I wish all my readers and fellow bloggers a very happy Basant (Vasant) panchami.
Basant means Spring season and panchami means Fifth day. As this festival is celebrated on the fifth day of Magha (a Hindi month) the word panchami comes. So Basant panchami basically means celebrating the onset of the most beautiful season, the spring season where the nature is at its best with best coloured flowers and leaves everywhere.
On this day, Hindus also worship Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. May Goddess Saraswati bestow is with good education and health.
What we wear on this day? We generally wear yellow color on this day as yellow is the color for this colorful month and as beautiful as a big mustard field full of yellow mustard flowers.
How we celebrated this day? This festival is generally celebrated by children and students where they worship the Goddess by offering special puja. In my home, we also had a small picture of the Goddess and we did the puja and offered fruits and flowers. We also keep our notebooks, books and stationary items so that the Goddess can bless us with all her knowledge.
Lastly, I wish you all a very happy Basant panchami. Let’s celebrate the onset of the Spring season.
Have you ever tried to make something new on the paper? I did yesterday. I was just searching about doodling and surprised to know that YouTube is full of doodles and doodling. I started doodling yesterday.
I am always inclined towards drawing, coloring and sketching. I never got time to put my hands on them because I was too much busy in other things. So, this year I am looking forward to trying new things this year and doodling is one of them.
What is doodling?
Doodles are simple drawing patterns in which the artist has his/her own way of expressing any idea or thought. Doodling is a tool to enhance our creativity.
What we think is what we draw. Holding a pen, pencil or a brush gives us the liberty to draw anything on the paper. Doodling also gives us the liberty to draw or write our thoughts on the paper.
My Doodling Creativities
Yes, I am a beginner. I am a learner. I just started scribbling on paper. I may be too late to start this but it’s never too late to learn a new thing in life. So, here are my doodles:
For experts and pro, these pictures might not look up to the mark but I just started doodling yesterday and I really enjoyed it. It was really refreshing and fun to try something new. I will practice doodling as practice makes us perfect.
Let’s try something new today. Let’s doodle today.
Have you ever felt the burden of a lie? Isn’t it too heavy? Do you feel relieved when you lie? No, right!!!
Lie is a burden, Truth is a relief.
— Dr. Namrata (Ph.D.)
Is it that easy to lie? Or is it that hard to tell the truth? The option that we choose is always personal. Lying is not that easy. It might seem difficult but once we say the truth we feel relieved once for all.
Tell a Lie……and feel the burden.
— Dr. Namrata (Ph.D.)
If someone says a lie to you, are you going to believe that person again in future?? The answer might vary from person to person and it also depends on the cause before the lie was told. Don’t you think so??
We all have lied sometimes in our lives. Lying is a common trait. We lie and when we are caught we say sorry. It’s a normal human tendency. Some people find it difficult to lie very often while for others it’s a normal thing.
Now the question arises, why we lie. I think we always lie out of fear. We lie when we try to hide something out of fear. Lie and fear are related to each other. When we are not ready to bear the consequences of what we have done, we tend to hide the facts and lie.
Studies show that when a person lies he/she starts feeling anxious and fearful while when people start saying the truth their physical and mental health improves.
Lying never solves a problem, it actually escalates.
— Dr. Namrata (Ph.D.)
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
— Mark Twain
This is the beauty of truth. If you say the truth, you build trust in a relationship. You also become a good human being. Truth is powerful.
I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.
— Friedrich Nietzsche
This quote is so apt. I also find it difficult to trust a person who has lied to me once. This might not make sense to everyone but this happens to me. Lying is like betraying.
It’s not always that we lie to others. We also lie to ourselves. How many times have you said a truth to yourself? Or what was the last time you said a truth to yourself?
Do not burden yourself with a lie. Say the truth and relieve yourself.
— Dr. Namrata (Ph.D)
So unburden yourself, say the truth. Don’t live in a guilt of a lie. You still have the time to tell the truth.
Chia seeds are in trend these days. Anyone looking for weight loss must have heard about these amazing seeds. Chia seeds are widely available in local market and online stores throughout the world.
Chia plant, scientifically known as Salvia hispanica, is native to Mexico and Central America. Chia seeds and chia oil from this plant are being used by humans as food from thousands of years. Chia seeds are smooth and shiny varying from from white to grey and black in color.
The medicinal values of chia seeds are known since ages. Chia seeds are used to control diabetes and hypertension. These are also excellent laxative thus used to treat diseases related to digestive system. These are rich in omega 3 fatty acid, omega 6 fatty acid, linoleic acid and alpha linoleic acid. Chia seeds are highly nutritious as they are rich in essential fatty acids, iron, calcium and antioxidants. Chia seeds are also rich in fiber and that’s why these are so beneficial in weight loss.
Note: Chia seeds have higher content of omega fatty acids compared to any other plants or seeds.
We know that plant based food or products are less risky on human body. The antioxidants present in plants have beneficial effects on human health.
Chia seeds are small edible seeds full of nutrition and medicinal properties. In past one decade, chia seeds have gained popularity.
How to Use Chia Seeds?
