A guide to successfully conduct AGMs online

With COVID variants threatening the country to go under another lockdown, online AGMs have become the standard way to review a Society’s performance across several verticals.

In this article, let’s explore more about the requirements and purpose of AGMs, how to effectively conduct online meetings, and how ApnaComplex can assist you.   

Mandatory reports

Before commencing the AGM, a report of the previous fiscal year’s income-expense statements, audited balance sheet, performance report of the Management Committee, and the previous AGM’s MOM (minutes of the meeting) needs to be prepared.

For easy access, the MOM can be digitally recorded and uploaded to the ApnaComplex repository and be shared with people who will be taking part in the meeting.  

Sending AGM invites in advance

The AGM invite has to be sent at least 15 days before the meeting to the respective members. The invite can effortlessly be broadcasted to attending members using ApnaComplex via e-mails, SMS, App Notifications, and Notice/Discussion boards. The invite should have the link to the meeting, also the date and time of the meeting.

Appointment of Auditor

The appointment of the Internal and Statutory Auditors is done during the AGM only.

Successfully conducting AGMs online

–          The first step towards conducting a successful online AGM is picking the right platform that enables you to send unique meeting links along with the ID and password.

–          The platform should also enable you to share your screen, allowing virtual presentations.

–          Pick a very user-friendly platform that has a user interface that is easy to navigate. Even non-tech-savvy residents should be able to use it with minimum effort.

–          Before commencing the meeting, ensure that your internet is stable and request other attendees to also have a stable internet. Similarly, insist that the participants turn their video cameras on to prevent imposters and proxies.

–          Use a platform like ApnaComplex to have spot voting for decision-making. The ApnaComplex app comes with polling options including one vote per member, one vote per household, and 2 votes per household (owner and tenant). This feature enables you to create a separate voting list consisting of AGM attendees only. Here, they can cast their vote through the app.

 Apart from online polling and document repository, ApnaComplex comes with a host of other modules including Accounting, Facility and Asset Management, Gate Management, etc. To know more about our features, visit our website apnacomplex.com.


Come 2022, where are India’s Gated Societies heading?: An ApnaComplex Prediction

Gated communities and their modus operandi have changed dramatically in the past few years. With technology becoming indispensable, gated societies have started adopting smarter software and apps to manage and streamline their everyday operations. The manner in which societies’ are leveraging technology to their advantage is also evolving constantly. 

On that note, here is our prediction of how gated communities are going to evolve in 2022.

Hyperlocal

Undoubtedly, gated communities are becoming the new neighbourhood, and according to an article published by The Economic, households in Societies are likely to increase by 32 million in the next decade.

These changes indicate that the Indian gated community is very likely to go hyperlocal. From communication between societies to e-commerce, rental business, and other opportunities, residents of gated communities will be interacting with other communities in the same or nearby vicinities.

Amalgamation of Communities 

In the near future, smaller communities are very likely to come together to form clusters of societies with like-minded individuals who can exchange thoughts and seek help, assistance, reference, establish businesses etc.

For instance, a parent who is residing in Jayanagar can effortlessly get in touch with another parent living in Indiranagar for school references for their ward in the latter’s area. Likewise, commerce between these communities will also change and there will be a lot of potentials for smaller businesses to grow among the communities and thrive.

A huge boost for rentals and realty

When residents across cities and states are connected through a huge network, it is most likely to boost the rental and real estate business. Renting and purchasing of apartments are going to be an ongoing thing for a, well let’s just say forever! 

Through hyperlocal and connected communities, a resident who is looking to move to HSR Layout from Whitefield can effortlessly get in touch with owners from gated communities in HSR and finalise a property to rent/lease in just a click. 

This will likely eliminate the need for brokerage and directly connect owners and residents. 

Likewise, a hyper-local referral can do wonders for a new resident. A resident who is already living in the community can give all the local information to the incoming resident such as nearby hospitals, schools, markets, daycare centres diagnostics, etc available in the vicinity. 

