Mental Health issues have always remained a topic of stigma. Open discussion on these topics is still a dream. However, with the cases of psychological issues rising in number, the trend has seen a shift. These days, Mental Health concerns are more openly addressed. Another reason for the shift in trend could be due to the open discussion about mental well-being and mental health issues by the stars whom we admire. Actress Deepika Padukone opened up about her struggles through depression. A lot of bollywood mommies also have talked about Post-partum depression, the recent one being Esha Deol Takhtani.
What is Mental Health?
According to WHO, Mental Health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Mental Health affects your functioning in every aspect of life and thus it is an important topic of discussion. In this article we will look at ways to improve and maintain your mental well-being. These are simple, not very demanding tasks that each and everyone can implement in their day to day life.
Tips to improve your Mental Well-being
1. Positive Talks
How you think about yourself has a positive effect on how you feel. When we look at things in a negative way, we look for evidences confirming our belief. Same is true for thinking positively. Simple affirmations like “I can do it.” can work wonders. Whenever in doubt or feeling low just use an affirmation. You can create as many positive affirmations as you like.
2. Gratefulness Journal
We often keep cribbing about the things that we don’t like. In doing this we forget to thank those that we have. Expressing gratefulness and counting your blessings is one way you can maintain your mental well-being.
The best way you can habituate yourself to do this is by maintaining a Gratitude Journal.
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3. Mindfulness: Being Here and Now
Mindfulness is nothing but the awareness of the moment. In simple words, it is being here and now. It is to not worry about the future. It is to not stress over the things that happened or could have differently happened in the past.
The whole process sounds very simple but sit to do, one will realize how hard it actually is.
It is proven that exercise not only has benefits to the physical body but is also beneficial for the mental Well-being. It works a magic by releasing the happy hormones in the body. This releases the stress in the body and ultimately makes one happy.
Join a gym and if you are not a gym person just set out for a walk. Another way to stay fit physically and mentally would be doing Yoga.
5. Open Up
Often in our fast paced lives one thing that we have forgotten to do is to connect. Our connections and relations all are built and flourish virtually. In such times it is very important that one opens up and share what they feel to someone else who is close to them.
This would not only help them feel free from all their cluttered thoughts. It will also help them in building and nurturing relationships with their closed ones. This will also help in building trust.
There are many more ways in which one can take care of their Mental well-being, art being one of them. Check out the benefits of art here.
How To Stay Productive During Lockdown
COVID-19 has pinned the whole world down to their beds. No one is allowed to leave their houses and go to public places and run their errands which will risk their lives. But still we cannot let COVID get the best of us. It is important that we stay productive and positive during these tough months.
Sharpen your existing skills
This home isolation can be the best time to sharpen your existing skills. If you like cook, look up some recipes online and keep trying. If you like to write like I do, write your heart out because you will simply not get a better time to do so. Similarly, keep on adding more and more experience to your already existing skills. Thanks to the abundant online resources which are readily available to us.
Create an office like environment
Our mind works in a strange way. When at home, it declines to work harder and instructs our body to relax a little too much than needed for being productive. The best way to handle this situation is to create an office-like environment near your workstation at home. Choose a peaceful corner or room and simulate it with an office cubicle. This works like a charm for online meetings and classes.
Monitor your screen time
In this era of internet and universal connectivity, we spend a lot of our spare time on electronic screens, like mobiles, tablets, and computers. Home isolation has worsened this obsession to the level where it interrupts our sleep. Thus, keep a tab on your screen time and get a sound sleep for improved productivity.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise
Only a healthy body can incorporate a healthy mind. To keep yourself attentive and boredom free, it is important that you work out on a regular basis. Meditation, Yoga, cardio, or dance, try whatever suits you to be active and healthy during the lockdown. You can use a fitness app also that will keep you alarmed about your unhealthy lifestyle and will help rewire your thoughts.
Read a book!
