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The Kathmandu Post | Festivals are different for everyone
While many associate festivals with joy and togetherness, others experience feelings of isolation and anxiety.
The Kathmandu Post | Spending festivals alone
During my childhood, Dashain was often a lonely experience. I remember spending time idly and missing my working parents.
The Kathmandu Post | Holding ourselves accountable
If we’re willing to take responsibility for our actions, thoughts, and feelings, we empower ourselves to create a more positive future.
The Kathmandu Post | Power of delayed gratification
The ability to control impulses and prioritise long-term goals over immediate pleasures plays a pivotal role in our success.
The Kathmandu Post | How assertiveness is different from aggression
Being assertive means striking a balance between being passive and aggressive. It involves expressing one’s needs and respecting the needs of others.
The Kathmandu Post | Here is why workplace wellness matters
Organisations often prioritise growth and progress for their own success, but they overlook the importance of employee well-being in the process.
The Kathmandu Post | Talking to yourself is normal. What matters is whether it’s negative or positive
While self-talk can feel embarrassing, and people often associate it with mental health problems, it is pretty common.
The Kathmandu Post | The benefits of staying idle
Boredom, surprisingly enough, allows us to recharge and heightens our awareness.
The Kathmandu Post | Okay with being alone
The crippling feeling of loneliness has been one of the debilitating factors for mental health problems.
The Kathmandu Post | Questioning your existence? You’re not alone
Existential crises often arise during significant life transitions—like when moving to a new place or ending a long-term relationship.
The Kathmandu Post | How intergenerational trauma influences our families
To break from the pattern of unaddressed trauma, we need to discuss every member’s experiences of sorrow, pain, shame, guilt, grief and other intense emotions.
The Kathmandu Post | Feeling helpless is inevitable. But you can overcome it
Constant feelings of helplessness can lead to a vicious cycle of reduced motivation, inaction and dependency.
The Kathmandu Post | How childhood experiences shape our adulthood
When parents are warm and guide children while also respecting their independence, it helps them become confident and independent.
The Kathmandu Post | Finding meaning through gratitude
When we choose to be grateful, we accept our life the way it is.
Mind Matters | Struggling to maintain relationships
I’m a 24-year-old woman and my relationships don’t last, be it with friends or a romantic partner. Everyone wants to maintain distance with me. I think part of the problem is me, but I don’t know what to do.
The Kathmandu Post | How to stop mindlessly scrolling through social media
Unrestricted usage of the internet leads us down a path of comparison, addiction and burnout.
The Kathmandu Post | You’ve decided to go to therapy. Where do you start?
Finding a therapist who is the right fit can be a significant challenge. But with a little patience and proper research, things get much easier.
The Kathmandu Post | Coming to terms with guilt
Guilt may be conscious and unconscious, but it stays with us no matter how much we try to forget it.
The Kathmandu Post | Dissatisfied with your job?
Feeling unfulfilled is one of the leading causes of work-related stress and burnout, which may lead to depression and anxiety.
Mind Matters | Relationship concerns
I’m a 22-year-old student in a long-distance relationship. We have been in one for a while now, but it feels like we’re drifting apart. We used to communicate well and manage time for each other despite being in different time zones. But that doesn’t happen anymore. I try to understand that he has a lot going on with his work and studies. But is it so hard to manage some time and send a few messages? I wonder. He apologizes and says things will change when I try breaking up. But it’s the same thing every day. I feel cheated and I’m tired of dealing with this. Please help.
The Kathmandu Post | Extending support during times of grief
Acknowledging a grieving individual’s feelings and reassuring their emotions while actively listening can make them feel a lot better.
The Kathmandu Post | Beyond the diagnosis
We mustn’t box an individual seeking help for their mental health based solely on diagnosis.
The Kathmandu Post | Overthinking: Strength or weakness?
The issue here is not that we overthink. It is whether or not we have control over these thoughts.
The Kathmandu Post | Why you should have a strong support system
Are we really listening when our loved ones talk to us or are we listening just to respond?
The Kathmandu Post | How pets can improve our mental health
Research shows that having a pet can ease loneliness and depression, reduce stress, and increase exercise.
The Kathmandu Post | Experiencing grief
Grief is not an intellectual response. It is an emotional one. Using logic is hardly helpful.
Mind Matters | Adjustment issues
I’m a 21-year-old international student and my anxiety has gotten worse ever since I left Nepal. I feel like I’m not making much progress. There is always this feeling of heaviness whenever I think about my future.
The Kathmandu Post | Embracing mistakes and moving forward
Forgive others and forgive yourself not because you should, but because you deserve peace.
The Kathmandu Post | How to tell parents that you need help
Opening up may be difficult at first, but it can lead to a happier and healthier life in the long run.
