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Online counselling: The modern day pill

January 8, 2019 By admin

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Online counselling is a boon for modern mankind, thanks to technology. Though technology has been held responsible for some of the problems being faced by mankind, it is the same technology that has become a tool for providing professional counselling services to people. Online counselling, an example of optimum utilization of technology, allows people to use counselling services from any corner of the world; saves time and ensures the same anonymity as provided by face-to-face counselling. An understanding of the nature, process and importance of counselling is warranted before an examination of the significance of online counselling.


Counselling is a form of talk between a client (person seeking help) and the counsellor (the person providing professional psychological services). Counselling is a discussion about the problems faced by the client and is aimed at finding solutions and helping the client cope with the associated stress.

Counselling begins with the wish or intent of the client to seek help for the problem(s) that were not resolved either by self or with the help of family members, friends or co-workers. The client then asks the counsellor to provide time and space to share feelings and experiences and find solutions to the problems. The counsellor builds a relationship that provides the client an opportunity to speak without inhibitions and confidentiality is assured. The client is allowed to voice his/her experiences and feelings that have been silenced. The counsellor sets aside his/her own needs or positions on issues brought by the client,

Why women don’t report sexual harassment or assault?

October 31, 2018 By admin


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‘Me Too’ movement was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke a 45-year old African-American from New York to help survivors of sexual violence, particularly young women of colour from low wealth communities. The initial idea behind me too was empowerment through empathy, letting other women know that they’re not alone in the journey. The life-changing movement began when Burke was talking to a girl who revealed that her mother’s boyfriend had been sexually abusing her. She didn’t know what to say, she just said ‘me too’.

She was able to create a storm with just 500 Twitter followers.

The movement became an internet sensation when actress Alyssa Milano stumbled upon this phrase and tweeted on October 16, 2017 that “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me Too” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem”.

Now, it is being used by women across the globe to share their anguish against sexual harassment. This movement spread to multiple languages, including Arabic, Parsi, French, Hindi, and Spanish. Today, women in 85 different countries are using the hashtag to bring attention to the violence and harassment they face in daily life and to demand change.

Despite such a popular movement, every time a high-profile sexual harassment or assault case is reported people tend to ask “Why don’t the victims of sexual harassment come forward sooner?” This question seems to shift the blame onto the alleged victims,

3 Top Results that Mindful Meditation Brings in

August 3, 2018 By admin


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This is definitely a bzzusy busy world, isn’t it?  Multi-tasking has become the order of the day wherein you are caught between doing things always and do not have some ME time at all.  As a result you are longing to have some mental peace and get out of your emotional upheavals.  There is a whole lot of planning that goes on for the day, for the kids and for the weekend.  Amidst all this confusion there is every chance that you are losing out your connect with the present…totally missing out on your feelings and the things you love to do most.

Mindfulness therefore has to be brought into your routine.  What is it all about? 

It is a practice of purposefully focusing all your attention on the current and present moment. 

It is found to bring about a lot of change in the way you can perceive your life and feel good about it.  This is found to be the key ingredient in happiness.  After all, why are we battling it all out?  We want to lead a happy life, don’t we?  And what is the use at all when you are not able to feel happy and satisfied with your life!

Ancient roots in Buddhism

Mindfulness has its origins in Buddhism.  Not confined to that religion alone, we have some form of prayers or meditation techniques that help people shift their focus from their daily preoccupations,

6 Deadly Effects Social Media has on Mental Well-being

August 3, 2018 By admin


You may be wondering as to the kind of link that may exist between social media and mental well being.

Do they have an impact at all?  Are they connected at all? 


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You would in fact be surprised to know that social media has tremendous impact on the mental well being of people.   No doubt this is the same platform that has helped connect back with our old friends and also maintain relationships that were severed long back.  You may be connected with people who are living in the same house as you do, with people who are on the other side of the world, and with people whom you just know by face.

Social media allows for pictures to be posted and status messages be updated.  The pictures most of the times cut across an idealized and hunky dory mood, happily ever after mood which has the capacity to arouse feelings of inadequacy amongst the people who are seeing it.  A friend’s honeymoon photos may seem definitely a far away picture for a few and this can make them feel insecure and dejected with the way things are going on in their lives.  Feelings of loneliness, despair and dejection will engulf the person.

We tend to unconsciously measure ourselves, our lives and ascertain our sense of worth.  No doubt, the virtual platform can be used to stay in touch with everyone but one should not miss out on the real pleasure that comes in when you meet and talk to people around you. 

