The choice is all ours.

We all definitely have been through many bad days, bad moments, and bad memories but we also have passed many good days, good moments, and good memories, then why do we mostly keep thinking about all the bad things that happened in past and choose to be sad when we have the option to look for good things too. It is all up to us. The choice is all ours. So choose the way to happiness.

Swimming Pros and Cons You Must Know

Swimming is a well-known international sport and a great form of exercise. It uses almost every muscle in our body and is often prescribed as therapy for the physically challenged. Even people do swimming for fun and self-well-being. There are various strokes you can use to add variety to your swimming workout, including breaststroke, backstroke, sidestroke, butterfly, and freestyle.

It has so many mental and physical benefits and improves health but on the other side, it also has some disadvantages. It is better to know about the pros and cons if you do like to swim or you are planning to learn.

Pros of swimming

  • Swimming is good for heart health. It can make your heart work more efficiently by making it stronger.
  • It reduces anxiety and alleviates stress which helps you sleep peacefully.
  • It improves the coordination and balance of your mind and body. It also improves your body posture.
  • Swimming is a great activity for people suffering from asthma too. In fact, various breathing techniques of holding your breath underwater have been known to improve lung capacity in many asthma patients.
  • Swimming uses a larger number of muscle groups and it helps to build your strength and endurance, makes you more agile, and tones your muscles.
  • It improves the body posture and flexibility
  • Swimming for 30 – 45 minutes 3-4 days a week helps in burning calories and results in losing weight.
  • Some medical researchers have proved that swimming also helps in regulating blood sugar.
  • Swimming is also a fun and enjoyable activity and it boosts your mood.

Cons of swimming

  • Swimming in a public pool may create some problems because of the Chlorine (A chemical that kills bacteria in water) including Dry skin, Hair fall, Eye and Skin Irritation
  • The water in a swimming pool contains chlorine salts which, together with the sun rays can cause excessive tanning of the skin.
  • A swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal. It often happens by water that remains in your ear, creating a moist environment that aids the growth of bacteria.
  • Some people also reported having diarrhea cause of uncleaned water.

The good news is there are so many swimming equipment and products available now that mitigate all risks of all problems mentioned above.

To drop down the effect of chlorine use good quality body moisturizer for skin dryness problems and after the swimming take shower with soap/body wash that contains a good amount of moisturizer and wash your hair with shampoo and nurture them with oil.

For tanning problems, there are several sunscreens available on the market. The best for swimming is one with water resistance quality.

To prevent swimmer’s ears make sure to not let the water stay in the ear, tilt your head to let the water out if it goes in your ears while swimming. You can use an ear plug also to stop the water.


If you are new to swimming or planning to learn or start swimming make sure to have proper swimming equipment.

Swimming cap/Speedo: A swimming cap prevent water from flowing in your head and protects your hair from damage from chlorine.

Swimming goggles: Goggles are one of the most recommended equipment for swimming. Chlorine in water leaves your eyes red and burns, goggles will help avoid this issue.

Ear Plug: Earplugs help dry out the residual water left over from practice and mitigate the risk of a swimmer’s ears problem.

Floating Kickboard: If you are having trouble with floating or kicking you can take the help of a floating kickboard to learn easily and find your balance.

Inflatable Armbands: Armbands commonly are suggested for the kids to learn to swim.

I hope this information I gathered for my benefit in the first place when I started to learn swimming will help you too to have safe and enjoyable swimming.

20 Positive Self-Affirmation

There’s real power in positive thinking. Similar to our body, our mind and soul also need healthy food every day and we all know that thoughts are the only food of the mind. Healthy thoughts give good health to your mind. So think of the below 20 positive self-affirmation as the menu of options and choose any of them every morning and say it loud to yourself. This will establish the tone for your whole day and get you rolling in a positive direction.

