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I guess the topic I have chosen to write on today is one to which everyone can relate to at some point of time in life or the other. Today I am listing down my favourite ways to beat stress and to unwind after a stressful day.

All of us, including me, juggle through so many activities on a day to day basis. You can feel this amplified if you live in a fast paced city or environment! Irrespective of whether you are a homemaker or a working individual, each one has to complete multiple tasks daily.

This can leave us completely anxious and feeling tensed even before the day comes to an end. The stress to get through so many tasks sucessfully can get to us & God forbid if things get tough! Situations like these end up piling more stress on our already stressed system and sends majority of our positivity flying out of the window.

Sometimes we end up holding up this stress for a long time, even after the stressful situation has long passed. This is unhealthy, both for the body as well as the mind. It is even bad for our relationships as we sometimes end up passing on our stress to them.

Holding up stress is something we all must avoid and learn to let go of. Understand that no human being is perfect and neither is life. We all learn through our mistakes and get better. Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as saying it is..

Here are 10 of my tried and tested ways to wind down after a stressful day which you can try out as well;

1. Listen to music – I still haven’t met someone who is not moved by the power of music. Listening to music has even been scientifically proven to alleviate stress and anxiety. ​Even a single personal favourite song can reduce stress and feelings of anxiety. So be sure to keep those headphones and a playlist handy! If you can, you can also perform a search online for songs that have been known to reduce anxiety and add them to your playlist! One such song is ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union. It has been known to reduce anxiety by over 65 percent!

2. Repeat affirmations – Affirmations are great at reducing feelings of negation. I love them and have a big collection of them. I go through some of them every other day, irrespective of whether I am stressed or not, as reading them gives me joy and leaves me feeling happier and with a purpose. It has become a part of my weekly routine! Sharing one of my favourites here by Carly Marie from Redbubble;

3. Go through self help books or a chapter of your favourite book – Self help books are real gems. One of my favourite books which helps me wind down is ‘The Secret’ by Rhona Bryne. Just going through one chapter, or even a paragraph, makes me feel better and works wonders in shifting my thoughts. J. K. Rowling also makes my stress ‘magically’ disappear! One way you can use this tip is by having an ebook copy of your favourite book in your smartphone. Nothing better than having your favourite book handy with you!

4. Practice gratitude on a regular basis –Practicing gratitude makes you realise the things that are of ‘real’ importance in your life! Do this exercise every morning or at night, while going to bed and I am sure that you will see a positive change in yourself. Some people find it helpful if they list the things they are grateful for. If you are one of those, make a list of things that you feel are irreplaceable in your life, things or people whom you just cannot do without. Write those things down and make a list – make it as colourful and appealing as possible. Use handmade paper and make it attractive. Keep it with you and read through when you feel your stress building up!

5. Watch a funny TV show or any of your choice – Watching one’s favourite TV series, preferably funny ones, can help one wind down after an incredibly stressful day! I personally find it very helpful in shifting my thoughts which have built up from a stressful situation. It works to reduce stress in a very similar way as listening to music does.

6. Listen to a TED talk – I love TED talks as each one carries soo much of wisdom! They also have these talks categorised into playlists and have some for every mood. For eg. if you are feeling musical or when you are looking for some inspiration etc. If you haven’t listened to one already when stressed, I suggest you to do so soon! I am sure you will get hooked, just like me! 😊

7. Go for a walk – There is rarely something that a walk cannot clear up – especially issues of the mind! Walking for just ten minutes can help clear your mind’s stress and is beneficial for your physical health as well. The outdoors can work wonders and help get rid of your stress.

8. Catch up with close friends – Spending time with the people who always look out for the best when it comes to you, the ones who are part of ‘your tribe’, are the ones who you can approach if you are finding it difficult to deal with stress on your own. Sometimes even a simple call to a trusting and helpful friend can relieve your stress! Never be afraid to reach out for help when you need it – We are social beings and can sometimes simply need to be among our caring friends to feel better!

9. Practice deep breathing – Although it sounds like something we do everyday, deep breathing is a thing we rarely practice properly. When stressed, take some time to sit in a quiet place and breathe deeply and slowly. Focussing on your breath is known to help control your emotions. Notice how we tend to breath rapidly when angry or frustrated. It is the same with being calm, deep breathing forces our emotions to tip towards relaxing down.