This is also applicable to parents. Parents who are living in the vicinity can give referrals about schools, playschools, tuitions, and extracurricular classes to the incoming parents.  

Role of community automation

Though these changes are very much on the threshold, these developments can be enhanced only with the support of community automation and society management apps. And most importantly, resident verification is necessary before engagements, communication, and transactions take place.

Since an app like ApnaComplex has the means to store the resident database living in societies, it plays a pivotal role in connecting these communities. 

How does ApnaComplex collect data?

ApnaComplex generates an ID card for every resident and these ID cards come with a QR Code that holds their information including their vehicle numbers and profession. Rental/Lease Agreements are also uploaded to the app which holds accurate details of when they moved in and when their lease is expiring.

The biggest advantage here is the resident data available with ApnaComplex are verified and residents can be assured that the people they are connecting with are genuine, ensuring safer and smoother interactions.

Since the interactions are happening between verified individuals, there is no way any outside residents or third-party persons can participate in these private interactions.

ApnaComplex Data Privacy

To ApnaComplex, residents’ privacy is a top priority and we have gone to great lengths to protect and secure the user data. 

Our tech-stack is hosted on the AWS Cloud and available through an engaging front-end Mobile App. Our Platform has built immense trust for its data protection and compliance policies within the communities and is fully compliant with all data protection regulations prevailing in the Country.

Like EduTech and FinTech are redefining the education and finance sectors, PropTech and community automation are going to take the property management industry by storm, and the increasing society management solutions are a testament to this.

Being in the industry for over a decade, ApnaComplex has also evolved along with the gated communities and has undergone constant modifications to meet all the requirements of the Management Committees. The amount of information that ApnaComplex can store for greater connectivity and the support it can provide is quite unparalleled.   

To know more about our modules and features how we can help you connect with other Societies, please visit our website


Make your Society’s New Year Party a tremendous success using these 6 tools of ApnaComplex!

The year 2022 is just around the corner and the New Year spirit is indeed infectious. What can be more fun than a little get-together and connection with people accompanied by food, music, dance, and a little masti?

In this article, we tell you how you can meticulously plan a New Year party and make it a massive success in your Society using a few simple tools of ApnaComplex.

Estimate the budget

The first step towards making your New Year Party a successful affair is to draw up a budget after calculating various expenses. ApnaComplex Budget Variance report helps you to keep a track of your expenses and ensure that you are spending within the means. This budget estimation is very vital for gauging how much each household or participating households must contribute.

Collect the money

Now that you have a budget in hand, finalise the contribution amount and request the participating households to chip in. Or you can determine the ticket fee for each person/household and collect it as an entrance fee. The transactions can be digitally recorded in ApnaComplex and post-party, the balance sheet will be auto-reconciled by the app.

Broadcast party details

Using ApnaComplex Communication Module, you broadcast the party details – including time, venue, entry fee, restrictions, etc to your residents via group chats, e-mail, SMS, app notifications. In case, if the entire Society is not taking part, ApnaComplex allows you to create a custom, close-knit group only including those participating residents, and you can broadcast information to those members only.

Create booking slots for the venue

Once you have decided the venue (clubhouse, Society’s park, lobby, etc), to streamline the attending process, you can custom-create a booking slot using the ApnaComplex Facility Management module. Residents can book the slots beforehand to attend the party. This will give you an idea of how many households will attend and may prevent overcrowding too.

Effectively manage vendors

A party cannot be complete without great food, music, and drinks. Effectively manage the caterers and DJ using ApnaComplex Vendor Management feature and digitally record vendor contracts or other documents in ApnaComplex document repository.

Ensure COVID Safety

To keep up with COVID protocols and ensure the safety of the residents, deploy the ApnaComplex COVID tracker feature to the fullest. Check the temperatures of all the residents and digitally it using the ApnaComplex app, using the app check if the participating residents are vaccinated and ensure that they wear masks. You can also keep a handful of sanitisers in the venue.   

