Mental Health — Do we need to be concerned?

Everybody talks about it, but how many of us understand it?

Hello everyone, as May is considered mental health month, so I would like to share my understanding, experience, and ideology about it.

It’s a very debatable topic, and mostly every celebrity and iconic personality talks about it. But have you ever seen your parents, friends, or siblings talk to you or with you about it? I don’t think so, at least mine never did. We are so busy in our day-to-day work and, trust me, we have become slaves to our laptops and OTTs.

Answer my one question, what’s the latest version of spending time together? Netflix and chill. Am I right? Do you have a friend who will call you in a cafe and sit with you just to talk about everything that bothers her or you? Never. You will either talk about the latest gadgets, how much you are earning, where you are investing, or your next vacation destination, but never about your mental health. Why? Are we hesitant or do we just don’t care? I am not sure what the reason is, but whatever it is, it’s not right.

Mental health technically includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. So when you feel emotionally weak or down, ask your loved one to talk to you. I personally do it. Whenever I am not feeling emotionally right or there is something or someone who is devastating my mental peace, I prefer to talk to my mom or my husband, but I never choose to sit alone and keep all those thoughts inside me so that they grow and turn into something that will later on affect my mental health and peace.

There are situations and moments that bother you a lot and you want to share them with someone just to get advice on it or just to get rid of that thought, but you can’t share them with your mother, friends, or husband. So what to do then? Keep it inside you and gradually erode your emotional stability, or talk to them and worry what will they think? This is the situation when you need to get in touch with a counselor.

Talking to a counselor or going to therapy meetings and sessions would not make you a mentally disturbed person. It’s a myth, trust me. These sessions and meetings make you stronger because you get a chance to share what you are going through with a group of strangers who don’t know who you are and will never judge you. Plus listening to what they are going through reduces your stress and pain. Why? Because then you realize that you are not alone struggling with the same situations and moments. There are plenty of people who are struggling with you.

There is a quote” Everyone you meet is fighting a battle that you know nothing about”

And that’s a fact actually. So give yourself a rest and find someone who is ready to listen to you. You will feel better!

Let’s be more caring, kind and patient.

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