“A study by WHO states that at least 6.5 percent of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, with no discernible rural-urban differences making India the most depressed country in the world.”
“Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. In terms of the burden of the disease among adolescents, depression is the third leading cause.”
Yesterday I asked a question on my Instagram story, “What do you do to feel good and happy when life hits a low.” And the responses I got are so very diverse and amazing! Sadness or hitting a low in life happens mainly cause we stop focusing on the positives in our life, we stop being grateful for what we have, we stop being happy and most importantly we stop trying and give up. And if these feeling repeat more often, it could even lead to depression.
The responses I received made me realize that we often forget how to lift up our mood and get back on track when we are low. Many of you talked about exercising, singing, reading, tea, music, wine, travel, shopping, eating, meeting friends and meditation. Frankly speaking, on days that I am feeling low, I don’t feel like doing any of this or even taking the effort to get out of my bed and eat. I cancel on my prior appointments, keep sulking and end up feeling more worse than what I begin with. I did some research yesterday and curated a list of things that you can do to feel good on days like this. Remember, what works for me our your friends might not work for you. You can try out stuff from this list till you find your personal solution to the problem. And I would advice having 3-4 mood lifters up your sleeve, so if one fails you know what to try next! 🙂
- Exercise (yoga, gym, running, swimming, dancing, skipping whatever)
- Play with your kids/ pets
- Go for a Drive
- Let go of the baggage
- Act the way you want to feel (this does work people)
- Jump, Jump, Jump
- Sing out loud or hear loud music
- Invest in other people (helping out someone will, in turn, lift your mood)
- Write down 10 things you are grateful for (and think hard when you do this)
- Say yes to your friends and get out to meet them
- Act Immediately (do something, if you can’t think of anything just go and take a shower)
- Take rest and sleep it off
- Keep the phone aside
- Clean around the house
- Netflix/ YouTube/ PrimeVideo (watching anything you like)
- Cook a meal for yourself
- Light candles
- Plan for future
- Indulge in your favorite beverage (tea, coffee, lemon water, wine whatever)
- Go Shopping
- Read a Book
We as a country need to open up and talk about mental health problems and ways to deal with it and keep ourselves happy and content. I know of people who flinch when they hear the words depression or therapist and I hope it changes soon. We need to teach our younger generation that having a mental health issue is very normal and can be cured like any other disease. We need to talk freely and support our peers. I hope the next time you are low, this list comes in handy and more importantly that you know you are not alone. Do leave any ideas that you have in comments below and have a great weekend!
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy.
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.