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Since its arrival, Tinder has been the talk of the town. From your hottie neighbor to that nerdy girl in your class, no one is untouched by its grace.

It is pretty much the saga of swipe right and left that makes and breaks your game on Tinder. And in between, you get the chance to explore and experiment. You get to meet the like-minded local singles, connect with people and form a relationship.

But when did anyone ever said that forming relationships are all hunky-dory on Tinder? My dear lovelies, the online dating app, Tinder has its benefits and disadvantages where storms are cooked up every single day. Where some get really lucky to find their soul mates, others struggle to even find themselves a decent date.

So let’s talk about the types of people you might have or can possibly meet on Tinder once you sign up for it.

The One Night Standers
The One Night Standers
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Ok, we are not here to judge! But these are the kind of people who are only on tinder for random hookups. And they will be quite honest about it. They don’t care what you do in your life and probably wouldn’t even want to know about it. They are an ardent follower of the hit and quit game. So, don’t get too comfortable and attached because they may get out of the sight within the blink of an eye!

The Cheesy Flirt
The Cheesy Flirt
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Are you an athlete? Because you have been running on my mind all this while.

Is your dad a terrorist? Because you are a bomb?

Sound cheesy much? Eh…

There is a great possibility that you may meet such types of cheesy flirts on Tinder, who try to impress you with their unbearable cheesy pickup lines. Leave as soon as you sense their cheesiness and never look back again!

The Clingers
The Clingers
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So you swiped them right on Tinder, it’s a match and you two decide to meet. One date in and they will start bugging you with constant texts and calls. Not replying is worst as they’ll just keep buzzing you. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, they won’t shy away from following you on every possible social media platform. If you happen to meet such clingers on Tinder, just run away and protect yourself.

The Oldies
The Oldies
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It can be really weird to browse tinder and find someone of your parent’s or grandparent’s age. We are not passing any judgment here but someone who is in his 40’s or 50’s looking for a prospective partner should target for the people of their own age group and possibly switch from Tinder to some online dating service.

The Shy One
The Shy One
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They are hot and single. It’s a match and you start chatting instantly. But that is the only progress you ever made with this match. They won’t ask you to meet or at least express the desire of it. Probably they are way too shy who won’t move past texting. It’s your call if you want to help them open up a bit and take things to another level. Otherwise, there are plenty more fish in the sea.

The Over Emotional One
The Over Emotional One
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Sometimes in search of a potential date, people start looking for a therapist they could rely on for emotional support. All they would want from you is to listen to their problems, fears, and failures. Well, don’t be their therapist, if you don’t want to be. Tell them in clear and subtle words that you are here to find a potential date and not be someone’s crying shoulder. You can always suggest them some professional help, in case they really need it.

The Over Confident
The Over Confident
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We have all met a few people on Tinder who believe they are a total package of good looks, amazing sense of humor, and hot body. At least, they like to think of themselves as a ten on ten person. While in reality, they are nowhere near five and that too when they try really hard. Just one message for these people. Calm down, mate and do some introspection rather than swiping on Tinder!

The One with No Picture
The One with No Picture
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Now can someone please explain why would anyone want to swipe right on a no-face profile? Getting your game started on Tinder with no DP can be optimistic to the limit of foolishness. Still, if you get curious to solve the mystery behind their faceless profile, then swipe right at your own risk.

The One with Group Picture
The One with Group Picture
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If someone needs a group picture to trap people on Tinder, then sorry to disclose but that doesn’t work ever. Because if someone resorts to a group picture, then obviously they are the ugly or the least good-looking person in it. At least, that’s what they think of themselves. No solo picture. No swipe right. Next, please!

The Right One
The Right One
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Finally, you meet the most genuine person on Tinder whose profile is clear, crisp and says a lot about their personality. They know how to start and hold a conversation and play all the right cards. You might actually find yourself falling for them and your belief in Tinder is restored. There are cases when people actually met their partners on Tinder. So, if you really get a potential date on Tinder and choose to begin a relationship, then it’s a thumbs up from our end.

Tinder may not be the temple where you can actually find true love. But if played by the rules, it can be quite fun and you can meet some really nice, genuine people.

So Keep Swiping!

