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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


3 Top Results that Mindful Meditation Brings in | Wellness Hub


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,

7 Reasons Why Online/Chat Therapy is an Ideal Solution to Overcome Your Emotional Hurdles

August 3, 2018 By admin


How important are our emotions to us?

They mean a world to each one of us because it is these very emotions that decide the way we feel, act and behave.


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Man is a social animal…a very clichéd but extremely true statement.  We are subject to diverse range of emotions because of our interactions with people hailing from diverse walks of life.  We love a few; we gel well with a few, have conflicts with a few and hate a few.  We tend to think about a few very intensely to the extent that they start ruling our lives and our very existence.  Sometimes, the person is pushed into states of confusion, anger, depression or anxiety.  How would you deal with such situations?  As a layman, you would be perplexed with the predicament you have been pushed into.

But, there is nothing to worry as we have the Psychologists who can help us with our emotional problems and psychological distress.  Again a but!  When do you get to meet a psychologist?  You need to take a prior appointment.  And what if it is not convenient for you at that particular time?  You continue to battle with your emotional issue, feeling even more frustrated than earlier.  Putting an end to all such appointment issues, traffic issues and time issues, we have the online/chat therapy which brings in expert advice to your finger tips and into your hands!

Best Techniques for Stress Management

August 3, 2018 By admin


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There are basically three phases of Stress:

  1. Alarm phase: This is a phase where an emergency signal is sent to the brain.  Various parts of the body coordinate their functions for fighting or fleeing from the danger.  Tension is clearly visible on the face.  There is accelerated heart beat, sweating and fast breathing which may lead to indigestion and high blood pressure.
  2. Resistance Phase: When there is no relief in the first stage, the person feels a dip in his energy levels.  But, the danger is still there and you are still fighting it.  There is exasperation that sets in even over trivial matters.  Sleep is hampered and you find the resistance too breaking.
  3. Exhaustion phase: When the stress continues for a longer time than the second phase, exhaustion sets in.  You are totally sapped out of energy.  You do not feel like doing any of your tasks.  There is a breakdown of the entire system and a loss of equilibrium.  This stage usually becomes the ground for blood pressure, heart diseases and ulcers.

How do people cope/manage with stress?

There are both healthy and unhealthy coping strategies that can help in reducing stress.  The healthy ones may bring the individual out of the situation but the unhealthy ones may prove to be more dangerous in due course of time.

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,

Facebook: Does it Connect People or Increase the Gap?

August 3, 2018 By admin


Facebook: Does it Connect People or Increase the Gap | Wellness Hub


The advent of computers has revolutionized the way technology progressed.  The advent of internet has brought in more luxury to the users.  We should acknowledge the power internet has exerted over people’s lives and the way these technological advancements have drastically changed almost all realms of functioning.  Yes, social media networking is one amongst the many revelations that has completely touched everyone’s life without an exception.  Social Media has thrown open newer avenues to people, at the personal front and at the professional front.

Talk of social media and the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild.  Is this a boon or a bane to the users wherein most of them are on the verge of getting branded as addicts and a sizeable percentage of them are already neck deep into it!

Facebook has caught on like fire for the kind of features it came in with and became a huge hit with all age groups.

What does it basically do?

This social networking platform facilitates the users to send friend requests to known and unknown people after they have created a user profile.  Posting statuses, photos, sharing videos and playing games…there are so many things people can do on this platform.  One could join groups and also conduct business too!  As more and more number of people are creating their accounts in Facebook,

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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