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“Nobody realises that some people expend tremendous amounts of energy, just to appear normal.”
Awkwardness, discomfort, and downright fear of social interactions takes various forms: shyness, taciturn attitudes, stage-fright, clumsy behaviour, and, on the extreme end – full-blown social paranoia, and a persistent desire for reclusiveness.
The most intense forms are often deemed relevant for therapy/clinical interventions. However, we tend to ignore the quieter, more hidden manifestations. They may appear less serious, but may actually be more threatening. Their subtle nature is simply an indication of how deeply ingrained they are, in the psyche of the individual suffering from it. Here are a few helpful suggestions on how to combat social anxiety:
One fine day, you'll realise you've made it a habit to be community-oriented when it comes to sharing your accomplishments. That's not the signature of a socially anxious person, is it? You’ve won!
Most of the herbs and spices that we add to our daily cooking are potential fat-burning spices, when used right.
Herbs and spices have been used for centuries to add that zest, flavour, and aroma to cooking. Many of them have therapeutic benefits, and are of medicinal value. One of the integral aspects of our rich culture and heritage is the generous use of these herbs and spices in our daily diet. India is known the world over for the use of aromatic herbs and spices that add an array of flavour and richness to the food that is consumed as staple diet across the country. What is amazing about these herbs and spices is the fact that it is not just the flavour that makes them stand tall, but also that they are packed with countless health benefits, ranging from improved immunity, fat-burning benefits, weight loss, anti-inflammatory benefits, and improved health and wellbeing. Most of the herbs and spices that we add to our daily cooking are potential fat-burning spices, when used right. Here are some commonly used herbs and spices that will help you lose weight, and are excellent for reducing belly fat:
Cinnamon is a wonderful spice that lends its warm and delicious aroma to whichever food it is added. But did you know that it is excellent for boosting your metabolism as well? Studies have shown that cinnamon may also help in keeping blood sugar levels in check and improve insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes. This is because cinnamon helps to activate the insulin receptors and stimulate certain essential enzyme systems that are involved in carbohydrate metabolism. All these properties of cinnamon make it one of the best fat-burning spices. However, the excess use of cinnamon can have some side-effects, so be careful of your dosage.
We Indians have been using ginger since time immemorial, to treat a wide range of health problems. Owing to its digestive properties, this herb is a must for our daily cooking. Studies have shown that ginger has thermogenic properties, which means that it increases the temperature of the body by burning body fat. This property of ginger makes it a must have herb for weight loss! Research also suggests that ginger has satiating properties, which means that you will feel less hungry and will be less tempted to reach out for a bag of crisps or that bar of chocolate. All these amazing properties put ginger on the list of the perfect fat-burning herbs and spices. Ginger also boosts insulin sensitivity, which is due to its anti-inflammatory properties, while reducing fatty acids, and promoting weight stability.
Cardamom is referred to as the ‘Queen of Spices’ in our country, and is one of the most expensive spices available. Yet, you will find yourself adding this refreshing spice to your daily cuppa. Just like ginger, cardamom has thermogenic properties too. It also helps boost the metabolism, which, in turn, burns more belly fat in the body. It also helps in relieving bloating and improves digestion. Studies show, in addition, that this wonder spice has dozens of other health benefits such as antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, improved digestive health, flu-fighting properties, and fighting bad breath. In ayurveda, this spice is described as having diuretic properties. This means that cardamom helps in getting rid of excess water (which presents itself in the form of water retention), as well as in relieving colic, loose motions, and constipation. It can also help in maintaining the balance of healthy gut bacteria that, in turn, help in promoting healthy digestion.
Mustard seeds are excellent for speeding up your metabolism and for burning body fat. Recent studies suggest that by having 1 teaspoon of mustard, your metabolism can speed up by 25 per cent! Mustard can also enhance your weight loss by up to 30 per cent. These fat-burning and weight-loss properties of mustard seeds are due to the presence of certain phytochemicals called allyl isothiocyanates.
The active ingredient in chili powder is a compound called capsaicin. This compound helps in boosting your energy levels and also helps you eat slower, which, in turn, will make you eat less. Also, if you add chili powder to your diet regimen, you will be inclined to opt for healthy plant-based foods like salads, instead of going for an extra slice of bread or a helping of rice. Capsaicin also stimulates brown fat, a type of fat that generates heat by helping you burn calories, which is why it's being explored as a tool for weight loss, healthy metabolism, and more.
Black pepper contains a compound called piperine. Piperne helps in stopping new fat cells from forming (known as adipogenesis), helps keep your waist line in check, lowers your body fat percentage, and also helps keep your cholesterol levels in check.
Cumin is known for its choleretic properties, which means that cumin reduces the reabsorption of cholesterol, especially bad cholesterol (LDL), when the food reaches the small intestine. It also helps to decrease the synthesis of cholesterol. Cumin boosts metabolism, which helps burn body fat. It also helps in digestion, by stimulating certain glands in the stomach and intestines. Recent studies suggest that cumin also helps to keep blood sugar levels in check.
