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Importance of communication in marriage. Tips on how to improve

Did you know that open communication with your partner not only strengthens the bond but it also helps the couple to stick with each other through thick and thin? Here’s how to go about it.

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Communication is all about how your message is delivered and how it is received by the person for whom the message is intended
Source: The Indian Express

We all know the importance of communication in our lives. Even a baby tries to communicate what he wants when he can’t speak. A baby who cries can tell his parents that he is hungry or wet and needs a diaper change. As they grow, babies use sign language to communicate or even talk gibberish in order to communicate in their own way. Once they learn how to talk, they are able to communicate better.

But there are many who are shy and therefore their communication skills suffer. They sit in one corner and don’t speak unless spoken to. They may not reply. They are afraid that they might say the wrong thing. Communication is not always easy. This becomes worse when you have a partner. If you are shy, angry and resentful about things in life.

Every marriage has many issues. Arguments are common. There are times when you may not agree on certain things. You may be angry and the only words you can think of are negative, critical and harsh. Words once spoken can’t be taken back. If you have had a fight with your partner/spouse do not communicate right away. Walk away, clear your head, leave the house, call a timeout. Anything to prevent from speaking hurtful things. It is important to express emotions; it is just as important to know when to draw a line.

How to deliver a message

Communication is all about how your message is delivered and how it is received by the person for whom the message is intended. It is a two-way process, involving a sender and a receiver. Effective communication involves not only words but your body language and the voice you use.

Be aware of you tone

When talking, your tone says a great deal about the emotions you’re feeling.  Pay attention to how your tone affects how others respond to you and how they are expressing themselves in return. What comes back to us from others is indicative of what we have originally put out.

Make eye contact

A rule of thumb — if you don’t make good eye contact, it sends a message that you are either evading something, hiding something, or simply not interested or even lying.  Eye contact is critical to communication. It doesn’t mean you stare at the other person. Practice eye contact skills by making eye contact in four to five-second intervals. Keeping eye contact will also help keep your attention on them. It will also stop you from rambling.

Make communication effective and meaningful

Verbal and nonverbal communication skills work together when you are trying to convey a message.  You can improve spoken words by using nonverbal gestures. This will help support what you are saying.  Your whole body, as well as your mind, is a powerful channel for communication.

Look for verbal/non-verbal contrasts

While communicating, see if the other person’s words match their non-verbal gestures. Research indicates that when words fail to match up with non-verbal behaviour, people tend to ignore what is being said and focus on non-verbal expressions — moods, thoughts and emotions.

Clarification is important

During communication, it is necessary to check in with your listener to make sure that your message is being understood as it was intended. You should never assume that your listener has the same knowledge or interest in a subject as you. Remember, the person you are communicating with will listen and understand the information that you have sent on their terms. Use communication tricks that include their interests, experiences and background.

Give full attention

Usually, when we are communicating, we end up multi-tasking. This is a strict no-no. Divided attention is actually no attention.  Humans can focus on one thing at a time in order to do things correctly.  During communication, minimise any distractions.

Listening is the process of trying to understand what someone is saying. It is not passive. A conversation is not something where you keep quiet until it’s your turn to speak again.

Be careful of what you say

Be careful of what you say during a fight. What you say during a fight will create a long-lasting impression. And however much you apologise later, the damage would have been done.  Remember, every angry word has some truth and your partner will not forget the words that you say in your moment of rage. When you have cooled down, then sit down and talk.

It is important to listen to the other person. If you are not being heard, let your spouse know that they are not listening; they are hearing but not listening. Communication is a two-way process. People need to listen to each other; it is a sign of respect and understanding.

Why communication is crucial to marriage

After you get married, you will understand that the reason behind the success of any marriage is communication. It gives the couples an opportunity to strengthen their bond and help with to stick through thick and thin. Here are a few reasons why communication is important in a marriage.

Facilitates respect

A good communication quotient means that the conversations avoid any kind of disrespect, sarcasm, ridicule and accusations. It consists of conversations that enhance respect between the two. It is important that you do not let down the other person. Listen to what they have to say. Do not interrupt in the middle of a conversation.

