Mind and body are very different, but they definitely affect each other. We’re well aware of how important it is to take care of our bodies—we look and feel better—but it’s easy to forget that taking care of our minds is also very important.

 

We live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you are depressed, everyone runs the other way, or some even make fun or point out that he/she is using depression as an excuse to display anger, frustration, being lazy,  not getting work done  etc etc… we are so, so so accepting of any body part breaking down other than our brain. And that’s pure ignorance. And that ignorance has created a society that doesn’t understand mental health.

 

We need to accept that unless we aren’t mentally healthy, achieving physical health is difficult. It’s an inside – out story

 

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Not everyone is the same. Not everyone handles situation in the same way. And we need to accept that. And also understand you are not alone in this. Everyone out there is fighting their own battle, their own demons. Everyone has a story.

 

There are days you may feel  sad or down, have Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt, be subject to Extreme mood changes of highs and lows, feel  Excessive anger, hostility or violence or feel Significant tiredness, low on energy or face  problems sleeping. There are times you may prefer being detached from family and activities, or your thinking may be impaired, or may find it difficult to think straight or concentrate or you may feel detached from reality, or have paranoia or hallucinations or find yourself unable to cope with daily problems or stress, you may find changes in your bowel movements or experience cramps headaches, back, neck shoulder strain, or experience panic attacks or at times even suicidal thinking. These are all signs telling you that you are mentally distressed. And it’s only YOU who can help yourself to get over it and heal yourself. It’s you who needs to take charge of your own life and heal.

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The first thing is accept… accept your feelings… accept that your feeling are valid, observe the emotions mindfully, try sitting with the feelings instead of changing them, be patient with yourself, believe in yourself a little more, don’t be sorry for putting yourself first when it comes to your emotional or mental health, whatever self-care looks like to you today, do that. As difficult as it sounds. But let go, be easy on yourself, and make things easy for yourself, its okay at times to take the easier route.It’s going to be okay.

 

Personally speaking, if there is anything which keeps me going me in my day to day transactions – it is YOGA. And when I say yoga I don’t mean the skillful postures that our Instagram account is filled up with. YOGA is about yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and the ultimate aim/object is to achieve samadhi (enlightment).” It takes years and years of practice, dedication and effort, and a person must be willing to train the mind and go deep inside. And though I am nowhere close to this in a million years and just a mere beginner. I have made a start.

 

You may want to start by Meditation.It is something anyone can do, any time, any momentit is basically focusing your mind on an object of concentration. It could be as subtle as your breath or as gross as an idol. Meditation will force you to face your own demons, the ones that you would otherwise run away from. It’s a checkmate situation from where it’s difficult to accept your own mind, forcing you to acknowledge your thoughts, feelings and emotions. It helps you to become the observer of those thoughts and eventually hug them with acceptance. With acceptance comes the ability to letting things go, helping our mind to be calm and clear. This also helps us in better decision making and being more aware so that when there’s a problem, we won’t be as adversely affected or react in such unhelpful ways.

 

In order to understand what I am saying, its imperative that you practice meditation as a regular part of you. Remember it’s not a day or 2 regime. It’s a lifestyle. Why not imbibe it in your everyday life and experience the magic???

 

# Menssana in corporesano. –  “a healthy mind in a healthy body”

Ms. Aanchal Jain
Asst. prof. ALSJ

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