10. Pick up a mini project related to your passion – Doing something you love is the best way to keep holding stress away. Maybe you had though of creating that lovely dreamcatcher and had put the project away because you didn’t have time for it; find time for it now. Start that painting you had wanted to create, even if you aren’t an artist! The possibilities are endless and the activities you are passionate about are so very doable! Talk about venting out your stress creatively! 😊

Each of these ways have helped me deal with stress effectively! If some of these are new to you, I suggest that you give them a try if ever a stressful situation does arise. After all, our mental wellbeing is responsible for the quality of our life. Through this blog, I wish to make everyone see life through rose tinted glasses! 💫

Wish you a positive day! Love, Pooja. 😊

Hello everyone!
Just a quick update!

It’s time for a mini celebration for me as this blog is now on Instagram as life_rosetinted!

Although I have just started, I plan to take things as they come and learn along the way.

Do follow for some interesting feed.

Wishing you lots of love & positivity.

Love, Pooja! 😊

How many times have we caught ourselves putting off enjoying our lives at the present moment? We wait for what we think is the perfect or apt time or even wait for the perfect things to revel in life’s little pleasures.

But little do we know about life & it’s plans for us. Life seldom moves forward as planned and always finds a way to surprise us.

Often times it can lead to something else along the way which might end up making one put off his or her enjoyment & happiness even further.

Life is an adventure in which every single day counts & without enjoyment or mindfulness, it can rarely be called an adventure. It takes seconds for life to change or turn around completely.

This is exactly why I am sharing this quote with you all today.

Enjoy and savour your magical life now! Do not wait for any perfect moment. That perfect moment or perfect situation we imagine to face in the future isn’t going to be any more special than it can be right now!

Have a positive day! Love, Pooja. 😊

Hello everyone!

Its been a while since the last time I hit publish on a post! Hope you have had a lovely and positive week so far. If not, I am sure that things will turn out to be better! You can do it right!

On coming straight to the blog post here, I am sure that the title must have made you think. There are a lot of contradictory opinions on this topic. Many a people, ok, maybe sometimes, even me, believe that happiness is only possible when things are going right for us. Unless we come across that cloud with a silver lining, we do not truly feel happy from deep within. It is only human to feel this way.

But, does happiness really depend on money? Can the existence of money in our lives guarantee happiness? 

If you feel that it does, let me tell you that the most beautiful smile I have ever seen is on the innocent face of a child who knows nothing about money. Reflecting back on my memory of this happy child made me question what I used to believe!

Sure, money can buy you items that can ensure that you have a wholesome life. It can rarely buy the moments that can make one ecstatic or give one that warm glow of being happy. It can only buy you something that can make someone happy. So if your happiness is gaining money, you can find happiness with money!

Happiness is an emotion. It is priceless. No amount of money can buy us any happiness. One has to take that one crucial step on the journey to happiness if he or she wants to find any of it on their life path!

Science and the bestseller, ‘The Secret’, point out that having an attitude to gratitude and positivity help attract the life of our dreams. This shows that embracing positivity and happiness in spite of having even a few reasons to, leads to increased happiness.

Let’s all have a thankful and a grateful heart for all things that contribute to even a tiny thing in our lives. That way, we will never run out of healthy moments of happiness!

Here’s some wednesday wisdom on the topic;

Money can buy you a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.

You aren’t rich unless you have something that money cannot buy.

I have learnt how much happiness only money can bring you, very little.

Money can’t buy happiness, neither can poverty. Only a thankful heart can embrace it.

Money alone can’t buy happiness. It can buy something that brings happiness.

There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money.

Money isn’t everything but happiness is.

Any thoughts on this topic? Do let me know!
Have a positive day! Love, Pooja.

Hello everybody!

Just sharing some brief events of yesterday here today! Yesterday was definitely one lovely day out here in Mumbai – especially one worth sharing details about!

Monsoons have officially started here. It has been really beautiful to see sunlight filtering through the window one second only to be replaced by gray clouds in the next! This weather pattern will now officially continue well into mid-August.

This is precisely why yesterday night, it felt great to be tucked in into my cosy place after having spent most of the evening waddling through watery roads and streets on the way home from work! And I must add, this was definitely one of life’s little pleasures! 😊

Yesterday’s enchantment didn’t just end here! It also marked the arrival of a book from one of my favourite authors that I had prebooked earlier. It has been launched on the 29th of May and I am so excited to be having it with me, here, now! It was my special book Thursday! 😃

It’s titled, ‘Sita – Warrior of Mithila‘. 


Written by Amish, this book is book number 2 from the Ram Chandra Series. Amish is previously well known for his Shiva trilogy series which had a gripping storyline. 

These series tell us the story from the Era of Lord Ram. Book 1 of these series was released about more than a year ago which left all the readers on an interesting turn in it’s story almost begging for more! 