The Kathmandu Post | Is it easy to forgive?
Forgiveness is an active choice—very intentional and voluntary—that helps release all the negative emotions in our body.
The Kathmandu Post | The paradox of pleasure
How the culture of instant gratification is making us unhappy.
Mind Matters | Accepting myself for who I am
I’m a 28-year-old man, and I’m struggling with letting my family know about my sexual orientation. I came to terms with it years ago, but I haven’t told my family yet. I know they will be reluctant to accept me for who I am. On top of that, they have been urging me to get married, which makes me even more anxious. I don’t know what to do or how to have a conversation with them. Please help!
The Kathmandu Post | Letting go
The hardest part about letting go is the unhealthy attachment we develop over time with people or possessions.
Mind Matters: Childhood trauma
I’m a 20-year-old student, and I think I might be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As a child, I was pretty outgoing. But that changed when I started getting bullied, and there was no one to help me out.
The Kathmandu Post | Why vulnerability is important in relationships
Vulnerability in emotions means connecting with the unpleasant feelings that surface because of our experiences—especially in relation to others.
Mind Matters | Attention issues
I’m a 19-year-old student, and I have a very short attention span. I zone out mid conversation and forget what was being said after a while. Sometimes I’m doing alright, sometimes I’m hyperactive, and sometimes I just don’t feel like doing anything. I have extreme mood swings. I try focusing on a certain task but then I get distracted easily. Is this just laziness or is it a symptom of ADHD? What should I do?
The Kathmandu Post | Why asking for help can be difficult
The stigma around asking for help, especially when one is having mental health issues, is deeply rooted in us.
The Kathmandu Post | The power of ‘no’
A clear ‘no’ will allow you to put yourself first, to pursue your interests, improve relationships and feel confident.
The Kathmandu Post |Why setting boundaries matters
Boundaries help build a path for clear communication and do away with past feelings of resentment and bitterness.
The Kathmandu Post | Beat procrastination and achieve your goals
We often find it easier to procrastinate than to put in the effort needed to get the job done.
The Kathmandu Post | Taking care of emotional hygiene
Not paying heed to our psychological well-being could lead to serious mental and physical problems.
The Kathmandu Post | The influence of fathers on their children
Dads play a vital role in shaping their children, which is why it matters how they behave with their little ones.
The Kathmandu Post | Let’s talk about men’s mental health
A patriarchal society that expects men not to exhibit emotions and admit vulnerability is doing more harm than good.
The Kathmandu Post | How online violence is shaping our lives
It is important that we use gender-informed approaches to better deal with online abuse, which has become more common than ever.
The Kathmandu Post | The oversimplification of mental health
If you feel you have a mental health issue, seek a professional’s help instead of self-diagnosing.
The Kathmandu Post | Understanding peer pressure and tips for resisting it
Negative peer pressure can cause our lives to spiral out of control and lead us down a difficult path.
The Kathmandu Post | Dealing with anxiety and fear over dengue
Concerns over getting infected by dengue negatively impact our mental health.
The Kathmandu Post | Dealing with unnecessary remarks from family members
As families gather for Tihar, many of us are likely to have to listen to elders making hurtful remarks that can trigger us to react.
The Kathmandu Post | Why we fail to take care of ourselves
Just being physically healthy does not necessarily mean we are taking proper care of ourselves.
Mind Matters | Fear of abandonment
I am a 21-year-old woman who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder five years ago. I have been taking medicines since and though my condition has improved, I still have a problem with my abandonment issues, one of the BPD’s symptoms. I constantly feel like my loved ones are abandoning me, when that is patently untrue. Even if someone does not pick up my call, I start thinking that I am being ignored. This constant need for attention and validation is annoying. Despite being fully aware of this, I am still unable to shake it off. How do I convince myself?
Mind Matters | Menopause blues
I am a 55-year-old homemaker who has of late been feeling emotionally vulnerable. There are days when I feel like crying for no reason and other times I am infuriated by everything. My emotions fluctuate all the time and it is exhausting. I suspect this is because of my menopause. Always feeling this way is making me restless and I would appreciate it if you can offer some coping tips.
Mind Matters | Suffering for others
I am a 35-year-old journalist and in my nearly 10-year-old career, I have reported on many disturbing and traumatic events. I have come across many individuals whose life stories have left me devastated. This has happened to me even while covering stories on animal cruelty. I think those incidents have deeply affected me emotionally and mentally. I find it difficult to do my job as a reporter these days. I empathize too much with the people whose stories I am covering. I feel like their traumas are my own and I don’t know how to separate my work from my personal life. Please help!
Mind Matters | My anger issues
In my childhood, I had many bouts of explosive rage, which led me to throw things, misbehave with friends and family and even cut my arms. As I grew up, I started developing depressive symptoms.
