Bloggers Uncensored: with Holistic Living with Mangala Nair
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! If this is your first time reading a BU interview, this is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers to follow! This weeks blogger is Holistic Living with Mangala Nair.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Mangala Nair. I am the wife of a doctor and a stay-at-home mother to a 7-year-old baby. In my previous life, I was a marketing engineer with an MNC. During my initial years as a stay-at-home mom, I read (which I do a lot...) and the topics varied - homemaking, homesteading, natural ways of body care, use of essential oils, gardening techniques without the use of chemicals, parenting, relationships, holistic lifestyles, holistic health and so on. This was how my journey in holistic lifestyle began. Then on my husband's insistence, I did a course on holistic wellness coaching. My first client was "me" and then my relatives and friends. Now I am a holistic wellness coach and have recently started online coaching so that I can continue to be a stay-at-home mom.
Why do you write?
Writing -- something I used to love to do during my school days. Then, it was a progression of reading. Later, during my college days, I stopped writing. In my corporate career, I did technical writing as part of my job. Now, I write on holistic lifestyle topics -- as a way to share my learnings and musings with all holistic lifestyle enthusiasts.
Why did you start blogging?
Blogging -- is the platform I use to share my learnings and musings about holistic lifestyle topics with everyone. I hope my articles will convert the nay-sayers and the disinterested to a holistic lifestyle.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
It is a world where people can share their ideas, learnings, feelings without boundaries.
What do you hate about the blogging world/community?
I cannot say I hate anything...
In your opinion, who are the most underrated bloggers?
The bloggers who do not have the initial investment to own a domain, the bloggers who are unable to increase their viewership - these can be the hidden gems - who for all you know may be hidden for so long that they eventually give up.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
There are very few who really stand by you, giving you what you need when you are falling into a dungeon.
There are many values, beliefs and behaviours which I picked up during my formative years that no longer serve me. I could overcome and re-write those with my holistic-wellness program which I practiced on myself.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom means being able to do what I love to do without any fears and with a knowledge that everything is secure and taken care of.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Mental health - that is still a taboo in the place I come from. People either deny or hide their issues. They feel that their and their family's dignity is at stake if any person is unwell. Here on Twitter, I have found many mental health advocates and admire their courage in coming out with their issues. I also love it that they are trying to help other people. Hats off to all of them.
There is one point here that I would like to stress on. Mental health is a matter of concern. However, the root cause to be addressed is our lifestyle and our humaneness. Both have deteriorated to the extent of extinction amongst a large number of people. Reviving that is one of the best ways to address mental health issues.
What are your thoughts on feminism and how it's portrayed in today's society?
Feminism for me is not equality amongst the genders as is portrayed now. For me it is the strength in the differences. Means, being feminine is not something that has to be shunned. It is something that co-exists with masculinity. It is one half of the whole. Having said that, it is completely the prerogative of a person to acknowledge and portray whichever half of the person is comfortable with.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
The portrayal of love is so varied that I do not know what I should comment. Instead, I will tell you what it means to me.
Love - an emotion which is very positive. It is not sex, it is not sensuality, it is not based on the relationship... It is a basic, pure form of all-encompassment. Depending on the situation, on the person/thing etc, the form of exhibition varies...
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
Please change your lifestyle. Please believe in your power - and wake up to it. Please find people who really love you. And most important - love yourself.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
Walk away from the bully. Stand up for yourself as you are your best champion.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
The apathy of people - about everything...
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
Work hard or play hard?
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Right side up.
Chocolate or sex?
Plan everything or wing it?
Happiness or money?
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