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Self-Love: How To Transform Your Relationship With Yourself

By Priya Florence Shah

How we see the world and interpret the actions of others depends on our relationship with our self. To change your relationships with others, you’ve got to change your relationship with yourself.

Why do we feel unhappy or unfulfilled in our relationships? Why do we complain, judge others or blame them for our problems? Usually, it’s because we feel that way about our self.

Our relationships and life experiences are a reflection of our inner world. How we see the world and interpret the actions of others depends on our relationship with our self.

To change your relationships with others, you’ve got to change your relationship with yourself.

  • Own your feelings

Accept that you alone are responsible for the way you think and feel. No one can make you feel that way. Own responsibility for allowing yourself to feel the way you do.

  • Be self-aware

Step back and observe yourself from a distance. How do you react to people and situations? Are you reacting unconsciously from the “wounded child” or responding in a calm, compassionate manner? When you’re conscious and aware of your feelings in a situation, you have the power to respond, rather than react.

  • Be authentic

Be true to yourself. There’s no need to put on a mask or a persona for someone else. You are perfect, whole and complete the way you are.

  • Love yourself unconditionally

Accept yourself for who you are, the parts you like, the parts you don’t. You’re part of divine creation. When you know and believe that, you will love and accept yourself the way you are.

  • Never belittle yourself

Never put yourself down or disrespect yourself. Don’t allow anyone else to treat you in a way that you don’t approve of. Never accept less than what you deserve – from yourself or anyone else.

  • Take care of yourself first

Remember the airline stewardess telling you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping the person next to you? You can’t take care of someone else, your family, or your kids if you don’t take care of yourself first. Make yourself and your health a priority and do what it takes to get well, in every way.

  • Get in touch with your Higher Self

Your intuition is your Higher Self, the self that knows without knowing… sees without seeing. It is this self that will guide you towards your higher purpose. Any time you spend in meditation, prayer or solitude, cultivating your relationship with your higher self, will be time well spent.

Learn to connect with yourself at a deeper level, find your purpose, and understand your role in the universe. It will transform your relationship with yourself, and with everyone in your life.

Watch the video below by Kartika Nair, an amazing spiritual teacher. She teaches a prayer called Ho’oponopono that helps you dissolve emotional blocks and manifest your desires.

© Priya Florence Shah is the Publisher and Editor of

Self-Love - How To Transform Your Relationship With Yourself

Returning To Work After Maternity Leave Childcare And Workplace Flexibility

8 Tips To Help You Go Back To Work After Maternity Leave

Childbirth is one of the most wonderful moments in a woman’s life. The idea of bringing new life into the world through your body is something that cannot be put into words. However, what can be put into words is the employment status of said mothers.

The study shows that only 47.5% of women on maternity leave were paid for their absence. This is a staggering statistic that illustrates how skewed our view of gender equality really is.

However, future moms rarely have a choice in the matter. Once the pregnancy starts taking shape, a leave of absence is necessary for the process to go on smoothly.

As the baby comes to the world, new moms are forced to look for new work or reintegrate themselves into existing positions. But how can you really do that?

How can you adapt to a new (or existing) workplace after a long hiatus due to maternity leave? These tips will help going back to work after maternity leave.

  1. Don’t quit your job

In India, women have enviable workplace maternity leave entitlements since The Maternity Benefit Amendment Act increased the duration of paid maternity leave available for women employees from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks.

However, women in countries like the US do not get paid maternity leave. In fact, the US is the only developed nation not to have paid leave for new moms.

If you live in the US and have a stable job in a profession which you feel passionate about – fight for it. Don’t let your boss or manager fire you just because you have a baby on the way. Know your rights when going back to work after maternity leave.

Instead, negotiate your way into a maternity leave – paid or unpaid – without losing the job. It is much harder to get back into the groove if you become unemployed due to your pregnancy.

Being employed while pregnant will allow you to get news and updates from work. You can always call up a colleague or have someone over for coffee and talk. However, if you close that door for good, your return to form will be much more difficult afterwards.

