‘Know What You Think & Do’

Bearl D’SOUZA responds to ThinkWellness360 questionnaire.

Your view on beauty? 

Beauty is nothing, but your inner self — of how you perceive things in front of you, or your mind, and not just your eyes alone. Having peace deep within mirrors your beauty from the inside out. It also reflects not just your inner, but also outer appearance.

Your ‘take’ on fitness? 

Fitness, to me, is a way of life. It also goes far beyond just exercising, or gymming — it celebrates your lifestyle. Of a lifestyle that balances proper nutrition, physical exercise and other activities, including sufficient rest, or relaxation. Meditation and yoga are great forms of staying fit in your mind and body — they provide and nourish the credo of holistic, also balanced, lifestyle. One that promotes your physical, mental and emotional health, and wellness, too.

Your view of health and wellness?

Health is a dynamic process — it, therefore, keeps changing. This calls for taking good care of your physical and mental state and living an active, vibrant life. Wellness, on the other hand, is much more than health, more so because it enables us to usher in tuneful balance, not chaos, into our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental statuses, and not just states.

Your ‘take’ on work-life balance? 

First things, first. You ought to make a clear distinction between your personal and professional goals — although this is sometimes easier said than done. Not everything that we pine for, or hope, can be achieved within a specified time. You’ve to set both long- and short-term goals and work towards them — but, not at the cost of your health.  Learn to say ‘no,’ if you think you cannot handle something, because it is okay to also think that you are human — not a machine — at the end of the day. The bottom line is: you should be emphatically clear in ‘what you think, and what you do.’ What’s more, we all need regular breaks to relax and also keep the stressful song of our burden at bay.

Your mantra to beat stress? 

Let me start with a simple fact: our brain and mind are often used interchangeably. The brain is considered to be a physical thing; the mind is related to as being mental. The brain is composed of nerve cells. It is tangible. The mind is intangible; it can’t be ‘touched.’ So, there you are — easing our mind from needless, stressful thoughts, and not controlling them, often helps us to beat stress. My simple mantra encompasses of the following pointers, but not necessarily in their ‘to-do’ order —

  • Avoid negative thoughts, people, or unpleasant surroundings. In simple terms: just evade negativityto the best extent possible
  • Assert positive affirmations to staying optimistic, also confident, beginning with yourself first
  • Keep your mind calm and composed by doing deep breathing exercises on a daily basis
  • Find a way to pick up something that you enjoy doing and making it your ‘me-time’
  • Always communicate with and seek guidance from someone you trust.
BEARL D’SOUZA, who was, till recently, a top professional with a leading MNC, is, at present, taking delight in her 24×7 stint as a doting housewife and mother to a beautiful five-year-old. She’s always loved spending quality time with her family and friends and also enjoyed dancing, because it simply, as she puts it, eases her mundane preoccupations and stresses of everyday life, while making her happy and as fit as fit can be. She lives in Navi Mumbai, India.

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