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Understanding Mental Health

Updated: Jul 17, 2020

Written by Ashita Singh (Instagram)


Mental illness


My all-time favourite book has mentioned and I quote,

”Pain demands to be felt.”

That’s something very true but that doesn’t mean that you keep on feeling it till it starts affecting your very own precious life and your perfectly healthy mind. Pain brings sadness along with it, sadness indulges you into overthinking and over-analyzing which leads to less healthy and more doubtful mind throwing you into the black hole of mental illness. Going by how books, blogs, vlogs, and other referable sources describe it,

“Mental health refers to cognitive behavior and emotional well being of a person. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave.”

But we all to a certain extent will agree to the fact that the mental health of a person holds far greater value than just the words used to define or describe it. A stable mind and a healthier mindset are very important for the well being of a person. Things sometimes said, words sometimes used, actions taken can have a very bad impact on people’s state of mind. You might think that what you said was very trivial but you never know how it can affect a person on a daily basis. They may keep analyzing it, overthinking over it, trying to find out where did they go so wrong, and eventually without being alarmed by it they go into depression. Being depressed isn’t just a phrase that is used to describe situations where you can’t get enough cheese to decorate your pizza It’s when you can’t see your self for who you exactly are. Things become dull around you. You find it difficult to even get out of your bed every day and get ready for work.

Someday if you make it to work you’ll find yourself struggling to focus on things which were so easy for you in the past. You’ll sleep to avoid your feelings and problems, stress eating, shutting yourself down are all a part of it. This is the alarm that you need to seek help. This is the sign that mental illness is starting to knock on your door of a perfectly healthy mind.

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Some signs of mental illness are as follows (MOST COMMON):

  • Anxiety

  • Mental disturbances

  • Lack of sleep/ more sleep than usual

  • Loss of appetite/ overeating

  • Lack of motivation to do anything

  • Lack of interest in social interactions

  • Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorders

  • Extremely high and low mood swings

Avoiding or turning a blind eye towards these signs and not seeking help fearing “what people will say” has worse effects on an individual leading to:

  • Psychotic disorders like schizophrenia

  • Substance abuse disorders

  • Suicidal thoughts

Mental health or illness is not necessarily to be related only to the things presently happening in and around you. It can also be related to past traumas and incidents. In any case, it should not be neglected. Whenever you fall sick, you go to a doctor, get it diagnosed, take medicines, complete the prescribed doses of it, rest, and get well soon. Everything follows a path, a particular pattern and so does the fight with mental depression and illness. Seeking help is something that’s essential and not something to be ashamed of. When you can’t fight what’s going within your self when you find yourself getting weaker each day to approach someone for help. You deserve to be heard too. You deserve to be healed too. A healthy body keeps you fit and a healthy mind keeps you going. Our world is full of opportunities and disappointments. Each of them will occasionally knock at your doors. When you accept an opportunity you’ve to face the disappointments too but while you do that your mental health can be at stake. It doesn’t mean you’ve to differ from your path or give up on your stubbornness to be successful. But what you should do is to take care of your mind as well as your health.


HOW TO DEAL WITH MENTAL ILLNESS/DEPRESSION:

  • Tell yourself something positive every day

  • Focus on one thing at a time

  • Exercise

  • Meditate

  • Eat a good meal

  • Take a break

  • START LOVING YOURSELF DEARLY.

  • CRY ONCE IN A WHILE.

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Crying Is OKAY

Crying isn’t a sign of weakness, from birth it’s an epitome of being alive Irrespective of GENDER, AGE, and TIME. Babies don’t always have to cry and grown-ups don’t always have to deal with stuff strongly. Break down if you want and cry as much as you want but keep don’t let yourself forget how strong you’re and how gloriously you’ve got yourself to this point. Fighting through all the odds, defeating every obstacle in the way you’ve reached a point from where turning back isn’t an option but taking a break is so do it. It’s okay to slow down. It’s okay to not be a part of the rat race. It’s okay to let others go-ahead for a while. It’s okay to lose. One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart. Take your time, stand up again and you’ll be running faster than before. Talk about your problems, don’t try to just “deal” with them on your own. Take help, take the easy way out if there’s one. The harder ways don’t always let you to greater heights sometimes they’re the reason for your downfall too. Let others be there for you.

“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that’s mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less scary, and less upsetting. -Feder Rogers

Don’t let anything ever affect who you truly are and let yourself down. Life will throw various obstacles at you where ostracizing and giving up on everything and everyone and your own life will seem like the only option available, but it’s not. That’s not the time to take matters in your own hands. This is the time you go out in the world and let others lend you a helping hand. Depression can be defeated by proper self-understanding and communication. Giving up on life is not the way. Taking a step back, taking a break, and enhancing your way through life is. You’re the king/queen of your minds, rule it wisely. Always keep yourself and your happiness first. You deserve it. Don’t let words of others define who you truly are. You’re one of a kind and everyone around you loves you and they value your existence in your life. Your absence can affect them and that void can never be filled. They’ll be happier acknowledging the concept of mental illness and helping you rather than crying at your funeral and blaming themselves for the rest of their lives.


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