Dr Shwetambara Sabharwal is a Mumbai-based psychologist and psychotherapist
The first step in the process is to be able to observe, feel and become aware that there has been some strain, stress or discomfort
The truth is, our wants and aspirations stemming out of irrational beliefs cannot be satisfied. The problem is not having them, it is when they become unshakable ideas for defining a good relationship
Awareness and acceptance give us the direction, peaceful motivation and security to move forward and invest further in the relationship
Try not to hand-hold. Be patient, let them know it is okay to take time and that learning and trying is the priority, and you are around if they would like brainstorming.
When we give with the hope of an impact however small, we are functioning from a need to control, not compassion
Understanding the functioning of our mind, its relationship with our emotions and ensuring mental health is important
In these difficult times, a simple QnA to provide practical solutions to your problems
Since anxiety is caused by thought about the future, being conscious of the present is an incredibly powerful exercise that dissipates anxiety effectively
Anxiety has been part of our lives. We know it, but we struggle with it. Because it helps us, in flight or fight, or being prepared in a tough situation. We depend upon it
The good news is that many people have started to talk about mental health and are keen to understand what we can do to make things better with our bodies and minds.
Tough as it may be, the emotions that result from our perceptions, belief systems and prejudices with losing a job need to be reviewed and further redefined
The so-called “routine” events such as planning a daily meal, fighting rush hour traffic, meeting a deadline, unrealistic self-expectations, and interpersonal relationships can also trigger stress.
Being a psychologist mom, the expectations run high. But, I make sure I stay human and realistic with my parenting goals. 'To err is human, to forgive divine'. This Alexander Pope saying is my go-to mantra for every parenting glitch; although I think he was talking about forgiving others, I use it mostly for myself
Depression is most certainly debilitating. But, prevention and management are not entirely out of our control. Some inner strength, conscious cognition and resolve in amending our lifestyles can help us banish the blues
Today, amid a pandemic, while the world grieves together it must be recognised that grief is not a social factor; it is purely subjective and psychological. Everyone deals with it differently and must not be rushed, judged or compared to others
Accepting and embracing reality helps us focus on “what” instead of “why” and allows us to weigh our best options moving forward
The first and the most important step is to create recognition of stress through Focus
We cry not over the attack or conflict, but the meaning we attach to it.
Why do attachments and authenticity have a reciprocal relationship, and how can we change that equation?
Science and psychology should accept spirituality and consider an integrative approach for patient benefit
As India and its food growers face scrutiny and judgement, I wonder if bills and policies are all that matter
The pressure of expectations, impressions and ideations interferes significantly with our real companionships.
May man and woman be more respectful of one another, may children and elders be able to hit parks again viewing nature and play as valuable privileges
While we may have gone through a period that has shaken our faith and exacerbated self-doubt, re-establishing our faith in ourselves is key. Suffering and crisis may trigger doubt, pain, and despair, but trusting the journey, the process, and our experiences build faith
The point I wish to raise today is, why not persevere during the experience of a challenge knowing that some good will come out of this? The golden question to ask is, how can this add value and meaning to my life?