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You know, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it? Well, that is what self-isolation looks like. 

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Now that you have binge-watched your entire Netflix/Prime Video list, eaten up almost all your snack supply and talked to everyone on your caller list - what is next? 

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Well, boredom/anger/frustration and more importantly, #MajorMissing for life as you knew it. But, if you are getting ready to wallow in misery, here's a thought - how about using this absolutely legal, paid-for me-time for a complete makeover - body, mind and soul?

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\"Self-isolating is actually the time to really get your habits in order. Like people say ‘I don’t have time to meditate’ or ‘I forget to drink water’. Anything you do for 21 days turns into a habit, so right now is the time to build those sustainable habits that you will stick to even after the world returns to its mad pace. It’s a good time to set holistic goals,\" says beauty and wellness expert, Vasudha Rai.   

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So, here are her tips to not feel absolutely sh****y about yourself and use this time to get fabulous-errr...

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Switch your tea: \"Tulsi tea is a great way to calm anxiety. Professor Mark Cohen has called Tulsi the ‘yoga for the mind’ because unlike caffeine it relaxes and energises you at the same time. You must reduce your coffee and tea consumption during this period because you don’t need it now that you are not as active.\"

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Share the happiness: \"It is good to have a gratitude group with your friends or family (instead of sharing doomsday prophecies and WhatsApp forwards) where you can share all the things you are grateful for or are positive about today.\"

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Just breathe: \"Meditation may not suit everyone especially if you are prone to anxiety or depression because then it will probably make you feel worse. So, find what suits you best. You can try alternative nostril breathing exercises that keep our nasal passages clear. If you do this regularly, you will see over time that you don’t get a cough or cold and your skin become clearer. Taking deep diaphragmatic breaths stimulates your lymph nodes and helps detox your body.\"

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Sleep better: You can also try out guided meditations if you feel anxious during the evening time. If you like listening to music, look for sound healing videos. Those who find it harder to sleep at night can check out videos for Yoga Nidra. There are thousands of such videos, so choose anyone that works for you. An hour of Yoga Nidra done properly amounts to about 3-4 hours of good sleep.

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Detox your beauty regime: \"If you are used to going to the salon frequently I would say that you take a break and just detoxify. You can swap getting your hair coloured for oiling that will really help with the brittleness and roughness. I love using this combination made by mixing equal parts of castor oil, Moringa oil and apricot oil. It’s okay, you may have few greys here and there but your hair quality will become so much better during this month.

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Hands off!: \"Corona has made us do the one thing that dermatologists over the world have been telling us for decades – Keep your hands off your face. We have also started eating more home-cooked food. So, your skin will naturally look better.\"

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Quick fixes: \"April is a really good month to detox your body. Try eating 5 freshly blossomed Neem leaves on an empty stomach for three weeks with warm water to detox your liver. The other thing you can do is to apply honey on your face, the first thing in the morning and then go about your day. The purer the honey, the better the results will be. It is a good anti-bacterial and you can keep it on for hours because it does not dry out your skin. I also suggest oil pulling, which is a really good detox for your mouth. Another thing is to spritz good quality steam distilled rose water (NOT the essential oil rose water) directly in your eyes to instantly feel refreshed.\" 

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Food (For the Soul)

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Eat mindfully: \"As far as food is concerned, eat anything but stay away from refined flour (maida), too much sugar and outside food, of course. I never say no to any food because the key is to eat in moderation. Most importantly, *do not waste food*. If you think about it, the crops are grown by humans too and they will be in isolation for at least a month. So, we might have a subsequent shortage of food. Respect your food and finish everything on your plate, so that you learn a  lesson to take smaller portions next time. 

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Time your fruits: \"Eating fruits depends on your lifestyle. So, if you are on your couch watching television the entire day and then, eat six servings of fruits, they are obviously not that good for you. If you want to have a lot of fruits the best time to do that is in the morning. According to Ayurveda, you should eat raw food before noon, so you can have fruits for your breakfast.\"

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Drink water: \"I can guarantee that 75 per cent of the readers do not drink enough water. But use all this time to get into the habit of hydrating. I used to be like that and go the whole day without drinking water only to wake up in the middle of the night parched and down a gallon of water, which is so bad for your sleep quality.\"