So yesterday night was spent in indulging in the things I love! A rainy day, a cosy reading nook and a lovely book! What else could a girl want? Especially one who loves to read! 😊

So that’s it regarding yesterday. Today has already arrived and it is meant to be another beautiful day, full of interesting surprises I am sure! Any particular event that made yesterday special for you? Do let me know. Let’s celebrate life’s little pleasures! 😊

Wish you a beautiful day. Love, Pooja!

Hello!

Hope you all are having a fun Sunday!

Today I wanted to share the above quote with you all.

We all know that life is not the same everyday. Change is the law of life. Sometimes, life blesses us with beautiful and unforgettable moments. But many a times, life knocks us down. It is during these hard and trying times of our life that we need to stay strong the most. 

I have always talked about being happy and about the importance of happiness in our lives. But is it really possible to stay happy all the time? 

Every emotion has a major role to play in our lives, even the negative ones. After all we are all humans and life without the presence of negative emotions isn’t possible. 

Dwelling over negative emotions isn’t healthy. It is always advisable to get over our negativity and hurtful experiences and start each day afresh! Here’s where happiness comes in.

Happiness is not something that you can buy. It isn’t a commodity which you will never run out of. In fact, happiness is a journey and to be truly happy, one requires an attitude to look at life through rose-tinted glasses. On this journey, you might lose the way temporarily. Just when you shift your thoughts to happiness, you might be taken over by sadness and pain again. But don’t stop choosing joy. Remember that you can always choose joy any second of your day!

All it takes is a change of perspective!

There is no person on this planet who is completely free of problems and negative emotions. Life is all about finely balancing the positives with the negatives. 

So from today, do the best you can to solve your problems and let them go. Stop paying extra attention to your problems and focus on the good things you have been blessed with in this lifetime!

Stay happy and be the reason for someone’s smile today!

 Have a positive day! Love, Pooja.

Hello,

Hope you are having a great day. 

Today I am going to write a bit about my blogging journey so far. I recently completed a month of blogging here at WordPress. I had been thinking about starting my very own blog for quite some time but actually got around to starting one last month. 

Although it might seem a bit too early for me to write a post on my blogging experience, I wanted to share what this month taught me with you all. Blogging has taught me that every small reason, every new experience counts. Which is why I thought that I should absolutely write about this.

I must say that blogging is becoming an entirely different, creative and learning experience altogether for me. So this is what I learnt from my first month of blogging –

  1. Blogging is no less than a soul searching experience – The very process of deciding what to write on, writing the actual blog post, thinking over ways to make it better etc. all made me look deeper into what I already knew as a person. I am sure that the journey is only going to get more deeper and enriching as I go along.
  2. Jumping right into blogging gives one lasting lessons – I realised that I learnt a lot more by blogging on my blog than I would ever have from blogging tips, advice and so on. Not that I don’t appreciate them, I truly do but as we all know it, experience is the best teacher!
  3. One gets better at writing as and when he or she writes – As the saying goes, practice makes a man perfect. I am far from perfection but I can see a noticeable difference in my writing and thinking when it comes to gathering my thoughts and typing them out on to the screen.
  4. It encourages one to broaden their interests – Let’s put it across this way – I notice a post on a topic which normally does not interest me. Now that my fellow blogger has written something on that topic along with a compelling title, it seems to capture my interest and makes me curious. This is why I end up reading it. Since I started blogging I have read a lot more than I normally would and have explored many new interests!
  5. Every tiny thing can act as an inspiration – I think every blogger can relate to this one. I personally have started stumbling upon inspiration from day to day events and activities.
  6. There are lots of supportive bloggers out here – From appreciating and welcoming newbies to liking their posts, interacting with them and helping them out, I have come across so many supportive bloggers out here. Thank you to you all!
  7. It helps connect one to people like oneself – This one is a huge plus point. Blogging helps one connect and look through the blogs of people who are already better at what one wants to achieve. The possibilities of this are endless. 

    All that I have learnt along the way cannot be put down into words. I still have so many things to list down but I guess I will stop for now and maybe write a bit more about them all later.

    Readers, what else did you come across on your early blogging journey? Do let me in on those through the comments!

    Have a positive day. Love, Pooja.

    “Life is better when you are happy!”

    Hello!

