There are nearly 200 types of mental illnesses. Some of these are common mental disorders, like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and psychosomatic problems (physical symptoms because of psychological reasons).
Guest post by certified yoga instructor, Richa Kumar SaneAnyone can start yoga at any age and anyone can start their personal journeys but with a commitment. A commitment to yourself, to your health and to your well being. With practice and consistency and a bit of surrender anything is possible.What I have learned in Yoga is that it is not important how far you reach in your asanas and whether you can perform difficult postures. It is not a performance. It is your journey. The more you involve yourself, the more devotion you have for your practice the more your body will follow. Breath will flow through you smoothly and you will reach wherever you want to reach effortlessly. Anything is possible when grace follows. Be patient and be consistent.MY YOGA JOURNEYInterestingly enough, I took up yoga training at the peak of my career as a marketing consultant and partner in a fast growing sports management company. Maybe it was a need to fill a void; or the need to contribute to the community/society that has given me so much, or for my own well-being. Maybe it was not just any one reason but a mix of all, but I left everything and took a month off from my seemingly perfectly balanced life to pursue a degree in yoga. It will not be an exaggeration if I say that this course changed my life. I was cut off from work, home and family — and as luck would have it my phone stopped working — for a whole month and that somehow brought everything into perspective. I came back a changed person. I did not waste time and quickly wrapped up my thriving business and took a sabbatical for a year to travel, to teach and to know myself. The entire year was a very rewarding experience — travelling to far flung places, teaching local kids and people breathed life back into me. I felt content. I felt stable.I have not looked back ever since. Teaching yoga has been the most gratifying experience for me. It requires a certain surrender and devotion when you are on the mat. My students give me more than I can give them through my teaching. I forget the world around me, I forget even my big and small problems when I am on the mat. But if you were to ask me what has yoga done for me? Physically I am fitter and stronger than ever before. I would like to believe that I don’t fall ill frequently like I did before. I suffered from low blood pressure all my life but after taking up yoga consistently my blood pressure is normal and so many such physical benefits. Mentally, I am more patient, more accepting of situations and people around me. There is a stability in my being which is extremely grounding and earthing. I would like to wrap up my journey by imploring everyone to start yoga practices. Don’t you want to feel young, energetic, healthy and happy? Why not start yoga?It is not religion-based and it never will be. There is no age and no time to start yoga. Anyone can do it. You just need to take that one step… just that one step to move towards change. If you want to know more about yoga practices and meditation follow me on Instagram: @richaarich or email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgRICHA KUMAR SANE is a 500 hrs certified international yoga teacher. She is also a qualified special needs yoga teacher. Currently she is living in Mumbai and she practices and teaches yoga full time. (Please do not try these poses at home without the help of a certified instructor.)
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Do you remember the last time you stopped and asked yourself – am I feeling alright mentally, am I happy or am I too stressed? Most of us make New Year resolutions about finally hitting the gym, losing xyz kilos or going for that long pending daily walk – all very important for our physical health. But, how many of us decide to make our mental health a priority?As per research by the World Health Organisation, one in five Indians will suffer from some kind of mental health issues by 2020, with depression being one of the biggest causes. However, the stigma associated with mental health problems makes it difficult to come out and say that there is an issue, mentally. And when we do, it is also often too late.So, this year, let us resolve to make our mental health as much a priority as our physical health. Here are 10 ways in which you can focus on your mental health:
All of us are born free, but as life happens we start losing our mental freedom by identifying self with external baggage: names, memories, successes, failures, interests, roles, experiences, titles, degrees, occupations, possessions, knowledge, hurts, pleasures, habits, etc. Over time, a struggle begins when our external environment has more power than our internal selves. Feeling weak causes us to rely on external factors to dictate our drive.
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Beneath all those glossy faces and pricey clothes, these stars are just as human as you and I. They feel sorrow, get hurt, and at times go into a dark place of stagnancy and suffocation and need to give their best fight to come out of that place.Deepika was one of the first stars from B’town who dared to speak about this condition and the way paved by her was walked on by many.Mental depression has for long been considered a stigma. The stigmatization stalled people from seeking help and making the situation worse. Good for all these celebs who spoke about their struggles and made depression an acceptable ailment that needs treatment, not discrimination.
A genuine smile, a bright day, tasty food, a familiar voice you haven’t heard in a long time, etc., are simple things that can make a normal person happy, and supplies him with the fuel to function for the 14 to 16 hours of everyday life, provided his material needs are adequately met. For a depressed person, none of these things make any difference, because he is exhausted dealing with his inner demons that make him perceive the world as dull and monochromatic. Neuroscience doesn’t categorise chronic depression as a mere psychological condition, as it understands the biochemical imbalances happening inside a human brain, thereby vindicating the victims who had been pointed the finger at in the past for not trying enough to cultivate a positive mentality.
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Bollywood is a very clued up industry and an extremely vocal one. Actors have always raised their voices when it came to issues that plagued the industry and the world. While many of them raise awareness for various causes, there is one cause that most actors have been vocal about because the issue was very close to home, Mental health!! Bollywood has had some of the biggest names in the industry open up and speak about mental health, the effects, side effects and symptoms that are involved and what it takes to slowly and steadily get your mental strength back on track. Here are a few celebrities who have always been vocal about the same.
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