Machines going out of order is acceptable. Toilets under maintenance, as well, is bearable. The potentiality of eliminating of clogs, blocks and all kinds of chunks, be it from a human heart or a pipeline of any kind is feasible. Ousting of substantial disorders is relatively attainable than impalpable. But, what if, the impediment is nowhere but mentally.
YES! a mental block, struggling to survive through this post anticipating losing it all.
Never have I ever faced this before. Is it for never being a writer or tedious previous months? (I always wanted to use the ‘never have I ever’ phrase, I get to use it at last. YAYY!!)
Or, is my creativity being crushed by my angst and stress? Or, is it the change I am going through in my life? Instead of relaxing and relishing the mini-uninvited break, being all jittery is the only task I have accomplished with perfection. Months have gone by, staying motivated initially meant smooth sailing through the silent sea oblivion of the intramural storm rising with each passing day.
The mental block is piling up, so, today, deciding to go against the flow and write all about it. Since 11:00 am, struggling and yet, here I am, at 5:00 pm still battling for words and focus.
Sharing experiences: Recently, at a local centre, I happen to meet an individual who invested his savings from his job in setting up three shops in the marketplace. Only to find them turn to ashes one morning from the night’s blaze. Around AED half a million trickling down to just AED 500 in the pocket. However, Love and tragedy, both, as unpredictable as our future with no fixed time, place or scenario. Overnight bankruptcy, lifelong savings down the drain, not to mention his breakup at the time, yet, the man is content and grateful as his employees or himself remained unharmed. Helping him filter the right kind of people worth sticking around while emphasizing the value of life over the love of objects.
Positivity floods through when we meet such experienced people elevating appreciation for our situation. Nonetheless, it is all right to go through dejection and lowliness. However, to stay dejected and miserable is not alright.
This post is my attempt to get back to what I love doing, ‘blogging’.
Let us know in the comments below, have you suffered from a mental block ever or have risen stronger from your previous fall?? Would love to hear your story.
As the curtains are drawn at the end of the month, nothing seemed to have changed. The number of cases in my country seems to rise at an alarming rate and the condition do not seem to relax, but, severe.
A month ago, we were in a fix as to how Ramadan will be spent, and now we ponder over ways to honour our Eid festival.
Commonalty ciphering means to break the shell and muster, while the perceptive ministry, speeded up and declared a 24-hour lockdown right on the festive day. So, curtailed is EID to our homes and backyards.
Withal, Eid deluged with blessings, serenity, good sleep, family time, cooking, praying and deepened gratitude is anticipated.
Eid – Ul – Fitr, celebrated after a month full of fasting from dawn to dusk. By fasting and serving the purpose of the holy month, we are accoladed in the form of Eid.
30 days of fasting, customs being observed while bevelling our line of daily routine towards faith and sanctity, embody marvellous perks.
Foremost, to discern the ache of person, enduring his pain is fundamental. Thus, fasting eminently bolsters us with the required understanding.
Repudiating the driblets and the crumbs gush the sense of reaching out.
Hence, fasting intensifies the empathy towards the needy leading to an escalation in charity and donations.
Secondly, fasting is paired with worship, prayers and invocations. Late-night prayers (Qayam-ul-Layl), Qayam refers to standing, Layl denotes night. So, standing in the night for prayers has premium benefits.
Research shows that one reason staying up all night worked was because sleep inhibits the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) that helps control our metabolism and, indirectly, our levels of energy. An estimated 25% to 35% of depressed patients have low TSH levels. Recent research has shown that while sleep inhibits the release of TSH, staying awake through the night and the early morning hours boosts it. This “new” scientific research is completely following the habit of the prophet (saws), which was to sleep shortly after Eisha prayer (by 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm), and wake in the very early morning hours (by 2:00 am – 3:00 am) again to pray.
Many health benefits are backed up with mental peace, serenity, tranquillity and calmness. When a soul is calm and at peace, he loves the life he is blessed with, hence increasing him in gratitude.
Thirdly, fasting has proved to be associated with a wide range of potential health benefits, including weight loss, as well as improved blood sugar control, heart health, brain function and cancer prevention. Also, fasting can help lower cholesterol, improve glucose control, reduce liver fat and improve blood pressure. Studies have also shown that fasting, which leads to caloric restriction, increases the lifespan of even healthy people.
While fasting, taking short naps are also said to be rewarded.
Apart from this, Muslims also practice the famous “5:2 whole day fasting” along with the other ways of intermittent fasting all round the year.
