World Health Day - 7th April7, Apr, 2017, by Seema Bhatnagar
7th April is celebrated as a World health Day. This is to raise awareness about prevailing health issues across the globe. This year, WHO has declared depression as the main health issue hitting hard globally.
According to latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. (Source WHO).
Isn’t it an eye opener and alarming at the same time? Just imagine person sitting next to you could be a depression patient or not too far let’s say, somebody who is very dear to you in your family could be suffering with depression. When materialistically we have everything possible available at the click of a mouse still people are suffering with mental issues. This confirms the very fact that money cannot bring you health but surely it can buy you the costly treatments.
It is an irony of life that in one half of the planet people are dying of hunger and in other half people are suffering mental issues with stomach full. Any nation with nearly half of the population afflicted with some or the other health issue, doesn’t matter if it is mental or physical, cannot not qualify to be called as a developed nation, .
Time has come to raise our voice against this deadly monster. We must ask ourselves - what is missing?, what are the fundamental reasons due to which depression is afflicting reasonably well-off people of society?, who is contributing to this problem?, what can be done to tackle this problem? These are some of the burning questions that each one of us should try to answer.
The overall state of affair conveys the fact that in the rat race of making more money, accumulating resources for comfort and outsmarting each other, somewhere we have failed to understand the real meaning of life. You might have everything with you but still life feels unfulfilled and listless. Money, comforts, relationships are meaningful only to a certain extent and cannot be the solution for fulfilled life.
When it comes to the nature of depression – it comes from suppression of self. The perpetual state of self-denial and inability to express self with absolute freedom sets the ground for anxiety and stress, eventually building up a solid platform for depression to flourish. To counter this state of mind we need something to slow down in our life to feel relaxed and joyful. Contrary to popular belief, anti-depressant pills are not the cure for depression what it needs is warmth, sensitivity, acceptance, tolerance and mindfulness towards each other.
Time for transformation
When the materialism has failed to make us joyful and a true human being, it is an urgent need and a perfect time to move towards spiritualism. Spiritualism is not about leaving the world and living a life of a hermit, rather it is about enjoying life with full throttle as a truly joyful individual.
Yoga and Meditation, a treasure and gift of India to the World, is what we need urgently to address mental health issues across the World.
There are thousands of stories where people who included Yoga and Meditation as a part of life have transformed themselves from a patient to a wonderful human being.
If you are wondering where to start from to take your first step towards Yoga and Meditation, read this post, Touch the invisible dimension. – Meditation. I am sure it will take you one step closer to your well-being.
Before it is too late and this monster hits you in your face, let’s join hands and take pledge to include Yoga and Meditation as an essential aspect of our life. This is the only way through which we can make this world a beautiful place for everyone to live in a harmony.
Wishing every being on this planet, may each one of us live a healthy and fulfilled life, while striving towards living with the best of personal potential.