Well, now that you have a bunch of smart tools to make your planning easier, ring in 2022 with laughter, joy, your family, and COMMUNITY! And last but not the least, we wish you a very Happy and Wonderful NEW YEAR!


Embrace the new AVATAR of ApnaComplex – SMARTER, SIMPLER & FASTER

The new AVATAR of ApnaComplex is finally here. The app boasts a highly intuitive User Interface (UI), and it is 2x more efficient and quicker compared to the previous version.

And as icing on the cake, some additional exciting features like the superbly done in-app Social Page are sure to keep you engaged than ever before.

Below are the major modifications of the ApnaComplex app. These specs and modifications were done specifically to improve the user experience.

The smarter app, quicker actions

In the updated version of ApnaComplex, you can effortlessly find vital features right on the home screen and 90% of actions are only two clicks away. The new application is not only extremely intuitive but also will show you the important features and notifications when you need them.  

Simplified Search 

We have significantly simplified the search tool in this newly updated ApnaComplex, compared to the older version. Using very few keywords, now you can search your requirements effortlessly and instantaneously.

An interactive social page

The upgraded media page and its interactive features add an exciting element to the new ApnaComplex application. The new features boast an elegant and lively design specially designed for gated societies. Using this feature, residents can interact with their neighbours more easily and effectively. 

More power to the admin

With the new ApnaComplex, admins and the Management Committee members can enjoy more control. With just a single click, they can send SMS, emails, and notifications at once. Likewise, all the household and community-related documents such as lease agreements, maintenance documents, etc can be found in a single place.  

In-app Vaccination Tracker

Additionally, the Vaccination Tracker feature will be available on the new application, unlike the previous version. Using this, the Management Committee can track the vaccination status in their society in just a tap. 

Comprehensive payment details

Now you don’t have to spend hours sifting older transactions. The new ApnaComplex app allows you to view all your payment details, including history, transactions, detailed invoices, dues, etc in one place. This saves you ample time and reduces effort.

To boot, the new ApnaComplex is SMARTER, SIMPLER, and FASTER. It is carefully designed and modified to simplify actions, and also, enhance the overall user experience. 

Visit https://bit.ly/371rCxL and schedule a FREE DEMO to learn about the all-new ApnaComplex.


A guide to finding the perfect facility management company for your community

With increasing gated communities, the need for proper facility management is also increasing – after all, proper amenities and facilities make a gated community enticing.

Initially, though, there might be a slight increase in the maintenance cost, hiring a facility management company has a plethora of benefits in the long run.

Finding the right kind of facility management company can be a tedious task especially when there is no dearth of companies offering management services. 

Do not worry, ApnaComplex is here to help you figure it out! Knowing these factors will make your job uncomplicated.

How dedicated are they?

The hired facility management company must be available for the community and residents all the time, either in person or through other means of communication.

Even if the company cannot appoint a full-time Facilities Manager, it must be able to send an expert to the complex at least thrice or fourfold a week and efficiently solve the community’s requests and escalations.

More technologically sound, the better

The technology used by the company will give you an idea about how efficiently they can perform their duties.

Outdated tech will lack efficiency and will not meet the desired standards. It can be slow when it comes to identifying a problem which can cause a delay in response/action.

Whereas, using sound technology will prevent human error, brings down the maintenance cost, and up the overall efficiency since everything is automated.

Are they equipped enough?

Facilities management companies come in various sizes. Some are just beginning and some might come with years of experience and necessary tools.

Choosing a smaller company for a gated community of thousand houses is injudicious since its facilities and amenities are significantly complex. To handle this, the company must be equipped. 

Therefore, do your homework and pick the company that will meet all your requirements. 

Security and Accountability

A reputed facility management company will mandatorily do a background check on all of their staff and they can produce the correct address proof, physical ID, and documents verified by the court.

