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Sunshine Blogger Award #8

Sunshine Blogger Award. I am happy to share my 8th Sunshine Blogger Award, I recieved my very first nomination from a fellow blogger and friend Chiru and today another fellow blogger and a friend of mine has nominated me.
I have skipped answering to few nominations before and I apologise for that, but as we are nearing towards the year end, I wanted to take a moment to connect with my friends here.
Thank you so much Sidharth for this nomination for Sunshine Blogger Award and your constant support in my blogging journey, I always admire your sense of writing, dark and intense. A wonderful person with a creative pen in hand, do check out this gentelman’s blog guys (Writing Rhymes)


Sidharth’s Questions to me:

Q1) How did you start your blogging journey?

I was house arrrested due to my chronic illness and due to my over-ambitious and restless peronality, I needed something to feed my brain, I created a blog and started writing.

Q2) What is your masterpiece post & why is it so emotionally close to you?

After a year of blogging, I gained courage to openly talk about my mental health condition and my anxiety issues and from last one year I have been only talking about mental health awareness, and recently a post of mine got hit at Youth ki Awaaz and I was also featured at YourStory.

Emotionally connected, because it is all about those unfelt emotions and uncalled issues, we face in our daily lives , but we get up and show up daily.

Q3) Name 7 bloggers that inspire you.

Well Everyone inspires me, every content creator is an inspiration for me.

Q4) What aspects of your posts do you focus the most while presenting it to the audience?

I focus on language, I try to keep it as simple as possible then the structure of the content and I aim to give my readers some value in the end.

Q5) A post on WordPress that you read which had a deep impact on you?

A women had shared her depression story, how she is dealing with depression and how she could ditch those suicidal thoughts and get back in life, that was quite liberating.

Q6) Share a comment that you received that really made you smile?

I smile over each and every comment I recieve, just like my five year old daughter 🙂

Q7) Would you like to share a life-altering encounter?

Can’t think of anything at the moment.

Q8) What are your dreams & aspirations in life?

I see a new dream daily and have set a lot of goals for myself, realistic ones. But yes I want to optimize my life and get the maximum out of it, I am here so I have to leave my mark before I go.

Q9) What is that one thing that scares you the most & how have/ are trying to overcome it?

Like I said, I do have issues, which takes a toll over my health. Blogging, writing, video creating keep me engaged and I have something to look forward daily, I just don’t want to lose all this and I work hard daily to make the shit happen.

Q10) What’s the legacy you want to leave behind with your blog?

It is said that either you lead by example or you set an example, so I want o be someone’s survivor guide, if at all after a few years someone stumble upon my 400 blog’s site, he/she should gain something out of it. A smile, an inspiration or simply a motivation will make my goal accomplish.

Q11) What will your future posts be about?

My future post will be more about Mental Wellness, Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness. I have a separate blog for Mental Health named Sanity Daily, it is my baby start-up, I have things in pipeline for it. Need good wishes.

So this is all about me, hope you all enjoyed reading my answers, I write what comes to mind, without editing or flowering my words. Thank you once again Sidharth and before I leave, here are my few questions to you all amazing people reading this blog today.

1.) What defines you?

2.) What are you grateful for?

3.) What are your biggest assets in your life?

4.) How do you deal with stress?

5.) If you have a dream, a dream too high for your aspirations, you achieve it or you sleep on it?

6.) What makes you a unique blogger?

7.) Will you take care of your mental health as you do for you physical health?

My nominees are for Sunshine Blogger Award:

Psychological Benefits of Physical Activity

What has Physical Activity to do with Mental Health?

Recently I completed a certification course on Mental Health from Alison Education and it gave me very valuable insights on Mental Illness and the importance of well-being. Through this short post, I would like to share a small part of my learnings.

We often take our health for granted and it is only when an alarming situation shows up we realize the importance of the time we DID not invest in our health.

We could be a different story altogether if take charge of our lives in our own hands, external factors will be always there to influence, eradicate us or completely trying to destroy us but we need o to be thick strong to stand facing them, looking them into the eye and ask them to back off.

But how? How can we be that strong to deal with any such situation in our life? No, we do not need to have superpowers but we need to have some physical strength which will, in turn, keep us in a good mood and enhance our mindedness.

As per WHO (World Health Organization) 330 Million people are suffering from some sort of mental distress. It is estimated that as many as 25% of the population suffers from mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and other emotional disorders.

Some cope with these disorders individually, without professional or medical assistance. Physical activity is a natural environment that can be a promising aid for such people.