So this one should be pretty obvious. Almost every significant individual, may it be a businessman or someone in the creative field. Everyone has recommended to read almost one book once a week. Books don’t just expand your knowledge. They also better your understanding and control over a language. Most Importantly, It adds a lot to your personality. If you don’t believe us. Read one book per week for 3-4 months. And then self-asses your personality. You will be shocked by the results.
Organize your wardrobe
Most of us have at least one dress that we know we’ll never wear again. Or a pair of jeans that just don’t fit the way they used to. It’s time to declutter your wardrobe and get rid of those sad pieces that no longer see the light of day. Either pass them onto friends and family, donate them to charity or at the very least, find your nearest clothing bank and recycle.
Make a bucket list
Think positive and look ahead to sunnier days by making a bucket list. Rather than wallowing in your pyjamas for the fifth day in a row (we’ve all been there) change your outlook and reflect on all of the things you’ll be able to do once lockdown restrictions are lifted. Looking to travel more? These scratch-off maps are perfect for planning your next adventure post COVID-19.
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Life Lessons From The Mastermind Of Da Vinci
Saying Leonardo Da Vinci was way ahead of his time seems almost a cliche. His infinite curiosity, paired with his instinct to merge art and science, helped him create some of the world’s most impactful works. Da Vinci was the true definition of a- Renaissance man. Being a painter, architect, inventor, and student of scientific knowledge, he was an all-rounder.
Leonardo’s relentless curiosity and experimentation should remind us of the importance of instilling not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it and above all, to be imaginative.
Da Vinci was a self-taught kid. He didn’t go to school because he was born out of wedlock and among the things he loved was the Arno river. He was fascinated by the spirals the river formed while flowing. Vinci studied those, and from his childhood to his deathbed, he was still drawing the spiral forms and trying to figure out the math behind them. There’s just so much to learn from him. Some of the life lessons he can give us are-
Observe Your Surroundings
Leonardo’s greatest skill was his acute ability to observe things. Nothing was commonplace to Leonardo. He sketched over 500 drawings of flowing water. He was willing to look deeply and not assume that he knew how something worked. It was the talent that empowered his curiosity. It was not some magical gift but a product of his own effort. He often looked at the four-winged dragonflies and noticed how the wing pairs alternate in motion. When he walked around town, he observed how the facial expressions of people relate to their emotions. He discerned how light bounces off different surfaces.
Be Unapologetically Curious
Leonardo actually did have special talents, as did Einstein or Newton, but his distinguishing and most inspiring trait was his intense curiosity. He wanted to know what causes people to yawn, how they walk on ice in Flanders, what makes the aortic valve close, how light is processed in the eye, and what that means for the perspective in a painting. Being relentlessly and randomly curious about everything around us is something that each of us can push ourselves to do, every waking hour, just as he did.
Dare To Be Multi-dimensional
Leonardo was a weapons designer and a map builder. He was a painter, draftsman, hydraulic engineer, and inventor. He was also an early impresario, arranging coronations and royal weddings. How might we develop broadly? What other interests and talents might we explore? Da Vinci was an anatomist, architect, botanist, city planner, chef, humorist, engineer, equestrian, inventor, geographer, geologist, military scientist, musician, painter, philosopher and much more.
Make To-Do Lists
Most people’s to-do lists are, almost by definition, pretty dull, filled with those mundane little tasks that tend to slip out of our minds. Da Vinci would carry around a notebook, where he would write and draw anything that moved him. “It is useful,” Leonardo once wrote, to “constantly observe, note, and consider.” Buried in one of these books, dating back to around the 1490s, is a to-do list. It’s so cool to have his notebooks because we have more than 7,200 pages that are still existent of his notebooks.
