THE POWER OF WORDS-can destroy or heal one’s world
Let me start this blog with the words of famous motivational public speaker Mohammed Qahtani "Words have power, words are power, words could be your power also."
According to Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, words can change your brain.
In their book, Words Can Change Your Brain, they write: “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”
In simpler words, the kind of words and language we use can affect our mental health. Talking about mental health, which is still a stigma in our society, how one should or must handle their emotions and expressions is a big question that many of us are still unaware of. But on the other hand, many of us are also unaware of how we can and should handle a person suffering from any mental disbalance, be it depression or anxiety or stress.
Now for any normal middle-class Indian society, talking about mental health and its issues is not acceptable. And in my personal experience also, if you are courageous enough to talk about it and want some help in any way possible, surely and mark my words here that you will be labelled as “Psycho“. This is the real problem people are facing in conveying their emotions and expressions that nobody wants to listen to. But, if, fortunately, somebody listens, nobody wants to accept that their related ones or family members need help.
So, before understanding Words’ power and healing nature, awareness about mental health-related issues must be uplifted. In our society, mental health issues are considered Drama, or you may be labelled as over-sensitive, over-thinker or even weak concerning our society. Everybody around us, even our loved ones, always wants to see a smiling face that is right on their part. Still, the problem arises when they don’t want to accept that there can be other mental zones of the person rather than just happy, satisfied, or balanced.
Anxiety, stress, depression or any mental issue are emotions which are not well understood by our society, so how can we expect that people should know what exact words to say and what to not? Furthermore, people must understand that even in our day-to-day life, getting praised or receiving pleasing words power our happy emotions; the same goes for people dealing with hyper emotions.
Here we all must understand that the person facing issues is not doing it purposely or deliberately. I can surely say that even the much-educated class of our society doesn’t accept the concept of any mental health issue. On top of not accepting or understanding what the other person is facing, people, especially our loved ones and the people we consider our family, will always say or rather mock the person by saying, “you must have plenty of time“. That’s why you are doing this psychodrama, go outside and do some work then see how all your stress will be gone”, these lines are often heard by the person facing mental issues, especially women and to be more precise by the homemakers.
I am quite sure on my part that whosoever is reading this blog, irrespective of the gender, can relate to this mockery and surely must have heard this mockery either for themselves if you too are facing stressed emotions or must have said or heard for someone else going through the stressed zone.
So, in point of view, spreading awareness is the key, and first, society should understand the concept of mental health, its importance and how easily it is getting disturbed these days.
So, always focus on a healthy mind with a healthy body motto and use words with high motivating spirits.
We all should be more empathetic towards others’ emotions
Now, I am hoping that through this blog, we all somewhat understand the power of words and their importance and how they have the power and ability to create a moment and the strength to destroy it. And a clear understanding of the concept should be everyone’s top priority because if the people we consider our loved ones will not understand what we are going through, then how come we expect the world full of unknown faces to be kind and motivating towards us?
And no doubt, I do believe that we will not be balanced in our entire life circle forever. Rather, most of us are slightly off balance in our lives, but despite this, I strongly support that slight imbalance is part of life but not coming out of imbalances and holding on to your emotions and stresses is not a good way out.
No matter how complex the situation is, how harsh the society is, how imbalanced life is, or how many downs you face, always remember you are a loved, precious human being and always prioritize “being happy and balanced” in life.
As they say, “Charity begins at home, so I request everyone who all are going through this tough phase that please go and talk and seek help in any which way possible. Try to express what you are going through, and it’s okay to be different and feel emotionally different. Self-Motivation should not go down with the harsh words of the world, which is quite a big task to accomplish. Still, with time when we start to love ourselves, our stress-handling powers will increase and ultimately, one day, we can also motivate others going through mental health issues.
In the end, I would appreciate it if we all could help and get help for the emotional life imbalances and can try to heal, if not all, then at least our loved and dear ones and do not forget to share the essential words.
Ray of Light
“Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.”
— Demi Lovato