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New Delhi, Sep 13 : According to USA Today the term ‘blue mind’ means “the mildly meditative state we fall into when near, in, on or under water. It’s the antidote to what we refer to as ‘red mind,’ which is the anxious, over-connected and over-stimulated state that defines the new normal of modern life.”

One experiences chronic stress which leads to have a ‘Monkey mind’ and attention fatigue. Our lifestyle of rushing from one thing to another can eventually result in memory problems, poor judgment, anxiety, depression, and over reliance on alcohol and drugs for relaxation. Chronic stress damages the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and musculoskeletal systems. It lowers levels of serotonin and dopamine, making us feel exhausted and extremely down.

Blue Mind therapy is a modern name extending these age-old concepts, that can be understood by a layman. Seeing water around you is always healing. Firstly the calmness of blue colour in water bodies is healing, and then even water heals us. We are made of 5 elements and water constitutes 70 percent of our bodies. So obviously water is healing, beautiful and calming.

Have you been skeptical about the invincible power of the blue mind? Imagine yourself sitting in a monastery and something within your flickering mind captivates you, no it isn’t scenic or the sound of cymbals, but a very soft and soothing sound of water, which is flowing effortlessly in a stream. And to your amazement this will be the only relaxing sound you’ll ever hear in your life. The Blue Mind is an accurate way to experience reality in the purest form because water is viewed as vivifying, the tranquil fluid that moistens the body and dissolves all that’s toxic in you physically and spiritually.

Along with its spiritual nature, water also acquires medicinal and therapeutic qualities. If we turn around and look at our bygone times, we’ll find that Egyptians and Greeks were actually using water to manifest and heal ailments. And in the era of modernism, water is used as a healing element with the practice called hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy popped up in the 19th century in Europe for treating anxiety, back pain, and pneumonia. So, if you are entirely psychologically or physically parched then take a delineated pathway to a blue mind for its brilliant distillation of the entire body, mind and soul.

Ingest

The human body is 79 to 80 per cent water, and the brain itself is about 80 percent water by volume. So it’s no surprise that consuming enough water is a requirement for healthy brain functioning. Clear water can help us access the state called “flow,” where we connect to the default mode network, or daydreaming parts of our brain. This can restore our ability to focus and perform cognitive and creative tasks with greater ease.

Colour therapy

As per colour therapy, it is great to have a blue glass, fill water in it, keep in sunlight for 3-4 hours and then drink that water. Turquoise or light blue is best used to increase intuition and sensitivity. It works to relax sensations of stress. This soothing colour captures the turquoise colour of the Caribbean water and the eternal sky that meets it. Just like the sea, turquoise opens you upward and outward with boundless, endless and border-less skies.

Ice bath treatment

Once or twice a week practice Ice bath therapy to reduce inflammation and improve recovery by changing the way blood and other fluids flow through your body. When you sit in cold water, your blood vessels constrict; when you get out, they dilate (or open back up).

Turquoise Crystal

Turquoise crystal is a purification healing stone which consists of amazing properties of balancing and aligning all the chakras, stabilising mood swings and capturing the essence of or instilling inner calm and beauty. It is excellent for depression and exhaustion, it also has the power to prevent panic attacks. Turquoise promotes self-realisation and assists creative problem solving. Envisaging turquoise in life will help in dispelling all the negative auras surrounded within your chakras and aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects, and alleviates cramps and pain.

Picturesque Portrayals

The trick is to pair the colour with your surroundings and give it a natural touch. You can use any colour turquoise picturesque painting as these carry healing properties that affect the mind and the body. Turquoise is believed to help neutralise acidity, increase growth and muscular strength, alleviate gout, stomach problems, viral infections, rheumatism. Most imperatively it helps to keep the environment calm.

Jal Dhauti

Dhauti means to ‘cleanse’. The variant of this procedure helps in cleansing the respiratory and the entire digestive system. Dhauti eliminates excess bile, stomach acids, mucus and toxins. Apart from cleansing it helps relieve nausea, reducing the acidity in the stomach and discards disease like asthma.

Cold feet

Immersing feet in the bucket full of ice water does wonders for people with joint stiffness, enhancing flexibility, and easing the pain in as little as nine minutes. Cold water does just the opposite. It causes blood vessels to constrict and narrow, which reduces inflammation and relieves pain by numbing the affected muscles and tissues.

Lather with love

The goal is to apply pressure and lean into the scalp with your fingers. Fill the basin with 2 inches of water that feels cold- to the inside of your wrist or elbow. Rolling up your sleeves, pulling up a chair and being ready for the back wash; submerge your head till your forehead portion in cold water increases cardiac output and peripheral blood flow and reduces systemic vascular resistance.I t increases energy and relieves fatigue. Since your brain is directly absorbing water from the scalp, it will help maintain the blood flow regularity, It will help you think better and increase the level of concentration.

MoonLight Water

Moon Rituals are an ancient practice that started in Egypt, Babylonia, India and China where worshipping the moon was a part of the culture. Keeping a bowl full of water under the moonlight will help elevate insomnia and will help align the menstrual cycle.