Adventure is worthwhile in itself.

– Amelia Earhart

Adventure is like a drug that mingles with your blood and leaves you craving for it with every heartbeat. The adrenaline rush and the perfect state of mind achieved after conquering any adventure sport can’t be put into words for others to understand. One can only comprehend the fun and challenges of adventure when they try it themselves.

Each one of us dreams to soar high in the sky like a bird. This adventure gives a sense of freedom and the feeling to witness the beauty of this planet from the top of the world.

Your dream of flying can actually come true with paragliding!

If you live in India and paragliding has been on your checklist for a very long time, then you must experience the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing and realize your dream.

What is Paragliding?

Paragliding is an adventure sport in which pilot flies in the sky like a bird. A glider, flying suit, and boots are required to get started. If you are doing it for the first time, then you should opt for tandem paragliding which is particularly designed to carry two people. Your pilot will do all the hard work where you just need to run on takeoff, then sit back and relax to enjoy the mesmerizing view from the top of the world. The clear weather is a basic requirement to take off the flight. If the weather is cloudy or the climatic conditions are not suitable, then you may not be able to glide properly.

About Bir Billing
About Bir Billing
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Bir lies around 70 kilometers from Dharamshala, which is in Himachal Pradesh. Bir & Billing are twin beauties situated in the valley of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. There is a distance of 14 kilometers between these two towns but they are practically inseparable. Bir Billing is known to be the best paragliding site in Asia and second best in the whole world. Surrounded by the tea gardens, beautiful monasteries, and low hills, Bir Billing offers the most picturesque and serene views. It enjoys awesome weather throughout the year. The best month for paragliding in Bir Billing are October & November in the autumn and from the month of March to May in spring.

Why You Should Go For Paragliding in Bir Billing?
Paragliding in Bir Billing
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  • Ideal Cloud Base– Bir Billing has a higher cloud base, which is a must for paragliding. With 4000-6000 meters of cloud base, it is easier to climb higher while flying in the sky.
  • Suitable Air Current– Blessed with the best climatic conditions, Bir Billing has suitable air currents where flyer can fly up to 5000 mt. One can enjoy 15-20 minutes of tandem flight in the favorable weather conditions and enjoy the strikingly beautiful view.
  • Breathtaking Views from Take-off & Landing Sites– The take-off site has smooth and favorable winds which are extremely important for a perfect take-off. It is located at 1430 mt from sea level. One gets to witness the stunning views and greenery from the Billing take-off site. From Bir, one can see the most beautiful sunsets ever, so paragliding during sunset time will be dreamlike. And the view of snow-capped mountains from the top will be worth all the adventure and risk-taking.

Paragliding gives you wings. And if you’ve got wings, you gotta fly high!

The take-off may get on your nerves for a bit. But those 30 minutes of soaring high in the sky above the mountains and colorful Tibetan monasteries will make you forget the initial struggle within seconds.

Even if you are terrified of heights, you must definitely try paragliding once to have the most exhilarating feeling ever!

Sara Ali Khan, the eldest daughter of Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh is the new star kid in B-Town who has created a sensation on the silver screen with her stellar performance in her debut movie Kedarnath. And her terrific dance moves in popular song ‘Aankh Maare’ from movie Simmba are goals. Apart from being extremely beautiful, her acting skills are praiseworthy. The way she carries herself in front of the camera even being a newcomer is a real treat to watch. Unlike other star kids, she has no qualms about accepting that nepotism does exist in the film industry.

Have a look at the qualities that make Sara Ali Khan a delight to watch on silver screen.

She Is a Natural Beauty

You cannot simply ignore Sara Ali Khan when she walks and talks on screen. Call it the genetic factor or her charming personality, she is one of the natural beauties of the film industry who doesn’t require layers of makeup to shine like a star. The perfect blend of beauty and brains. Her amazing weight loss journey from 96 kgs to 52 kgs is applauding that makes her look all the more gorgeous. Sara Ali Khan’s transformation is inspiring for all of us and giving us major fitness goals.