  1. Prepare for multitasking

Being a parent is full-time work. Whether you are a single mom or a happily-married wife, chances are that you will take the majority of the blow when it comes to the baby. Father figures are important in the healthy development of a child – however, moms still take precedent.

A mother and her child have been connected for nine whole months – mind and body. This means that your child will always seek your attention before anyone else’s.

Going to work and taking care of your child will start to take a toll on you if you don’t organize your time effectively. Make sure to have strict hours set for your child and know when you will be unavailable due to work. A balanced work-home life isn’t impossible if you put everything on paper and start prioritizing.

  1. Reevaluate your career path

Going on a leave of absence for six or more months will change your perspective on life in general. You can use this time to reflect on your career path so far and make new plans. For example, you may want to focus on new skills and networking when you get back from your maternity leave.

Alternatively, you can choose to take on a different career altogether. In that case, you can find a professional writer who will help you create a new resume.

Applying for new and exciting job opportunities is a viable option just as going back to secure work is. Every woman is responsible for her own professional development. Use the opportunity given to you and think about what is best for you and your newborn.

  1. Go straight to your boss

Whether you are coming back to your old work or applying for new work, make sure to speak to your manager or CEO as soon as possible. Tell them about your recent experience and your new position as a mother as well as a professional.

Emphasize your willingness to work hard and make up for anything that you might have missed in your absence. Most bosses and managers are reluctant to take back a woman after maternity leave due to her being out of the loop. Of course, this varies across different US states and world countries.

Don’t wait to be patronized and confront the issue of your absence firsthand. Your manager will appreciate the initiative and honesty in your voice, making your transition into the workplace that much easier.

  1. Look for a nanny early

Find a babysitter if you plan on getting back on track with your professional career – and do it fast. Babysitters are a cheap and easy way to ensure that your newborn has some care and attention while you are away.

You can hire students or professional nannies depending on your budget and needs. Your husband should also take the brunt of babysitting while you are working – this is especially true if he works from a home office.

The baby should get as much attention while you are at work as it would with you present in the house. Hired help in the form of a caring nanny would do the trick nicely.

  1. A gradual return

Pregnancy takes a huge mental and physical toll on a woman, so don’t rush to get back into the fold. Your first day back to work after maternity leave can be a shock to your system.

No one can blame you if you take it easy in the first weeks of your return. Instead, ask your boss to work shorter hours for the first several days. Gradually raise your limits until you are back to full capacity as you were before you left.

This will make your return much smoother and easier to handle. Not to mention that you will spend most of your first days on the job getting up to speed with recent developments.

If this is impossible, make sure to take breaks, sit down often and consume plenty of sustenance.

  1. Support groups help

It may sound like a downer but you are not the first professional woman who became a mother. There are numerous support groups, forums and amazing counselling organizations all around the globe.

You can enrol in one of these groups if you want to get some advice on motherhood, career development and to feel better in general. Don’t shut your motherly instincts away just because you have to work.

This is a great opportunity especially if you don’t know any mothers around the neighbourhood who can talk to you. Take care of yourself just as much as you do for the baby. It needs you to be mentally prepared for all the growing pains and challenges that follow.

  1. Check in with your doctor

Lastly, make sure to give your doctor a visit from time to time. You have recently gone through a tremendous physical ordeal. Your doctor will give you the necessary advice to get back to work as painlessly as possible.

It will also help you alleviate any fatigue you might experience as a result of your recent pregnancy and childbirth. Talk to him or her anytime you feel differently about your body or your child. A simple pat on the back from our trusting doctor can do wonders for our mood during the week.

In Summation

It will never be easy for new mothers to get back on their career track. Some professions simply expand and develop too fast for someone to jump back in without problems.

However, there is always space for progression and development for women across the globe. There are a plethora of career opportunities available at every step – some specifically tailored for moms.

Make sure to explore all of your options before you give up on going back to work after a maternity leave. After all, you’ve done it all for the little one in your life – go the extra mile and do a little bit more.

About the author:

Daniela McVicker is an author and editor at Rated by Students. She is a firm believer in giving women a chance at professional development and independence. She enjoys blogging, reading classic literature and listening to soft jazz.

