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Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on May 30, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Venus Discusses Indian Wells Return....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on March 2, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Former No.1 Venus Williams published her thoughts on returning to the BNP Paribas Open for the first time in 15 years for the Players Tribune....

One month after she officially announced her intent to return to the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since 2001, seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams wrote at length about her decision and close bond with her sister, World No.1 Serena Williams, in the Players Tribune.


"Being the big sister," she said, "I didn't take that responsibility lightly. I knew what she was going through - debuting as a professional tennis player, growing up in front of a camera, entering public life as a young black teenager - and I knew how hard that could be. And I knew how much I would have loved to have had a big sister on tour during my first year, and how much pride I took in the knowledge that my little sister had me. Serena always has me."


Venus and Serena had stayed away from Indian Wells for nearly 15 years following an ugly incident that left both sisters, who were still in the nascent stages of their careers at the time, feeling profoundly unwelcome in a sport they loved.

"I remember the pain of my knee injury, and how badly I wanted to play in the semis against Serena - before finally accepting that I wouldn't be able to. I remember the accusations toward me and my sister and our father. I remember the crowd's reaction, as I walked to my seat, during Serena's match in the final. And I remember how I couldn't understand why thousands of people would be acting this way - to a 19-year-old and a 20-year-old, trying their best.


"There are certain things where, if you go through them at a certain age, you simply don't forget them."


Serena's decision to come back last year led Venus, who has long fought against injustice - as evidenced by her work in engineering equal prize money at Wimbledon - to do some soul-searching of her own, inspired by her younger sister's choice to not only forgive, but to return to a place that had caused them both such pain.


"It was in that moment, seeing Serena welcomed with open arms last year at Indian Wells, that I think I fully and truly realized what being the big sister means. It means that, for all of the things I did first, and all of the times when I paved the way for Serena, the thing I can be most proud of is this time -- When Serena paved the way for me."

By : David Kane

(WTA Insider)

Teen Shocked Everyone With Her Make-A-Wish Request...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on January 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Sheradia Linton, left, her mom, Rayminda, center and sister, Zephanhia, display hena artwork that students from the Save Our Sisters class asked to do for them

(Photo: Linton Family)

AVRE, Montana -- A Havre teen who went to work at an orphanage for special-needs children in India as part of her Make-A-Wish request is back home and feeling the glow of her trip.


Sheradia Linton, 15, visited the Save the Children India School in Mumbai along with her 13-year-old sister, Zephanhia, and parents, Scott and Rayminda. They left Nov. 28 and returned Dec. 8, surviving a 20-hour plane ride each way.


“It was really fun. It was awesome,” she said of her trip, adding the family was able to interact with children at the school. “It was really cool seeing how the school did and what it did for the kids and how the teachers worked with them.”


She said it was also nice getting to know some of the teachers and the students.


The school visits were in the morning. Afternoons were spent sightseeing.

The family didn’t only visit, they brought school supplies, including modeling clay, and gave the school nearly $3,000 that they had raised.

“They were very appreciative of that,” Sheradia said.


Rayminda Linton describes the trip as “life-changing.”


As part of the visit, the family got to meet with Save Our Sisters girls, who had been rescued from sex trafficking.

She noted in an email that the girls were ages 14-18 and many had children. They were learning how to raise those kids and survive on their own.


“That impacted me the most,” Rayminda said.


The trip was arranged through Make-A-Wish Montana, which fulfills wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions, while including the family in their request.


Sheradia has Burkitt lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in which cancer starts in immune cells.

It’s the fastest-growing human tumor that doubles in size within 24 hours, Rayminda said. However, Sheradia has been told she can have a normal life.


Sheradia said the family spent much of their time in India in the school’s art room.


Students would come in and the Lintons would do an art project with them.


A highlight of the week was a sports day for all the special-needs students, which was like a smaller Special Olympics, with running, throwing, track and field, Sheradia said.


She described Indian food a “pretty different,” with some of it spicy.

On trips around the area she said she often saw goats and cattle on the side of the road.


Another highlight of the trip remains seeing “the kids’ faces and hanging out with them,” Sheradia said.


Among the items the family brought back to Havre are things made at the school such as bookmarks, washcloths and jewelry.


Since her return home, Sheradia said people have asked her about her trip and what the family did over there.


She said she tells them about the school, what she did over there and about the sports day.


“It was a lot of fun and a really cool experience,” she said. “I really liked it.”


The Havre High School sophomore said she plans to keep in touch. And she’d like to return some day.


“I always wanted to go, and it was an amazing experience, and I really enjoyed it,” she said.

Sheradia Linton works with a student from an orphanage in India on an art project. (Photo: Linton Family)


Rayminda said it has been in her daughter’s heart for a while to go to India.

