‘Lock­down has been pos­i­tive for my men­tal health’

SPOTLIGHT: HEALTH & WELL­NESS AFTER EL­DERLY HEALTH­CARE, THIS WEEK, THE FO­CUS WILL BE ON MEN­TAL HEALTH IS­SUES

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT CITY - Rishabh Suri n rishabh.suri@htlive.com

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.

Cha­hatt Khanna

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