Hello everyone and welcome to another collaboration post.
This month’s blog post guest star is Psyesprit, which is run by Parnavi and Sayantani. I have connected with these two fabulous people through our similar goals and passion for empowering individuals. They have a lovely social media platform that helps engage and answer questions that you never knew you had!
We are here to talk about mental health and psychology expertise. They have a fun blog and offer a fun but practical advice and they are here to delve deeper with it through my Q&A style blog. We hope this gives you a different approach to psychology, along with their top tips!
Please feel free to share with all your friends and family! Here we go…
So, Parnavi and Sayantani, what was it that kick started you into psychology and your blog?
LIFE! Personal life experiences that made one of us familiar to a Psychologist at a young age. It instilled the thought that a psychologist was the one person who listened and understood your situation in an unbiased and non-judgmental manner. That’s where the passion for Psychology was formed and also the experiences in the later stages of life fuelled that passion. Both our main reasons to choose psychology was to understand ourselves better, to get better ambiguity on ourselves. The need and urge to help people out of their emotional and mental suffering.
Would you say learning about psychology has helped you, if so why?
It has helped in a big way. Would like to give a personal example; have had to go through a hard patch in life for years now, the only thing that helped mostly through the years is my knowledge of psychology. The ways to deal with my emotions, the stress, and getting through the tough days was only because I knew how my mind worked during such situations. It helped me to always have a different perspective on things that were happening around me. I always took a pause and thought what’s positive that could come out of this? May it be looking around myself and thinking everyone around me is going forward in life but I am falling behind, but then seeking the other perspective; everyone is just living the life that majority of people live but I get a chance to live a different life that is not mainstream in my view and getting to experience something that will make me only stronger for when I get into that mainstream life because I have already been through the tough part of life.
Why is understanding how our brain works so important in everyday life?
Well, I think the answer to this question can be found in the answer above by narrowing it down. Understanding how your brain works is very important, our brain does what we or others tell it to do. So if someone you trust tells you suddenly to stand up, without giving a thought you would stand-up and later ask questions. This shows how our brain does what we tell it to do or the level of trust it keeps in you or the others we trust. So if you are talking to yourself which we all do on the daily bases one might say ” I am very depressed today” ( brain: “copy that” ), ” I am happy today” (brain: “copy that”) “I can’t do it” (brain: “copy that” ) “I am frustrated” (brain: “copy that” ) “I am useless” ( brain: “copy that” ) this is how the brain functions and this is how the brain is wired. What you choose, what you say is what you tell your brain. So always choose the right words. Be mindful of what you say, your words are powerful, no matter what you intend them to mean.
How do you believe we can make psychology more of an interactive subject?
Personally, psychology in itself is a way more interesting subject just to even read. It can be made more interactive by actually including more of visual and case study based approach or roll paying a clinical setting can be included from early on as along with the theory part of the subject. Students come to know the application part of it too. This can help to understand and remember the theory better and vice versa.
This opinion is based on experience in India. Would love to know how it could be interactive or is interactive in other countries.
How can we tackle psychological overwhelm and bottled stored emotions?
The first and foremost step for tackling psychological overwhelms and bottled emotions is to let our heart out to any individual who is easily available to us. It might be our parents, our friends, roommate or even our house help. But at the same time, we should be careful about fraudulent advice. So once we feel comfortable, seeking professional help is a must in the long run.
In your opinion, how can we aim to have a better relationship with our mental health?
First and foremost, it is very important to acknowledge the fact that the well-being of our mental health is equally important as that of physical health. This automatically solves half of our day to day problems and thus brings us closer to our mental health gradually. Some of the habits that we can develop to have a better relationship with our mental health is doing meditation, practising yoga and most importantly self-love i.e. accepting the WHOLE US (both strengths and shortcomings).
What do you feel is good advice for people who have never studied psychology but want to understand this subject for their wellbeing purposes?
Psychology as a subject is not only theoretical, but it is very much applicable in our everyday life. Every individual needs to understand the fact that psychology not only deals with the diagnosis of mental disorders but it deals with our daily affairs. It helps us to have a better understanding of ourselves first and then our surroundings which automatically helps us in achieving mental well-being.
What would be your 3 top tips to help with a physical and mental health improvement journey?
It’s very important to set realistic and easily achievable goals otherwise the very aim of the purpose is lost. According to us, the 3 top things that we would like to advice to an individual with a physical and mental health improvement journey are:
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise and meditate regularly.
- Maintain a properly balanced diet.
Thank you so much to the both of you for sharing your top tips! I think it is so important to recap that you must be mindful of what you say, your words are powerful, no matter what you intend them to mean – no matter if they are positive or negative! I also love the thought of accepting the whole of us (both strengths and shortcomings) – that really resonated with me and hopefully others too!
Keep strong and be the best version of you! I know you can do it.
Want to know more about Psyesprit?
Dandelion as a flower is a symbol of emotional healing. Since they can endure almost any living condition, they represent overcoming very hardship by standing strong and proud. This is what Psyesprit represents. We try to spread awareness about mental health and how it’s important. But at the same time, we try to make people understand that it’s OK and normal to have mental health issues and that it’s OK to ask for help. We feature one inspiring story every week on our Instagram handle about people’s life, their mental health journey or life incidences that could inspire others.
At the same time, we write blogs on topics in psychology that are not commonly talked about in everyday life. We also try helping students make informed choices when it comes to choosing a major in psychology by writing about different fields in psychology.
Do you want to know the key? Its positivity