We all lead busy lives and crave more time for ourselves, but if you make simple, small changes to your daily routine and devote more hours to self-care, it could help to improve your happiness and well being. Start with your own needs first, learn to say no and devote time in your schedule for you. Here are four reasons why self-care is important for maintaining positive mental health. Eating a healthy diet We have all heard the phrase, “You […]Continue Reading
My Dear Friends,
It pains me to find out that you are struggling. That your mental health is a cause for concern to you and the people around you.
You know what makes me proud though? The fact that you have identified what ails you.
There are so many people who spend a lifetime not realising what is wrong with them. While others live in denial of what is. There are still others who choose to look away, as admitting something would make it real. A few decide to hide their condition, and suffer silently.
This is why I applaud you. You’ve acknowledged what is wrong, and you’ve decided to set it right.If someone fractures their limb, they immediately see an Orthopedic Doctor to get a cast and set the bone right. If the throat is infected, an ENT Doctor is consulted. Why then do people shy away from seeing a Psychologist / Psychiatrist when they don’t feel right mentally? It is because of the stigma that still shadows mental illness.
How hypocritical is it that we look up in awe at celebrities abroad who openly announce they have personal therapists, and look down upon our friends if they share that they see a therapist.
Does this attitude keep you away from seeking help? Or sharing that you are? I am sure it does.
I am playing devil’s advocate when I say this, but the terms ‘mental health’,‘depression’ and the like are being used so loosely these days that we are left wondering who is the one really suffering and who is the one who carelessly thinks they may be.
I guess both should be given a listening ear and the benefit of doubt, right? I have realised they should.
If each of us becomes more sensitive to those who need us to be.
If each of us reads up and educates ourselves better on mental health.
If each of us develops empathy instead of sympathy.
If each of us stops thinking of ‘Mental Health’ as a stigma or a topic that should be swept under the carpet, we have already taken the first step in standing with our friends who are weighed down by various mental issues.
I promise to.
If you know me well you would have heard me say, ‘It is cheaper to stay healthy’, at least once during our conversation. Yes, it is a line I repeat often, and because I learnt this lesson the hard way. A spate of ill health was my constant companion for the past two years. Not only was being sick was an enormous physical and mental setback, but doctors visits and tests burnt a huge hole in my pocket too. I […]Continue Reading
The Eat Right Initiative By FSSAI The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India started in 2018 the Eat Right award. The initiative was launched to promote in educational institutes a higher standard of: Food hygiene Food safety Food quality The objective was to ensure that campuses provide food to students that is healthier to the body, safe to eat and full of nutrition that benefits the pupils. This year the very first award was announced and conferred to IIT-Gandhinagar. […]Continue Reading
How time flies when you are having fun! Well, 6 months of the year have flown by before I could even count them! Safe mark for an update on the resolutions, methinks. Just to refresh your memory; Like everyone else, I had made some Resolutions at the start of this year. Unlike everyone else, I fully intended to keep them. How have I done? Read on to find out… *This year I promise, to take to drinking…at least 12-14 glasses […]Continue Reading
The last time I made a New Year’s Resolution AND followed it through was when I was 9 years old. I swore, “I will write in my Cursive Writing Book everyday” and I did. The end result was beautiful writing. Proof that New Year Resolutions work IF they are feasible (I badly failed my ‘I-will-marry-George-Clooney-this-year’ 2005 resolution) and you follow through (And I badly failed it because I didn’t follow through with it) with them. So, here is my realistic […]Continue Reading
Two months ago I undertook the 21 Day No Sugar Challenge. It was an impulsive decision to do so and I went cold turkey, not allowing myself to think, rethink, have self-doubts, and just started one morning. I have a notorious sweet tooth. I look forward to my desserts more than I look forward to my meals. I have scoffed down entire, large, bars of chocolate and I am a glutton when it comes to ice cream. The word moderation […]Continue Reading
Worry is a feeling of anxiousness that takes over when you think of the problems in your life, either the current ones or the probable ones. We all worry. Our degrees of worry may wary, but we all do. Will my alarm ring on time tomorrow morning? Will the maid bunk again? How will I pay my child’s school fee? Will I be getting the pink slip when my firm downsizes? When will Salman Khan get married? So on and […]Continue Reading
Skill is defined as the ability to do something well. We thought up this prompt for #ThankfulThursdays and were pretty excited about it TILL it came to writing down our skills. Really, we were kind of stumped. Deepa remarked that it seemed like we were praising ourselves, and we all chuckled as we agreed. But knowing what you are good at is a good thing, right? Knowing what works for you, and also what does not, just keeps you more […]Continue Reading
Ever so often, the desire to evolve drives me to cast a sweeping glance through my attitude, my life and the people in it. After a swift, and at times contemplative, reckoning I sift through my thoughts, ideals, people and everything that affects me and my day to day living. Retaining the gist of what has worked well for me, I chuck the clutter of stagnant ideas, situations and everything that has been weighing me down, to make way for […]Continue Reading