Explained: Why wellness experts are recommending a paradigm shift from Body Positivity to Body Neutrality
Body Positivity asks you to "love your body". Body Neutrality, on the other hand, seeks that you accept your body, allow it to be, focus on what it makes possible for you to do and feel, rather than how it looks.
On International Yoga Day 2021, 5 practitioners tell us how COVID-19 crisis has shaped their approach, philosophy
A return to basics, finding new ways to connect, a greater appreciation for mindfulness and wellness among students — yoga practitioners spoke with Firstpost about how the pandemic and lockdowns have been an opportunity for a reset and rethink.
Masked and proud: How moral emotions increase preventative health behaviour during COVID-19 pandemic
Research indicates that adherence to physical distancing recommendations are linked with wanting to protect oneself and a feeling of responsibility towards one’s community. These elements are also induced by moral emotions, or “emotions linked to associated persons or societal welfare”.
COVID-19 crisis' toll on mental, menstrual health raises challenges in treating conditions like PMDD, and greater awareness
Often dismissed as being “part and parcel of being a woman” or simply brushed aside as being “just PMS”, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) lies at the intersection of two deeply stigmatised issues in India — menstruation and mental health.
The curriculum asks students to, among other things, track their sleep patterns, keep a gratitude journal, perform random acts of kindness, and take note of whether, over time, these behaviours correlate with a positive change in their general mood.
By interfering with normal immune function and blocking pain, the virus keeps the infected on their feet, spreading the virus.
Six-pack abs seem like a recent phenomenon, but notion of ideal male body has been shaped over centuries
Western culture’s fascination with chiseled abdominals can be traced to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when the ideal male body image in the West started to shift.
Recuperating from COVID-19 is a long and arduous journey; here's how to not merely survive, but thrive
A first-person account about what you can expect after COVID-19, especially when the hospital declares you fit to rejoin mainstream society.
Bad influences: On the Santoshi Shetty row, and damaging perceptions about mental healthcare in India
There is a long way to go until reliable mental health treatments including psychotherapy and medication are de-stigmatised. But if we keep blurring the boundaries of expertise, we might just be taking a step backwards.
"Ableism is violence," as Lydia XZ Brown notes.
Nowadays, my kitten’s is the only opinion that matters. And he has no concept of judging someone based on their body.
Ritu Kumar to Masaba, how Indian designers have stepped up to address mask shortage during coronavirus crisis
As the demand for non-surgical masks outstrips supply during coronavirus crisis, leading Indian fashion designers have come forward to fill the gap
World Autism Awareness Day 2020: Why 'acceptance' must be prioritised over initiatives like 'light it up blue'
World over, autistic people have challenged the normative idea of “lighting it up blue” with its harmful connotations, and sought a shift from ‘awareness’ to ‘acceptance’, celebrating April as #AutismAcceptanceMonth.
Coronavirus Outbreak: As mental health experts respond to crisis, filling gaps in service delivery needs govt accountability
Mental health organisations and professionals have recognised the severity of the impact on people's mental health and are responding to the crisis by optimising digital modalities of communication, through hosting webinars, Instagram lives, and curating pro-bono counselling helplines.
Coronavirus outbreak poses rising mental health concerns, as experts develop therapeutic frameworks to meet the challenge
Unfortunate outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic are a lesson into public ableism as they provide an empathetic window into the lives of those who already live with psychiatric problems such as severe hypochondriasis (also known as illness anxiety disorder) and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Coronavirus Outbreak: As we make the radical behavioural changes required in face of pandemic, let's not give up on empathy
In over just a few weeks, a microbial entity has come not only to reign over our bodies and minds, but also to smash down our carefully constructed edifices of civility, good manners and all else that constitutes acceptable social behaviour.
'Faking well': Notes on navigating spaces, gatekeeping people with disabilities, and asking for help
Disabled people come in all shapes and sizes. Some of our disabilities are visible, some invisible. Some don’t deteriorate. Others fluctuate. Many disabilities — like psycho-social disabilities, chronic pain and fatigue — are increasingly being discussed in India. Still, I’ve learnt that asking for accommodations is among the hardest things to do, writes Srinidhi Raghavan
Understanding mental illness: Treading the line between making space for our feelings and indulging them
It’s hard to say which is more dangerous: turning feelings into thoughts (self-pity, blame, rumination, paranoia etc), or turning thoughts into feelings (telling yourself what is okay and not okay to feel). But the beauty of being human is our ability to unlearn these habits and learn new skills.
Insurance companies think mental illness can lead to physical illness or accident, and consequently reject what are termed bad lives or substandard lives. This is not surprising; viewed as a purely capitalist enterprise, insurance companies can be expected to only seek profit
Eating a plant-based diet may lower the risk of chronic disease and is good for the environment, but poorly planned vegan diets that do not replace the critical nutrients found in meat, can lead to serious micronutrient deficiencies.