(Kuhoo Gupta, Healer and Founder of The K Junction)

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Changing footwear trends in India

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : Covid-19 has changed consumer buying patterns across segments, ranging from FMCG, personal care, apparel to footwear. The change has also led manufacturers to take innovative strategies and widen certain product portfolio ranges to attract consumers and gain a competitive edge.

According to recent reports, the Indian footwear market is growing at a CAGR of 4.5 percent in India; however, owing to the current pandemic, 2020 witnessed changing consumer needs. India’s homegrown e-commerce player Flipkart, observed some interesting trends on the platform. With people placed a greater focus on being fit and healthy, the demand for athletic shoes has grown. Running shoes emerged as the top searched items under the sports footwear category. The platform also witnessed a spike of 1.5X times in the sale of sports footwear compared to pre-Covid times and the revenue of this category saw a spike of 20 percent from July to August. Additionally, running and walking shoes searches for women marked a 2X growth.

With people continuing to stay indoors at most times, the preference for comfortable footwear is at an all-time high. Sandals and Slippers now constitute the top 5 searched queries under Men’s footwear – a trend that has never been seen in the recent past. Additionally, slippers have taken precedence over heels on the platform, becoming the most searched vertical under the women’s footwear category.

“To fulfill these ever-evolving demands of consumers, Flipkart is continuously working with brands and sellers to ensure they are able to benefit from the opportunities that e-commerce presents. During the pandemic, we’ve been working closely with a growing number of national, international, and regionally-renowned fashion brands and sellers, in different ways,” Nishit Garg, Vice President – Flipkart Fashion told IANSlife.

Adding, “This includes identifying opportunities for them to connect them with consumers across India through our online marketplace, scale their online presence and diversify existing product portfolios. This is being facilitated through an insightful collaboration which is based on a very deep consumer understanding. This approach has enabled our partners to strengthen their business, while reaping the benefits of e-commerce in a fair online marketplace.”

(Siddhi Jain can be contacted at [email protected])

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Treating the heart with scientific breakthroughs, lifestyle changes

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : From the time the first Coronavirus case was recorded in China, to India’s numbers crossing four million, COVID-19 has millions of lives under its ambit. Now, for a country like India, where the cardiovascular disease burden is already at an alarming high, these are threatening facts. Moreover, pandemic-induced lockdowns have also raised stress levels which can induce heart related ailments.

On this World Heart Day, here are some thoughts by Dr Viveka Kumar on the importance of understanding cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), what they mean today, how we can protect ourselves, and the technologies that help us significantly improve patient outcomes.

A Closer Look at Heart Diseases

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “CVDs are the number one cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause. In 2016, CVDs took approximately 17.9 million lives, out of which 85 percent were due to stroke and heart attack.” Now, let’s understand what CVDs constitute. CVDs are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels. According to statistics, four out of five deaths caused by CVDs happen due to strokes or heart attacks.

The most common cause of heart attacks and strokes is a sedentary lifestyle. Alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are contributing factors. Heart attacks and strokes are also caused due to a blockage that interferes with the blood flowing to the brain or heart. These blockages are caused by the build-up of fatty deposits on the walls of blood vessels that carry blood to the two organs. In some cases, internal bleeding in the brain or blood clots can also cause strokes.

Fighting Against the CVD Burden

The simplest way to tackle the CVD burden is to create awareness about its most common symptoms and not ignoring them. For instance, keep a check on your diabetes levels, cholesterol intake, watch out for symptoms like frequent chest pain, irregular heartbeat, pain in the elbows, left shoulder, or discomfort in the arms or back. The most common symptoms of a stroke are numbness in arms or legs, especially on one side of the body, dizziness, difficulty in speaking, loss of balance, or severe headache with an unknown cause.

Since these are common symptoms that are often ignored by patients, it is advisable to consult a doctor if they are regular. Taking measures like maintaining proper weight, keeping regular check on diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure at home is imperative, but we must not forget the importance of regular health check-ups. If you have symptoms of diabetes, your doctor will likely test your blood sugar level. If you have any conditions that put you at risk of heart disease, manage them with lifestyle changes and medications.

However, in extreme cases, where a patient feels their medications are not just enough to treat the ailment so in these cases patients may require a stent to unclog a blocked artery.

The Breakthroughs in Heartcare

What’s interesting is the way technology has transformed the treatment of blocked arteries. For the longest time, we have relied on drug-eluting stents (DES) and bare-metal stents to treat blocked arteries. Over the years, the quality of these stents has improved substantially. The latest generation platinum chromium stents have smaller profiles, thinner struts and clinical data of more than 10000 patients which help in good procedural outcomes for the patients.

An important thing to understand here is that the pandemic is far from waning and health situations like these will continue to exist for as long as humans live on the planet. For better healthcare situations and heart healthy lives we need is to prepare for smarter tools and technologies.

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Comment: Will lockdown wipe out lifestyles built over 30 years?

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The ancient Indian protocol for social distancing is embedded in the lines my yoga guru, from the famous ashram in Monghyr, Bihar, taught me:

  • “Chaar miley, chausath khiley,
  • Miley bees ek saath.
  • Harjan se harijan miley,
  • Bihsain bahattar hazar.”