Prophet Mohammad SAW used to fast every week on Mondays and Thursdays, and now science has been proving its health, mental and emotional benefits.
Fourth, another obligation during the month is reciting as much Quran (holy book of Muslims) as possible. Surprisingly, even recitation and memorization of the Quran gets numerous gain with it.
“And We send down of the Qur’an that which is healing and mercy for the believers, but it does not increase the wrongdoers except in loss.” (Al-Quran, 17:82)
Science has proved that by reducing our brainwave frequencies to alpha and theta, we can enjoy loads of benefits:
We are more spiritually connected, and more at peace. This makes us enjoy life more.
We are healthier due to lower stress levels
We can control our mind to focus completely on the present
We can remain calm even while under pressure
We can accelerate our learning
We can go into the state of deep relaxation, which is important to our health and emotional wellbeing
And the mind that is operating at alpha waves is also linked with creative and lateral thinking. Lateral thinking is the ability to look at a problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on. Additionally, an alpha level mind can memorise up to 1500 words a day, as is the case with small children.
We know that mediation, which the recitation of the Quran is similar to, helps us to bring down our brain waves to this beneficial alpha and theta waves.
The conclusion of the research shows that reciting just a page of the Quran reduces our brain waves to alpha, thereby leading to a rested and calmed mind. Subhanallah!
Along with all the other benefits, the major benefits above bring emotional stability, helps practice patience, inculcates empathy and sympathy, draws each one closer to their loved ones and community. Erases our differences brings all to a common ground.
As the month-end gets closer, we are at the benefitting end at all aspects of Ramadan, yet we are rewarded with festive days of EID-Ul-Fitr.
However, before the night of Eid – Ul – Fitr, global Muslims are obliged to buy basic commodities, groceries and goods; distribute among the poor of the locality (Fitra), assuring an ecstatic Eid celebration not stays limited to your homes. However, Zakat due can be paid out before the next Ramadan arrives.
As considered the holiest month out of all the months, it also is a disciplinary month for all the believers. The Muslims all over the world observe and adhere to the obligations of the month. A training period for all followers with a habit-forming routine to be followed all around the year.
The believers are expected to pursue this constant behaviour throughout the year. Sadly, we struggle for consistency and persistence, keeping it limited only to this month.
This year on wards, doing my best to follow the same practice throughout the year and as you know the benefits as well, hope you will too.
Glittercut.com wishes its phenomenal virtual family a Wonderful, Blessed and an Auspicious Eid with your loved ones, Eid Mubarak.
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Admiration, adoration, appreciation of beauty, amusement, anger, anxiety, awe, awkwardness, boredom, calmness, confusion, craving, disgust, emphatic pain, entrancement, excitement, fear, horror, interest, joy, nostalgia, relief, etc are all various categories of emotions.
A typical person would experience many of the above emotions in different instances.
An individual who encounters various emotions and gracefully handles it is taken to be mentally stable along with being aware of himself and his actions.
The correlation of emotions with feelings is that of height and weight.
Every emotion has a specific feel along with it.
Every emotion is a blessing, be it of any kind.
However, today, I would like to dedicate my post to emotional sedation. Sedative effect on our mental awareness of emotions.
A traumatic childhood, an unexpected negatively charged extreme event which we were never prepared to face at the given time. It’s a hard blow on our psychological and emotional capacity of dealing with situations. Thus, leading to tinnitus, further resulting in lingering emotional numbness.
Emotional numbness, surprisingly, apart from the above-stated cause, can also be cultural and societal. In many cultures, the emotional state is not given due attention and hence, crying is related to weakness, while anger is looked up for strength. These societies pushing the mental health under the carpet, emphasizes its people on being stoic, rational and emotionally invulnerable.
Having oneself in these various situations, the preferred road is simple, not to feel any emotions at all.
The instance can be no better than that of a rape victim. The atrocious episode leaves the victim with a string of loud tinnitus and moving on to emotional numbness. the heinous event concludes in a void of emotions. Unable to feel, express or communicate becomes new configuration in the system of the sufferer. Similarly, severe loss, stress, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), physical and mental abuse, are also few of many causes for sedation of emotions.
When speaking of mental health, emotional numbness is still a secret disease calling out for more attention. large numbers are oblivious of their malady, while others are in denial, as being stoic, stable and emotionally aware are always valued and held in high prestige.
