Holistic Health and Living


Relationship, Technology

Posting on social media? Be empathetic.

Posting on social media? Be empathetic.

How often do we think twice before sharing something outstanding on our social media? Except that we keep our fingers crossed for countless likes and comments, do we really stop and analyse the impact our posts have on others? Give me a minute here and hear me out. Have you ever had a pathetic day, and ended with scrolling through your news feed to see the fantastic lives of all your friends, thinking why you had to be the one with the worst life possible? Have you ever just gotten out of a draining argument with your kid and opened your insta feed to see a cute little photo of your friend and her son playing in the mud, and wondered why only you don’t have the muscles to parent well 24/7? Do we realize the impact we leave on others when we pick and choose to share only the prettiest parts of our life with others, which, let’s be honest, isn’t all there is to it.

Why don’t we humanise the posts we share so we don’t end up painting a picture of life that is far from reality for the onlookers? Why don’t we say it’s okay to want to pull your hair out some days when your kids are driving you insane, or failure is just as much a part of life as is success and needs to be acknowledged too for all the lessons we learn from it. Why don’t we become more mindful of the bits and pieces of our lives we tend to share with others with the intention to let others know that it is OKAY not to look perfect all the time, not to be the best child, parent, student, colleague, person, all the time. It is okay not to have achievements left right and centre and it is HUMAN to face failure and rejection. It is HUMAN to cry on some days and get tired and exhausted.

So the next time you want to post the pictures to your fairytale wedding, or your child’s cute video, or your graduation, or your new business…. Let others know the journey was not all glitz and glamour, and that’s why you’re proud of it, for all the days you wanted to give up, and the nights you couldn’t sleep, and the times it got impossible… That’s your achievement, and that’s the journey of life.

– Hanna Seyal

Health, Technology

Smart Technology or Smart People?

Death By Medicine

In our younger years of schooling, the genius in the mathematics class would magically calculate the most complicated of equations in his head in a matter of seconds, and leave the others dumbfounded at his superior grasp on the subject. As time passed, that genius vanished amidst a world driven by technology and we were reduced to an overly dependent reliance on the technique of calculators. Our brains became reduced to the understanding of the machine, rather than the understanding of the concept. and though we all hate to admit the embarrassing fact, but we began checking and re-checking whether 2+2 really equals 4 on the calculator. We stopped thinking, and we got swept away in constantly doubting the genius of the human mind, which, interestingly created the machines which substituted manual with automatic.

A similar tale rings in the corridors of the hospital today. A doctor’s visit can simply be broken down to one part where he would scribble down really expensive medication which is equally difficult to pronounce on a piece of paper with his name written in bold along with the name of the hospital, and the second part where he would “strongly recommend” a list of tests to be done so he may better understand your health condition.

The geniuses of the past, like the midwives, have been drastically replaced by renowned gynecologists and their smart technology, and the unfortunate state of affairs of pregnancies and deliveries today speaks volumes of the result. The more ‘advanced’ and ‘modern’ the expectant mother or doctor is, the more likely she is to end up with a C-section, nicely scheduled in between her spa date and baby shower. Long have we forgotten the beauty of the natural amidst the comforts of technology which has slowly but surely snatched away every ounce of psychological, physical, mental, and especially spiritual opportunity of growth from our lives and boxed it all up into a small gadget we carry around at all times, where once we used to carry our love, empathy and compassion for humanity.

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