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Anything you do for 21 days turns into a habit, so right now is the time to build those sustainable habits that you will stick to even after the world returns to its mad pace. It’s a good time to set holistic goals,\" says beauty and wellness expert, Vasudha Rai.    So, here are her tips to not feel absolutely sh****y about yourself and use this time to get fabulous-errr... Mind Switch your tea: \"Tulsi tea is a great way to calm anxiety. Professor Mark Cohen has called Tulsi the ‘yoga for the mind’ because unlike caffeine it relaxes and energises you at the same time. You must reduce your coffee and tea consumption during this period because you don’t need it now that you are not as active.\" Share the happiness: \"It is good to have a gratitude group with your friends or family (instead of sharing doomsday prophecies and WhatsApp forwards) where you can share all the things you are grateful for or are positive about today.\" Just breathe: \"Meditation may not suit everyone especially if you are prone to anxiety or depression because then it will probably make you feel worse. So, find what suits you best. You can try alternative nostril breathing exercises that keep our nasal passages clear. If you do this regularly, you will see over time that you don’t get a cough or cold and your skin become clearer. Taking deep diaphragmatic breaths stimulates your lymph nodes and helps detox your body.\" Sleep better: You can also try out guided meditations if you feel anxious during the evening time. If you like listening to music, look for sound healing videos. Those who find it harder to sleep at night can check out videos for Yoga Nidra. There are thousands of such videos, so choose anyone that works for you. An hour of Yoga Nidra done properly amounts to about 3-4 hours of good sleep. Body Detox your beauty regime: \"If you are used to going to the salon frequently I would say that you take a break and just detoxify. You can swap getting your hair coloured for oiling that will really help with the brittleness and roughness. I love using this combination made by mixing equal parts of castor oil, Moringa oil and apricot oil. It’s okay, you may have few greys here and there but your hair quality will become so much better during this month. Hands off!: \"Corona has made us do the one thing that dermatologists over the world have been telling us for decades – Keep your hands off your face. We have also started eating more home-cooked food. So, your skin will naturally look better.\" Quick fixes: \"April is a really good month to detox your body. Try eating 5 freshly blossomed Neem leaves on an empty stomach for three weeks with warm water to detox your liver. The other thing you can do is to apply honey on your face, the first thing in the morning and then go about your day. The purer the honey, the better the results will be. It is a good anti-bacterial and you can keep it on for hours because it does not dry out your skin. I also suggest oil pulling, which is a really good detox for your mouth. Another thing is to spritz good quality steam distilled rose water (NOT the essential oil rose water) directly in your eyes to instantly feel refreshed.\"  Food (For the Soul) Eat mindfully: \"As far as food is concerned, eat anything but stay away from refined flour (maida), too much sugar and outside food, of course. I never say no to any food because the key is to eat in moderation. Most importantly, *do not waste food*. If you think about it, the crops are grown by humans too and they will be in isolation for at least a month. So, we might have a subsequent shortage of food. Respect your food and finish everything on your plate, so that you learn a  lesson to take smaller portions next time.  Time your fruits: \"Eating fruits depends on your lifestyle. So, if you are on your couch watching television the entire day and then, eat six servings of fruits, they are obviously not that good for you. If you want to have a lot of fruits the best time to do that is in the morning. According to Ayurveda, you should eat raw food before noon, so you can have fruits for your breakfast.\" Drink water: \"I can guarantee that 75 per cent of the readers do not drink enough water. But use all this time to get into the habit of hydrating. I used to be like that and go the whole day without drinking water only to wake up in the middle of the night parched and down a gallon of water, which is so bad for your sleep quality.\" [instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B2v13YcFYr2/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]   "},"isSSR":false,"ttl":1586113064745},"https://www.cosmopolitan.in/api/menu/":[{"key":"9f4a441f-5d6b-4b68-a684-c9f8168c03a2","title":"Beauty","path":"/beauty","uri":"","alias":"","external":false,"absolute":"","weight":"0","expanded":false,"enabled":true,"uuid":"","options":[],"meta_title":"Beauty","meta_description":"","meta_keyword":""},{"key":"527eea31-5a53-4f8a-849e-ef18dbbdec00","title":"Celebrity","path":"/celebrity","uri":"","alias":"","external":false,"absolute":"","weight":"0","expanded":false,"enabled":true,"uuid":"","options":[],"meta_title":"Celebrity","meta_description":"","meta_keyword":""},{"key":"5d1004a4-3fc4-45f3-904b-9208acc30f1a","title":"Fashion","path":"/fashion","uri":"","alias":"","external":false,"absolute":"","weight":"0","expanded":false,"enabled":true,"uuid":"","options":[],"meta_title":"Fashion","meta_description":"","meta_keyword":""},{"key":"91db078b-4663-4795-80fd-42eccce02561","title":"Life","path":"/life","uri":"","alias":"","external":false,"absolute":"","weight":"0","expanded":false,"enabled":true,"uuid":"","options":[],"meta_title":"Life","meta_description":"","meta_keyword":""},{"key":"5aaab124-5d5f-4d0f-ac04-d4b74bdd4f14","title":"Relationships","path":"/relationships","uri":"","alias":"","external":false,"absolute":"","weight":"0","expanded":false,"enabled":true,"uuid":"","options":[],"meta_title":"Relationships","meta_description":"","meta_keyword":""}],"https://www.cosmopolitan.in/api/category/life":{"status":200,"response":[{"nid":"19960","title":"This Weekend Brings Us an Astrological Event We Haven’t Seen in More Than 200 Years","field_dek":"Plus what it means for your sign.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-05 06:29:02","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Get ready: This weekend is bringing us some astro weather we haven’t seen in more than two centuries. This Saturday, April 4, brings the first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions in Capricorn occurring in 2020—the other two will happen on June 30 and November 12. And this is a big deal: The last time Jupiter and Pluto met up in Capricorn was in 1771, during the Russian Plague (yep). This transit happens every 13 years in a different sign and serves as a marker for cultural change.\r\n\r\nRight now, we’ll all be feeling called to assert ourselves and work together to change our world. But be careful: Selfishness, jealousy, and greed can hinder us. Conversely, focusing entirely on spirituality can leave little room for practicality. It’s all about balance. This is a period to set aside our differences and work with others for the greater good. Think donating $$ if you can, joining a mutual aid group, checking in on your friends and fam, or getting involved in a political or humanitarian cause you believe in.\r\n\r\nThis transit emphasizes justice and the law (Jupiter) and transformation (Pluto). Which resonates: The world will never be the same as it was last month—or last week, for that matter. And right now, the universe is pushing us all to evolve.\r\n\r\nHere’s what that means for your sign:\r\n\r\nAries\r\n\r\nDo you have an interest in politics? If so, this is your chance to campaign for a cause or even run for office. If politics aren’t your thing, you can use your platform to support those who share your values in another area.\r\n\r\nTaurus\r\n\r\nYou know the world as we know it needs to change for the better. You’re using all of your power to bring work to fix or get rid of institutions and systems that we need to be done with. Like, y’know, the patriarchy.\r\n\r\nGemini\r\n\r\nYou’ve been known to be a tad flighty and you tend to avoid getting too deep with others. But now, all you want to do is connect with people on an intense level. Embracing people who are different from you will help you connect to the world.\r\n\r\nCancer\r\n\r\nIf you’ve been having issues with your boo, it’s all about to come to a head. Before giving up and walking away, try to make it work. Your relationship just needs some TLC.\r\n\r\nLeo\r\n\r\nCompetition is fierce with your colleagues rn. But that doesn’t mean you have to use manipulative tactics to get your way. Honesty and honor go a long way, especially in the workplace. Try to avoid drama.\r\n\r\nVirgo\r\n\r\nYou’re on all the dating apps and you have no problems getting matches, but you just can’t find anyone you actually like. You might be stuck on a former love. Allow yourself the opportunity to open your heart again with someone new.\r\n\r\nLibra\r\n\r\nYour creativity has been stifled, which has left you thirsting to start drama with your boo. Don’t allow your artistic issues to spill over into your personal life. Instead, start a new passion project.\r\n\r\nScorpio\r\n\r\nUse your voice to confront whatever (or whoever) is holding you back. You have the power (and social media following) to discuss your values and political views—and be heard. Tweet your heart out!\r\n\r\nSagittarius\r\n\r\nYou’ve been having money troubles, but with the right professional advice, you can boost your assets again. Take a risk—start a new side gig or apply for a job that feels like a reach. It could pay off.\r\n\r\nCapricorn\r\n\r\nYour life is changing so fast that your head’s starting to spin. It’s time to face the fact that you don’t have control right now—so go ahead and go with the flow.\r\n\r\nAquarius\r\n\r\nYou’re busy healing past wounds. Letting go of old hurts will allow you to open your heart to others, if you can work on loving yourself first. This process might take some time, but it’ll be worth it.\r\n\r\nPisces\r\n\r\nYour desire to give back is strong. You may even decide to cut out friends who don’t share your humanitarian beliefs. 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It also includes drug lords, murder plots, amputations and country music videos. Yup, we said it was a wild ride.\r\n\r\nAs we find ourselves in our own form of captivity, self-isolating to help stop the spread of Covid-19, Tiger King could not have arrived at a better time. So for the ultimate distraction from what's going on in the world, here are some of the best memes and tweets to come out of the craziest Netflix show to date...\r\n \r\n\r\nThe docuseries is getting many viewers through lockdown\r\n\r\n\r\nMe explaining #TigerKing to my mom:\r\n\r\nThere's a magician, meth head, tiger tamer, country singer, gay polygamist, an Alex Jones type but with live tigers in his videos, and presidential/gubernatorial candidate.\r\n\r\nMom: that's too many people to track\r\n\r\nMe: oh that's just one guy\r\n— Pete Stegemeyer (@itspeterj) March 24, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nJoe Exotic: “Alright, I’m gonna be honest...someone just got their arm ripped off by a Tiger.”\r\nPeople in da gift shop buying their key chains: #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/Uk78or5Us9\r\n— 𝙕𝘼𝙄𝙉 (@ZAINRXJA) April 3, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nYou know Netflix was sittin on #TigerKing and when quarantine hit they were like pic.twitter.com/ZkVAYTcJro\r\n— Drew Talbert (@DrewTalbert) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nMe: Oh cool, a documentary about tigers. Let me check this out. #TigerKing\r\n\r\nMe ten minutes later: pic.twitter.com/LMpKFnBCPe\r\n— Bill Welker (@MMAontheRocks) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nThe 5 stages of Quarantine:\r\n\r\n1. Bored\r\n2. Fearful\r\n3. Horny\r\n4. Angry\r\n5. OMG TIGER KING\r\n— Jarvis (@jarvis_best) March 28, 2020\r\n\r\nDuring this difficult time, celebs have proved they're just like us. Absolutely obsessed with the chaotic energy of the show\r\n\r\n\r\nHi. Here’s Sylvester Stallone dressed up like Jeff Lowe from #TigerKing with his wife as Carole and his daughter as Joe Exotic. That’s it. Have a great night because it made mine. pic.twitter.com/thcgR7VilJ\r\n— Chase Snyder (@ChasingSnyder) April 1, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\n#DwightExotic pic.twitter.com/Ai6m9M8vwU\r\n— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) March 30, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\npic.twitter.com/Vh67qbW0Q6\r\n— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nHas anyone seen Tiger King on Netflix?!?! It is crazy!!!!\r\n— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 22, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nGot my popcorn. Pressing play on #TigerKing Episode 1. Let’s do this @Netflix #JaredLetoCinemaClub pic.twitter.com/ZfDX2QW9F1\r\n— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) March 27, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nBout to start a gofundme account for Joe .He shall be free.\r\n— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 28, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nif u haven’t started watching “Tiger King” yet you’re trippin\r\n— JoJo. (@iamjojo) March 23, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nTiger king on Netflix is wild.