‘Lockdown has been positive for my mental health’
SPOTLIGHT: HEALTH & WELLNESS AFTER ELDERLY HEALTHCARE, THIS WEEK, THE FOCUS WILL BE ON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Actor Chahatt Khanna prefers calling a spade a spade, be it about the taboo that she thinks is attached to being a single mother, or even talking about mental health. Ask her how it’s been for her, juggling work and her two daughters (Zohar and Amaira), and she says, “It’s exhausting, and overwhelming. It’s full of joy, and sometimes stressful. But it’s all part and parcel of motherhood.”
The 33-year-old has spoken about her battle with depression quite openly, so much so that her near and dear ones advise her to not be so vocal. “I cannot keep things to myself. People advising to not speak up is something that happens,” she confesses.
The current lockdown phase has proved to be quite a struggle in a lot of ways for many, and it can be mentally taxing, too. For Khanna, this has been the time to work on her mental health. “It has been quite life-changing,” she tells us, “The lockdown has changed me as a person, and done beautiful things to me. I have got so much beautiful time in my life, which I would have never got. It has given me the opportunity to become a whole new person. On my upcoming birthday, I’ll be a new person.”
She has people around her supporting her in this endeavour. “I am working on it. For me, this has been a life changing experience. I can’t thank God enough that this actually happened. It has been positive for me,” she says.