What Does Mental Health Mean to You?

Shivani K ·
What Does Mental Health Mean to You?
Mental Health means something different to everyone. Regardless of how many years you have spent on this planet, you will find that with all the beauty and light this world has to offer, there is an equal amount of darkness.

Mental Health Is Unique

Our moments of inner turmoil are influenced by our environment and our ability to deal with unexpected change. Doing so is highly reliant on who you are and how old you are- both physically and mentally. To elucidate our point, we approached a few individuals of various age groups to give their take on life’s challenges and how they choose to deal with them.

Let’s find out what people had to say 

We asked people in their 20,30, 40, 50 and 60’s what they think about mental health 

1. Gen Z- Teens

“ Teenage life is the most exciting, memorable experience that one should treasure. My teenage life is wonderful, although my school days would be a pain in the ass. My most hopeless time in school was when the answer sheets were shown and the marks used to make me realise the reality of how deep in water I stood and the pressure of reaching my parent’s expectations felt impossible. Frankly, I handle these burdens very easily. To me, mental health is going out and having a kick-ass time with my friends, spend some quality time with my loved ones, try to add some discipline to my lifestyle, listen to music and dance like no one is watching. I have found that the key element to a peaceful mind of an adolescent is to focus on positive aspects of their life.” ~ Achala R

2. Millennials- 20's

“I think it goes without saying that life as a medical student is incredibly stressful. Those tiring sessions of community medicine and long hours at the hospital is emotionally and mentally exhausting. The frequent exams with a mountainous amount of material squeeze out every ounce of my energy. The days when the overwhelming feeling looms over me and it seems almost impossible to flip through another page of the medical textbook. My sanity is restored by the sight of my dog kutty. Mental health to me is taking a few minutes of the day to connect with my loved ones. Friends, family and my furry dog all bring me joy and happiness. A pleasant reminder of positive relationships gives me a lot of comfort. It revives the feeling of being lost in service to others. Spending time with my dog de-stresses me and pulls me back to that medical state of mind.” ~ Poornajitha N D

3. Gen X - 30's

“Keeping up with life, in general, gets me into an infinite loop of overthinking and the gloomy weather in Germany doesn't help. It's really hard coping with a constant internal dialogue. I've realised mental health is as important as physical health, sometimes more. To me, mental health is a constant process of bettering yourself and not just a destination you arrive at miraculously. Taking care of my mind has become a part of my routine. My wife and I go trekking almost every weekend to enjoy the splendour of nature. Usually, I process my thoughts and emotions by listening to my favourite tunes, sweating it out on the tracks and of course good food and sunshine.” ~ Vageesh N

4. Feisty 40's

“Life is stressful being a housewife because, in most eyes, you are given less value. You are expected to do all the chores, especially during the pandemic, without any gratitude. There are a lot of responsibilities a homemaker has to undertake for the sake of their family. It can certainly get overwhelming sometimes. However, I understand that there are so many factors that are out of our control. For me, personally, prayer has always lifted my spirits. Through this practice, I feel like my burdens are not just mine so it makes it easier to deal with.” ~ Lara Nerisa

5.Baby Boomer- 50's

“Middle Age is the age of midlife crisis. The worry of redirecting what I want to do with where life has brought me thus far is a constant. Children's future and ensuring a meaningful and purposeful old age means the job is never done. To de-stress we always remember to take time out and rest. Enjoying watching my favourite sport and better still playing it takes off the physical stress. Praying helps us to reconcile our life's purpose. Guess in the end, we remember we can't do it all but know that we make a difference no matter how small it be!” ~ Anonymous

6. The Silent Generation- 60+

“When you reach a certain age, not much gets to you. But some days, I worry. About my children, grandchildren and the way society seems so chaotic. It is all part of life and what makes a difference in spending time with those closest to you. Seeing my family happy makes me happy.” ~ Matthew D’Silva

We assume that something magical or mind-blowing must happen to feel happiness. But that’s not true, here in the common everyday moments is where our souls ignite. Laughing at your own jokes, jumping in the puddle, spending time with your loved ones, lighting that aroma candles. Tiny little things can restore your peace of mind and bring a sense of joy. Happiness doesn’t always have to be grandiose or large. Living for the little things helps us to connect with ourselves.

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