Chia seeds can be easily incorporated in our diet. It can be mixed with other food or can be consumed alone. The ideal way to consume chia seeds is to first soak them in water for at least one hour so that they absorb water and become jelly like. Chia seeds can be added in pudding, smoothies, baked products, juices, salads and yogurt.
Many people also make chia seed powder and add them in other flour to make multigrain flour. Only 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds should be used daily as it is high in fiber and our body cannot digest too much fiber.
As chia seeds are rich in fiber, these might lead to constipation if fluid intake is not increased. Thus, it is always advised to drink plenty of water when you consume chia seeds.
Health Benefits of Chia Seeds:
Chia seeds are super food rich in fibers and less in calories. There are countless benefits of chia seeds known till date. Let’s list out some health benefits of chia seeds here.
Chia Seeds for Weight Loss: As I have already discussed that chia seeds are rich in fiber, these keep us feel fuller for longer duration and thus we eat less. Chia seeds controls our hunger by keeping us satisfied. In this way chia seeds help us in maintaining a balanced diet therefore help in weight loss. It is advised to consume chia seeds in the breakfast for best result.
Chia Seeds for Gut Health: We know that fiber rich food are good for the health of our intestine. Fiber helps in flushing out waste from the body. Chia seeds being rich in fiber content help in keeping the gut healthy.
Chia Seeds for Immunity: It is interesting to know that the compounds found in chia seeds also helps in boosting immune system. In a study conducted on rats, it was found that the regular consumption of chia seeds for a month led to increased concentration of antibodies.
Chia Seeds for Cardio-vascular diseases: Studies have shown that consumption of dietary fiber in food decreases the risk of heart diseases. Since chia seeds are rich in fiber content, they help in reducing the risk of cardio-vascular diseases.
Chia seeds are small in size but full of nutrition. You can get all information about chia seeds and oil on internet these days due to their popularity. Chia seeds are known to improve the diseases that are related to our lifestyle such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, etc. If you are looking for an easy solution to solve any of such non-infectious diseases, you can try these super food from today itself.
Note: It should be noted that I am not a dietician nor a certified physician. This post is purely based on my research on chia seeds and also on the basis of my personal experience. Please consult a physician before consuming chia seeds if you are dealing with any serious illness.
Isn’t it exciting to see first thing when you open your phone?? WordPress notifications are filled with new excitement each time you watch them.
Here’s what I got today….
Thank you, thank you, thanks a ton all of you. It’s all because of you.
Every such little achievements that I attain on my blog, I always share with all of you. It encourages me to try new things everyday and keeps me motivated.
Please be with me. I am not a pro when it comes to anything. I am just a learner, a beginner in writing, blogging and freelancing. I am learning everyday and this is what I think is the most important to do.
Learning helps us growing and I am growing everyday with my blog. You all are the witnesses. Thank you for being a part of my journey. Thanks a lot 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.
This is the follow up post of a questionnaire I posted last year to see whether I have changed my lifestyle or not. The question were simple to answer and were a check on our lifestyle.
Let me answer those questions again and see the progress. Here I go,
Question No. 1: What was your sleep pattern last month?
Answer: This month my sleep pattern was consistent. I tried to maintain my wake up time and sleep time daily and I succeeded in doing that.
Question No. 2: How many hours do you sleep daily at night?
Answer: I slept for 6 hours daily at night. It is same as the last month.
Question No. 3: Did you consume healthy food last month?
Answer: Yes, I consumed healthy food last month. Everyday I cook food for my family. No fast food this month and went to dine out only once.
Question No. 4: Do you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily?
Answer: Yes, last month I tried to have a variety of fruits in my snack and I incorporated them well. Veggies are my favorite and I try to eat a variety of vegetables in my daily course meal.
Question No. 5: Were you active last month?
Answer: I can proudly answer this one. Yes, I was physically active this month and will try to be active in coming months too.
Question No. 6: Do you like to do exercise? Did you give enough time to exercise last month?
Answer: Yes, I like doing exercises and I did physical exercises last month. I will try to increase the time.
Question No. 7: Do you consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes?
Answer: As previously answered I do not consume alcohol o smoke cigarettes.
Question No. 8: How much time do you spend on your cell phone daily?
Answer: The screen time was same as last month. I tried not to cross the limit of 3 hours of screen time daily.
Question No. 9: Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
Answer: I am getting close to a healthy lifestyle. Hopefully, in two to three months I will be on the right track. Wish me luck.
Question No. 10: What will you do to attain a healthy lifestyle?
Answer: I need to give more time to physical activity and also cut down 200 calories per day. I also need to add more fluids in my diet. I am trying to reduce my screen time. Let’s see when will I succeed.
I hope, you will also answer these questions and see whether you have a healthy lifestyle or not. We can always try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s begin from today because it’s never late to start a new thing.
How do you feel when someone praises you about your good work or your accomplishments? Great!!!! Isn’t it.
Everyone likes to be praised. A praise acts as an energy booster.
I can live for two months on a good compliment.
— Mark Twain
This is the real power of praise. Praise can keep you motivated and growing. In thing blog I am going to discuss 10 things that happen when we praise someone.