Tips To Help You Go Back To Work After Maternity Leave

Kavea Kalaneca Uppada Sarees

Naaree Interviews Kavea R Chavali, Anchor and Co-Founder, Kalaneca Uppada Sarees

Kavea R Chavali is an award-winning Anchor and the Co-founder of Kalaneca Uppada Sarees. She has a strong passion to promote the handlooms of Uppada, Andhra.

As the co-founder of Kalaneca, she looks after the daily activities around the hand-woven sarees, connecting and collaborating with the weavers of Uppada to introduce newer designs and luxurious sarees to people around the world.

KALANECA, is a women-run organisation started by Kavea, her sister, Ramya Rao, and her mother, Lata Rao. caught up with Kavea to learn what inspired her to start her company and what lessons she learned along the way.

What are some challenges that you faced initially when you started out?

So one of the many common challenges would be making the people aware of the idea/product/brand.

When you think of silk sarees you will say a Kanjeevaram or Banarasi, but bringing the heritage and luxurious weaves of Uppada and explaining the intricacies took us time…the faith in our brand built when they started shopping with us.

Straight from the weavers to your closet
Straight from the weavers to your closet

When we started most of our customers were from South India but now close to 35% orders come from the USA as well.

Secondly, as it was a bootstrapped business model, every penny mattered. We have had some of the agencies who tried wasting our money on digital marketing and other technology-related products but thankfully we kept our intent very strong.

One common challenge was the inventory. Our initial business model of retaining the inventory did not really work on our favour. We changed that model and shifted the gears eventually increasing the sales by 45%.

What are all the things that an entrepreneur/achiever in your industry needs to keep in mind? Apart from your great idea, what do you need to be armed with?

One needs to be armed with a consistent intent to start and tremendous patience. My brand doesn’t serve a need like an Ola/Uber. It serves a want.

Patience is very important because everyone is talking about unicorns and billion valuations. The brand has to serve the very same intent it started with at the start. Do it well and do it at your pace.

Secondly, in the age of social media, there are so many brands investing so much on the popular platforms – Instagram marketing or Facebook marketing. This may make them popular but not necessarily successful.

My team cannot sit and compare the number of likes we have vs. another niche handloom brand every day and this is why focus your target audience well. There is tremendous competition but there is room for every honest product too.

Thirdly, enjoy what you do. You are filled with a zillion ideas but once you start a brand if you do not enjoy the process, you will perish. The brand is run by the people so you have to be motivated even if you are on a holiday to fulfil the requirements. So if you do not enjoy it, you are part of a wrong idea.

Did you have a mentor to guide you through your journey? In your opinion, what does a mentor bring to the table?

I never had a specific mentor but I was constantly engaged in startup discussions and digital related conferences thanks to my work. The fact that I have hosted almost 800 shows surrounding technology, digital and start-ups… it gave me an idea on how to go about with my brand.

I interact with the best of the speakers to gain an insight and thankfully as an Anchor for the show I get enough access to them and their ideas.

Having a mentor, of course, brings about newer and matured perspectives. My sister and I have friends who brainstorm wonderful ideas as well and that really helps.

Kalaneca Uppada Sarees

Please describe some successes and failures you have experienced as an entrepreneur.

As our brand is a B2C business, customer satisfaction is the biggest measure of our success. We are just 4 years into this business, but 2 years ago we received a brilliant order from a client in the US.

As the bride, she had certain requirements and we went the extra mile to fulfil it in terms of the weaving, packaging, shipping and getting them done on precise time.

Till date, that experience taught us how we could control time in our hands if we were driven so passionately. That grew our orders in the US market big-time.

Failure would be the year 2016, where close to 180 of our sarees came out of the loom with a weavers blot.

Now this concept of the Weaver’s gum/Mark doesn’t hamper the saree, as it goes away after the first dry clean. But how can one sell these sarees to a customer even at a reduced price? This resulted in a heavy loss for us.