Psychological Benefit of Physical Activity

Physical activity can have a positive effect on aspects of mental health and psychological well-being, such as depression, mood, and cognitive function.

Mental Health and wellness is the absence of Mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, and the ability to cope with daily challenges in a positive, optimistic, and constructive manner.

Exercise can prevent or reduce the extent of mental illnesses such as depression and it is also believed to have a positive effect on self-esteem in adults. It can also enhance mood and reduce stress levels, thus allowing us to tackle daily challenges in a more positive, optimistic and constructive way.
Anti-depression medication is often prescribed to treat depression, but compliance with taking these medications is often poor and they can have negative side effects (Lawlor and Hopker, 2001).
It has been suggested that one in six adults in Great Britain suffers from a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety (Cooper and Bebbington, 2006), which makes the effective treatment of these conditions an issue of great importance.Also, because people differ greatly, explanations for improvements to mental health may vary according to the person concerned.

Yoga for Mental Health

How exercise could help in reducing stress?

Anti-depression medication is often prescribed to treat depression, but compliance with taking these medications is often poor and they can have negative side effects (Lawlor and Hopker, 2001).

Exercise has been suggested as an alternative or additional treatment to medication and other treatments.
It has been shown that exercise has a positive effect on mental health, but in practice, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reasons why.

Psychological benefits of physical activity are:

  • positive change in self-perception and well-being
  • improvement in self-confidence and awareness
  • positive changes in mood
  • relief of tension
  • relief of feelings such as depression and anxiety
  • influence in pre-menstrual tension
  • increased sense of mental well-being
  • increased alertness and clear thinking
  • increase in energy and ability to cope with daily activity
  • increased enjoyment of exercise and social contact
  • developing positive coping strategies

It seems that an exercise duration of 20 to 30 minutes at least 3 times per week of 60%-90% of age estimated Hrmax (ACSM) could result in desirable psychological benefits or even 20 to 30 minutes of exercise may be sufficient for stress reduction (Berger, 1986; Berger & Owen, 1983), 60 minutes may result in even more psychological benefit (Carmack & Martens, 1979; Mandell, 1979)

Physical Activities to choose from:

  • Staying close to nature helps in reducing stress
  • Swimming or any Aerobic Activity or weight training is as effective as different forms of Psychotherapy and has an anti-depressant effect if followed regularly.
  • Yoga, meditation, or Pranayam also helps in reduces stress level and increase vigor.

Also, read Surya Namaskar– Sacred & Powerful!!

However, other recreational activities, such as ball games, aquatics, and the like, can be psychologically advantageous as well.

In summary, the potential psychological benefits of being actively involved in regular vigorous physical activity programs are as follows:

  • Exercise is associated with reduced state anxiety
  • Exercise has been associated with a decreased level of mild to moderate depression;
  • Long-term exercise is usually associated with reductions in traits such as neuroticism and anxiety;
  • Exercise may be an adjunct to the professional treatment of severe depression;
  • Exercise results in the reduction of various stress indices;
  • Exercise has beneficial emotional effects across all ages and in both sexes
  • Exercise as a dose could help measure the current and past state of an individual

If we go by the evidence and supporting scholarly articles we can believe in this method of overcoming stress and fighting any Mental Illness but to justify it on a universal level the accumulation of scientific evidence is vital in research.

The more the evidence there is a more positive link between physical activity and Mental Health. The more likely it is that the healthcare services will be directed towards providing exercise as a treatment for Mental Health Conditions instead of drug or medication, to combat the long-term side effects.

The more the people will adopt a healthy lifestyle and get into physical exercise the government and institutions will take steps in investing in exercise as a means of treatment for such condition in an individual otherwise the hospital bills and the side effects of the prolonged illness is no less than a cause of stress to the individual and the family members supporting him in his treatment.

Mindfulness - Mental Health

We can improve our quality of life by adopting physical activities in our daily life. Say yes to life. This article is just an attempt to share my learnings and promote Well-being to whoever reads it.

Much love and gratitude



Something Special – Unveiling soon

Hello everyone,

I have always thanked each and every reader for reading my blogs and giving their valuable feedbacks, it is because of such amazing readers that a writer or a blogger feels great about their writing and write more effectively and responsibly.

I have a dream and I am taking small steps every day crossing all the hurdles and making the distance between me and my dreams narrower.

Please keep some space in your heart for my new chapter, as I have something very exciting to share with you all. Stay tuned with me. 🙂



Much love and gratitude