How painting helps with COVID-19 anxiety

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News of daily infection and mortality rates plus the months of social isolation will take a toll on anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts believe that after the very real issue of infection by this new virus, a mental health crisis will soon follow. To mitigate the stress and anxiety brought on by recent events, people should take art therapy and learn painting, says Vijaya Prakash Boggala.
Painting and art therapy, in general, offer a lot of benefits for mental health. Painting can help one recover self-esteem – something that might be in short supply as the thought of sickness and mortality confront us on a daily basis during this difficult time. By creating a work of art, you’ll see your life as something valuable despite what the statistics we see on the news might signify.

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Self-quarantine will actually give many of us opportunities to confront and be challenged by our own emotions. When this happens, an outlet like painting, will allow us to process these complex feelings and resolve them. Painting will provide us with an avenue of self-discovery like other fields of art.
Of course, discovering emotions is different from releasing their pent-up energies. Since painting is a mode of self-expression, we are converting the chaos in our chests or our heads and clarifying them. This helps us regain balance and composure in the face of uncertainty.
Finally creating art allows us to relieve stress. It makes us feel productive even though we might perceive self-quarantine and social isolation as traps. Painting helps us relax and make beautiful things that help us look forward to brighter days, explains Vijaya Prakash Boggala.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts. He also enjoys a variety of arts and DIY projects. Head over to this blog for similar reads.

How are tennis stars coping with COVID-19

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COVID-19 has affected the world in ways that no one could have predicted. For an illness that’s known to attack people with weaker health aggressively, it’s surprising to see even professional athletes getting it. This is why, for the sake of everyone’s health, most public events like matches, press conferences, and exhibition games have been canceled. Even a sport like tennis where players are often more than six feet away from each other has been had their live events canceled. According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, this is to ensure the safety of the audience and the staff tending to the venue, the game, and the players.

It came as a shock to the world of tennis hearing that the world’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, tested positive for COVID-19. Both Djokovic and his wife both tested positive after arriving in Belgrade to get tested. Thankfully, their children tested negative for the virus, and Djokovic is not showing any of the symptoms. He believes he and his wife contracted the disease while they were on tour, helping establish up and coming tennis players from South Eastern Europe. The philanthropic idea was to help raise funds and awareness for these amazing talents.

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Meanwhile, with the ATP Tour put on hold, several tennis stars have done their part to help the community combat the epidemic, according to Vijaya Prakash Boggala. Juan Sebastian Cabal has launched an initiative to help some of the most vulnerable people in his hometown of Cali, Colombia. Juan Martin del Porto has donated the shoes he wore in his 2013 Wimbledon semi-finals match against Djokovic to a charity auction that supported the Ramon Santamarina Hospital in Tandil, Argentina.

<ahref=”https://twitter.com/vpboggala”>Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects, as well as sports. More on Vijaya’s sports interests here.

Why photography is a great pastime during the pandemic

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A large portion of America is following strict stay at home orders, social distancing etiquette, and self-isolating in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This has been their situation for the past few months and a lot of Americans are stressed out with the situation and their newfound time with little to do. This is why amateur photographer Vijaya Prakash Boggala suggest photography as a pastime during the pandemic. Here are his reasons why.

Photography is mostly a solo adventure
Photography isn’t a team activity so you can safely go about and capture your neighborhood safely. It doesn’t break any social distancing issues unless you take an extreme close-up of someone else. In fact, you can go through an entire day of photography without even making human contact.

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Unique subjects
What makes today’s outdoors a lot more unique is the fact that there are less people out than normal. This can create unique photography moments. Imagine that street corner that’s always filled with pedestrians? What does it look like now? All around the world, photographers are sharing their work, showing what their world is now. These shots may be a once in a lifetime opportunity given that this occurrence has never been experienced before.

Good exercise
People who are stuck at home often end up doing the same routine exercises to stay in shape. But if you want to have some Vitamin D and give your body a bit of a workout safely, then cityscape and landscape photography is the way to go. According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, photography lets us to move around to get new perspectives, see things differently, and forces us to move, which in itself is good exercise.

Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. More on Vijaya’s work and interests here.

Why photography is a great pastime during the pandemic

A large portion of America is following strict stay at home orders, social distancing etiquette, and self-isolating in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This has been their situation for the past few months and a lot of Americans are stressed out with the situation and their newfound time with little to do. This is why amateur photographer Vijaya Prakash Boggala suggest photography as a pastime during the pandemic. Here are his reasons why.

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Photography is mostly a solo adventure
Photography isn’t a team activity so you can safely go about and capture your neighborhood safely. It doesn’t break any social distancing issues unless you take an extreme close-up of someone else. In fact, you can go through an entire day of photography without even making human contact.