\r\n— samsmith (@samsmith) March 24, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMany viewers found themselves admiring Joe Exotic's well, exotic wardrobe\r\n\r\n\r\nCoachella fashion is either Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin, there’s no in between pic.twitter.com/ik2kAYNuSA\r\n— Amanda Hutcheon (@amanda_hutcheon) March 29, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nJOE EXOTIC LOW KEY A FASHION ICON\r\n— DJ ASTRO 8000 (@Astro8000_) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nI had to do a style trend report for work and you better fucking believe I did it on Joe Exotic pic.twitter.com/ouwXdKQ2dd\r\n— FKA twigs talking about snakes (@tacobellaswan) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nMe and the homies this coming Halloween #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/Fd2QN6ulhy\r\n— alia thorpe (@aliakatsi) March 24, 2020\r\n\r\nAnd his musical talents...\r\n\r\n\r\nme when joe exotic’s music video started:\r\n\r\nme approximately 4 seconds later: pic.twitter.com/p2hgSyK95i\r\n— lacey murray (@laceymurray25) April 3, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nMe every time they played Joe Exotic’s music videos #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/SOpqEYRXqY\r\n— Chanel🦋 (@Chanelsobubbly) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nAlexa, play “I Saw A Tiger” by Joe Exotic #TigerKingNetflix pic.twitter.com/MV5GC3WMEC\r\n— Keℓℓy Smith (@Wiz__Kellyfa) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\ngonna tell my kids this was Tim McGraw 🐅 #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/bd5NZBWzV7\r\n— Trey Henry (@trey_henry) March 24, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nJoe Exotic’s music is low key a bop #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/2OuXGRe7Zd\r\n— Emma Seynemeier (@emmaseyne) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nListening to Joe Exotic’s music....mans lowkey had some bops #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/9Uc2b8e4d0\r\n— ~Alexandria~ (@DOPECHICKBEATS) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\nSome are filling their spare time casting for the Tiger King feature film\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nmy choice in casting for the inevitable #TigerKing movie\r\n\r\nMichael Keaton as Joe\r\nNicole Sullivan as Carole\r\nJim Carrey as Doc Antle\r\nVince Vaughn as Jeff Lowe\r\nShia LaBeouf as John Finlay\r\nAshton Kutcher as Travis\r\nWillem Defoe as Rick Kirkham\r\nSteve Buscemi as Howard pic.twitter.com/DhPMO7eWqe\r\n— jenn ツ 2.0 (@JennWidmayer) March 30, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nUm, step aside, pal. You’re way too young and buff and you know it. You could probably pull off Maldonado still, actually. Wouldn’t that be fun?\r\n— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nBoom, cast. You can’t change my mind. #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/BdIy1bPKWR\r\n— John DeLuca (@Johnny_DeLuca) March 28, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nDaniel mcbride would be perfect to play a show based off tiger king #TigerKingNetflix #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/Ml9qYGUhiO\r\n— Hairgawd (@Hairgawd2) March 24, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nIf #TigerKing were a movie, these three MUST be in it! Somebody needs to do it! 😂\r\n\r\nDanny McBride as Joe Exotic\r\nMelissa McCarthy as Carole\r\nWill Ferrell as Doc Antel pic.twitter.com/3uV2qob0BW\r\n— Josh Stump (@JoshStump) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\nPlease cast Florence Pugh as a young Carole Baskin. #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/MLtwtfFPk2\r\n— Garin Pirnia (@gpirnia) March 29, 2020\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe pettiness of the Joe-Carole rivalry is standing in for office gossip but we're still not sure who, if anybody, is\"right\"...\r\n\r\n\r\ni’m telling my kids this is joe exotic and carole baskin #tigerking pic.twitter.com/NKjFCSaDrm\r\n— toxey (@toxeyhaze) April 2, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\n*Coronavirus hits*#joeexotic : I can’t explain it but Carole Baskins’ somehow behind this pic.twitter.com/rGLvNNv7M5\r\n— Raj (@rajdoescomedy) March 31, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nJoe exotic, Carole Baskin & Doc Antle trying to figure out who’s exploiting big cats #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/Hm8mycshrV\r\n— Darcey Weatherill (@darceyweather1) March 25, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nme trying to figure out how Carole is saving tigers when she also keeps them in cages 🧐 #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/8HPbAkRpjA\r\n— Emily Palmer (@emilyy_palmer_) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\nUltimately, thanks to Tiger King we'll never forget this time in our lives\r\n\r\n\r\nNo one:\r\n\r\nJoe Exotic’s eyebrow ring:#TigerKing pic.twitter.com/3eBQmphnwq\r\n— Jordan Nichole (@jordannorkus) April 2, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nJust finished watching Tiger King all the way through again because I had to make sure Joe Exotic actually talked about his husband’s balls in his face during his husband’s funeral or if that was a fever dream I had\r\n— tay (@BeefedUpBaddie) April 3, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\n91% of my day has been texting people about #TigerKing 😂 pic.twitter.com/ic1b7LBrIN\r\n— Ashley Marie Sieb (@AshleySieb) March 22, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nThis is the only greeting I will be using and accepting from now on #TigerKing pic.twitter.com/fmJktlPpwN\r\n— Officer Cool Cat Daddo (@officerdaddo) March 29, 2020\r\n\r\n\r\nMe leaving quarantine after Binging #TigerKing and listening to Joe Exotic music pic.twitter.com/OPtF5Q6T1U\r\n— Joe Bononno (@JoseTheCuervo) March 26, 2020\r\n\r\nTiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is now streaming on Netflix.\r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tiger-king-joe-exotic-1584966900.jpeg?IdR._GMVT4.dwm01jwG0YL8t.teFj87A","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tiger-king-joe-exotic-1584966900.jpeg?IdR._GMVT4.dwm01jwG0YL8t.teFj87A","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19958/tiger-king-best-memes-about-wild-netflix-documentary","created":"05 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-05T10:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":"https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/a31969837/tiger-king-best-memes-netflix-documentary/","notes_syn":"Cosmopolitan","userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19955","title":"Your Daily Tarot For Saturday April 4th","field_dek":"Our in-house Tarot card reader tells us what's in store for your Zodiac sign.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-04 06:00:01","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Aries:\r\n\r\nYou may get a choice between staying in your current job or taking up a new job. Similarly, you may have to pick between two positions in your current company. Do take advise from those who are more experienced and do not overburden yourself with extra work load.\r\n\r\nTaurus:\r\n\r\nYou might be experiencing a sense of fear and anxiety today. This mental anguish, guilt and despair may take away a lot of your energy. So ensure that you are well-hydrated and well-fed. Also consider engaging in meditation, prayer and the activities that give you joy.\r\n\r\nGemini:\r\n\r\nExpressing your sadness is a part of the cleansing process and letting it all out will help you move on. Do whatever it takes to express your emotions, so that you are ready to welcome the newness in life after rising above from the low phases.\r\n\r\nCancer:\r\n\r\nYou will be in a very playful and innocent mood today. This may be representative of protection and family. Child birth or marriage is on the cards. Your health is good. New projects might come your way on the work front.\r\n\r\nLeo:\r\n\r\nDrive and determination are the two emotions that will lead your day. You know what you want to achieve and you are going for it. Be bold, brave and courageous and go after what you desire. Your financial condition is stable and strong.\r\n\r\nVirgo:\r\n\r\nGifts, kindness and generosity are on the cards. There will be balance and harmony in your relationships. There will be an overall sense of good health. You have achieved work-life balance very beautifully.\r\n\r\nLibra:\r\n\r\nYou will be having a lot of options to choose from. You may be indulging in wishful thinking or fantasies, which will help you stay optimistic. However, try not to cling too much to these fantasies. Try coming to ground reality and stay focused on the important things that matter.\r\n\r\nScorpio:\r\n\r\nYou will experience true happiness and emotional and spiritual fulfilment today. You will be living your happy-ever-after and can look forward to domestic bliss. Your work load has decreased as you have learnt a new way of working around your job.\r\n\r\nSagittarius:\r\n\r\nYou might be feeling trapped, confined and restricted today. This signifies fear and anxiety. Pray, meditate and connect to your inner self today. Indulge in hobbies that you enjoy and try to divert your mind away from whatever is bothering you.\r\n\r\nCapricorn:\r\n\r\nYou need to tap into your full potential, rather than holding back, especially when there is a need to transform something. Success, joy, happiness and good news are on the cards. Your health is also looking good.\r\n\r\nAquarius:\r\n\r\nHappiness, celebration, surprises, parties, weddings and events are on the cards. You will be getting the feeling of coming home and reuniting with your family, which will give you the much-needed pace and support at this point in time.\r\n\r\nPisces:\r\n\r\nFear, anxiety and stress might pull you down today. You are in need of peace and quiet, introspection and rest. Take good care of your health and diet. Try spending time with your loved ones, enjoying the small pleasures of life.\r\n\r\nPredictions by: Honey Grewal Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/soulgrounding/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/soulgrounding/ Email: honeydhaliwal@gmail.com\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"daily horo, daily tarot, daily astro, 4 th april, tuesday, zodiac, sun sign, zodiac sign, taurus, aquarius, capricorn, sagittarius, pisces, saturday astro, astrology, saturday the 4th, april tarot, april tarot, 2020 horoscope, 2020 tarot, 2020 astrology, saturday, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india","field_meta_keyword":"daily horo, daily tarot, daily astro, 4 th april, tuesday, zodiac, sun sign, zodiac sign, taurus, aquarius, capricorn, sagittarius, pisces, saturday astro, astrology, saturday the 4th, april tarot, april tarot, 2020 horoscope, 2020 tarot, 2020 astrology, saturday, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tarot_2.jpg?nWMMERLI02dFzGvpSAqltDWwdddjSOUK","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tarot_2.jpg?nWMMERLI02dFzGvpSAqltDWwdddjSOUK","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19955/your-daily-tarot-saturday-april-4th","created":"04 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-04T11:30:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19954","title":"Chakra Oils 101: How to Heal and Feel Fabulous Instantly","field_dek":"Feeling stressed, depressed and not your best? Paro's resident aromatherapist Colin G Hall tells you a fragrant way to balance yourself.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-03 12:18:38","status":"1","field_full_dek":"From battling pandemics to health resolutions going awry - the year 2020 has been off to a not-so-perfect start. \r\n\r\nSo, if you are using the isolation time to introspect and assess your life, behaviours and relationships - here's a way to do just that by including chakra oils in your self-care regime.\r\n\r\nAccording to wellness experts our body comprises of 7 Chakras that are believed to be linked to our physical and spiritual selves. If all your Chakras are balanced, you are happier, stronger and living your best life! However, any imbalance may just take a toll on your health and can also affect your mood too. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\"Our chakras are constantly in a state of rotation. The term ‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word, which literally means “wheel of light.” They are described as a spinning wheel of light and colour, located along the spine from the sacrum to the crown or top of the head. Each of the seven traditional chakras has a physical, emotional, creative and a spiritual component to them. They act as a map of our inner world – the relationship we have with ourselves and how to experience the energy of life in its many forms, within our environment,\" says Colin G Hall, aromatherapist, Paro by Good Earth \r\n\r\nWhat are the 7 chakras and how do they affect us? \r\n\r\nAccording to Hall, each chakra is situated near a physical hormonal gland in the body and has the ability to push life energy through the body to ensure vitality. These energy centres receive and emit potent energy constantly, acting as warehouses and transmitters of Universal Energy, for example, if someone upsets you with a hurtful remark, this manifests in stress, anxiety or anger and is felt either deep in the stomach, represented by the solar plexus chakra or the heart represented by the heart chakra.  \r\n\r\nSo, depending on where our thoughts are based will result in a specific state of health manifested in a specific area of the body. Here is his handy guide to align your chakras with the help of essential oils:\r\n\r\nMuladhara: 1st Chakra (Base or Root Chakra)\r\n\r\nThe first chakra, controls body solid structures, such as the spinal column, bones, teeth, and nails, also the blood, building process of cells, the colon, and rectal area. \r\n\r\nAny imbalances in the base/root chakra can cause weight problems, haemorrhoids, constipation, sciatica, degenerative arthritis, knee problems.