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What Is The Meaning Of ‘Plava Nama Samvatsaram’?

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Ugadi is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. People celebrate the festival with much joy especially in the two Telugu states – Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. People of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu also celebrate Ugadi with much enthusiasm.

Ugadi is also called as ‘Yugadi’ which is a combination of two words – Yuga and Adi which means start of a new era, means the beginning of a New Year.

Ugadi is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra masam and it also signals the end of winter and start of the harvest season. According to Telugu calendar, this year, the name of the Ugadi festival is ‘Plava’ which means wisdom and knowledge.

This year Ugadi is celebrated on April 13th, 2021. The Pratipada Tithi begins at 8:00am on April 12 and ends at 10:16am on April 13.

On the day of Ugadi, people clean their homes and decorate with flowers. Most of the folks wear new clothes and visit temples.

Ugadi Pachadi will be prepared by using neem flowers and leaves, jaggery, raw mango and salt. It tastes little bit bitter, sour and sweet which symbolises the diverse experiences and emotions of life. On this special day, people make a variety of recipes like Pulihora, punugulu, lemon rice, bobbatlu, raw mango rice, etc.

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COVID Times: Don’t Ignore Mental Health!

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An atmosphere of fear, gloom has surrounded all of us as… India is battling with second wave of coronavirus. We are witnessing overflowing crematorium, cries for oxygen beds, ICUs, Twitter exploding with SOS calls, etc. Ever since the pandemic has started, the entire situation of the world has been changed and it’s taking a toll on the mental health of all of us as well.

Beating anxiety in the hard times of COVID-19 is very important. People are dealing with the loss of their loved ones and are becoming financially week. It’s very distressing to see to that most of the social media is filled with the posts that are showing the worst face of the country – people running hospital to hospital for the beds and the scarcity of oxygen, etc., On an overall note, it’s a very scary situation but at the same time, most of the people are recovering.

Coping up with the situation is quite important. Acceptance is the key to deal with the current situation. Knowing the actual truth is important. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 should trust the doctor who is treating him or her. This is not the time to figure out the blame, it’s time to give positive messages which is very important for the collective well being.

We suffer more from imagination than the reality. Those who have been affected with the disease shouldn’t get panic and must face the disease courageously. There are clear cut indications – Those with mild symptoms, (loss of smell, taste, light fever) and asymptomatic can easily be managed at home. Such patients can be well taken care with oral tablets and best monitoring system. It is important to have a Pulse Oximeter that gives us oxygen saturation levels and thermometer.

People who have got moderate or serious symptoms like the levels of oxygen getting down by more than 3% than base level then they should get admitted into the hospital.  A face mask is not a style wear, it’s should be above your nose and below the chin, keep a distance, sanitise your hands. If we adapt and adopt all these patterns, we will be able to deal the situation. The impact of today is felt tomorrow.

Exercise for atleast 25 to 30 minutes per day and avoid junking on pizzas, burgers and fried foods. Avoid alcohol and nicotine. Online meditation, yoga, music, playing with your dear ones online can just keep you mentally strong. Sleep well, do some breathing exercises or can go for simple spirometer. Spiritual behaviour does have its role. If you are struggling just speak your mind out and go for a help. It’s ok to not to feel ok.

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Few Tips To Discipline Your Teenager

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When your child reaches the age of adolescence, your parenting role is likely to change. You may have to discover new ways to be in sync with your children who are in teens.

Teenage is the time when children want to explore new things and it is the phase that decides their future. So, it is very important for the parents to guide them to make a better version of themselves.

The meaning of ‘Disciplining a teen’ is different – Some parents trust their children to the core whereas some parents always keep an eye on them and try to control them. There is nothing in both the ways but there are a few pros and cons in these approaches. Here are a few tips to discipline teenagers in a correct manner.

Typical teenage behaviour:
Adolescence can be a tumultuous time for teens as they change physically, emotionally, and socially. When they are young, they would like to share every detail with you but as they grow, friends and romantic relationships play a pivotal role in their life. They would love to spend time with their peers and also wants more privacy.

  • Keep some limits on your children. If they cross the limits despite repeated reminders, it’s time to act, they deserve to be grounded.
  • Don’t take away the privileges of the children without explaining them. If you don’t explain them, it would lead to false assumptions and strong protests from your teenager.
  • It is always important to keep some rules. It is okay even if they break the rules some times, but it continues, let them understand that parent’s love and affection can’t be taken for granted.
  • Experience is the best teacher. Sometimes, don’t take the side of your teenager for their mistakes, let them face the consequences of their actions. However, make sure your child learns a valuable life lesson out of the experiences, but it continues, let them understand that parent’s love and affection can’t be taken for granted.
  • Never ever issue commands, tell them in a soothing manner.
  • Give some responsibilities to your teenager and give them a chance to correct their mistakes.
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Five Tips To Make Your Little One Listen To You!

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It is not an easy task to make your little one listen to you, isn’t it? A big yes. A mother has to deal with tantrums, aggression, mood swings, screaming of their kids. Dealing with all these is a difficult task. Here are five tips that will help you in dealing with your toddlers.

Give short and crisp instructions:

Although you may want your toddler to do a lot of things, it’s best to give them one instruction at a time and keep your instructions short and sweet. It is all known knowledge that toddlers have short attention spans and giving them many orders will be a waste of time.

Speak Calmly:

It is quite normal for a toddler to not to pay attention to what you say and as a parent, you may get frustrated. But be calm when speaking with your little one. Toddlers struggle with sudden bursts of anger and frustration. Reacting with similar emotions to the little one does not fix the problem and it only makes them react in a more aggressive manner and it just causes them to respond similarly.

Spend some quality time together:

It is an important thing to spend some quality time with your little one. Kids always observe you and you are their role model. So, try to talk with them in a cool manner, play games with them, have meals together. This will increase toddlers’ communication skills and also improves listening skills.

Have an eye to eye contact:

When speaking to your toddler, particularly if you want them to listen to you. You sit, or lie next to them and talk while looking into their eyes. As a result, your toddler will have your full attention and will pay attention to what you have to say.

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