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Get out of your comfort zone (introvert version)

“Comfort is the enemy of progress” – THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

First of all, I hope you all are familiar with the term introvert. Introverts are often mistaken as shy or sometimes lazy as well. But if you try to understand, it is much more than just being shy and not interacting with too many people. I am an introvert and when I was younger I never really thought that not talking with someone will put me in the list of “introvert”. I am still the same introvert person but a bit matured. I generally don’t talk with anyone that I meet and that doesn’t mean i cant start a conversation on my own. If I really want to have conversation and might find a topic which is interesting for me, you might see the inner extrovert coming out. I also have read a lot of books and have seen a lot of videos about how to make friends and influence people but if I see having good friends, I don’t have any. I am my own good friend. We all are, aren’t we? So, i hope if you didn’t know much about introverts, you might have a little bit of idea at least.

So, it’s really tough job for an introvert to come out of their comfort zone and live life like an extrovert. For some of us, comfort zone can be stay in our bedroom whole day doing what we are best at like playing games, blogging, reading books and even eating tonnes of food. And for some of us also like going out all by us like going to a restaurant all by ourself or to a comedy show or even watching a movie. It depends, we all are same but in a different way.

To stay in comfort zone is really important to us. Earlier I used to have panic attacks every time someone would visit our place and I, not able to find a place to hide was the worst. Now I don’t get panic attacks, I just learnt how to do small talks which I absolutely hate.

So, as an introvert or even as an extrovert person, to come out of your comfort zone, you have to face the “Fear Zone” which comes right after our comfort zone. In the fear zone we tend to care too much about what others will think if we do this or that. We make many different excuses and try to get away from the situation as soon as we can. But if we stay for a bit and learn to hold on, we will get to this which is the reason most of us never get what we really want. Stop neglecting and hiding or even running away from things. No one is going to even notice you and if they notice, walk with grace in your attitude and smile in your face. Make them wonder about you because you are unique and if they laugh, you laugh them off. You will learn to  enjoy your life and you cross that “fear zone” with your chin up, darling, you are on the right track.

After we learn how to ditch that “Fear Zone”, we come into “learning zone” where you will be confident enough to go yourself to a place and ask anything you want. You won’t have to tell someone else to make an appointment for you because you had fear of talking over phone. Go through few topics, write your views about them and recite it and also make it like a conversation and talk with an imaginary person. Nothing is impossible in this life. If you want it, you go and get it by yourself. Okay? In the learning you will feel relax and happy because you are enough to do anything in your life. You will learn to deal our problems and solve them without anyone’s’ help and when you be too busy in learning new things in your life, you will see growth in your life and that’s how we reach to another zone which is your “Growth Zone”. And we see our growth, we will seek for more.

In “Growth Zone” you will be living your dreams and will find purpose to your life. You will get excited to face new challenge and even if you fail, you will learn more and would want to explore more in the real world.

Now tell me, don’t you want that in your life? All you need to do is get out of that comfort zone and face the fear zone. Because once we learn how to face our fear zone, there is nothing in that can stop us from living the world we always wanted. And This is how you get out of your comfort zone. So, this is for today. I hope this helped you in facing the life. Do comment below your thoughts.

Lots of love

Xoxo

Jenna

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Feeling like belle from beauty and the beast (inspired by disneybound)

Disney is one of the things that have given me hope about magic, made me believe in happy endings and also in love. I always wanted to be a disney princess. From having very long hair like Rapunzel, singing with the birds and animals like snow white, talking with animals like the some of the princess, reading books like belle and mostly meeting someone who would actually love me back.

Its been almost 6-7 years or maybe more when i first discovered pinterest, where i found “Disney Bound” and it was like a love at first site about the idea of dressing up as a ‘Princess’ or any of your favorite character but with your own twist in it. Finally, i found a way to express my love for Disney and i decided to go for it. but the problem was, i wasn’t sure enough how would i do it. After doing a lot of research and putting up all my courage together, i decided to give it a chance and live my life according the way i always wanted to live.

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All the disney characters are my favourite and i decided to do my “Disney bounding” from “Belle” who inspire me a lot. i believe she resembles me a lot, from the love of reading, curious to know more things and that soft part that she has towards the beast. so, my first Disney bound outfit is inspired from Belles’ yellow gown that she wore during that dance and date with the beast. I tried and put the outfit giving a modern twist of my own. 

I wore this amazing yellow dress from kazo and i loved the material very much, along with i am wearing my only white sneakers which i got from a local store and that Mickey Mouse bag which is absolutely my favourite, i bought it from Mango people shop.

