A- Z of wellness during pandemic

Though this pandemic can feel like it will be endless, it will eventually pass. Staying motivated can help refocus our attention away from these stressful changes and towards a more hopeful future.

It is important to recognize that these aren’t normal times, and our productivity is likely not at its peak right now and that is okay.

Big goals may seem insurmountable right now; instead, focus on small, realistic, achievable goals for each day. Recognise the power of KISS- Keep It Short and Simple.

In this article, using the A-Z alphabet format, I have listed words that keep me motivated and must become a part of our daily vocabulary as we learn to live with the virus.

A altruism, accomplish, affirmations

B breathe, back to basics

C connect with the chaos, carve out ‘me time’, charge yourself daily, (self) control

D digital detox, dress up, distraction-free

E (value) essentials, educate, empower

F feel, flow, focus, (say no to) fake news

G goal setting

H (build good) habits, hydration

I introspection

J job elation

K karma, kindness, knowledge

L laugh, love, learn

M mental health, Maslow before Bloom

N namaste, nutrition

O observe, one day at a time, optimum weight

P pray, pause, positivity, posture, magic of ‘pomodoro’ method

Q quest (to learn new skills), quietness

R romanticize (mundane life), relaxation

S (value real) superheroes

T time-management

U (thank) universe, uplift

V visualisation

W wakeup early, workout everyday

X (virtual) excursions

Y Yoga

Z zeal, zzzz… (sleep, rest)

Feel free to add your list of words in the comment section.

Make sure to share this read to spread love and promote wellness.

Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.”- John Wooden

(Sustainable) Solutions not Resolutions

Do you think sustainability is expensive to practice? Do you think SDGs are just for World Leaders, Governmental Bodies and International Organisations to work on? Then this article is you!

I am sharing this to illustrate the little steps you can take from your couch, home or workplace like me and still achieve the Global Goals 2030 (aka Sustainable Development Goals).

This New Year 2021, make sure you work on solutions instead of making and then breaking the resolutions.

  • SDG 1: No Poverty– donate what you don’t use, volunteer for a cause and help people stand on their feet
  • SDG 2: Zero Hunger– don’t waste and let food get wasted, shop local, make food donation a habit, shift to sustainable food choices
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing– teach and promote good health to all ages, be an organ donor/ blood donor, take care of your and other’s mental health
  • SDG 4: Quality Education– donate used books, mentor and tutor people
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality– be aware of gender stereotypes, recognize them, avoid them, and educate others about them. Raise your voice against harassment. Instill the value of gender equality and essential life skills in children.
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation– be water wise, raise awareness about the hygiene issues
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy– be energy-efficient, switch off appliances when not in use
  • SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth– be a conscious consumer, adapt to Sustainable Tourism, promote local culture, mentor people in any possible manner, know your rights at work
  • SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure– ‘give away’ instead of throwing used tech products for second use and reduce e-waste
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequality– raise your voice against any type of discrimination and promote equality
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities– commute sustainably, take care of public spaces, shop locally to circulate money back in your community
  • SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production– make your own products, normalize usage of second hand products, be conscious of packaging, use or donate the leftover, buy from companies that practice sustainability, advocate for corporate responsibility, join petitions and campaigns calling out businesses with unsustainable practices
  • SDG 13: Climate Action– buy eco-friendly and reusable products, learn to compost, eat less meat, reduce use of paper, be mindful about your carbon footprint, be a conscious commuter
  • SDG 14: Life Below Water– say no to bottled water, reduce the plastic waste you produce, create awareness about effects of plastic to protect life in our oceans
  • SDG 15: Life on Land- use less paper, check the labels on the products before buying, instead of shopping for pets visit a local animal shelter and adopt an animal there
  • SDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions– exercise your Right to Vote, speak up, promote or take initiatives to serve people and planet 
  • SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal- shop wisely by paying attention to ‘Fair Trade’ label on products, volunteer in NGOs working towards global goals

You can’t end extreme poverty, fight inequality or fix climate change in a day, but you can do a little and still make a big difference in your own way like me because a journey of a million miles starts with a single step.

Make sure to share this read to promote sustainability or create awareness.

Feel inspired? Go a step further, take the following pledges and share your certificate of appreciation with me on this padlet: https://padlet.com/rupaliarora/2smwopajh2reemos

  1. ‘Know your Palm’- https://knowyourpalm.thebetterindia.com/
  2. Sustainable living- ilivesimply.org
  3. Plant and adopt a tree- wwfindia.org- adopt-a-tree
  4. plantED- global tree planting- http://www.plant-ed.net/#joinin

Wish to read more about the Global Goals 2030? Visit: https://www.globalgoals.org/

Turning lockdown days into learning days

30 gifts that the coronavirus brought to me

Yes, this coronavirus pandemic is horrible, scary but there’s a silver lining in this dark cloud too.

I realized at this point of time that my house had transformed into a ‘Bigg Boss’ House in itself. I learnt many great lessons of life with duties and responsibilities assigned.