Also, accountability certainly improves productivity and efficiency. A professional and experienced company will hold their staff accountable for their actions and they use smart technology to assess their contribution. Reviews are also conducted periodically which plays a vital role in staffs’ performances.

Ask your peers

If you like a facility management company but are unsure about their track record, request the details of apartments they are currently managing. Do not hesitate to contact them and enquire about the company’s service since it will give you the reality of the company. This is very primal and can save you from making a bad choice.

Well, ApnaComplex meets all the above requirements. We use cutting-edge technology to manage gated communities and our facility management application comes with several user-friendly features including the ability to book amenities/facilities beforehand and raise complaints against defaulting assets using unique QR codes generated to each asset. It is worth mentioning that this QR code feature is unique to ApnaComplex.To know more about our other services, please visit https://bit.ly/3wJAqCV for a free demo.


ApnaComplex’s CORONA SHIELD – your fav app’s best COVID friendly features

Since its onset, the novel Coronavirus has significantly altered people’s lives. Words like ‘mask’, ‘COVID-positive’, and ‘home quarantine’ have become regular household terms. This grievous situation has reminded us of the miracles of vaccination, and the need to get vaccinated is now more than ever.

Well, bearing in mind the wellness and safety of our residents, it is now known that ApnaComplex is conducting several COVID vaccination drives in as many apartment complexes as possible in the country.

To fight this pandemic more efficiently, we have also introduced CORONA SHIELD – a cutting-edge software with several COVID-friendly features in our application. In this post, we shall explore those COVID-friendly features and how they can help a gated community manage this pandemic better than ever.

1. Keep COVID outside your gate

ApnaComplex enables the security and the management to establish all the COVID protocols. With the help of ApnaComplex, security personnel can record the temperature of visitors and approve after ensuring they are wearing masks and gloves. This information will also be logged in the application for management’s and association’s perusal.

2. Quarantine tracker – an efficient way to tackle positive cases in the building

Individuals from gated communities testing positive for COVID can cause a serious threat to the entire community and an unchecked spike in infections can even get the building sealed. To protect gated communities from this nightmare, ApnaComplex’s CORONA SHIELD software offers a feature called Quarantine Tracker. This feature acts as a real-time tracker using which security, management, helpers, and other residents can keep track of flats that are home quarantined. Once their quarantine period is up, other dwellers of the building will be notified. This helps greatly with containing the spread of the virus.

3. No-contact accounting

ApnaComplex application offers one of the best accounting solutions to gated communities and larger societies. By using ApnaComplex’s Community management software, you can easily collect dues and payments online at zero-convenience charges and do away with collecting dues physically (cheque/cash). This will drastically minimise physical contact and curb the spread of the virus.

4. Communicate effortlessly and efficiently

With an increase in COVID-19 positive cases, it is imprudent to conduct physical meetings often. ApnaComplex application enables the management of the society to conduct meetings online efficiently and discuss important matters and take key decisions. The outcome and decisions taken in the meetings can be shared with other residents using online notice, email, app notification, etc.

5. Online polls – safest way to voice your opinion

Using ApnaComplex’s tech-savvy application, it is now easy to conduct online polls – AGMs, election, and opinion-based polls. In this way, you can avoid unnecessary gatherings but at the same time, ensure that your society runs smoothly.

6. Vaccination Tracker – keep track of vaccinated staffs and members

One more amazing and very useful feature is the Vaccination Tracker. This feature enables the admin to verify if the staff or members of the apartment complex have been vaccinated or not.

This Vaccination Tracker comes in handy for registration purposes especially when an apartment is gearing up to conduct a vaccination drive. The tracker gives an idea of how many people need to get vaccinated and collect payment if necessary accordingly.

With ApnaComplex’s smart COVID features, tracking, containing, and curbing the spread of the virus has become a lot easier. Apart from CORONA SHIELD features, ApnaComplex also offers other features that help manage accounting, security, amenities, assets, etc in a gated community. Since everything is hosted using cloud computing, actions can be performed and seen almost instantly.

