It is 2020 and the taboo surrounding mental health has been attempted to be broken since half a decade or so, with films, celebrities sharing personal stories and social media handles dedicated to putting an end to the stigma deeply entrenched in society today. Even though we have come a long way, some discomfort persists in opening up about mental health issues, primarily depression and anxiety, as they are often met with reactions such as "Toughen Up", "This is a part of everyone's life" and so on.
This never helps and ends up aggravating problems, to send a person going through an already stressful period into the darker abyss which one can only yearn to come out of.
This is a space made for college students especially when the whole experience of shifting to a new city, meeting people whom you have never known, adapting to completely different work culture and living on your own can seem overwhelming.
It is imperative that as and when panic, stress or depression emerges– for whatever reason and even if the reason is unknown to you – it is absolutely OKAY.
It is normal to go through mental anguish and occasional low phases.
We, as a team, aim to depose the toxicity that stigma surrounding mental disorders brings about and endeavour to bring at your disposal, types of potentially stressful scenarios on a college campus and various tools (apps, films, memoirs) you can consume to take care of your mental health.
Various therapies available today
Music has been used as a therapeutic tool for centuries and has been shown to affect many areas of the brain, including the regions involved in emotion, cognition, sensation, and movement.
Music therapy can benefit many individuals and No background in music is required for a person to practice this approach.
The diverse nature of music means it can be applied in the treatment of concerns both physical and psychological, it helps alleviate symptoms of mental health concerns such as: Depression,
Mood related concerns,
Dance and movement therapy is based on the expression of one's emotions through the means of dancing. It helps one explore their conscious and unconscious motivations. Movement allows one to discover their mind and body, reach their thoughts and calm themselves. It is often practiced for stress management and grief expression. This is different than dancing in general because it is aimed at reaching a healthier mental state and is moderated by therapists.
Even though all types of Yoga are beneficial in maintaining overall health, Yoga therapy aims to approach even stressor, one step at a time. Through ancient yogic methods of Pranayama (breath control), one may calm themselves and retrieve themselves from the labyrinth of wavering thoughts. Yoga helps in strengthening one's cardiovascular system, digestive system, the lungs and the muscles. It significantly reduces stress and promotes overall wellbeing. The yoga practice does not have to consist of difficult asanas. Instead, it must contain the right balance of Pranayama, Asanas and Meditation. Happy practice to you!