But this is not always true. Sometimes praises might ruin us. Unnecessary praises stops the growth of an individual.
The with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
— Norman Vincent Peale
A praise is good if taken in a healthy way. A praise should not flatter us.
Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
— William Arthur Ward
Here are 10 things that happens when you praise someone or someone praises you:
1. Appreciation and Gratefulness Enhances Positivity: A research was conducted on gratitude by two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami. It was found that the people who showed gratitude towards others had positive approach towards life. Praise creates positivity.
2. Praise Boosts Motor Memory System: In a study, it was found that when we praise someone, there is a boost in the motor skill memory of the person we praised. This study concluded that when someone is praised for any act done, there is enhancement in the functionality of human motor memory system that further leads to improved motor skills.
In simple words it can be said that when we are complimented for our work, our work ability enhances. It enhances the long term memory. We feel more positive and more confident about our job. We feel boosted and rewarded.
3. Praise Feels Us Rewarded: Praise is considered as a reward system and the person feels rewarded for his/her act. When we are praised for something we feel that we have received a special gift that we can’t see or touch but can feel.
4. Praise Enhances Mood: When we work in a place where people are appreciated for our efforts and work, we feel motivated. Our brain works better where we feel good and complimented. Studies have shown that praising leads to trigger the reward system of our brain that activates the dopamine levels in our body. Similar action occurs when we eat a sweet. Dopamine is a feel good hormone that enhances our mood.
5. Compliments Improve Relationships: Studies suggest that praises and compliments improve relationships. Few words of compliments shared between a couple keeps the love intact. Couples that compliment each other on beauty, achievements and even little things value each other and keep each other motivated.
6. Praise Lowers Stress: Praise is an psychological stress reliever. When we hear “Well done” or “Great job” all the stress we have is gone in seconds. Praises lower the levels of stress hormones.
7. Praise Makes Us Healthy: By lowering the stress level, enhancing our mood and making our thoughts optimistic praises make us a healthy human being. A little words of praises does miracle to our body. Compliments act as power booster.
8. Praise Enhances Productivity: A child who is praised by parents for his/her good work in school and at home is in a way encouraged to do better thereby improving his/her scores and other activities. This doesn’t mean we should praise kids for things that can be done easily. They should be praised to motivate them and keep their spirits high.
Praise should never be followed by criticism otherwise the effects get nullified. Praise should not be flattery. Praise should not fill us with overconfidence. Praise should be pure, true and selfless.
So what are you thinking about? Every time you get a chance to praise someone, don’t hesitate, praise wholeheartedly. You never know, your praise can make someone’s day better.
Health benefits of castor oil is known from ages. Even ancient civilizations used castor oil as ointments and for lighting lamps. In India, castor oil is used for medicinal purposes. Castor oil has a special recognition in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties. Castor oil is native to India. India is the largest producer of castor oil in the world.
Castor oil is extracted from seeds of castor been plant (Ricinus communis). It is a pressed vegetable oil and pale yellow in color with a distinct odor. Castor oil is also used for making soaps, detergents, etc. Castor been plant is also used as an ornamental plant due to its broad leaves.
Castor oil is safe to consume. It can be used for internal and external applications. Ayurveda per its the use of castor oil to treat constipation and problems related to cough. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also considers castor oil safe for human consumption.
Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid (approximately 90%). This chemical compound makes castor oil so special.
Castor Oil and Benefits to Skin:
In Ayurveda, castor oil is known as the natural channel cleanser. It cleanses the skin deep, removing all impurities from the skin. This also helps in preventing acne. It is also a great moisturizer that penetrates the skin well and brightens the skin. It also provides an even skin tone and helps in preventing pigmentation. Pregnant women also use castor oil to reduce stretch marks occurrence. Being an anti inflammating agent, it helps in treating sun burns and other skin burns. Castor oil can be used for any skin type. It soothes, softens and nourishes the skin from within. The anti bacterial properties of the ricinoleic acid also helps in fighting against acne.
Castor Oil and Hair Care:
Castor oil is a natural hair growth promoter. Ricinoleic acid is known for promoting growth. The anti fungal and anti bacterial properties of castor oil helps in preventing dandruff. Castor oil increases blood circulation and improves hair growth. Due to the antifungal and antibacterial properties, castor oil can prevent many scalp related diseases and dandruff. Regular use of castor oil nourishes scalp, hair roots and hair strands.
Castor Oil and Disease Treatment:
According to Ayurveda, castor oil is good for the health of intestine. It is a laxative agent that helps in treating constipation. Castor oil is also used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis. It penetrates through the skin and reliefs pain. Castor oil massage on joints helps loosen the stiffness in joints. The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil helps in reducing inflammation in joints due to arthritis. The anti-microbial properties of castor oil helps in treating skin infections, wounds and food infection. Castor oil is also used in treating sunburn, migraine, head ache, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.
Side Effects of Castor Oil:
No life threatening risks are associated with castor oil but few people might experience rashes, abdominal cramps, nausea, dizziness, etc. Castor oil should not be swallowed in large quantity. In small quantity it is not considered harmful. Applying castor oil on scalp and skin doesn’t pose any harm.