Do you wish to make your life easier while living in a gated community?
Call us at +91 80886 11229 or email at sales@apnacomplex.com, our team will get in touch with you at the earliest.


Vaccination at the comfort of your house – an ApnaComplex, 1MG initiative

The ongoing COVID-crisis has left the people grappling. The only thing anyone would ever speak of is getting vaccinated. Several hospitals, NGOs, and the government are conducting vaccination drives across the country, yet, more than half the population is still unvaccinated.

It is also noteworthy that most of the population in larger cities live in gated communities/societies and getting them vaccinated at the earliest can drastically help reduce the spread and severity of the infection.

To ApnaComplex, the safety, and wellness of our residents are of utmost priority and we consider it our duty to ensure your complete wellness. To fulfill this, we have partnered with 1MG – a leading digital consumer health care platform in India, to vaccinate as many gated societies as possible.

ApnaComplex and 1MG together will be conducting vaccination and RT-PCR test drives in all the societies and gate communities in major cities of India. This drive is not only for societies managed by us but also for other interested societies outside ApnaComplex.

The unique and tech-driven features of ApnaComplex’s CORONA SHIELD offering are already doing their best to curb the spread of the virus in gated societies. The features include Quarantine Tracker, temperature, mask, and gloves check for visitors, no-contact online payment at a zero-convenience charge, online communication, and polls. All these features ensure you conduct in the safest way possible inside your society complex.

To boot, ApnaComplex offers FREE COVID consultation, specialised teleconsulting, at-home diagnostics to all our residents. We also strive to bring essential products and services to our residents’ doorstep when in need.

Do you want to get the members of your gated community vaccinated?

Fill out this simple form, our team will get in touch with you ASAP!


A Nutritionist Explains Why Nutrition Is Important For Good Health

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

ApnaComplex conducted another interesting and informative webinar session, which was presented by Ms. Niti Desai, a Consultant Nutritionist practicing in South Mumbai for over 20 years who spoke to us on The Importance of Nutrition.

Ms. Desai is attached to Cumballa Hill Hospital and Heart Institute for 17 years, after having worked in the UK. She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from the University of Bombay and a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics from the Leeds Beckett University, UK, following which she was a state registered dietitian and gathered useful overseas experience in hospitals in the UK.

She has a rich and varied experience in the field of nutrition, having built an enviable client list of individuals that includes the country’s top industrialists, Bollywood stars and elite sportspersons. She has successfully motivated thousands of people to reach their nutritional goals.

The famous saying goes, ‘We are what we eat’ which means that it is important to eat good food to stay fit and healthy. And rightly said so, food plays a very important role in our lives; it provides nutrients which are needed for growth, energy, and performing all the important functions in the body, such as digesting food, breathing, and so on.

There are different types of nutrients, which are divided into micronutrients and macronutrients. Micronutrients, which include vitamins and minerals are needed only in small amounts and are required for the proper function of important protein and enzymes. And macronutrients include proteins, fats and carbohydrates, which are needed in large amounts. So, getting an adequate amount of nutrients from foods is vital to keep your body healthy and lower the risk of diseases.

However, most of us are not consuming an adequate amount of nutrients, mainly protein. Protein is the building blocks of the body. It helps to build and repair cells and tissues of the body. Protein is found in many foods, like eggs, legumes, meat, fish, poultry and dairy products.

Even though protein is a necessary macronutrient that the body needs, the Indian diet is said to be very low in protein and high in carbohydrates. Less intake of protein and high intake of carbs increase the risk of being obese or overweight which is then followed by a high incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Ms. Desai said that the Indian population doesn’t take sufficient amounts of protein and 93% of the population are unaware of the ideal protein requirements. So, how much protein do we need per day? 1 g protein per day for 1 kg body weight is ideal.