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However, my brother in law helped me out with the pictures and he is the only photographer i got till now and can demand anything. That’s how family works, right? (ha ha!) 

So, this is it. i tried my best to make it work. As i am new to blogging, don’t forget to comment down below about my outfit and look. i will try more Disney bound outfits in the future. Till then, comment below and share your thoughts and also don’t forget to share this with your friends. xoxo! 

Eco-Anxiety

It is natural to be angry, sad, confused, disappointed, and scared when we hear about climate change. It is like we can’t move on without a single bad news about environment. Some people just move on saying this is a part of our life or we are paying for our sins but most of us get overwhelmed and feel discouraged, it gets tough to do simple task and that is Eco-Anxiety. No matter what we do, how much we try to change our habits, if the large corporate and government don’t take action, our action will go effortless. Yes, there will be changes but if majority of the companies don’t take responsibilities for their carbon emission; we are doomed. We need to talk more about climate change and how it is effecting the life of every species.

I read a lot articles and newsletter saying there is no medical term of eco-anxiety because it is not yet listed as an actual mental or physical health illness. In 2017, the American Psychiatric Association described eco anxiety as a chronic fear of environmental doom. Despite that, the influence of environmental disaster can cause a lot trauma from the outcomes like Loss of land, Security and Capital Destruction, Food and water shortage, little or no access to health care etc.

There are a few people who are more vulnerable to climate change are: Children, Teenagers, Senior citizen, People with pre-existing mental and physical health issues, poor or people below poverty line, people who completely depend on natural resources, third world countries.

How do we know if we have eco-anxiety?

  1. You feel angry or hatred when you realize others aren’t doing much for climate change.
  2. You don’t feel like doing anything or can’t focus properly because the planet is dying, anyway so what is the use of pursuing anything in life.
  3. You feel helpless, have weird coping mechanism or experience anxiety/panic attacks
  4. You feel sad for all the human, other species suffering and obsessively think about them
  5. You experience with insomnia and appetite keeps on changing.
  6. You don’t feel connected to anyone and it is creating chaos your relationships.

These are the few things that I have felt in the last 3-4 years and I am trying to cope up, trying out different things. Some of the ways that helped me stay calm are:

  • I changed my diet and tried vegan. Anything can be tough when we are doing it as a beginner but once we get used to it, it gets easier and we try to innovate with our own twist. Similarly, it is fun to create our recipe and make something out of non-vegetarian. Some people may judge by saying, “eat it the way it is”, “Vegan chicken will never be our delicious chicken” and for me, it is exactly saying things like, “Who use modern transportation when we can just walk our way.” “Why use whatsapp, when we can just send our pigeon.”We are intellectual species and can invent different things, so let’s not mock each other.
  • Calculating our footprint: There are different websites now we can calculate our carbon which includes from how much water we use to how food we throw to how much fossil fuel we use.
  • Being Mindful: Be mindful about what we are consuming, whom we are giving our money. For example: A(from xyz community) loves biscuits from ABC company which belong to B (from pqr community) but what A doesn’t know that motto of the company is to serve betterment of pqr community and thinks xyz community shouldn’t exist. In that way, Mr. A is basically paying ABC community to kill his own community. Therefore, we must be mindful before consuming anything.
  • Education is the key: Read more and find authentic source to get know knowledge. Internet is full of lies, we can’t trust everyone. So, make sure to trust only the expert and not someone, you idolize.
  • Individual actions: Take individual actions to educate your surroundings or general population through social media or other source. Gardening is a great hobby as well. Being able to grow our food is a big blessings and great workout. Educate people in your family, watch documentary together or movies that are focused on climate change, share information about the world in a fun away. Make them join doing fun activities so that they don’t find it boring.
  • Digital Detox: Don’t spend too much time on social media and try slow living. Join a social group with mind-like people. Or create a group/community and ask people to join to do their part. Positive self-care practices are great to cope up with mental health. Self-care is the toughest thing to do when we are suffering from mental health issue. Take one step at a time. Indulge in physical activity, eat well, Make a proper time table and follow It etc.
  • Professional Help: Lastly, seek a professional help; none of the above mentioned works more than a therapy. Finding the right therapy can get stressful and get overwhelmed at first. Like, I mentioned, it is always stressful at the beginning but if we try, we can overcome it. Just do proper research and once you the right therapist for you, stick till the end.

Just remember that every small change you make contributes to the global effort. For Instance, You can’t be vegan, try 3 day vegan and 4 day non-vegan diet.  It is not one person’s responsibility to change the entire world; people around the globe are trying their own way to help reverse the climate change. We are trying our best; just don’t be too hard on yourself.