Be Open To Mystery
One day Leonardo put “Describe the tongue of the woodpecker” on one of his eclectic and oddly inspiring to-do lists. The tongue of a woodpecker can extend more than three times the length of its bill. When not in use, it retracts into the skull and its cartilage-like structure continues past the jaw to wrap around the bird’s head and then curve down to its nostrils. When the bird smashes its beak repeatedly into tree bark, the force exerted on its head is 10 times what would kill a human. But it’s tongue acts as a cushion, shielding the brain from shock. There is no reason you actually need to know any of this. It is information that has no real utility for your life, just as it had none for Leonardo.
Genius is often considered the purview of loners who retreat to their garrets and are struck by creative lightning. Like many myths, that of the lone genius has some truth to it. But there’s usually more to the story. The paintings from Leonardo’s studio were created in such a collaborative manner that it is hard to tell whose hand made which strokes. And his most fun work came from collaborations on theatrical productions and evening entertainments at court. Genius starts with individual brilliance. But executing it often entails working with others.
Create For Yourself
No matter how hard the rich and powerful Marchesa Isabella d’Este begged, Leonardo would not paint her portrait. But he did begin one of a silk merchant’s wife named Lisa. He did it because he wanted to, and he kept working on it for the rest of his life, never delivering it to the silk merchant.
The life of Da Vinci is certainly worth studying. His amazing adventures are sure to pique anyone’s curiosity. Da Vinci’s mind was well beyond his era. Even today we try to learn more and more about him, simply because he never ceases to amaze us! We’ll never emulate Einstein’s mathematical ability. But we can all try to learn from, and copy, Leonardo’s curiosity. Also read- Rewire Your Brain For Success!
5 Things To Do When You Feel Lonely
There are some days in our lives when we feel lonely even when we are surrounded by people. The human mind is bizarre as it influences imaginations that we know would never be realised. In our mind, the loneliness prevails and affects how we feel around people. Even with the assurance and support of friends, family and psychologists, the loneliness never separates from ourself.
In such circumstances, it is US, the sufferers, the ones that feel lonely, who can undo the impact. When loneliness starts taking a toll over us, it is us who have to overcome and battle with that loneliness until it is defeated. Life is an unseen trailer of a movie of which you have seen just 10 minutes.
STOP Inflicting Harm On Yourself
Do you often victimise yourself for some imaginary situation or just because you feel lonely? Okay, first of all, start by appreciating yourself. Even if standing in front of a mirror haunts you, do that! Look at yourself from top to bottom. The first thing that you would see is going to be your faults because you have made that perception of yourself in your mind. Focus on that one thing in your body that you love the most. It could be your eyes, or your well-shaped eyebrows or even a mole on your chin. This process will undo, little by little, the mental harm that you have wreaked onto yourself.
START Doing What You Love
It can be a simple activity like singing, dancing, painting or photography. There is nothing better than a hobbyhorse to make yourself feel less lonely. If these activities seem overdone, try learning a craft from your mother or father: it could be simple needlework or learning how to drive. It is neither unproductive nor is it a sheer waste of time. It is all about putting your time on what makes you feel grounded.
HELP Someone Who Seeks Help
You may have heard the adage that says « Kaun Kiske Aansu Ponchega Jab Sabke Rumaal Gheele Hain », but sometimes helping someone in need makes you realise that there are lonelier people than you, who may or may not be surrounded by many people. Visiting an NGO or Old Age Home and doing a good deed by spending time with them and making them feel like your home will stir a reversal of the feelings of loneliness. This is also a practice to make yourself feel grounded and protected.
BEFRIEND A Non-Human Friend
Sometimes conversations do not help, on the contrary, they seem to multiply anxiety. Sometimes just sitting next to someone means more than narrating how you feel. This non-human friend can be your pet, an all-time favourite movie, a comic strip, an old school chapter, a toy from infancy, an old music CD, PlayStation or just a simple walk into the lap of nature- befriend the ones that bring solace and serenity in your life.
TALK To Someone You Trust
…And sometimes conversations are important. Talk to someone you genuinely trust, like a family member, a friend or even a psychiatrist. Give yourself a chance to feel a new emotion of emancipation from loneliness.
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