Effectiveness of Mindfulness Exercises: For Having a Better Feeling ‘YOU’

August 3, 2018 By admin


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A better brain within a span of eight weeks??

Does it sound impossible to you?  But, it is possible!  A meditation study showed visible changes that are associated with stress and awareness post mindful meditation.

The study was conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital by a team of Harvard affiliated researchers.  It was published in the Psychiatry Research:  Neuroimaging Journal and is touted as the first of its kind as far as documentation of facts related to meditation-produced changes over a certain period time in the gray matter of the brain is concerned.

Here are the interesting facts and findings of the study as documented in the journal:

The study proved that participation in a mindfulness meditation program for eight weeks can bring about changes that can be quantified in specific brain regions.  The positive effects were found in the areas of stress, memory, empathy and sense of self.

It has been known from time immemorial that meditation brings in a lot of peace and relaxation for a person.  However, practitioners have been claiming that it can also bring about psychological as well as cognitive benefits that better the functioning of an individual.

Previous studies showed structural differences in the brains of the experienced meditation practitioners and people with no experience in meditation.  They observed a thickening in the cerebral cortex especially in those areas that are pertaining to emotional integration and attention.

Effects of Stress on the Body

August 3, 2018 By admin


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There are different systems in our body that are responsible for the smooth functioning of the same as a whole.  When stressed, there are different systems that get affected.

Here are the reactions that the different systems of the body undergo when a person is subjected to stress:

Musculoskeletal system:  Under stress, the muscles tense up, a mechanism against pain or injury.  The muscles relax when the stress eases out.  That may be the case in acute stress and it may be episodic, in the episodic stress but the tautness of muscles may continue for a long period in chronic stress.  Relaxation techniques have proved to reduce this tautness and tension in muscles.

Respiratory system:  Breathing becomes hard, especially for those people who have lung diseases or suffer from asthma.  In some instances, death of a close person may trigger off such attacks too.  Stress also causes rapid breathing.

Cardiovascular system:  Acute stress may bring about increased heart rate as well as stronger muscular contractions of the heart.  There is dilation in the blood vessels that direct blood to the heart.  The blood that is pumped into the body is increased and there is an elevation in blood pressure too.  This is generally called the ‘fight or flight’ response.  Once the acute stress episode passes away, the body regains its composure.

In chronic stress cases,

Strategies for a Better Mental and Emotional Health

August 3, 2018 By admin

Mentally and emotionally healthy people have a fairly good control over their behavior as well as their emotions.  They are in a position to face the different challenges that life poses them.  They are also able to build strong relationships with people whom they come across.  Just as it is important to maintain good physical health, it is also equally important to maintain good emotional and mental health as it helps you lead a good quality of life.  When your mental health is improved, you experience a great sense of satisfaction and achievement in your life.

What is mental health?

Well, it refers to the psychological well being of a person.  It encompasses the feelings you hold towards your own self, your ability to be able to manage a myriad range of your feelings, your ability to deal with challenges and your ability to deal with relationships in life.

It is not the absence of any kind of mental health problems that reflects your mental health.  It is a lot more than just being free of different kinds of psychological issues.  It refers to the kind of positivity that you experience as an overall being.


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People with good mental wellness experience:

  • A great sense of happiness and contentment.
  • An enthusiasm for living life to the fullest
  • An ability to bounce back after experiencing a setback in their life
  • An ability to bounce back after experiencing a setback in their life
  • An ability to strike a perfect balance between work,

Stress: An Overview and its Causes

August 3, 2018 By admin

All of us are affected by stress. Stress sets in when you are unable to reach targets, when you are disciplining your children, when you are coping up with conflicts with your spouse or when you are managing your finances or when you are stuck in a traffic and have an urgent and very important meeting to attend. In short, stress has become omnipresent.


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A little bit of stress is manageable and is considered to be essential to bring out the best in every individual. This is called eustress. However, too much of the same can sometimes wear down a person and make him sick physically as well as mentally. This is called distress.

Through this blog we are going to understand how stress affects one’s body and performance after understanding what Stress is all about.

Stress is defined in different ways by different experts.

In the medical parlance, it is best described as “a psychological or physical stimulus which produces physiological reactions or mental tensions that lead to illness”. When a person is under stress, his adrenal gland releases cortisol into the blood stream.

According to Lazarus, stress is experienced when a person feels that “demands exceed social and personal resources that he or she is able to mobilize. Stress, whichever way experienced, disturbs the regular functioning of the person. And yes, there is no fun in life when you do not experience stress.

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