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Unique subjects
What makes today’s outdoors a lot more unique is the fact that there are less people out than normal. This can create unique photography moments. Imagine that street corner that’s always filled with pedestrians? What does it look like now? All around the world, photographers are sharing their work, showing what their world is now. These shots may be a once in a lifetime opportunity given that this occurrence has never been experienced before.

Good exercise
People who are stuck at home often end up doing the same routine exercises to stay in shape. But if you want to have some Vitamin D and give your body a bit of a workout safely, then cityscape and landscape photography is the way to go. According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, photography lets us to move around to get new perspectives, see things differently, and forces us to move, which in itself is good exercise.

Vijaya Prakash Boggalahas written a number of medical abstracts for scholarly journals. An artisan at heart, he also enjoys the arts and is particularly fond of DIY projects. More on Vijaya’s work and interests here.

ATP stars play on digital center court amidst COVID-19

Rafael Nadal has faced many challenges both in his professional tennis career and in life, overcoming all of them like the champ that he is. For a person of his stature, it’s hard to believe that there is one thing he fumbles with: technology.

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Instagram Live has become an entertainment outlet for stars to uplift the spirits of their fans while they stay at home as they do their part in flattening the curve. Nadal enlisted the help of his good mates and two of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, for an Instagram Live session. A fan of tennis and the players, Vijaya Prakash Boggala shares it took Rafa a good few minutes before he could get the session going.

Nadal’s live session with Federer was a display of their undeniable brotherhood, as they caught up with each other with questions about their families and everyday activities. Nadal was quick to ask about Federer’s post knee surgery recovery. The Swiss shared that the first six weeks of the surgery were quick and pleasant, but the succeeding ones are proving to be slow due to the quarantine.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala says Murray took Federer’s spot when the Swiss bade adieu. The Scot shared with Rafa that his hip surgery went well and that the toughest thing he’s facing now is homeschooling his youngsters. Before the Spaniard got to work his Instagram Live session, Murray wrote, “He can win 52 French Opens, but not work Instagram.” They surely know how to tease the fans with their friendship.

Vijaya Prakash Boggal wrotes medical abstracts and has contributed to the 2011 article “A mortal case of moonshine.” He enjoys watching tennis, cricket, basketball, and other live sports. For similar reads, head over to this blog.

 

Tennis world creates ruckus over French Open rescheduling

The world came to a standstill due to COVID-19. The risk of it spreading further is something national, and business leaders must avoid at all costs. With the NBA canceling its season and the Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for 2021, Roland Garros management is taking a different path.

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The Fédération Française de Tennis announced mid-March that Roland Garros, which usually starts in May, will be rescheduled to September. The decision made by the tennis federation was unbeknownst to the rest of the tennis world, notes tennis fan Vijaya Prakash Boggala. While it was done to prevent players and fans from the threat of COVID-19, it’s causing confusion, stirring up anger among the top-ranked athletes.

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The FFT scheduled Roland Garros a week following the US Open, coinciding with the Laver Cup. Twelve-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has not been very vocal about the issue but is expected by many to boycott the event. US Open organizers threw major shade to the FFT, saying, “At a time when the world is coming together, we recognize that such as decision should not be made unilaterally.” According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, the statement also mentioned that the consultation must include the ATP, WTA, the ITF, and partners, including the Laver Cup.

Vasek Pospisil, a Canadian professional tennis player and member of ATP’s Player Council, voiced his dismay, calling the decision “selfish and arrogant.” Many ATP and WTA players found out about the switch on social media and aired their frustration on the same platform.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala has written medical abstracts for published medical literature and have contributed to a study titled “A mortal case of moonshine,” published in 2011. During his free time, he enjoys watching live sports such as tennis, cricket, and basketball. Click here for similar reads.

Must-have craft tools and supplies for the DIY enthusiast

Medical abstractor Vijaya Prakash Boggala enjoys working on DIY projects during his free time. Through the years, he has completed many projects. He shares with fellow DIY enthusiasts some must-have items that can help in improving the quality of projects.

Wire-cutters

More advanced DIY projects might require this tool. While some cut wires with shears or scissors, this could be dangerous. Wire-cutters prevent sharp ends from metal cords. Getting a cutter that’s light and easy to use is a good investment, especially for those who want to try using wires and cords for their next projects.

Glue gun

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A hot glue gun is an important addition to every crafter’s toolbox. This DIY essential is available in office and craft supplies stores. These days, there are different types of glue guns with different temperatures for various materials. For starters, Vijaya Prakash Boggala suggests investing in a multi-temperature glue gun that will work with various materials and surfaces.

