“Healing comes from taking responsibility: to realize that it is you – and no one else – that creates your thoughts, your feelings, and your actions.” —Peter Shepherd

The importance of emotional health is being valued and understood by more and more people in the present times. With the highly disrupted lives due to the pandemic, it has become even more critical to address the issues related to mental well-being. 

While focusing on the development of the skills and competencies of its students for creating future leaders, SCMHRD believes in raising awareness about emotional health. Keeping the same in mind, a session on “From Survival to Life” was conducted by Symbiosis Centre for Emotional Wellbeing as a part of the Virtual Induction Programme for the batch of 2020-22. 

The session was curated with a major emphasis on pandemic-specific causes and effects regarding the mental health of students. Things like lack of human contact and outdoor recreational activities, increased screen time and so on take a toll on the physical as well as mental health. The students were advised to undertake activities such as regular exercise, meditation, healthy diet and a good sleep cycle. The students were also encouraged to start looking at the positive aspects of situations and working on developing their strengths instead of focusing on any perceived weaknesses.

These suggestions were given while considering that emotional health is not about being free from negative emotions and happy all the time, but about having the right skills and resources to be able to manage the ups and downs arising in the day-to-day life.

Lastly, it was emphasized that seeking help is a sign of strength and not a weakness. By getting appropriate care, one can recover from mental illness and lead a full, rewarding live.

The speaker was quite effective in terms of guiding the students and enlightening them on the subject of mental health.

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