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While human expectancy has increased over the years, the problems affecting humans have also changed. In terms of an increase in chronic or long-term conditions, that reduce the overall quality of life and increase healthcare costs. The World Health Organisation defines mental health “as a state of well-being” in which the individual realizes their potential and can cope with the normal stressors of life. Additionally, they are able to work effectively and productively, to be able to contribute to society. Mental Health in India has been an area of concern for many years, due to Covid19 understanding these concerns has…


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Matthew Walker’s book Why We Sleep highlights the importance of sleep but also goes beyond what we already know about it by exploring the impact less sleep has on everything from Education to Healthcare.

When we were born we weren’t very interesting we’re told. We would sleep most of the day and when we woke up we would just cry. As we grew up we also grew out of sleep it seems. What was almost always a 10-hour sleep turned to 8 and by the time we were in college, it went down to 4 for some. Honestly, when I…


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Dr Dan Siegel coined the phrase, name it to tame it when he was talking about labelling emotions to reduce stress and anxiety. He has spoken in great detail about mindfulness which I recommend you read more about from the resources I have provided at the end. In a sense, we’ve intuitively embodied aspects of this phrase. As a psychologist, I have been taught to understand terms and have a common definition for them. A universal understanding that reduces subjectivity and confusion when something is spoken about or researched globally. While I studied health psychology it seemed so important to…


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A couple of months back I started meditating. As a beginner, I mostly stuck to guided meditations. I’ve spoken about this earlier. The impact of these meditations was profound. I learnt to reflect on things I never considered important. Letting go of negativities was one such title that really made me pause. Over the course of these guided meditations, I also started meditating during the new moon and full moon.

Meditations which I personally found rewarding. My body began noticing the changes even if I hadn't noticed the change environmentally or looked online. …


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Coming back to the space of music therapy workspace has been great. It has most definitely been the highlight of my year. It has also allowed me to fall back in love with the field. Writing about music therapy is a delight because there is just so much literature out there. I am so very grateful to be a part of a field that is so rich. The scientific rigour of the music therapy community aligns well with my own need to see evidence-based practice implemented in the real world. …


I recently read Michael Pollan’s book ‘In Defense Of Food- An Eater’s Manifesto’. Not only was this book really fun to read, but it also allowed me to question so many of the diet-related things we’ve been fed with over the ages. Trying to summarise his book would mean trying to simplify all the incredible material Michael has sourced as a journalist and activist and with the added difficulty of making it enjoyable and intriguing. A storyteller as brilliant as Michael makes me believe in the power of words.

He could convert me into a vegan if he really wanted…


What is burnout? Can a young person get it? What happens if you do find yourself burnt out?

Most of my friends know that I had surgery last year. I have an autoimmune condition called Systematic Erythematosis Lupus. In HOUSE MD (the show) everyone always seems to have Lupus. Hugh Laurie is always telling his team that they are wrong. But it doesn't surprise me that it's one of the most common assumptions when a client comes in to see a physician. …


Now I know I usually talk about health or psychology or both,I thought I would talk a bit about an album that changed my previous year completely. I studied music therapy and a small part of me still believes in the power of music whether its clinical application or the basic elements of it imbibed in our lives. The right answer to any of my existential questions last year was a rerun of the entire dreamland album by The Glass Animals. Let me tell you why.

The lockdown in India started in March. This album met me when I got…


I have come to realize that while my education and interests have varied over the years, a core theme remains — looking at people as a ‘whole’. Looking at a person as a whole is concerned with viewing a person’s health as comprised of multiple aspects. The World Health Organisation’s definition of health clearly states that health is not just the absence of disease. It is multifaceted. It involves “ a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing”. The WHO has added the component of Spirituality to the mix. This is useful especially in terms of the Indian context…


Over the past couple of days, I have been contemplating quitting psychology, actually possibly just not looking for jobs that my current educational qualifications will lead me to.

But change is hard. You’re hard wired to think in a certain way. Academia is wonderful but it also feels like a cop-out, which it definitely isn't. Because of Academia, I was introduced to a new way of looking at things.

I audited three courses in my third semester that were outside my department. They possibly changed my trajectory and future endeavors.

I had one course in Philosophy of Science. I thought…

Yamini Joshi

Psychologist & Music Therapist

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