Administrator (Senior School)

Mental Health

I woke up one morning to see the recovery rate in the news of Covid-19 patients as announced by the Ministry of Health as 81.55% though the graph showed an incline with respect to the infected patients. To see the number of covid patients rise was definitely alarming but at the same time it was good to see such a high recovery rate, it made me wonder what could be the reason behind it as there was no vaccine that had been launched into the market and neither had the strain of the virus weakened. It was then that I realized it was more to do with the mental wellbeing. The initial deaths reported from all over the globe with the onset of the pandemic, had affected the mental health of the individuals drastically. During this unprecedented time of uncertainty and distress, it was likely that mental health issues among people with these conditions would be exacerbated. The anxiety level and fear of the virus had impacted every individual negatively. This was one of the major inhibitory factor which was preventing people from a complete recovery.

We get up each morning promising ourselves that today my negative thoughts will not defeat me, I would look at life more optimistically. Invariably, as the day progresses, I find myself entangled in my daily routine, and I’m back to square one where I'm either judging, the right from the wrong or witnessing negative conditions in real life situations or probably watching something on television that manifest my thoughts into negativity leading to greater frustration and depression, thus affecting my mental health adversely. Unfortunately, with countless external influences it becomes challenging to set an equilibrium with the correct bent of mind and emotions, thus we fall into habits of repeating negative patterns and allow unwanted issues into our lives, which in turn results in stress, mental breakdowns and thus poor physical health too.

Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. Mental health problems can affect a student's energy level, concentration, dependability, mental ability, and optimism, thus hindering performance. Mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and shouldn't be neglected.

We all know that being physically active is good for our bodies. It's also well known that our physical health and mental health are closely linked. Any kind of physical activity can be very beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing too. Today, medical professionals all over the world have accepted this fact that diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and hypertension are a result of poor lifestyles and mental stress and tension.

It's a proven fact that wrong lifestyles are the source of most physical ailments. Harmful lifestyles are rooted in the mind and seeded in the soul. Medical research has found that almost 85% of all diseases are psychosomatic in nature i.e they originate in negative mental states. We need to go to the grassroots of the mind. This involves checking and changing the pattern of our thoughts. If we sit down quietly for a while and observe the thoughts that arise in our mind, we will get an idea of where our mind is going. We will also realize what kind of thoughts give us joy and which ones give us pain.

Thoughts associated with positive qualities, such as love, compassion, happiness, knowledge etc. make us feel better. On the other hand, thoughts linked to vices such as anger, ego, hatred, jealousy, etc. produce discomfort and agitation.

It is a known fact that positive thoughts sustained over a long time produce positive health effects, while negative thoughts ultimately lead to diseases. In that case, it's necessary for us to give our mind a positive direction so that we can always remain happy and healthy.

As we celebrate World Mental Health day on the 10th of October, let's become more aware of our thought process, and move in the direction where we want it to be channelized. This will also reduce the negativity created in the mind which consumes a lot of our time and energy. The optimism thus created today will determine your level of success for tomorrow.

Mr. Naresh Chopra
(Senior School Administrator)
St. Columba's School
New Delhi