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Happiness

Through my eyes … MENTAL HEALTH

Hey blogger..

“Where is Bhavana? And why is she not posting on her blog?” You may have wondered.

My fellow friends, I am writing this post so we can talk more about mental health and help each other.

Mental health means different to everyone. It depends on a person’s experience.

Discussing mental health can be scary. But taking the first step to talk about it is absolutely worth it.

Why I said ‘scary’ because I honestly do not have people around me talk about it. “What are you doing this weekend” is often asked rather than “Are you doing okay?” and “We can talk”

It has been 2 years and I realized a pattern.

Since the past 2 years, I had began to overthink, cry endlessly because something had happened, and had felt anxiety very differently than I had felt before.

I am not sure if my mind was affected by some illness, as I never sought help from a professional. I felt dark, stuck and frustrated. What kept me going was the hope that I will stop to feel like this and live a normal life again.

What I did to feel better:

Exercise
Eat healthy
Cook
Be nice to people and also to myself
Putting my mental health first

However, all of the above helped me to some extent and momentarily.

Being surrounded by the ones who genuinely love me, was the one of the first times I felt light. I felt liberated. I would forget about all of my problems. I felt at ease.

For me, figuring out my mental state, understanding myself, finding what’s good for me, is a journey.. a journey of unlearning old things, learning new things and loving myself.

It is not easy. But it is easy if someone accepts you the way you are. It starts with you... if you want to talk… Let us talk about it here!

And please tell me how you have been, because after all, this is a happy place.

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Appreciation Experience Happiness Life Love People Self Love

How Happy I Feel Here

Sitting in front of our HCL computer at home, feeling the need to write down my thoughts to inspire others, I wrote very my first post on Blogspot.in back in 2012, that spoke about how I overcame/was overcoming depression. I was in high school. The post received positive responses from my friends with whom I had shared, and my sister. I almost wrote my second post, saved it as a draft, and now I notice that I had deleted it. I did continue to keep coming back continuously only to see how my profile looks to other people. And that is all.

4 years later, I sat in front of my laptop, feeling the need to write down my thoughts to inspire others. I write my first post, not quite certain if someone would notice my blog. I had 3 followers! My sister – who I think followed me few years back when she had written a post, My mother – who does not know she’s following me because I logged into her account and followed myself, and the third – Myself. I was Happy.

As I wrote my first post, I wondered who would stumble upon my blog and read my post. I of course was unaware of First Friday and Community Posts. And then one day, I receive a notification that someone who I do not know completely, from another corner of the world, has liked my post and followed my blog. I WAS OVERJOYED. I was over the moon. That is the moment I realized that my blog does offer value, and I must continue to grow it.

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Today, as I share this platform with 113 of you beautiful souls, I feel the need to look back and appreciate the fact that I have come so far. My posts have communicated the beauty of being in the present, and I must follow what I preach! I do take the moment to live the moment.

Why to always wait for that cherry when you can still smile and celebrate over having baked the cake?
Why not, for once, stop and smell the roses?

With this attitude, I aim to make my blog big, that offers even bigger value to whoever reading it. I want to nurture it like a baby, as it has given me happiness when almost nothing was going right – I had quit my job and come to Mumbai, I did not get accepted to the college I had applied to and I was figuring out my life.

Happening to be Happy felt to be a blessing in my life, a support system that I was probably searching for, and a family with whom I could learn, share and grow!

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I want you to take a moment and appreciate where you are, or start to believe in how much you will do, and applaud your efforts!

Can we, today, be grateful to ourselves and to those who love us?
Can we, today, put down our thoughts and show gratitude for what we have?
Can we, today, realize our power to create ourselves to be where we want to be?

Because we can will. 

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Experience Happiness Life Lifestyle

There is Something Serene about Sunrises

5 A.M. : ‘Alright! So we have had lots of drinks and danced all night long, it’s almost morning, time to go to sleep!’

–  That was me as a college student, about 2 years back.

5 A. M. : ‘I am proud of myself! I got up early to experience the tranquility of this beautiful dawn, and I am so fortunate to soak up the beauty of this sunshine, along with the positivity that it brings as the sun rises.

–  That is the present me, striving to experience all the lovely sunrises on this earth, and make the most of them.

And when I do get up at 5 A.M,  I meditate, look around in awe at how calm it actually is. Sometimes, I grab my diary to write down my thoughts, or sometimes, wear my sports shoes that I’d bought 3 years back, that I’d planned to use regularly for running but, well. I would then open the video from Fitness Blender showing how to workout in 37 minutes, or I would simply sit on my bed, and bask in the glory of having successfully been up this early, and enjoy the moment.

‘Why is this girl crazy about sunrises?’ You would wonder. I was inspired by one of Robin Sharma’s videos where he talks about how getting up early has the potential to transform your life. I will be very honest here, I have not yet reached that point of being organized, doing things as planned, or even having a regular sleep pattern. But for the times I did successfully have, I have reached my greatest potential, I have challenged my mind to think out of the box, and this is when I also first thought to begin my very own blog – Happening to be Happy. 

But it does take me real effort to sleep and wake up on time. It is funny because I generally do not do anything productive as I get back home from office, at around 7:30 PM. My friends from different countries – you may be surprised to know that back here in India, we do not always leave our offices on time.  And the main reason why I struggle to hit the bed is that element of life, which has influenced almost every age group, race, culture today – Social media.

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The diary I own – I call it my own – Dreams, Thoughts, Ideas – All that are my own

As I share this post, I only wish that we empower each other by our own stories. Have you, like me, taken efforts to rise up early? If yes, I would love for you to comment here, or tell us how you feel about early mornings, sleep routines and how it may affect our lifestyles.

Let us connect by creating a caring community!

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Appreciation Awards

The Lovely Blog Award – Oh That’s Lovely!

Namaste to everyone! A lovely blogger has lovingly nominated me for a Lovely Blog Award! Now that’s lovely. Thank you so much ALALYAK for recognizing and appreciating my worth on WordPress. One must check out her blog because it is sure to make you feel good about yourself and feel inspired. Get on her blog and get smiling!

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I am naturally funny and good at singing
  2. I have been bullied at school
  3. I have studied in 6 schools and stayed in 4 cities in India
  4. My native place is Bihar (also the state in which Bodh Gaya is situated, where the Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment). I currently stay in Mumbai.
  5. I was never naturally good at studies, but I definitely dream about doing great things. Proof: I am on WordPress with amazing people like you.
  6. I have my weird habits, but I usually do not judge people. In  fact, I love people; expect when they don’t give good vibes.
  7. I currently work at a non profit organisation. But I plan to create a strong network, where people learn from each other, there is less of discrimination, and more of knowledge sharing.

My Nominations:

Yay! The Rules are:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  2. Post about the award
  3. Share seven facts about yourself
  4. Nominate at most 15 people
  5. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated

As I conclude, I want you to know that blogging makes me the happy and reading posts from all around the world makes me even happier. Since I do not end up reading all posts on my feed, I support each one of you!

Stay strong, Stay Happy!