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This is Pooja! If this is your 1st time here, welcome to my blog where I blog on happiness, positivity & motivation! Do visit again & do subscribe to my blog by clicking on the subscribe button in the menu above to be notified of new posts, updates & more.. To my old & gold readers, a warm welcome!

So what is colour therapy & how can it help curb anxiety? To begin with I am sure that many people suffer from anxiety, after all anxiety is something we all feel at some point of time in our lives. When these feeling resurface time & time again & are triggered easily, it is then when that anxiety needs to be curbed. But this is all easier said than done.

Anxious & me? I can describe my own self as a very anxious person. Trying something new, taking big chances, facing crossroads, etc all make me anxious at the start. I figured that my anxiety stemmed from a feeling that I might not do well enough when faced with something new or a might lose an opportunity to prove myself. In the end, after I calmed myself down, I managed to do the tasks very well. In fact, I felt that if I had not been so very anxious in the first place I would have managed to do better at the task at hand. 
In fact, I even tried to tell myself not to get anxious but that ended up making me feel more anxious!

No overnight revelations! After all this talk, I am not going to go ahead & tell you that all this changed overnight because IT DID NOT! I still struggle with anxiety & I have accepted it as a part of who I am. I can say that meditation, journaling, listening to songs & colour therapy helped me a lot! 

Let’s talk about anxiety. According to the oxford dictionary, anxiety can be defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome, strong desire or concern to do something or for something to happen. 
Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses throughout the globe. In spite of this there is no right or wrong path to help alleviate it! Curbing anxiety is very personal activity. 

So what does colour therapy do? Colour therapy is something that as I mentioned earlier has helped me a lot! It is based on the science of colours! Each colour of the spectrum is said to affect us & our moods. Science states that every colour has a vibration which can break apart the disturbances in our body & restore balance & vitality. Hues of the colours orange, red, yellow, green & blue all contain vibrations that can help alleviate anxiety. This is why a walk amidst nature or just looking at the sky can make you feel good & make your anxious feeling run away! 

How can I apply colour therapy? Now that you know the colours, what can you do with them?

You can simply wear something that incorporates the colour, have a drink of that colour, surround yourself with that colour or keep a small but significant mood shifter along with you which has that colour! Keep in mind that not all colours work for everyone! Each person has one colour that strongly uplifts them. Find it out by trying out a visualisation technique – close your eyes and imagine each colour of those colours in front of your eyes one by one! The colour which makes your spirits lift is the one for you! 

Another way that scientists have recommended is to use ‘colouring books’! There is something very soothing about colouring away, filling up those blank spaces with our favourite solid colours that just makes time fly away! This activity alone has helped curb anxiety upto significant levels as proved by actual tests. The activity of colouring away, makes the brain stay in the present moment. It is said to help the amygdala (the part of the brain that deals with anxiety, panic attacks, stress and depression) switch on to a sort of a ‘relaxation mode’. Regular colouring can actually help the amygdala go into repeated relaxation states thereby helping curb anxiety in the long run!

If you do suffer from anxiety, do try some of the above techniques! Do get yourself a colouring book & colour away! Let me know if you have any other aspects of colour therepy to add to these & let me know how these worked for you!

I also recommend this lovely Mindfulness colouring book which works on the concept of colour therepy to relax the mind! Check it out and do try it! –

 

 

 

 

 

My 7 step magical Sunday morning routine that works!

Hello everyone!

It has been quite a long time since I posted on this blog. It was a much needed break that felt really good. Being into a constantly evolving career comprising of digital marketing and sales with demanding timelines, it is very easy to feel all over the place and overwhelmed. But I am back and will be up and about regularly henceforth. Today I am going to be letting yu in on my Sunday morning routine!

Why should I have a routine even on a Sunday?                                          So why do you need a Sunday morning routine you might ask! Since each and every one of us works on a schedule throughout the week, it is very essential to have at least a day dedicated solely to achieving calm and peace within yourself!  In case you are dealing with a stressful day, here are some tips to help wind you down!

I am a firm believer of spending a lot of time dedicated to making myself grow. It is only when we are at utter peace and calm with ourselves that we can achieve self growth and miracles in our day to day lives! 

This is the very reason why I have a special Sunday morning routine! This helps me stay relaxed and ready to face the new week with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Since a lot of people feel overwhelmed or anxious on Sundays, I have decided to let you in on this routine which really works for me!

