Boundaries & Mental Health in Lockdown: A Podcast Episode with The Woke Desi

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to sit down with Nehal and Annika of The Woke Desi Podcast to talk all things boundaries. If you’ve had a chance to read my posts on quarantining with my partner and how to hold onto love without suffocating it, you know I’m big on healthy boundaries, regular check-ins, and showing love in different ways.

Nehal and Annika came prepared with exciting questions about what it’s like living and working with my partner Sufi in lockdown. We also had the chance to talk in detail about setting healthy boundaries, and how to reframe the concept of boundaries to be more palatable and even exciting to talk about with loved ones who might feel hesitant to set and respect them.

Towards the end of the episode, we also spoke about my journey with mental health, and how my mental health has been faring in quarantine. The hosts asked some insightful questions about how my partner supports me when I’m in a mental health funk, and I hope my answers are helpful for listeners who are in quarantine with someone who’s struggling with their Mental health.

I loved that in this episode I got to talk about my relationship and how I approach it on a deeper level. In interviews, I’m often asked questions about how we met and what it’s like being in an interfaith relationship. I don’t mind that, because I’m grateful to have the opportunity to speak to so many cool people and publications, but it was a nice change to go a little more in depth. I really appreciated this opportunity from TWD and I hope you guys enjoy listening to this episode as much as I loved recording it!

You can listen to the full episode with the embedded Spotify link above, or find your preferred streaming platform – and follow The Woke Desi all over the internet – at this link.


  1. December 1, 2020 / 8:22 pm

    Great post and great podcast episode!

    • anjalich
      December 2, 2020 / 12:45 am

      Thank you so much for listening, and for taking the time to leave a comment!

    December 1, 2020 / 9:25 pm

    This is a perfect topic, and thank Anjali for sharing your ways. Boundaries are important not only between partners, but also within the family.

    • anjalich
      December 2, 2020 / 12:46 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to listen!

  3. Vaishali
    December 2, 2020 / 12:30 am

    This is the first ever podcast that I have listened completely and it was so worth it! The way you reflected on the fact that relationships, be it any kind, need space away and together at the same time, even if you are in the same room all the time and that “Boundaries exists for a reason”.
    My biggest take away from your podcast is what you said about affirming the other person – “That it’s not because I don’t like you that I don’t want to spend time with you, but I need this to be my best self and the best partner I could be to you.”
    I have been following you closely on instagram and I know how passionate you are about mental health and loved how you mentioned “It’s okay not to be okay” and how it is important to self identify when you are not fine, and to check in on yourself.

    I have had this issue with even my friends where I zone out for a period of time, and like to stay on my own and they kinda feel that I am not willing to talk to them or something, when it’s actually just that I want to spend time with own self. Definitely going to use your way of explaining the concept of space to them so that they understand it better as well πŸ™‚

    Loved the podcast! and so looking forward to How we Adult! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait! πŸ™‚
    Also – Youtube, blogging, content creation and now podcast, is there anything that you can’t do? πŸ˜› Haha! πŸ˜€ Appreciate the hard work! πŸ™‚

    • anjalich
      December 2, 2020 / 12:49 am

      Wow, I’m so honored to be a part of your first experience with a podcast! This is the first podcast episode I’ve recorded, so I was nervous about it and I really appreciate your thoughtful comment & feedback. I hope you keep me updated on how things go with your friends – I’m hopeful that your relationships will grow if they’re receptive to how you feel! Thanks so much for watching, reading, and listening – comments like yours make me so happy, and want to keep creating!

  4. Pradnya Pravin Kadam
    December 2, 2020 / 4:40 am

    Loved the podcast. Was having a really busy schedule today. But managed to spare sometime to listen to this and it was worth it!!

    • anjalich
      December 2, 2020 / 7:36 pm

      Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to listen! I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  5. Pradnya Kadam
    December 2, 2020 / 8:29 am

    Hello! Wanna tell you that I recently came in contact with your and sufi’s account and it just blew my mind. Your blogposts and ig twitter profiles are also amazing. Looking ahead for some good blogs from you here after : )

    • anjalich
      December 2, 2020 / 7:37 pm

      That’s so kind of you! Thanks for following along on this journey, I hope you enjoy the upcoming posts!

  6. Ankita chaurasia
    December 16, 2020 / 11:32 pm

    I just finished listening to your posdcast and it was my first podcast to listen to .. its amazing.

    • anjalich
      December 17, 2020 / 12:03 am

      Wow, thank you so much for listening! I’m so honored that I was part of your first podcast experience!

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