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I'm here at this beautiful boutique property called Bay 15 on Odxel Beach, close to central Goa. Just two kilometres from Dona Paula and about 10 minutes drive from Panaji. So close to all the bustle of those touristy spots and yet so serene in its seclusion. This is a different pace from my usual Goan holiday, where I'm trying to savour many different experiences within the span of a few days. This beach, that restaurant, this spa, that sport, this drink, that dish... It's what we do in the big city and find hard to divest ourselves of when we travel. This time, I've decided to stay in one place and let the peace seep into my pores.
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Anxiety affects the best of us. As much as we try to stay calm, meditate and find avenues to learn to relax, we often fall prey to this vicious beast. For all the external agents that exist almost custom made to affect us, there is a lifejacket that shields us from drowning -- our internal balancing board.
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You know about those nights when you get to bed exhausted and longing for sleep. But when you shut your eyes, your brain refuses to do the same. Terrible, isn't it? A sleepless night full of tossing and turning can be worse than a nightmare. Having suffered recently from insomnia, I found some methods that worked for me.
My usual Saturday, indeed the entire weekend, goes something like this: some retail therapy, a visit to the spa in the afternoon, a play/movie/concert in the evening and often a lunch or dinner with friends. Anyone reading this will feel so envious of my life.