On to my 7 step magical routine:

  1. Sunday = ME day: Treat Sunday as a day set aside just for yourself! This is your day, spend it doing what you love most! Schedule some time out for self care rituals, working on your side hustle or to even progress at your new hobby! I spend my Sunday by working on things that I love, like working on my bullet journal, treating myself to an amazing dessert and so on! 🙂
  2. Wake up: While this one may seem obvious but it is what makes a TON of a difference! What i mean by this is DO NOT set an alarm on a Sunday morning! Instead try to hit the bed early on a Saturday night and then let your body complete its natural sleep cycle and rhythm. Just sync in to your own body clock! This natural sleep is very essential for good health and healthy neural connections even! Since I am a fairly early riser, I am up by 7.30 am on most Sundays. 
  3. Make your bed: So what is SO magically amazing about making your own bed? It is the feeling that you have already begun the day and have tidied up and organised something! A tidy space is definitely a more productive space! I always feel the simple joy of making my own bed! It is more likely a regular over the week ritual for me!
  4. Meditate: I think I would require a WHOLE NEW BLOG POST to write over how meditation can change your life over time! Believe me when I say meditation is not something to be ignored! Dedicate at least 10 minutes of your Sunday morning to meditation and be prepared to see significant improvements in your mental health and productivity! I use the Headspace App in order to get meditating on a regular basis and track my progress!
  5. Drink water: JUST Drink it – Lots of it! You will thank me later!
  6. Eat a wholesome breakfast: Although not exclusively a Sunday morning ritual, having a wholesome breakfast ensures that you can kickstart the day on an energetic note! More energy means all the more energy and enthusiasm to work on the things that you love! My favourite breakfast on Sundays is some omelettes and buttered toast and it is enough to fuel me up!
  7. Try a new self care ritual: My favourite is to just be still! We are constantly running around the clock throughout the week and have lost our ability to find the whole meaning of being in the present, in the now, with peace with our own selves! I have realised that this has helped me make sense of many crossroads in my life and has also led to a good flow of creative juices! I suggest you to try this or find your own one which adds value to your Sunday!

So this is my 7 step magical routine! Is there a particular routine which you have? Let me know in the comments if you do and do give this piece of content a share to spread the word! 🙂

You can also check out this calming book which gives some powerful morning mantras to begin each day on a positive note! Photo by Bailey Zindel on Unsplash

Staying positive and mindful when on social media has become such a challenge for countless people nowadays. Social media is the current boom that everyone is still learning to deal with. The anxiety people suffer when on social media has become such a major issue nowadays.

I have often noticed so many older people talk about social media, its benefits and how fortunate the younger people are to have this unlimited exposure to the world and its happenings. They love the way we can connect to our friends as well as to our idols with just a tap on the screen. This very social media has brought the world a whole lot closer than it ever was by killing geographical distances.

Scrolling through our social media feed is what most of us do so many times a day. The amount of people we are connected with is huge. Many a times, we come across a post from the many ‘nearly perfect moments’ of our connections which gives rise to negative feelings. If you struggle to achieve the balance of your emotions when on social media, here are some tips that can make you feel positive;

1. Remember – There is a life beyond social media:

“Make your life simple,
Know what is important,
Disconnect with the virtual,
Connect with nature.”

Social media feed can be just as perfect as your dreams – It can bring you across many happy and colourful posts, pictures and stories that can make your own life seem dull. But it is during these moments that you must not forget the beauty of the life around you – the comfort and joy of your home, the warmth of an evening with your closest peers, the calming walk in your neighbourhood etc. Life is not only made of photos but with experiences and the moments that you have experienced, matter the most.

2. Post about the happy things:

“Don’t let your ice cream melt while you are counting someone else’s sprinkles. Focus on your own good.”

Studies have revealed that people who post about happy stuff, motivating and uplifting content, tend to feel a lot happier and contented with their lives. Also social media uses algorithms that identify what kind of content you post often and shows similar sponsored content in your feed. So when you post about positive stuff you tend to come across more sunshine on social media! 🙂

3. Avoid your haters or people who criticize:

“Watch out for the joy stealers – gossip, criticism, complaining, fault-finding & a negative judgemental attitude.”

This is so very essential. Let go of people who criticize you on social media. Having haters around you even if it is just on social media is unhealthy and will make you feel worthless about yourself. Haters are simply not worth staying in contact with. Staying in touch with them will only give you more feelings of negativity.

4. Do not make social media one of your mood shifters:

“Find something great that you are passionately excited about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

Mood shifters are things that do simply as their name says – Shift moods. Whenever we are tired, upset or disturbed, we all have our own list of mood shifters we turn to. If social media is one such mood shifter for you, you should try to find some other option. Staying dependent on social media to get your mood right is like handing over the reins to your feelings over to social media – Your feelings will change with the content that you come across. Learn to look at social media as something fun and do not take things personally or depend on it to make you happy.

5. Comparison – Nip it in the bud:

“Comparison isn’t just the thief of joy, it is the thief of everything. Keep your eyes on your purposeful path. Celebrate others. Cultivate gratitude over comparison. Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.”

The number one thing that leads to negativity on social media is comparison. Getting into the trap of comparison is something that will make you compare the value of your life against that fancy Instagram feed that you came across. Everyone has their own moments – good or bad. Learn to appreciate them without trying to reach any conclusions or judgements.