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are:\r\n\r\nFrankincense, Deodar (Himalayan Cedarwood), Grapefruit, Myrrh, Copaiba, Carrot Seed, Cardamom, Patchouli, Benzoin, Vetiver and Ginger.\r\n\r\nYou can use them as:\r\n\r\nFoot Massage: blend two drops of Vetiver, two drops of Patchouli, four drops of Frankincense four drops of Himalayan Cedarwood into 30 mls of Jojoba oil and massage. \r\n\r\nFull body massage: Four drops of Vetiver, four drops of Ginger and four drops of Cardamom into 30 mls of Jojoba oil. \r\n\r\nDiffuser: Three drops of Grapefruit into the diffuser.\r\n\r\nSvadhisthana: 2nd Chakra (Sacral or sexual chakra)\r\n\r\nThis chakra focuses on sensation, feeling and movement. The sacral chakra is located between the navel and the front of the pelvis. Any imbalances may cause uterine, kidney or bladder problems, impotence, frigidity, stiff or sore lower back. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nRose Geranium, Rose, Vetiver, Ginger, Ylang Ylang, Petitgrain, Mandarin, Sweet Orange, Myrrh, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, \r\n\r\nYou can use them as:\r\n\r\nLower Back Massage: blend two drops of Geranium, four drops of Petitgrain and two drops of Ylang Ylang. \r\n\r\nFull body massage: Four drops of Mandarin, four drops of Jasmine and four drops and four drops of Myrrh \r\n\r\nDiffuser: Three drops of Rose Geranium\r\n\r\nManipura: 3rd Chakra (Solar Plexus Chakra)\r\n\r\nThe solar plexus chakra is the power station of the body, physically related to the nervous, digestive and immune systems and associated with the pancreas. The governing colour is yellow. Any imbalance will cause diabetes, ulcers, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels), digestive disorders.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nBergamot FCF, Lemon, Carrot Seed, Juniper Berry, Himalayan Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Fir Needle.\r\n\r\nYou can use them as:\r\n\r\nTummy and lower to middle back massage:  Blend 4 drops of Fir Needle, 2 drops of Himalayan Cedarwood and two drops of Bergamot FCF to 20 ml of jojoba oil, proceed to massage. \r\n\r\nFull body massage: blend 6 drops of Bergamot FCF, two drops of Juniper Berry and four drops of Ylang Ylang to 30 ml of Jojoba oil. \r\n\r\nDiffuser: simply add three drops of Lemon to the diffuser.\r\n\r\nAnahata: 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra)\r\n\r\nThe heart chakra is associated with the emotions and some scholars believe it to be the seat of the mind and the soul. It is associated with the thymus gland and is located midway in the chakra system denoted by the colour green- the middle of the spectrum of light. An imbalance will cause high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease/problems, asthma.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nFrankincense, Neroli, Petitgrain, Bergamot FCF, Carrot Seed, Lavender, Sweet Inula \r\n\r\nYou can use them as:\r\n\r\nChest and upper back massage: Four drops of Neroli, two drops of Petitgrain and two of Lavender. \r\n\r\nFull body massage: Six drops of Lavender, four Petitgrain and two Frankincense \r\n\r\nDiffuser: simply three drops of Neroli\r\n\r\nVisuddhi: 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra)\r\n\r\nThe throat chakra is concerned with the free flow of communication at all levels. Its colour is turquoise or light blue. On the physical level this chakra governs the proper functioning of the throat area and thyroid, which under stress can cause sore throat, stiff neck, colds, thyroid problems, hearing problems. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nFrankincense, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot FCF, Cypress. \r\n\r\nYou can use them as: \r\n\r\nGentle decollate and neck massage: Blend four drops of Frankincense, two of German Chamomile and two of Cypress to 20 mls of Jojoba oil\r\n\r\nFull body massage: blend six drops of Frankincense, four of Bergamot FCF and two of Cypress to 30 mls of Jojoba oil\r\n\r\nDiffuser: simply add three drops of Cypress to the diffuser.\r\n\r\nAjna: 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra)\r\n\r\nThe brow chakra is the “inner eye” of the imagination, creativity and dreaming. Located below the centre of the forehead, just above and between the brows and is our “inner eye”. It’s colour is indigo and, like the crown chakra, has been linked with the both pineal and pituitary glands. When in imbalance you may suffer from headaches, blindness, nightmares, eyestrain, blurred vision.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nCarrot Seed, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Helichrysum, Himalayan Cedarwood\r\n\r\nYou can use them as: \r\n\r\nHead massage: blend two drops of Peppermint Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Radiata) and two drops of Himalayan cedarwood to 10 mls of Jojoba oil, do not use on the face this is only for the hair.\r\n\r\nFull body Massage: blend six drops of Himalayan Cedarwood, 2 of Eucalyptus Peppermint and two of carrot seed to 30 mls of Jojoba oil and massage the entire body with exception of the face.\r\n\r\n Diffuser: simply add three drops of Eucalyptus peppermints (Eucalyptus Radiata) into the diffuser and enjoy the aroma.\r\n\r\nSahasrara: 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra)\r\n\r\nThis is the centre at which imagination, inspiration, empathy and selfless service to others are nourished. This most subtle of chakras represents wisdom and also relates to the hypothalamus and the pineal gland. When imbalance it may lead to depression, confusion, boredom, apathy, feelings of alienation, learning difficulties. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEssential Oils which can be used to balance this chakra are\r\n\r\nFrankincense, Cistus, Lavender, Lavandin. \r\n\r\nYou can use them as: \r\n\r\nDiffuser: Two drops of lavender and two drops of Frankincense or just three drops of Frankincense into the diffuser.\r\n\r\nFacial: blend two drops of Frankincense to 10 ml of jojoba oil, apply to a wet face at night.\r\n\r\nGentle Scalp Massage: Blend two drops of Lavender and two drops of Frankincense to 20 mls of Jojoba oil, apply to the scalp using finger tips to massage.\r\n\r\nNote: To err on the side of caution, never use essential oils on children below the again of 16, on pregnant or breastfeeding women or women trying to become pregnant and those suffering from Asthma. Never exceed the dosages given above as in Aromatherapy actually we believe, “LESS IS MORE”. \r\n\r\nHappy Chakra Balancing!\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, colin g hall, chakra oils, chakra balancing, essential oils for chakras, self care, beauty meditation, solar plexus chakra, sacral chakra, base chakra, third eye chakra, heart chakra, chakra imbalance, chakra self care, meditation tricks, mental imbalance, balancing mental health, essential oils for beauty, beauty chakra, feel better, paro by good earth, aromatherapy, aromatherapy for chakra, aromatherapist, aromatherapist india","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, colin g hall, chakra oils, chakra balancing, essential oils for chakras, self care, beauty meditation, solar plexus chakra, sacral chakra, base chakra, third eye chakra, heart chakra, chakra imbalance, chakra self care, meditation tricks, mental imbalance, balancing mental health, essential oils for beauty, beauty chakra, feel better, paro by good earth, aromatherapy, aromatherapy for chakra, aromatherapist, aromatherapist india","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tumblr_inline_pfe06tx82e1w9gjgx_500.gif?Q94nVPmu_Lbhb3jKC0G0ZDG_mpf2EBhz","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tumblr_inline_pfe06tx82e1w9gjgx_500.gif?Q94nVPmu_Lbhb3jKC0G0ZDG_mpf2EBhz","field_editory_by":"By","path":"/life/features/a19954/chakra-oils-101-how-heal-and-feel-fabulous-instantly","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T17:30:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":"630","userData":{"uid":"630","field_first_name":"Arpita Kala","editor_sef":"/author/630/arpita"},"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19951","title":"The BEST Leg Workout If You're Thirsty for Some Lower-Body Exercises","field_dek":"And if by lower-body you mean butt, I gotchu.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-03 08:19:02","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Yes, twerking counts as a workout. We made that rule. But if you're looking to build leg and booty muscle and tone up your legs (FYI, those are literally the same thing) you're going to need something a little more intense than a booty-popping beat.\r\n\r\nThat's where Mackenzie Ross, senior instructor at Barry's comes in. Your girl has created the perfect workout to sculpt your stems and le butt. That's because these exercises target your hamstrings and glutes, which is great if they haven't seen much action lately (Tiger King, you've ruined me on so many levels).\r\n\r\nAnd, bonus, these moves will also work your core (yes, as in abs) if you just remember to keep it engaged while you werk. That means bracing like you're about to be punched in the stomach and pulling your belly button in toward your spine. Here's what you're in for, friends.\r\n\r\nThe workout\r\n\r\nPerform the first circuit below three times (three sets), moving through each exercise in order for the reps listed. Rest for one minute between sets. Do the same with second circuit. \r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\tCircuit one: Sumo squat, sumo deadlift, glute bridge\r\n\t\r\n\t\r\n\tCircuit two: fire hydrant, kickback, hamstring curl\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSumo squat\r\n\r\nStep 1) Stand with your feet about a foot wider than hips-distance apart, and turn your toes out just a little. Grab a weight (if you have one) and hold it at arm's length between your legs, pulling your shoulders back and keeping your spine straight.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nStep 2) Slowly bend your legs to lower your body while keeping your knees pressing outward. When your thighs are parallel to the ground, engage your hamstrings, quads, and glutes to straighten your legs and return to the starting position. That's one rep. Do 10 reps.\r\n\r\nGlute bridge\r\n\r\nStep 1) Lie on your back with your knees bent. Your feet should be planted close enough for your finger tips to graze your heels. Place a weight on your hips (if you have one).\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nStep 2) Tuck your pelvis to straighten your spine, then press into your heels and use your glutes and hamstrings to lift your hips until your knees are bent at a 45-degree angle and your body forms a straight line from your knees to your shoulders.\r\n\r\nStep 3) Slowly lower your hips back to the starting position. That's one rep. Do 10 reps\r\n\r\nBanded kickback\r\n\r\nStep 1) If you have a resistance band with handles, hook one handle around your right foot and hold the other in your right hand (optional). Get on all fours, keeping your shoulders directly above your wrists and your hips over your knees.\r\n\r\nStep 2) Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, extend your right leg straight back and up.\r\n\r\nStep 3) Bring your knee back under your hip to return to the starting position. That's one rep. Do 10 reps before switching to the other side\r\n\r\nBanded fire hydrant\r\n\r\nStep 1) If you have a resistance band with handles, hook one handle around your right foot and hold the other in your right hand (optional). Get on all fours, keeping your shoulders directly above your wrists and your hips over your knees.\r\n\r\nStep 2) Keeping your knee bent at a 90- to 45-degree angle, engage your glute to lift your knee until it's parallel to your right hip.\r\n\r\nStep 3) Slowly lower your knee to the starting position. That's one rep. Do 10 reps before performing the same exercise on the opposite side.\r\n\r\nBanded hamstring curl\r\n\r\nStep 1) If you have a resistance band with handles, hook one handle around your right foot and hold the other in your right hand (optional). Get on all fours, keeping your shoulders directly above your wrists and your hips over your knees.\r\n\r\nStep 2) Keeping your hips level, lift your right knee back until your thigh is parallel to the floor and your knee is bent at a 90-degree angle.\r\n\r\nStep 3) Keeping your thigh parallel to the floor, straighten your leg until your heel is in line with your knee and hip. That's one rep. Repeat for 10 reps before performing the exercise on the other side.\r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/leg-workouts-1585670191.png?YuUgYcWzEwfRbh_RYULPMkExO28pPPdh","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/leg-workouts-1585670191.png?YuUgYcWzEwfRbh_RYULPMkExO28pPPdh","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19951/best-leg-workout-if-youre-thirsty-some-lower-body-exercises","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T13:30:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":"https://www.cosmopolitan.com/health-fitness/a31983999/leg-workouts-for-women/","notes_syn":"Cosmopolitan","userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19952","title":"Anyone Else Hyper-Aware of How Much They Love Their Parents RN?","field_dek":"Call your mommy and tell her you love her.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-03 07:53:20","status":"1","field_full_dek":"When I was 16, I couldn't wait to get out of my small town and go to ~NyC~ and ~bE gLaM~ (lol stupid). I definitely never thought I'd be back living in my childhood bedroom, indefinitely, waiting out a pandemic.