Supremely Talented

Sara Ali Khan delivered more in her first movie that could be expected from a debutante. She looked no less than a seasoned actress in Kedarnath. Be it her dance moves in the song ‘Sweetheart’ or her notable act in the movie, she looked promising with utmost confidence and tight grip over her character. Even the renowned Bollywood superstars, film directors, and critics have appreciated her acting skills in the movie Kedarnath and believe that she is definitely going to make a big impact in the film industry.

Stands True To Her Character

When you watch Sara Ali Khan on the big screen, she is not just an actress playing her part. She very much becomes the character that she is portraying and does full justice to it. While she is delivering her performance on-screen, you want her to keep going and never stop. Her beautiful and expressive eyes deliver the emotions smoothly and you are left with no other option than to fall in love with her both on-screen and off-screen.

The Bundle of Energy

Calling her the female version of Ranveer Singh wouldn’t be wrong. She is so full of energy all the time while staying true to herself. In all her recent interviews and movie promotions, she is winning the heart of the audience with her bindass personality. Her quirky replies to interview questions, carefree attitude, and the ease to speak her heart out is very rare to watch nowadays among the Bollywood actresses.                     

A True Fashion Icon

Apart from being the girl of the moment, Sara Ali Khan is a true fashion icon. And she has proved that time and again. Be it the movie promotions, Bollywood weddings, or birthday celebrations, she manages to look gorgeous in every outfit that she dons with utmost grace and perfection. As charming as she looks in a simple white kurta-salwar, she does full justice to the glamorous western outfits as well. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that stunning looks and amazing dressing style add up to her graceful personality. For which she has always been in talks.

We really hope to see more of Sara Ali Khan’s supreme talent in the upcoming movies and wish her all the best for a glorious film career ahead!

It wouldn’t be entirely incorrect to say that social media has taken over our lives. Be it the boardroom debates or bedroom discussions, people unknowingly tend to introduce social media to every part of their life, which becomes unavoidable after a certain point of time. And talk about the stress of keeping up with the glamorous lifestyle of others portrayed in social media, which is far away from the real truth most of the time.

According to a survey, an average person spends a minimum of 1 hour 50 minutes per day browsing internet and scrolling through apps. The wastage of time is just one of the many side effects of addiction to social media. It twists your version of reality and lends a superficial perspective of things that stop you from gaining a deeper insight into important aspects of life.

Of course, we cannot ignore the multiple benefits of social media that make our lives cool and convenient. But one also cannot simply overlook the stress and pressure it brings on a daily basis, which can be quite overwhelming at times. Therefore, social media hiatus every once in a while is a must.

Here are a few mental health benefits of the temporary social media detox.

Reconnect With the Real World    
Reconnect With the Real World    
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You may have hundreds of friends on Facebook and thousands of followers on Instagram. And you might connect well with them online. But have you ever tried to connect with those people in person? The social media restrict in-person human contact and sometimes leaves us feeling lonely and isolated. Taking a break from it lets you reconnect with the people who matter to you and are an important part of your life.

Save Time to Try Out New Things
Save Time to Try Out New Things
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Admit it or not, we are all guilty of wasting time on social media. Think of all the hours you’ll save yourself from social media cleanse? It can be utilized in doing something creative and productive like reading, writing, trying adventure activities or pursuing hobbies that improves your life. Taking a break from social media is the best way to spend time doing what you love to do.

Your Privacy is Intact
Your Privacy is Intact
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Posting pictures on the social media of every event or check-in to every holiday destination is not necessary? But people still do it willingly without even analyzing its repercussions. Social media might be a convenient way to stay in touch with your people but at the cost of access to your personal information. That keeps your privacy at a risk. Taking a social media detox involves deleting the unnecessary apps and accounts that help provide with the best possible privacy protection.

No More FOMO
No More FOMO
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Social media is addictive. It keeps you updated on what your friends are up to, the new things they are buying or the new activities they are trying. That ultimately becomes your obsession. You want to know about everything they are doing in their life, which gives birth to the fear of missing out (FOMO) on certain things that they are doing or the places they are going but you cannot somehow. Maintaining a distance from social media for some time keeps FOMO at a bay. It helps you maintain a happy and balanced real life.

