Self harm – Alternate behaviors

Since year 2000 there has been a steady rise of self harm behaviour in teens1. Trying to replace self-harm with something less harmful works for some people. Encourage the young person to try a few of these to see if they work for them:

  • Wait 15 minutes before self harming
  • Hold ice cubes in their hand – cold causes pain but is not dangerous to their health
  • Wear rubber bands on their wrist to flick themselves when they feel like hurting themselves
  • Use a red pen to draw on the areas they might normally cut
  • Work it off with exercise, do something they enjoy
  • Eat a chilli
  • Take a deep breath and count to 10 or try deep breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Try to focus on something around them, something simple, watch it for a while and see if that can distract them from the negative thoughts
  • Talk to someone
  • Write in a journal, draw or express feelings in another way
  1. http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129544399
  2. https://www.bspg.com.au/dam/bsg/product?client=BEYONDBLUE&prodid=BL/1188&type=file

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Weather forecast in villages

Weather forecast in villages

Recently Shweta Bhattad through her Gram Art Project drew my attention to a very simple but immensely useful initiative started by the children of Paradsinga village. Paradsinga is situated on the Madhya Pradesh border. The population consists mainly of small farmers. The children were introduced to the internet very recently. Seeing the wealth of information … Continue reading Weather forecast in villages

Deepika Padukone My choice video – Amul rebuff

Deepika Padukone My choice video – Amul rebuff

You may have hated the Deepika Padukone my choice video or liked it but trust Amul to come up with apt advertisements for themselves which are also socially relevant. This is indeed a long way to come for the Amul Girl. The Amul girl was created as a response to Amul’s rival brand Polson’s butter-girl. … Continue reading Deepika Padukone My choice video – Amul rebuff

CakePHP 3.0.0 released

Finally the wait is over! On 22nd March 2015 the CakePHP team announced the availability of version 3.0.0 stable. There are a host of new features in the latest version. Over at SANIsoft website we already have a bunch of posts related to CakePHP 3.0 are the links to a few old posts that were … Continue reading CakePHP 3.0.0 released

Bald for a cause at MUWCI

Bald for a cause at MUWCI

Worldwide, 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and despite tremendous progress, it remains a top disease killer of children. Like last year 23 first year students of MUWCI went Bald for a Cause and donated over 1.5 kg of hair to Children’s Cancer Centre for Lebanon. Aasim was one of them and I … Continue reading Bald for a cause at MUWCI

Mutton Biryani in a Pressure Cooker

Mutton Biryani in a Pressure Cooker

Traditionally you cook Mutton Biryani over a slow wood fire. Modern urban life does not lend itself to such indulgences. Swati who just launched her kitchen blog has learned and perfected the art of making the complete Dum Mutton Biryani in pressure cooker. Apart from the marination which can be anything between 3 hours to … Continue reading Mutton Biryani in a Pressure Cooker

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Sahir Ludhianvi has written both the verses Kal aur ayenge nagmon ki Khilti kaliyan choonewale Mujhese behetar kahenewale Tumse behetar sunnewale Kal koi mujhko yaad karhey Kyon koi mujhko yaad karhey Masruf zamana mere liye Kyon waqt apna barbadh kare Versus Tujhko Mujhko Jeevan Amrit, Ab In Haathon Se Peena Hai Inki Dhadkan Mein Basna … Continue reading 48

View Cells in CakePHP 3 – A quick start!

Wrote about another new feature in CakePHP 3 – View Cells. In a short 4 step how to I explain how to create a Recent Posts Widget The concept behind View Cells in CakePHP 3 has been around for a very long time. As per the book View cells are small mini-controllers that can invoke … Continue reading View Cells in CakePHP 3 – A quick start!

Aasim in MUWCI – finally!

Aasim in MUWCI – finally!

Aasim had been preparing for this day for almost an year! Finally today he is where he wanted to be – a first year at the Mahindra United World College of India abbriviated to MUWCI by almost everyone. Several friends expressed concerns about us having to let go of Aasim. Thanks for that. Agreed, last … Continue reading Aasim in MUWCI – finally!

From self downing to self acceptance!

From self downing to self acceptance!

One of the roadblocks that many people face on the path to happiness is self downing. In Self downing you believe that you are not good enough. This in some sets of a chain reaction of irrational demands leading to unhealthy negative emotions and self defeating behaviours. A simple thumb rule to know that a … Continue reading From self downing to self acceptance!