There was a time when I saw my father feel ashamed of speaking about his mental health. There was thorough secrecy maintained about his regular visits to psychiatrist and taking prescription medicines.
As a daughter, I often found people overly sympathetic towards me, that too well-knitted with furtiveness as my father was unwell. I do not remember anyone ever speaking about his condition directly to me.
I wish I could have asked them what was there to hide about troubled mental health when we are so loud, even about a basic fever or cough?
Things are gradually changing though! The millennials and post-millennials are suffering from depression and anxiety more than any other generation and we have got no other choice left but to cure it as soon as possible. Although we make dark memes about depression and anxiety, it is not about just a mere social stunt every time.
People posting happy pictures on social media and ending their lives the next day is real.
As I tend to deal with depression and excessive anxiety and advocate mental health, I would like to talk about the methods this generation can implement to deal with depression.
Try to talk about your feelings. Try to talk about the pain you are going through. I know, it is difficult to explain the feelings every time. Sometimes patients themselves cannot figure out why the sudden anxiety is choking them off. But try your best to express yourself.
If you cannot express verbally, write down what is in your mind. It may not cure you like medicine, but it will give you a path to soothe yourself.
Pay a visit to a counselor (not the judgemental one!)
We millennials are always under pressure. There is a pressure to be the best performer at the office, the pressure to love and be loved, the pressure to achieve more and what not! Sometimes, we do not know how to channel our energy and end up feeling anxious.
Our lifestyle, habits, perspective towards life, etc are not always healthy. So it is important to pay visits to a compassionate counselor who can help you in channeling your energy without judging you for your habits and lifestyle.
Also Read: As Someone Who Grew Up With A Mentally-Ill Person, Here’s Why I Think Mental Health Is Important
Get out of your apartment
Depression makes us feel low and unwanted. Due to our increasing insecurity, we tend to avoid communication. Taking work-from-homes, looking at Netflix screen blankly and calling it ‘chill’ on social media, feeling ugly and hiding such feelings is all we do when depression overpowers us.
To overcome such a situation, it is important to get out of your comfort zone. Getting out of the house and facing the world can make you feel better. So despite what depression tells you, get yourself to a coffee shop, library or a park. Help yourself!
Ramp up the self-care
Make time for self-care. Once a friend told me, “The only person who can save you is YOU” and now I believe this completely.
There are two ways of self-care: the first one is to invest time in something very creative. It can be tasks like painting, writing a journal, jewellery designing etc. which needs thorough concentration and practice.
The second type of self-care is all about pampering yourself: for example, go out on a movie date with yourself, try a new cuisine, plan a solo trip… the options are endless.
Be a mental health advocate
Medicines heal fast but being compassionate about yourself and others can heal you faster. It is important to keep in mind that our generation suffers a lot. We all are fighting different battles but afraid to speak about it. So, try spreading compassion.
Talk about mental health.
Share your healing methods with others.
Be someone’s guide in the darkness. This can help you to heal and empower others along with yourself.
Do you want to talk about mental health? Share your experience in the comment box.
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