How many times have you blamed your behaviour on ‘that-time-of-the-month’? How often do you find yourself skipping work or other engagements around the arrival of ‘aunty flo’? How frequently do you resort to taking strong and detrimental painkillers, in order to power through household chores? A common answer for many women is likely to be ‘too often’. As women bear the burden of propagating their race, they must also bear the burdens that accompany this miraculous ability. However, knowledge is power, and if one is equipped with the right knowledge, dealing with the symptoms of menstruation is easier.
Menstruation is an age-old biological cycle through which most women, if not all, suffer pain and discomfort in varying degrees. Severe cramps in the abdomen and back, bloating, mood swings, nausea and diarrhoea are not uncommon symptoms during periods. Menstrual cramps, even if not characterised by a throbbing and severe pain, have the unfortunate effect of making women feel low, dull and grumpy as well. The spasmodic dull ache around the core area also makes it hard for women to sit, stand, walk or sleep. Extreme spasms have the unfortunate effect of putting a woman entirely out of commission for one to three days, making them skip work, school or social events.
Natural methods to counter these symptoms, particularly for pain relief, have been around for centuries. However, with the onset of modern medicine, women preferred easily-available medication, leading to methods of natural pain relief being largely neglected. Relying on over-the-counter drugs may seem a fast and ideal solution, but multiple studies have shown their harmful long-term effects on the body. A recent study conducted by the Cochrane Collaboration, a network of reputed researchers, emphasises that in some cases medicines may cause harmful side-effects, ranging from stomach problems, nausea, headaches or drowsiness.
Fortunately, in recent years, there has been a resurgence in the popularity of natural remedies for medical problems. This has penetrated the menstrual health industry as well. Many innovative products have been launched to address a variety of menstrual health concerns. The most prominent of them are pain relief oils, which have been a game-changer when it comes to alleviating period-related problems.
Essential oils have been used as a form of alternative medicine for centuries. They are made with particular plant extracts that are known for their multiple health benefits. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted from the plants, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a final product ready to be used. When searching for the right essential oil for any purpose, the important thing to focus on is how it is made, because essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils and do not provide the same benefits.
Femingo, a wing of the successful brand ‘Yogic Naturals’, has launched its 100% pure natural oil, ‘Go Go Yin’. This ground-breaking product is aimed exclusively at delivering pain free menses through a simple application procedure, and stands far ahead of its competitors in the market. ‘Go Go Yin’ is a special blend of plant extracts that regulates the flow, in turn allowing the user to unwind and remain comfortable in situations that usually cause debilitating distress and extreme levels of pain. Further, it helps to stabilise the often-volatile symptoms of PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome.
The Femingo ‘Go Go Yin’ oil is easy to use and has an invitingly smooth texture. Along with alleviating symptoms of pain, it improves overall pelvic wellbeing. Most importantly, it has no side-effects, is biodegradable and aimed especially at busy women of today that are always on the go. This innovative compound contains no additional synthetics, which helps to diminish chances of allergic reactions and potential side effects. ‘Go Go Yin’ is produced using ingredients that can be easily assimilated by the human body.
Now period cramps and ‘those days of the month’ can no longer stop women from achieving everything they want. Just a couple of drops of the Femingo ‘Go Go Yin’ pain-relief oil ensures that every day is a smooth ride.
The writer is a lawyer who pens lifestyle articles for various publications and on her successful blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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MEET ALIA’S ‘MAGICAL BOYS’ FROM BRAHMASTRA
NEW DELHI: Acknowledging her “magical boys”, Alia Bhatt treated her fans with a delightful post from the sets of her upcoming film ‘Brahmastra’ on Thursday. The chirpy actress, who is busy as a beaver with an upcoming line of projects, never misses a chance to not take care of the demands of her fans, and her recent post proves the same.
Recently, Alia posted a video on her Instagram story asking her fans to suggest what to post next on her account to which fans demanded her to either share a picture from the sets of ‘Brahmastra’ or a picture with Ranbir Kapoor, her co-star in the movie.
Following this, the ‘Raazi’ actress took to her Instagram handle and shared two delightful pictures which fulfilled both the demands of her fans. The snaps were taken from the sets of ‘Brahmastra’ features her with Ranbir and film’s director Ayan Mukherji, whom she addressed as her “magical boys”.Taking it to the captions, she wrote, “It’s a blessing to be on this journey.. and these magical boys just make everything (along with fire and heart emojis ) P.S – this is just thebeginning.”