Spending quality time

Studies show that many couples only spend 15 minutes a week having meaningful conversations. Working full-time and using all the free time to make up the time lost with children makes it difficult to take time out for each other. Learn to multi-task and take up simple household activities together. This will help you have sufficient time throughout the week to catch up and bond with each other. Activities like a walk and driving places together can benefit.

Be ready to communicate

While it is important to have frequent, quality and respectful conversations; it is also crucial that you as a spouse are listening. Many bad conversations start with either one of the spouse’s developing the habit to dominate the conversation. It is also the responsibility of the listener to look interested, maintain eye contact and show involvement.

Good way to retrospect

Having good communication with your partner is an excellent way to retrospect the nature and behaviour of yourself and your spouse. You can gain insight into yourself, your personality and your behaviour. Good communication in a marriage is based on trust and faith. Your spouse has the right to know everything about yourself. This is only possible if there is two-way communication and transparency in your relationship through open communication.

When you practice these tips, you will end up listening actively, focusing on the other person and have an understanding of the other person. You will be able to empathize with what your partner is trying to tell you. This will, in the long run, help you to strengthen the marriage bond.

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What you need to know about Transient Ischaemic Attack

Winter is here. Therefore, it is important to diagnose Transient Ischaemic Attacks. This can help to identify a patient who is at risk for subsequent stroke and prevent the same

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Transient Ischaemic Attack
Source: @Oklahoma Heart Hospital

An episode of stroke in any family is devastating. The sad part is that it can result in premature death and lifelong disability. In India, the incidence rate of stroke is estimated to be 119-145 per lakh. This means that there are 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of strokes annually. Unfortunately, when we do not heed the warning signs of stroke, we end up becoming victims of this devastating episode.

One such sign is a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. The risk of stroke in the first three months after a TIA is 2-17%. About 33% of those with a history of TIA have a major stroke within a year if not treated. Hence, it is important to raise awareness about TIA so we can alert ourselves regarding the subsequent stroke.

TIA cause

When the blood flow to the brain cuts off for a short while (less than 5 minutes) it causes transient neurological symptoms. This is similar to observed in stroke but is rapidly reversible. This is known as TIA. TIA is also referred to as mini-stroke because it is like a miniature version of a full-blown stroke. It causes less damage but it sure needs emergency care without delay.

The difference

When an artery that is supplying blood to the brain gets blocked due to a blood clot, it causes oxygen starvation resulting in TIA. In a TIA, such a temporary clog is generally pushed along and is broken down. The normal flow of blood to the brain returns quickly.

Symptoms of a TIA usually subside within an hour (typically less than 15 minutes) but may last up to 24 hours in some cases. In an ischemic stroke, the brain goes oxygen-deprived for a longer period. This causes more damage and brings long-lasting effects that can be fatal and cause permanent disability or death.

Risk

Apart from the risks that are not under our control like age and family history, generally, women have a higher risk of stroke/TIA than men. Obesity, carotid artery disease, high BP, high cholesterol, Diabetes, and preexisting heart conditions are also found to increase the odds of stroke/TIA. Excess smoking, alcohol consumption, eating foods high in cholesterol, and using drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin can increase the risk.

Symptoms

We must attempt to remember the term FAST — Face, Arms, Speech, Time. These are seen if a person is having a TIA. These include:

The facial droop may be observed where the eyes or mouth may droop to one side. One may also experience trouble smiling.

Problems related to speech such as slurred, garbled, or difficult to understand. Also, one may find it difficult to gather the right words.

Weakness or numbness of limbs may be experienced.

There might be trouble lifting or holding up the arms.

One may also notice balance and coordination related troubles, blindness or transient blurring of vision, inability to move one side of the body, dizziness, confusion, and difficulties in understanding others.

Changes to make

After knowing about TIA, it is important to make efforts to have a better lifestyle and adopt preventive measures to reduce the risk of experiencing a TIA/stroke. These include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco.
  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Having a check on the excessive intake of salt and fats
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keeping away from recreational drugs.
  • Maintaining ideal body weight.