Reduces Anxiety
Reduces Anxiety
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By witnessing the achievements of their friends and loved ones on social media, people end up comparing themselves to everyone they know. That has a severe impact on their self-esteem. The use of social media also gives birth to the feeling of unhealthy competitiveness that can cause anxiety and depression. On breaking up, people stalk their exes on social media. That keeps them stuck in their past and makes it really difficult to recover from a breakup. Leaving social media for a while gives you space to relax and move on with your life.

Less Social Media Means More Sleep
Less Social Media Means More Sleep
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Talk about all the sleep you lose while stalking your crush’s pictures on Instagram that takes you to a random video, which ultimately leads to binge-watching Netflix before you even notice. Forget about the beauty sleep, you don’t even get the necessary 6-hour snooze, which leaves you tired and cranky the entire next day. Avoiding late night internet surfing will let you have a sound sleep at night. It will have an amazing effect on your mental as well as physical health.

You Live In the Moment
You Live In the Moment
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The rat race of posting each activity or life event on Facebook can be a bit too much at times. There are even people who updated their relationship status immediately after getting married or posted live videos of their wedding day. It looks like these days everything people do is to showcase on social media. That can be a mental burden at times and take you out of the moment. Cutting cords with social media for some time helps you live in the moment to the fullest. Without the unnecessary burden of taking a few pictures and showing it to your followers online.

Take a break from social media to actually live life and create memories with your favorite people!

So finally the day has arrived when you get to meet your girlfriend’s parents. You must be stressed, scared, nervous, and confused all at once. After all, this one meeting is going to decide the fate of your relationship. And you have no other option than to impress her parents in this first meeting.

First of all, take a deep breath and relax! If you both have come together so far and decided to take your relationship to the next step, then half of the battle is already won. And the other half can be easily won with a little bit of practice, efforts, and confidence.

Here, we are not trying to tell you the things you must try to impress your girl’s parents. You must probably know that. We are going to put the light on factors that guys generally ignore and get all wrong when meeting their girlfriend’s parents.

Don’t Be Late

Don’t Be Late
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First and foremost rule- always be on time. Trust us, apologizing for being late when everyone is waiting for you eagerly is not the kind of the first impression you would want to have. Consider the distance and traffic conditions, and try to leave a little early to make it on time.

Don’t Dress Messy

Don’t Dress Messy
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Dress to impress! Button down shirt and wear polished shoes if you plan on going formal. Remember, the wrinkled shirt is a big no-no. If you want to go casual, make it look smart and avoid loose clothes. Because Ranveer Singh’s dressing style may look cool on screen but not when you are trying to impress your girlfriend’s parents.

Avoid Engaging On the Phone   

Avoid Engaging On the Phone   
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We all know how obsessed millennials are with their cell phones and social networking. When meeting your girlfriend’s parents avoid engaging in the phone, even if it is for work. As that may send the wrong signal of your lack of interest in the conversation. And there is no harm in breaking the relationship with your phone for a few hours for the sake of your sweetheart.

Don’t Over Praise     

Don’t Over Praise     
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There is a fine line difference between trying to impress and going overboard while doing so. Avoid the extra or unusual flattery during the conversation and just be yourself. Stop worrying about being polite and just be who you are in front of your girl’s parents.

Don’t Be A Know It All

Don’t Be A Know It All
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You might know your girlfriend well, but not better than her parents who birthed her. From her childhood habits to her favorite meal – they have all the information within the tips of fingers. So take a chill pill and don’t try to put a demonstration of all the wonderful facts you know about their daughter.

Don’t Be Touchy

Don’t Be Touchy
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We understand if you and your girlfriend are the lovebirds who can’t keep hands off each other. But avoid doing it in front of her parents. Being affectionate will do but PDA should be avoided. Holding hands and a little hugging will work but for God’s sake spare her parents the horror by engaging in a passionate kissing act in front of them.

Avoid Discussing Politics

Avoid Discussing Politics
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Kindly avoid discussing serious political issues with her parents in the first meeting. Everyone has their own political views, which you may or may not agree with. Don’t go on bragging your political beliefs and showing how your preferred candidate is the best. There are chances of this conversation going out of your hands and ruining your chances to impress them.