Mind Matters | Anger issues
I am a 26-year-old student with anger issues. I have no control whatsoever over my anger. Minor inconveniences irritate me and on a bad day, this irritation morphs into a full-blown violent episode: I bang doors and throw stuff. Sometimes, I don’t remember what I did in a fit of rage. I feel extremely guilty after my outburst, but I cannot help myself. How can I prevent something like this from happening in the future when I cannot even remember what I did? My behavior is pushing my friends and well-wishers away. Please help.
Mind Matters | Postpartum issues
I am a 35-year-old working woman who just had a kid. I left my job because I wanted to give all my attention to my child. Being a stay-at-home mom is a sudden change for me. I feel guilty for wanting my old life as a professional. I can’t help but think that I am a bad mother. My husband is always working and it is solely on me to look after the baby. I am afraid that if I share my feelings with my husband, he might see me as a bad mother.
Mind Matters | Letting go of the past
I am a 22-year-old student who struggles to maintain a healthy relationship, be it with friends, dates or family members. Even the smallest thing they do or say affects me and I start crying. I know this behavior is linked to my terrible experiences in the past. It would be of great help if I knew how to manage my emotions and get over my past trauma. I don’t want to hurt the people around me.
Mind Matters | How can I manage burnout?
“Recently, I have been burnt out and I cannot accomplish anything without feeling immensely tired or irritated. Any suggestions on how I manage?”
Mind Matters | Meeting in-laws’ expectations
I’m a 33-year-old newly married woman with a full-time job. Ever since I got married a few months ago, I have struggled to understand the culture of my husband’s family, and to adjust with my in-laws. Juggling my home and work has been frustrating. Sometimes I have to leave work early just to attend a function that my in-laws want me to be present at. It is difficult to fulfill all the responsibilities of a ‘housewife’ when I also have job priorities. My in-laws complain that I’m not social enough or present at home enough. They expect me to be a traditional housewife. I do care about them but I feel burned out with so much on my shoulders. What do I do?
Mind Matters Mind Matters | Feeling burned out
“I’m a 22-year-old female student who is also working right now. Lately, I have been struggling to juggle my studies and job. As a result, I haven’t been doing well in either. I have lost the motivation I once had. Any new assignment at work or college gives me crippling anxiety. This is not me being lazy, or a procrastinator. A lot of time I find myself staring at the blank computer screen, unable to do anything. I am nervous all the time. If I continue to go on this way, I might lose my job or fail my exams. Every day my anxiety gets worse. What should I do?”
Mind Matters | My quiet daughter
“I’m a 36-year-old mother to a 13-year-old girl. I am worried about my daughter as she barely talks to anyone. At home she remains cloistered in her room, and her teacher says she is quiet at school too. I initially thought this was just a brooding teenage phase. But it has been going on for almost four months now. I took her to a counselor, to no avail. She has become extremely reticent and doesn’t trust anyone with her thoughts and feelings. I’ve tried talking to her, but it’s like hitting a brick wall. She won’t let anyone in. I’m afraid she is going through something terrible on the inside. How can I help her?”
Mind Matters | Relationship trouble over finances
I am a 23-year-old female and I have been with my partner (a 25-year-old male) for three years. We have had a wonderful relationship and I know in my heart that we are going to get married. But one thing we can never agree on and always fight over is our finances. Both of us have had money troubles in the past and we have always helped each other out. But between us there is always this feeling of owing something to the other and it comes up in every argument we have. I am afraid this might affect our future. My stress gets worse when I think he might be feeling the same way. What should I do?
Mind Matters | Asking for help
I’m a 25-year-old guy and the one thing I like about myself is how independent I am. I prefer not to ask for help and like solving things independently. Recently, I have realized that sometimes asking for help is necessary, especially when I’m struggling with my mental health. But I can’t bring myself to do that. I’m worried about being judged and that people might think less of me. It’s hard to rely on someone else when I have relied only on myself for so long. What do I do?
Mind Matters | Why is my daughter anxious?
I am a 36-year-old working mom to a 13-year-old girl. I provide for every need of my daughter. But I recently found out that she struggles with severe anxiety. She suffers from panic attacks, especially before her exams. So I took her for treatment and she is getting the help she needs. But I can’t understand why, despite having everything, she is struggling with a mental health problem. – A worried mother
Mind Matters | Workspace patriarchy
“I am a 27-year-old woman working at one of Nepal’s leading construction companies. I am an engineer by profession. I work hard at my job. But my good work is hardly appreciated. In comparison, my male colleagues get all the praise and credit for their inferior work. Lack of recognition means my promotion has been halted. I have been wrestling with this problem for many years. I can’t quit as I need this job, nor can I put up with this misogynistic work culture. What should I do?”