At Kalaneca we do not spend time in brooding over the unhappy things and we do not try repeating those mistakes again. Its a lesson learnt- the hard way but we dust off the bruises and work on an immediate action plan.

What are 3 key lessons that you have learned as an entrepreneur?

As an entrepreneur, you have to be your own boss, your own peon, your own assistant, your own photocopy vendor and the delivery boy too. One thing that I learnt is that no work is small and that just because the world calls you an entrepreneur you can never, never feel entitled.

At Kalaneca, my sister used to pack the bags and would write handwritten notes herself. My mother would visit weavers and procure the designs herself. I once delivered a saree travelling in a local train just because my delivery boy didn’t turn up, but we had to get the job done, so it had to be done.

Secondly, you have to be aware of the industry so read well. Learn what the government schemes are so that you can make the most of it and don’t feel bad if you are seeking help or opinion.

Just because you want to make it on your own doesn’t mean you do not include the people around you. Kalaneca for us is our passion but unless we do not get to connect the right stakeholders the growth will only be derailed.

Marketing. We as Indians have started to believe in the power of marketing now more than before. One must hesitate to make his brand especially when you have such a great product to offer.

There are so many of those who spend so much money on marketing but have a bad product which is why the consumer doesn’t approve of it after a while.

But when you do have a great product get the people to know it in whatever marketing budget you have. Our brand mantra is simple – Straight from the weavers to your closet.

We stick to this mantra and we believe in it 100% and which is why our customers also believe in it.

Naaree Interviews Kavea R Chavali, Anchor and Co-Founder, Kalaneca Uppada Sarees


How To Promote Your Business Without A Website

6 Genius Ways To Promote Your Business Online Without A Website

Do you REALLY need a website to promote your business online? What would you say if I told you that you don’t? You’d think I was bonkers, right?

As someone who’s been publishing online since 2001, I’ve been a huge advocate of having your own website to promote your business.

That’s because your website is your home on the web. It’s owned by you, so you have complete control over it. Whereas you can’t control what other people do in their own homes i.e. websites.

So if you posted an ad for your business on someone else’s website two years ago and it’s now outdated and inaccurate, you may not be able to take it down unless you have a login and password.

On the other hand, you can change the information on your own website anytime you want, as long as you can manage it without a website designer.

That said, just having a website is not the end game. Getting clients and customers for your business is. Having a website also means you have to promote it using blogs, SEO, ads and other online promotion methods.

Otherwise, all you’ll hear are… crickets.

But when it comes to getting leads and conversions, you have to ultimately go where your customers are, whether that means having a website or not.

Here are 6 genius and cutting-edge ways to reach your customers without a website.

  1. Google Ads Call-Only Campaign

Google’s Call-Only Campaigns make it easier for businesses to reach their customers by prominently showing their phone number, business description and a call button right where people are searching, as the video below explains.

If you’re still working on developing your mobile website and want to drive more phone calls to your business, this is the campaign for you. Click-To-Call ads are designed to only show on mobile devices that can click to call. They won’t lead to a website.

Google found that 70% of mobile searchers can use Click-To-Call. So if you have a taxi service or a restaurant, you should definitely consider running a Click-To-Call campaign with Google Ads.

Watch the video below and read Google’s Call-Only Ad requirements to learn how to setup your Click-To-Call campaign.

  1. Email Newsletters

Email newsletters allow your prospects to sign up for your email list so that you can follow up with them and convert them from a lead to a paying customer.

You don’t need a website to start an email newsletter. You just need to create an account with an email marketing provider and setup your autoresponder or follow-up sequence.

Every subscribe form you create will have its own unique URL hosted on their server. You just have to promote the link to your subscribe form to get leads.

Some excellent email marketing providers include:

Learn how to grow your list in 90 days for free with GetResponse University’s exclusive List Building Program and download Convertkit’s Free eBook, The Complete Guide to Email Marketing with their best practices, advice, and advanced email marketing strategies.

  1. Landing Page Builders

You can use Leadpages, which offers a 14-day free trial, to create beautiful landing pages that will help you capture emails, build sales funnels and run Facebook ads to your landing pages, all without a website. Leadpages costs as little as $25/month for a subscription.

