Q: I am 21 years old and am absolutely addicted to social media. I have accounts made on every other social media website and there’s hardly a time throughout the day when I’m not checking my phone for updates. My eyes are glued to the screen almost all the time. Initially, I never thought of it as a problem but ever since my family and friends have started to complain about my severe addiction, I realised that it’s getting out of hand, which is why I really need to get rid of this habit. Please tell me what to do. Ahmed
A: Dear Ahmed, the process of reducing the addiction will take time and for that you have to be very patient. Since you mentioned the extent of addiction you have with social media, it is not easy to control it miraculously. Take baby steps towards it and you will eventually get rid of this addiction, only if you want to. Firstly, turn off all your notifications and app badges, as it really helps in reducing the number of times you check your phone. Then limit yourself; give yourself a certain amount of time to go through the apps you mostly use and stop using it when the time is over. Engage yourself in a hobby like take up guitar classes or start going to the gym instead; whatever you find interesting. Spend time with your family and friends, and keep your phone away when talking to them, while having dinner or even when watching TV with them. Quit using apps that take up most of your time for at least a week and see if it helps, so you can gauge the level of your addiction to control it in future.
Q: HI! I am a new mom to two-month-old triplets. This was my first pregnancy and even before my sons were born, I was extremely worried about how am I going to raise them and manage life with three newborns. So, I eventually prepared myself for what was to come in the future. I live in a joint family but have no help from any of the family members. After my sons were born I stayed at my mother’s place for a month, where everyone would take care of me and my children. But no one among my in-laws is considerate enough to even cradle the babies when they cry. I feel helpless. Please tell me how to handle this situation. Dania
A: Dear Dania, being a mom to triplets is indeed not an easy job. It is difficult for new moms to even handle one child at a time, while you have been blessed with three. It is unfathomable why your in-laws wouldn’t want to take care of the babies. Since they are not helpful with managing your triplets, the only solution you have is to hire a nanny, who can take care of your children when you are busy with something else. Whether you want a full-time or part-time nanny depends on your babies and more importantly on your budget. So be wise when taking this decision.
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