Mann Ki ABC

37 Episodes

By: HT Smartcast Originals

Has the hustle-bustle of your daily life left you stressed out? Are you feeling anxious? First, know that it’s completely okay to not be okay. And then know that Host Anshuma Kshetrapal, Psychotherapist and Meditation Coach, is here to help you feel better. Mann ki ABC is all about making your mental health a priority. Tune in for some mindfulness tips, guided meditation practices, and inspiring interviews that may just ground, calm, and focus you. Woh kya hai na, Mann ki ABC samajh lo toh life thodi aur easy ho jayegi.

K se Kinesthetic Awareness

We are unfair to ourselves. Apni understanding ke liye, concepts ko simplify karne ke chakkar mein, humne apne body aur mind ke sciences ko alag alag kar diya - physical health aur mental health. But the truth is that the body and mind are connected; by that definition, we are holistic organisms. Now that we know our emotions affect our physicality and vice versa, let's find out how can we use this superpower to the best of our capabilities. In this episode, psychotherapist, Anshuma Kshetrapal, will help us understand what Kinesthetic Awareness is, how our bodies and minds react to...

J se Joy wala Meditation

In this episode of Mann Ki ABC, host Anshuma shares her experience with J for Joy guided meditation. Tune in as she walks you through this beautiful meditation technique that can help you cultivate joy, gratitude, and inner peace in your life. Get ready to feel refreshed and rejuvenated! To stay connected, follow HT Smartcast on Instagram:

I for India ki Digital Safety

When it comes to safe spaces, the virtual space is as important as the physical space, considering how 2 whole generations today are digital natives. So how do we ensure that our digital spaces are equally regulated and protected? On Safer Internet Day this year, one of the biggest stakeholders in the digital world, took a giant leap in strengthening its commitment to people’s safety. Listen to host Anshuma Kshetrapal speak to Antigone Davis, VP and Global Head of Safety, Meta on how the company introduced various safety measures for women and children online on Facebook and Instagram.

H se Heartbreak

In today's episode of "Mann ki Abc," we explore the topic of heartbreak. While it can cause immense pain and loss of trust, heartbreak has also inspired art forms like poetry and films. As humans, we're always planning for the future, but it's important to accept heartbreak as a natural part of life. As a therapist, Anshuma emphasizes allowing yourself to feel the pain and go through the healing process rather than trying to become immune to it. Remember, it's okay to feel a range of physical and emotional symptoms during heartbreak, and kindness and patience are key to recovery.

G se Gut Feeling

Exams se pehle, loved one se ladhne par, boss ki daant khaan se kabhi pet kharaab hua hai? Has your stomach ever gone for a toss before a big event? Isn't it strange, how our mental health is often related to our gut health, the effects of which we feel the most when we experience anxiety and depression? In this episode, psychotherapist Anshuma Kshetrapal, explains the how, what, and why of our gut feelings. She explains why scientists call our gut our 2nd brain. She shares with us a guided movement meditation to help us connect with and listen to...

F se Fight, Flight ya Freeze

The Vagus nerve that connects the brain and gut responds to our stress and fear. Studies show that in this modern world, our Flight, Fight and Freeze mode is constantly on resulting in you being annoyed and irritated. In this episode learn what hormones release in the body when you experience shock and stress. Do you want to know how to deal with that stress? To know listen to this episode of Mann ki ABC.

E se Energy

We always behave according the energy of any space. In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses the connection of your energy level with the spaces and people around you. In psychological terms energy is known be a biologically manifested mental health which means energy becomes as a bridge between our biology and psychology. If you wonder what is the literal meaning of energy? If you really want to know, then listen to mann ki ABC.

D for Dissociation

Aksar aisa hota hai ki hum apni body aur apne environments se disconnect ho jaatein hain. Iss phenomenon ko dissociation kehtein hain. In this episode, Host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses dissociation with psychotherapist and dance movement practitioner, Lakshita Malhotra. How does it happen? Is dissociating the same as daydreaming? When does disconnecting from our reality become unhealthy? Why are we as a society still dissociating? What can we do to stay aware? If you keep asking yourself these questions, then listen to this episode of Mann ki ABC.

C for Creativity

Creativity involves the use of skills and imagination to make or do new things. It's best for problem-solving and is inclusive of all. Par kya aap poore dil se, full confidence mein, apne aapko creative bula saktein hain? Maybe not. But, you're not alone. Even the most creative person has so much self-doubt. That's why host Anshuma Kshetrapal, brings to you this episode on creativity. She creates a judgment-free space where you can address that hesitation that stops you from calling yourself creative. A space where you can express your thoughts and feelings freely through your chosen skill. So, come...