  1. Loving yourself is not about vanity, it’s about sanity
  2. Family first!
  3. Be grateful for the work you do and your workplace
  4. Show gratitude towards everyone who is working day and night for a better and healthy India
  5. Trade your freedom for the greater good of people
  6. Whether there is a virus or not, hygiene is important
  7. Consider the option for ‘Work From Home’
  8. Take that ‘sick day’. It can save lives!
  9. Internet must be a basic right
  10. Doctors, police, researchers and educators need to be respected and paid better
  11. Share it out!- Talk to friends
  12. Appreciate nature
  13. Be happy in your own company
  14. Household chore is also great work
  15. Engage in e- learning
  16. Create interesting schedules and look forward to each day
  17. Play indoor often
  18. Meditate and exercise often
  19. Eat meals together
  20. Have a movie marathon on the weekends
  21. Be silly and enjoy little joys of life
  22. Solve puzzles, take challenges
  23. Prefer virtual tours over real ones and avoid too much socializing
  24. Be courageous, creative and go for DIY’s
  25. Limit social media and news coverage
  26. De-clutter, write often to get super organised
  27. Slow down purposely
  28. Inculcate self-discipline
  29. Make a habit of helping the needy
  30. Cook and eat home food

‘Cut and Care’- Do not throw, donate instead !

The scissors snip together slowly making that unmistakable crunching sound and 08 inches of hair that I spent years growing are now gone. But the strands didn’t just fall to the ground to get swept up and thrown away. Instead, my hair went to ‘Strands of strength’, an organization that distributes wigs to cancer patients. The wigs offered by them disguise hair loss, decrease feelings of vulnerability and provide greater self-esteem.

You’re sending a piece of yourself to a child or adult who has a disease that’s caused them to lose their hair.

It seems to be a small act but it creates a big difference for the people who are in that mess. It’s a ray of hope for them.

Loosing hair can make anyone depressed each day. One day looking at my lost hair strands, I thought how do patients who lose their hair survive and this made me realise that I should be rather thankful that I have at least some.

Hence, I thought about hair donation instead of hair cut.

As it is said, ‘One thought can change your life’, the process of hair donation made me love my hair and generated a sense of gratitude.

After final haircut I just felt accomplished. My new look brought attention and appreciation. But what filled me with joy was the satisfaction that my hair did not go in the bin, instead I became a reason for someone’s smile today somewhere.

At least once in this life, go for it because you wouldn’t know how good it feels unless you do it.

I would be the happiest if my act of kindness inspires even one person to donate.

Easy steps to follow-

  • Love your hair a little more
  • Tell your stylist about donation before the hair cut
  • Get your hair sectioned into small ponytails all around your head
  • Cut straight across right above the rubber band to keep the hair together
  • Just take these pieces, place them in a zip pouch and courier it

Now I am ready for another one! 🙂

Hair care tips that I swear by:

  • Limit the washing to twice/ thrice a week
  • Use chemical free shampoo
  • Use real aleo/ aloevera gel as a conditioner
  • Dry the hair naturally or use a T-shirt instead of towel
  • Mix coconut, almond, olive, castor and mustard oil for massage
  • First use fingers to comb, then a wide- toothed comb
  • Drink more water, eat healthy, keep the stress away, protect the scalp, tie your hair when out
  • Soak fenugreek (meethi), black cumin (kalonji), crushed curry leaves (Kadippata), add onion/ ginger juice and few drops of lavender/ rosemary essential oil (if available). Apply the mix, let stay for at least 30 minutes and wash it away.

Hashtags to follow:

#dowhatyoulove #sustainableliving #youthforsustainability  #joyofgiving #hairdonation

Inspired after the read ? Go a step further: Take the challenge and pledge with me for life to go for a hair donation instead of a hair cut.

Blend-it like an educator!

This quarantine time has made me realize the hidden benefits of blended learning both for learners as well as facilitators.

‘The Covid19 pandemic has permanently changed the way education will be delivered forever.’- Forbes

The world that we live in today isn’t about paper and pencil, it’s about technology. Agree?

Making our students familiar and comfortable with that NOW will better prepare them for the world when they leave the school. Isn’t it?

It’s a fact that all students do not learn the same way. Hence, blended learning which combines teacher and computer based instructions is the perfect response. It not only promotes mastery, student agency, personalization but also improves student-teacher rapport. Blended-learning-can-improve-working-conditions-teaching-learning

Learners can easily connect, learn on their own pace; create and share; personalize their needs. Main-purpose-for-blended-learning

Think how easy learning will be when one is in-charge of one’s own pathway: ‘Take a test, Get instant feedback and Improve on’. Simple and easy!3-positive-outcomes-blended-learning

It is crucial for us to acknowledge that we are dealing with Gen Z (born in the year 2000 and above) and students with dyslexia are growing!

They want to get connected, are multi-tasking, exposed to gaming and visual information, familiar with digital environment, confident in sharing information, action-oriented, used to high speed of action.

By gathering and synthesizing information, they construct knowledge and integrate this knowledge with skills of inquiry, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and so on.  Types-of-blended-learning-info graphic

Teacher’s role is to just coach, facilitate and train them to manage their own learning and become independent learners.

Blended learning paves the way for active, collaborative learning in which emphasis is on generating better questions and learning from errors.

When using blended learning, keep in mind that its aim is to combine the strengths of both traditional and online learning methods in order to give the learners a more engaging learning experience.

Through blended learning, take advantage of the best of both worlds, benefiting both learners and instructors.

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