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.