My 2022 goals

If we want to climb a big mountain, it is always a good idea to take one step at a time; Same goes for the goals in our life, tiny steps a day will lead us to achieve whatever we want. Last year, I promised myself to live a sustainable life and cause less harm to the planet (because it is impossible to have zero carbon footprints). There are the task I managed to achieve in 2021:

  1. Slow fashion as I am a conscious consumer.
  2. I tried to be a vegan at the beginning of the year but as I stay with my family so I had to drop the idea till the live on my own but I treid reducing the amout this year.
  3. It is hard to utilize the amount of plastic I used or pollution created as I left my job and didn’t left my home cause of the virus.
  4. I did start my own vegetable garden to eat more seasonal and be more healthy.

This year, I will try to achieve more goals and as I am unemployed and have plenty of time, I will make more use of this time to reflect on myself. So, My goals for 2022 are:

  1. Learn to Cook: I will try to be a better cook to turn my family to follow plant based diet and I won’t have to eat non-veg food ever. Trust me, I respect their choice like they did mine when I was in school and the diet has a lot of benefits for diabetic and high/low BP patients.
  2. Be more active: I know I am lazy because all I do is watch Netflix, eat, sleep and repeat. I will pretend this is my time to rise and shine like the one in movies. This year i will try to be physically, mentally and financially independent.
  3. Read More: There was a time I used to read one book a day, now I can’t complete one in a month. I pledge to complete the ‘GoodReads’ challenge this year.
  4.  Be more conscious consumer: well, this wont be that tough for me; after two years of practice of ‘slow fashion’. I am more excited to be more conscious towards other products that I use in daily life.
  5. Build a good garden with organic fruits and veggies.
  6. Do all the things that I wanted to do as a child like painting, writing poem, singing maybe, dancing and mostly, volunteering for right cause. Learn new everyday.
  7. I want to improve my writing for this blog.

I hope this year, I will be busy doing all the things that I listed and when I read this blog, I want to be happy with how much I would achieve at the end of the year.

LIGHT POLLUTION

We are going through a lot of crisis right now, forests are burning one after another, new viruses are coming up and locking us inside, people are depressed, losing jobs and what not. But we have to agree on this that most of the environmental pollutions come from the human inventions and some from our ignorance. Similarly, Light Pollution is the excessive amount of human-made/artificial light in our surrounding during day and night. It can also have its own consequences for our health, environment and different factor such as it washes out the starlight in the sky, disturbs the astronomical research, and the fireflies are vanishing. Light pollution include: Sky glow, glare, light clutter and light trespass.

Sky glow is brightening the night sky over the inhabitants’ areas where the lights are not needed.

Glare is excessive, unshielded and confusing brightness that can cause visual discomfort

Light clutter is the excessive grouping of lights. It is mainly noticeable where the street lights are badly designed, those bright lit advertisement on the roadways/highways etc.

Light trespass occurs when unwanted light is flashed into someone’s property

How it is affecting us, the animals and the planet?

The planet and its inhabitants have evolved to the rhythms of natural cycle of day and night. We no longer experience the darkness of the night due to excessiveness of the artificial light.

Yes, electric light is the greatest invention and can be a beautiful thing to look at, we can travel during night, don’t have to stay in the dark, makes our home look cosy etc but excessive or inappropriate use of anything can lead to hazardous problem. It is effecting our health, the wildlife animals etc.

Our bodies produce the hormone melatonin in response to circadian rhythm. Melatonin is a hormone primarily released by the pineal gland at night, and has long been associated with control of the sleep–wake cycle. It helps keep us stay healthy. It has antioxidant properties, induces sleep, boosts the immune system, lowers cholesterol, and helps the functioning of the thyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes and adrenal glands. Night-time exposure to artificial light suppresses melatonin production.

Investigations on negative effects of light pollution on human health found that this pollution can increase the incidence of headache, migration, stress and anxiety and decrease melatonin production in the body, which low melatonin levels can increase the risk of specific cancers. According to a recent study done by Harvard, High exposure to bright, artificial outdoor lights during the night may result in sleepless nights for older adults. The more of this light pollution are exposed to at night, the more they seemed to turn to medication to help them sleep, for example excessive use of our smart-phones, laptops etc can be a problem.