\r\n\r\nThen about a month ago, I crawled home, with my tail between my legs, seeking comfort in Mommy and Daddy when the thought of getting on the dirty-ass NYC subways for two hours each day got to be too much for me. I got nervous with all the news of coronavirus and decided to make a plan and come back home. I am lucky — my parents live a driving distance away, and I was able to self-quarantine for a week before getting picked up by them.\r\n\r\nAnd so, now I'm stuck in a parallel universe where I am 16 and 26 at the same time, in a situation I never could've imagined, in even my most dramatic of anxiety worst-case-scenarios, but that has slowly become our norm with each new day of nightmare news. I want to protect my family and yell at them when they dare go outside without gloves or get within six feet of each other, but I also want my mommy to hug me and tell me I'm just overthinking everything.\r\n\r\n\r\nNow I'm stuck in a parallel universe where I am 16 and 26 at the same time\r\n\r\n\r\nIs it sad that it took a pandemic for me to realize just how much I truly love both my parents? They'd both be the first to admit that we didn't have a great relationship growing up (lots of screaming matches, my grandparents having to play referee, etc.). I always assumed it'd be this way forever, that once I was out of the house, I'd be back for short enough bursts of time during the holidays that we could all just suck it up and be civil. But being home for a weirdly extended amount of time as an adult has made me appreciate and love my parents so much more, now that I have a (little) bit more context as a grownup.\r\n\r\nThings are scary right now, and there's a lot to be nervous about, but I'm trying to find small things to be appreciative of in the meantime. Of course, if I could snap my fingers and undo this entire pandemic, I would. But, I am thankful for the opportunity to go back home and revisit my parents in a way that I don't think I could've or would've if this hadn't happened.\r\n\r\nI'm seeing both my parents in a new light that a little bit of distance over the years and time over the years has made possible. A few days ago, we spent the whole day working on masks as a family to send to medical professionals. Seeing my dad try to keep cool for four hours worth of 19-minute YouTube tutorials (the objective worst kind of tutorial) to fix our broken serger sewing machine (which I had jammed) made me so proud. Shit sucks right now and trying to tamp down your temper in the face of crisis is no easy feat. My hardass, army-vet dad is now our household serger machine expert!\r\n\r\nEye-opening experiences aside, I'm also scared for them right now. My parents are older, (not that coronavirus only hits the elderly as we now know), which does mean they'd be in a higher category of risk than me, and their parents in an even riskier category. I'm lucky enough to have a job where I can easily work from home, but it's not that easy for my parents. I've seen them have to fight to work from home, and I hate the thought of them having to go into an office right now, or too soon after people think this is \"over.\" Your parents spend their whole lives trying to protect you from harm's way and now it's our job to make sure they're safe by staying HOME.\r\n\r\nNot everyone can be with their families right now, and staying away from them at this point might be the most loving thing you can do for them, so I'm extra aware of how lucky I am to have this chance. Part of this really does feel like I'm getting a second chance at a good relationship with them and getting to do-over all my nightmare bitch middle and high school years.\r\n\r\nParents are not perfect people, and when I was 16, I thought they were evil. Now I see that they've always been trying their best. I def wasn't the angel I thought I was ten years ago either, and certainly didn't make things easy for them. (The fact that I hoarded enough craft supplies from JoAnn Fabrics in random garbage bags in my closet throughout the years to produce 100+ masks easily says a lot about my very particular lifestyle.) But right now, all anyone can do is try their best and be gracious and kind to one another. We'll all get through this together.\r\n\r\nMaybe it's dumb of me to only have this realization now, but still. I'm thankful for the chance to reexamine my relationship with both of them and so, so happy we can all stay safe home and together for the time being. No matter if you're quarantining with your parents right now, or if you're away, please call your parents and tell them you love them (maybe offer to place a food delivery order, or send them some TP on Amazon!) Now, BRB, because I'm going downstairs to tell mine, too <3.\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Untitled%20design.png?g5chEuV4bKg2btElMpfTxEQBxld3MT9_","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Untitled%20design.png?g5chEuV4bKg2btElMpfTxEQBxld3MT9_","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19952/anyone-else-hyper-aware-how-much-they-love-their-parents-rn","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T13:20:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":"https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a32019169/living-with-parents-coronavirus/","notes_syn":"Cosmopolitan","userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19771","title":"How To Pick a Life Partner","field_dek":"Choosing a life partner is the most important thing in life to get right. If you’re still single, you’re lucky—you’re one step away from finding a great relationship. Just make sure you pick them for the right reasons.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-04 07:47:02","status":"1","field_full_dek":"To a frustrated single person, life can often feel like this:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStaircase  1\r\n\r\nAnd at first glance, research seems to back this up, suggesting that married people are (on an average) happier than single people and much happier than divorced people. But a closer analysis reveals that if you split up married people into two groups based on marriage quality, people in self- assessed poor marriages are fairly miserable, and much less happy than unmarried people, and people in self- assessed good marriages are even more happy than the literature reports. In other words, here’s what’s happening in reality:\r\n\r\nStaircase 2\r\n\r\nDissatisfied single people should actually consider themselves in a neutral, fairly hopeful position, compared to what their situation could be. A single person who would like to find a great relationship is one step away from it, with their to-do list reading:\r\n\r\nFind a great relationship.\r\nPeople in unhappy relationships, on the other hand, are three leaps away, with a to-do list of ‘1) Go through a soul-crushing breakup; 2) Recover emotionally; 3) Find a great relationship.’ Not as bad when you look at it that way, right?\r\n\r\nIts a huge deal.\r\nThe research on how vastly happiness varies between happy and unhappy marriages makes perfect sense. It’s your life partner. Start by subtracting your age from 90. If you live a long life, that’s about the numbers of years you’re going to spend with your current or future life partner, give or take a few. And when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 holidays, your primary leisure-time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you will hear about more than 18,000 times.\r\n\r\nIntense!\r\nSo given that this is by far the most important thing in life to get right, how is it possible that so many good, smart, otherwise-logical people end up choosing a life partnership that leaves them dissatisfied and unhappy? As it turns out, there are a bunch of factors working against us.\r\n\r\nSociety has it all wrong—and gives us terrible advice \r\nSociety encourages us to stay uneducated and let romance be our guide. But if you’re running a business, conventional wisdom states that you’re a much more effective business owner if you study business in school, create well- thought-out business plans, and analyse your business performance diligently. This is logical—because that’s the way you proceed when you want to do something well and minimize mistakes.\r\n\r\nYet, if someone went to school to learn about how to pick a life partner and take part in a healthy relationship, if they charted out a detailed plan of action to find one, and kept their progress organised rigorously in a spreadsheet, society says they’re A) An over-rational robot, B) Way too concerned about this, and C) A huge weirdo.\r\n\r\nNo, when it comes to dating, society frowns upon thinking too much about it, and instead opts for things such as relying on fate, going with your gut and hoping for the best. If a business owner took society’s dating advice for\r\n\r\nher business, she’d probably fail—and if she succeeded, it would be partially due to good luck. And that’s how society wants us to approach dating. Society places a stigma on intelligently expanding our search for potential partners. In a study on what governs our dating choices more, our preference or our current opportunities, opportunities win hands down. Our dating choices are 98 percent a response to market conditions and just two percent immutable desires. Proposals to date tall, short, fat, thin, professional, clerical, educated, uneducated people are all more than nine-tenths governed by what’s on offer that night. In other words, people end up picking from whatever pool of options they have, no matter how poorly matched they might seem to be to those candidates. The obvious conclusion to draw here is that everyone looking for a life partner should be doing a lot of online dating, speed dating, and other systems created to broaden the candidate pool in an intelligent way.\r\n\r\nOur biology is doing us no favours\r\nHuman biology evolved a long time ago and doesn’t understand the concept of having a deep connection with a life partner for 50 years. This means that when the right move is to move on and find something better, we often succumb to a chemical roller coaster and end up getting engaged. Plus, biological clocks are a b*tch. A woman who wants to have biological children with her husband needs to pick the right life partner by 40, give or take. This is just a sh*tty fact that makes an already hard process one notch more stressful. (Still, isn’t it better to adopt children with the right life partner than have biological children with the wrong one?). This all combines into a frenzy of big decisions for bad reasons, and a lot of people messing up this most important decision of their life.\r\n\r\nLuckless love types\r\nRecognise yourself or a potential life partner among the below types, who commonly fall victim to all of this and end up in unhappy relationships? A sign you need a serious rethink.\r\n\r\nOverly romantic Rhea\r\nHer downfall is believing that love is enough reason to marry someone. Romance can be a great part of a relationship, and love is a key ingredient in a happy marriage, but without other important things, it’s simply not enough. Yet once an overly romantic person believes they’ve found their soulmate, they stop questioning things and will hang on to that belief through 50 years of an unhappy marriage.\r\n\r\nFear-driven Farah\r\nOne of the worst possible decision-makers when it comes to picking a life partner is fear. Unfortunately, the way society is set up, fear starts infecting otherwise rational people. The irony is that the only rational fear we should feel is the fear of spending the latter two thirds of life unhappily, with the wrong person—the exact fate fear-driven people risk because they’re trying to be risk-averse.\r\n\r\nExternally influenced Esha\r\nExternally influenced Esha lets other people play way too big a part in her life-partner decision. Choosing a life partner is personal, enormously complicated, different for everyone and almost impossible to understand from the outside, no matter how well you know someone. The saddest example of this is someone breaking up with a person who would have been the right life partner because of external disapproval. It can also happen the opposite way, where everyone in someone’s life is thrilled with a relationship because it looks great from the outside, even though it’s not that great from the inside.\r\n\r\nShallow Sanya\r\nShe’s the kind of girl who is more concerned with the on-paper description of her life partner than his inner personality. There are a bunch of boxes that she needs to have ticked—things such as his height, job prestige, wealth level, accomplishments, or perhaps a novelty item, such as a foreign passport or a specific talent.\r\n\r\nSelfish sorts\r\nThe selfish types come in three (sometimes overlapping) varieties:\r\n\r\nCheap date idea \r\nIn the end, she doesn’t want a legitimate partnership—she wants to keep her single life and have someone there to keep her company.\r\n\r\nThis person inevitably ends up with, at best, a super-easy-going partner or, at worst, a pushover with self-esteem issues. She sacrifices a chance to be a part of a team of equals, which will almost certainly limit the potential quality of her marriage.\r\n\r\nThe main character\r\nHer tragic flaw is being massively self-absorbed. The main character wants a life partner who serves as both a therapist and an admirer, but is mostly uninterested in returning either favour. Each night, she and her partner discuss the day, but 90 percent of the discussion centres around her day—after all, she is the main character in the relationship. The issue is that by being incapable of tearing herself away from her personal world, she ends up with a sidekick as a life partner, which makes for a pretty boring 50 years.