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Young India Is Anxious! A Deep Dive Into A Young Mind With Agastya Nanda

Agastya Nanda, in the latest season of Navya Naveli Nanda’s podcast – What The Hell opened up about mental health and how he dealt with anxiety

Young India Is Anxious! A Deep Dive Into A Young Mind With Agastya Nanda

New Delhi: In the bustling streets of our neighbourhoods, anxiety is not just a word, it’s a palpable presence. Anxiety has woven itself, slowly and smoothly, into the fabric of young Indian lives. However, that’s not the end of the story. It’s only the beginning, a bugle call. And our youngsters are taking note.

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I was a really anxious person, and I say it because I went through a terrible phase of it. I used to feel a lot of anxiety, said 23-years-old Agastya Nanda.

The Archies famed actor tagged today’s generation as ‘very anxious’ and said,

We’re so used to getting things in an instant. We’ve lost patience and we’ve lost faith.

Talking about how he coped up with the problem, Agastya said,

When I started acting, doing my first film, I was like, I don’t know what I am going to do, if people are going to like me. There were so many things going on. I did my best, and I decided to have faith in God. Whoever you believe in, whether it’s God, or energy. If you just pass on that burden, it relieves you.

Agastya Nanda started the conversation around mental health and young India recently as he spoke about mental wellbeing in the latest season of Navya Naveli Nanda’s podcast – What The Hell.

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Mental Health – A Larger Issue

World Health Organization data states that in 2019, 301 million people were living with an anxiety disorder, including 58 million children and adolescents.

“The issue is that mental health problems in youth often get wrongly identified as adolescent issues and are neglected. The need of the hour is to have the conversation going,” Dr Nand Kumar, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at AIIMS said.

A Guide On How To Cope Up With Anxiety?

1. Talk To Your Therapist: This intervention can help people learn new ways of thinking, coping or relating to their anxiety. Therapy can teach people how to face the situations, events, people or places that trigger their anxiety.
2. Manage Your Stress: Learning stress management skills, such as relaxation skills and mindfulness skills, can help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders.
3. Medication Helps: Antidepressant medications can also be useful in treating adults with anxiety disorders. But, health-care providers should keep in mind the possible adverse effects.
4. Self-Care Is Of Utmost Importance: Self-care plays an important role in supporting treatment. To help manage your symptoms of anxiety and promote your overall well-being, one can:
• Avoid alcohol
• Exercise regularly
• Stick to regular eating and sleeping habits
• Learn relaxation techniques, such as slow breathing

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