Mind the Mind: Towards Robust Mental Health

Published on: October 18, 2018

Mental health is an integral part of your well-being, and you may have unknowingly neglected it. Holistic wellness expert, Angeli, shares 5 simple steps you can start with right now to give your mind some tender loving care.

By Angeli Jagota

 

Articles, newsprint, videos, and online forums advise galore on what you should do to tone up your physical body to be a healthy individual. Gyms, fitness centers, protein powders, health products are aplenty to aid you in that quest.

All these may seem a great proposition in a world where health consciousness is direly needed, but what they aren’t telling you is that health isn’t just about physical well-being.

The intangible aspects, such as emotions, thoughts and belief systems also comprise an essential part of our overall health and, unfortunately, tend to be in a state of constant neglect, even if unknowingly so. 

So, how can we as health seekers be ‘health keepers’ of our mental equipoise and steer clear of developing anxiety, stress, impulse control, mood, and addiction disorders?

Women are more stressed

The rigors of the modern lifestyle, including work stress, societal pressures, conformism, social media-driven rat race, crass consumerism, etc., have contributed tellingly to the declining mental health of humans, particularly women.

Across the globe, societal setup is such that women are more stressed — even in a familial milieu where they are expected to play a sheet anchor role with a deluge of responsibilities and challenges.

No surprise then that the findings of a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey published in 2015 in the United States articulates that females were approximately twice as likely as males to have taken antidepressant medication. This survey also revealed that binge eating and antidepressant use increased from 1999 to 2014, signaling a growing subliminal mental dissonance.

All this is summed up in yet another statistic from the same study: suicide was the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds globally in 2015.

A five-pronged approach for good mental health

So wherein lies the remedy? As a holistic wellness expert, I envisage a five-pronged approach to keeping mental health in check.

1. Curb your virtual footprint.

Start enjoying life, start being there physically instead of thinking about selfie moments, Instagram stories or Facebook check-ins at any place you go. Let your body, your mind and your soul bask in the vibes. It is not important to tell the world where you are. It is important for you to experience the moment. And no gadgets an hour prior to sleep! Gadgets emit blue light radiation which impairs sleep rhythm and body clock. 

2. Find time to meditate for at least half an hour a day.

The internet is full of DIY meditations. Use them. If possible, chant a peaceful rhythm too. A seminal study on this topic found that a meditation-based stress reduction program helped quell anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder, a condition marked by hard-to-control worries, poor sleep, and irritability. So, the efficacy of meditation has a scientific endorsement.

3. Make a habit of penning your thoughts and journaling your feelings.

This is the best outlet for your emotional self. I say this as I know you can’t share everything with everyone. So be your best pal. 

4. Practise yoga.

Embrace the poses, unlock the power of locks and breathe a fresh lease of life into your senses through pranayama. When you do yoga, the stillness and retention of poses teach you patience, calming your mind. 

5. Write a gratitude diary every day.

This way you will inadvertently end up ‘counting your blessings’ —  a sure shot way of keeping stress at bay and finding happiness. 

 

References

[1] This March 2014 study, ‘Meditation Programs for Psychological Stress and Well-being,’ was conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 

About the Author

Angeli is a Yoga-Alliance-registered versatile yoga professional, holistic innovator, life coach, wellness counsellor and a certified kids yoga specialist. For her unique women empowerment initiatives like Fertility Yoga and for holistically simplifying problem-solving, Angeli is addressed as ‘Eve-Angelist’.


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