mahajan

Sketch of Queen Khurshid of the Royal Family. Firstborn daughter of Mahajan, the First House of Adaeria (…which at some point will get a name change).

Still working on her clothing, but for now I drew inspiration from traditional Indian wedding attire, and kinda/sorta embellished peacock designs/coloring, since the peacock is the symbol of Mahajan.

A-Z Tips Health Tips for Long Term Success

Appetite

This must always be under control. Over eating is just unnecessary fat for the body and insufficient eating will cause your metabolism to slow down.

Body goals

In your mind you must have a certain goal which you want to attain drop 10 kgs, beach body, fat stomach, bigger biceps theyre all part of your body goals.

Diet

Make sure your diet contains enough green leafy veggies, lean protein, carbohydrates and a certain amount of fat. Even the occasional dessert and cheat meal should be incorporated in your diet.

Exercise

No matter how often you eat right, how many hours of sleep you get and whether or not you count calories, until and unless your exercise daily youll never be able to have a totally healthy lifestyle.

Frequency

The first step towards a long term healthy lifestyle is frequency. It takes 21 days to form a habit, after that it seems just natural. You need to be frequent and consistent to attain such long term goals.

Green tea

It helps boost the metabolic rate, reduce the belly fat and can lower the risk of various diseases. Try to drink at least 3-5 cups of green tea every day. Plus its 0 calories, so whats the harm?

Home food

This ones the best way to eat healthy and avoid junk food. By cooking at home you know exactly what youre eating and youre well aware of what nutrients go into your mouth. Plus its the easiest way to maintain a balanced diet (since the balance is in your hands now)!

Inspiration

You need inspiration to maintain long term success. It could be from apparent weight loss, from reading a book about healthy living or even by watching someone maintain a healthy lifestyle. This cant be done by mindlessly following some diet!

Jealousy

Sometimes envying others might help you get the best results. When you envy someone for their clean eating habits or perfect body, you will probably want to achieve that yourself - which will be your biggest motivator for long term success.

Kick-start

You will literally wake up one day and decide you want to start living a healthy lifestyle! Its time to kick start everyday towards making these healthy changes.

Losing weight safely

Who doesnt want to shed 5 kgs in a month? But you cant do this by starving yourself or going on a detox where you just eat fruits and drink water! Thats totally unhealthy. It is essential to let your weight loss journey take its time, so that you have long lasting results.

Mental health

Mental and physical health goes hand in hand. It is important that you focus on strengthening your mind as well, not only you body. Falls in metal health will eventually affect your physical health as well!

Nutrients

From carbs to protein to minerals, each and every nutrient is essential for maintaining a healthy diet as well as to perform normal bodily functions. Eating everything in the right proportion will promote a long lasting healthy lifestyle.

Observation

Observe what changes you are making, divide them into healthy and unhealthy changes and then continue with only the healthy changes. Your observation skills will help you get rid of the unnecessary and unhealthy changes instantly.

Promise

You need to promise yourself youre going to stick to this new lifestyle no matter how hard it gets! Promise yourself to eat healthier every day, to exercise a little more everyday and definitely promise yourself to stay away from the unhealthy goodies!

Quitting

Its important to quit the bad habits! Binge drinking, smoking, stress eating and all these others habits arent going to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Raw foods

Raw foods are the best form of food you can get! They help prevent diseases, give your body a lot of energy and contain essential vitamins and minerals.

Sleep

Sleeping for 6-8 hours every night is a requirement for proper body function! Its the time your body needs to recuperate, repair your muscles and even improves your mood. Exercise and good eating are useless without sufficient sleep.

Tips

Tips like these will really help and motivate your to manage a long term successful healthy lifestyle. Take tips from experts, from dieticians and even from people you look up to for inspiration you never know which trip does the trick.

Understanding

You need to understand what your body needs, how much weight you need to gain/lose to be fit (not skinny, not thin- but fit) and how often you should exercise. It is important to understand nutritional facts on packaged items and what goes into your body. Understanding is essential for better results!

Veggies

Yes lean protein and meats are important, BUT you cant have a balanced diet unless youre eating enough green leafy vegetables. Incorporate them in every meal!

Weight

Weight cannot be defined as per your weighing scale or BMI. Your focus cannot be How can I lose weight; you need to focus on how you can continue with your healthy lifestyle.