Following the advice of the specialist and or timely treatment plan for heart disease, Diabetes and other health conditions can go a long way in managing TIA. A person can live a healthy life for a long time.

Management

Diagnosis is generally established through a full body physical examination. Neurological tests and various imaging techniques (MRI, Angiography), medications like blood-thinners, anti-cholesterol medications with or without the use of minimally invasive procedures (carotid angioplasty/stenting) and surgical procedures (Carotid endarterectomy) may be advised depending upon the severity of TIA.

When the symptoms of a TIA strike one should get medical help immediately. It must be remembered that there is a lot of uncertainty about whether the blood flow will restore on its own or not. It is impossible to predict if one is having a TIA or stroke because the symptoms are more or less the same. Given the present pandemic, it can lead to blood clots in the vessels supplying the brain. This can subsequently progress to TIA and stroke.

Disclaimer: The article is meant only to create awareness among the people. For any treatment one must always consult a qualified and certified health professional.

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Top 5 online learning tools for your children

Today, parents re looking for overall development of their child. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help sharpen the child’s mind

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Source: @Pew Research Center

Technology has really changed the way we learn today. From a face-to-face tutor to a tutor online to offline classes to online, technology is playing a big role in the education sector. It is providing them with various opportunities.

Not only this, the benefits of e-learning are tremendous. For this reason alone, there has been an exponential boost in the use of online learning platforms.

Learning becomes interesting if the learner enjoys the process. There are many learning tools that make this process effective. E-learning platforms enhance children’s education. It helps them to engage with edutainment videos, fun-packed kits, innovative teaching, and several practical co-curricular activities.

These online courses have an attractive design, suitable graphics, animations, clear instructions and easy language that makes learning fun. The companies provide flexibility to the kids. They can learn at their own pace. Kids are rewarded once they compete in quizzes or chapters. This motivates them to study without outside pressure.

Let’s look at a few such companies.

Class Monitor

It is an Indore-based ed-tech start-up. It caters to today’s needs and provides world-class, comfortable home-based learning. This is an interactive way for early learners in India (0-8). Early childhood development is vital for developing socio-emotional skills. The firm offers fun-packed kits that let you play, teach and bond with your children.

The start-up provides effectively-researched early childhood education programmes blended with traditional and modern learning techniques. It focuses on developing your child fundamentally. It focuses on five core areas: Linguistic skills, logical thinking, sensory and motor skills, cognitive skills, and creativity. The firm’s hybrid early childhood programmes connect real-life learning experiences and hands-on activities with an app designed to help strengthen your children’s learning.

Flintoclass

It’s considered to be a market leader in early childhood education. It transforms homes and classrooms into interesting collaborative activity spaces. The company has innovated the early education industry. It follows the e-commerce subscription model. All learning products and tools are intensively researched. The research center works with parents and early childhood teachers to create an ecosystem conducive to realising each child’s true potential.

Kutuki

It is one of the first early learning apps in India. It uses proprietary stories and song-based lessons to appeal to the youngest students. This interactive app aims to change the minds of young people by creating contextual and multilingual content.

This makes it easy for parents and children to identify with. With over 1 lakh-plus user and over 130 kindergarten subscribers, the firm is entering tier I, II, and III with its regional language content.

Kangaroo Kids

It is an online preschool that balances learning and development suitable for children 2 to 6 years old. Its programme aims to help young children develop critical skills in literacy, emotional intelligence, and social and physical development. The goal is to provide children with a safe and well-structured learning environment. This allows them to develop in a fun and exciting way.

They can explore their curiosity and learn at their own pace. Its unique curriculum helps children learn in a friendly environment while giving parents peace of mind.

Ocky Pocky

It is one of the first interactive English learning apps for preschool children. It has been created by Whizkids in India. It uses Artificial Intelligence/natural learning processes to help children meet their English learning needs. It provides feedback and allows children to build an early vocabulary base through voice, video, and vernacular. It is primarily for non-English speaking families.

