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World Health Day: TV celebs urge for mental health to be priority

Mumbai: There has been a growing concern around more and more people facing mental health issues across the globe. Given the stigma attached to ailments of the mind, many don’t express themselves in the fear of being misunderstood. Things get all the more difficult for introverts. Addressing the issue, celebs share their opinion on World Health Day. Read on:  
Jasmin Bhasin

A lot of people don’t want to talk about their mental health because they still think that when they talk, people take it in the wrong way, might think that you’re mentally unfit and consider you an outcast. I do believe people are introverts when it comes to expressing their inner feelings or discussing what’s giving them stress. The fear of getting judged is pertinent. But what they don’t understand is that if they express themselves then they can help themselves and also others also who are suffering from other problems of the mind. We should reach out to these people who are in need of those who would understand and help them. A lot of mental peace comes from within, so you need to help yourself. You have to do the right exercises, yoga, meditation, talk or write down your feelings. And if things go out of hand, feel free to consult doctors.

Sharad Malhotra

People are extroverts on the outside but when it comes to their inner feelings they are introverts. No one wants to be judged or not accepted the way they are. In fact, this whole digital world has made people very conscious and has instilled the fear of being judged. But, in reality it’s absolutely okay, not to be okay. A lot of people are talking about it but then it’s easier said than done. It’s very difficult to just let yourself be and accept all your flaws. Initially, we had only our families telling us what is right, or what is wrong, and conditioned us. But now, in today’s age I think children are being conditioned by everyone and anyone. People who don’t even matter are conditioning them to be how they should be. So, it’s very difficult for people to be open about their feelings but I’m very glad some are talking about it. You’ve to be free, you’ve to be in an atmosphere where you can be yourself and I think that is what we really need to work on. As far as I’m concerned, I think I’m grounded and flowing just like how the river flows in breezing the earth, because I really feel it’s very important to move on and let go and move ahead. And at the same time you’ve to know your reality, you need to know the truth you’ve to accept who you are and know yourself better and love yourself. That is something I usually advocate. Live in the moment, it’s very important to be here and now.

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Abhishek Kumaar
Given the nuclear family culture and growing digitization of communication, social skill sets are getting diminished by the day. This has resulted in a larger population of introverts who are not used to sharing their emotional issues upfront. I would classify myself as an extrovert in that sense as I have an ecosystem of close knit family and friends’ to share my thoughts and emotions with. Mental health is often ignored. From childhood, we end up hiding our thoughts, feelings and emotions. It’s time we vent it out. Suppressing things inside is injurious. The collective change has to be brought in with everyone’s efforts.

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Ajay Singh Chaudhary

Most people tend to be introverted when it comes to their own feelings and emotions because sometimes people are being judged 24X7. So that obviously is a scary thing. I feel we all need that one person in our life… could be our friends or family members, with whom you can express your feelings without being judged. You need to vent it out. There has to be a place where you can do that. If you don’t have such a place, reach out to a therapist. Good mental health should be our priority. It is more important to liberate yourself internally to enjoy your life and be happy. When you have good mental health you can deal with different difficult situations that come your way. One needs to remove the fear of getting judged from within. The day you’ll remove your fear, your anxiety will be calm and you will be able to find a solution for it. Find that one person to whom you can talk about anything, someone who is always there to hold your hand, give you good advice. Accept your flaws, situations, and love yourself. And, stop overthinking and be patient. Meditate, exercise, do yoga and do things that make you happy. Enjoy your life to the fullest.

Samer Singh Dawar
Most people tend to be introverts when it comes to their real feelings and emotions. I’m no different. I think we’re all blinded by the illusion of social media these days, so you hardly get to know what a person really feels because whatever we see is superficial as people pretend to be happy in the virtual world. It’s time the real side of people and the real emotions should come out. There’s no harm to be an introvert, you get to know and understand yourself better. I think everybody should take out time for themselves to ensure that they’re mentally healthy. Just putting yourself out on social media and looking all happy and dressed up is good to cheer yourself up but too much of it is unhealthy. Be an extrovert while expressing your feelings, because the more you ignore your issues, flaws and the more it affects your psyche. We must accept who we are.


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