B for Boundaries

Is it easy to say 'no' or even a 'yes' to people around you? Agar nahi, to shayad aapko boundaries ki zaroorat hai. But, you aren't alone in your journey. It's difficult to establish boundaries for everyone to a certain degree because as humans we want to be liked and accepted by our partners, friends and family. But in the process of sacrificing ourselves for everyone, we feel stretched and spent. So, let's tune in to another guided meditation with our host, Anshuma Kshetrapal, as she teaches us how to build and maintain healthy boundaries.

A for Awareness

Awareness yani Jankaari. Simple aur obvious baat ye hai ki humein apne baare mein jitna pata ho utna behtar. But, is being aware a constant state? Do we take all our daily decisions with awareness? And should we even attempt to be self-aware all the time? Or will it lead to overthinking? The best route is to be aware of your present moment, says host Anshuma Kshetrapal. Tune into this guided meditation to find out how you can develop this state of awareness as a skill.

Z For Zest

Do you believe in living life to the fullest and making the most of every day? A sense of excitement, anticipation, and energy is an essential element that nurtures our soul, gives us spirit, and makes us human. People who are zesty are filled with positive energy that radiates from them to others. In it lies true happiness, satisfaction, and a deep sense of value. They exude this energy when they approach life, which can be truly contagious. But why is zest one of the most essential elements we really need to nurture (when it’s so often forgotten), and wh...

Y se Yearning

As humans, we are always yearning either to go back to the past or think of the future, in this thought process of the past and future we even forget to live in the moment. And when it gets to this level, it is an indication that it is not healthy. In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal & her colleague Yashika, a Psychotherapist, discusses how to overcome and regulate your thoughts.

X for X factor | How to understand your own self better?

In the world we are living in, we are always trying to be better, trying to be better than others, trying to be someone we are not in order to please the society. We try to have that X factor which will make us different from others. And we do it so often that we even forget who we really are. In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses how to understand your own self.

W for Worry | Listen to your thoughts

Worrying is a function and through it, our heart is giving us an indication. How to listen to your heart, mind, and body and understand them deep enough to make impactful decisions for your own wellbeing will be discussed. In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses worries about our worldly lives and how it affects our mental peace and physical health.

V For Value System | Importance Of Values

The moment we're all born, we inherit the value system of our family & community. With our own experiences and learnings, we begin to accommodate the established values, norms, or goals of a society. Thus 'values' play an extremely significant role in every phase of our life. While choosing friends, deciding careers, and choosing a life partner we seek resonance with their values. In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses the importance of values and how a slight deviation from our value system can bring monumental changes in our life.

U For Unconscious Mind | Is there an unconscious guiding you and your consciousness?


T For Trust | How have your experiences with trust been?

Trust is not merely a word, its an emotion. An emotion of safety, emotion of comfort. We all have trusted something or someone at some point of time, so what does a sense of comfort feel like? Despite being betrayed you still have the capacity to trust.In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about how can you make conscious decisions for yourself,how can you trust your gut feelings to help you understand that trust is a learnt capacity.

S For Self Esteem | Do you like what you know about yourself?

In the race of trying to please everyone, are you pleased with yourself? In the fast running day to day life, do you take a pause & think of yourself? Its important to love and observe everybody around but loving & discovering yourself is equally important. How can you develop the feeling of self esteem ? In this episode of Mann ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about various factors that build or suppress your self esteem.

R for Rest | Allow Yourself To Rest

Almost everyone has felt exhausted at some point, but how many times do we refrain from resting because we think it's unproductive or unimportant? Social pressures, demanding bosses — there are a lot of reasons we choose to push ourselves to work longer and harder. But nothing is more important than your mental and physical health. In this episode of Mann Ki ABC, host Anshuma Kshetrapal reminds you to prioritize self-care and give love to yourself. Slowing down, taking a break, or doing less. It's okay. You are loved and worthy regardless. Take care of yourself & replenish your energy in whatever wa...

Q for Queerness | Is being Queer really a choice ?

What is Queerness? Is sexual orientation or gender identity a choice or it's biologically determined? What it's like to be termed "different" or not normative by society? and how does it affect one's mental health? To answer all such questions, host Anshuma Kshetrapal gets in conversation with Shruti Garg- Drama and Movement Therapist, Queer Affirmative therapist, Theatre Artist, and a budding comic. Additionally, the conversation touches on how very basic choices like clothing do not fit societal norms and can lead to mental downfall. Tune in to know more about Q se Queerness!

P for Psychotherapy | Does it really help?

