She needed help. But she couldn't ask even her closest ones. People didn't find it strange if someone asked them for a cigarette. Or for a pen. But she needed something more unusual. How could she just reach out and say, "I am drowning in hopelessness and feel like I can't take it anymore." They'd… Continue reading Seeking Mental Health Help
It had been a good day. Her loved ones were alright. She had worked hard at what she loved. Even her caramel latte had been perfect at the cafe. Still, she went to bed and her mind began to race. This race had no clear finish line. As her heart throbbed, she visualised every worst… Continue reading Anxiety
She was a good liar. Any queries about her day and her health were met with a smile and forced warmth. She never said no even on the worst days because she wanted to be there for everyone. But she wasn’t okay. One of them told her to ‘cheer up’. Another asked her to take… Continue reading A Good Liar
Love made her nervous. It never ended well. A happily ever after seemed to exist only in books. “So you’ll never risk being happy again?” He was more curious than shocked. She nodded. Shielding her heart had become a habit.
They told her that she had no reason to be depressed. “You have so much money and no terrible job to go to every day,” they explained. But she couldn’t help it. Even one Gucci bag a month couldn’t cure her despair. Some days, she’d wake up with a low feeling that threatened to keep… Continue reading No Reason for Depression
Do you love yourself? Have you been nice to yourself lately? Stop being so hard on yourself. Are you taking time out for self care? No, I’m not talking about visiting an expensive spa every week; I’m asking you if you’re taking that leisurely walk without your phone stuck to you. I’m suggesting that you… Continue reading Good Mental Health is Wealth
Subjected to nasty remarks from the moment she could process language, the little girl grew up quite unsure of herself. Everywhere she went, she knew that she wasn't good enough. Every day that she lived, she thought that she was the worst of the human species in every way. When adulthood came, she realised that… Continue reading More Than Enough
It took her years to realise that nobody liked depressed people. Shiny and happy 24/7 was the norm. “Stop being sad,” they said. “Keep yourself busy,” they advised with their lack of knowledge and missing empathy. She tried all this until she found the loved ones who understood the dark cloud that surrounded her.
At 10, she wanted a prince with a castle. A few years later, she saw the possibility of happiness only if a man looked at her the way that Shah Rukh Khan looked at his heroines. Fast forward to her 20s, and perfection became a list. "He should be this tall and be a doctor… Continue reading Perfection
Roses made her happy. She often filled her bedroom with them. Growing up with movies and books around her, she had believed that roses should be a gift from a lover. Fast forward to her 30s, the same girl had become a woman who didn’t wait to get what she wanted.