How can we address the mental health crisis in the digital age? – India Today

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In the maze of modern living, where technological breakthroughs promise connectedness, ease, and development, an undercurrent of distress quietly creeps into civilisation’s core. The modern world, humming with innovation, is conversely witnessing a widening gap in mental health. In an age of information overload and constant demands, the human mind is dealing with unprecedented pressures, frequently hidden behind technological connectedness.

Navigating through the digital landscapes, individuals find themselves entangled in a web of comparison, performance anxiety, and incessant stimuli, fostering a culture of burnout and emotional exhaustion. Amidst the cacophony of modernity, the fundamental need for mental health care emerges as an imperative. It transcends the boundaries of age, gender, and socioeconomic status, resonating as a universal necessity.

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Here is what experts have to say about how mental health plays a crucial part in each and every sector of the industry in order to balance the harm of a changing work ecosystem and a healthy lifestyle.

ROLE OF NUTRITION IN MENTAL HEALTH

Sharing his expertise on how good diet and mental health balance the well-being of overall health of the body, Abhay Iqbal Singh Bedi, Director Torque Pharma, comments, “In today’s fast-paced world, mental health takes precedence, and the correlation between nutrition and mental well-being is increasingly acknowledged as integral to overall health. Amidst a landscape dominated by diet trends and fleeting health fads, the focus on aesthetics often overshadows the essential aspect of nourishing the body.”

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MICROBES AND MENTAL HEALTH

On the other hand, when it comes to science being a regular part of our routine, it also runs through our body, affecting the overall health for our well-being.

Commenting and shedding light on how microbes influence our mental health, Dr Debojyoti Dhar, Co-founder and Director, Leucine Rich Bio says, “In the current scenario, mental health has emerged as a critical issue on par with physical health. It is essential at every stage of life, whether a person is a toddler, a teenager, or an adult.”

“Research has shown that there is a correlation between mental health and the gut microbiome. The gut-brain axis is a major mechanistic pathway via which the gut microbiota influences mental health. Various gut microbes may directly or indirectly, through their metabolites, influence mental health. Clinical trials with certain probiotics have shown to have a positive impact on patients affected with depression and anxiety,” she added.

Aman Mittal, Vice President of LPU, says, “In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of mental health cannot be overstated. Mental health influences how you think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects your ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships.”

“To keep our mental health well, try to relax and reduce stress, do yoga exercise, take a break if you need to, do something you enjoy, try to manage stress, focus on the present, spend time in nature and outdoors, connect with others, look after your physical health, try to improve sleep, and many other activities can be included in daily life,” he further added.

PROMOTING WELL-BEING AT THE WORKPLACE

Promoting a healthy well-being at the workplace, Sukesh Madaan, CEO of Blaupunkt Audio India, said, “We firmly believe that mental health is paramount for our overall well-being. Today, we all face the pressures of a fast-paced and demanding life. Deadlines, targets, personal ambitions all put an enormous strain on our mental health.”

Team building, better interpersonal communications, open channels to address issues, and a more understanding approach to an individual’s needs are a few of the ways we help foster better mental health. Like any family, everyone is encouraged to be competitive and achieve their best, but not at the cost of any other member. At the end of the day, I want everyone to head home with a feeling of accomplishment and the satisfaction of having achieved something together.

ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVES

RaviShankar AV, Professor of Psychology, School of Liberal Studies, CMR University, shares his views stating, “In today’s fast-paced world, prioritising mental health is important for overall well-being. At CMR University, we understand the critical role mental health plays in shaping every individual’s lives. We primarily focus on empowering individuals to cultivate resilience and balance in their daily lives.”

BROADER SOCIETAL IMPACT

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Moreover, the ripple effects extend beyond the workplace. By championing mental health initiatives, industries can influence societal norms and perceptions, eroding stigmas and fostering broader conversations about mental well-being. This shift in mindset not only benefits employees but also strengthens communities, creating a more compassionate and resilient society.

Ultimately, the importance of mental health strategies transcends profit margins and performance metrics; it speaks to our fundamental humanity. By recognising and investing in the well-being of their workforce, industries affirm their commitment to creating environments where individuals can flourish, both personally and professionally. In doing so, they not only reap the rewards of a healthier, more engaged workforce but also contribute to a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

Published By:

Shruti Bansal

Published On:

May 31, 2024

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