\r\n\r\nThe needs-driven\r\nEveryone has needs and everyone likes those needs to be met—but problems arise when the meeting of needs becomes the main grounds for choosing someone as a life partner. Those are just perks. After a year of marriage, when the needs-driven person is completely accustomed to having her needs met and it’s no longer exciting, there better be many more good parts of the relationship she’s chosen or she’s in for a dull ride.\r\n\r\nThe main reason most of the above types end up in unhappy relationships is that they’re consumed by a motivating force that doesn’t take into account the reality of what a life partnership is—and what makes it a happy thing.\r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/29103836-2x1_A.jpg?FkcgS3R5shHbnE7KDlWCzAbIhYgt9ksx","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/29103836-2x1_A.jpg?FkcgS3R5shHbnE7KDlWCzAbIhYgt9ksx","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19771/how-pick-life-partner","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T13:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19953","title":"How You *Should* Be Using Dating Apps, by Zodiac Sign","field_dek":"Virgo, step away from their LinkedIn.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-03 07:41:07","status":"1","field_full_dek":"So you’re endlessly swiping on dating apps, wondering, Isn’t there an easier way to do this? How do you even ~meet people~ these days? Social distancing has only made dating more digital, but it was pretty app-heavy even before *gestures vaguely* all this.\r\n\r\nYou probs either love or dread the world of online dating. With so many apps available at the touch of your finger, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. However, by relying on your zodiac sign’s strengths, you can actually make online dating easier—and more fun.\r\n\r\nAries: Send the first message.\r\n\r\nAries is the leader of the zodiac, so you’re naturally a go-getter. You see it, you like it, you want it, you got it. So go ahead, make the first move. You tend to be the take-charge type, which your matches find hottt. Quick tip: Send that first message, but make sure it isn’t a boring one. “Hey, what’s up?” is blah. Be direct and say what you’re really thinking—you’ll find matches who are Into. It.\r\n\r\nTaurus: Ask what they care about.\r\n\r\nTauruses are strong in mind, body, and spirit. You prefer harmony and peace in your life and relationships—when you say you’re not looking for drama, you actually mean it. When messaging new matches, share your values and ask about theirs. Yep, that means you can go ahead and talk politics, sex, religion, all those supposed no-nos. Dating isn’t just about chemistry for you—it’s also about finding someone who shares your perspective. Once you’ve found someone who wants to change the world just as much as you do, you’re in.\r\n\r\nGemini: Text them as much as you want.\r\n\r\nYou’re the chattiest zodiac sign, Gemmy, so communication is naturally supes important. However, not everyone is like you, and LBR, this kind of mismatch can make or break relationships. So find someone who shares your communication style. They warn you they’re a “bad texter”? They leave you on read? Bye. Doesn’t matter how ~hot~ they are—you deserve someone who wants to talk as much as you do. Or at least listen.\r\n\r\nCancer: Ask them how they’re feeling.\r\n\r\nCancer, you’re one of the most sensitive zodiac signs. You fall hard and fast, and you don’t really do “casual.” When using dating apps, pay attention to how your matches talk about their feelings—or if they even do. If they’re cold and unable to be vulnerable, it’s not gonna work out. You don’t need to discuss your deepest secrets or cry together (at least not on the first date), but your matches need to be able to use the words “I feel.” If someone barely has opinions about anything, they aren’t for you.\r\n\r\nLeo: Stop looking for the “perfect match.” \r\n\r\nLeo, you crave romance. You love being in love and your dream is to be part of a ~power couple~. However, you can be super critical of your potential matches. You deserve someone who shares your love of all-night dance parties and will happily take 10,000 photos of you for IG. But when you don’t give some people a chance, you could actually be missing out. Focus on finding people with similar interests rather than the ones with the best pics. It’ll be more fun, and you can teach them how to find their angles later.\r\n\r\nVirgo: Put a five-minute limit on your Google search.\r\n\r\nVirgo, your cyberstalking skills are so good that you could be a private detective. You like to weed out the duds before investing too much time in them. But while it’s fine to do a quick Goog before your date, don’t go down the rabbit hole. You don’t need to know about everyone they’ve previously dated, where they went to college, what they did on their birthday last year, or what they had for lunch last Wednesday. You’re forming opinions about who they are and what they’re like without giving them a chance to ~tell you themselves~. This keeps you from enjoying the process of dating. Keep the Insta and Facebook stalk to a minimal. And no. Don’t add them on LinkedIn. It’s just weird.\r\n\r\nLibra: Make your profile *shine*.\r\n\r\nPresentation is everything in online dating. You’re ruled by Venus, so grace and beauty just come naturally to you. Hey, you can’t help it! But make sure your profile shows off more than just your (fire) ’fits. Make it a comprehensive and authentic presentation of who you are, what you’re looking for, and your interests. So, not five almost identical selfies. Appear versatile and not just hot. That part’s too easy.\r\n\r\nScorpio: Take it slow.\r\n\r\nScorpios are passionate AF because you’re co-ruled by the planets Mars (sex and aggression) and Pluto (intensity). You’re deeply invested in your relationships and, LBR, sexual chemistry is important to you. When you find someone you’re into, you’re ready to DTR about five minutes in. But we actually suggest that you Slow. It. Down. Enjoy the flirtation. Go on some casual dates. Let the connection unfold. That way, you’ll actually get to know ’em—and decide if you’re actually into them.\r\n\r\nSagittarius: Send weird memes.\r\n\r\nHumor is hella important to you, Sag! You need to laugh, otherwise life feels kinda blah. You’re often the entertainer, but you need to find someone who can make ~you~ laugh too. You tend to fall for people who are hot AF, but if they don’t get your sense of humor, you’ll get bored quickly. Whether you have a similar taste in memes or they can rec you the funniest new TV show, they’ve got to keep you on your toes. Test the waters by sharing your weirdest tweet, TikTok, or meme with them and see if they ~get it~.\r\n\r\nCapricorn: Treat dating like a job.\r\n\r\nCapricorn, you love love, but sometimes you actually forget to make time for it. You can get consumed by your work life or other responsibilities and online dating feels like a chore. So go ahead and approach dating like a job—after all, you’re really good at your job. Be clear in your intentions and treat potential matches’ profiles like their résumés. Go ahead and weed out any of the people who don’t meet your criteria, and you’ll find someone who keeps you interested.\r\n\r\nAquarius: Know what you do and *don’t* want.\r\n\r\nAquarius, you tend to date with your head rather than your heart. It needs to ~make sense~ for you to imagine yourself with someone. And while you’re figuring things out, you can seem hard to read and even detached. So when browsing profiles, be aware not only of what you DO want…but also what you DO NOT want. Be open about what you’re looking for and you’ll be more likely to match with someone fantastic.\r\n\r\nPisces: Trust your gut.\r\n\r\nYou’re a total romantic, Pisces. And when it comes to online dating, you can get lost in a fantasy before you even go on a date. So before you start imagining wedding bells, listen to your intuition. You’re kinda psychic, after all. What kind of vibes do they ~actually~ give off? Are they kind? Are they respectful? You easily absorb other people’s energies, so you need to make sure you’re not diving in to “save someone” or dealing with an emotional vampire. This will bring toxicity to your life rather than the love you’re looking for.\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tumblr_oaiu71Q0Q11ql5yr7o1_500.gif?Ihjv65D.LIRewYg9.Emx8CB6jZH00DEV","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tumblr_oaiu71Q0Q11ql5yr7o1_500.gif?Ihjv65D.LIRewYg9.Emx8CB6jZH00DEV","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19953/how-you-should-be-using-dating-apps-zodiac-sign","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T13:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":"https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/a32011212/dating-app-zodiac-sign/","notes_syn":"Cosmopolitan","userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19949","title":"Your Daily Tarot For Friday April 3rd","field_dek":"Our in-house Tarot card reader tells us what's in store for your Zodiac sign.\r\n","modified":"2020-04-03 06:31:23","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Aries:\r\n\r\nYou may receive some happy news, important information or a probable romantic proposal. This may be representative of your immaturity, so don't take things too seriously. Your health is stable. As of now all your financial needs are taken care of and you needn't worry.\r\n\r\nTaurus:\r\n\r\nA high social status, prosperity, wealth, luxury, success and financial independence are on the cards. You need to adopt a sensible, practical, no-nonsense approach towards your work and you will be successful. Your health is good and your financial condition is under control.\r\n\r\nGemini:\r\n\r\nBalance, peace and patience are the mantra for today. You are calm and have a good perspective on things, hence this will make you feel content. You are taking good care of your physical and mental health.\r\n\r\nCancer:\r\n\r\nYou will feel responsible and will work hard to finish what you started. You will achieve all that you desire through perseverance and determination. Your financial condition is stable.\r\n\r\nLeo:\r\n\r\nAn older woman will protect you or help you overcome a problem. Your intelligence and honesty will help you win praise from your boss and colleagues. Your health needs your attention and care at the moment.\r\n\r\nVirgo:\r\n\r\nYou will enjoy a deep sense of comfort by being surrounded by the people who have well-established belief systems and explicit values. You will want to identify with others whose way of thinking will prompt further learning for you. Your health is good as you are taking proper care of it.\r\n\r\nLibra:\r\n\r\nGood news and new beginnings are on the cards. You will be taking action by starting something new, an initiative, and finding new passion. Your health is good and your financial condition is stable as you have had a strong financial support in the past.\r\n\r\nScorpio:\r\n\r\nThere could be sudden movement and unexpected change in your life. The positive aspect of this situation is that a more clear and realistic picture will emerge from this. Your doubts will get cleared regarding a certain situation. Take care of your health.\r\n\r\nSagittarius:\r\n\r\nYou might experience temporary financial hardships, so expect money to be tight for a while. Your health needs your care as well. You need to maintain a healthy diet. You also need to manage your finances well.\r\n\r\nCapricorn:\r\n\r\nYou might want to walk away from certain people or situations in life. You might experience loneliness, hence introspection and self-reflection will be the key to happiness and good health.\r\n\r\nAquarius:\r\n\r\nKindness, compassion and wisdom are on the cards. You will be high on emotion, creativity, artistic ability and intuition, in a more balanced form today. Your health is good. You will be winning hearts with your warm and loving nature.\r\n\r\nPisces:\r\n\r\nYou might experience fear, anxiety and stress today. You are in desperate need of peace and rest, so try to slow down and give time to your mind and body to heal. Try to eat healthy and manage your emotional health well.\r\n\r\nPredictions by: Honey Grewal Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/soulgrounding/ Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/soulgrounding/ Email: honeydhaliwal@gmail.com\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"daily horo, daily tarot, daily astro, 3rd april, friday, zodiac, sun sign, zodiac sign, taurus, aquarius, capricorn, sagittarius, pisces, friday astro, astrology, friday the 3rd, april tarot, april tarot, 2020 horoscope, 2020 tarot, 2020 astrology, friday, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india","field_meta_keyword":"daily horo, daily tarot, daily astro, 3rd april, friday, zodiac, sun sign, zodiac sign, taurus, aquarius, capricorn, sagittarius, pisces, friday astro, astrology, friday the 3rd, april tarot, april tarot, 2020 horoscope, 2020 tarot, 2020 astrology, friday, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tarot_1.jpg?WeHlR.rRC4IA76e3DPR0o0dWYS7ZIsLM","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/tarot_1.jpg?WeHlR.rRC4IA76e3DPR0o0dWYS7ZIsLM","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19949/your-daily-tarot-friday-april-3rd","created":"03 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-03T12:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19943","title":"A Technical Manual to Fixing Your Friendship","field_dek":"Because it’s a weirdly-delicate operation that there aren’t really rules\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n","modified":"2020-04-02 14:26:54","status":"1","field_full_dek":" \r\n\r\nA few years ago, I told my childhood BFF (let’s call her Keya) not to come to my birthday party, and it blew up our friendship. She’d been hard on me about a guy I had a crush on, and I was fed up with her little digs. But two weeks after birthday-gate, I realised how much I missed her. She was my go-to gal for all adventures, and we would laugh at the stupidest sh*t together. I texted Keya to apologise, but she never responded. We didn’t speak for three years.