A beginners guide to calm the mind.
There are many ways to calm your mind. The effective way, is to identify and acknowledge the problem. Anxious thoughts can overwhelm you, making it difficult to make decisions and take action to deal with whatever issue bothers you. Anxiety can also lead to overthinking, which makes you more anxious, which leads to more overthinking, and so on. Psychological interventions are required to address the problem.
There are effective techniques in cognitive-behavioral therapies which root out the problem. Behavioral therapies identify the root cause of your restlessness. Certified and trained counselors are more equipped to bring out the real issue you are dealing with. The moment you start acknowledging the problem and take constructive steps, your mind calms down. Meditation and yoga also helps in addressing mild cases of anxiety.
The loss of loved ones and see a loved one go through the challenging moments during the pandemic can trigger anxiety at different levels. We sincerely suggest reaching out to someone in the family or someone in the social circle or someone in the professional environment like mindfulTMS. That can help them deal with the anxiety with this challenging situation.
How much percent have mental health issues gone up according to the consultations you’ve done, and what cities in India are the most impacted? What kind of mental issues has become the most common?
Mr. Pavan Ranga, CEO, MindfulTMS and Managing Partner, NR Group, “We have seen a significant increase in mental health issues across metros, Tier-I, and Tier-II cities. The mental health challenges or problems faced by metros Tier I & II are different from each other.”
The outbreak has reflected unfavorable mental health impacts and symptoms. The psychological effects of anxiety, depression, and stress since the start of the epidemic have increased due to the lack of health care infrastructure, scarcity of oxygen cylinders scenario, deaths, and isolation. The pandemic has impacted the metros the most, followed by the Tier I cities. The pandemic has taken the health care system by storm. There is a collapse in the health care system, so people are not finding health care support.
In Tier-II cities, the pandemic has created more of a fear. The fear that people hear from the news, known people from Tier I cities that pandemic has caused the lives and livelihoods of many. They grasp that fear. The mental health issue to be addressed in Tier-II cities is fear.
Mr. Pavan Ranga adds, “The pandemic has also helped break down barriers such as the stigma around treatment. The access to care in terms of proximity and available time, and even common misconceptions of what it means to receive treatment for depression. The need for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy has also increased considerably in both our US and Indian centers. Since the TMS treatment aids patients to recover in 2- 3 weeks, there is a significant increase in the need for the treatment.”
The pandemic isn’t going to go away anytime soon. There has been so much sadness that some people don’t even have time to grieve over it. In the coming days, it will be important to do something new. The pandemic has shown no disparity among class, creed, and financial strength. It is vital to make a conscious effort to mitigate Covid 19’s consequences. India’s mental health services need to be more comprehensive. For example, public awareness programs must be prioritized. It is essential to make healing more accessible.
India’s mental healthcare system needs to be prioritized and revamped to accommodate pandemics and similar traumatic crises in the future.