Ms. Desai suggests including protein-rich foods at every meal and replacing some carbs with protein-rich foods. You can do this by increasing the protein intake and reducing carb intake by adding ½ cup of thin dal + 3-4 rotis or 1 cup thick dal + 2 rotis to your meal.

Ms. Desai suggests including protein-rich foods at every meal and replacing some carbs with protein-rich foods. You can do this by increasing the protein intake and reducing carb intake by adding ½ cup of thin dal + 3-4 rotis or 1 cup thick dal + 2 rotis to your meal.

Here are some key highlights from the webinar:

  • What are the protein-rich foods?

Pulses/dals, milk, paneer, curd/buttermilk, eggs, amaranth, millets, poultry and meat are some excellent sources of protein.

  • Which foods should be avoided to prevent weight gain?

Avoid rice, suji, white bread, biscuits, noodles/pasta as they lack in essential nutrients and raise the blood sugar levels, which is a precursor to weight gain.

  • Which fruits should you eat in moderation?

Fruits are considered healthy and should be a part of your diet. However, fruits, such as banana, grapes, chikoo, custard apple, and mango should be consumed in moderation as they are high in sugar and calories.

  • How your plate should look like at each meal?

Half of the plate should be filled with vegetables and salads, ¼ of the plate should be filled with protein-rich foods, and just a little more of ¼ should be filled with carbohydrate-rich foods.

  • How to make your lunch or dinner healthy?
  • Add a bowl of dal and reduce the quantity of chapatti or rice.
  • Eat rajgira chapatti.
  • Consume chaas or yogurt after your meal.
  • What are some of the healthy dinner options to increase the intake of protein?

Missi roti, besan or moong dal chilla, khichdi/dalia, paneer paratha, paneer bhurji, and rajma/chana tikkis are some of the healthy dinner options.

  • Why should you avoid crash diet?

Crash diet is harmful to the body as it causes immediate weight gain and weight loss, hair fall, dry skin, vitamin and mineral deficiencies,

  • Are sweeteners safe to use?

Sucralose, aspartame and stevia are safe to use in moderate quantities. However, consuming excessive quantities of sweeteners causes a negative alteration in the gut microbiome and increases the craving for sweet foods.

  • What are the tips for using cooking oil?
  • Rotate oils
  • Use different oils for different dishes
  • Use blended oils
  • What is clean eating?

What are the tips for using cooking oil?Clean eating is all about consuming whole foods in its most natural state. Eat fresh foods which are free of pesticides and chemicals and seasonal foods which are grown locally.

Clean eating is all about consuming whole foods in its most natural state. Eat fresh foods which are free of pesticides and chemicals and seasonal foods which are grown locally.

Ms. Niti Desai shared some healthy eating tips during COVID-19, these include the following:

  • Increase protein intake
  • Cut down on processed foods
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water
  • Take sufficient amounts of vitamin D
  • Sleep 6-8 hours

ApnaComplex conducts informative webinars on different topics. So, stay tuned to emails from ApnaComplex and ApnaComplex social media pages for upcoming webinars.


Importance Of Yoga During The Pandemic And Easy Yoga Asanas To Try

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

In a webinar session conducted by ApnaComplex Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva, Director of The Yoga Institute, Mumbai and the President of International Board of Yoga and Senior Vice President Indian Yoga Association (IYA) spoke to us on Importance Of Yoga In Fighting The Pandemic. She is the leading face of householder yoga and has conducted over 1,00,000 theoretical and practical yoga sessions to date.

Yoga is a spiritual therapy that originated in India thousands of years ago. Yoga is called a spiritual therapy because it connects the mind and body. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ which means union, yoke, to join or to concentrate on one’s attention.

In the Western world, yoga is considered as a holistic approach to health and is classified by the National Institute of Health as a form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Yoga provides a number of mental and physical benefits, which includes lowering stress, promoting mental calmness, increasing self- confidence, reducing blood pressure, decreasing fatigue, improving blood circulation, reducing asthma and strengthening the immune system.

