The Need to prioritize Mental Health

How to Fight Depression and Boost Mental Health

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Health Tips of The Day: There are quite many important issues that are ignored in our society and mental health awareness is one of the biggest. Though awareness is a form of education but this education has evidently failed to reach the society completely.

A stressful relationship, academic pressure, financial instability and a lot more can be the causes of a deteriorating one’s mental health. It is important that these issues are taken into consideration as the mental and physical health go hand in hand for a person’s overall growth. The close relation between the mental health and an emotional quotient is crucial. The stronger the person emotionally is, the better is his/her mental health. With the Fast Moving Urbanised and modern world, somewhere the peace of mind and heart is lost which steals the mental peace.

This issue isn’t something that has to be addressed on a specific day (Mental Health Day, October 11) but something that has to be given more and more coverage till all the sections of the society start noticing it critically.

Here are a few important factors related to mental health…

Mental health, what is it?

Mental health includes our social, emotional and psychological well-being. It has a significant impact on our thoughts, decisions and mainly the quality of our lives.

Early warnings of mental illness is the extremes in his/her behaviour. Other than that, neuroticism, failing relationships or sudden changes in habits can be a few evident ones. “Mental failure isn’t a personal failure”, this thing should be kept in mind and can quite possibly be served as a motivational tool for people.

The ignorance

The issue of mental health is largely ignored by the elder population. Quite often these issues are ignored and dissed in the name of “drama” and exaggeration of one’s own feelings. In one of their videos, AIB had amazingly represented the ignorance in our society related to mental health. The satire was well put of ‘how the society would be if people reacted to physical health issues just like the way they dealt with mental health issues’. People consider the physical health to be the prominent one while largely ignoring the mental health which has significant impact on one’s well-being.

Here is that AIB video which you must give a shot!

Statistics show that more women die globally due to mental illness than childbirth-related causes. Suicide alone kills nearly three times (nearly a million people) the number of women who die in childbirth (360,000, mostly in the developing world) every year. Yet, far more money and attention go toward improving maternal health than mental health. The ignorance has evidently caused such a huge loss. It is time the awareness is spread through its means and reached out to all.

money means good mental health?

Money is important, but it doesn’t mean that every rich person is capable of sound mental health. Selena Gomez’s mental health issue is a widely known thing. She suffered depression and anxiety for a long period that caused lupus (an autoimmune condition in which the immune system creates antibodies that attack healthy cells in the body) due to which she later underwent kidney transplant. Her emotional imbalance was the outcome of her broken relationship with Justin Bieber and family issues.

What We can do about it?

It is important for us to acknowledge the existence of this issue and help out the people suffering through it. There had been a case of a young girl slipping into depression due to family problems. Due to lack of support from family members the people she reached out to were her cousins. What was surprising was the people who once hung out with her now tried to stay away as much as possible and kept back biting considering her as a burden because of her social aloofness.

It is important to note that depression is characterized in extremes. People with depression might either eat a lot or nothing at all. Some might be insomniacs while others might sleep for hours on a go. Some are extremely talkative while some have social anxieties at another level. It is crucial to look out for such people in our social circle and give them motivation they need. As compared to the west, Asian countries are a bigger victim of this Ignorance. The pressure put upon the kids to excel in every other aspect is insane. Teenage depression is an issue that requires utmost attention and care. It is often too late in the end when the adverse effect takes place and we say that we never saw the signs coming.

So, it is better we start taking precaution than being sorry.

Ways to fight depression and boost mental health

As a wise man said ‘Small steps taken together form a big change’. On the similar lines, I would like to list down these small steps which will boost your mental health and add value to your emotional well-being!

1. Start your day with coffee

Coff­ee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. The caffeine in coffee acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration.

2. Travel

Staying away from home for a few days can change a lot many things. It can bring change in your attitude as well as you a pause from your usual schedule and work. Pick a few friends or you can even plan a solo trip.

Here is a very interesting article about 5 Trips you Have to Take this New Year 2019 that you should read.

3. Exercise

Hitting the gym every day can add value to your physical appearance for sure. But more importantly, it will give you an enormous sense of well-being. You will feel more energetic and eventually get better sleep. Studies show that people who exercise regularly have sharp memory and they feel relaxed and positive most of the times. If you don’t get the time to hit the gym due to busy schedule or daily jobs then you can start practicing yoga in the morning.

Here is also an interesting article you should read on 7 Fitness Activities Couples Must Try.

4. Read and Write

Maintain a diary, put all your achievements and plans in it. Think and write about your goals. You can also start a blog as soon as you start feeling confident to share your knowledge and expertise with the world out there. It will though keep you a bit busy but that’s good, believe me. Good readers are are good writers too, pick a book of your choice and aim to read one book every month.

5. Stop looking for people

As you grow, you start realizing that you only need a few people who are positive and adding value to your life. You’ll always have people, be optimistic and the right people will start showing up in your life. Focus on making friends NOT bae. People who fall into relationships time and again always find themselves in turmoil; and keep repeating the cycle until they reach great misery. Sorry for the sarcasm.

6. Watch shows, comedy and crazy stuff

Charlie Chaplin said ‘A day without laughter is a day wasted’. Indeed, what if a person earns well, do all the hard work just for money and don’t get time to enjoy himself? The world is ever evolving and now we don’t even have to wait for our favorite shows to appear on TV at a specified time. Get subscription of Netflix, Amazon prime or anything else that you can think of for daily entertainment.

Over to you!

So that was my article on Mental and emotional health. I tried covering all sorts of causes of emotional instability, why one should take care of emotional health and the tips to improve mental health.

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Anam Mirajkar

Anam Mirajkar is a media student from Mumbai. Currently an intern at Laffaz Media and dedicated to contribute articles on entertainment and culture news.

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