Give special attention to your and your loved one’s mental well-being
- Encourage people around you to start having a conversation about mental well-being.
- Educate your social circle and inform them that mental illnesses are not a taboo.
- Take some time out of your busy schedule and perform activities that take you to your happy place.
With health and economic vulnerabilities knocking our door due to the COVID-19 crisis, what we often forget is the impact that it leaves on our mental well-being. The entire world right now is not only battling the virus but is also struggling with loneliness and solitude that the lockdown had presented. And we understand that with so much happening across the globe, it is difficult to keep one’s mind away from negativity.
But what we also need to understand here is that no matter how difficult or worrying the current times are, we should attend to our mental well-being. Many times people don’t even acknowledge the fact that they or someone else around them is undergoing any mental illness and dismiss the symptoms by terming that as ‘it is just a phase’ or ‘you are just overthinking’. Apart from that, there are a lot of people in our society who stigmatise mental illness, causing the other person to succumb to the spiral of silence. However, it’s never too late to correct one’s approach towards mental health.
We must extend a helping hand towards those suffering from anxiety, depression or any other mental difficulty. Along with that, we need to normalise therapy. If you ever feel that anyone around you is showing clinically significant symptoms, you should recommend them therapy and help them take the first step towards their mental well-being. Today, a lot of non-government organisations are tirelessly working towards raising awareness about mental health and are also offering mental healthcare services at affordable costs.
But more importantly, the need of the hour is to start a conversation about mental health. Thus, we encourage you to connect to your loved ones to express your care and love for them. You should reach out to your friends and family and tell them that you will always have their back, no matter what turns life takes. This way, they will feel mentally more secure and safe as they will know that when things go south, you will be there to offer a shoulder. So today, let’s take the first step and share these inspirational quotes on mental health with our dear ones.
- In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers – Fred Rogers
- What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, and more unashamed conversation – Glenn Close
- I cannot stand the words “Get over it”. All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that’s OK – Beau Taplin
- You don’t have to be positive all the time. It’s perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared and anxious. Having feelings doesn’t make you a negative person. It makes you human – Lori Deschene
- Give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up! Everyone makes mistakes, have setbacks and failures. You don’t come with a book on how to get it right all the time. You will fail sometimes, not because you planned to, but simply because you’re human. Failure is part of creating a great life – Les Brown
- There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone’s business – Vikram Patel
- If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it – Russell Wilson
- Sometimes the most important thing in a day is the rest taken between two deep breaths – Etty Hillesum