V.G. Siddhartha, MD of CCD, committed suicide. Many others especially students and entrepreneurs are also committing suicide every year. They are not as vulnerable as poor farmers in the village deprived of all resources and commits suicide due to the hardship of existence.
Many people commit suicide as they are not able to deal with the vagaries of life, be it a failure, high debt, inability to manage difficult situations, lack family support, etc.
“Emotions influence every action we take. So the more we are aware of our feelings, the more we gain conscious control over our lives.” Jessica Moore
It’s not about money or physical health. It is about mental and emotional health. It is about wellbeing. It is part of overall mental health.
We as a society have failed to recognise this very important aspect of health. We are so obsessed with exterior health like physique, looks, and success like financial success, an educational success that we have ignored the internal aspect of health and life.
Our ability to handle our downtime is very critical. Managing our lows is an important life skill. We celebrate success but look down failures.
Here is a list of things you should do when you feel emotionally drained and feeling low.
Early Signs of Emotional Health Issues:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
Emotionally healthy people are aware of their emotions. They can deal with them, whether they are positive or negative. Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger, and sadness. But they know how to manage their negative feelings. They can tell when a problem is more than they can handle on their own. They also know when to seek help from their doctor.
Here are some of the ways people with emotional down phase can turn around and recapture their lives.
Emotional Health Check List:
Failure, difficult situations are a way of life. Nothing is permanent.
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” Og Mandino
Success will come if you are alive. Success mostly comes to those who are prepared to deal with the failure and comes out with flying colors.
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Keep learning new things. This takes your mind away from down feelings. It opens up the mind and creates new opportunities.
Share Your Feelings
Talk it out. Share your feelings with friends, family members spouse whosoever. This will ease your burden.
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Every great people whose biographies worth reading are the people who struggled in their life.
“Self-pity is spiritual suicide. It is an indefensible self-mutilation of the soul.” Anthon St. Maarten
Read scriptures like Bhagavat Gita, Yoga Vasistha, Samay Saar, Tattvartha Sutra, etc. It has enormous power to heal your soul.
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Take it Easy
Nothing matters more than human life. Ending life is escapism, facing life is difficult but a better option.
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. ” C. S. Lewis
Express gratitude for what you have.
Take up Social Projects
Help others. This is the best way to deal with the down moments. You are of use to someone is a great feeling. Become selfless and offer your skill to someone who needs it.
Write a blog or note. Share your feeling with others through a blog. There are many who are passing through low times like you. Your experience sharing could be a support to them.
Susan David says in the following Ted Talk, “Write as no one reads. ”
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Exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, meditate, work less, spend more ME time. Get out of your routine and do good things. This will have a positive mental effect.
Here is a soothing Ted Talk on Emotional Health for everyone to listen.
“I’m alone, but I’m not lonely. I like who I am. I like who I’m becoming.” Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory
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