• Toxic friendships: A guide to surviving them

    Toxic friendships can be an emotionally draining experience. Hence, the key to surviving them is to be able to set healthy boundaries and adhere to them. Psychologist Kanika Shah of Nimai Healthcare details the signs to look out for, and also tells you how to navigate it. Toxic friendships and how they affect you You...

  • Tips to make your long-distance relationship work

    Couples in a long-distance relationship have been facing a tough time. The pandemic and subsequent lockdown has forced them to limit their interactions online. Commuting both in the city and in the state has been difficult, though many areas are now easing up on restrictions. Global travel had almost come to a standstill so couples...

  • Are you living with an emotionally abusive partner?

    In a healthy relationship, your partner should make you feel secure and comfortable. You should be able to confide in him or her without having to think twice. If you are constantly walking on eggshells around him or her, it indicates that you are in an emotionally abusive relationship. This constant toxicity is detrimental to...

  • Shopping addiction: Is it a mental illness?

    Pop culture has often trivialised shopping addiction. It’s been mocked, misunderstood or plagued with gender stereotypes. However, for many couples, it’s a harsh reality that can take a toll on their relationship. Psychiatrist Dr Sagar Mundada believes this happens as they are not aware that shopping addiction is a mental health disorder. Hence, the first...

  • Breaking up with a partner with mental health issues

    Deciding to break-up with a loved one is never an easy decision. It should ideally only happen when one or both partners sees no future together. Breaking up can take a toll on both partners physically and emotionally depending on how invested they were in the relationship. It gets harder if you have taken the...

  • How to deal with heartbreak in lockdown

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to heartbreak. Some couples like 24-year-old Rashi Shah (name changed) and her beau of five years Rajeev Verma (name changed) could not survive the stress. Leading them to part ways. Rashi says, “We had been together for five years. However, since the lockdown, we were having communication issues. There was...

  • Healthy relationship green flags you should look for

    Recently, Toni Tone, a writer’s Twitter thread about ‘green flags’ in a healthy relationship went viral. She had stumbled upon a Reddit post about it last year. It examined the signs that indicate someone would make a good partner.  This motivated us to check with a mental health expert about green flags in a relationship....

  • Whirlwind romance: Things you need to keep in mind

    Young adults are turning to a whirlwind romance to cope with loneliness and the pandemic blues.  Take the case of 24-year-old Shivani Lath (name changed). She shares, “Due to the lockdown, I have not stepped out of my home for more than four months now. While I do voice chat with my friends, I also...

  • How to navigate pay cuts, job cuts as a couple

    Pay cuts and job cuts have become a norm rather than an exception in COVID-19 times.  Take the case of 26-year-old, Meenakshi Rao, (name changed), who recently got the pink slip. She says, “I am still coming to terms with being unemployed in the middle of a pandemic. My husband has also had to take...

  • Surviving quarantine together as a couple

    COVID-19 has led to couples spending a lot of time at home as they self-isolate and work from home. Surviving quarantine together as a couple is not easy, especially with many unresolved issues coming to the fore. As many relationships are falling apart, psychiatrist Parul Tank shares her guide to surviving quarantine together as a...