What are the 5 Factors Controlling your Life ? How can you exercise FASTING & SELF-CONTROL ?

What are the 5 factors  Controlling your life ?

In simple language , What are the 5 things you can’t live without ?

Someone asked me this question and my reflexive  nerves ( which were bychance in a cool mood ) gave a quick answer –  Roti , Kapda and Wifi  . Hehe ! This is today’s tagline .  But then I was asked to give a thoughtful answer that Are there seriously few things I can’t live without ?  What are those things ? Do  those things complete  my living or Have I just given them unnecessary  VIP importance in my life?

My mind started pondering over  and I analyzed my daily routine from morning till the time I go to bed . What are the  things which I find difficult to abstain from . Are these  things the controlling factors of my life ?  Do I want to reduce their control on my life ?  My brain and heart both said YES . But How ? This HOW part is difficult  . Before I can actually start to exercise  a control over the factors ,  let me write those  firstly . May be writing provides some kind of progress in the direction of abstaining ,  Self-Control and discipline .



Recently I had read an article on SELF-CONTROL and FASTING . Actually  whenever we come across the word FASTING , our mind immediately thinks of abstaining from food .  What ?  FASTING ?? No No I can’t remain hungry . And what’s the need to remain hungry ?   Is it because of some spiritual reason ? But God  wouldn’t want his children to  suffer from hunger . Well these are the quick responses to FASTING . But FASTING is ultimately about SELF-CONTROL . It’s a way of disciplining your life .  It is the removal of one  controlling factor  of  our life for a period of time . It’s a way of removing one negative from your life and adding one positive .


Apart from food and water , here goes my list of the    5  factors controlling   my life :–

1. Early morning sleep

O My God , I love my early morning sleep so much that I can’t tell you. I have not been able to ever  get up early  , although I tried many times  . I  set  many morning alarms in my phone , but  the lazy sleepy brain doesn’t feel lazy   to quickly mute it and again go back to the dreams .  This is continuing from the last many years . You know I often listen to religious talks and shows which highlight the importance of praying in AmritVela, the early morning hours . I do want to practice that but my fatty lazy brain obstructs . Go away you lazy !

2. Tea /Coffee

My mind and body start acting psychologically paralysed if I don’t have  tea (milk tea) or coffee twice a day . Is it so necessary ? Does my tummy really have hunger for it or it is just to overcome boredom ? May be both , with the latter factor on the higher side . Should I practice FASTING from caffeinated  drinks ?

3. Social Media

Am I addicted to social media ?  Are you also ? Aren’t we all ?  Even in office hours , getting even 10 minutes free time  urges the fingers to quickly scroll through and  read few jokes , answer some goodmornings on whatsapp , post a facebook status or boast by sharing   a video.  Do I really need to update my life daily to the world or peek into the lives of others ? Why ? Can’t I live without social media ? It would be a great SELF -CONTROL if I can practice FASTING from SOCIAL MEDIA  . May be I can start with just one day a week .

You know , two months back , when we went to Kerala , my phone also  dared to enjoy the cool waves at the beach and ALL GONE !  It came as a jhutka  at first but I just didn’t buy a new phone for a whole month . I remained without whatsapp, facebook , etc . The only urge my fingers could have was to play snake game as I had put my Sim in the old Nokia 1100 with no back cover . Few of my friends laughed while assembling it  again everytime it fell down .  Whatever was the scene , But Believe me my mind was so relaxed and cool in those days .  I could focus on some other enriching things like reading or listening music .  The Social Media FASTING  rejuvenated me . When next  will I be able to FAST from SOCIAL MEDIA ?

Scientific points about fasting from food 

4. T.V

I don’t watch much of television . No serials in routine .  I love watching good movie occasionally . But It’s not that it is able to rest.  Whether I sit in front of the box or not but its noise is a controlling factor of our life . Few days back our tatasky account got deactivated and I could notice the boredom and irritation  in my daughter’s behaviour . Coming to me again and again , she was pleading to recharge the account . Finally after one whole day , it had to be settled on a barter system when she made ginger tea for me and I recharged the tatasky account . So Isn’t television controlling our life ? Can’t we  exercise FASTING from television ?

5. Buying Stuff

The exciting word is Shopping but what is Shopping ? Just buying Stuff which I may not even need . After every few days I am provoked for buying the things , may be by watching an advertisement or seeing my friend wear a designer kurti or I just want to upgrade my appliance . Consumerism is being encouraged and we end up cluttering . Can  I practice FASTING from BUYING for few days ?

These are the things which may not be my needs but these are controlling my life directly or indirectly . They are  the Wants  and I have got too much accustomed to having them in my routine life .  I want to slowly start to practice FASTING from these  ,  not permanently but may be for a period of time .   So that these 5 factors don’t get  the  authority to overpower my life .

Let me exercise  SELF -CONTROL by FASTING . Every small step will count .

This article is written as a part of #Superbloggerchallenge2018 conducted by healthwealthbridge.com, Fashionablefoodz.com , allaboutthewoman.com and it should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content is owned by the blogger and Superbloggerchallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.


Hi, I am Monika, an educationist for the last 17 years and a mom to a daughter for the last 11 years . Give me a hot cup of masala tea with some snacks plus a laptop and I am happy ! My Blog is a mixed bag of my observations ,learnings and experiences . To me , life is love, life is helping & learning from each other. Life is not that complex -We just have to stop overthinking .

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13 Responses

  1. snehal joshi says:

    I should say a very comprehensive list 😉
    It is tough to stay away from things without any reason. So one should have a solid reason to get up early, say an early morning workout session or something which allures you. Moderation is the key. so try it instead of fasting 🙂 #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #Instacuppa

  2. Hi Monika! Sometimes its good to sit back and reflect on our life and the daily choices that we make. We must always strive to improve ourselves for the better…loved this post 🙂
    Please read my Week 5 post for #Superbloggerchallenge2018 here: https://thetinaedit.com/2018/03/16/lets-talk-blogging-superbloggerchallenge2018/

  3. Namratha says:

    I identified with your post because I have the same factors controlling mine as well and I intend to atleast get away from social media for 23 hours a day.. working on a plan

  4. You are right. Life in modern times gets us addicted to so many things. And as far a s fasting is concerned, you know there are some very good benefits of fasting once in a while. I sometimes go without dinner in the night. #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 #InstaCuppa

  5. richa mina says:

    wow, like the way you’ve compiled the accurate list i’d love to include chocolate in it… can live without tv but not chocolate. #superbloggerchallenge2018

  6. zainab says:

    Good post Monika. I definitely would like to take a break from SM, but it seems so hard to me.
    Good luck 🙂

  7. Lakshmi says:

    I really liked how you have linked the concept of self control to fasting. I have also found it very difficult to follow fasting even for just a meal.
    It’s more about the mind than the body.

  8. J L DAVESSAR says:

    I too want to try this fasting , but I can’t fast for meal . Let me start exercising self control on my early morning sleep

  9. Nupur says:

    Very true, Monika! My phone fell in water too so I’m using a basic phone. The break from social media is nice.

  10. A lot of modern amenities are addictive in today’s life. One term has recently attracted my attention n that is “phone life balance”. The emerging of this term is self explanatory and tells us the requirement of self control.
    Grt post.

    Pls read my week5 post for #superbloggerchallenge2018 #instacuppa

  11. Geethica says:

    Great association Monika. I would like to refrain myself from many things the most important being getting irritated by small things in life.

  12. Varsh says:

    I would say I have good self-control, although complete fasting is something I think isn’t necessary. If done in moderation we can benefit well.

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