Q&A: Kanika Saxena, Author of 'Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?'

Kanika Saxena is an author and content strategist. She has degrees in Engineering and Management. As a professional content writer, she has written blogs, articles, social media posts, and many other types of content on both technical and non-technical topics for global clients. She has recently come out with the book, Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?, which is her third book in the self-help genre. This book focuses on those aspects of life that create stress and on how to manage them. It intends to empower people with simple stress management tips to help them minimize their stress.

I chat with her about her book Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?, the learning that she wants readers to take from the book, book recommendations, and much more.

Hello! Tell us a bit about yourself!

I work as a freelance content strategist and am an author. I have done engineering in Instrumentation Technology, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management.

On the personal front, my husband heads HR, IT, and Admin functions in Nabha Power Plant in Punjab. I have two children, a son and a daughter, who are currently pursuing their Master’s degrees.

I am a fun-loving person who enjoys life. I am fond of listening to music, singing, and gardening. I value relationships a lot.

When did you first discover your love for writing?

When I started my career as a content writer in 2016 and as I went deep into it, I realized that I have a flair for writing. And, soon my profession became a passion, and my passion soon made me an author. I have published 4 books till date.

How would you describe your book Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You? in one sentence?

This book makes the readers aware of stress triggers in their lives and how to manage them.

'Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?', published by BlueRose Publishers

Now tell us a little more about the book! What can readers expect?

This book talks about aspects of our lifestyles that trigger stress. Unfortunately, we are oblivious to these triggers and do not realize the extent to which they damage our faculties. Through this book, I strive to make my readers aware of these triggers and I have suggested simple techniques to address them. This book also includes a scratch pad in the last few pages where the readers can list down their specific stress triggers and plan their coping strategy. I have included the scratch pad because I believe that when we put down something on paper, we are more likely to implement it. So, my purpose of writing this book is to help my readers manage stress better.

What is the main message that you want readers to take away from this book?

The message I want to convey through this book is that we are best equipped to face challenging situations in life when our minds are calm and undisturbed. If we want to empower our minds, we need to take care of these “teeny-tiny” triggers at their initial stages so that they do not grow out of proportion.

What has the road to becoming a published author been like for you?

It has been a fun experience with lots and lots of learning. Writing a book was always on my mind and despite a few starts I could never get down to completing my books. But before I published my first book, I attended a webinar and the tips given therein helped me complete my book and self-publish it. After I published my first book, I soon discovered certain flaws which I overcame in my next book and so the journey continued. I have self-self-published 3 books on Kindle. These are A Lockdown Story, Gift Yourself a Smile, and The Atypical Tale of a Typical Indian Woman. Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You? is my first book published by a publishing house.

How have you been coping with the current pandemic and what will be the new normal for you to post it?

While I understand that the pandemic is scary and it has caused pandemonium across the globe disrupting lives and economies, it has somehow been very good for me.

Staying locked down has helped me unlock my inner self. I started my journey of self-transformation in May 2020 and I have loved it.

I think I have never been happier. The lockdowns and social distancing have helped identify the real and fake relationships in my life. It has allowed me to be my own person and do what I like doing without the fear of being judged or mocked.

Covid-19 has brought home the reality of life, that the only certainty in life is death! So, why waste life in fear of death? Why not make each moment count?

This approach to life has made me a stronger and more positive human being. And today I am very proud as I have been recently awarded the Dynamic Personality Award and award for Best Author and Content Strategist at Powerful Women Awards 2021 event held on 7th April.

I don’t know how the new normal will be or how I will face it, I am living my present to the fullest and I am enjoying it. If I survive the pandemic and live in the new normal, I will find a way to enjoy that as well!

Lastly, are you currently reading anything, and do you have any book recommendations for our readers?

Yes, I am currently reading The Bhagwad Gita and I would highly recommend it to everyone. I would not call it a religious text; it is a way of life.

The book ‘Are Teeny Tiny Stress Triggers Troubling You?’ is available online and at your nearest bookstore.

From Jammu, J&K; Studied in DPS, Jammu.