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World Mental Health Day 2020: Take care of your mind.

By Sharonya Kundu

The public eye continues to look at 'mental health' as something that needs to be spoken about behind locked doors, and something that incapacitated humans, not realizing the grave need to destigmatize it and therefore the possible far-reaching impact of truly addressing in as a basic concern and actively seeking to enhance it.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October for global mental education, awareness, advocacy against the social stigma that is often attached to it. It's the day when many supporters around the world celebrate the day by participating in wellness programs and by bringing to attention the main effects and major illnesses related to mental health.

Given the immensity of the potential threat of a global psychological pandemic, it is imperative now, more than ever, to translate all the ongoing conversations on focusing on mental health into actionable steps, through acceptance, compassion, and an intent to build a global community that does not discriminate but rather addresses mental health and those that suffer from the same concern and care that is offered to anyone suffering from a physical ailment.

According to the holy book of the Bhagavad Gita, the mind can be either your best friend or your worst enemy. This is entirely up to you. If you make it your companion, then you can achieve anything that you want to. But if your mind is against you, then your intelligence gets channelized towards unproductive activities or thoughts. Yoga cultivates mindfulness by creating a more permanent and holistic solution for mental and physical wellbeing.

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