    Hope you guys are having an amazing week! Although I am writing a post on things you should do more often, I am going to talk a bit about the picture above. I simply liked the kid in the picture on seeing him! His colourful dress is a treat to the eyes & isn’t that smile simply contagious? The picture completely justifies the word ‘happiness’, thereby making it a mandatory share on my blog! 😊

    I prefer a couple of lovely websites for free stock images (Since I don’t want to get into any legal complications) to use for my blog posts. Using these till I actually start around clicking my own ones. This particular one is taken from Upsplash. It has an incredible collection of HD quality pictures captured by photographers which are free to use. Do check out the website sometime to see the beautiful pictures and boost your mood! 😊 Have you seen better ones? Feel free to share where you get your blog post images from!

    Coming back to the blog post topic! Today is a Wednesday. Inspired by the trending wellness Wednesday hashtag, I have decided to share 3 things that you should do more often. They are guaranteed to give you good results in the long run by affecting your mental and physical wellbeing. Read on, wellness is just half a blog post away;

    1. Notice life’s little pleasures – Be it a sweet smiling baby, a beautiful butterfly or a breathtaking rainbow, these everyday little pleasures add sunshine to any normal day. Often times we ignore these little joys and focus on life’s problems and stresses as they are always at the back of our minds. Make it a point to live completely in the present moment and on encountering joy, stop and appreciate it fully.
    2. Stop comparing – “Do not compare somebody’s tomorrow to your today!” Comparison kills creativity and originality. Each person is unique and one rule cannot apply to us all. To add to it all, each individual person works by his or her own unique time zone. If we are all different, how can we compare one person’s achievements or failures to another one’s? Think over it. Comparison only gives rise to negativity. Compete with your own self and strive to do your best!
    3. Practice affirmations – We all see and hear affirmations being talked about on social media. Their power cannot be overstated. Start and end your day with affirmations. They can simply be single positive statements you say to yourself or even a collection of some of them together. The key is to feel good. If you haven’t started this practice already, start now!

    Remember that focussing on negativity​ and problems help no one. Let them go. Let the past stay where it should, in the past. These 3 practices can help you enjoy the present and to become more aware of your surroundings. See life through rose-tinted glasses! 

    Have a positive day. Love, Pooja.

    Hello readers,
    Mondays mean fresh starts but for some of us they can trigger anxiety and the Monday blues!

    Being anxious isn’t harmful, we all experience anxiety at some point in our lives. Getting over it and not letting it interfere with our daily routine and mood should be under our control.

    When our anxiety gets a grip over us, it gives birth to feelings like fear and doubt. These very fears and doubts are known to be responsible for killing more dreams than failure ever can. Fear of failure arises only when one fixates over the end result and not over the journey towards success. 

    But why fear failure? 

    Failure is success in progress. – A. Einstein.

    I haven’t failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. – Thomas Edison.

    This is what two of the greatest minds in history thought about failure! If they didn’t fear it, why should we?

    To get your inner confidence shining brightly, I have brought you a mantra this Monday!

    “Inhale confidence, exhale doubt!”

    Simple, isn’t it? Say it to yourself today! Repeat it while you breathe to give you the confidence to do whatever you set your mind to! Remember that doubt will stop you every time you decide to take an action. Exhale and let it go.

    Inhale confidence and do whatever it takes to achieve your task at hand. Believe that you can do it! Divide your work or activity into small, simpler and doable tasks and tackle each one of them, step by step. This practice will help you understand and complete any task in a better way. Writing down relevant points will also help you remember stuff better and let you think in an organized way. Try it, it works!

    If you suffer from​ Monday blues, go through one of my previous articles and see if it helps you by clicking here. Till more tips follow! 😊

    Go ahead and own this week with confidence.

    Keep rocking and stay happy! Love, Pooja.

    Hello everyone!

    It feels good to finally find time to write and connect with you all again! This has been a very busy and eventful week​ for me. Most of you must have had a busy one too. Sure, I had some new experiences and learnt new stuff but we all do need some leisure time – time just for us!

    I haven’t been able to write a lot or even do anything apart from work. I have missed my ‘me’ time as well which is why, this week, when I have been called to work on a Sunday as well, it really made my mood fly out of the window!

    Working on a Sunday is just sad which is how I am feeling right now. It’s just like dark clouds have rushed and covered the bright and cheerful skies and washed away my idea of a happy weekend!

    But that’s when I decided to think about this in another way. Being a writer for a blog on successful living, I simply had to, didn’t I? I decided to be grateful for the fact that I had a job. The world has many people in it who are restlessly seeking employment opportunities, I was once one of them too. So now, when I have one, shouldn’t​ I practice gratitude for it? 

