Counseling By ISKCON For Those Who Want To Be Heard
According to the study done by the International Journal of Mental Health Systems on the suicidal behaviour in India during the Covid-19 lockdown, there have been 369 cases of attempted suicides. There has also been a 67.7% increase in the news reports pertaining to suicides and attempts during the lockdown. We all faced a depressing time due to the Covid-19 pandemic and we all had bouts of anxiety, depression, and a constant low feeling.
As the statistics above show, a lot of us might have even had suicidal thoughts. We were confused, we were scared, we didn’t know what to do, we couldn’t think of anything positive for the present and the future. We kept trying to keep our feelings inside, causing us to burst out at some point, the brunt of which our family had to face. The tough times of the pandemic brought out all our vulnerabilities. Yet we have a tendency to close up and make ourselves suffer, even if there is a way out of the suffering.
At Iskcon, we believe that in order to help you during your tough times, it is important to lend you our ears. Through the ISKCON counseling helpline, we offer you a window where you can finally let out your heart open up instead of closing up to the world. We have professionals and experienced therapists, ready to help you at any point in time. With the help of our helpline, we have been able to reach out to those distressed people who were at the brink of taking life and death matters in their own hands, and bring them out of that abyss, helping them see the new dawn of life and opportunities.
Why should we not close up?
When we close ourselves up and just portray our positives to the outer world, we are then being fake to ourselves. We are not owning up to whatever is happening in our lives. We store it inside, thinking that it will go away. But what really happens is that we try to hide from reality.
We try to keep it on our blind side. And this results in frustration, depression, loss of self- confidence, mood swings, and many such issues. In order to keep our loved ones safe from our realities, we end up pushing ourselves to the edge of the cliff, barely hanging on to it.
When you feel you might be walking up that cliff and might end up at that edge, connect with us through the ISKCON counseling helpline. We are there for you. We will lend you our ears to hear what is troubling you. We strongly encourage the act of talking and embracing the feeling.
Benefits of opening up your heart
We are often shy to talk about the bad things happening in our lives. The most common reason is that we are scared about what people might think of us. This thought stops us from sharing or talking about our woes. We feel that the best way of going through the ups and downs of life is by only sharing the good happening in our lives with those around us. But when we say that talking helps, it is not just a speculation that we are not sure of. Psychology proves that talking helps. It might not be apparent how it helps to many, but that doesn’t diminish the benefits. We at Iskcon also believe in the benefits of talking:
1. Talking is relieving: Talking gives you catharsis or a feeling of relief. The charged feelings we were hiding become less charged. Talking takes some of the pain out and brings in relief.
2. Talking helps to feel better: When Arjuna was confused and depressed about fighting his cousins, he talked about it with Lord Krishna. The tête-à-tête with Lord Krishna eased him, brought him comfort, helped him feel better. When you talk, you find relief. You are able to quieten your otherwise erratic emotions. And when you have someone who is willing to listen to you, you find comfort.
3. Talking brings forth new solutions: When you have a lot of things going on in your mind, it is very difficult to think of solutions. When you talk about it with someone, it helps you to organize your thoughts and come up with a solution. Through our Iskcon Counseling Helpline, we try to help you organize the haywire thoughts so that you are able to find your solution.
4. Self-talk is beneficial: Even the act of talking to ourselves is extremely beneficial. Psychology believes that changing the way we think changes our behaviour. When we talk to ourselves, we rethink the negative thoughts and are able to take a second look at it. This might help us find an answer to the problem, or might help us reach the root of the problem which we can then discuss it with someone else.
Why is counseling important to mental health?
Talking has always been a very integral part of human communication. Words express our emotions and help us to let others know what we are going through. Although we all have this gift of gab, we often fail to utilize it to the fullest. We often forget that humans are social beings. If we do not share whatever is going on with us, we will not be able to live life peacefully. In order to rid ourselves of negativity and suicidal thoughts and tendencies, to find solutions to our dilemmas, opening up our hearts and talking to someone is absolutely essential.
Even Arjuna had to be counseled by Lord Krishna when he was in a dilemma. Counseling helps you face your life’s challenges with confidence. When people call us on the Iskcon Counseling Helpline, we help you to determine the root cause of the issues and face them in a positive, healthy way. You get a new outlook on your problems. You get a behavioral change towards your issues. And this is exactly what we aim at for anyone who calls us on the Counseling Helpline number.
Bhagavad Gita is an example of counseling
The reason why we believe in the power of counseling is because of the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita is basically the solution that Lord Krishna provided Arjuna to help him overcome his dilemma. It is the discourse between Arjuna and Lord Krishna before the battle of Kurukshetra took place. It is a prime example of counseling, with Lord Krishna himself vouching for it. When Lord Krishna believed in it, then who are we to not believe in it. And following his footsteps and ideals, we started our Iskcon Counseling Helpline to stand by those who want to be heard but are scared to share. Just like Lord Krishna helped Arjuna and the Pandavas, we aim to help you and everyone else through your difficult times.
So like Arjuna, if you are in a dilemma, don’t feel shy to call us. We are always there to talk to you and listen to you. Call us on the Iskcon Counseling number and we will definitely help you win over your tough times.