I’m 26 and have been in three fairly strong relationships. I realise I tend to gain weight the minute I have a boyfriend, then get fit when I’m single. Am I meant to be fit only when I’m alone?
—Aakriti Jalan, Via email
Weight gain in a relationship is often a sign of feeling secure and comfortable. This is not an inherently bad thing. However, it’s important not to lose sight of personal goals entirely. Take that comfort and security into a new arena and work towards your fitness goals with your partner. A weekly run together can be just as much fun as a high-calorie romantic dinner.
I have a weird turn-off: when guys wear jewellery, I can’t get myself to feel attraction, irrespective of how perfect everything else is. Is something wrong with me?
—VC, On Instagram
Gender normative expectations take time, effort and reframing to unlearn. It’s kind of awesome that guys are choosing to wear jewellery rather than the weight of the world’s expectations. Give them a chance. Potential good thing > bling.
Shaheen Bhatt’s public outing of her own challenges with mental health fuelled discourse about a relatively ignored topic, and made her a role model for young girls to look up to
From HT Brunch, October 25, 2020
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