In the 21st century, all the generations are dealing with mental health issues or have faced such problems in the past. The environment in which we survive is mostly composed of people who feel superior by degrading other people. There will be very few hands, which will come to your rescue and will lift your spirits high.
Mental health can affect our physical health, relationships, and career too. It can make our life out of balance, making it difficult for us to make the right decisions.
Looking on the brighter side, no matter how messed up a person’s life is, he/she has the strength and ability to change the world rooted deep within, which he/she needs to channel out and bring positive change in their life.
Ways to regain mental health
There are many ways to regain your mental health and find mental balance and stability, but one of the most prominent and efficient ways to deal with mental health is Yoga. Before going in detail with Yoga I would like to brief some points which I personally find helpful for mental health. So, here we go…
- Keep a Journal: Maintaining a journal doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve to be a writer. You just can make a separate section in your journal for gratitude and write one thing daily for which you are grateful. You can have a separate section for ‘brain-dump’ where you can clear your head out. You can also write the task you want to accomplish that day or in that week or month. Do remember that it’s your journal and you can do whatever you feel like.
- Take up new activities: You can always experiment with something new. You can start painting, colouring, cooking or even try new sports which you have never played before. It helps you to boost your confidence and relaxes your body and mind.
- Talk it out: Find someone with whom you are really close and pour out all your heart’s feelings. It will help you clear your mind and focus on the right thing.
- Have a good laugh: Laughter helps to reduce anxiety and stress. Watch funny TV series or cartoons and hang out with funny friends. It will surely help you relax.
- Yoga: Last but not least, yoga is recommended by every doctor to those who suffer from any kind of mental illness. It is the most helpful remedy to keep our mental health balanced.
Yoga for mental health
Let’s get in detail with yoga. We all know that yoga originated in North India around 5,000 years ago. Yoga is purely a spiritual discipline, which aims to unite the body and mind. Lord Shiva is known as the first Yogi or Adiyogi and Yoga have been passed down to us from generations since then.
Yoga has proven to be beneficial for mental health since ages, and even today doctors advise patients to practise Yoga for a healthy body, mind, and soul. When you practice Yoga, you feel connected with your body, calm, clear, and centred in your mind. The negative emotions or thoughts eating you melted away miraculously. You float away from the thoughts disturbing you and unwanted experiences haunting you and you find your calm and peace. And this is the main reason why Yoga is often advised for calming and relaxing effects on both mind and body.
Besides the calm and relaxation one experiences while practising Yoga, one may also experience a deeper connection between mind and soul, as well as more affinity with one’s thoughts and emotions. This practice of Yoga and one’s connection with mind and soul leads to a healthy life with less suffering as it clears up our cloudy thoughts which leads to clarity in decision making.
Moving ahead, we will now focus on the Yoga Asanas which are very beneficial for mental health.
Uttanasana or Standing Forward Pose:
This is a bit intense stretching pose but you can reach it with practice. The Uttanasana moves oxygen-rich blood flow to the brain and head faces downward in this pose. This pose helps in reducing anxiety and stress and calms the mind if done regularly.
Viparita Karani or Legs up the wall pose:
This is one of the simplest yet most effective Yoga poses that help relaxes and calms the mind and stimulate the nervous system. Viparita Karani helps in treating depression and insomnia and also regulates the blood flow.
Shavasana or Corpse Pose:
This pose is generally done at the end of the Yoga session and is excellent for boosting mental health and relaxing the body.
Keep count of your breath while doing this pose to avoid sleeping.
Garudasana or Eagle’s Pose:
In this pose, you wrap your arms together from the elbow and wrap one leg over another and sink your hips while bending your elbow. It is a bit complicated pose but comes correct through practice. This pose requires you to breathe while holding your body in balance. It helps to prevent anxiety attacks while improving your focus.
Padmasana or the Lotus pose:
This is one of the basic Yoga poses, which requires you to sit cross-legged in a comfortable space. This pose helps in spinal strength and improves the calmness of mind and also your mood. It also keeps anxiety and depression away.
Coming towards the end, I would like to say that mental illness is curable. Apart from Yoga, there are many ways through which you can keep track of your mental health. You just need to find the most compatible method for yourself. And always remember “Beauty lies in imperfection” and “ You are amazing, just the way you are”.