Light pollution can also impact on animals such as their migration patterns, wake-sleep habits and habitat formation. Such as:

  1. Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and are active at night because light pollution completely alters their night time environment by turning darkness of night with all the excessive amount of light.
  2. Glare from the artificial lights can also cause disturbance to the amphibians such as frogs as night-time croaking is a part of their breeding ritual which might lead to reduction of their population.
  3. Sea turtles hatches at night on the beach  and after which they find the sea by detecting the bright horizon over the ocean. These artificial lights draw their attention away from the ocean, causing death which can be seen in the news.
  4. Migratory birds or the birds who hunt at night depends on the cues from properly timed seasonal schedules. Artificial lights can cause them to migrate too early or late and miss the ideal time for nesting and other behaviours. Every year millions of birds die colliding with the buildings and towers, which also can be seen all over internet and news from time to time.
  5. Many insects are also drawn to light. Needless to say, every species depends largely on the insect species and light pollution plays a devastating role in the declining population of the insects which can negatively impact all the species that rely on insects for food or pollination.

What will lead if we don’t stop?

Light pollution contributes to climate change, too, by adding excess heat into the air. Light pollution also leads to air pollution affecting the atmosphere. Since for the illumination at night, huge amounts of electricity are used, this leads to a high level of CO2 emissions and other harmful gases.

Moreover, when it comes to climate change; new diseases, natural disaster  etc follows with it and after the release of sixth assessment report by IPCC, 2021, we can clearly see it all. It will also increase the problem that is stated above on “how it is affecting us”

How can we change?

Despite all the benefits of artificial light that keep us safe from darkness, we should consider the negative actions of the light and comply accordingly. This is 21st century, so along the light pollution, human being has also created some management options to lessen night time light pollution. There are multiple ways we can create a better environment for us and the upcoming generation, here are few ways I personally think we should do:

  1. Reduce the use of decorative: During all the festival season, whether it is New Year or wedding or religious event, artificial lights are used as “decorative” which can be used with more eco-friendly decorative options.
  2. Use a covered light which is facing downwards: by installing directional covers on outdoor lights so they only illuminate the areas where they are needed. Or, another solution can be by investing in lights motion-activated so they’re only on when people are around. Also, turning off the street light when not in use.
  3. Usage of more CFLs: CFLs help by using up to 75% less energy than other lamps which decreases the amount of green house gas emission in our atmosphere. There is an article “LED practical guide” on the website darksky.org, check that out and learn more.
  4. Minimize the use of lights:
  5. Refrain from light trespassing: Avoid lights that are reaches where it is not needed by putting better quality lights, motion sensor lights, dimmers etc.
  6. Glare-free lightning for the vehicles: When buying a vehicle make sure to go through the description properly because certain companies only cares about their profit and provide the customer with cheap material without being concern about their life.
  7. Development of the better alternatives for light pollution: Rejecting cheap and poorly made things and asking the companies to make better alternatives that is good for the environment and also, the government to take necessary actions against the one who violates the rules to keep the environment save because we deserve to live a quality life in a good environment.
  8. Have all information and facts about light pollution: Read more and more, get educated and teach others as well because there is never enough information, we can learn.

If you wish to know more, please read go the website darksky.org and you can get involved with them by joining their membership, donate, join their email list etc.

There are other websites like: globeatnight.org, nationalgeographic.com, conserve-energy-future.com, treehugger.com, scarce.org, earthhour.org etc. who talk about environment and there are a lot of YouTube videos discussing about this topic in details. Check them out

And don’t forget to check the website Lightpollutionmap.info to know the light pollution in your area.

Remember, it might be too late to stop climate change, but together we can slow it down.

The power of our subconscious mind

Let’s just start by saying, I hate my mental health, if I am happy for two days then I will end up doubting myself from one week. I will feel low, doubt myself, my head burns because of my anger issues, I cry at anything and my tears won’t stop coming out like I have an endless amount of water in my “tear glands” and if I start providing water supply, no one would ever face any drought in this planet. Life is really unpredictable because never in my entire life I ever thought that I will turn out to be this depressed adult with so much of social anxiety. I thought I would out-grow this but most of my friends are still in my imagination and not real. I know that sounds sad and I don’t know if I should be sharing on the internet, like literally.