Practising yoga daily promotes endurance, strength, flexibility, and facilitates compassion and greater self-control, while bringing a sense of calmness and well-being.

Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva spoke about the importance of yoga and suggested some simple and easy yoga asanas that we should incorporate into our daily routine.

Here are some excerpts from the webinar:

  • How to boost immunity with yoga?

Immunity can be strengthened only through yoga because yoga is a holistic approach to life. Yoga keeps your body fit and flexible and handles the body and mind well. Practising yoga will generate balanced energy which is important for the functioning of the immune system. Regular practise of yoga asanas lowers the risk of chronic diseases and boosts the immune system.

  • What are the three fruits that are strongly recommended in yoga?

Coconut (Sriphala), banana (Kadali Phalam) and seasonal fruits (Rituphal) are strongly recommended in yoga and should be consumed during the day.

  • What is a proper diet to lead a healthy life?
  • Eat nuts for breakfast. You can consume 5-7 almonds that have been soaked overnight.
  • Consume dry fruits such as figs, dates, prunes and apricots.
  • Eat boiled groundnuts as it is rich in amino acids, fibre and antioxidants.
  • Drink lemon juice twice a day. Mix a spoonful of honey or jaggery to a glass of lemon juice.
  • Eat a variety of seasonal fruits during the day.
  • Eat vegetarian food.
  • If you are not hungry have liquids. Herbal tea such as ginger or lemongrass tea for breakfast, a glass of buttermilk for lunch, lemon juice in the evening, and soups, khichdi or dal for dinner.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • What are some easy yoga poses that you could practise during the day?

Yoga poses should be performed before having your meals or 2 hours after having your meals. These are some of the easy and simple yoga poses that you could try doing:

  • Stick pose (Yastikasana)
  • Hand to toe pose (Hasta Padangusthasana)
  • Wind-Relieving pose (Pavanamuktasana)
  • Gracious pose (Bhadrasana)
  • Mountain pose (Parvatasana)
  • Pranayam
  • Can you do forward bending exercise if you have back pain to strengthen the back muscles?

If your back pain is due to an accident or lifting weights you should avoid doing forward bending exercise and if you have normal back pain you can do the exercise.

The benefits of yoga are wonderful and once you start doing it you will feel a sense of calm and well-being. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your yoga mat and start practising the above-mentioned yoga asanas today.

ApnaComplex conducts informative webinars on different topics. So, stay tuned to emails from ApnaComplex and ApnaComplex social media pages for upcoming webinars.


Impact Of COVID-19 On Mental Health And Tips For Coping

ApnaComplex is conducting a series of webinars in partnership with The Times of India. These webinars are exclusive only for members of societies using ApnaComplex. In these webinars, health experts speak on various health and wellness topics to increase awareness and impart knowledge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our daily lives as our movements were restricted that forced us to stay at home to curb the spread of the virus. And as we were all cooped up in our homes, we have been facing with new realities of working from home, job losses, online classes, and limited socialising. All of this had a disastrous effect on our mental health which further gave rise to mental health problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety, among others.

Several studies conducted by researchers showed that the major health problems reported were stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, anger, denial and fear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even COVID-19 related suicides have also been increasingly common.

Highlighting on the issues concerning mental health and creating awareness about mental health problems Ms. Arti Shroff, a Psychologist who has specialized in Clinical Psychology spoke to us on Mental Health During These Trying Times.

Here are some important questions answered by her during the webinar.

  • How has the pandemic affected people of different demographics?

Different demographics have been affected very differently. Due to the pandemic and the restrictions imposed, children have not been able to have a healthy discharge for all the enormous amounts of energy that they have and as the schools are closed children are struggling to adapt to the new form of online learning. This adjustment has caused an increase in anger issues and disobedience among children.

Also, increased screen time is giving rise to mobile addiction and doesn’t help in managing stress levels and contributes to disturbed sleep and agitation among children.

