“Completely destroyed” after losing her mother and sister to COVID-19 recently, Indian women’s team cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy says she is slowly learning to tune herself out of that grief and stressed the importance of mental health assistance in crises.
The mental health issue is one of the critical health problems which people are battling today with. It is the mental poverty that eats up the liveliness and robustness of the human body.
According to WHO, India has one of the largest populations affected by mental illness. As a result, WHO has labeled India as the world’s “most depressing country”. Hence, seeing the data it would not be an exaggeration to say that the country is under the grip of ‘mental plague’.
The foremost cause behind the intensity of this problem is that there is a big stigma around people for mental patients. They do not agree that problem like ‘mental illness’ even exists. Mentally suffering people are often subjected to names like ‘madman’, ‘person with a screw loose’ or ‘maniac’.
Due to this societal treatment sufferers fears to share his/her problem with others or even visit a psychologist.
Also, in reality, there is a serious inadequacy of the mental healthcare workforce in India. According to WHO, in 2011, there were 0·301 psychiatrists and 0·047 psychologists for every 100,000 patients suffering from a mental health disorder.
With so meager facilities for mental health care, problems are never going to get controlled.
Today, the world is changing so rapidly, that it has become very difficult to cope up with its speed.
The race of going ‘one step ahead of others’ has gone so extensive that people often compromise their mental and physical health.
Mental illness is like a termite that makes the physical body hollow from inside.
Dr. Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that “without mental health, there can be no true physical health.”
MAJOR CAUSES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS:
Meath health is very rampant among students and adults. It may be caused due to-
social isolation or loneliness
social disadvantage, poverty, or debt
unemployment or losing job
domestic violence, bullying, or other abuse as an adult
losing someone very close to the heart
drug and alcohol misuse
failure in exams, competitions, or jobs.
Mental health issues include:
Depression, Anxiety attacks, Phobias, Eating Disorders, Stress, Suicidal tendency.
COMBATING MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS-
It’s high time that we recognize mental illness as an alarming health problem and uproot the societal stigma associated with it.
Mental health sufferers must be accepted by their family and society and their treatment should be given high priority. After all, a healthy mind makes a healthy body.
Good mental health allows our body to work coherently. It empowers us to make fair decisions. We deal with our ups and downs, work, relationships, etc with full vigor and a happy heart.
And there is nothing more motivating than Kahlil Gibran’s words “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
WAYS TO LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH-
- Talk about your feelings with others-
Long-stocked thought or feeling transforms into toxins. So, it’s better to spill your heart out to someone very close to you or someone mature enough to show you the right path. Sometimes, it’s not medicines that relieve our pain but talking and pouring our heart out to someone, sharing problems with others becomes a great way to destress oneself.
2. Eat well-
A healthy diet is key for a healthy life. Your brain needs many different nutrients to function healthy and effectively. Your healthy diet must include-
green veggies and fruits
wholegrain cereals and pulses
meat and non-vegs
plenty of water
Eat at least three meals every day. Too many high-caffeine or sugary drinks are unhealthy for both mind and body and avoid too much alcohol.
- Take sound sleep-
Resting your mind and body is very essential. Never prioritize works over your sleep. Take sound sleep of 7-8 hours every day. It is the time when your immune system rejuvenates and restores the energy needed for what’s coming up next. After a good sleep, you’ll feel happier and more refreshed with increased productivity.
4. Take a break-
It’s not bad to take a break from your work. Planning a vacation and going far away is a great way to refresh your mind from all negativity and stress. It helps rekindle the spark in your overall self with increased attention to your own being and your work apart from boosting creativity.
5. Prioritize and love yourself-
Always keep your peace of mind and health above everything else. Start loving yourself first then only you will be able to love others. Everyone is different; accepting your uniqueness is way much healthier than wishing to be like someone else.
Be proud of who you are, and not ashamed of how someone else sees you. Try to accept your flaws and love them. Identify your strengths and make them your weapon. You are the only person that can bring change into your life.
6. Meditate daily-
Meditation is the only possible way to look deep within yourself and know yourself. Rising early every day and meditating will give you a wave of inner peace and serenity in your mind.
“The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself acting always from a center of peace.” J. Donald Walters