Stress, anxiety and depression are issues that everyone goes through and being anxious or depressed is not something that one should be ashamed off. A recent study showed that when a person spends time with themselves it drastically reduces stress, anxiety and risk of depression. De-stressing can be accomplished by doing any kind of activity from listening to music to gardening to painting. We talk to city-based youngsters and find out if spending time with themselves is something that they are doing and does it help them de-stress.
This youngster enjoys being with friends but is equally comfortable hanging out on her own. Local student Arpita BG says, “I do spend time by myself but not as frequently as I would like to. I would rather spend time with friends as they help me de-stress. I tend to share the thing that stresses me with my friends but it also depends on my circle of friends. I think when I do this, the other person is also able to understand my situation. It makes me feel better when I share things. On being alone, gardening is one other things that helps me de-stress on my own.”
Setting time aside for yourself is something that everyone in this fast paced world needs to do to reduce the tensions of the day. City-based professional Deeksha Raj says, “I think it’s very important to do things that you like in order to enjoy it. When I undergo stress, I turn to watching reality shows or listening to music which I think helps. Those three or four hours which I spend with myself helps me forget all the stress of the day. Sports, especially Badminton is where I can relieve all my tensions. I think it’s really important to set aside time for you to deal with all the things that happened throughout the day.
Doing something that is out of routine can transport the person away from reality. City-based medical student Jyostna Anand Babu says, “As a medical student, I spend most of my time reading. But I relieve stress by drawing, sketching and painting but this I do only occasionally. I tend to sing and dance especially early in the morning as it helps me start the day afresh. I feel that when I engage in these activities I get a sort of calmness and peace that is absent when I’m studying. It’s something that takes me away from this world of stress.”
City-based psychologist Priyanka MB says, “Spending time with oneself can be as simple as making the bed in the morning. Those minutes one spends in organising the bed will help you re-organise the mind as well. One can also spend time writing in a diary which will help you express your emotions. We all need to adopt at least one method where we can spend time with ourselves. Sports and exercising is another way. Any of these methods will be a reinforcement you give yourself. As the saying goes, ‘if you love yourself, you will be able to love the people around you’. The way we nourish our body, our minds also need nourishment this is more for our thoughts and emotions. One needs to spend at least 45 minutes a day to nourish the mind."