“I thought she didn’t know what she is getting into,” she said. “But no, in fact it made it stronger.”


Rayminda said she found the trip to be physically and mentally draining.


She said to some people in the Indian culture thinks, the deaf and mute children are diseased.

“Just thinking about that is emotionally draining because you feel for these kids,” she said.

Rayminda said both of her daughters have returned to Havre more mature, having experienced a different culture.


“They both want to go back,” she said.


Douglas Koester, chief executive officer for Make-A-Wish Montana, said he is looking forward to hearing about Sheradia’s trip.


“Her’s was really unique,” he said. “She’s been through a lot in her life and her need to give back is so impressive.”


Koester said plans for wishes by other children are moving forward.


“It’s all the donors in Montana who made what Sheradia did possible,” he said. “The gifts to Make A Wish is what makes this happen.”

By : Phil Drake (Great Falls Tribune)

NOTE : Photos by Linton Family

Modern Family's Reid Ewing Opens Up About Plastic Surgery Addiction...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Modern Family star Reid Ewing wrote about his struggle with body dysmorphia and plastic surgery addiction in a blog on the Huffington Post....

Reid Ewing, who played Sarah Hyland's boyfriend Dylan on Modern Family for six years, is opening up about his battle with body dysmorphia and addiction to plastic surgery in a painfully honest blog on Huffington Post.


The 27-year-old detailed his first surgery — large cheek implants in 2008 — in the post published on Thursday, Nov. 19.


"I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt," he admitted.

But after having to wear a full facial mask and take painkillers for two weeks, the change "was nothing like I had expected," Ewing wrote. "The results were horrendous."


When the first doctor refused to operate on him for another six months, the then 19-year-old found another surgeon, who suggested he get a chin implant.


"Only a few days passed when I noticed I could move the chin implant under my skin, easily moving it from one side of my face to another," he revealed. "I rushed back to the surgeon, and acknowledging he had made a mistake, he operated on me again."

"For the next couple of years, I would get several more procedures with two other doctors. Each procedure would cause a new problem that I would have to fix with another procedure," Ewing wrote, explaining that he paid for the surgeries with money he made from acting and borrowing money from his parents and grandmother "when I was most desperate."

"Much of this was going on during the same time period I was shooting Modern Family," he admitted. "Most of the times I was on camera were when I'd had the numerous implants removed and was experimenting with less-noticeable changes to my face, like injectable fillers and fat transfers. None of them last very long or are worth the money."


In 2012, Ewing vowed that he would never get plastic surgery again, but he remained insecure about his looks. "It took me about six months before I was comfortable with people even looking at me."

The actor explained that he suffers from body dysmorphic disorder, which he described as "a mental illness in which a person obsesses over the way he or she looks."

Ewing said that he decided to speak out after seeing his first doctor offering cosmetic surgery tips in a magazine.


"Before seeking to change your face, you should question whether it is your mind that needs fixing," he wrote. "Of the four doctors who worked on me, not one had mental health screenings in place for their patients, except for asking if I had a history of depression, which I said I did, and that was that. My history with eating disorders and the cases of obsessive compulsive disorder in my family never came up. None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue rather than a cosmetic one or warn me about the potential for addiction."

While Ewing agrees that plastic surgery "is not always a bad thing" and can help people who actually need it for serious cases, "it's a horrible hobby."

"I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries," he wrote. "Now I can see that I was fine to begin with and didn't need the surgeries after all."

By : Kathy Campbell

How To Spot The Signs Of Depression....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 28, 2015 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The first step towards getting help for depression is being aware of the most common symptoms of the illness

Mental illness is complex and people can experience depression in different ways. Although it’s common to hear the phrase “I’m depressed” used by people who may simply be experiencing a temporary low mood or having a rough day, depression is a real illness that often requires therapy to manage.

*What is depression?


*Brief definition - you can use your 'I'm depressed" vs "Having depression" analogy here.


Depression may be triggered by a specific event, such as postnatal depression after the birth of a baby. Other mental illnesses may have depression as one of the symptoms, such as bipolar disorder, where there are spells of depression and excessively high mood (mania). Another type of depression is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), where the sufferer finds their depression has a seasonal connection, typically associated with winter.

*Warning signs and symptoms


Some of the words people with depression commonly use to describe their feelings are “numb,” “empty,” “helpless,” “agitated,” “restless” and “isolated.” According to mental health charity Mind, tearfulness, a lack of pleasure in things that are usually enjoyable, or simply life itself, and a sense of unreality, are all common signs of depression. Many sufferers lose interest in sex, feel unable to relate to others and find themselves being unusually irritable or impatient.