  1. I am happy.
  2. I am amazing.
  3. I am successful.
  4. I am strong.
  5. Today is a great day.
  6. I am beautiful.
  7. I can do anything.
  8. I am thankful for what I have.
  9. Kindness is free.
  10. I am enough.
  11. I am confident.
  12. I am the artist of my life.
  13. I have no hate for anyone.
  14. I accept that I am worthy of great things in life.
  15. I am surrounded by love.
  16. I choose to participate fully in my day.
  17. I forgive myself and others.
  18. I wake up motivated.
  19. Things are getting better.
  20. I believe in myself.

1 month of swimming

Yay! It is been one month now since I started to learn swimming. I am so happy that in one month I have learned freestyle swimming properly. I can swim one length of the pool at once and I am trying to complete a full lap at once now however that requires more stamina but that day is not that far, soon will be able to complete a whole lap at once. Further, I am learning Back floating and Breaststroke now which seems a bit easy, maybe because I have found my comfort in pool water.

Swimming is a wonderful exercise not just for the body but for the mind as well. Some of the benefits of swimming are:

  • It can make your heart work more efficiently by making it stronger.
  • It reduces the anxiety and destresses you which helps you sleep peacefully.
  • It improves coordination, the balance of your mind and body, and posture.
  • Swimming is a great activity for people suffering from asthma too. In fact, various breathing techniques of holding your breath underwater have been known to improve lung capacity in many asthma patients.
  • Swimming uses a larger number of muscle groups and it helps to build your strength and endurance, makes you more agile, and tones your muscles, and it is also very helpful in losing weight.
  • And so many others including improving flexibility, burning calories, helping in regulating blood sugar, boost mood.

Happy Summer!♥

How to improve your life every day?

Hi all, I was sitting and thinking today that how much things have been improved in my life in few past years. There was a time when I used to hide from people, I was having no confidence at all to stand and talk to anyone. I was living more in my head than outside in the world. Not had many friends. Not much knowledge in anything, not even any interests. My world was very small and boring and sad too. But I am thankful and glad that I can see myself in a better place today and I am sure that tomorrow will be even more better because Improvement is a kind of a process that never ends, no matter how better you have become already there is always room available to enhance. In the few past years, I have learned new things, adopt some new good habits, and become more productive, lively, confident, and positive but still, I can see there is more I can do, and there are more changes I can bring to improve my life.

So here I am sharing today some of the ideas and practices that I think helped me to improve my life and can surely help anyone to improve his/her life too.

  • Learning

Learning is always been the very first step toward growth. You can’t grow unless you try something new. We start learning from day one when we are born. We learn to feel touch, feel hunger, feel pain then we learn to respond to our name, we learn to recognize faces, then walking, talking, education and this process of learning develops us, and it keeps going on until the last day we live. As I said in one of my recent posts that “learning is always believed to be a lifelong process and it has no age limit. If you have the will, if you are curious, then no matter what age you are you can learn anything and you can explore new avenues anytime” So never stop learning make yourself curious to learn new things it will always grow you up.

In a few past years, I have started to learn writing first when started this blog page, then I started to learn the Spanish language, then I learned things related to my profession, and now I am learning to swim and I know there are more things ahead I am eager to learn.

  • Habits

Habits have a big role in anyone’s life. They set a whole lifestyle and create a big difference in character depending on how you choose or make your habits. Having good habits leads you to a good lifestyle and keeping bad habits give you negative result always. So, it is important to give proper attention to what you do, how you live, what you eat, and how you treat others. Any habit that seems bad must be replaced with a good one. If you have a bad habit of sleeping late and it will put an impact on your health and you must change it. If you have a bad habit of eating junk you should think about it and push yourself toward healthy food. A few months back I do have this bad sleep habit, Movies and web series kept me awake till late at night like 2 or 3 am, and slowly I started to realize I was not getting enough sleep and felt tired and sleepy always then I push myself hard to fix my sleep cycle. I took one of my friend’s help who goes to the gym in the morning and asked him to wake me early morning and take me with him. At first, I missed every other day but it worked. Now I have realized that eating junk food is another bad habit that I need to fix. I will work on it.

If you think you don’t have any bad habits to work on you can always add up new good habits like exercising, meditating, reading books, and more listening and less talking. Yes, listening is also a very nice habit. Changing or making any habit takes time but the key is to be constant and make it routine it will change not immediately but one day definitely.