Remember, a child learns the most in his first five years of age. In the first five years, experiences and relationships stimulate children’s development, creating millions of connections in their brains. A child’s brain develops connections faster in the first five years than at any other time.

It is therefore important to give the child the best that there is so that he has an all-around development. It will help him get the edge that this competitive world needs today.

Disclaimer: There are several other such platforms in the market today. The attempt here is to introduce a few of them and not to be considered as gospel truth.  Parents can choose whatever is best for their children.

 

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Looking to get recruited? Here are 5 newage technologies for recruitment

There are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

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The present pandemic has made it tough for everybody looking for a job or for a fresher to get hired. It is just as tough for recruiters looking for the right man for the right job. But there are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

It is not just the people who are looking for jobs that find it tough to match their skills with the job. Even recruiters are constantly looking for skilled people to match the job description. Therefore, sourcing and acquiring top talent has always been essential and involves a lot of time and cost for the companies.

However, now, newer technological advancements have made it possible for recruiters in making better hiring decisions and thereby breaking the chain of traditional methods of recruiting. These technological innovations are helping recruiters to plan their hiring processes better and provide the best-fit candidates for the required roles. Several start-ups are using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics to meet the needs of companies.

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most disruptive technologies today. Its potential to evolve and enable innovations is now being leveraged by several industries across the globe, HR is no exception. Integration of AI is aimed at making life easier. This allows HRs to play an increasingly strategic role.

Here are 5 platforms that are leveraging technology to simplify the HR processes.

GetWork

This is a SaaS-based HRTech and EdTech platform. The idea is to democratise job opportunities and empower college placement cells in Tier II and III cities in India. It is a technologically advanced two-way marketplace. It trains students and gives universities access to companies and startups. It connects corporates to over 18,000 placements cells across colleges and private institutes.

Today, there are several challenges. There is also a huge skill gap in students. The challenges faced by talent acquisition and campus recruiters make it tough to hire the right people. GetWork founders managed to recognise the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to build this company as a solution and scale it up through college placement cells.

ReferHire

It was started in 2016. In the last five-six years, it has managed to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) networking platform. It brings together organisations and those seeking new career opportunities on one platform. The Delhi-based firm aims at building transparency and efficiency.

The entire process involves hiring the right candidate. Once the user identifies the companies they are interested in, the firm starts introducing them to peers in those organisations so that they can look out for an opportunity.

iXceed Solutions

This is a talent and workforce solutions services company. It is a service provider to Fortune 500 companies. It primarily focuses on these domains globally: Technology, IT consulting and Engineering Consulting.

The company uses Artificial Intelligence-based recruitment solutions. It creates an in-class experience for both clients and candidates. Its list of clients is impressive and hence those looking for a change in their job or freshers looking to get recruited should at least come here to check out the options. Some of their clients are: Infosys, HCL, Oracle, Mindtree and NIIT.

InCruiter

This was established in 2018. It is an online recruitment platform based on SAAS in the B2B space. It provides an online recruitment marketplace for recruitment agencies and independent recruiters to speed up the hiring process 10 times.

The platform connects specialised recruiters. They have the best track records for matching jobs. Multiple agencies working on a single job with a single point of contact makes hiring fast and efficient. This enables employers to hire accurately. It also saves them cost and time.

The firm helps in finding companies with the best candidates in the shortest time without any hassle of phone calls, emails, invoices, and agreements from multiple vendors.

Instahyre

This is another Delhi-based HR-tech start-up. It is an advanced hiring platform that uses Artificial Intelligence. This means that recruiters can hire top talent effortlessly. Getting the talent and the employer on the same page has never been an easy task.

This is so true in the present scenario of innovation and competition. With revamped technology, it is easy to find a suitable job or suitable candidate. Finding jobs or source talents has become much easier with the help of this firm.

There are several other companies that are in the business of hiring and recruitment. The idea here is to just give a sneak peek into a few of them and not to be considered as a rule of thumb.

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