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When it comes to mental health, we all like to believe we are a truly compassionate bunch, ready to accept, understand and embrace the strange workings of our mind. Indeed, millennials of today hold the special honour of being the first Indian generation to openly discuss mental health issues at all.

But what if I told you that despite this fact, while one in five Indians might suffer from a mental health issue, only 10% of us ever seek help for it?

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An Optimistic Look At Depression And What It Taught Me

Depression is real and so are its lessons.

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I am an optimist. Or at least I try to be, in most situations. I like pointing out a silver lining, or the bleakest ray of hope when the world seems to be coming to an end. Not to be confused with delusion though, I am a plain optimist.

The importance of this positive attitude, as one might say, I only came to realise when I seemed to have lost it. It was not only replaced by pessimism, but also emptiness and zero hope. There were times when I would wake up and wonder what the point of everything was, and if it was even worth getting out of bed. I'm going to go ahead and talk about my depression and what it taught me, because:

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13 Tiny Things That Make Life Beautiful - Every Day

The joy in the littlest things...

Folks, to be honest, I was insanely overwhelmed last week (and I know there's probably loads of you going "same"!). I needed just a teeny tiny ray of joy and beauty in my life. And while everyone kept recommending things I could try out, I simply had no time.

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Why me?

It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you are the Universe's nemesis. Whenever you are faced with any problem, you are so quick to confirm that the Universe wants to harm you, that you are the unlucky seed of the bunch. Your method to escape the problem is to run towards calling yourself a victim, not knowing that by doing so, you are taking away the power and control of your own life from yourself.

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Most of us spend our years longing to fit in. Cutting bits of ourselves till we finally look beautiful to everyone but ourselves. Then, we grow up. We realize that changing ourselves for the world will only turn us into someone we no longer like, or recognize. More importantly, you realize that you never needed to fit in - that you are not a piece in someone else's puzzle. And when that happens - when you finally stop worrying about being 'good enough' for someone else, that's when life begins.

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We like to hold on to the past. To the familiarity of it. To the things we know, the people we know. The future? That vast, uncharted territory? That's terrifying. But then you're sometimes forced to let go of someone who defined your past, as you forge ahead to your future. You're forced to accept that a chapter of your past that you held so dear is now over. You're forced to move on - and it'll be the best, most difficult thing you'll ever do for yourself.

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I've been living with anxiety since the age of 17. Or at least that's when I was suffering enough to know that something wasn't quite right. Things changed as I entered my 20s, and along with that, my relationship with anxiety changed. Suddenly, I wasn't an anxious teenager anymore- I was an anxious adult. I was expected to be better. Stronger. Less of the person my anxiety made me. I was fortunate to have someone to remind me of these seemingly simple, yet powerful things, though.

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A life led without the love of your life is still full of love.

Repeat this to yourself. Somewhere between being children and adults, most of us forget this. We forget the many magnitudes of love, the fact that love, while it might be a humane feeling, isn't limited to only humans.

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My Anxiety And I Might Be Friends Someday, But Not Today

Today, I get to write this.

My anxiety and I are two unwilling roommates.

We are like two frustrated souls in a loveless marriage.

We share the same quarters, the humble abode of all my thoughts - my mind - but neither one of us knows how we got here.

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In today's world, where busy lives, judgment and everyday chatter drown out the things that matter, it's hard to find people who care about someone else's life. But sometimes, just sometimes, people do reach out, and they do try to show, in their own little ways, that they do care.

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