coach/ Nutritionist

Keeping oneself fit is now becoming a priority. There are so many fun options for this, Aerobics, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga, etc. Exercise and diet are both important to stay fit and so there are many applications through which we can contact either a nutritionist or keep a track of our daily diet. Also enrolling into online classes for workout from home is an option many may prefer for the comfort and safety of their homes.

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4. Insurance policy

Getting an insurance policy is an investment that would turnout to be helpful in the difficult times. There is always a certain amount of uncertainty about how things will go in life, but this could be your safety net which could help you when things go in a completely unknown direction.

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5. Cosmetic Products

Every person has certain type of skin, hair, etc. and it is very important to find products that suit you to the T. There are innumerable options available in the market for every product. Organic, clinically approved, vegan, paraben free, sulphate free, etc. It is important to form routines for our skin and hair and follow them religiously. This helps us maintain good health of our hair and ageless skin.

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Activities you can pursue during your ‘Me time’ or your ‘Free’ time

1. Develop the habit of reading.

Start with a book on topic which already interests you. It could be thrillers, murder mysteries, motivational books, success stories – anything at all.

If you do not want a paperback, you can start with e books as well, that way your screen time will not only include mindless scrolling of various social media applications but something useful as well.

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2. Learn to play a game.

It could be as simple as a monopoly game, sequence, UNO cards or something more traditional like a game of carom.

This could become your family time instead of the daily dose of news which you take in while sitting in the living room.

Games are a fun way to bond with your family as it includes a lot of communication, jokes, laughter, shrieking at the top of your voice when you lose, throwing off the game board when you feel the game is not going in your favor, lol!

Just try this one out and you won’t regret it.

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3. Meditate or practice Yoga or go for a Run.

Now the above mentioned things might seem too obvious but I am very sure, most of us do not practice any of it.

It is very important to clear your mind off things which bother you and practicing either of the above mentioned things would help you do that.

Meditation may sound difficult in the beginning but with practice, it gets easier. Yoga again is something which you have to make a part of your life otherwise it is not something which anyone will be able to keep up with.

If at all you plan on running, be very careful about your existing health conditions and using the correct gear while you go on a run!

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4. Have an antakshari or a Karaoke night on a regular basis.

Many of us like to sing for ourselves, and this kind of night just helps you to do that. If you do not have the space for a special karaoke set then an antakshari night is also super fun. You can just go on singing songs based on your liking and not make it a time based/point based competition.

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5. Doodle/Paint/Sketch

Do whatever makes your creative juices flowing from the above mentioned activities or even other craft related activities. They are a major stress buster. Mind you, art is a very subjective field. Never consider your creation as inferior to someone else’s; in fact never ever compare your art to anybody else’s art.

Creativity is a personal thing, your art sometimes is a manifestation of your thoughts, dreams, fears, memories – it is your personal space and never let anyone intrude into that and tell you otherwise. People might make fun of your creations after having a look at those – create anyway if that is what makes you happy!

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That is it folks! Hope these mentioned activities help you out when you are stuck thinking about what to do to release the stress during your free time.

You can add your suggestions to this list too!

Until next time!

 

A Heartfelt Post

I have been thinking about writing something since so many days now!
Could not gather myself up and start typing though!

But today something happened and it shook me beyond measure; like a gate was opened inside of me which held so many emotions.

I read before a while about the passing away of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Now, even though he wasn’t one of my favourite actors or anything but still the news was way too shocking for me and I was stunned, speechless and heartbroken!
If the reports are to be believed then he was passing through a very rough mental health phase.

This entire corona situation has been tough on everyone. It does not matter which class you belong to, who you are, it has affected everyone, may be not equally but substantially for sure. The pandemic has been very cruel to a majority of the people.
A lot of people have lost their homes, jobs, many do not have even food on their tables. The problems are numerous.
A lot of them have home quarantined alone with no emotional support system. The loneliness is killing in such circumstances.
Now, the physical health is affected in these times if you are affected by the virus but the mental health is affected even if you are not a Corona virus patient.

Most of us have become irritable and we are ready to tear each other up; all we need is one little push and boom – we will explode like a volcano.
Even though we laugh these incidents off by making a lot of memes but the sad truth is that we need each other more than ever.

Mental health is a very under addressed issue world-wide and all the more in India.
There is a certain stigma attached to the word – ‘mental health’. It does not mean you are a mad or a crazy person.
People are ashamed to talk about it and this needs to change.
Agreed that things are changing but way too slowly than it is needed.

This competitive world around us, a constant need to prove one’ self, a constant race that the humans have started themselves, has finally taken a toll. We really need to slow down in life.
It is not a mad rat race – this life! It is precious and we need to treat it that way.
There is so much more to life than meets the eye, than what we have made up of it.

The empathy, sympathy, compassion, kindness have become mere words in the dictionary!
I wonder if the next generation would even know what these words mean in real life or if they will have to google it to know their meanings!

It is not easy to live under constant pressure and stress with the utmost need to prove one’s worth to the world!
But what is this world, really? And who are we proving ourselves to?

With the entire world becoming easily accessible with the internet and social media, the real connect to people is lost.
In the excitement of reaching all the people of the world, we have forgotten the joy of being with the ones who are around us every single day.
Depression, anxiety, sadness, fatigue – all these have become like chronic diseases of our lives and we fail to acknowledge them.
Does being in denial of them actually help?
No.
Acceptance is the key, my lovelies! 💗

It is nothing to be ashamed of. No one will belittle you, and if someone does that, you know that those toxic people should have no place in your little world.
Pick that phone up and call your family, talk to them about it.
Please understand you are not bugging them by doing this. They are your people and they will love nothing more than you trusting them with your problems and struggles of life.
A lot of us are blessed with a great set of family and friends. If you are one of them then make the most of it!
Agreed, that there will be a lot of difference of opinions and squabbles with the closest ones of our lives but when push comes to shove, they will be the ones having our backs always and forever!

I am writing this, hoping it will reach at least one soul who needs to read it and if I am able to help even 10% in the process of healing them, then it is completely worth it!

Be kind, no matter what! Just, be kind.

Much love always,
The k syndrome

Benefits of Suryanamaskar

Suryanamaskar (Sun Salutation) is one of the most beneficial exercises that one can perform. It is a prayer which signifies the importance of Sun in our lives. It comprises of 12 steps, if those 12 steps are performed appropriately then it is equivalent to 288 powerful Yoga postures! Isn’t that amazing! Suryanamaskar has always had an important position in the Yoga world.

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We have always tried to explore various ways to keep our fitness levels in check. Suryanamaskar was always on the list. But in these trying times that the world is facing during the pandemic, we have realized that amongst many forms of exercises that one can do, Suryanamaskar is unique in its own way. It is one exercise that can be performed by everyone, does not need any equipment, age no bar and has multiple health benefits.

Let’s take a look at some advantages of performing it regularly.

  1. Enhances weight loss

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2. Toned Body and increase in flexibility

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3. Glowing skin

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4. Increases energy levels and awareness levels

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5. Better absorption of nutrients

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6. Ensures regular menstrual cycle

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7. Reduces anxiety and enhances emotional stability

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