The crisis awareness of emotional numbness is eminent. Somebody in sentimental anaesthesia is no longer aware of any feeling, emotions or sentiments. Be it of his own or anyone involved, hence, dysfunctional coping mechanisms, depression, spiritual emptiness, inability to enjoy life, inability to form close and fulfilling relationships, disconnection from the inner self, confusion, irritability, fatigue, addictions, chronic illnesses, and somatic illnesses, inconsideration, insensitiveness, etc follows.
Being mindful of ourselves and ones around us is the key to reach out.
Mentioned below are a few analytical ways in which one can be pinpointed.
Failure to express strong negative or positive emotions
Inability to “fully participate” in life (i.e. feeling like you’re a passive observer)
‘Life is like a dream’ sense. (a feeling of unreality)
Living on autopilot.
Absence of interest in schemes, others find fun.
Feeling aloof from others.
An impulse to revoke from friends and family members.
Emotions are only felt in the body as sensations, but not by the mind
Animosity for people who show vivid emotions (both positive and negative)
Feeling numb in situations which should typically engender strong emotion
Panic attack when intense emotions eventually breakthrough.
Physical and mental insentience or blandness.
The extreme numbness may even influence the patient for suicidal attempts too.
Once we know the causes. Identify the silent bearers to recommend the ways to cure the silent disease.
As, the sentimental sedation is not permanent and so, the cure is available for both, long and short term.
Identify the underlying reason for the numbness.
See a psychiatrist. It is completely alright to visit a mental-health doctor. The old fashioned taboo of having a mental health issue is no more a dispute (at least in many countries and cultures).
Talk to people who you feel closest to. People who make you feel connected, communicate and help yourself attain relief.
Exercise daily. Yoga, boxing, kick-boxing are great stress busters. However, a casual walk around the neighborhood also does wonders.
Get ample sleep. Lack of sleep adds to the irritation and fatigue, hence, worsening the situation.
A well-balanced healthy diet is a must. It helps regulates and improves your mood.
Stress management. Minimize the stress and engage in stress-busting activities like meditation, prayers. Identify the stress enhancing factors and try to deal with them positively while getting rid of them eventually.
Determine emotions and articulate emotions. if you find this the hardest. do not delay in seeing a psychiatrist, let him tap your emotions for you and you can take it forward from there. 🙂
To the ones who are suffering from emotional numbness, you are not the only one. There are a lot more fighting the secret fight daily and maybe in the worst of situations. This sickness is momentary if crucial care is provided at once.
Have your say on emotional numbness in the comments below.
Every moment worth enduring is captured, felt and seized in various forms. Since ages, gravitation to relive cherished moments coveted. History witnesses the quenching of such desires to capture moments using various ways. Umpteen techniques adopted to document such moments and memories have been registered throughout history. Be it live sketch, sculptures in the mountains, statue making, sewing a war scene, or painting a wedding scene, etc is scattered all over the map in various museums and galleries. Hanker seemed to have not died a bit with the passing time. It has evolved beyond imagination, just the approach of captivation has undergone a drastic transformation. The paintings, sketching, sculpting has been all taken over by myriad photography, yet, making the obsolete an invaluable affair. Today, I do this post, wondering the pining for photography people across the globe share.
Photography is no more confined to moments, occasions and cherished moments, but, has widened horizons to abstract, aesthetic, macro, beauty, nude, underwater, time-lapse, stock, still, satellite, aerial, panoramic, perspective, landscape, conceptual, candid, portrait, action and many more versions. Aesthetic photography however always intrigues me, while candid shots are my favorite.
Nonetheless, the most trending one is the ‘selfie’ photography, conventional kind at the disposable of a layman. The moments captured on a reel, are hardly ever re-visited, nisi you are a professional or capture moments out of passion. Irrespective of the probability of a re-visit, we tend to click, snap, shoot and capture moments. Usually having ourselves on cleave to either to seize the moment or to live the moment. A part of the population falls under the ‘live in the moment’ banner, while the other half, is busy capturing every single moment and making it feasible for a re-visit.
Every kind of photography is a form of art and hard work. It can only come out beautiful and effective when done with passion and love. However, the emotional rush on the sight of every moment from the past through snaps is overwhelming. The potential power to pause your errands and make you spend hours going through the clicks one after the other is undeniable. A concoction of emotions deluges our heads rewinding the exhaustive arena of the picture. Making the time passed by since then, beyond belief.
The idea of this post struck me when accidentally, I came across a picture of my son, Owais, in his initial months of existence. The accident of lasted for about more than 2 hours, still, I couldn’t get enough. The inscrutable pleasure is indescribable. With every picture effortlessly the memories of the moment flooded as it had been lived along with ‘behind the scenes’ moments.