\r\n\r\nSad, right? But—twist!—this story has a happy ending: we recently ran into each other at a mutual friend’s wedding, and after cautious hellos, we made small talk. A few wines later, we found each other on the dance floor and got down to Beyoncé. It took a few tearful hangs to really clear the air, but we did, bless up, and now we’re tighter than ever! Here’s my vetted plan of attack for your own do-over.”\r\n\r\nStep 1 Ask: are they worth it?\r\n\r\nHeads up, babe: Not all friendships should be saved. Was your bestie generally supportive of your ~hopes and dreams~? Or mostly self-absorbed? A solid rule of thumb is: if you really miss them—and they made you feel more good than bad about yourself—reach the eff out. Yes, even if they betrayed you in a big way (looking at you, Jordyn).\r\n\r\nStep 2 Make the first move.\r\n\r\nSend them a text like, ‘Hey, I’d love to talk. Do you have time to meet up?’. If they ghost you (Keya, WYD?), or say no, check in a week later. FWIW and for some perspective, Keya and I saw each other at group outings after our dance-floor reunion, but it took a year before we actually met up one-on-one to have *the talk* IRL.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nStep 3 Be as mad as you want.\r\n\r\nStart the convo by apologising for any wrongdoings of your own (no angels here), “but it’s equally important to express your hurt and concerns,” says Canada-based therapist Miriam Kirmayer. That may mean bringing up that, say, you didn’t like her spilling your secrets. If she’s worth it (Step 1, prove me right!), she’ll feel bad and want to move forward, too.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nStep 4 Go slooow.\r\n\r\nSo, you’ve made nice and now you need to keep that friendship train on the tracks. Hit her with quick notes to let her know you’re thinking of her, like on a work-iversary or if she’s moving apartments, says Miriam. Then invite her to short, low-stakes plans. Think: manis, yoga, things you’d do on your own, anyway. Also, when in doubt, wine. So. Much. Wine.\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"​​cosmo, cosmoindia, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, how to fix your friendship, how to makeup with your friend, how to fix a fight with your friend, how to makeup with your bff","field_meta_keyword":"​​cosmo, cosmoindia, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, how to fix your friendship, how to makeup with your friend, how to fix a fight with your friend, how to makeup with your bff","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Kylie-jenner2_glamour_20jan17_insta_b_2x1.jpg?ZbZQDUsIOZkrptX2Hh2JxSPZo0DHe0Nc","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Kylie-jenner2_glamour_20jan17_insta_b_2x1.jpg?ZbZQDUsIOZkrptX2Hh2JxSPZo0DHe0Nc","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19943/technical-manual-fixing-your-friendship","created":"02 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-02T19:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19947","title":"Keto Diet 101: Everything You Need to Know Before Saying No to Carbs! ","field_dek":"All you can eat (and can’t), health risks and more – all your questions about the low carb Ketogenic diet answered!\r\n","modified":"2020-04-02 12:33:02","status":"1","field_full_dek":"\"I am a Keto girl in a Carbie world!\" - Are all your friends (and you suspect everyone in the world) raving about the ketogenic diet?\r\n\r\nWell, while it may not be the latest fat-buster on the block, the keto diet is surely getting super popular in the fitness circles especially among the meat-lovers.   \r\n\r\n\"The Ketogenic Diet (Keto) is a low-carb, high-fat diet plan, where your body uses fat as fuel, as opposed to using carbs as fuel. You essentially trick your body into using fat for fuel by depriving it of carbs, and your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. In a typical Keto diet, you will have high fat intake (avocado, almonds, dairy), moderate protein intake (100 gms of meat, eggs, chicken, fish) and very low carbohydrate intake (vegetables and fruits typically). You cannot eat grains, flour or sugar on this plan including most natural sugars,\" says fitness and wellness expert Sumaya Dalmia. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo, if you are thinking of giving it a go to get fitter or just as an excuse to eat lesser greens, here's what you need to know.\r\n\r\nHow does it work? \r\n\r\nThe selective eating process under this diet that restricts carbohydrates and grains leads you to eliminate junk food such as pizza, cakes and refined sugar and automatically consume fewer calories. \r\n\r\n\"This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. The keto diet aims to force your body into using a different type of fuel. So, instead of relying on sugar (glucose) that comes from carbohydrates (such as grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits), the keto diet relies on ketone bodies, a type of fuel that the liver produces from stored fat,\" says Vandana Luthra, founder of VLCC group.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd, this process has an actual timeline to it too which is why people often claim to get instant results with the keto diet. \"When you eat less than 50 grams of carbs a day, your body eventually runs out of fuel (blood sugar) it can use quickly. This typically takes 3 to 4 days. Then the body starts breaking down protein and fat for energy, which can make you lose weight. Also, when your carbs are restricted, your body won’t hold onto much water which also helps in weight loss,\" says Dr Arjita Kumari, wellness director, Alila Diwa Goa.\r\n\r\nThe good, bad and unhealthy \r\n\r\nThe keto diet has advantages for diabetics, those with PCOD, fatty liver, obesity and gastrointestinal issues. But, at the same time, it is not for everyone. If you plan to do it sans medical supervision beware of the keto flu, FYI. \r\n\r\nSumaya says, \"It takes a few weeks to settle into this diet, during which many persons can get the keto flu. It is a feeling of being unwell and sluggishness. You don't get a quick energy pick-me-up since you cut out all sugar and carbs, and your body is basically readjusting. Once the shift happens, you feel really light and alert. You have to be careful and measure the fat you are eating - I know of people who have ended up putting on weight instead because they overdo the fatty diet. Social media hype has also led to a lot of misconceptions and keto is labelled as some wonder diet, which it is not. There is a science behind it and one has to be careful of how and what we consume for any diet to work.\"    \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWhile the keto diet can considerably nourish the body if a person is in an inflamed, dysbiotic or insulin-resistant condition there are also certain drawbacks. \"Long-term studies indicate that it can increase LDL cholesterol, compliancy is difficult as you must be strictly dedicated to counting carbs. This can result in awkward social interactions or longing for other foods,\" says Renee Grandi, nutritionist and naturopath at luxury wellness destination Chiva-Som.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn a nutshell, here are  the risks you must watch out for:\r\n\r\nHigh in saturated fat: \"It is recommended to keep saturated fats to no more than 10% of your daily calories because of the link to heart\r\ndisease. And indeed, the keto diet is associated with an increase in LDL cholesterol, which is also linked to heart disease,\" says Vandana.\r\n\r\nNutrient deficiency: \"If you are not eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains, you may be at risk for deficiencies in micronutrients including selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B and C,\" she says. \r\n\r\nLiver and kidney problems: \"With so much fat to metabolize, the diet could make any existing liver conditions worse.Meanwhile, the kidneys help metabolize protein, and the keto diet may overload them,\" she says.\r\n\r\nConstipation: The keto diet is low in fibrous foods like grains and legumes that may restrict bowel movement. \r\n\r\nMood swings: \"The brain needs sugar from healthy carbohydrates to function. Low-carb diets may cause confusion and irritability,\" she says. \r\n\r\nThese risks add up — so make sure that you talk to a doctor and a registered dietitian before ever attempting a ketogenic diet.\r\n\r\nWhat can you eat?\r\n\r\nPeople often think that a ketogenic diet is based solely on animal products with meat at every meal, but that’s not entirely true. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere's what the experts recommend:\r\n\r\nSumaya Dalmia, fitness and wellness expert\r\n\r\n\"Include high (good) fat foods such as avocado, ghee, nut butter (unsweetened), almond flour, yoghurt, unprocessed cheese in your keto meal plan. For example, your breakfast can consist of eggs, avocado, yoghurt with nuts, veggies such as tomatoes/mushrooms. Lunch and dinner can be chicken or fish with a side of veggies/avocado. You can also snack on nuts, keto crackers, some hummus or guacamole and veggies.\"\r\n\r\nHarshita Dilawri, nutritionist\r\n\r\n\"I would suggest eating something on the line of two eggs fried in olive oil, ghee or butter with sauteed greens like beans or capsicum for breakfast. Then, full-fat cottage cheese topped with pine nuts as a mid-morning and then, a bunless grass-fed burger topped with cheese, mushrooms and avocado topped with a bed of greens for lunch. You can opt for roasted, salted almonds as an evening snack and end the day with pork chops or chicken or fish with green beans sauteed in coconut oil for dinner.\"\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, cosmo india, keto diet, ketogenic diet, sumaya dalmia, harshit dilawri, vandana luthra, vlcc, renee grandi, chiva som, keto girls, what to eat on keto diet, bad keto diet, meal plan for weight loss, fast weight loss, fast fat burn, fat burning diet, military diet, abg diet, belly fat diet, best diet for weight loss, fast diet for weight loss, keto flu, ketosis, carbs, no carbs, are carbs bad ","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, cosmo india, keto diet, ketogenic diet, sumaya dalmia, harshit dilawri, vandana luthra, vlcc, renee grandi, chiva som, keto girls, what to eat on keto diet, bad keto diet, meal plan for weight loss, fast weight loss, fast fat burn, fat burning diet, military diet, abg diet, belly fat diet, best diet for weight loss, fast diet for weight loss, keto flu, ketosis, carbs, no carbs, are carbs bad ","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Untitled%20design%20%281%29.png?kINlJRHUIPVIjX6LOIV07_9dv0eOWgd.","image1x1":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-04/Untitled%20design%20%281%29.png?kINlJRHUIPVIjX6LOIV07_9dv0eOWgd.","field_editory_by":"By","path":"/life/features/a19947/keto-diet-101-everything-you-need-know-saying-no-carbs","created":"02 April 2020 ","time_created":"2020-04-02T18:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":"630","userData":{"uid":"630","field_first_name":"Arpita Kala","editor_sef":"/author/630/arpita"},"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19946","title":"How To Work From Home The Right Way Amidst Coronavirus ","field_dek":"A little planning can see you through these difficult times\r\n\r\n \r\n","modified":"2020-04-02 13:31:54","status":"1","field_full_dek":"There isn't any option left for us these days but to work from home and maintain social distancing amidst coronavirus outbreak. Many global companies even before the lock down was imposed, had made it mandatory for their employees to work from home to curb the spread of Covid-19. However, shifting to the “home office” may not be easy for many. The new environment with several distractions may not lend itself to productivity. But a few minor tweaks and clever planning can increase your productivity and help you deliver results on time. \r\n\r\nCreate a work space\r\n\r\nIf it’s a busy household, it’s all the more important to set aside some space as your work area. Make sure you tell others at home it’s off limits for them while you are working. It wouldn’t look professional if there were noises or disruptions while you were in the midst of a video meeting with your team. You also don’t want anyone to misplace your important documents and papers.  Set the ground rules, let others know that your work desk is out of bounds for them. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLook at it like a real job\r\n\r\nOnly because you are not stepping out of your home doesn’t mean you can lounge in your PJs or work cuddled up in your bed. A home office may seem casual but don’t fall into the trap, you will hardly get work done. Get up, take a shower, dress up, instead of sitting on the bed sit in an upright chair like you would in an office. This sends a signal to your mind that it’s work time and helps you concentrate. \r\n\r\nCommunicate!\r\n\r\nWhen working from home, it’s essential to know what’s expected of you and to deliver accordingly. The key here is communication with your manager or boss. Fix up a time daily to speak to your reporting manager, set your goals and at the end of the day, send out a report on completed tasks. 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How to Not Feel Anxious or Frustrated During Self-Quarantine