  • Positivity

If you are one of those who always think about only negative outcomes of any circumstances then you must know one thing that, negative thoughts always create a barrier if you want to make a way you must think positive. Positive thinking makes a positive lifestyle and a positive lifestyle always leads you toward great things. If negative thoughts are taking over you, try shifting your focus and collect all of the positive thoughts possible together and visualize them. Having a positive mind requires a positive environment too. Try staying around people who will lift you up and help you see the bright side always. I know staying positive in any situation especially when you are grieving or experiencing serious distress can seem impossible but, it is important to at least try and take the pressure off of yourself and find a little bright light.

I have faced that time personally when I was stuck in a negative mind. I always keep doubting myself and thinking about all that can go wrong. But when I realize this within myself, I start looking for the first clue which is “WHY?” once I found out why I always think undesirable I took some action. I cut off from a few people who seem not healthy being around, then I took help from some self-help books, then one of the most important things was Acceptance. I learned to accept the situation and everything that is not in my control.

Today I can say that I am a whole positive mind but that doesn’t mean I have nothing negative inside me. We cannot rid of negativity but we can keep practicing to stay positive on top of that. 

  • Gratitude

Express your gratitude for the people, moments, or things that bring a little piece of joy or some kind of comfort will defiantly help you to cut the stress and see the good side always. It also helps improve self-esteem. Take time at least once a day maybe before bed to think about all the good things that happened in the day and be grateful. Being thankful makes you a humble person and a better human being. By practicing this, you will see the change in yourself that will be taking you toward becoming a better person every day.

I am also practicing this to blend it into my natural habits. I have seen sometimes that when you express gratitude to someone or something when you be thankful for anything, you spread peace and kindness around you. You will be agreed with this quote that I often use “One Smile Creates Thousand More”.

  • Self-Love

Self-love is key to accepting yourself as you are. It is a state of the unconditional support, self-care, and compassion you give yourself that eventually results in good health, great self-esteem, happiness, total balance, and well-being. When you hold yourself in high esteem, you are more likely to choose things that nurture your well-being and serve you well. You should start caring for yourself, your health, your mind, your body, and your soul. Your happiness comes from within you. If your mind is upset you can’t be happy, and the same scenario with your body, health, and soul if any of this is not well you can’t feel well too. If you are living happily and you achieve peace of mind it will become easier to take your life in the right direction and make the right decisions.

As for practicing self-love I usually advise myself “care less but care more”. Care less about the society around. Care less of any small things that will not matter at all in the coming 5 years or maybe the next 5 days. But, Care more about yourself. Your mental peace, your health, your self-esteem, and your happiness are way more important than any of the dramas in life.

I am hoping these practices will help you in some way to improve your lifestyle and well-being.♥

Letting Go Of The Baggage Of The Past

You can not climb up to the top of the mountain by carrying heavy baggage with you. And, you can not walk miles on road by lifting weighty luggage on your shoulder. The weight on your shoulder will break you down eventually. This is true, Right? Then how can you be supposed to walk your life with that emotional or mental baggage of your past that you are carrying for a long? The baggage of guilt. The baggage of mistakes. The baggage of pain, heart brakes. The baggage of regrets, and so more. The burden of this baggage will bend you down and will stop you to move forward in your life and before it completely breaks you down you must load it off and let it all go. Leave every guilt, every regret, every pain, your past behind and move forward unloaded. The lessons from the event that happened in past are only supposed to be carried along, rest everything should be left behind.

The next question is HOW TO LET IT GO? Well, I am sure if you have ever been stuck with this baggage or if you are still in this situation you may someday at some moment have tried to let it all go but, no matter what you do to leave all this behind, the past keeps following you around and make everything more difficult with the time. So here are some tips for letting go of your baggage, once and for all. Hopefully, this advice will help you leave your past behind, and lead you to a healthier life.

Learn From Mistake

Saying this is easy than doing it, but learning from the past can help understand things better. Take some time to reflect on your past and see what wrong had happened and learn from your mistakes to make things better ahead. Once you know the reason it will make moving on much easier.