Xtreme activities

Go for extreme activity classes like zumba, cross fit, army circuit training, power yoga and other such high intensity activities! Its a good change from your usual workout and will probably have more effective results.

Yoga

From increased flexibility to increased strength, from meditating to improving bone health; yoga has all round benefits which are only going to improve your lifestyle.

Zero dieting policy

You cannot diet (and I mean not eating at all) to lose weight and look thin. Starving and minimal eating doesnt help you to maintain a long term healthy lifestyle. Your diet must be full of rich foods.

This article was originally published on Practo Health Feed by Ms. Silky Mahajan, Dietitian/Nutritionist

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'Cyberbullies as vulnerable to depression as victims'

New Delhi, Aug 22 (IANS) If you thought that only the victims of cyber-bullying are prone to suffer from depression and anxiety, think again. Psychologists have warned that the bullies themselves could be covertly depressed and anxious.


“Most of them experience an inferiority complex and demean themselves or may even be covertly depressed or anxious,” city-based psychologist Ripan Sippy told IANS.

Take the case of 18-year-old Vikram Mahajan (name changed). Now in his first year of college, he used to cyber-bully his school friends as his family environment was not cordial. He never had the chance of expressing the emotional turmoil that he went through and finally took shelter in cyberspace to give vent to his stress.

In another instance, 15-year-old Anjali Chauhan (name changed), a social introvert, became emotionally disturbed after she was teased and bullied on the social media for expressing her liking for a particular actress, who was considered “lame” by the persons bullying her.

Sadly, social media is turning out to be an easy platform for cyber-bullying.

“On social media, people develop inflated self-concepts as they compensate their inferiorities with ‘intellectual’ reasoning and views on a uniform platform with the e-world,” Sippy said.

With young adults and teenagers spending more time in the virtual world, becoming a victim of cyber-bullying has become increasingly common.

“The cyber world is now a prominent and common social milieu for communication and social interactions; so bullying finds its place here as well. Sometimes, the anonymity it provides - like in trolling - adds more to the armoury of the bully,” Samir Parikh, Director, Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, told IANS.

What then is cyber-bullying? Intimidating, dominating or purposefully irritating for pleasure; bossing, directing or criticising others or their views, lifestyle or personal preferences in the virtual world; and Twitter trolling are some examples.

The practice revolves around one who bullies and the one who is being bullied.

Bullies are generally unable to express their views in a real-life scenario. They are generally considered insignificant and weak by their peers or others around. Therefore, they feel elated and try to live a fantasy ideal utopian life through cyber-bullying.

“They end up bullying because on social media platforms, they are able to act anonymously where others generally are unaware of their inferiorities, shortcomings or hidden emotional problems,” Sippy said.

The victim, on the other hand, fears social ridicule and being exposed as a weak person in front of everyone.

“The fear of negative social evaluation grows in them and may even lead to clinical depression or anxiety disorder. They may gradually withdraw or limit self-expression for fear of being shamed again or facing similar unpleasant experiences as in the past,” Sippy suggested.

Suicides have considerably increased in the past few years owing to cyber-bullying as the victims are unable to cope with the public shame and depression.

“The victims, at times, feel socially shamed or fearful when unable to defend themselves on an open public platform. They feel that they are incapable of self defence and hence feel anxious and inferior, often forcing them to commit suicide,” Sippy added.

Cyber-bullying can even bring behavorial and psychological changes in both the perpetrator and the victim.

“One who bullies may become aggressive, become less concerned for others’ feelings, remain secretive about online activities and spend long hours online. They may even become upset if he/she cannot use the computer (temporarily),” said Ashima Srivastava, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patpargunj.

For victims, it is the suicidal thoughts and attempts that appear first.

“The victim shows unwillingness to share information about online activity and appears nervous when receiving a text message, email, or Instant Message. One could abruptly shut off the computer/laptop or walk away mid-use and withdraw from friends and family in real life. Sleepless nights and unexpected weight loss or gain are some other symptoms,” Srivastava said.

All the health experts suggested that creating awareness about cyber-bullying is the first step to reduce its growth and effects, followed by counselling.

“Facebook, Twitter, etc., should also be made accountable by making them keep a check on bullying material once they are reported as objectionable to them,” Sippy suggested.

(Somrita Ghosh can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

–IANS

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