Author and wellness advocate Vasudha Rai shares what you need to keep your mind, body and skin calm while staying indoors 

You know, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it? Well, that is what self-isolation looks like. 

Now that you have binge-watched your entire Netflix/Prime Video list, eaten up almost all your snack supply and talked to everyone on your caller list - what is next? 

Well, boredom/anger/frustration and more importantly, #MajorMissing for life as you knew it. But, if you are getting ready to wallow in misery, here's a thought - how about using this absolutely legal, paid-for me-time for a complete makeover - body, mind and soul?

"Self-isolating is actually the time to really get your habits in order. Like people say ‘I don’t have time to meditate’ or ‘I forget to drink water’. Anything you do for 21 days turns into a habit, so right now is the time to build those sustainable habits that you will stick to even after the world returns to its mad pace. It’s a good time to set holistic goals," says beauty and wellness expert, Vasudha Rai.   

vasudha rai

So, here are her tips to not feel absolutely sh****y about yourself and use this time to get fabulous-errr...

Mind

Switch your tea: "Tulsi tea is a great way to calm anxiety. Professor Mark Cohen has called Tulsi the ‘yoga for the mind’ because unlike caffeine it relaxes and energises you at the same time. You must reduce your coffee and tea consumption during this period because you don’t need it now that you are not as active."

Share the happiness: "It is good to have a gratitude group with your friends or family (instead of sharing doomsday prophecies and WhatsApp forwards) where you can share all the things you are grateful for or are positive about today."

Just breathe: "Meditation may not suit everyone especially if you are prone to anxiety or depression because then it will probably make you feel worse. So, find what suits you best. You can try alternative nostril breathing exercises that keep our nasal passages clear. If you do this regularly, you will see over time that you don’t get a cough or cold and your skin become clearer. Taking deep diaphragmatic breaths stimulates your lymph nodes and helps detox your body."

sleep

Sleep better: You can also try out guided meditations if you feel anxious during the evening time. If you like listening to music, look for sound healing videos. Those who find it harder to sleep at night can check out videos for Yoga Nidra. There are thousands of such videos, so choose anyone that works for you. An hour of Yoga Nidra done properly amounts to about 3-4 hours of good sleep.

Body

Detox your beauty regime: "If you are used to going to the salon frequently I would say that you take a break and just detoxify. You can swap getting your hair coloured for oiling that will really help with the brittleness and roughness. I love using this combination made by mixing equal parts of castor oil, Moringa oil and apricot oil. It’s okay, you may have few greys here and there but your hair quality will become so much better during this month.

Hands off!: "Corona has made us do the one thing that dermatologists over the world have been telling us for decades – Keep your hands off your face. We have also started eating more home-cooked food. So, your skin will naturally look better."

oil pulling

Quick fixes: "April is a really good month to detox your body. Try eating 5 freshly blossomed Neem leaves on an empty stomach for three weeks with warm water to detox your liver. The other thing you can do is to apply honey on your face, the first thing in the morning and then go about your day. The purer the honey, the better the results will be. It is a good anti-bacterial and you can keep it on for hours because it does not dry out your skin. I also suggest oil pulling, which is a really good detox for your mouth. Another thing is to spritz good quality steam distilled rose water (NOT the essential oil rose water) directly in your eyes to instantly feel refreshed." 

Food (For the Soul)

Eat mindfully: "As far as food is concerned, eat anything but stay away from refined flour (maida), too much sugar and outside food, of course. I never say no to any food because the key is to eat in moderation. Most importantly, *do not waste food*. If you think about it, the crops are grown by humans too and they will be in isolation for at least a month. So, we might have a subsequent shortage of food. Respect your food and finish everything on your plate, so that you learn a  lesson to take smaller portions next time. 

Time your fruits: "Eating fruits depends on your lifestyle. So, if you are on your couch watching television the entire day and then, eat six servings of fruits, they are obviously not that good for you. If you want to have a lot of fruits the best time to do that is in the morning. According to Ayurveda, you should eat raw food before noon, so you can have fruits for your breakfast."

Drink water: "I can guarantee that 75 per cent of the readers do not drink enough water. But use all this time to get into the habit of hydrating. I used to be like that and go the whole day without drinking water only to wake up in the middle of the night parched and down a gallon of water, which is so bad for your sleep quality."

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