Is Mental Health Overrated
On the occasion of World mental health Day, I remember there were various messages spreading around on social media about its awareness and stating why mental health is important? Why there is a flood of information floating around mental health now? IS it overrated? Is it really required? This blog will give you an insight about Mental health and some precautions to take without getting carried away and invite problems that doesn’t exists at the first place. When we read a word ‘Mental health’, we often start thinking of some serious issues, as the word “mental” is little scary isn’t it? Earlier, only serious conditions such as clinical depression was termed as Mental Health challenge. But now with increasing awareness and interventions in the area of mental health, emotions are playing a dominant role. However, it’s a two-way sword. This reminds of a recent incident. I was taking a self-discovery workshop for children of age 9 – 15 Yrs. We do a lot of work in terms of discovering emotions and how one can channelize them and work through it. To my surprise, when asked about emotions that were experienced most frequently, a 9-year-old girl said “I go through extreme frustration and I always feel I am a big failure in Life”. I was little surprised to know how come such a small kid, who could be free, playful and full of joy is using such big words. When discussed with parents to seek source of such big words, they acknowledged this is borrowed by someone elder at home (which was expected).
Talking about mental health is important, but more important question is “Am I creating more mental health issues that never existed simply by overdoing and over analyzing?” Especially with parents of these generation Z. Are they scared of their child’s mental health more than required? Is getting little too much?
Below points will help you understand what exactly is mental health is how one can cautiously choose NOT to over rate it and create problems for nothing.
- What is NOT Mental health
Mental health DOES NOT always mean depression. During various speaker-ship events, I often share this experience. “When you are able to express you are in depression, why you are in depression and how you want to get out if it, trust me you have already taken steps to overcome this phase and you are already reached half way of your transformation and you are not in depression anymore”. Sadly, even a small disappointment is termed as depression. If you had a small failure in term exam, you declare your Life as Failure. Is it really the case?
- What is Mental Health?
Mental health is “awareness”. Am I making small issue Big? Am I enjoying other aspects of life? Am I being joyful? Am I happy for the life I have? What else can help me in this area to take my life to the next level? What kind of professional help can I seek to resolve this? Mental health is also about learning to be Happy in the given moment with what you have. It is impossible to say that, at any given moment, you have nothing to be thankful for. Hence, instead of seeking what you don’t have, can we boost our mental health by positive emotions of happiness and joy with gratitude of what you have? Are you aware of what you need to let go? Do you accept yourself for who you are?
- Beware of Mental Health parasites
There are two kinds of people, people who discuss their Mental health to seek sympathy, people who discuss about their mental health to seek solutions. The earlier ones are parasites. Their only agenda is to extract energy out of you. If you are an empathetic person and you allow these parasites, you will end up getting drained. Hence beware of such parasites and attract people who have abundance to be thankful for.
- Do not over discuss or over analyze
With this massive Social Media marketing about Mental health, we assume that something is terribly wrong with us. When you over analyze, you create more intense problems that never existed. Mental health is also about giving right definition to your problem and seek help limited to that problem. e.g.: If you are having challenges at workplace, your life, as whole, need not become challenging. I have also seen people who can’t even live and celebrate happy moments as there is always a doubt about experiencing joyful moments. If you having issues with your physical health, lets limit the discussion around physical health only and avoid linking all to your life that invites unnecessary fear.
- Live Light
Its easy to attract and dig troubles but its difficult to attract positivity and dig sources of happiness that already exists. Mental health is also about living Light along with the awareness of challenges in few areas. Be with your lighter version. While you are taking actions to resolve challenges of what is not there, one needs to also develop an art of seeing what is there too! Mental health can be healthy too! Why don’t think about positive mental health and over discuss happiness.
Mental health is not over rated, It’s the overthinking that attracts problems!
– -Supriya Pujari