Don’t Boast Of Your Achievements

Don’t Boast Of Your Achievements
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You must be the most reliable employee of your team at the workplace or genius in your friend’s group. But it is completely inappropriate to boast of your accomplishments in front of your girlfriend’s parents. They are a lot older and wiser and if you have the potential, they’ll be able to gauge it themselves and appreciate that in you.

Do Not Lie

Do Not Lie
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Lying in front of your girl’s parents is never a good choice if you are serious enough to meet them again. Don’t just mention golfing and skiing as your hobbies to impress her father, if you don’t even know the basics of these sports. Because if he asks you to accompany him on his golf sessions, your truth will be very much out in the world and that wouldn’t do any good to you.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Don’t Drink Too Much
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If her parents are generous enough to offer a drink, then be gentleman enough to not get drunk. Just the slip of the tongue can bring out a lot of inappropriate information, which you would never want to share and they would never want to know. So, take a few sips to de-stress and be the best version of you in front of them.

P.S. – Avoid these silly yet important mistakes to increase your chances of making a good first impression on her parents. And you never know you may get invited to the next dinner very soon.

As the temperature drops, people start looking out for ways to keep themselves warm. Woolen clothes, fireplaces, and hot cups of coffee are the famous drills to warm up the chill in your bones. But the fancy way people embrace to stay warm in winter is to drink. Can you blame them? After all, it is not just our bodies that alcohol helps to keep warm. It also keeps up our spirits to have fun in those freezing winter days. So, why not make those winter cocktails a little more delicious with some experiments.

Here are some cocktail recipes that can be easily made at home to warm up your winter adventures.

New York Sour

It is a normal whiskey sour with red wine floating on top of it.

New York Sour
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Ingredients Required:
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 60 ml bourbon
  • 20 ml simple syrup
  • 20 ml red wine
Preparation Steps:
  • Add bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker and fill it with ice.
  • Shake well and strain into a rock glass filled with ice.
  • Now carefully pour the wine over the back of a spoon so that it floats on the top of the drink.
Aged Rum Daiquiri

A subtle blend of rum’s sweetness with sugar and lime juice. All the three ingredients need to be in a perfect amount as overdo of any one of them can ruin the flavor of the cocktail.

Aged Rum Daiquiri
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Ingredients Required:
  • 60 ml light rum
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • 20 ml demerara sugar syrup
Preparation Steps:
  • Add all the ingredients into a shaker. Pour some ice and shake well until it is chilled.
  • Now strain it into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a lime twist for the amazing flavor.
Honey Sage Gin Fizz

It is a simple gin fizz with honey sage infused syrup and a touch of lime.

Honey Sage Gin Fizz
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Ingredients Required:
  • 90 ml gin
  • 30 ml honey sage syrup
  • 45 ml lime juice
  • 15 ltr soda
  • Soaked green sage leaves
For honey sage syrup:
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 5-6 fresh sage leaves
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes and a few sage leaves.
  • Now add gin, lime juice, and honey sage syrup and stir it well.
  • Add club soda to the mixture and stir it again.
  • In the end, garnish with sage leaves and serve it in a long glass.
Cranberry Mimosas

It is a delicious chilled drink made with one part cranberry juice and two-part champagne.

Cranberry Mimosas
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Ingredients Required:
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 1 cup sweetened cranberry juice
  • 10-12 fresh cranberries
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnishing
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill champagne flutes 1/3rd with cranberry juice.
  • Add lime juice and sugar to it.
  • Fill remaining of the glass with champagne.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs.
Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

The amazing blend of white wine, apple cider, and sweet sliced apples are perfect to serve your guests on Christmas and house gatherings.

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria
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Ingredients Required:
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • ¼ cup cinnamon sugar
  • 1 bottle of chilled white wine
  • 1 bottle of chilled sparkling cider
  • 1/3 cup fireball
  • 2 thinly sliced apples
  • Cinnamon sticks
Preparation Steps:
  • Fill all the glasses with the lemon wedge and dip in cinnamon sugar.
  • Then combine cider, wine, and firewall in a large pitcher.
  • Add sliced apples to the pitcher and stir to combine.
  • Pour the drink in the prepared glasses. Garnish each glass with an apple slice and cinnamon stick.