What a big word to describe this really small act of 2 people sitting and talking. But, is that it or there’s more to it? Why do people opt for therapy? What really happens inside that room? Does it really help? In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about ins and outs of Psychotherapy and answers the smallest of your questions to help you understand it deeply.

O for Openness | Manage and reduce your stress

People high in openness are motivated to seek new experiences and to engage in self-examination. But what is openness or open-mindedness? How to service yourself by practicing openness? In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about why open-mindedness is important for a celebrated personality trait.

N for Nurture | A necessity, not a luxury

Nurturing ourselves starts with identifying our needs. Take the time to reflect on your deepest yearnings and longings. Think about where you’re feeling empty. What do you need to 'Nurture yourself'? In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about why nurturing yourself is a necessity, and not a luxury.

M for Mindfulness | Dimaag, Dil, Shareer aur Shaanti

There are countless ways to apply mindfulness in your everyday life. In this episode, Anshuma Kshetrapal interacts with Anubha Doshi, psychologist, Mindful Based Practitioner, founder and director at Artsphere and Soulsphere, Pune about the importance of mindfulness and explore some of the reasons why you should be practicing it.

L for loneliness - What happens in your body when you're lonely?

In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal touches upon the word 'L' and explain the difference between loneliness & being lonely. Why does this feeling still exist even after being connected with so many things & so many people? Tune in to this episode to know more!

K for Kindness - the difference between kindness & being kind

In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal touches upon the word 'K' and explain the difference between Kindness & being kind. Why self-criticism is not motivating and why self-compassion can work better for you? Tune in to this episode to know more!

J for Job stress - Should we be normalizing our stress?

While stress at work is common, should we be normalizing our stress? Productivity, efficiency, expectation ke neeche dabb toh nahi rahe aapke baaki armaan? In this episode, let's pause and think about that.

I for Insomnia - Insomnia: Causes, Risks & Treatments

In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks to Nishi Joshi, Dance Movement Therapist, Associate at The Color of Grey Cells to understand what insomnia actually is and how mind & body coordination helps in your sleep cycle.

H for Happiness - Happiness goal hai ya journey?

What is happiness? The definition of happiness is different for everybody. Lots and lots of research has proven ki happiness ka composition bahut personal hota hai. In this episode, Anshuma Kshetrapal unravels the actual meaning of happiness. Kya humesha positive rehna sahi hai? Happiness goal hai ya journey? And a lot more , in this episode. Tune in for a relaxing meditation session.

G for Grief - Coping with grief and loss

Grief shabd sun kar hi thoda bhari sa lagta hai. Grief is a long process and a very personal one. Everyone experiences loss in their own unique ways. But, how do I deal with this loss? Will it always feel like this? In this episode, Anshuma Kshetrapal shares a story of one of her clients, coping with grief, and how she found herself all over again.

F for frustration - How to deal with frustration?

Frustration. Aakhir yeh Frustration hota kya hai? Aur yeh kyun hota hai? We all are quite familiar with this term. In this episode, Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about frustration and teaches how to deal with it. She also makes the listeners meditate. Tune in, now.

E for Emotions - Why do you restrict yourself from expressing the right emotions

The perspective of your emotions or expressions depends on your culture. Some cultures celebrate emotions and some don't. Yeh toh scientific research se prove ho gaya hai ki expressions are necessary. Different people have different ways to express themselves. In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about expressions and emotions, why one is not comfortable in expressing them and more.

D for Dialogue - What do you mean by your dialogue?

Humari relationships aur communication se humari mental health pe kya asar padhta hai? In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal talks about what dialogue means in the language of mental health and shares some tips and tricks to resolve conflicts in human relationships. Tune in for this class on ‘D for Dialogues’.

C for Calm - Calmness ka asli matlab kya hai?

Sab chahte hai ki woh ek calm and peaceful life jiye. But calm hone ka asli matlab kya hai? Is calm the absence of our emotions? In today’s episode, our host Anshuma Kshetrapal discusses calmness and peace and shares some hacks and tips with her listeners. Tune in for this class on calmness.

B for Breathe - How to breathe better

Kya sirf stress ya anxiety ke time hi breathing pe humara dhyaan jana chahiye? Is this a negative connection? Anshuma Kshetrapal is back with the second episode and this time she shares some hacks on breathing. Feeling stressed and surrounded with negativity, then this episode is for you. Don’t forget to take this class on breathing! Tune in, now!

A for Arrive - Mind aur Body ka connection kya hai

Kya hum guided meditation se physical anxiety aur stress ko kam kar sakte hain? Let's find out. In this episode, host Anshuma Kshetrapal, helps you connect deeper with your body and mind so you don’t lose calm during important moments of your life. Listen in to check in with your body, relax, and let go of all distractions.