I am not much of an enthusiast when it comes to storing every moment you live in the reel. ‘Live in the moment’, was a more agreeable statement for me until yesterday. But, yesterday, the pictures made me realize the influence of photography in one’s life and to re-visit the moments, the occurrence of which has been long forgotten.
From now on, I plan big on capturing my moments and clutching the memories while living in the moment from behind the camera. An idea of collecting my sons pictures at every stage of his life, and showcasing at his wedding has occurred to me, hoping it will be easier done, than said.
How do you think is the idea of becoming a regular at photographing your moments? What kind of photographer are you currently? which photography intrigues you the most? How did you find the post? Let us know in the comments below.
As days pass by, the covid horror is seeping through the minds of the people. Awareness, precautions, social distancing and every necessary measure has become the most observed ritual of recent times.
People continue to stay home and stay safe except a few who are not able to figure out regulating practices for their stress and energy while exposing others to the risk as well.
As we continue to stay home, we have become so aware of our surroundings, the nook and corners get due attention while cleaning. The kitchen rack shines brighter than ever and the wardrobes are rearranged.
Finally, a little more scrubbing and dusting will wipe the paints off the surface.
“Sleep well, sweet dreams” has been nullified as sleep refuses to generate new dreams for our 15 – 16 hours of sleep, hence, embracing ‘repeat’ mode.
Just a few weeks back, we craved for free time and dreamt of quick retirement. Now, we have all the time in the world while we are still in our hustling age.
Free time and health are two blessings which never came to an individual in sync. And, here we are, having free time while we are healthy.
So, seizing the opportunity and squeezing the best out of it, we got to reflect and reflect and reflect a bit more on ourselves. In all odds, we can still grow on a personally, professionally and spiritually.
Listed here are few things by which you can make the best out of these days you have in hand with your health by your side.
Wake up early and take your daily dose of Vitamin D in your windows, balconies and verandas.
Make sure you dress up well, even if you are alone. Make your hair, apply moisturizer. It’s a ‘look good, feel good’ tip.
Get at cooking and eat healthily.
Bond with your family by having all meals together. You’ll discover the beauty and the true essence of your family as you learn to co-exist.
Learning a new skill should be on your agenda. Stitching, art, painting, cooking, sketching and many more. Every little detailing from the beginners perspective is on the net. Get started right away.
Exercise is a must. Exercising not only helps us with weight management or muscle toning but, also with feeling fresh, staying active and energized with releasing all the negatives and making way for positive vibes.
Take out time for spiritual knowledge and growth. Pray. We can also level by profoundly studying any religion of our choice which intrigues us the most. Our busy schedule hardly spared us time to look for answers to the question about other religions, hence, clinging on to the misconceptions. Clearing the misconception will be your contribution to an accommodating society.
Spend quality time with our little ones. You have children, do not let this time pass by without strengthening your rapport with your kids. As for them, this is just a big holiday, unaware of the intensity of the situation. Regulating our stress sensitively is highly required as this might leave a deep scar on the little minds.
Restrict yourself to one movie or two episodes of your favorite series a day. We do not want this lock down to bring out couch potatoes and new health problems through binge-watching.
A video call or a voice call to a friend, relative is as great as the other ways. It helps you to keep in touch and to keep a check on the other if in case they are doing alright.
Develop a reading habit. Start by reading short stories then moving on to novels. it is a great way of increasing knowledge while improving our communication skills.
Go to bed early, and avoid using smartphones 20 minutes before your bedtime, as it helps your eye muscles to relax leading to a night of deep sleep.
With all these in action, do remember to reflect. Reflect on yourselves. In the earlier rush, we hardly got time, to look back on our actions, did we hurt anyone, is there a scope of improvement in our behavior, can we become more friendly and be more polite to the office boy. Have an attitude check. No one is perfect and there is always room for improvement, and wise is the one who is always ready for change and improvement.
With all the tips, I hope it will help you to plan your day while optimistically utilizing your free time along with your health.
