Dr Shwetambara Sabharwal is a Mumbai-based psychologist and psychotherapist
The best way to prevent suicide is by talking about it. We need to get over our fear of the S-word. The maximum number of suicides are between the ages of 15-29, and most parents are scared to talk about this
In the wake of this deadly pandemic, we have found ourselves a voice, a mind and the resolve to prioritise health, happiness, realisation of what and who we value the most, and even if some haven’t so far, at least we know the revolution has begun
Respect children's choices when they say “no” to be touched or kissed, giving them a message that choices must be regarded
Technology is here to stay, and given that most of the social media platforms aim at increasing use, thereby creating addictions, we need to damage control by knowing when to stop, how and when to replace
When things go south, idiomatically speaking, it means for life to become unfavourable or to take a turn for the worse. And that’s where we psychologists must focus
Happiness courses have been some of the most coveted courses in recent times. The knowledge of “how to be happy” now has the highest regard and selling price to it
Relationships in life are important and there is a great sense of satisfaction we get from belonging to a tribe. The fun and laughter that the camaraderie brings literally gives us a huge kick in the form of endorphins. But, like with everything good, there is a flip side
Teachers find themselves at the receiving end of children’s misdirected energy, pressure from curriculum and calendar, scrutiny and non-acceptance from parents, and criticism on the family front for prioritising work over family
Self-discipline helps people monitor and control their own behaviours, not cop-out by blaming others or expecting from 'destiny'
Several aspects with respect to psychological diagnosis, intervention, prevention, licensing and education need to be made clearer by regularised and centralised guidance. But time and again we find ourselves on our own in this quest.
To be honest, I feel our struggle for freedom continues. Now, if you are jarred by my timing as I bring this up on the eve of Independence Day, I would like to say I believe this may actually be the best time to take note in our understanding of freedom
It is our internalised self-doubt, collective lack of national esteem, lack of faith in our own abilities and severe indiscipline that allows this force that is India, to be undermined
Emotional arousal in the current times is so high, that it is guiding our attention to incidents that are a trigger. Crisis is multiplying because we are mentally attending to it. Emotions are impacting our perceptions, attention, memory and decision-making
Hiding behind a facade of perfection, appearing happy at all times, is the biggest lie we tell ourselves, our families and friends, that we are worthy since we are always strong
We cannot survive alone, act in self-serving or egotistical ways this time and get away with it. There is no getting out of this battle alive, unless we respect and protect each other.
Compartmentalise stress. Respond to it one at a time. The ones we can do something about, and the ones we have no control over. Deal with it one blow at a time
If social skills and socio-economic behaviour were the constructs to go by, I presume it's time to add a new one to the list, the post Covid-19 societies. It does truly qualify for a new society type with very unique characteristics
Schools can work on making the online experience much more inclusive of visual, auditory, possibly kinaesthetic, too, if they are able to share course material beforehand, workbooks, course material, science kits
We do not communicate clearly, especially in marriages, as all our wishes are expected to be wirelessly transferred, absorbed and accurately understood. Communication is a huge relationship barrier.
A crisis is something that is time-bound. While this one will take longer than we would like, it's something that is dynamic and will go away, leaving us more humble and mindful of our blessings.
Breathing and meditation help quieten the mind, relax the body and strengthen the immune system. The mind is a powerful source, the start point of your emotions and actions
Inside Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh's mehendi ceremony