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Craft knives and cutters

Long-time crafters know that scissors can only do so much, especially for more delicate kinds of paper or for materials like wood and clay. Getting a set of craft knives and cutters will make the process more efficient. It is also a safer tool than using all-purpose scissors.

Precision and care are important in DIY projects. These tools will help crafters turn their home projects into professional-looking artworks.

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Tennis talk: A recap on the blissful decade

The last 10 years seem to have flown by fast, especially when the tennis players who finished at the top then are still the ones finishing at the top now. Some chose to lead a simpler life off tour, trading their intense training sessions for business meetings and bridal showers.

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic have still finished at the top in 2019, a familiar sight for tennis fans since 2009. After experiencing several setbacks over the past years, the three have emerged stronger and better than before. Andy Roddick and Andy Murray are still strong forces in the tennis world but for different good reasons, says Vijaya Prakash Boggala.

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With young contenders both in men’s and women’s tennis, the game has reached new levels. In WTA, Serena Williams never left the scene, for positive and negative reasons, while Venus Williams remains the more low-key winner in the family. Justine Henin had a tearful exit back in 2011. Maria Sharapova, undeniably the most diverse among the pack, was subject to a two-year suspension for doping. Finding the silver lining, Maria went on to train harder and make her sweets—Sugarpova—a global candy brand.

Young contenders such as Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka, and Coco Gauff are set to make the next decade more exciting and high-impact for WTA. Alex Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Nick Krygios have become household names in the men’s circuit. For loyal tennis fans, seeing Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic playing their best after many years is always a treat.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts. He is a huge tennis fan. For more tennis reads, visit this blog.

Focus on these things to improve your photography game

Whether as a hobby or a future career, photography should be pursued with excellence and commitment. There are many things one can do to improve their skills in photography. From actual shooting skills to editing abilities, there is always room for improvement.

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Find inspiration. Many beginner photographers follow professional shutterbugs to find motivation and inspiration for how they approach the art. While this can be controversial to some, it is a surefire way to get the creative juices flowing. Part of being a good photographer is being a confident director, explains Vijaya Prakash Boggala. To learn how to direct a model, one can be a model for a professional photographer first. Look closely how they interact with their subject. Take notes if possible.

It’s typical for a photographer to lean toward one discipline of photography; get out of the comfort zone. Shoot weddings, photograph wildlife, capture moments in sports. According to Vijaya Prakash Boggala, dabbling on one or two disciplines can give one fresh perspectives. Reading the camera’s manual is not a waste of time. This will help one learn the ins and outs of their camera.

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Apply what’s written in the manual. Shoot in manual mode, and make the most out of what the camera can do. Manual mode gives one the total control over their camera and their shots. Remember to ask for feedback. One must let others see their work, ask them for feedback, and receive them with a positive attitude.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala writes medical abstracts. He is also honing his photography skills, with action photography, slow shutter speed photography, and landscape photography among his favorite approaches. For more updates, visit this page.

Essential materials that should be in your arts and crafts kit

Crafters and DIY aficionados need quality materials to turn their vision into finished work. Medical abstractor Vijaya Prakash Boggala works as a medical abstractor. He spends his free time expressing himself through art and photography. For a more efficient storage area or workspace, here are some of the must-haves for a productive time dabbling in do-it-yourself projects.

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Cutting tools: Scissors, cutters, trimmers, and knives are some of the basic tools you must have in your toolbox. When working on DIY projects, sometimes it’s not enough to have just one pair of scissors, especially when working with materials other than paper. Using high-quality cutting tools will come in handy for different projects and everyday tasks.

Adhesives: Tapes, all-purpose glue, wood glue, sealer, and a glue gun should be in your kit. Tapes and all-purpose glue are good for kiddie crafts. But for those who want to work on bigger projects, stronger adhesives are required. And when assembling small parts, a glue gun might keep things in place.

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Brushes: For art enthusiasts like Vijaya Prakash Boggala, having paintbrushes of different sizes is a good investment for those who dabble in arts and crafts. Aside from painting, having different applicators can be useful in assembling and finishing projects.

Writing and coloring tools: Investing in good pencils, pens, markers, and coloring materials is a must. Instead of grabbing what’s available, it’s always better to have quality materials even when working on projects with little kids.

A successful DIY project depends on the skills of the crafter. Having reliable materials will make working easier and less time-consuming.

Vijaya Prakash Boggala is a resident of Greensboro, NC and a doting father. His interests include watch live sports, painting, photography, and DIY projects. For related posts, visit this blog.