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We are constantly told to be non-judgemental but is it really that easy? We're all quick to pass judgements about ourselves and others. We're constantly tagging ourselves with labels that we consider to be absolute and permanent but are they really? And how limiting are they for us?

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The Gym Gaze

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The Gym Gaze

As someone who has been a chubby child and has been constantly told how “golu” she was, talking about ‘health’ was always stressful for me. Add PCOS with a lot of anxious thoughts to that mix, and physical training becomes a nightmare!The gym was actually a space of extreme stress and restlessness for me. I perpetually felt (or thought I felt) people’s eyes on me. And here’s the thing, I know our society is fat-phobic and I know the microaggressions that come with being fat in India, but seeing gym trainers have the same perception toward me as society did...

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We Are Mislabeling Labels

Hello From The Thought Co. Opinion Research

We Are Mislabeling Labels

Label as defined by the Cambridge dictionary is a word or a phrase that is used to describe the characteristics or qualities of people, activities, or things, often in a way that is unfair. Labels do have an impact on our lives. Being called a bully or whiny or a chatterbox in school does affect how we think, feel and behave. A label such as a chronic mental health disorder affects how an individual views themselves and how others view them. The labeling theory from sociology focuses on the impact of social labeling in the development of crime. The theory states that although a person may commit a  felony because of...

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Money Matters In Mental Health

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Money Matters In Mental Health

We are living through unprecedented times, the effects of the pandemic are not only felt in the now but will also be felt for many years to come. COVID-19 reshaped our engagement with each other and ourselves. The past year has emphasized a much-needed need to focus on emotional and mental wellbeing.India, a country that allocated 0.05% of their budget to mental health is home to over 1.2 billion people. The allocation of funds is 40crore towards mental health; this in no way reflects the need of mental health support in India. Research by NIMHANS, in 2016, state that 1 in...

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Hair Untamed

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Hair Untamed

As someone who has curly hair, I’ve been told time and time again to “tame” it. At one point in my life, I was almost tired of listening to people exclaim “Oh my God! Look, a bird’s nest” and pointing at my hair.To clarify, in this context, ‘tame’ did not mean reduce frizz or make the curls more pronounced, it meant straighten, and it meant mending my hair to fit what society deems beautiful. I’ve done it all, straightened it for days, put gel on, cried about having such hair, gone short, I even plaited it so it remains at...

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