Personally, I use ClickFunnels, but don’t recommend it as a landing page builder for various reasons, one of which is their poor customer support.

If you’re using sales funnels to funnel leads in from different sources, you should also use a tracking and optimization platform like ClickMagick, that helps you to scientifically track and optimize all your marketing, so you can get more leads, conversions and revenues from the same traffic you’re already getting.

Check out their Tracking Magick Guide, a 1-hour introduction to click tracking and conversion optimization for small online business owners and entrepreneurs.

  1. Facebook Ads

Despite the decline of users on Facebook, it still has the largest user base of any social media network and is a very powerful marketing channel. Best of all, you don’t need your own website to run Facebook ads.

Once you’ve set up your landing pages with Leadpages, as mentioned above, you can take the links to the beautiful landing pages you created and use them to run targeted Facebook ads designed to attract the kind of customers you want.

Facebook has some basic information on how to set up ads on their platform, but if you really want to do it like a Pro, check out Profitable Facebook Ads, the most comprehensive and knowledge packed Facebook Ads course on the market.

  1. Chatbots

As the Instabot page here notes, chatbots are computer programs that mimic conversations with people via audio or text, used to communicate information to users. They exist on many different platforms.

Currently, chatbots communicate through text (as in Facebook bots), meaning you type in your inputs/responses, or through audio (talking to Amazon Echo).

Instant Messaging and chatbots are set to become the main communication channels in the next few years, says Fran Conejos in his article, The Ultimate Guide to Chatbots for Lead Generation, where he outlines a method to capture leads from a chatbot into your CRM or email marketing system.

Want to learn how to start generating leads with your Facebook audience using Facebook Messenger Bots? Check out the How To Use Facebook Messenger Bots For Lead Generation course.

  1. Text Message Autoresponder

Leadpages‘ Pro version has a feature called LeadDigits, that allows you to capture email addresses and phone numbers through SMS text messaging.

How this works is that you have a prospect text a certain word or phrase to a specific number. When they do that, they’ll receive a text telling them to respond with their email address. As soon as they send their SMS, they’ll be added to your lead funnel.

I hope this list of genius ways to reach your customers without a website has given you some ideas to promote your own business online.

With all these cutting-edge tools at your disposal today, there’s no reason why you can’t build your business online without ever requiring a website.

Want to learn more ways of growing your business? Join this free ‘Mass Traffic & Conversions’ Masterclass with Vick Strizheus.

© Priya Florence Shah

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5 Of The Best Wedding Gift Ideas For Couples In India

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Imagine walking into your friend’s wedding, hauling a bulky gift box that you have to carry around until you hand it over to the bride and groom on the stage? Then they hand it over to a family member who tries to figure out where to put the thing.

Now, imagine again that you walk into your friend’s wedding, with nothing but congratulations and a hug for the happy couple, content in the knowledge that their marriage gift was delivered, beautifully wrapped, to their parents’ home just that morning.

How much more would you and they be able to enjoy their wedding, dance unencumbered at the sangeet, participate in the raucous laughter and appreciate the delicious buffet!

That’s all possible when you ship their gift to them via Amazon India’s wedding store.

From home décor to kitchen essentials, to the latest gadgets, you can ship your loved ones that special wedding gift without the hassle of having to carry bulky and fragile gift boxes to the wedding venue.

Here are the 5 best wedding gift ideas for couples on Amazon India.

1. Ethnic Bags for the bride

Starting at just a few hundred rupees, and going all the way up to five figures, these gorgeous ethnic bags will please any bride and compliment her traditional attire with beautiful clutches, handbags, Potlis and more. Receiving a gift like this at her home will certainly put a smile on her face.

Designer Bag

2. Grooming Sets for the groom

From electric shavers to rechargeable toothbrushes, there’s a wide variety of personal care and grooming sets at different budgets for the discerning man.

Men's Grooming Kit

3. Home appliances and decor

Home appliances, bedsheet sets, blankets, home décor items – these are all old favourites that newlywed couples love since it saves them the cost of having to buy all these items for their new home.

