- 10 tips to help you during your ‘Work From Home’ phase!
To see original post click here Working from home, a new trend and necessity in today’s world. Lets all agree that when the idea of ‘WFH’ started, we were all overexcited – that finally we get paid while working from the comfort of our homes. No commuting through the peak traffic hours, no waking up early morning and applying make up or dressing up for office, no need to meet and greet our bosses and colleagues formally or even those who we find a bit annoying (secretly)! It all seemed amazing right. As the days pass by, comes the realization that work from home could become a fulltime solution for many companies, at least for a certain percentage of their employees. We’re already seeing some big organizations making this change! But its been a little over 3 months that we’ve been working from home now. Sometimes I find myself missing my office, and other days – I’m glad I with this change. To a lot of us working in the non-technical field, it feels great to work from home. We can conveniently shift our ‘imaginary office desk’ from our living room to our bedroom in minutes. We can watch tv or Netflix while making a presentation, attend a zoom meeting while wearing a formal shirt with our night pyjamas, or have a lunch/tea break at whatever time we want. The working men and women who have families, they get to spend more time with their children, it’s no more a juggle between choosing between family and work. IT IS A LOT MORE CONVENIENT. But for a lot of people who are into the technical zone – it may not be possible. But nothing is as easy as it seems. Let’s talk about some of hitches of working from home. Some companies are taking this chance to burden the employees with much more work than usual. Lesser commute time, lesser time for break equals to more work load from the bosses and teams. You have to work while handling your kids, house chores and other things. You might have to multi-task more than usual. In an office, you get to focus on your work completely which is not the scene at home. Sometimes, you lose the balance. You may tend to spend your days doing other activities and end up working late at night because you don’t have anyone watching over you. The motivation to work could lessen if you feel a bit too comfortable at your house set up. At times you can engross yourself so much into work, that you may end up avoiding house chores and house responsibilities. Overall, if one asks me – I am more than happy with working from home. I can finish all my work, and still have enough time to work on my influencing and blogging. The only trick is to find the right balance. Out of the 5-6 days of working, 2 days at office and 4 days from home – would be ideal right? Well, till the time this dream comes true… Here are a few tips that would help you dealing with this phase: Try to maintain a balance, fix your daily work timings. Try to maintain them as much as possible. There will be many distractions working from home, try to make a work desk/space with the least disturbance. Take breaks in between, just like you would at your office. Take a shower and feel fresh when you start your work in the morning. It’ll take away the laziness. Keep a separate time for your house chores or duties. Don’t think that you can juggle in between, it may end up with you not focusing on your work. Try to set up a boundary or time between which your employer or colleagues can call you. Yes, you may work till late night to finish some work, but attending calls and disturbing your partner, family members isn’t the right way. As tempting as it sounds, watching Netflix/tv while having lunch is a good idea. But continuing that for longer and keeping the work hanging is not good. Fix your lunch timing, and keep it the same every day. You may feel extra pressure sometimes, because it is a huge change and your parents or family now want you to participate and help around the house as well – but understand that it is okay if you need an off one day. Be clear with your work people, that even though you’re home, you are still working and need an off someday just like regular office days. This might be the only time you can do things which you have wanted to. If you feel like your whole day is about waking up, working and back to sleep – add some extra activities in the start or middle of the day to jazz up things. You may miss your office sometimes, your colleagues and your chai time talks which include various topics from office gup to politics. Keep sometime aside every couple of days where you’ll can do a fun zoom call and catch up too. Working buddies are a big part of our life, after all before all this happened – we spent the maximum time with them right! If you have any more suggestions or tips which can help us cope with this change, comment below and let me know! Love, Saloni blogging,india,lifestyleblogger,selfhelp,workfromhome Image source Image byPeter Olexa from Pixaba Image by Arivle One from Pixabay.
- ABUSE – in the name of LOVE.
