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Yelling less is something I have been practising very consciously for over a year and a half now.

Although I have faltered, stumbled, picked myself up, fallen again and repeated that process, what I have come to understand is that everything has its place in the overall structure of our lives.

If it weren’t for my Yelling Less challenge, I would never have gotten back into blogging with a renewed energy and enthusiasm that I find today. If it hadn’t been for my willingness to finally speak about my Depression and Bipolar struggle, I would have hardly known the far-reaching impact that a post like that can have on people all over the world!

It seemed very opportune then that almost instinctively, I signed up for the 1000 Voices for Compassion project. Read this post to know all about it!

The overwhelming response to my Depression Post motivated me to think about what I should truly focus on as my topic for the 20th of February. 

Torn as I was between celebrating the milestones in my personal Yelling Less journey versus enabling more people to learn and value the importance of Mental Illness, I chose the latter.

Why, you ask?

Because these are all the stories that we need to tell. Every single voice raised in unity can take us that one step closer to a positive energy , designed to help the world.

So, as ironic as it seems, on the 20th of February and every time I can, I shall be raising my voice: not to yell at my frustrations, but to bring awareness, any way I can, to the stigma and pain that surrounds Mental Illness.

We all need compassion in our lives. A little more never hurt anyone.

Watch this space on the 20th of February for a very special Q and A session I will be hosting, on the subject of Mental Health. My only request is that you share that post as much as you can so it gets the attention of everyone who either fights Mental Illness as a victim or as a caregiver. It will also help dispel the myths and taboos surrounding the issue and hopefully, encourage more people to share their stories.

Let’s do our bit to add to the Happiness and Kindness quotient in this world.

You can also follow the hashtag on Twitter : #1000Speak

Categories: Life Lessons

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


tulika singh · February 16, 2015 at 1:47 am

It needs a lot of courage to share stories such as yours, to accept that you faltered and picked yourself up whether it is about yelling less or about depression. Your story was inspiring. Waiting for Nov 20.

Aparna · February 16, 2015 at 5:21 am

Lovely to hear that the great response on your post has encouraged you to do even more :). All the very best and looking forward to the 20th Feb post!

Rachna · February 16, 2015 at 5:27 am

Look forward to the post. It is a topic that needs to be spoken about much more.

Priya Prakash · February 16, 2015 at 6:20 am

Looking forward to reading more.!

Keirthana · February 16, 2015 at 8:48 am

Looking forward to the post! It takes a lot of guts to show our scars to the world and talk about the lessons we learnt and how we learnt them. Hats off Shailaja!

Rajlakshmi · February 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

Isn't it amazing how blogging brings so many souls together. It's a beautiful act when we share our thoughts and spread love and joy. I am still thinking on what to write …

KParthasarathi · February 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

A very laudable step indeed.I read your earlier post and will surely read your post on 20th.The desire to help others is admirable.

Jess · February 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

I love the combination of yelling less and raising your voice for awareness and compassion. I could probably stand to have a Yelling Less challenge of my own… I am quick to raise my voice when frustrated and it's not all that useful or kind, so I should tone it down unless absolutely necessary (like for safety, or a really infuriating situation…but even then…). You inspire me to do better in that area. Great post! · February 16, 2015 at 7:17 pm

Good luck with the post, Shy. And much congratulations on the milestones and at having emerged stronger than ever before 🙂

Lollipop Goldstein · February 17, 2015 at 3:39 am

I love this line: “I shall be raising my voice: not to yell at my frustrations, but to bring awareness, any way I can, to the stigma and pain that surrounds Mental Illness.” Such a powerful thought; that our words can make a difference.

Balaka Basu · February 17, 2015 at 12:47 pm

You have truly inspired me…I admire your courage and detremination… personally I have started following your 'less yelling' strategy…and surely I would be sharing your post on 20th feb…

Kathy Combs · February 19, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Yelling less means less drama…and works for me. Much rather use up energy laughing. 🙂

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