“National Suicide Prevention Week is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention.”
Refer to Wikipedia for more details but I, being Penwoman, wish to use my power of words to reach lives, calm them, share experiences with them. I want to create positive vibes around people while sharing little pieces information (no, I am not a learned person, just a learner) but if my words could snuggle the reader and help them get a little peace and comfort, then I am done, and I am happy.
This tiny little life is not easy on anybody. Everybody is fighting their battles. And since long, I wanted to share these thoughts, but where should I share them, as nobody reads long paragraphs. So, here goes my blog, because on Facebook and Instagram, people prefer watching memes.
No one, I repeat, no one has a smooth life. Social media plays a vital role here. People share happy parts but not their struggle and bad times. Nobody shares a rotten apple of their fridge but they serve Appy with ice cubes and snacks.
Everybody is running a race and wants to be better than others. In a rush to make people feel jealous, they are chilling, living happy weekends and pretending to be ‘super cool.’
A few days back, I wrote this on Facebook:
“Your Kulhad chai is better than their Starbucks coffee if it is lifting your mood and making you feel good.”
The purpose is to feel good, that’s it!
I often say this to every second person around me, “listen without judgment.”
Nowadays, people are coping up with so much, such as professional stress, personal issues, financial stress and peer pressure, etc. Some don’t get admission in good colleges, others don’t get well-paid jobs. From teens to adults, everyone is struggling. In the process, they forget that mental health is important.
Anxiety, stress, worries, confusion, silence and many other emotions take you on a roller coaster ride. So, here are some Do’s.
Listen, everyone, let them share with you. Stay calm and let them confess. Act like a diary. Interact like you have an interest. Validate their emotions, make them feel you are ready to hear but don’t give unnecessary teachings or interruptions.
Tackle patiently and empathise. These gestures can save a life, you know? Every 40 seconds, we lose a life to suicide, and if you can help anyone by just listening, make people feel anxiety/stress-free or mentally relaxed, why wouldn’t you?
Just change those stupid words, “We see humans but no humanity.” It is the simplest and kindest way to serve humans. We are living in an era where we need to have open and honest conversations about mental health. It is important because it can hit anyone at any given point in time. It’s self-invited trouble that can catch you, me, and even our loved ones.
Be there for humans. Even if someone who is hale and hearty, wants to talk or interact, talk to them.
Also, while interacting, there are some Don’ts. Never interrupt the loop of conversations or speak over the other person. Hold a smile and act interested. Don’t make them feel you are not interested. Never be judgmental or jump onto any conclusion. While talking, don’t force them to speak. Maybe they won’t share everything. Don’t leave them out on a bad note, and never be critical.
Let us be a bit more polite, kind, and patient. We also need to be good listeners. Open up to people who feel like sharing their experiences and never afraid to ask for help.
A note to the reader, if you are dealing with a cruel life, stay calm and have patience.
I would like to end this on a poetic note:
After every dusk, there’s dawn.
Life is the most beautiful gift; celebrate it.
Live good and fight hard. Don’t quit!