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Since childhood, you have been my favourite month. You were the month which gave my parents the joy of becoming parents for the first time. Every year, the arrival of March is more awaited than any other month. But, who knew, this year, you, my beloved month, had plans of your own. Just as I was ready to welcome you with open arms, news broke the evening before on the 29th Feb 2020 of not being employed any more from March 1st 2020. The gravity of the news weighed me down after a week until then it was assimilation. Days set in, posing questions “Now what? Until when? What next? etc?’ ‘I have a creator who cares and loves me with a heart of 70 mothers, he will definitely, place me somewhere better.’ was the only response I had for myself and kept me going. And, as a family, we grew closer, bonds strengthened. I was spending more time with my little one and cherished every minute of it. With all the bewilderment around, 13th March 2020 arrived and like every year, the sun shone brighter and the breeze was cooler. Or at least thinking of it that way makes me feel special. The second half passed by with much ease. Situations accepted; lock downs, enjoying each others company, relishing mom’s cooked food along with all the light-hearted moments together and self-grooming. Last, but, not the least, came the 10-day letter writing challenge to keep our minds churning a little extra. So, you have been a month full of lessons, appreciation and a potpourri of emotions for me.
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Usually, I happen to not pass by strangers much, as I do not take the tram, or walk down the lane. (I am that lazy). But, whenever I happen to come across new faces at the market or my favorite outlet, I make sure my tight-lipped smile eases the tension of the awkward-accidental eye contact. As per the oculesics, an eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication. Hence, the smile ensures that I have a heart of gold and your child stays safe around a stranger like me. However, smiling back is free of cost, still many prefer an eye roll or just look away. Similarly, the regular act of gentleness might even give out the wrong signals. Smiling at a stranger of the opposite gender gets misinterpreted as the license to flirt. Here, the tables turn, with the eye rolls and looks of disgust get served. Just smile. I wonder how strangers can hold up a frown or a straight face for so long. At least I can’t, or I can, but, I may not. So, let’s spread the sparkle and smile more often with no hidden intentions at all.
Regards, Beaming Irut
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2003, enthralled, I walk out of the movie theatre thinking of the captivating scenes of the movie ‘Brother Bear’. Baffled and questioning the existence of such a creation. I asked my mom, only to learn, the lights touching the Earth do exist on the other side. 13 year old, then, was bewitched by the magical lights meeting the Earth with a covet to get to the other side of the World. Since then you, Aurora Borealis is my dream destination, be it in any of the lucky countries hosting it. I secretly pray for you to not lose your enchantment to the various harmful aspects of the atmosphere to which most of the world couldn’t win. Stay safe from global warming, climate change and many other depreciating aspects. At least I request you to hold on to your true self till I see you and feel you in every breath I take. Just hold on till I capture every curve in the reels of my DSLR and memorise every colour of your existence. For me, Aurora Burealis is a synonym for a dream destination. Hope you take my desire to visit one day seriously and do sustain yourself and your beauty until then.
Your aspirant. Irut
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All of a sudden you seem to come to stand still, as nothing seems to move forward except the number of casualties from the horrid disease. However, in the olden days, it took ages to carry out a task or make a drastic difference. Today, I write this letter to you with utter confusion, as to what has changed.
Affairs which lasted or took almost a year to come into the light, now it happens within a fraction of days, weeks or months. Enough contemplation leads me to a conclusion of my own that it is all related to the advancement of technology. Travelling took days, whereas now it has become a matter of a few hours. Your ageing with increased productivity, as sick recover within hours, relationships break or mend within days, wars conclude within months, whereas, the wars earlier lasted for more than 5 years in a stretch. Similarly, the epidemic upgraded itself to a pandemic within 4 months. This could have been a matter of more than a year in your teenage.
I wonder, what an influence technology has over you, exposing us to its outcomes and results. We sure tend to enjoy and exploit it to the fullest and again face the consequences ourselves. Nonetheless, I would request you, slow down a bit.
Just till when my son is a kid, your speed is making me miss out on him achieving precious milestones.
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Date: 24.3.2020 Dear Irut, Subject: This too shall pass.
Its been long since we spoke last. Hope you are doing good and enjoying late morning breakfasts and a rhythmic array of eat-sleep-repeat while you blog, design and shoot in your empty spaces. However, I write this letter to you to tell you that I am so Proud of you. All the catastrophic episode which you have been starring in, have passed by without dimming your sparkle. Even this too shall pass. Focus on the tiny winks, clasp on them till it becomes a memory. Enjoy and strengthen your bonds with your family and get more closer to your creator. This too shall pass. Make every moment worth remembering and cherishing. Your brain cells have been working overtime these days to outgrow your nervousness. Major plunge in your funds, an inevitable dilemma, I can understand. But, darling, since when did monetary roller coasters start keeping you up at night. You’re stronger than you think, you have been through a tougher time than this. And, this too shall pass. Build your faith stronger and focus on the good. Let tomorrow get its luggage and unveil it tomorrow. Go with the flow, love. As this too shall pass.
Love, Irut. Subconscious, Positivism and Motivational Department.
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