‘Nomadland’ to premier on Disney plus in UK
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): As the cinemas in UK are still holding back to re-open, one of the most celebrated dramas, ‘Nomadland’ is setting up to roll on digital streamer giant, Disney plus for the audience.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ will premiere on the new Star hub on Disney plus in the UK and Ireland on April 30, this year and can be made available to all the Disney plus subscribers at no additional charge. However, once the cinemas will re-open in the country, the film will be available for exhibitors to program.
‘Nomadland’, starring Frances McDormand recently bagged Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Director, alongside both the Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Best Film and the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Audience Award.
The film received four nominations, including Zhao for best screenplay, an actress in a drama for McDormand, and best picture drama. Zhao had adapted it from Jessica Bruder’s 2017 nonfiction book of the same name.
Zhao is only the second woman to win a Golden Globe for director. Barbra Streisand won in 1984 for ‘Yentl’. Zhao is also the first director of Asian descent to win a Globe since Ang Lee won for 2005’s ‘Brokeback Mountain’. Lee also won for 2000’s ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’.
‘Nomadland’ is a 2020 American drama film directed, written, and edited by Chloe Zhao. It stars Frances McDormand as a woman who leaves home to travel around the American West.
The film is based on the 2017 non-fiction book ‘Nomadland: Surviving America’ in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. (ANI)
Missing ‘love of his life’ inspired Nick Jonas for new album ‘Spaceman’
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): American singer Nick Jonas who is gearing up for releasing his new album ‘Spaceman’, on Wednesday (local time) revealed that ‘missing’ wife and global star Priyanka Chopra helped him to create the music of his new album.
According to People Magazine, the 28-year-old actor appeared on the famous Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’, where he revealed that ‘missing’ wife Priyanka Chopra who was away filiming ‘The Matrix 4’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic helped him create his new single ‘Spaceman’ and an album of the same name.
“I sort of started writing this record back in July. My wife was over in Germany finishing up this little movie called The Matrix,” Jonas told host Jimmy Fallon.
“And I was like, ‘You know, I feel very disconnected from the world, first of all, and now my person.’ And I just dug in writing … within a couple of days I was like ‘Oh, this is a solo album.’ And a few days later I was like, ‘This is a kind of themed album,” he added.
The ‘Sucker’ star also continued to explain that his new single is based on the themes of isolation and being alone, reflecting upon the feeling that many people faced during the quarantine period around the globe.
The Voice coach said, “Giving this idea that we’ve all had this year now… but this year of being disconnected from reality, disconnected from the world, feeling like we’re on our own planet and obviously missing Chopra Jonas at that time as well.”
“And reconnecting with her and then the main theme from this album, more than anything, is just about hopefulness for the future and seeing a brighter day ahead,” he told.
People Magazine reported that during a recent conversation with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Nick disclosed that much of his new album is dedicated to his wife, Priyanka.
He told, “Most of the songs are pretty much just love letters, which when I can’t articulate the way I feel with my words with no music, I go to the studio, and I’m grateful to have that because it makes her happy, and that’s most important.”
‘Spaceman’ album consists of 11 new songs, including ‘This Is Heaven’, ‘Sexual’, and ‘Death Do Us Part’. Nick Jonas is ready to debut the full album on March 12, 2021. (ANI)
Gender assumptions have harmful impact on climate adaption and resilience
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): The findings of a recent study suggests that outdated assumptions regarding gender continue to hinder effective and fair policymaking, along with the action for climate mitigation and adaptation.
Lead author of a new study, Dr Jacqueline Lau from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE at JCU) and WorldFish, said gender–alongside other identities like race, class, and age–has a powerful influence on people’s experience of, and resilience to, climate change.
She said the four most common and interlinked assumptions found are: women are innately caring and connected to the environment; women are a homogenous and vulnerable group; gender equality is a women’s issue and; gender equality is a numbers game.
“Although there is a global mandate to work towards gender equality in climate change mitigation and adaptation, efforts are hindered by a set of assumptions about gender, long critiqued in development studies,” Dr Lau said.
The study draws on post-2014 gender and climate change literature, to give an overview of how the gender assumptions manifest across recent work in adaptation, mitigation, and broader climate change policy, practice, and research.
The review of the literature takes a closer look at how these assumptions narrowly diagnose the causes of gender inequality.
“As a result, we see too many strategies that have unintended–and even counterproductive–consequences,” said Dr Pip Cohen, from WorldFish.