Ginseng is a wonder herb, and is known the world over for speeding up metabolism and increasing energy levels. This, in turn, helps in burning body fat and boosts weight loss. Also, ginseng (the Siberian variety) is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs or spices that possess healing properties, and help fight stress and boost overall health. They help balance, restore, and protect the body during stressful conditions. Adaptogens are known to counter the physical and chemical effects of stress by keeping cortisol levels in check (cortisol is a hormone that is released in the body under stressful conditions).
So the next time you go grocery shopping, make sure you add these aromatic herbs and spices to your basket. Include these amazing herbs and spices to your daily diet in a regulated way, and see that stubborn belly fat gradually melt away over the next couple of months. But make sure that you eat right, stay active, and drink 2-3 litres of water daily, so that you lose weight in a healthy and safe way.
Digital detox sounds like more of a fad to most people, and they cease to comprehend the underlying meaning of the same. Say the words ‘digital detox’ and it’s like one has said ‘holocaust’.
“Connection is inevitable. Distraction is a choice.” — Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
In today’s times of being connected to modernistic devices, constantly being updated on a real-time basis, and overloading your organ of soft nervous tissue contained in the skull of vertebrates with information galore, which might not even be important to you otherwise, it certainly seems like the future is only going to get worse.
Being a social media maven myself, more for work-related stuff that involves marketing and advertising activities, I often wonder if growing up in the 90s was more of a boon than a bane. Our lives involved outdoor activities, reading, communicating in person, and there was no need for words such as ‘digital detox’. However, those were times which no future generation in the world will ever experience now, considering how digital the world is becoming, and how being detached from the same makes one crippling enough to catch up on lost time on social media.
Say the words ‘digital detox’ and it’s like one has said ‘holocaust’. People do not realise that the ‘art of unplugging’ once in a while is definitely not a curse, or detrimental to them in any possible way. There comes a point in life where one feels fidgety and lacks the ability to focus or concentrate on anything beyond being connected electronically. It is then that the issue really becomes a struggle and a digital detox becomes essential. It might seem extremely arduous for a layman who is a social media addict or an electronic addict to disassociate himself and put this practice to use, but honestly, out of personal experience, a digital detox is really not as daunting as it may seem.
It is very crucial to understand that detoxing yourself from gadgets does not suggest abandoning yourself from technology in its entirety or on a permanent basis. That would be a complete loss and would transport one back to the primitive ages. What is important is to strike a balance between the same in today’s new age of constant touch, tap, or swipe.
There was a time, whilst starting my ecommerce venture http://rugsandbeyond.com/, that I would constantly be glued to the screen and be addicted to reading just about everything online. I almost forgot that there existed a real world out of my MacBook Air. It became addictive to the extent that I would wake up and log on to Google analytics in the middle of the night or even track online orders at the same time. It was a battle for me to disconnect myself, and a digital detox seemed like a formidable task. I gradually started reading real books as opposed to on Kindle, immersing myself amidst nature, and connecting with people in person rather than via phone or text.
According to a recent research, “Each time we receive a new message or alert, our brains get a hit of dopamine – the novelty is addictive”. As vague as it sounds, one doesn’t realise the long-term effects of such an addiction.
Due to a childhood passion, being involved in the local theater, and getting acquainted with the craft of being on stage, I enrolled myself for an acting course at http://www.stellaadler.la/ last summer. Our very first class restricted the use of cell phones anytime during the class. It did seem a bit odd at first that all of us were asked to put our cell phones away in a box and completely turn them off. This restriction seemed to be worse than ‘embargo’ in the 1990s.
Moreover, our daily exercise involved the observance of one unique thing in a room that we took notice of, and nobody else did. This was the ‘art of being present in the moment’.
One day, I asked Laura, a method acting guru, just when she advised all of us to not use a GPS while getting from point A to B, “But how would one commute without a GPS, especially if one is new to the city?”. She sternly replied, “Print out directions from Google map or write down the same on a piece of paper beforehand”. Well, I am yet to try the same, and shall share my experience in due course.
As difficult as it might seem, I personally feel that one should digitally detox every now and then, and should connect with the real world, just like the good, old-fangled times. The interesting part is that one might not realise that they are addicted to technology, considering it is so deeply ingrained in our lives. However, there are a number of ways to practice unplugging which can actually make you feel the difference, because after all, being incommunicado once in a while doesn’t hurt. You really are not answerable to anyone for your absenteeism for a short period of time, barring certain exceptions that might arise thereof.
The rate at which technology is infused into our lives shall only accelerate in the coming years. It is time to reshuffle our reliance on these gadgets and attain equilibrium. On an average, most of us wake up staring at our screens and scrolling down through our fancy devices. This not only ruins the eyesight, but also has a negative psychological impact on our lives. In short, our tech-tethered lives are having an irreversible effect on us, which we most likely are not aware of. This certainly needs to change and a digital detox is the surest way to do it.
Our ability to stay balanced in this day and age of exponential technology proliferation shall assist us in connecting to more things real and being present in the moment. The idea is not to become arcane, or to completely disconnect with the tech space, but to create an equilibrium in life.
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