Home Applicances

4. Amazon Echo Dot

Then again, why be predictable when you can surprise the couple with a brand new Amazon Echo Dot. This brand new gadget is a convenient addition to any room in the house.

It can be put in the bedroom and used to play music, set alarms and turn off lights. Or in the living room to check news, sports scores, calendar, and movie showtimes. Or in the kitchen to set timers, add items to lists and shop for millions of products on Amazon just using your voice.

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot Image ©

5. Wearable Devices

The perfect gift for fitness freaks, wearable devices such as activity and fitness trackers are the perfect wedding gift to say you care.

You could even buy a pair of them for the couple that loves to exercise together. Amazon carries top brands like Mi, Fastrack, Fitbit, Rewy, Lenovo, Apple, Samsung and more.

Wearable Fitness Tracker

We hope that you’ve enjoyed this selection of wedding gift ideas for couples in India.

Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

5 Of The Best Wedding Gift Ideas For Couples In India

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic And How To Eat It

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic And How To Eat It

Garlic, an odoriferous herb has been known to mankind since the ancient times. Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and Chinese lavishly indulged their taste buds in its bounteously beneficial bulbs.

Belonging to the onion family garlic is a precious reserve of rich antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral properties, guarding your body against infections and providing effective cure to several maladies.

Garlic – The Miraculous Odiferous Herb

That eating garlic is good for health has been a common household knowledge for years, but it is only in recent that scientists have uncovered its mystery.

Their studies have unravelled the high presence of hydrogen sulfide as the factor responsible for the herb’s miraculous medicinal benefits.

Garlic’s Rich Chemical Profile

Garlic is famed for emitting a pungent smell. But where exactly does the smell come from?

Scientists tell us that it is from – allicin, the same sulphur compound that also imparts it with medicinal goodness that cures heart ailments, cancer and a host of other diseases.

According to a report published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, US Allicin boosts the body’s natural supply of hydrogen sulfide.

In turn, reducing quantities of unhealthy fats and eliminating cholesterol from the body. It also enhances the body’s ability to produce antioxidant and transmits cellular signals to cause blood vessels to relax and increase blood circulation.

A Multitude Of Health Benefits

Garlic was considered a divine herb by the Greeks. It is said that the Greeks had their athlete mouth raw garlic before they went for the Olympic events.

Modern day scientists and health experts, based on the findings of their experiments conducted also believe in garlic to be an elixir.

Many diseases, they claim, can be prevented and cured by the consumption of the herb. Besides keeping us healthy, garlic can work yield wondrous effects on the following diseases:

  1. Garlic for Heart Ailments

In a recent study done by the University of Alabama, researchers found the positive impact of garlic on our blood. On mixing garlic juice to a sample of human blood, they found the red cells readily producing a substantial quantity of hydrogen sulfide.

The compound acts as a preventive agent and treatment of ailments related to the heart. Other than that, it also successfully addresses the metabolic issues of the body such as hyperglycemia, thrombosis, atherosclerosis and hypertension.

Garlic is known to reverse plaque build-up and in the process alleviate early heart disease symptoms. Countries such as France and Italy where lots of raw garlic is eaten have substantially lower rates of heart diseases than in the UK.

  1. Garlic Combats Cancer

Garlic’s power to boost allicin in the body is associated with its ability to fight different types of cancers, like breast, prostate and colon cancer. A high intake of garlic reduces the risk of cancers related to oesophagus, colon, stomach, pancreas and breast.

Garlic has high quantities of anti-bacterial substances which ward off cancer-causing substances. Garlic-eating cancer sufferers too could benefit a great deal from preventing their symptoms from aggravating.

  1. Garlic Alleviates High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a common affliction in the modern day society. The good news is that you don’t have to rely on hyper-sensitive medication in order to bring down your blood pressure levels.

Health experts have discovered a link between consumption of aged garlic and reduced blood pressure levels.

It has been found that taking about four capsules a day has dropped blood pressure levels in people with uncontrolled hypertension. A similar positive result could not be found with the intake of regular medication.