So what are you waiting for? Warm yourself up with these amazing winter cocktails on a casual Thursday night or on a fun-filled Friday night party.

We all know that our body needs oxygen for survival. Every activity in the human body requires oxygen for proper functioning. The lungs play the role of transporting oxygen to every part of the body. And the speed with which lungs take in and let out air determine their capacity. Lung capacity defines the amount of air your lungs can hold. Or how well your lungs supply oxygen by removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from your blood. As we proceed towards the 30’s, the capacity of our lungs tends to decrease slowly. And often we experience difficulty in breathing. With a little daily care and few exercises, you can increase your lung capacity and ensure your body gets the oxygen it needs.

  1. Abdominal Breathing- One of the excellent exercises to increase lung capacity that involves the abdomen, which does most of the task when it comes to breathing. It is quite helpful for people who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.)

Steps to Perform-

  1. Relax and lie down on your back.
  2. Place one hand on your abdomen and the other one on the chest.
  3. Inhale through the nose, hold your breath, and breathe out through the mouth.
  4. Squeeze your abdominal muscles just to remove any leftover air from your lungs.
  5. Repeat this at least 10 times and then come back to a seated position.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

  1. Numbered Breathing– This form of exercise is best to increase the pattern of counts that you breathe in and breathe out.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with a little space between your feet.
  2. Take a deep breath through your nose and while breathing out purse your lips and exhale all the air out of your lungs.
  3. Repeat for 10 times to keep the oxygen flowing.
  4. Make a small change to this exercise by clasping your hands together and extending your arms in front of your chest.
  5. Breathe in through the nose and while breathing out through your mouth, turn towards your left and then to your right. Keep doing it as long as you exhale the air.
  6. Another variation that you can try is to stretch your elbows and put your fingers on your shoulders and inhale. Exhale while moving your arms in the form of circles.
  7. Now, try the abdominal breathing for one minute. And end the exercise with forceful breathing.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

  1. Pushing Out– It is another great form of breathing exercise to increase the lung capacity to absorb oxygen.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with your knees relaxed.
  2. Bend down at the waist while you exhale all the air from your lungs.
  3. Now stand back straight and breathe in the air through your nose.
  4. Fill your lungs with the maximum air they can absorb and hold your breath for at least 20 seconds.
  5. While holding your breath, raise your arms over your head. Once you finish counting till 20 seconds, slowly bring your arms down and exhale through your mouth and get back to the relaxed position.
  6. Repeat the same steps 4-5 times.

Duration– 2-3 minutes every day.

  1. Rib Stretch– This exercise involves breathing through lungs so that the ribs expand and contract when you inhale and exhale.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Stand straight with your back erect and exhale all the oxygen from your lungs.
  2. Start breathing slowly and hold the maximum amount of air in your lungs.
  3. Hold your breath for at least 10 to 15 seconds and then start exhaling slowly.
  4. Perform this exercise at least three times a day.
  5. Now place the hands on your waist and just do a few side bends alternatively.
  6. Raise your arms above your head. Bring your left arm back to your left waist and bend towards your left to feel the stretch on your right side. Then switch sides and repeat this a few times.

Duration– 3-5 minutes every day.

  1. Lung Strengthening Pranayama- Anulom Vilom as it is called in Hindi helps improve your lung capacity and also cure mental problems like depression, anxiety, and stress.

Steps to Perform-

  1. Close your eyes, sit in Padmasana (Lotus Position), keep your spine straight, and rest your hands on your knees.
  2. Close the right nostril with your right thumb and inhale slowly through your left nostril.
  3. Remove your thumb from the right nostril and exhale while closing your left nostril.
  4. Now, inhale through your right nostril and then close your right nostril and exhale from left nostril.
  5. Repeat this procedure at least 10 times.

Duration– 5-10 minutes every day.

As we age, we all need to perform these simple exercises to increase our lung capacity so that we don’t experience shortness of breath or fatigue.

The best views come after the hardest climb.

– Anonymous

Hiking is therapeutic. When life seems dull, problems seem bigger, and the heart doesn’t feel to be at the right place, just walk it off. Because, as they say, hiking is the answer, no matter what the question is. Every time you take a walk with nature the haze starts to fade away and you can see things clearly. You gain a perspective that helps you get out of your unsettled issues, makes you feel more confident and life seems to be welcoming you with open arms. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that hiking is magical as along with several health benefits, it improves your mental well-being as well.

