Ekta Dixit is a Life & Relationship coach and an influencer creating self mastery content on Instagram & Youtube. As we know due to the pandemic, people are experiencing mental health issues, traumatic experiences are giving rise to anxiety and depression, relationship strain, youth are losing hold on their career clarity, Due to the stigma, people hesitate to seek help but as a creator we’re trying out best to end the stigma attached to mental health. Ekta is trying to help people with all the experience she has in order to create an awareness as well as the cure of mental health issues.
Here is Ekta Dixit in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) How did your journey begin?
As a young teen, I was always intrigued by what shaped people & their thoughts, their behaviour & action, Why do they do “what” they do. Which then, of course, landed me to the love of this life, Psychology. Brought up in Mumbai, I did my post-graduation in counselling psychology. And my journey has been explorative since then. so each day is a new journey for me that brings me closer to the human mind.
2) Who has been your inspiration?
Well, If I talk about my immediate circle, I got into psychology after hearing about it from my aunt, so she definitely acts as a medium to get me where I am today. Moreover, my quest for mind & mental process is so huge that the real motivation is intrinsic in nature. And in terms of inspiration, I truly look up to Dr. Julie Smith, Mel Robbins & Marie Forleo in external surroundings, whom I look up to for chasing personal growth & success.
3) What are your views on mental illness not being discussed much in India?
I totally feel disheartened by the approach we hold towards mental health in India. Unfortunately Per One Lakh individuals we have 0.1 Psychologists in India. Mind-boggling, right? When you have a runny nose, you don’t hesitate to go to a physician then why hesitate when we are mentally and emotionally burnt out. Why hesitate if we feel we are slipping into depression or having anxiety bouts. Also, many people are so unaware of what a panic attack feels like, what getting into depression feels like. The approach we hold on to is, “it’s okay, you’re gonna be okay in a couple of days” “hey, just buck up” As if we didn’t know about this last option. And honestly, Who likes being mentally down?. We need to live in cognizance and not ignorance. So open up, speak when you don’t FEEL okay.
4) How do we trust people again after recovery?
Time is one of the best healers, allowing yourself to heal through any kind of recovery is definitely the key. Also being conscious of not associating past traumas with new experience is the key to building trust and better growth.
5) As adolescence is the age when most teenagers fall in love, and these times they must be going through heartbreaks, which might lead to severe problems. So, keeping this in mind what can be done to help the youth?
One of the biggest drawbacks of our society is we are conditioned to hide most of our personal life information, families do not openly talk about relationships or career roadblocks. The major reason behind this is, somewhere parents do not wish to accept the puberty growth of every youth, they feel even if their child is 21, having a relationship is a No-No. So most teenagers simply gulp down their emotional pain & agony. So first and foremost, families need to start building a healthy relationship with their kids, they need to start accepting that even my 15-year-old kid can be attracted to someone. So, create an open space for them to speak up to you. On a regular basis, Ask about how they are feeling, is there any emotional turmoil or heartbreak or blockages they are experiencing in their career, relationship or life in general.
6) What measures must be taken to improve the mental health of people who lost their loved ones during the pandemic?
Usually when we experience loss, Denial is the first step to dealing with it before you begin to accept. so step 1 is to bring awareness, that yes, I’ve just gone through a loss which was dear to me, but now it’s time to accept. The moment you accept it, you begin catharsis, where you allow yourself to heal with time. But What i’ve experienced in my recent clients, is that people tend to associate the past loss with the current situation. And anxiety can take a toll on a person’s day to day activities. So learn to disassociate with your experience, not all days and experiences are the same. Also indulge into activities that allow you to feel better, because during grief. your serotonin & dopamine levels go down, so through activities, it’s vital to get them back to manageable levels. Activities can be gardening, singing, watching your favorite show, anything that allows you to feel better.
7) What measures must be taken at the school level which would help in curing mental health issues?
I believe teachers need to be trained to understand child’s psychology, their emotions, their peer pressure which unfortunately isn’t instilled in the Indian Education system. Teachers are simply trained to teach. That’s it. So having regular teachers training, regular counselling sessions can help kids open up about their struggles than bottling it in and letting it turn into a bubble of toxic emotions or mental health issues.
8) What advice would you give to the teenagers coping with mental health?
First off, be okay to speak to your parents when you don’t feel okay. Avoid toxic people around you who sabotage your self-worth & image. You need people who lift you up. Every day make it a point to get better, by consuming better knowledge, following social media accounts that are good for your mental space, ensure to move your body for 30 minutes at least to level up your serotonin levels which are the feel-good-hormone. Have a healthy sleep routine. Teenagers often tend to take these little daily acts for granted, but they have the power to break up or make you, No one who ate well, exercised well, slept well, managed their emotions well has ever said that these did not make them feel better. Allow yourself to focus on things you can control and let go of what you cannot control. you’ll be much happier.
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