I can’t control how I feel all the time, but I can control what my action will be. So, when I get angry, instead of shouting or breaking things I take deep breaths and remind myself that if I don’t want to regret later, I have to stay calm and react when I am not in a destructive mood. Same goes to, when I feel stressed or sad; I try not to think everything at once which puts me in depression every damn time. So, every time I feel stressed, I go out or have some outdoor activity like reading outside, lol. I am bad at sports and I have always been inside with either books or TV watching animax/national geographic so doing indoor activity outside are the outdoor activities for me. All I want this year is to be less toxic/ selfish people and more accomplishments (big or small) no matter its doing great at my job or brushing my teeth when I feel like killing myself. Even though it is not easy to

I will end this with a quote “What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.” – Plutarch

Holistic approach to life: Introduction

In this busy and rusted lives of today, it has become really challenging to take a second breathe for our self and examine our health. Most of our morning starts with rushing to work, running here and there, grabbing quick bites which are mostly unhealthy and by the end of the day, end up feeling tired and exhausted, having no energy to go to gym and work-out. A lot of people live their life knowing they aren’t living or feeling the way they should but aren’t really sure about what to do about it. It was same in my case, I was exhausted and was rushing everything in my life and mostly, was trying to deal with everything at once. So, I had to do something about it and after doing a lot of research in order to improve my life, I came across the term, “holistic living” and I am glad I did my research properly. Holistic living means taking care of our entire self; i.e., mind, body, emotions and soul. The dictionary definition of ‘holistic’ is the idea of holism or ‘characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.’

Thus, when we talk about holistic lifestyle, we are talking about living an entirely happy and healthy life. To live a holistic life, we need to take care of our entire self, not just the mind and body but our surroundings as well. In this lifestyle, we consider each and every aspect of our life. For Instance: a person who is suffering from depression, Rather than just focusing on the symptoms and prescribing the medication, a holistic therapist will focus on all the aspect of life (family, relationships, job, social issue etc) that may lead to depression. As a person with social anxiety, I visited 5 different psychiatrist in my life and all of them  would just talk to me for 5-10 mintues and end up prescribing me medication and i was sleeping all the time without my actual problems being solved. And that is why in order to solve our problems, it is important to see the bigger pictures and understand how all the factors in our life are interconnected and influence one another. Holistic living helps us to live life more intentionally with our thoughts, words and actions. It helps to increase mental clarity, happiness and energy by reducing our stress, anxiety and those overwhelm feeling.

2020 was a big year for me and I would call it the year that opened my eyes. Habits or Changes I made in the past 8-9 months of my holistic living journey:

  1. Acknowledging where I am/was/will be: The first step was to know where I was in life, what were my bad habits, it was a bit uncomfortable at first, because we as a human being have the habit of lying to ourselves as well which leads to procrastination and so many negative things in our life. I made a long list of all the things relating to my mind, body and soul. And made plan how to solve each problem and improve myself in all the aspects.
  2. Focus on one thing at a time: After writing down all the things one by one. Now I had to start making changes, which is the toughest part. Beginning is always tough! It is also important to understand that we can’t do everything at once, we might go crazy or even give up assuming it’s not for us. So, It is always better to take one task at a time because when we focus on one thing at a time, it immediately affect the other as well. For instance, I used to be weak, under-weight and have a little or no energy all the time, so I start having my dinner at 8:30 everyday and sleep before 11:00 and get a sleep on 7-8 hours a day. When I acquired the habit of waking up early, I got the time to do include yoga and meditation in my routine and slowly one by one, I started eating on time, get a sleep of 8 hours a day, do yoga and workout and try to read as much as I can. I am no longer in the category of under-weight.
  3. Research, learn and set purposeful goals: It is always important to do a thorough research on the topic that we are going to make part of our life. No one’s holistic journey can be same and therefore, it requires a lot of research and learning to find the best possible strategies to implement in our life. It is also important to set purposeful intentions and divide them into into tiny goals but first we have to set our intentions. For instance, I want to stop feeling guilty about spending too much of money, so here my intention here is to create a healthy money mindset and how can I achieve it? By making a list of all the expenditure and make plan on how to procure one habit at a time.
  4. Sticking to the plan and goals: Once, the intentions and mini goals are set, it is time to take action without procrastinating any task. It’s okay to get lost sometimes to learn the value of something, but remember not to get too lost so that all your hard work get wasted. Always visualize your higher self and work hard for it.

Living a holistic lifestyle is much easier than most people think or say. Because most people don’t understand that holistic living isn’t a destination, it’s a life-long journey. Also, holistic lifestyle doesn’t mean doing yoga, meditation, eating healthy and organic food, it’s more of a lifestyle where we actively remove all the toxic things/habits from our life and simplify it for our well-being. So, it is fitting to say, we can acquire it only by practicing and there is no need to rush everything at once, we can acquired it one by one slowly in our life. To create a holistic lifestyle, we can adapt sustainable habits and learn the art of slow living. With practice, we will be able to experience continuous growth in this holistic living journey.