By: Shriya H I was sitting at my desk at ASAAP when I got the call from the walk-in clinic letting me know my results had arrived. Outwardly, I think I appeared calm and controlled as I slowly moved to a more private area […]
By: Reenita V Selfishness has a negative connotation attached to it and it’s time we sever that tie and really indulge in all things you. Selfishness means doing something just for you and for a brief moment, minute, hour or day just thinking about your […]
By: Saipriya V
Staying happy is vital for every human being. It is found that having fun with the family and friends found to have a positive effect on our immune system. On the other hand, people who experience anger, frustration, loneliness, problems with relationships and trauma were found to have decreased immunity. In other words, it affects their health. Though this causal relationship remains unclear, studies show that wound healing and sickness recovery takes longer time for people with high stress and negative emotions.
This may be due to the fact that stress reduces the hormones in brains such as adrenaline and cortisol which have a wide range of effects in the Immune system. Short term effect of stress include suppressing the immune system and making one more likely to pick a bug and catch a cold. On the other hand, the long term effect of stress can overstimulate the immune system resulting in an increased risk of autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Hence it is important to reduce stress. Some of the strategies to reduce stress can be following your state of mind throughout the day and recognizimg the signs of your body’s response to stress, such as difficulty sleeping, being easily angered, feeling depressed, and having low energy.Whenever you feel stressed, write down the cause. Once you know, what’s make you stressed, develop a plan for addressing it. Set priorities-decide what must get done and what can wait, and learn to say no to new tasks if they are putting you into overload. Setup more reasonable expectations for yourself and others or asking for help with household responsibilities, job assignments or other tasks.
Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off stress because it has been found that just 30 minutes of exercise per day can increase the production of endorphins boost mood and reduces stress. Similarly building strong relationships can also serve as stress buffers. Reach out to family members or close friends and let them know you’re having a tough time. They may be able to offer assistance and support, useful ideas or just a fresh perspective as you begin to tackle whatever’s causing your stress.
The modern world almost is set up to produce anxiety and frustration. Though stress cannot be avoided altogether, we can minimize our reactions to the stressful events and by reducing the demand upon us. Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better right now but may also protect your health long-term.
By: Reenita V
Some may find this topic a bit taboo. Many might find this conversation gross, icky, something that should never be discussed with peers, family, and partners or even just discussed at all. Others might love this subject, too. Either way, it’s time we have that chat about good ol’ masturbation! While I write this from the perspective of a vulva, the idea of self-exploration and self-love can be applied to anyone, no matter the architecture down below. So let’s begin!
Think about how long you have looked in the mirror prior to getting dressed or maybe when you are getting out of the shower. Have you studied your body? This may have occurred from the standpoint of being of critical yourself but nonetheless, you have stood there studying your body. If you wear makeup or spend time doing your hair, do you get to know each and every freckle on your face each time you look in the mirror? Now, do you know what you vulva looks like, feel like? As females, we are surrounded by this notion that bodies need to be moulded a certain way, and there are even rules around our vaginas. Vaginas are to be clean, smell like lavender, hairless, be a perfect sliver of desire! They are supposed to be this pristine, mythical place available for another person’s pleasure. This seems a bit obtuse considering my vagina is between my legs and no two vaginas are alike. With that being said, vaginas are important and we should take the time to befriend ours. A hand held mirror can help with this task. So, drop your drawers and lift your skirt and get to truly know your body.
Now that you know what your vulva looks like, now comes the fun part. As I reflect back on the many moons ago when I had to endure sex education, it was very focused on P in the D, but only after marriage because, if not, you will get a B. There of course was the discussion of if you choose to have sex (and only hetero sex, of course) then you must wear a condom and this was followed by the awkward application of a male condom on some phallic shaped fruit or vegetable. Now while this is very important, the education was centred around having sex with another person and protection – again very important. But what is also very important is discovering pleasure for yourself in a safe and positive way. There is, but I wish there wasn’t, this expectation that your partner is supposed to romanticize their way to all the pleasurable spots between your legs and then some. But honestly, how is your partner supposed to know how to get your off when you yourself don’t even know?
When you are alone, or if you have the consent of a partner, take that time to use your hands to explore down there. Know what your vulva feels like. Have you discovered a place that brings you pleasure? Perhaps there are a few spots that give you that feeling. Maybe you feel nothing on the outside and you are more an inside person. Maybe you feel nothing at all. Just don’t admit defeat, play around and learn about your neglected parts this is your body after all and you should be the expert You should also know this is normal, and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Rest assure, unless you emerge from your house wearing a ‘I just masturbated’ shirt, no one will know. So get curious, have fun and enjoy exploring!
By: Saipriya V We often consider a person to be living with an illness, only when it is apparent. But there are millions of individuals living with illnesses that are invisible. Living with an invisible illness is always challenging and is often different from people […]
A few weeks ago, you may have heard about Kiran Gandhi and the period fiasco. Gandhi ran a marathon while she had her period and chose not to wear feminine hygiene products and she let the blood flow- literally. The decision was made to highlight that not all females have access to feminine hygiene products and that we need to stop being ashamed of our periods.
I recall many, many years ago when I first got my period and I was horrified and embarrassed to tell my mom. When I found out my father and my brother knew, I wanted to curl up and hide away. When I got to high school, my friends and I would fashion ways to retrieve tampons and pads from our lockers to ensure that no one would see what we were doing. Present day, I still hide my tampon up a sleeve or pocket and I’m getting to point where I am over inconveniencing myself to be convenient for others.
How do we create this positive period movement? It starts with the us and how we feel about having our periods. Periods are not exactly the most exciting thing to happen to someone as they come with cramps, headaches, bloating and all sorts of symptoms. However, periods can also be magical. Have you ever experienced syncing up with a friend? Have you thought about how powerful that is? My reproductive system has nothing to do with my friends or roommates but give us enough time together and we can get on the same cycle – mind blowing! I dare you to seek out the actual process of a menstrual cycle – it’s fascinating. If you think about how much time you focus on other areas of your body, why would you neglect the area and process that occurs in your body each month?
Keep in mind that we are surrounded with aspects of negativity surrounding our periods or a lot of things female related. Feminine hygiene ads are all about about being discreet with our tampons and pads as a way to assist with this inconvenience of our monthlies. I’m sure you may have realized this already but having your period does not hinder your ability to be a fully functioning human. HIstorically, many cultures and communities believed that a female having their period was powerful but sadly current society does not always reflect these beliefs.
I’ve realized that I have spent a lot of time worrying about making other people uncomfortable about something that is happening to me. Having a period is a normal, natural part of life. We should embrace the beauty of our bodies and its abilities.
By: Saipriya V Depression is one of the serious mental illness, which is under recognized and under treated globally. Depression can severely affect the physical well being of a person, resulting in chronic fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep problems. A person with depression can […]