22 March, 2023

Health and Habits #BlogchatterBlogHop

First of all, Happy Ugadi / Gudi Padwa to all who are celebrating.

Ugadi is our Telugu new year and this year, we are celebrating on March 22nd. We prepare and eat 'Ugadi Pachadi' on this day, which is made with 6 different tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, spicy, tangy, and salt. 

Coming to this blog post's topic, I associate my health with my daily habits. 

We are what we are based on what we do regularly. Right?

There is one healthy habit that I am proud of.  I have a habit of detaching completely from work after office hours. Not checking emails or even not opening the laptop after 5PM. I kept my notifications Off on phone for office emails and slacks after 5 PM. 

You don't believe me when I say, my manager doesn't have my phone number. The only way he can contact me is through slack/ office email. Credits to my manager and his perspective on work-life balance. I am so grateful for that.

I consider my brain having a switch. After 5 PM it switches to family mode. It switches back to work mode only the next morning at 8.30 AM if it's not a weekend. I know, I am very fortunate to be working in such an organization that cares for the work-life balance of employees. 

Try these simple tips:

1. Keep your work notifications off after work hours or at night if not possible. 

2. Set an expectation to your team and manager that you will be offline after work hours and cannot respond immediately. Let there be some exceptions, but set an expectation.

3. Be mindful of whatever task you are doing. If it's work, it's 100% work and if it's a personal task, give it a 100% as well. Don't combine tasks and multi-tasking is not for long-term success.

One habit I want to change is trying yoga daily. I know the importance of yoga on my health and peace. I know that 30 to 60 mins a day of yoga makes a huge difference in my life. I have experienced this difference. 

I prefer taking yoga classes in the morning. But, with kids' school arrangements, it's becoming tough. I am busy with my dance classes and kids' activities at least thrice a week. There has to be a way and I am going to find it soon. 

In this Telugu New year, I hope to make things right. 

What is that one habit of yours which you are proud of? And, what is that one habit you want to change?

Please let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

This post is a part of Blogchatter Blog Hop.

09 March, 2023

Things that make me smile #FridayReflections

 I took this prompt from the list shared by Shalini here.

What makes you smile? I love to talk about this topic. 

I smile when ...

  • I see The Sun rising in the morning with colors changing in the Sky while having coffee

  • My kiddo wants to hug me without any reason

  • I visit some new place 

  • I am satisfied that the code I wrote meets my standards or even when my blog post looks good when I read it.

  • I spend time with my family watching some movies together.

  • I tease my son to take a lot of photos of me in all poses and he obliges.

  • I see my son performing for the band or showcasing his new skill.

  • I see that I got a comment for my blog post 😀

  • My students perform well on stage

  • I could write a meaningful blog post 

  • I could practice dance well and perform better on stage

  • I feel relaxed after yoga session

  • I feel the breeze on my face after hiking

  • I sit back to enjoy the nature

The list is really big. So, let's leave it here.

What makes you smile? Do let me know in the comments. 

Have a nice day!

Until next time,

Linking this to #FridayReflections.

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