6. Find your social media ‘Tribe’:

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it your family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”

The importance of finding your ‘Tribe’ cannot be overstated ever, even when online. Find people who make you feel positive, fill you with the desire to excel at what you do, help you connect with your passion and create that important place in your heart. Connect with these gems – they are the ones who make social media feel like a boon!

7. Express Gratitude:

“Gratitude helps you see your rainbows over the thunderstorms.”

Gratitude is something that is so important when it comes to maintaining a positive mindset towards life. Use social media to express your gratitude towards someone who helped you, made you believe in the beauty of life again. This is one life skill that everyone should learn in order to create miracles in your life.

Give these tips a try. They will definitely help you see social media in a positive light!

Love, Pooja.

Photo by Elena Koycheva on Unsplash

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!

Hope you have all had a positively charged week! 😊 

This week I have been working on several blog-related things aside from working. From learning on how to create content for my blog’s Facebook page to starting up on Instagram as well as working on a couple of posts, I have tried to get my hands on as much precious learning material as I can!

In the midst of this extensive learning journey, I was pleasantly surprised to be nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award! So, Reflection of Des has nominated me for this ‘neat’ award with a flowery and colourful badge. 😃 Have added an additional badge for the same award here above but the original one is the one below!

Thank you so much Destiny of Reflection of Des! It’s an honour to know that you appreciate my blog and like it enough to have nominated me. To all the others, do pay a visit to her blog. It is an amazing blog where she blogs about various interesting topics and aspects of life! It’s a real joy going through her blog!

Coming straight to the rules:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog. ✔
  2. Thank the people or person who nominated you, linking to their or his or her blog(s). ✔
  3. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them.(by commenting on their blog, etc)
  6. Ask your nominees 7 questions.

Going further to get all the points ticked off, my nominees are:

I like all the awesome blogs out there but will add in a few names here! Others who wish to participate can do so! 😊

  1. Maggie of Dreaming of Guatemala (I know that she is on a blogging break for a couple of weeks, but yes, I love her blog!)
  2. Shruti of This is lit! Love how really neat her blog is.
  3. Sandhya from Indian & Indian fusion cooking. Beautiful photos of amazing food!
  4. Crazy sober girl. It’s a real neat blog!


Questions for my nominees:

  1. What or who acts as your major inspiration when it comes to blogging?
  2. What kind of blogs or blog posts do you love to go through?
  3. What do you consider an ideal present? Which can, according to you, surprise you?
  4. Are you a believer when it comes to miracles?
  5. What is your biggest dream that you want to see fulfilled?
  6. Name three things that you cannot live without!
  7. Do you have someone who’s stuck by you through thick and thin? If yes, send him or her a small message saying how grateful you are to have them in your life!

Here are my answers to the interesting questions asked to me:

Q.1. What’s the toughest situation you had to go through? 

A. That was when my dad passed away unexpectedly. He was the pillar that held our family firmly in place and everything seemed to go haywire afterwards. It was tough to come to terms with the harsh reality of life for me as I was young at that time.

Q.2. Has blogging changed your life?

A.  Yes absolutely! It has definitely impacted my life positively in so many ways that it is difficult to describe in a few words. I can say that it is a lovely journey that has given me purpose to look forward to each day! 😊 

Q.3. What’s your daily routine? 

A. On weekdays, I start early every morning (Actually I am an early riser, be it any day!) as I have to get to work and have a 9 to 6 job. I then spend about an hour winding down from the hustle and bustle from the day. Sometimes, working on my blog also helps me wind down. I later spend some time working on my blog and catching up on some reading, listening to music or watching TV. Weekends are spent doing a lot more of doing what I love, reading, blogging, spending time with my family and pets, painting, etc. I can rarely be found at any social events or so and prefer to sometimes hang out with a handful of my close friends.

Q. 4. What are things that help you relax?

A. Being at home is the number one thing that gets me completely relaxed! Listening to music is another thing that recharges me. Reading books, especially going through the Harry Potter series, never fails to help me relax! I like learning new stuff as well and a new project relaxes me.

5. What’s your favorite meal to cook?

A. I am not much of a cook and am learning as I agree that this is a much needed life skill! I love to cook pasta, vegetables and make vegetable rice though. I like to bake a lot more than cook!

6. Are you a bookworm or writer?

A. Earlier I would have said that I am, hands down, a bookworm! Now that I blog, I am a bookworm who’s slowly blossoming into a writer as well! I guess all writers are first passionate readers.

7. Who’s the most important person in your life?

A. My mom! She inspires me and also turns into my critic time & time again!

So that’s it with the award and the rules! Hope you all have an amazing Saturday!

This week, I have also completed a whole new, crazy yet fun-filled first week on this blog’s Instagram account life_rosetinted! Instagrammers! Do check it out! 

Wish you loads of positivity! 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. 😊