Depression can have a huge impact on how a person behaves. If you are avoiding social events and activities you usually enjoy, cutting yourself off from others and finding it difficult to concentrate, remember things and make decisions, you may have depression. Some sufferers self-harm, are preoccupied with thoughts of suicide and have a general feeling of “what’s the point?”


Physical signs of depression include difficulty sleeping, or sleeping much more than normal, a lack of appetite or energy, physical aches and pains that have no obvious physical cause and a reliance on alcohol or other drugs.


If you have depression you are likely to experience several of these symptoms, but remember everyone is different. In some people the main signs are emotional, while others may have more physical symptoms. However the illness manifests itself, the symptoms typically persist for weeks or months and interfere with work, family and social life, says the NHS website.


Depression can range from mild to severe. According to the NHS, mild depression has "some impact" on your daily life; moderate depression has a "significant impact" on your daily life; and severe depression makes it "almost impossible to get through daily life." Some people with severe depression may also have psychotic symptoms.

When to seek professional help


The NHS advises seeking help from your GP if you have been experiencing some of the signs of depression for most of the day, every day, for two weeks or longer. Many people are embarrassed to seek professional help — don’t be. Your GP can discuss the best treatment options for you and help you work out how to get a support system in place.

By : Claire Gillespie

BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore 2015 : Elite Eight's Draw Ceremony Dresses...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Flavia Pennetta

Garbiñe Muguruza

Maria Sharapova

Petra Kvitova

Agnieszka Radwanska

Angelique Kerber

Lucie Safarova

Simona Halep

P.S. Courtesy of Getty Images

7 Dangerous Myths About Depression In Men...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 14, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

There were over 41,000 deaths from completed suicide in 2013 with males accounting for nearly 80 percent of fatalities. In addition to the individual loss of life, the emotional and psychological costs to family members, friends and entire communities are enormous. Despite the apparent need for mental health services aimed at men and boys, psychological services remain under-utilized by males.


One reason men and boys do not seek professional help for a psychological struggle is the stigma of mental illness among this population. Stigmas largely exist because mental illness remains misunderstood and at times sensationally stereotyped.  Depression is often seen as the precursor to suicidal ideation and behavior so let's take a look at some dangerous myths about men and depression.


Myth #1 - Men do not become depressed:-


According to the National Institute of Mental Health depression strikes more than six million men a year in the United States. The number is thought to be much higher as this illness is underreported. Bottom line: No matter how isolated you feel, if you are struggling with depression, you are not alone.

Myth # 2 - Depression is the same for everyone:-


Males may not present with symptoms traditionally associated with depression. For example, males may be less likely to report frequent crying while more apt to reveal anger or irritability. Additionally, males are more likely to engage in high risk behaviors such as physical violence, substance abuse and hyper sexual behavior, all of which may mask depression.


Myth # 3 - Being depressed is a sign of weakness:-


Depression has nothing to do with being weak; it is an illness which can be fatal if left untreated. Individuals who acknowledge their struggles and seek mental health assistance are standing up for themselves and their loved ones. Reaching out for help when experiencing significant stress is courageous; especially considering societal stigmas towards mental health issues.

Myth # 4 - A Real Man would simply "solider on":-


Experiencing depression can happen to anyone and the origin of onset also varies from person to person. One of the worst things to do is ignore or avoid addressing mental health struggles. The symptoms often do not disappear as a result of avoidance, they can intensify. The best course of action is following up with a mental health practitioner for assessment and treatment.


Myth # 5 - You just have to manage your emotions:-


Emotions are absolutely part of depression, but this disorder has physical implications as well. Brain chemistry, body hormones, new and/or existing medical illnesses are all impacted by depression. Furthermore, social and occupational impairment can result from this illness.


Myth # 6 - I can't be depressed, my life is going great:-


Gainfully employed males in happy romantic relationships with robust social lives can experience depression. As psychologist John Grohol explained "Some people mistakenly believe that a person can only be justified in their depression if there's a cause or reason for them to be depressed. But for the vast majority of people who suffer depression, it is not something that's voluntary or something that one can just 'snap out of' or 'stop being depressed.'"


It cannot be stressed enough that anyone can experience depression and this illness can strike at anytime for seemingly no reason at all. More importantly, being diagnosed with this illness is not an indictment of you; there are genetic and physiological components to the disease which do not conform to your current life situation.


Myth # 7 - There is no treatment for depression:-


The good news is there is help. Counseling and psychiatric intervention has consistently been effective in treating depression. According to the website depression and bipolar support alliance up to 80 percent of individuals treated for depression with psychotherapy and medication show improvement in symptoms. Additional protective factors against depression include becoming more involved in a church or social organization, improving sleeping and eating patterns, increased physical activity and talking with a mentor, community leader, or loved one.


