6 May 2021 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board | Join the Discussion
Progressive as we are, human beings are really conscious about their physical well-being and outward appearances. However, not a lot gets said about mental health and how it can affect our well-being both adversely and amicably.
Mental health awareness is being propagated far more zealously and vigorously than it was before and that has helped people who were initially apprehensive to seek counsel, go out and talk about their problems. Students are subjected to enormous pressure during their academic stretch. With the pressure from schools, private tuitions, and homework combined, students generally find themselves suffocated and buried under the colossal pile of books. Coping with the syllabus takes a toll on them and this is stress is more mental in nature than physical.
This article from Oswaal Books aims at shedding light on the ever-growing concern of student’s mental health and its importance. A regular person should not be struggling with mental health issues and to develop an issue this grave at a stage this early (students) is a matter of serious concern.
Every major contribution to society is done by students or former students. The student life is perhaps the most important stage in a person’s life because that is where most of the character development, acquiring of knowledge, and instillation of practical ideas, happen. The burden on students is immense and we fail to recognize the magnitude of it. The following paragraph should suffice in elucidating why mental health is important in students:
The worst aspect of depression is how it creeps in and takes a bigger and more resounding form without us knowing it. Depression is a growing concern among people of all ages, around the world. Studies show that there has been an alarming surge in the percentage of students who are depressed (by 10%) in the last 10 years alone. This increment is neither desirable nor is it modest. It is not uncommon for students to fall prey to depression when subjected to a learning environment that is not favourable to them. Sometimes, depression stems from being unable to balance study time with recreational time. Student’s life should encompass time that can be dedicated towards the more entertaining activities, that helps ease their minds and make lives a little easier. When their ‘me-time’ is cut short for lectures and homework, it does take a toll on their mental health. Also, an unhealthily competitive environment among students can lead to depression in certain students.
Burning the midnight oil with friends or alone is common in the circle of students. Most students choose to do that because they feel that they are most productive at night and are able to get more work done. However, staying up late does have its consequences. The brain needs time to rest in order to function properly and allow you to be at your productive best. Without enough sleep, the brain loses out on functionality and it impacts the cognitive functions, negatively. Staying up late at night makes the brain feel tired, depletes concentration levels, and renders you unproductive. Also, continuing to study at odd hours (by compromising sleep) can lead to insomnia whereby the students find it really difficult to catch up on sleep. This affects their performance and their mental health, adversely.
This is another common disorder among students that takes away from their ability to live to the fullest. The student life is not all about dabbling in books – it also involves ensuring that one is open to new experiences. That being said, the students are exposed to so much pressure and are expected so much of, that they end up trying too hard to push themselves, and the fear of falling short leads to the development of anxiety that extends to all facets of life. This is quite alarming as it hinders normal functionality and even takes a toll, physically. Once anxiety creeps in it becomes nearly impossible to get rid of and it makes us anxious about almost everything we do. IN fact, studies show that anxiety can be connected to heart diseases as well. That is why, it is wise to ask the students to take it easy when it comes down to academic pressure and social norms.
It is not uncommon for students to develop unhealthy eating disorders in the prime years of their lives. This generally stems from anxiety, frustration and depression. Obsessive eating disorders and overconsumption of comfort food can be a sign of deteriorating mental health. It is easy to miss and is generally shrouded by conventional overeating tendencies and that is why most students generate eating disorders without actually knowing about it and most of the times, students generally resort to eating junk food and fast food that depletes their mental and physical health by a great extent. Missing out on essential nutrients and nourishment can take a toll on the students, mentally.
Another common symptom of mental health depreciation is self-doubt. When students are continuously exposing themselves to an overtly competitive environment, they are always pushing themselves too hard to stay relevant and afloat. This proves to be counter-productive in the long run as they start to doubt their self-worth and their capabilities when faced with failures. Mental health cannot be addressed without addressing the increasing condition of self-doubt in students and how it doesn’t allow them to excel academically.
Mental health is a really important aspect of the human anatomy that is intangible but equally important as compared to physical health, if not more. How we conduct ourselves, what we achieve and how we see ourselves – it is all affected by our mental health condition and as far as students are concerned, it is extremely important to propagate healthy mental health advice and practices to ensure that they grow into proper adults.