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Are you being stalked?

Stalking is an unpleasant experience. Whether the victim is an adult or a teen, it is equally disturbing and threatening to everyone.

In the age when information can be accessed at any time of the day, stalking has become more prominent and dreaded as well.  The harsh reality is, stalking is scary and also illegal. Stalking has many forms and there are different ways to deal with them. It is because of the dangers of stalking that many women and young girls in India prefer male assistance when they go out late or think of other ways to protect themselves. Physical stalking or via phone calls, messages, or emails is a criminal offense in India and is punishable with one to three years in jail.

While reading this if you are wondering, “Am I being stalked?” or “How do I know if I am being stalked?”, then here are some signs of a stalker.

  • A stalker follows you everywhere and hence shows up wherever you are.
  • S/he might not contact you, but they’d be watching you repeatedly which itself is harassment.
  • A stalker will send you gifts, letters, cards, messages, emails, chats, etc continuously
  • They may also damage your property to get your attention
  • They may be monitoring your mobile, computer or social media accounts to know more about you and your whereabouts
  • In extreme cases, they may use gadgets like hidden cameras or GPS to track you.
  • A stalker can be seen driving by or hanging out at your school, coaching or home.
  • They may be a threat to your relationships.
  • They may post personal information or spread harmful and rumors about you.
  • They create or manipulate situations to have contact with you. Like enrolling in the same coaching or any class to be near you or contact you.

If most of these persist, then you are being stalked and you need to take important steps to deal with it.

  • First and foremost, confront him BUT NOT ALONE. Tell them you know what they are up to and they may severe consequences for the same.
  • Document every proof of stalking that you can. This will act as proof of his their stalking and save you from unnecessary issues.
  • Inform your parents, friends, teacher, tutors, and neighbors. There is nothing to be embarrassed about it.
  • Inform the police, if possible with proofs.

It’s always a good idea to limit your social media access and privacy. Learn about managing privacy settings and do not befriend unknown people, groups, institutions or communities without knowing them confidently.

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Laughter – the great medicine

You might have heard that laughter is the best medicine. Well, there are reasons why this became a popular belief

Laughter makes us feel good. The positive energy we get while laughing remains with you even after it subsides. Humour also helps you in keeping a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult situations and losses in life. Moreover, laughter also gives you the courage and strength to find new sources of hope and happiness. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even simply a smile, can go a long way toward making you feel better.

It’s always fun to share a good laugh, but did you know it can also improve your health? Here’s how you can harness the powerful benefits of laughter and humor.

  • The laughter stops distressing emotions. Hence, you cannot feel anxious, angry, or sad when you are laughing.
  • Laughter helps you to recharge and relax. Laughter reduces stress and increases your energy, which enables you to stay focused.
  • Laughter shifts perspective, allowing you to see situations in a more realistic, less threatening light.
  • Laughter draws you closer to others, which can have a profound effect on all aspects of your mental and emotional health.
  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.
  • Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.
  • Laughter burns calories. Laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories—now you know why they have those laughing clubs.
  • Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.

Now that you know the benefits of laughter, just laugh it out!

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