Let’s have a look at the mental benefits that one can gain with a walk through nature.

Boost the Happy Hormones
Boost the Happy Hormones
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Serotonin is the hormone that contributes to the feeling of happiness and well-being in humans. While you take a stroll out in nature or hike through mountains, exploring the adventurous routes and beautiful flora and fauna, your body gets the much-needed workout. That gives a boost of serotonin to your brain and releases the feeling of calm, happiness, and positivity.

Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
Helps You Reconnect With Yourself
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Just the way we have relationships with our friends, partner, and family members, we share an intimate relationship with ourselves as well. That needs to be nurtured to rejuvenate our souls and keep our sanity intact. It may be quite tough to give some time to yourself amidst the busy routine. Therefore, hiking is the best way to get away from the mundane life, think about yourself, and meditate to bring your soul at peace.

Changes Your Outlook on Life
Changes Your Outlook on Life
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Being in one place and interacting with the same people every day somehow narrow down your perspective towards life and many other things. Every once in a while, you need to step out of your comfort zone and explore the innumerable opportunities that nature has to offer. Being out in nature teaches you how to spread happiness and be compassionate towards others. You learn to take control of your action and make your own decisions. It teaches you to live in the moment and appreciate small things in life.

Tickles Your Creative Bone
Tickles Your Creative Bone
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Hiking or a simple stroll through nature increases our problem-solving skills and ability to focus to a great extent. Out in the woods when you don’t give any thought to your 9 to 5 jobs, bills or materialistic items is the time when the most creative ideas occupy your brain and keep you engaged. The relaxing scenes of nature inspire you to realize your passion for writing, creating music or anything that gives you happiness and satisfaction.

Helps You Unplug
Helps You Unplug
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In our daily lives, we spend an excessive amount of time staying plugged in. Back to back emails, constant staring at phones, and non-stop text messages. All this keeps you glued to the digital world and pull your attention away from the things that matter. Hiking through mountains where there is no Wi-Fi or mobile network helps relieve the stress and pressure that technology brings. It lets you unplug from technology and plug into nature. That offers amazing benefits to your physical health and mental well-being.

So take a hike and recharge in the lap of nature!

Like any other millennial, Riya and Kabir left home after studies for their jobs in the city. Being a young, modern couple, they never actually shied away from accepting their relationship in front of anyone. In fact, they were popularly known as the ‘It Couple’ of the college. Ranging from compatibility, understanding, passion to loyalty their relationship had everything that anyone could ask for. That’s why moving into a live-in relationship was the only next feasible step they took when they shifted to Bangalore from Chandigarh.

It was all hunky dory in the beginning with love overflowing in their hearts for each other. From cooking together to sharing household chores, they enjoyed every bit of it. They used to pamper each other with little surprises every now and then. Be it the unconditional emotional support or physical intimacy, nothing was less than what you call perfect in their case. Saying that they were at the peak of their relationship would do justice to the magic they both were experiencing in their new live-in phase.

How Live-in Relationship Helps Riya & Kabir (Pros of a Live-In Relationship)

A live-in relationship not just keeps Riya & Kabir physically close, but also assure them the unrestricted emotional care of each other. They both get fair chances and enough time to know more about each other such as each other’s qualities and habits. That enhances the level of love and intimacy between them. With a deeper level of understanding, both Riya & Kabir give enough space and respect to each other. That increases the factor of both security and freedom in their relationship.

Pros Of Live in
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They share the financial burden which leaves both of them with enough savings to follow their passions. Both of them are committed to each other. But there is no pressure or responsibilities like people have in the marriage that burden their relationship. Being in the live-in relationship offers Riya & Kabir the opportunity to test their commitment towards the long-term relationship without the pressure of making it work anyhow. With physical proximity, no financial dependence on each other and enough space, it is easier for them to live peaceful lives with fewer conflicts.