Let Yourself Feel Sad

Sometimes baggage sticks around because you never let yourself deal with it. In other words, you never let yourself get super angry, or ridiculously upset. If you haven’t done either yet, do yourself a favor and get emotional. Crying is cathartic, so let it all wash out.

Practice Acceptance And Forgiveness

Acceptance is the first step to letting go and setting yourself free. Accept your circumstances and remember that none of these define you. Set yourself free by accepting that whatever happened, it happened for some reason, and forgive yourself if you were the reason. If that happened by mistake then accept the mistake, if you did it on purpose then accept that too and it will make forgiveness easy and help past to let go.

Have A Positive Outlook

Having a positive outlook toward anything makes a whole big difference in things around you. This practice will help you overcome negative thoughts. Once you start to think positive and as you go through this whole process it will really help you see the positive outcomes of life and you will find leaving your baggage of the past behind becomes so easy for you.

Getting rid of that baggage could be harder for individuals depending on how much load they are carrying on, but it is possible and it can be done by practicing the above practices and self-care. It may take some time, some work, some insight, or sometimes even the help of a therapist if the problem has become worst but if you do it right you will start to feel better. This baggage is unnecessary and unhealthy so just let it go.

The more you let go, the more you feel free and light. The more you feel light, the more mile you walk and the higher you climb.

I Will Never Stop Learning

learning is always believed to be a lifelong process and it has no age limit. If you have the will, If you are curious, then no matter what age you are you can learn anything you can explore new avenues anytime. Today I took my very first swimming lesson! Yes right, I am learning to swim now. Last year around this time a thought popped up out of nothing “Let’s learn Swimming” and that thought was so strong that it never faded. I tried to find a good swimming center but due to the whole covid situation, all pool was closed at that time, and since then I was waiting for this summer so enthusiastically. Today was my first day and it felt so amazing. The instructor taught me how to hold a breath and float on the water, and how to release air under the water through the nose. Just a basic technique. I am so excited that finally this is happening now and looking forward to a day when I will swim like a turtle in the sea. My eyes are red and feel burning a little while I am writing this right now, and it is just because of one mistake that I forgot the buy swimming goggles. Going to buy one right now. it is so necessary for a beginner like me. But, I am so happy that I am learning something new, and truly speaking I want to keep learning new things for as long as possible for me. I think learning and evolving with new skills and information is the central idea of living a great life.

Keep Learning Keep Growing. Have a wonderful life.

Sunday Brunch – Me Time

Happy Sunday to all of you!!!
Sundays are always amazing and most awaited day of the week. Isn’t it? Some like to rest whole day. Some like to spend time with family. But I like to roam around the city and try food in different-different cafes and restaurants. A little delicious treat to my self is what I love Sunday for.

Tasteful cheese patty & Cold coffee

A trip that changed my mindset about traveling!

My recent weekend trip to village Shangarh, located in the Sainj Valley in the beautiful Himachal, has changed my perspective on travel. The trip was filled with magical peaceful vibes and stunning views of mountains and green valleys. We spent 3 wonderful days in the lap of nature. But, this trip was a whole different experience for me that changed my mindset about traveling and exploring new places. This short trip was not just full of nature’s surprises but some great information too. I met a young YouTuber and travel vlogger Pamela Mukherjee on this trip and she shared some very valuable knowledge about all the places we visited. She shared some information about some rituals and beliefs of the people living there. Traveling with understanding the place and people and their values was a whole different experience than traveling just to relax and see the different places and their beauty. Adding up some context and knowledge about the places we visited, made this trip far more better than any of my previous trips. All thanks goes to Pamela Mukherjee. Sharing her youtube channel link below please do subscribe, full vlog of this trip will be out soon.

https://www.youtube.com/c/EveryCornerofWorld

Traveling and exploring is not just about seeing the places but it is also about collecting information about those places.

Also, I am working on writing the whole travel story and things I learned about the places we have been to. Please stay with me, will post the story really soon.

In the meantime, If you haven’t yet read my previous travel story please do read. (JIBHI – An Unforgettable Experience

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Shangarh Meadow