  1. Garlic Cures Colds and Infections

Garlic is a brilliant remedy for those with persistent common infection as it has a remarkable potential to destroy millions of harmful microorganisms in our body.

One could get rid of the common cold by consuming raw garlic with warm water every day. Including garlic in one’s diet in a regular way can help in the prevention of various infection-based diseases.

The herb has antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties to keep all kinds of infections at bay.

  1. Garlic Improves Insulin Sensitivity

A preliminary study published in the Nutrition & Metabolism journal in 2011 concluded that eating of raw garlic helps in increasing insulin sensitivity in our bodies.

Diabetes, especially the Type 2 is caused when the insulin level drops. Garlic regulates blood sugar levels in our body, hence halting or decreasing effects emerging out of diabetes complications.

  1. Garlic Has An Anti-inflammatory Effect

A health article published by Food and Chemical Toxicology in August 2013 revealed that raw garlic is highly beneficial for those suffering from inflammatory conditions.

Again, it is allicin that provides our bodies with anti-inflammatory effects, both preventive and curative. However, medical and health experts suggest patients consume raw garlic instead of the cooked form. Cooking destroys much of the healthy enzymes found in the garlic cloves.

  1. Garlic Has Anti-Aging Benefits

The high presence of hydrogen sulfide in garlic retards the process of hardening of the arteries. As a result, our blood circulation is well-maintained, making our skin look less aged with time.

Allicin in garlic thus reduces wrinkles, too. The Vitamin C content in garlic creates healthy collagen that keeps our skin glowing.

For Best Results, Use Garlic Raw

Garlic, when eaten raw yields maximum health benefits.  Cooking destroys the allicin found in the herb.

Health experts also suggest that we allow crushed garlic to sit for at least 15 minutes before use, for it to adequately release its enzymes.  You could add a dash of raw garlic to flavour your soups, pasta and even put some minced stuff in cheese sandwiches.

Growing garlic in your garden is a good idea too, for doing so will help you acquire its equally beneficial green leaves too. All that you need to do is stick in some cloves in the fall and dig for their harvest in the summer.

Cloves To Love!

After having discovered the diverse health benefits of garlic, you wouldn’t want your diet to be without it.

So, now whenever you see the purplish-white garlic bulbs in the market don’t shun them, nor allow them to wither away in your kitchen after their purchase.

Get going with garlic and gain its goodness. Just peel the cloves, and, chop, mince or pound and to your culinary preparation add a pinch of their pungent flavour.

Wait no longer, fall in love with garlic. And, experience the bliss of wellness and good health!

Author’s Bio

Mitravinda is a Nutritionist at DietChart with a doctoral degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She is a teacher, researcher and author. Her passion for the subject prompted her to start writing blogs on various nutrition-related topics such as Health Benefits of Green Tea, Diet Chart For Weight Loss, Health Benefits Of Green Tea, etc. Through her blogs, she wishes to help people gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between food, nutrition, lifestyle and health.

Surprising Health Benefits of Garlic And How To Eat It

Digital Marketing Career

How To Succeed Spectacularly In Your Digital Marketing Career

Have you ever asked the question, “Is digital marketing a good career in India?”

If you’re not sure of your job prospects or career after a digital marketing course, you should know that the future of a digital marketing career in India is bright.

With the increasing requirements for certified digital marketing professionals in the business world, this has become one of the hottest careers for young people in India.

The digital economy is growing ten times faster than the conventional economy, which will result in a colossal number of employment opportunities in this field.

The best part of this career option is that you can build your skills and capabilities and grow quickly. Because of the relative scarcity of certified Digital Marketing experts, this career option generously compensates the individuals who specialize in it.

A career in Digital Marketing is about diligent work, achieving mastery, and applying your new-found skills to help your clients succeed in business.

8 Abilities Required for a Successful Digital Marketing Career 

Besides specializing in one or more aspects of digital marketing (e.g. SEO, SEM, Social Media Marketing), here are some of the abilities you would be required to display to become a digital marketing expert.