To see original post - click here What is love? Yes, we all know what it is. We’ve felt it for another person at some point or another. Our parents, siblings, friends, and obviously our partner. It’s an entire mix-bag of emotions we feel. Right from care, affection, attraction, protectiveness, possessiveness, to warmth. Sometimes we don’t have the words to explain what it is to us. It’s a long list, but that is something we must explore for ourselves. We’re ready to take anything and everything for them, isn’t it? But how much is it that we can take, or how much is it that we SHOULD take. Abusive relationships – as important as it is to talk about it at any given time, it’s more relevant now due to the rise in domestic abuse cases the lock-down period has shown. The frustration that is building up in peoples mind and body, the very need to do something is rising the anger in them. Not knowing how to deal with the feelings, is one of the reasons for the rise in domestic violence. Add alcohol to the second major reason (For real, being a shitty human can be labelled as the first real reason). There are two major types of abuse a person faces in a relationship. Let me first clarify that when I say “in a relationship”, that doesn’t mean only a couple. It can be a parent-child relationship, sibling relationship or any other relationship within family members. Though, speaking about abuse faced within families or by family members is still a no-no in some societies. PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL Let me begin with the physical form of abuse. Unfortunately, the most common example of a physical abuse is the domestic violence faced by married women in our country. Any kind of physical act which is done with the intention of harming or traumatizing another person is a type of Physical Abuse. The 3 most common types of Physical Abuse a person is facing: Partners or couples being physically violent with the other (can be both ways) under the pretext of ‘being angry, upset, frustrated, or drunk’. A parent hitting their child, being violent or using objects to hurt them. (Please understand that there is a line that needs to be drawn as to how physical you can get with a child under the name of ‘teaching them’) Sexual abuse (marital rape, children getting molested/raped by other family members is alarmingly frequent, one partner forcing another one for the sake of their ‘LOVE’) Though sexual abuse is another whole dimension, I would include it under the physical abuse tab. The 3 most common types of Emotional Abuse a person is facing: Women not being allowed to work, made to sit at home and take care of the house/parents unwillingly. Not giving them the right to live their life on their own terms – is a form of emotional abuse. A child being told by his parent that he is useless, not good enough. Being constantly compared to another child and put down. Parents pressurizing and forcing their child to do something against their will (study in a particular field, marry a specific person, and it goes on!) Excessive jealousy, possessiveness, being constantly put on a guilt trip, nagging or even NOT giving each other the right to privacy/space is a form of emotional abuse in relationships These are just a very tiny list of examples I’ve put across to show what abuse in relationships mean. Facing an abuse, be it physical or emotional is extremely hard for a person to deal with. Physical abuse can be seen and noticed easily, but it is the emotional abuse which goes unnoticed most times. Both forms of abuse can lead to serious consequences, most common being DEPRESSION. If you know anyone who faces these issues but are shy/scared to talk about it – please stand up for them, talk to them and do not leave them alone. Below are a few important things to keep in mind: Physical marks on a person, when they deny or make excuse of how they got them is a clear sign of PHYSICAL ABUSE. When they’re uncomfortable or uneasy talking about a specific person in their family or their partner. This is not 100% true in all cases, but if you see this happening then try to get to the bottom of it. It is and should be easy to talk about problems with friends/family and if that isn’t happening, there is something more to it. This can be a sign of EMOTIONAL ABUSE. Depression is one of the serious consequences of any form of abuse, and is extremely tricky. In some people it is very easy to spot, their behavior changes. Whereas in some people it is very difficult to spot as they can be happy and normal on the outside but disturbed on the inside. The first step to take when you realize that you’re being mentally or physically abused is talk it out and reason with them and share with a close relative/friend. For physical abuse, you can complain to the police, as well as other organizations. But before this, you have to REALIZE AND STAND UP FOR YOURSELF. Being an adult, if you see any child suffer then please take them to a doctor and take action. It could be a GP for body check up as well as a Therapist/Psychiatrist to help them get over the trauma. If you know anyone who is suffering from the same, but they cannot stand up for themselves or are scared of their partner/parents hurting them, scared of the society (divorce), or even if it is just a one time incident – please make them understand that it is a RED FLAG and to be cautious. So many times children or we adults have seen or heard our parents/elders or partners use domestic violence under the pretext of ‘making them learn a lesson’ or ‘keep them under control’ or “I was drunk” or even ‘what will the society say if they find out’. We’ve seen them use multiple methods of emotional abuse as well, such as “I will hurt myself if you don’t listen to me” or not talking to the victim by isolating them to indirectly hurt them, or even morally degrading the child in front of others frequently. These are the small signs and hints that suggest the existence of physical or emotional abuse. If you have any points to add or share, please comment below. And remember – YOU DON’T HAVE TO ACCEPT ABUSE IN THE NAME OF LOVE. If you have in anyway related to this post, or support it – please like and share. I would love to hear your comments. There are a number of helplines you can dial, and get the support needed. Love, Saloni #india #blogging #mentalhealth #selfhelp #lifestyleblogger #lifestyle #Thebloggerslibrary #Digitalwharves Image Source Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Image by SamWilliamsPhoto from Pixabay Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
- What you needed to know about Freckles, and how to deal with them!