By : Bill Johnson II

*He is a Psychologist & Author of:

"Intimate Partner Violence: A Culturally Competent Model for Treatment and Training."

Which Source Of Protein Is Right for You?

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 18, 2015 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Protein is most likely not a foreign term to you. We hear about it a lot. It is one of three macronutrients (along with carbohydrates and fat) that are the basic and essential components of every diet. Eating enough of the right protein is very important to your health. It keeps you satisfied for longer, boosts your metabolism, helps stabilize blood sugar and can help prevent mood swings. It is really important that you eat protein at every meal because it will keep you from struggling with hunger and a lack of energy. Plus, protein is essential post-workout because it helps repair, maintain and build muscle, especially after a workout when you have been effectively breaking the muscle down.

It's best to choose lean protein like fish, turkey, chicken, egg whites and lean beef. They should be grilled, steamed, broiled, baked or poached, not fried or breaded. Cheese can be a tricky source of protein, since a bit of cheese as big as your thumb can have about 100 calories and who's ever stopped at a piece as big as your thumb? Not easy. I wouldn't worry about some shaved cheese on a salad, but skip those big old bricks of aged cheddar! In general, your protein at lunch and dinner should be about the size of an iPhone5 (or up to two for men). For breakfast, choose protein-rich options like Greek yogurt, eggs or egg whites and smoothies made with protein powder. Looking for a great protein powder option? The shelves at your local health store are overwhelming, so to help you cut through the clutter, you can find some of my top recommendations here.


Whether you are trying to lose weight or just stay healthy, it's helpful to have some tools in your arsenal for those days you fall off track. One of those tools I like to use is the "Protein Recovery Day." It's a super-effective, uncomplicated tool that will help you reset your eating patterns. My clients especially like to use it after a trip or a vacation where they've overindulged. A Protein Recovery Day is just what it sounds like: a day where you eat primarily protein. For example, breakfast might be 2 eggs, any style, or a 4 to 6-egg-white vegetable omelet. Lunch could be grilled chicken, fish or any protein over greens with a very, very light dressing. Dinner would be the same as lunch, plus perhaps some steamed veggies. These meals are filling and readily available anywhere. A Protein Recovery Day will get you back on your healthy track in no time.


Another great tool for your arsenal is a list full of options of protein-packed products and snacks. Be prepared when you need a boost of protein any time of day by consulting this guide filled with nutritionally sound, better-for-you products that pack a protein punch, many of which are great on-the-go.


No matter your diet and exercise routine, protein is key to staying on the healthy track!

By: Heather Bauer

Nutritionist & Author

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7 Things People With Emotional Toughness Do Differently....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 30, 2015 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Not all of us are naturally strong. Some have anxiety or are insecure, which easily puts cracks in your armor. So, how do you toughen up to gain the utmost confidence? Here are seven ways to mentally toughen you up!

1. They take control:-


There are two types of people in the world: Those who believe in fate, and those who believe they have control over things. According to Inc, you should be the latter; stop worrying about things that happen to you and start making things happen for you.


2. They’re flexible:-


Life doesn’t always go as planned. So, it’s better to be able to pivot when you need to! According to Forbes, being flexible means you’re open to the unexpected and won’t crumble when something inevitably changes.


3. They learn from their mistakes:-


You can either choose to crumble from your mistakes, or make them tools for your future. Look at those slip ups as training and refrain from letting them define you. According to Inc, looking at these moments as training will toughen you up.


4. They create specific goals -- then conquer them:-


Sometimes, you’re mentally all over the places, because you have no direction. What are you doing? Why? When do you want to accomplish this? A Harvard study found that students who set goals tend to earn twice as much as those who had no goals. So, write down that goal, then reap the benefits.


5. They look for acceptance from themselves, not others:-

Most of us want other people to like us, but strength comes from within. Ironically, many people don’t like you until you stop caring whether or not others like you. According toInc, that kind of strength is admirable, and your relationships become happier once you adopt that mindset.


6. They keep their stress in check:-

Find out what helps you lower your stress level. Perhaps it’s tea, maybe it’s exercising, maybe it’s just setting aside alone time. But a study from New York University found that stress makes it harder for people to control their emotions. Want to lower your risk of bursting into tears at work? Get rid of that stress.

7. They let the little things roll off their back:-


Stop sweating the small stuff. According to Inc, your mental strength is a finite supply. So, don’t wear yourself down. Although you should accept that you have control over your life, don’t turn into a control freak.

By : Nicole Weaver

Power of WORDS....

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