“For instance, strategies that target women only may overburden them, cause a backlash, or obscure the vulnerabilities of other groups.”
The study offers lessons for a more informed pursuit of gender equality in climate change research, policy, and practice.
The authors said progressing gender equality means breaking down stereotypes and prejudices about gender–creating environments to enable all people to exercise their agency to cope, change and adapt.
Dr Lau said she was surprised to find so many examples of gender assumptions in climate change practice. She explained that a first step in disrupting these assumptions is to lay them bare and explain why development research has found them to be problematic.
“The social and cultural expectations about what it is to be a woman or a man in any given society will shape people’s wellbeing,” Dr Lau said.
She said alongside efforts to dismantle broader barriers to gender equality, better and more coordinated efforts are needed from practitioners and researchers to disrupt and counteract unhelpful assumptions.
“Pursuing gender equality in climate change policy and practice is critical, and decades of experience in development offer lessons for how to do it well,” Dr Lau said.
“Ultimately, we want to see equitable opportunities for all people to realize their full potential. Where no one is left behind.” (ANI)
Higher income predicts feelings such as pride and confidence, says study
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): Individuals with higher wages will, in general, feel prouder, more sure, confident and less apprehensive than individuals with lower wages, yet not necessarily more compassionate, caring or cherishing, as indicated by research distributed by the American Psychological Association.
In a study of data from 162 countries, researchers found consistent evidence that higher income predicts whether people feel more positive “self-regard emotions,” including confidence, pride and determination.
Lower-income had the opposite effect, and predicted negative self-regard emotions, such as sadness, fear and shame. The research was published online in the journal Emotion.
The findings were similar in both high-income countries and developing countries, said lead researcher Eddie M.W. Tong, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at the National University of Singapore.
“The effects of income on our emotional well-being should not be underestimated,” he said. “Having more money can inspire confidence and determination while earning less is associated with gloom and anxiety.”
In what they called the most comprehensive analyses to date, the researchers conducted an independent analysis and a meta-analysis of five previous studies that included a survey of more than 1.6 million people in 162 countries.
The analyses also included a category of emotions people feel about others, such as love, anger or compassion. Unlike self-regard emotions, the studies didn’t find a consistent link between income level and how people feel about others.
“Having more money doesn’t necessarily make a person more compassionate and grateful, and greater wealth may not contribute to building a more caring and tolerant society,” Tong said.
The findings from the study are correlational, so the study can’t prove if higher-income causes these emotions or if there is just a link between them.
Levels of income also may have long-term effects. In an analysis of a longitudinal survey including more than 4,000 participants in the United States, the researchers found that higher income predicted higher levels of self-regard emotions about 10 years after the initial survey of participants, while low income predicted greater levels of negative self-regard emotions, such as fear and shame.
“Policies aimed at raising the income of the average person and boosting the economy may contribute to emotional well-being for individuals,” Tong said. “However, it may not necessarily contribute to emotional experiences that are important for communal harmony.” (ANI)
Apple TV Plus ‘Calls’ ropes in Pedro Pascal, Nick Jonas, Rosario Dawson
Washington [US], March 4 (ANI): The Apple TV Plus on Thursday announced the cast and premiere date of its upcoming American-French drama ‘Calls’ which will also feature Pedro Pascal, and Nick Jonas in pivotal roles.
According to Variety, the genre-bending auditory based on the French series of the same name will see actors including Nicholas Braun, Clancy Brown, Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Judy Greer, Laura Harrier, Paul Walter Hauser, Danny Huston, Nick Jonas, Riley Keough, Joey King, Stephen Lang, Jaeden Martell, Paola Nunez, Pedro Pascal, Edi Patterson, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Jennifer Tilly.
All the above-mentioned stars will lend their voices to the project, which will launch with all nine episodes streaming on March 19.
The forthcoming drama series is made with the thought of giving the audience a vivid TV experience that will utilize sound joined with minimal conceptual visuals to recount nine individual diminutive structure stories through nine calls, Variety reported.
Helmed by ‘Evil Dead’ fame filmmaker Fede Alvarez, the show will follow a dark and dynamic mystery that unfolds through a series of seemingly average and at times unconnected phone calls. As time goes on in the episodes, characters begin to experience intense and unsettling events.
‘Calls’ is an American-French drama series based on the French series of the same name created by Timothee Hochet. The series was created by Hochet and is a co-production between Apple TV plus and French network Canal plus. It will premiere on March 19, 2021, on Apple TV plus. (ANI)
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