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10 Doctor Recommended ways to feel Happier

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As the  title of this post suggests, today we shall talk about happiness , but let me first share this beautiful quote with you . "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life!" ~ John Lennon  ( AZQuotes )  Love you Zindagi ! (P.C. - canva.com)                                             We all strive for that elusive state of happiness, that will take away the pain of living and make us feel fulfilled and also look forward to living on. Life is full of strives and challenges. Life is not a bed of roses! But is Happiness as elusive as we think?  Is it impossible to be happy when facing adversity? The answer, my friend, is NO! Happiness can be cultivated. Happiness could be achieved, and there is a foolproof method to do so. Today I am sharing with yo

La Shield Expert Urban Protect Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 Review

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Hello Friends ! Your favorite doctor blogger is so happy to be bouncing back to life after fully recovering from COVID-19 infection (I do not wish to bore you with the details of that difficult phase but if you still are curious, I have shared My COVID Story Here ). Post Covid , my skin became even more sensitive I started getting skin irritation, acne and hyperpigmentation (skin darkening ).My regular sun screen was irritating my skin even more so I went looking for something better suited. Today I bring to you another honest review of a relatively new launch in the sun care segment - La Shield Urban Protect SPF 50 Sunscreen Gel.                                                       Price and Packaging - INR 280/- for 50 gram  The La Shield Expert Urban Protect Sunscreen Gel comes in a very attractive bright Yellow and blue coloured plastic tube packaging .This packaging is easy to carry, has less product wastage , and is more hygienic too. It has flip top cap which shuts properly s

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY – A BOOK REVIEW

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                                          The book “Thirteen Reasons Why” gained a lot of attention when Netflix started streaming a series based on it. I have not seen the series yet so I cannot comment on the similarities between the book and the series but let us leave that for another time and focus on the book itself for today. Title - Thirteen Reasons Why Author – Jay Asher  No. of Pages – 288 Price – INR 262/- for paperback , INR 174/0 for kindle edition Publication – Penguin UK Genre - Mystery, Young adult Romance, Realistic Fiction It is a fast paced book that deals with coming of age, friendship and sexuality.  The opening pages announce the arrival of a mysterious box, the size of a shoebox, at Clay Jensen’s home. The sender is his classmate and crush Hannah Baker. Sadly for Clay, Hannah committed suicide just two weeks before the box arrived. The box contains audiotapes made by Hannah and the first tape starts with Hannah explaining the “Thirteen Reasons why ” she was p

Going Back to School - How to cope with Anxiety in children during COVID 19 Pandemic

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After two years of wreaking havoc new COVID cases are coming down and the government has announced a gradual re-opening of schools and colleges. Undoubtedly this decision will help the cause of education because online education has not been as successful in imparting the same level of teaching, attention, and mentoring to students as the traditional model of classroom teaching. But as a parent and doctor it also gives me an uneasy feeling. We are still expecting a third wave of the COVID epidemic, and almost none of the children have been vaccinated so far! Online education has not been as successful  as traditional classroom teaching That is a cause for anxiety for most of the parents, whose children will be joining schools. When a topic of conversation enters a living room, children then get involved too.  Just like us adults, children too have been exposed to the perils of the COVID 19 epidemic and the Social media hype surrounding it, because of which they are equally at risk of d

SOME FACTS ABOUT POST COVID HAIR LOSS AND HOW TO DEAL WITH IT

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Our hair is called our " crowning glory " because it frames our face and makes us look attractive. Losing hair can be a painful experience, as it can affect our appearance and damage our self confidence. It can even cause depression and anxiety, which in turn can worsen the hair loss! In the recent months I have seen a surge in the cases of hair fall  particularly in patients who had recently suffered from the COVID infection. In this post I shall list the common causes of hair fall and specially the causes of hair fall after COVID infection . First of all let us learn about how healthy hair grows . THE CYCLE OF HAIR GROWTH Our hair usually grows anywhere from 0.3 mm to 0.4 mm in length everyday. The growth of the hair follicle is divided in to 4 different stages .  Anagen - Hair grows The growing phase takes two to seven years and regulates the length of our hair. Anagen is the active phase of the hair Catagen - Hair transition -This is the transitional stage that lasts ab

Mental Health Disorders in Children and How to Cope with them

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  (Image courtesy - Canva.com ) The Covid19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health in our daily lives like never before. Mental health was earlier a taboo subject , it was a word used only for the seriously mentally ill. Children have been forced to stay holed up at home with no company and no playing outdoors ,no wonder they have been affected as much as adults by the epidemic. By nature children are more resilient and bounce back faster than adults, but in the pandemic many children have had to deal with the sickness of a family member or even the loss of a parent creating emotionally vulnerable situations for them. Going to school is a stress buster for many children as they get a chance to bond with their buddies in school, but due to the pandemic schools have been closed and our children are restricted to online mode of education which has taken away the fun out of school life. The online teaching mode being used in the current scenario is also adding to the bur