    This very incident has inspired me to write today’s blog post! Can you think about the many useful and essential things each of us already has? Have we expressed our gratitude for each and every one of them? Let’s​ just name a few which each one of us is blessed with;

    1. The air we breathe in – It’s free and our very life is dependent on it and we all have it around us! But do we thank air? I think we should at least appreciate its presence.
    2. Food – The world has too many people who go to sleep hungry every single day. Practice gratitude for the food you are served.
    3. Shelter – Be aware of the roof over your head. Be a little more grateful if you own it!
    4. Water – The clear liquid which has too many roles to count in our lives. Have access to it? You are blessed.
    5. Education – A very important journey that can take you places. Be grateful because not everyone gets the means to study.
    6. Employment – Something that gives you an opportunity to trade your skills for money which can buy you independence! Be thankful for your job!
    7. Electricity – We all use electronic devices and currently you all are reading this blog which is possible only because of the device in front of you! Not everyone has access to such devices and technology.
    8. Happy moments – Be it a small happy second to a large happy event, remember that there was someone in the world who wished to have a reason to smile today!
    9. Loving people – Surrounded by people who love you, wish the best for you and prioritize you? Be grateful for their presence in your life and give them a call today!
    10. A purpose to live life – Whether it is to be successful in your endeavors, to achieve peace of mind or to maintain a beautiful home, having a purpose to live life is a gift. Embrace it and be grateful for it.

          To name a few, all of us have these lovely things which add meaning to our lives. Be thankful for their presence and make a promise to your own self to be grateful for all that you receive in this life – Be it good or bad, as good things are often masked as bad ones! 

          Learn to live life and to observe it through rose-tinted glasses! 😊

          Wish you a happy weekend! Love, Pooja.

          Hello readers!

          It’s monday today! This day marks the start of another eventful week of work which is why getting worked up and anxious is but natural.

          Wishing to start every week on a happy note? Get rid of those monday blues now by reading through these quick fixes guaranteed to get you cheerful in no time!

          1. Figure out why you dread ‘the Mondays’ – Stop dreading Mondays right now! Realise that monday is just like any other day, which it actually is. Try to zero in on what exactly is making you dread Mondays. A little self introspection can help here. Is the dread related to not getting to office on time? Set your alarm a bit earlier than usual and see how it works for you. Is it because of your work? Try to get the issue resolved to get rid of the monday blues! Figuring the cause for your dread will help you solve this problem once and for all!
          2. Schedule a fun activity – Notice how we look forward to the fun activities we schedule? Who said that fun can be only had on weekends? If you have a relatively free monday evening coming up, schedule something fun to look forward to after work! Go shopping or watch a movie which you have been planning to watch for quite some time now. Meet up some friends for a quick get-together or binge on tv!
          3. Meditation or exercise – These are great at eliminating the feeling of dread and replacing them with positive feelings. Meditation and exercise boost your happiness levels and decrease stress. They increase the blood supply throughout the body and make you feel refreshed and energetic. These help boost your immune system, increase your strength as well as cut the flab! All in all, a great package to try out.
          4. Listen to music – Listen to good music, one with motivating and uplifting lyrics! Researchers have found out that musical beats affect out heartbeats and thereby affect our mood. This activity is also said to be a complete workout for the brain as it improves your memory, your listening skills, decreases pain, aids in sleep issues and so on. So what are you waiting got? Go grab those headphones now!
          5. Go walking –  There are a few things that cannot be cured by a simple walk. Walking is great for both physical and mental health. About 5 minutes are also enough for your body to show anti-anxiety effects!

            Try these methods to beat your monday blues in no time and do let me know if they worked for you! They sure do work for me! You don’t even need any expensive stuff to indulge in all these. Know something else that works even better for you? Let me know!

            Let’s have happier Mondays!

            Love, Pooja.

            Hello!

            It’s Mother’s day today! A day celebrated in order to respect the women who have taken up the daunting task of motherhood!

            Being a mother is a full time job for both working women as well as homemakers. Every mother faces many challenges on her journey but seems to forget them all, just on seeing her child smile!

            Mother’s love their children, stand by them, prioritize their child’s needs and mould their children into better human beings. They definitely have the most important job in the world!

            My mom is everything to me. Without her I would have had no existence as she is the one who has given me this gift of life itself! She is a strong woman who has done everything that is possible to help me have a happy and healthy life! I wish to be like her someday. If I do, nothing can make me prouder! 😊 Love you a lot, Mom! 

            Respect to all the mothers out there and keep the good work going! Here’s a reminder for you – You’re doing great and your kids love you! 😊

            Wish every mother out there a very happy Mother’s day!

            Wish you all loads of love and happiness. Spend some loving moments with your mom today. 

            Love, Pooja.

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