As per the National Health Program, one in five Indians grapples with emotional and mental health issues, with around 6–7 crore individuals in the country affected by mental illnesses. Amidst this scenario, prioritising self-care is crucial to navigating the demands of the fast-paced world. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Mukesh Batra, Founder and Chairman of Dr. Batra’s Group of Companies, shared insights on mental health prioritization:
- Eat Healthy: Adopting a nutritious diet contributes to overall well-being.
- Get Adequate Sleep: Ensuring sufficient and quality sleep is essential for mental health.
- Connect socially: engage with friends and family, fostering meaningful relationships.
- Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice mindfulness exercises and meditation to reduce stress and stay present.
Dr. Batra highlighted the efficacy of homoeopathy for managing mental wellness issues. He recommended remedies like Lycopodium and Kali Phos for performance anxiety and Arsenicum Album for excessive anxiety.
Dr. MS Reddy, Director at Asha Neuromodulation Clinic, emphasised the importance of mental well-being in today’s fast-paced world. Some essential self-care tips he suggested include:
Mindful Moments: Dedicate time daily to mindfulness exercises, enhancing self-awareness.
Connect socially: cultivate meaningful relationships for emotional well-being.
Healthy Nutrition: Maintain a balanced diet rich in whole foods for physical and mental nourishment.
Quality Sleep: Establish a consistent sleep routine to support mental health.
Digital Detox: Set boundaries for screen time to reduce digital-related stress.
Physical Activity: Regular exercise, such as yoga or jogging, releases endorphins, reducing anxiety and depression.
Dr. Reddy also encouraged seeking professional help when needed and dedicating time to hobbies and passions for stress management. The overarching message is to be kind to oneself and recognise the transformative power of self-care in promoting mental wellness.