Mumbai Memoir 54- Mumbai needs more Mind Gyms!
The stress and strain of urban life takes a toll on one’s body & mind. These days there are a lot of health conscious people who are seen joining nearby gyms to put the body back into energetic shape. But, is health consciousness restricted just to the body? What about the mind? Lately, there is a drastic rise in various mind related issues globally i.e feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, relationship issues, loss of life purpose, low self-worth, feeling suicidal etc.
Its high time we train the mind, just like we take efforts to train and discipline the body. For that we ask where are the ‘mind gyms’ that will shape our minds? With this concept in mind I established the ‘School of Emotional Intelligence’ (SEI) at Gamdevi, Mumbai-7. It is a psychological counselling & mind management training centre where mind related issues of all age groups are addressed through counselling activities & by offering mind training sessions to individuals & groups. Understanding the stresses of urban commute, and keeping international outreach in mind, professional e-counselling & training too is conducted via Skype chat/Face Time, phone chat or Whats App text chat. Children & teenagers are the building blocks of a healthy society. Problems like Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), academic issues etc. are rising among children these days. Sensing the need of the hour, SEI also offers remedial education and behavioural therapies to children & teenagers facing difficulties in studies or in acquiring certain life skills.
Parenting workshops too are conducted as a part of parent education package. With my 10 years of experience in the mental health sector, I have designed certificate based training modules/courses for layman which deals with Emotions Management, Anger Management, Fear/Anxiety Management, Relationship Management, Loneliness Management, Time Management, Stress Management etc. The courses are available online too.
For more information, visit www.mindmatterz.net I firmly believe that SEI can act as a much needed ‘mind gym’ for people who value the sanity of mind and who want to pursue a holistic & positive life and thereby live to their fullest. But just one ‘mind gym’ won’t be enough to tackle the collective mental health of the society/world at large. I wish to see many mind gyms opened round the corner, to help people cope up with their mind related issues in a preventive and curative manner, just the way SEI does. For this to happen mental health practitioners/trainers have to conduct mind related awareness programs among masses to make them ‘ready’ to approach a Psychologist.
In Mumbai/India, there is still a lot of ‘social ostracism’ attached to the thought of ‘seeing a Psychologist to sort one’s mental issues’! I believe, when like-minded visionaries create awareness regarding mental well-being, then & only then, there will be demand for the ‘mind gyms’ in times to come. Mahatma Gandhi quoted “Be the change that you want to see in the world”. I truly believe in this quote and likewise I am doing my part to promote mental health & offer psychological solutions, in my own small way. In the week of World Schizophrenia Day (24th May) I got the opportunity to talk on the topic of ‘Positive Thinking’. A wellness based website & app was inaugurated yesterday, 29th May’16. www.veeheal.com On this occasion I was invited as one of the 3 chief guests and to talk about my field of expertise i.e Psychological counselling & psychological skill development. More than hundred people attended this event at Mulund-Mumbai. VEEHEAL is the ‘Wellness’ segment of VEE9 Ventures Pvt. Ltd (www.vee9ventures.com) Nirav Kora, the Founder of ‘VEEHEAL’ is a certified master healer in Reiki, Pranic healing and Meditation for more than 7 years. He aims to bring all the healers and therapists under one roof via his Veeheal app. As requested, I spoke on ‘Positive Thinking’ and how in today’s modern life, training the mind is the need of the hour.
A disorder like Schizophrenia is a challenging condition that makes it difficult to distinguish between what is real and unreal, think clearly, manage emotions, relate to others, and function normally. For more information about Schizophrenia please click the link: http://www.who.int/mental_health/management/schizophrenia/en/
No mental disorder develops overnight. It all starts with distress in routine life and continues if unattended. Recognizing the symptoms and timely coping is the key. As per a fresh World Health Organization report, 21 million people are affected with Schizophrenia world-wide. With due respect & empathetic sentiments, I dedicate this article to all of them who are combating with Schizophrenia with all their positive might! May they heal soon. Amen!
*For any mental health related queries, counselling appointments (online/offline) & mind training courses/workshops (online & offline), please contact– School of Emotional Intelligence Cell no. +91-9769819271 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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