Parents should provide a very healthy and constructive outlet to their children by providing a structured routine to help manage their emotions and stress. Parents should keep their children engaged in household chores instead of them playing violent video games.

Highlighting on the issues concerning mental health and creating awareness about mental health problems Ms. Arti Shroff, a Psychologist who has specialized in Clinical Psychology spoke to us on Mental Health During These Trying Times.

  • How has the pandemic affected adults?

For adults, it is the biggest challenge as juggling between working from home and managing the household has become tough. And finding difficulty in coping with it gives rise to increased feelings of depression and anxiety.

On the contrary, older adults, as called the geriatric population have not been negatively affected with mental health problems as compared to other age groups.

  • Have there been any peculiar observations regarding mental health problems among people during the pandemic?

People have reported high stress levels, sleep disturbances, vivid bizarre colourful dreams and nightmares, which has been linked to underlying mental health problems like anxiety.

Ms. Arti Shroff advised getting a good night’s sleep for minimum 7-8 hours, using less screen time at night, avoiding any psychotropic substances like drugs or alcohol consumption as it can aggravate the condition of having disturbed sleep or nightmares.

  • Common myths of COVID-19 and mental health

Getting excessive information from various sources may not necessarily be accurate. And an overload of this information leads to anxiety, uncertainty, and poor decision-making.

One of the common myths of COVID-19 related mental health is using mental health terms like anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, OCD very broadly. It is important to properly differentiate between a mental health condition and what we are adjusting to in the current situation in terms of the necessity of taking up the precautions.

  • How to deal with suicidal behaviours during the pandemic?

High mortality rates and rise in covid cases can create a lot of trauma among people and this can trigger suicidal behaviours in individuals. Job losses, sudden changes in circumstances, increased feelings of uncertainty, increased isolation, lack of support and engagement are other factors that can also trigger suicidal behaviours.

Bullying, abuse, grief, illness, prolonged injury, and perceived public humiliation can also trigger suicide.

Identification and prevention is the key in managing individuals who are suicidal which is why it is important to have an open conversation about it to someone whom you can trust.

There are suicide helpline numbers that are 24/7 that provide free services and access to mental health professionals. It is important to seek immediate assistance from a mental health professional if you or someone you know is showing signs of suicidal behaviour.

  • What are the signs of suicidal behaviour?

Withdrawal, sudden aggressiveness, consuming drugs or alcohol, causing self harm and being impulsive are some of the behavioural signs. Feeling of worthlessness, hopeless, sad, depressed, anxious, angry and numb and in some rare cases, feeling very happy and relieved are also some signs of suicide.

Saying negative statements like ‘I don’t want to be here’, ‘Life is not worth living anymore’, ‘Nobody cares about me’, ‘How would it matter if I’m here’, ‘Soon my problems will be over’, or ‘The world is better off without me’ and talking about death are some signs of suicidal behaviour.

  • Ways to reduce stress and keep yourself calm

There are some ways to reduce stress and keep yourself calm, these include:

  • Relaxation techniques like listening to music and meditation help lower stress levels.
  • A healthy daytime routine which includes having meals on time and exercising daily can help regulate the body’s biological clock.
  • If you are having a lot of nightmares, think of a happy ending or use visual imagery for positive things like colours or elements of nature or people that you like.
  • Avoid alcohol and other addictive substances.

You may experience stress, fear, depression or anxiety during this pandemic. Ms. Arti Shroff has suggested some tips to help us cope through difficult emotions and also built our resilience towards problems.

Tips to follow to cope with the pandemic

  • Regular physical activity to help manage stress and uplift your mood.
  • Greater connectedness. Staying socially engaged can reduce the risk of being in a prolonged state of isolation as being in isolation increases the risk of several mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, among others.
  • Practising compassion and awareness to ourselves and others.
  • Create healthy boundaries.
  • Engage yourself in a hobby or leisure activity such as listening to music, cooking, etc.

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Stay safe. Stay happy