The Struggles Riya & Kabir Face in Their Live-in Relationship (Cons of a Live-In Relationship)

Being in India where live-in relationships are not accepted openly and considered a taboo, Kabir & Riya faced severe challenges while finding a decent accommodation. Boy, talk about the glances they received from a number of landlords. On being told that both of them are planning to live together without being married. They still get unfriendly glances, face judgmental eyes and asked uncomfortable questions. By everyone ranging from their landlords, neighbors and sometimes colleagues as well. The small fights or disagreements between Kabir & Riya increases the probability of either of the partner walking out of the relationship. That gives birth to the factor of uncertainty in their live-in relationship.

Cons of live-in
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In the worst case scenario, they fear the trust issues and emotional setback after the break-up that they will end up having for the rest of their lives. Especially for Riya who being a woman is more emotional. She sometimes highly fear the ill after-effects in case of their separation. Though being together helping Riya & Kabir know each other better but the comfortable setup may end up delaying marriage for them. Or they fear that having discovered so much about each other will lessen the spark in their relationship.

Both Riya & Kabir understand that relationships are quite twisted and complex to understand. Therefore, they are letting things happen at their own pace. They both are trying hard to strike a balance in their live-in relationship by enjoying each other’s company. Never do they stop surprising each other that keeps the spark alive in their relationship. And make it strong enough to take things to the next level when time and their hearts allow.

Man is a social animal.

– Baruch Spinoza

Being a social animal, we as humans come across several people in our day-to-day lives. And out of all the people we meet, some become an important part of our existence who have a deep impact on it. But their influence may not necessarily be positive all the time. Sometimes we surround ourselves with toxic people unknowingly who suck positivity from our lives and make us feel unhappy, suppressed, and depressed. Their actions and habits affect us badly by creating an aura of negativity and taking our attention away from all the positive things in life. You may feel stuck with them at every step and feel like there is no way out. Let us tell you that it may get harder to eliminate the toxic people from your life but with some effective measures you can turn around the situation.

Here are a few tips to eliminate toxic people from your life.

Identify the Toxic People

The first and foremost step- to recognize the people who are poisoning your life with their negative thoughts. They are selfish, controlling, and constantly bring you down with their pessimistic behavioral pattern. The toxic people distract you from your true motive. No matter what efforts you make to help them out, things only get worse with their negative approach, which makes it almost impossible to work with them.

Cut Them Out

You need to understand the fact that a toxic person is not going to change. No matter how many times this person apologize, accept the mistake or promise to change, it all comes back to square one. You cannot expect them to change for others! So do what’s good for you and your peace of mind. Cut these toxic people out of your life, for once and for all. If you notice no signs of change in their behavioral pattern, it is better to let them go.

Stick To Your Decision

As you decide to distance yourself from the toxic people, there are chances they may dig deeper and refuse to leave. And this is very likely to happen! They will try to get you back to cling and keep talking about the complexities in their life. But you need to stick to your decision. Be affirmative about your choice to end the relationship with them and make sure the message is communicated well.

Maintain A Safe Distance

Even after the attempt of eliminating toxic people from your life, you may have to come across them at the workplace or family gatherings and interact at a formal level. Do establish boundaries. Don’t entertain them at the personal level. Do not answer their texts or emails that requires a discussion about their life or personal issues. Once you decide to end the relationship, it is your responsibility to make sure that you keep your boundaries intact.

Don’t Feel Guilty

Toxic people get their energy from your loving and caring nature. And they can go to any extent to grab your attention. Even after the clear communication of your disinterest in their life matters, they may show up during crisis moments and ask for a shoulder to cry. Now, this is the point where you don’t have to feel guilty for not helping them out and should stop going out of your way to comfort them. Anyway, you cannot bring happiness to one’s life who has built the wall of sad clouds around them. Only they can clear their mess and make themselves happy.

Focus On Yourself

Toxic people have the ability to drain your energy. They leave you surrounded with the negativity that takes a toll on your confidence and self-esteem. So once you choose to chuck out these negative influences from your life, it’s time to focus on your happiness and things that matter to you. Surround yourself with positive people who help you evolve as a better person. The healthy friendships and relationships will make you feel happy, strong, and cherished.

The tips mentioned above will help you identify toxic people and teach how to maintain a safe distance from them to lead a happy, confident, and positive life.

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