Farheen here, with a very delicate topic to talk about. The anxiety & depression – these two words themselves signifies the enormous amount of pain and pity.
You know, when you are going through your low times among st the usual ups and downs of life. The time when the things go terribly wrong and you feel helpless, nothing is under control. The problems/situations/circumstances smashes out the spirit and confidence from you. Like a sudden tsunami wave in your life…. BAM !!! … Everything is broken – including the hopes & dreams you carry in your eyes. The days look dull and the nights are gloomy. You feel so worthless, however from the core of your heart you know that you are not so. That empty feelings of being nothing and you feel like your spark is all gone. Yes, I am describing about how a person feels through anxiety and depression. Trust me, even these sentences are not enough to tell the torture of such mental issues.
Getting into such medical conditions is nothing to be ashamed of. Anyone can suffer from this, anybody who is thriving to live a passionate & hardworking life. From an unsuitable job or unemployment, relationship problems, an injury, ongoing chemotherapy of any medical disorder or being diagnosed by an incurable disease or your unfulfilled wishes, anything can put you in shitty situations like anxiety and depression.
People feel so shameful stating the fact that they have gone through such conditions & its all because of our society. More precisely, in our Indian society, it is majorly considered a taboo. No one talks and shares about it. According to people, these conditions are not even taken as diseases, people never keep such conditions in the category of a medical disorder.
It goes like this, if you have typhoid or malaria, yes its a disease, everyone knows about it and the medications are also easily available. But in the case of anxiety & depression, there is no awareness regarding such topics. A person might be considered mad, crazy, insane, out of his/her mind when going through anxiety & depression but is never said to be “diseased”.
So let me tell you, anxiety and depression are disease conditions, just like any other diseases such as TB, asthma, conjunctivitis etc.
Anxiety and depression can occur to anyone and at any age & the both can be cured with successful efforts. There are medicines available out there, you can get help, but the main drawback is, there is zero knowledge and information on such topics in our society, no one wants to talk about it and if someone has gone through it, so much of guilt is there in the patient, build up by the society, that no one wants to even share about it.
I do confess, I have gone through anxiety & its horrible but its nothing to be ashamed of.
Anxiety and depression may be defined as a medical condition or disorder of brain, like its that simple, your brain becomes ill/sick.
Sick because of continuous negativism in your life. Its all because of stress. You might get stress from anything, like living a continuous routine boring life can also get you in such situations, because our body/mind needs something fresh, something new to be excited about, that makes you happy.
The first thing I wish for, is to make people aware of such sensitive topics. People need to know about them, in detail.
Now, when you are struck by such conditions, firstly you will think of medicines, but according to me, you should not go for them immediately. I am not saying that you should not take medicines, because I understand, a person going through bizarre symptoms feels terrible and runs towards the medicines, like yes, only this thing will give me relief.
In case of taking medicines, first consult a trained professional, elaborate the symptoms, tell about your condition, what you are really feeling. The doctor will understand and give the best possible medicine. Other negative fact about medicines is that consuming anxiety and depression drugs for longer duration s might affect your brain function, the way it works normally or the person might also get addicted. Going for the medicines at the very first instance or completely relying on them to get you out of your condition might not be a good option. Moreover, they do have their own adverse effects like weight gain/loss, disturbed thyroid levels, upset stomach, excessive sedation/sleep and you might even feel excessive anxiety due to the medication. If your condition is way too serious, then only go for medications, but to a professional only because the doctor must continuously monitor the doses/amount of drugs you are being given, because taking too much can make you feel worse.
My point is, without medicines also, you can get rid of your anxious and depressive episodes by ‘Exercising’. Yes, you read it right, Exercising and being physically active can be a serious life saver for you.
Whether it might be attending gym with a proper trainer or yoga with a trained professional – it will all help. Ok, we can be basic, like you might not be having enough money to join a gym or keep a yoga trainer, so you can also help yourself by doing things like rising up early in the morning, taking a brisk walk or do some jogging or cycling in your locality, or rope skipping might help as well. And you can even start by doing very basic stuff like cleaning, yes, look around yourself, is it full of dust & dirt, so get up and do some cleaning.
The main motive is to be physically active. Scientists, after experimental procedures, have claimed that being physically active or we can say, doing some sort of exercises releases/increases the amount of “endorphin s” ( the ‘happy’ chemical substance or ‘happiness’ mediator ) in our brain.
Hence, thats why there is a very simple logic of advising someone suffering from mental issues to do some physical stuff i.e. exercises. So, eventually exercises will make you feel happy and you will get relief from those clingy symptoms. In addition, exercising will keep your body toned up and healthy by increasing the blood circulation, because mental conditions deteriorates your physical health also. Along with the exercise, also focus on your diet, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water. You must also do anything interesting that makes you happy and excited, you should plan outings and step out of home.
Anxiety and Depression – It is very easy to speak about them but very difficult to deal with.
There must be more and more awareness on such issues and they must be handled like any other disease conditions only – with all attention & concerns. And as a preventive measure against them, we must live a positive life, distracting our focus from the negatives. Just stay happy, always keep smiling, keep calm, forget the bad, forgive easily, don’t get angry on tiny issues, maintain a harmony with the surroundings.
Spread the happiness & love and let the world heal.