This young mother’s post about depression is very real and relatable

A 25-year-old mother shared this photo to talk about her depression.

US-based Brittany Ernsperger, a 25-year-old young mother’s post on depression went viral after she wrote about the reality of what it feels like to be depressed. Ernsperger posted a photograph of clean dishes on her kitchen counter and captioned it “This is what depression looks like”.

Since posting it on Facebook, her post has been shared by over 2 lakh people because of how relatable it is. One comment reads, “This is one of the best descriptions I’ve heard for depression/anxiety and it really helps to end the stigma attached to mental health issues (and) to show it in a nice normal looking family kitchen… kudos to you for sharing your struggle!” Another reads, “This is the story of my life.”

Ernsperger’s candid message about living with depression resonated with thousands of people who shared her post and tagged friends. Many people called it “honest”.

Ernsperger writes below her photo,

“This is what depression looks like. No. Not the clean dishes. But that there were that many dishes in the first place; that I’ve gone 2 weeks without doing them. 3 days ago I sat on the kitchen floor and stared at them while I cried. I knew they needed to be done. I wanted to do them so bad.

But depression pulled me under. It sucked me in. Like a black hole. Rapidly, sinking quick-sand.

I walked by them morning and night and all day long. And just looked at them. Telling myself that I could do them. Telling myself that I would. And feeling defeated everyday that I didn’t. Making the depression only that much worse because not accomplishing something that needs to be done is failure.

She further adds, “Depression is something that “strong” people don’t talk about because they don’t want people to think they’re “weak”. You’re not weak. You’ve been strong for so long and through so many things, that your body needs a break.”


Toyota Yaris is OUTSELLING the much cheaper Etios: 5 reasons

Toyota entered the mid-size sedan segment in India for the first time with the launch of the Yaris. The sedan that competes with the likes of Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna in the segment is outselling the much cheaper Toyota Etios sedan. While the Etios comes with a much lower price tag, its popularity in the taxi segment keeps many private car buyers away from it. What are the main reasons for the Toyota Yaris outselling the Etios? Let’s find out.

Looks stylish

The Toyota Yaris looks stylish and modern in the market. The Yaris gets an aggressive styling with a large blacked-out air dam and a sleek body. A stylish set of headlamps that smoothly integrates into the grille makes the Yaris much better looking when compared to the Etios. Overall, the Yaris looks much more proportionate and premium too.

Fresher face in the market

The Yaris is an all-new car in the market and looks very very modern. Style-wise, the Yaris turns a lot of heads on the road. It is relatively unseen and surprises people. The Etios, on the other hand, has lost that edge. Toyota has not updated the Etios for a long time now and the compact sedan looks a bit outdated when compared to the rivals.

Loaded to the brim

Toyota Yaris offers quite a few first-in-class features that make it an attractive choice. The mid-size sedan comes with an electrically adjustable driver seat, gesture-controlled touchscreen infotainment system, ambient lighting, roof-mounted AC vents, tyre pressure monitoring system and 7-airbags including a driver knee airbag. The car also gets a 60:40 split rear seat, front and rear parking sensors, vehicle stability control system, hill assist, rear sunshade, paddle shifters and much more. The Toyota Etios misses out on all these features, which make the interiors dull and unattractive for new car buyers.

Loaded base variant

Even the base variant of the Toyota Yaris, which is priced at Rs. 8.75 lakhs, ex-showroom, Delhi, gets a long list of features. The J trim of the Yaris comes with halogen projector headlamps, electrically adjustable ORVMs, shark fin antenna, Infrared cut windshield, keyless entry, driver seat height adjustment, all four-power windows, cooled glove box, 60:40 split seats, audio system, 7 airbags, ABS with EBD and BA, central lock and power steering with tilt adjustment. Many of these features are missing from even the top variant of the Etios, which is priced at 8.81 lakhs (petrol version), which is higher than the base Yaris.

Attractive loan offers

The Toyota Yaris, being a new car on the market, is offered with attractive loan offers. Many banks are even offering up to 100% of the car price on loans, which is making the sedan much more accessible. The monthly difference in the EMI comes down only a couple of thousands, which pushes the customers towards the bigger, better equipped and newer Yaris than the Etios.


China’s fintech revolution is potentially ‘a very big risk,’ says finance president

Vince Zhang, President of Phoenix Finance, speaks during Fireside Chat on Day 3 of CNBC East Tech West on November 29, 2018 in Nansha, Guangzhou, China.

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Vince Zhang, President of Phoenix Finance, speaks during Fireside Chat on Day 3 of CNBC East Tech West on November 29, 2018 in Nansha, Guangzhou, China.

The sheer number of fintech companies setting up in China has the potential to become “a very big risk,” according to the president of Chinese financial investment platform, Phoenix Finance.

Speaking at CNBC’s East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China, Vince Zhang said many of the country’s estimated tens of thousands of financial technology firms lack the controls to make them sound instruments, either for consumers or the wider economy.

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“A lot of companies are not (there) in terms of their business plan, in terms of their risk management process, in terms of their overall management,” told the Financial Times’ Louise Lucas Thursday. “A lot of these corporate control mechanisms are not in place.”

In recent years, China has seen a surge in the number of companies trying to harness technology to capitalize on what Zhang described as China’s “fintech revolution” and capture the country’s many millions of previously unbanked consumers. For other industries, that technological drive may be “okay,” said Zhang; but “for anything related to financial services, (it) is pretty dangerous,” he said.

“Without proper risk control mechanism personnel, without proper ways of communicating with regulation, it’s potentially becoming a very big risk going forward.”

Zhang called for more regulation in the space, particularly with regard to consumer protection and risk control. He says he foresees that taking shape from next year, as the issue gains greater prominence on the national agenda.

“I would predict in 2019 it’s becoming more regulated,” said Zhang. “There will be less and less players in this field.”