(When two plus two i.e. four eyes meet each other; 32 plus 32, 64 teeth smile together’

10 fingers of both palms, greet 10 of the other, a total of 20.

Then a person, blessed by the Lord, is in union with another without physical contact.

This results in 36,000 vital points in one human body and 36,000 in the other, sending ripples of joy through 72,000 points in the two beings.)

The current etiquette of social distancing possibly has precedent in past practice. Arrival of outsiders may well have wrenched us away. With Freudian prescience, Akbar Allahabadi put his finger on the nub of the matter:

  • “Tifl mein bu aaye kya ma baap ke atwar ki,
  • Doodh to dibbe ka hai taaleem hai Sarkar ki.”

(How should an infant inherit characteristics of his/her parents on a diet of powdered milk and government education?)

The lockdown outlawed any toing and froing, conditions which Ghalib had described with great simplicity about Delhi during 1857:

  • “Koi vaan se na aa sake yaan tak,
  • Aadmi vaan na ja sake yaan ka”
  • (No one from there can come here;
  • Likewise, no one from here can go there)

This limitation on visiting each other soon began to reveal our instinctive comfort level with social separation. We were quite comfortable within the Lakshman rekhas we sketched around ourselves. More revealing were telephone conversations with neighbours, and members of the Residents Welfare Association. What they expressed was indifference to the migrants who had walked away from the suddenly imposed penury, joblessness, no roof over their heads in the torrid heat — and now it seems, the approaching winter. Were these millions condemned by their ‘karma’, to be judged for suitable slots only in the next life?

When I visited South Africa to cover Mandela’s release, what struck me was not the exclusive white enclaves. I had expected them. After all that is what Apartheid was all about. What astonished me was Lenasia, the Indian colony outside Johannesburg. Sprawling mansions with two swimming pools was the lot of many Indians. Unlike the joyous ‘Black’ South Africa, much the overwhelming majority, Lenasia was uneasy at the end of White rule. It was possible to meet Manek Patel in his bungalow who thought “apartheid helped keep bloodline pure”.

Hierarchies and class are inescapable. A revolutionary like Ho Chi Minh did live in a modest, two room, oak cottage but it had the nicest view of the lake. The rare visa which enabled me to cover the 1979 China-Vietnam war was arranged by a member of the Bao Dai family, an old Vietnamese aristocracy.

The Indian hierarchy, based on caste, is unique. Unlike racism, it is not based on prejudice: it is simply a time honoured practice which draws red lines, not to be crossed, between occupation based caste groups arranged in a vertical hierarchy. Egalitarianism disrupts these red lines. The unease with the Constitution is deep seated for this reason with the present regime which harks back to a pre Islamic ‘golden past’.

As we enter the seventh month of the lockdown, it may be worthwhile taking stock. My wife and I (and a live-in help) have been moderately cautious: we have entertained, keeping social distancing and never having more than four guests. Likewise, we have visited friends for meals, and taken the masks off, once seated.

My daily three kilometer walk in the park adjacent to our apartment (I take off the mask; it suffocates me) has been sacrosanct as has been my yoga. The clan in hundreds spread across north India, has so far reported no expiry. But there have been three positive cases in Lucknow including an 85-year-old with co-morbidities. They recovered within three days and three children in the same apartment remained untouched by the virus.

The bleakness that I see ahead cannot be extrapolated from our experience in the health arena. It is the economic sphere, joblessness, abysmal drop in resources, redesigned kitchen budgets, even within cousins where darkness is catching up.

A visit to South Delhi’s Select City Mall was scary. Hanuman Chalisa was being chanted in the biggest food mart to invoke the monkey God. The lobby of the five star hotel was as eerie as the empty road in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, where a biplane swoops down on a terrified Cary Grant. A five star restaurant without a customer abutting a bar, stocked to the ceiling, but without a soul. Trust Ghalib to invade my mind:

“Bhare hain jis qadar jaam o subu, maikhana khali hai.”

(Goblets and cups are full to the brim, but the tavern is totally empty)

How long will Indian capitalism survive such tightly sealed goblets? Corona, I suspect, will wipe out lifestyles boosted by 30 years of reform. The new middle class will revert to their first car, the Maruti and mother’s vegetarian recipes.

This middle class may adjust without too much fuss to the pre reform austerities, a mood that will dovetail nicely in the march towards Hindu Rashtra. A fly in the ointment may well be mass anger. After all, those who walked, their ranks swelled by the jobless and the hungry, will ask questions. Will bread trump faith? To forestall any trouble on that count, the regime has already unfurled a range of draconian measures to put away anyone with a talent to mobilize public anger. As a backup there is also the scary virus as a deterrent against public anger bursting onto the streets. This scarecrow can be made scarier. But that might accelerate velocity of the economy’s nosedive. Which economy? What better way to stop the leak than to sink the ship? Salvation shimmers over the sands as silhouettes of the Hindu Rashtra appear.

(Saeed Naqvi is a senior commentator on political and diplomatic issues. The views expressed are personal. He can be reached on [email protected])

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