To see original post - click here Hey everyone, hope you’ll are doing great! It’s been a while since I posted a blog, I’ve been busy with my crazy workload. In the meantime, I’ve got a bunch of requests on various topics, and continuing with the skincare category, I’ve come up with a not so common skin issue. A recent trend that I saw coming up on social media and make up vlogs I follow, was ‘drawing’ or ‘pasting’ freckles on the face. I’ve done my version of them too, and decided to talk about it a bit more in depth. To me, freckles are unique and beautiful. To some, they may seem like an issue – something that is ‘covering’ their beautiful skin. So let us know a little something more about them. What are Freckles? Let me first burst a myth, that Freckles are only for the white skin and ‘foreigners’. Freckles are nothing but a type of skin pigmentation which is mostly caused due to sun exposure and harmful UV rays. They’re also sometimes genetic in nature, and can be passed on from family members. The reason they mainly occur are due to excess of Melanin pigment (which gives color to the spots). In simple terms, freckles are the light brown or tan spots that appear on your face and skin, which are mostly harmless. However if they’ve started appearing all of a sudden, it would be a good idea to visit your dermat and get them checked out. They’re not very common for our Indian skin type, however, it is essential to know about them. For some people they are visible only under harsh sunlight and lighten up during winters. However the permanent ones, they can occur in kids as young as 2 as well! They’re a part of ones skin, and can be dealt with. The major point to keep in mind is that sun spots, moles and freckles are 3 different issues. Not to confuse them with each other. As I’ve mentioned above, the two major causes of Freckles are sun exposure, and genetics. For prevention of freckles, there is only little that can be done. However this little, is the most essential part of it: TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN FROM SUN EXPOSURE! Use a lot of sun screen, SPF 30 or above. If you’re going to be out in the sun a lot, carry your lotion with you and re-apply when needed. Just the way we save ourselves from tan by wearing full sleeve tops or appropriate care from sun, that is all what is needed. Because it is a type of skin pigmentation that occurs, we can only do so much. There are certain treatments available if you want to get rid of them, such as: Laser Treatments Chemical Peels Fading creams Your dermatologist would be the perfect person to recommend the best option, only if necessary. We see a lot of hollywood celebrities with freckles and we kind of adore them. Find them so raw and comfortable in their skin, so why not the same for us? However, to each their own. Below is a list of 7 home remedies that can be done to lighten freckles, and prevent them if at all possible. 1. Apple Cider Vinegar – Honey The Malic acid in ACV helps in lightening the visibility of Freckles. You will need: 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon honey Method: Mix the honey and vinegar, and apply on the affected area or on to your entire face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. How often: Apply this once every day on your freckles. If you are applying it on your entire face, repeat every alternate day. 2. Lemon Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C, its anti-pigmentary properties help protect the skin from the harmful sunrays. It reduces melanin production to decrease pigmentation on your skin. You Will Need: Juice of a lemon Cotton Pad Method: Squeeze a lemon and collect the juice in a bowl. Using a cotton pad, apply the juice on the area with freckles. Leave it on your skin for 15-20 minutes and rinse off. How Often: You can follow this two times a week. Caution: Do not follow this remedy if you have sensitive skin as lemon juice may cause redness and irritation. 3. Aloe Vera The magic plant, it helps in soothing the skin and decrease the melanin deposition in the skin which causes freckles. You Will Need: Fresh aloe vera gel Method: Apply some fresh aloe gel on the freckles and massage for 2-3 minutes. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off. You can also leave it on overnight. How Often: Repeat this every day. Aloe Vera gel is excellent for our skin with its medicinal properties. 4. Turmeric Certain components present in Turmeric, may help in reducing the excessive deposition of ‘melanin’ in the skin that causes freckles. You Will Need: 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method: Make a fine paste of turmeric powder and lemon juice. Apply this paste on the freckled areas and wait for it to dry. Rinse off thoroughly with water. How Often: Do this once every week. 5. Yogurt Yogurt contains lactic acid. Lactic acid inhibits tyrosinase activity, suppresses melanin formation, and reduces hyperpigmentation (8). These effects may help reduce the appearance of freckles. You Will Need: 2-3 tablespoons of yogurt Method: Apply yogurt on the freckled areas. Massage in a circular motion for about 15-20 minutes. Wash off with water. How Often: Apply this as often as you want and see results. 6. Honey Honey contains phenolic and flavonoid compounds that may help inhibit tyrosinase activity (9). This controls the excess production of melanin in your skin, which, in turn, may reduce the occurrence of freckles. You Will Need: 1 teaspoon of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of fresh honey Methiod: Make a thick paste of honey and lemon juice. Apply this paste on the areas with freckles. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off. How Often: Do this two times a week. Caution: Do not follow this remedy if you have sensitive skin as lemon juice may cause redness and irritation. 7. Eucalyptus Oil Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil that is widely used for its medicinal properties. You Will Need: 2-3 drops of eucalyptus oil A few drops of carrier oil Method: Dilute two to three drops of eucalyptus oil with a carrier like sweet almond oil. Apply this on the freckled areas and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Wash off using a washcloth. How Often: Do this once every day before going to bed for best results. Note:Do not try this remedy if you have hypersensitive skin. Hope these remedies have helped you guys! Freckles are beautiful and add to your beauty, just stay in your skin always! Comment below if you guys have any more insight into this topic. Love, Saloni #homeremedies #india #blogger #skincare #lifestyleblogger #Thebloggerslibrary #Digitalwharves Image source Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay
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