To the degree that you have these abilities, you can expect to grow as a digital marketer.

  1. Innovativeness

Innovativeness is an essential part of cleverly positioning a brand among its competitors. It’s also important in creative ideation and designing campaigns.

  1. Scientific temperament

Digital marketing requires testing and tracking. Analytics play a huge role in this field and a scientific temperament is an asset that will put you head and shoulders above other marketers.

  1. Communication skills

Excellent communication skills, especially writing and correspondence, are critical to work as a distributed team. Without effective communication, you will not be able to achieve the results you desire or work as a distributed team.

  1. A love of learning

Given the dynamic and ever-changing nature of the internet and digital media, you must be open to learning new skills all the time and understanding the medium and its newest iterations.

  1. Enthusiasm for digital media

Digital Marketing experts who are truly enthusiastic about this field will, without a doubt, see more achievement and success coming their way. Passion for your work will take you much farther than if you merely consider it a job.

  1. Ability to multi-task

Most campaigns include juggling various digital media channels and tracking all sorts of analytics. Multitasking is another critical skill for any digital marketer to be able to handle the surplus of information coming your way.

  1. Comfortable with technology

Technology is a huge part of digital marketing, so a tech-savvy person is more likely to succeed in this field. If you’re not tech-savvy, you’ll at least have to be comfortable with technology. Of course, with technology becoming more intuitive and user-friendly every day, this may change.

  1. Willingness to experiment

Digital marketing is an evolving field. A lot of it is educated guesswork, so the willingness to experiment, fail and try again is a huge asset in this field.

5 Tips To Succeed Spectacularly In Your Digital Marketing Career

  1. Be patient while learning your new skills

Even though you can get a Digital Marketing certification in a few months, as opposed to the years it takes to earn a formal degree, you need to be patient with yourself while learning your new skills.

You’ll be absorbing a humongous amount of information and it takes time to be able to digest all of it and put it into practice.

  1. Be a life-long learner

Digital Marketing requires constant learning since the web is a dynamic and ever evolving medium. There are new updates, technologies and techniques being tried and tested all the time and you’ll have to learn to keep up with it.

  1. Get specialized

No digital marketer is a ‘Jack of all trades.’ Every DM worth their salt learns to specialize in one or more fields they have an affinity for.

You can choose from specializations in blogging, content marketing, SEO/SEM, social media marketing, mobile marketing, CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization) and more.

Having a specialization in one or more aspects of digital marketing will help you position yourself and give you an edge over others in the field.

  1. Brand yourself online

Learning digital marketing is of no use unless you know how to leverage it to brand yourself and grow your own visibility, as well as your client’s business.

Starting a blog and writing about your digital marketing journey can help you apply your skills and learn the practical aspects of build an audience online. It will also help you get noticed as an expert in your field.

  1. Grow your network 

No one can succeed all by oneself. You need to stand on the shoulders of giants to reach new heights in your career.

To achieve success in a career in Digital Marketing, you need to connect with other digital marketing experts and build relationships with them, so you can collaborate with and learn from them.

Although you can connect with other experts online, the best way to build a relationship is face-to-face, at conferences and networking events.

Check out this list of the top 120+ Digital Marketing conferences in 2018 and see which ones you can attend to meet new people and learn new strategies.

  1. Get lots of testimonials

At the end of the day, your success in any field depends on how well you apply your new skills to provide value to others.

If you’re able to able to create a lot of happy clients and get a bunch of testimonials and LinkedIn recommendations, you’re more likely to succeed in your new career.

It’s all about being proactive, getting work done, and demonstrating good outcomes to prove yourself to your clients. Focus on your results and case studies and you’ll go far.

We hope you enjoyed this digital marketing career guide and are seriously considering digital marketing as a career, whether as a full-time employee, a digital marketing consultant or a work-from-home option.

We wish you great success in your digital marketing career.

About the author:

Laura is a Marketing Manager at WebDigify and is also experienced in Template Design. She also likes to share her thoughts on SEO Digital marketing, Digital Marketing Strategy, and web development techniques.

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