When you stop to think about it, it’s baffling that this is where we are — unable to leave the house, worrying about supplies, frantic about what the world will look like when this crisis is done.
In trying times when the individual has little control over their environment, it can help to document your times and your thoughts about them.
Maintaining a daily log or journal helps acknowledge feelings and bring perspective, says Natasha Mehta, a counselling psychologist. “Record thoughts in any form — text, verse, video. It helps bring clarity, and with clarity comes strength.”
To get started…
Choose a time, and schedule your journaling. Perhaps every morning or night, perhaps 4 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Whatever works for you. But if you don’t pin it down to a slot, chances are it won’t happen.
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- Keep it simple. Start with 10 seconds a day. Just talk about what you’re feeling. You can add music, stitch bits together to make a film. Apps like 1 Second Everyday can help.
- Apps like Giype Journal, help keep your videos safe. The videos you make on this app don’t show up in your Gallery and are password-protected.
Start by documenting your day — what you did and what you felt. Rohini Kejriwal from Bengaluru, who curates an art and poetry newsletter called Alipore Post, starts by writing down her mood at the time of journaling, and listing all the nice things she did for herself in the day. “I do a little doodle on the side to liven things up, and because I love to doodle,” she says.
Aditi Surana, a graphologist and performance coach, is holding anti-anxiety journaling workshops live on Instagram every day, till April 14.
She recommends that you ask yourself a few questions: ‘What are the things I took for granted today?’, ‘What’s bothering me right now?’, ‘What do I need to do about it?’
There’s also a ‘30-day guide to journaling’ by New-York-based artist and author Amber Rae. Sign up and she’ll email you interesting prompts daily, accompanied by a feel-good message.
Once you get started, you can set your own rules. Blogger Samah Marium, for instance, has recently added a section to her journal called ‘Snippets of my friends losing it’. “They are all funny entries; sort of dark humour,” she says.
‘At least now we’ll be prepared for an apocalypse; think of this as a rehearsal,’ goes one of her notes, quoting a close friend’s frustration.
Kejriwal says it was her therapist that got her into the habit of journaling. “My iPad is where I journal and doodle, and it has often helped me see the bigger picture. I can also trace who I was some time ago and who I am today, and most days it feels like I’m becoming a better me.”
Modi, Fadnavis should stop dreaming ‘Mungerilal ke sapne’ of toppling Maharashtra government: State minister
In a direct challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, current Maharashtra Minister Nitin Raut asked them to stop dreaming ‘mungerilal ke sapne’ (building castles in the air) of toppling Maharashtra government. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray presides over Maha Vikas Aghadi government formed by Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The alliance robbed BJP off a chance to form a government after 2019 Maharashtra elections. BJP is the single largest party in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
Nitin Raut, a member of Congress party, was seen warning the BJP in a video clip.
“BJP is trying to topple the state government. Modi and Fadnavis should stop dreaming ‘mungerilal ke sapne’. Everyone should unite in a battle against corona. But they [BJP] do not have any shame left,” Raut can be heard as saying in the video.
Watch the video below:
BJP yahan pradesh ki sarkar girane mein lagi hui hai. Mungeri lal ke haseen sapne dekhne ka kaam Narendra Modi aur Devendra Fadnavis ko bandh karna chaiye. Corona ke yudh mein sabko sath aana chaiye. Lekin inko kisi bhi prakar ki lajja nahi aa rahi hai: Nitin Raut,Maharashtra Min pic.twitter.com/qvQqtF3np6
— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2020
Political activities have gathered pace in Maharashtra. On Tuesday midnight, NCP chief Sharad Pawar rushed to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai. Speculation was rife as to what might have prompted the Maratha strongman to rush to Thackeray residence.
On Tuesday, Uddhav Thackeray faced a lot of flak over his apparent inability to tackle the issue of sending migrant labourers home. Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal alleged that there was a complete ‘collapse’ of government machinery and that the state did not have a political leadership.
From the camps of the Maha Vikas Aghadi, it was Sanjay Raut who was seen assuring everyone that the government was stable. Raut had been instrumental in the formation of Maha Vikas Aghadi government in 2019.
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Locust attacks in India: Terrifying photos, videos of one of the worst swarm attacks emerge
2020 is only serving humanity with pangs of doomsday with each one fearing for his or her life. No, we are not talking about the coronavirus but an army of insects that have made their way into India, causing troubles in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Vidharba in Maharashtra, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and even new Delhi. Terrifying videos of locust attacks, led by the little insects but causing greater damage, have emerged. Experts have claimed it to be the worst attack in nearly 26 years. Locusts are insects that travel in large swarms only during the day time. They can travel up to 150 kilometers in a day depending on the wind speed. They are known for feasting on all sorts of plants and standing crops. The photos and videos surely instill a sense of apocalyptic doom.
TERRIFYING VIDEOS OF LOCUST ATTACKS IN INDIA
#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: Farmers in Budhni and Nasrullaganj of Sehore district beat utensils in a bid to scare away swarms of locusts that attacked their farms. Disinfectants are also being sprinkled on trees and crops to protect them from locusts. pic.twitter.com/tLahQqz8Ej
— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2020
— Srinivas M.D(AIIMS) 📢 (@srinivasaiims) May 25, 2020
— Leonardo Da Madurai (@DaMadurai) May 25, 2020
This time desert locust attack is severe. They have arrived earlier, in huge numbers & now reached till Panna in MP. The changing climate conditions are linked with locust growth in east Africa. The swarms has potential of eating everything & destroy the crops. This from Panna. pic.twitter.com/8aqLa8lA4O
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 26, 2020
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
— VK MEMES (@Vignesh45573948) May 26, 2020
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) May 25, 2020
Uttar Pradesh: Locust swarms have arrived in Babina, Jhansi district. Bharat Singh, a farmer says, “These locusts destroy our crops”. (24.05.20) pic.twitter.com/duGWOT0lbX
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2020
Meanwhile, the most-affected state Rajasthan is planning to use drones and planes to fight locust swarms. It is also believed that the locusts have changed their strategy this season as they are flying at greater height against their basic nature to fly in the low lying areas. Union Minister for Agriculture Kailash Chowdhary has requested the DGCA to help the government with planes so that pesticides can be sprayed from a greater height. The Rajasthan government is also considering tenders in order to get in drones to counter the menace.
Scale-up battle preparedness, Xi Jinping tells Chinese military
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday ordered the military to scale up the battle preparedness, visualising worst-case scenarios and asked them to resolutely defend the country’s sovereignty.
Xi, 66 who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) and head of the two-million-strong military with prospects of lifelong tenure in power, made the remarks while attending a plenary meeting of the delegation of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and People’s Armed Police Force during the current parliament session being held here.
Xi ordered the military to think about worst-case scenarios, scale up training and battle preparedness, promptly and effectively deal with all sorts of complex situations and resolutely safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
His comments came in the backdrop of the nearly 20-day standoff between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Several areas along the LAC in Ladakh and North Sikkim have witnessed major military build-up by both the Indian and Chinese armies recently, in a clear signal of escalating tension and hardening of respective positions by the two sides even two weeks after they were engaged in two separate face-offs.
The nearly 3,500-km-long LAC is the de-facto border between the two countries.
The US-China military frictions were also on the rise with the US navy stepping its patrols in the disputed South China Sea as well as the Taiwan Straits. Washington and Beijing are also engaged in a war of words over the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.
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