Mental Health: A Hopeful Rant

So, I have been inactive for a long time now and I’m grateful for the two mails I got from people who follow my work, asking the reason for the same.

Let’s face it. The whole world has witnessed the adversity of Covid-19 and the atrocities it has unleashed on people, mentally and physically. A lot of talk about Mental Health and the stigma related to it has been going on lately.

I know, another person ranting about mental health. Not again! But hear me out, I will contribute with whatever I have. Every drop counts.

Mental health is the psychological well being of a person. I will not delve into complex definitions or classifications; everyone is well versed with the theme these days.
The lockdown has been a time which challenges the moral fabric of people. There are people who have a set goal for every day, making every ounce of their energy productive, and there are people fading in and out of an eternal abyss, just trying to stay alive.


One thing to remember is that the lockdown is for EVERYONE. Don’t compare your struggles. Don’t be harsh on yourself. Don’t ignore signs of help. Don’t in turn be harsh on others. Individualism is not a bad concept. However, in a paradigm in which you feel that everything is alright with you, making a silver lining out of leaving people on seen or helpless is nasty and disrespectful.

I’ve been the victim. I’ve been the oppressor. We expect conversations and sometimes, the right headspace doesn’t exist. Your intention to help isn’t wrong. Your action is. Don’t generalise therapy.
If someone is indulging in you or you notice signs or symptoms, consult professional help. Check the usage of words like “Depression” and “Insomnia”. These have an impact. There will be days when overthinking and anxiety will close in. When nothing feels right. Hold on.

I was a fragment of people who appeared for competitive engineering exams in India. And well, that is a whole different ballgame. If cut throat competition and over the top expectations aren’t enough for you, students face jealousy, self-doubt, depreciating confidence time and again. You’re at war. Life isn’t fair. Never was. Never will be. The only thing constant is change. I know what change feels like. Some people welcome change. Most don’t. We have a tendency to resist, it’s alright. Eventually, you’ll have days where you appreciate the simplicity of life.

Quoting one of the OG movies of all time, “Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery. What you have is today, a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Breathe. Introspect. Invigorate.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Dimple says:

    Great motivation thought

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  2. The present is always the anticipated future, and the past is of course a part of it. Stay well!

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    1. Well said !
      You too 🙂

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  3. A most thoughtful piece!

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      1. You are most welcome!

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  4. Addy says:

    I loved the last quote.

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  5. Maseera says:

    This is so thoughtful. We’re all in this together.

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  6. Nikhar says:

    Such a motivational msg Piyush. Keep up the good work buddy

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Thank you Nikhar 🙌💕

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      1. Nikhar says:

        Pleasure is all mine

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  7. There will be days when overthinking and anxiety will close in. When nothing feels right, hold on. You said it Piyush Ji. Every word of this article is true and utterly relevant in these times.

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  8. Moreblessing says:

    Mental health is on my heart! This “hopeful rant” goes a long way — keep it up!

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  9. Nawazish says:

    Well written!!!

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  10. Good thoughts, my friend! It’s so true that change is constant. Covid has changed so much. But with God’s help, He works it all out for our good!

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    1. Thank you ! Amen 😇

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  11. Chloe says:

    This is so well written and also really raw. I love that you acknowledge how painful life can be but remind us that change is always happening 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much ! 💖

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  12. craig lock says:

    Reblogged this on From Darkness into the Light and commented:
    “Yesterday was history, tomorrow is a mystery. What you have is today, a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

    Great quote
    http://www.craigsquotes.wordpress.com
    http://www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

    Hi Piyush

    Thanks for the follow(s) …and/or like(s)

    I just realised my days are determined and lead down paths from the feedback by my readers and followers around the world, like you. So thanks for the input.

    All your comments and feedback encourage (greatly), uplift and even inspire me to follow “this road less travelled”.

    I love my days “interacting with you’ guys and gals’ (and anything else in these uncertain* days-very)”

    “waking up sleepy-head” craig

    “the world’s fourth worst writer”

    see

    https://johnsphotopics.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer/

    and
    https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/why-im-only-the-worlds-fourth-worst-writer-3/

    * and definitely NOT a police constable)

    Still

    “Driven to uplift, encourage and (perhaps even) inspire”

    https://craigsquotes.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/path-emerson.jpg?w=605&h=454

    …”of chaos” (in the “real world”, so says “the nurse”)

    https://craigsbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/24/do-not-go-where-the-path-may-lead-go-instead-where-there-is-no-path-and-leave-a-trail-6/

    Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials ¦and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating and reblogging. Its an honor to interact with an esteemed author like you 💖😊

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  13. I was thrilled to read that you’re pursuing UPSC. At least that is what I thought what you meant by competitive exams. Metal Health is serious issue in India that is completely ignored. My family has a history of depression. I am lucky to not suffer from it. I have seen my own brother fight anxiety and OCD. So please keep ranting. The society needs a healthier outlook to mental health.

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    1. Oh ! Actually I guess I mentioned that I appeared for engineering exams and the competitive exams I mentioned was JEE, which is the entrance for engineering colleges. Your words are very true ! and I hope that you and your family stay safe.

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  14. Bryan Wagner says:

    Despite all that’s going on, I breathe, and stay with what’s gong on right in front of me. Everything else becomes a story of possible future and vague past. Thank you for sharing this post. Lots to think about.

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    1. Very true words ! I hope you take good care of your mental health . You can always reach out to me 🙂 💖

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  15. Thanks for the useful post.

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