In an interview with ETMarkets, Poddar said, “At RoundGlasss, we are trying to democratize holistic wellness for the world. Our app offers an integrated approach to help people develop healthier habits and live more fulfilling lives,” edited excerpts:
You’ve traveled the world, tell us a little more about why mental health has become so important to working professions in all walks of life – whether it’s business or money management.
Thank you for inviting me. We are here today because mental health has become an urgent medical challenge of our time.
As the world becomes easier to navigate with the benefits of technology in all aspects of our lives, our expectation of immediacy provides an equal, if not more, amount of stress making life more complicated and anxious.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the mental health crisis around the world. Worldwide, there has been a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression since 2020.
Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from a mental health problem. Mental health is important for everyone, for every professional in any field.
If left untreated, poor mental health can lead to more serious health issues and high medical bills. For example, the risk of heart attack and stroke is twice as high in people with untreated mental health conditions as in the general population.
Likewise, they are twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This all adds up to work absenteeism and lost productivity that can significantly affect an organization’s performance. According to the Centers for Disease Control, depression causes 200 million lost work days each year.
Also help us understand what RoundGlass is. If someone wants to be part of it, how can they reach out?
I lead and oversee content on the RoundGlass platform. I create mental health awareness and support communities, initiatives and activities, and focus on integrating peace and harmony to address mental and emotional health.
As part of RoundGlass Living, I hosted numerous fireside chats with mental health and wellness experts for RoundGlass Living, discussing how wellness tools, such as meditation and mindfulness, can be used to live with more joy and health.
For me, mental health and well-being is not just a passion, but a goal that drives my daily mission. I come from a family of bankers and I saw how exhausted everyone was very early on.
This experience has helped shape my life journey of helping people deal with mental health issues. And I decided to pursue studies in psychology and learn various healing practices.
If you are a wellness seeker, you can download the RoundGlass Living app from Apple and Google stores and start your wellness journey with us.
We offer wellness journeys such as meditation and mindfulness, yoga, healthy eating and end-of-life counseling to help you reduce stress and anxiety, nurture relationships, develop healthy habits and managing difficult emotions.
Mind Over Money: Regular meditation and mindfulness can help traders maintain mental well-being
“Mental health is important for everyone and for every professional in any field. It’s especially aggravated when you’re managing people’s money or when you’re negotiating,” says Prakriti Poddar, Global Head, Mental Health and Wellbeing, RoundGlass – a global holistic wellbeing company.
Your organization deals with people of various ages – what kind of response have you seen among children, teenagers, students and working professionals? Who is most adaptable to change?
As a mental health specialist, I’m part of the RoundGlass Living app. At RoundGlasss, we try to democratize holistic wellness for the world. Our app offers an integrated approach to help people build healthier habits and live more fulfilling lives.
It offers authentic content on meditation and mindfulness for wellness, music for wellness, food for wellness, and end-of-life planning resources and knowledge.
The response has been encouraging and encourages us to continue our work. Most people, whether old or young, are open to change and want to become better.
Professionals around the world choose to prioritize their mental well-being. They demand more sensitized work environments, better work-life balance and employee wellness programs tailored to their mental health needs.
We also need to focus on child and youth mental health. Adults need to change their behavior towards them and be more aware of what they are going through. For example, try not to label the child but let him grow and develop freely.
It is also vital to create holistic development strategies for young people. Sport is a powerful tool to bring about transformation in young people.
We need to create opportunities for young people to exercise for their holistic wellness, focus on their nutrition in addition to creating workplace wellness interventions.
Through our work and our resources, we enable this transformation. We inspire people to live with more joy and health and to develop healthy habits that will help improve their physical and mental well-being.
One or more techniques are used for the sessions? Please specify.
I use different techniques and here are some of them:
Tips: This is the first step in the healing process. During counseling, people have the chance to start talking about the challenges they are facing in a safe environment. Talking helps to understand the root cause of distress and an individual’s way of thinking. It helps to better understand the issues and find the way forward.
Meditation and mindfulness: Practicing meditation and mindfulness is a great way to improve your mental well-being, especially at work. By cutting through the clutter and chaos of thoughts, meditation makes the mind clearer, calmer and sharper. Numerous studies have now established that practicing meditation regularly can alleviate stress, reduce anxiety, improve our relationships with others, and help us sleep better.
At work, shorter meditations, lasting about two minutes, can help you reset before your next task, set an intention before an important meeting, or feel confident before a presentation.
Sound: I firmly believe that sound will be the medicine of the future. In sound we are born and in sound we are healed. Research shows that specific sounds have the ability to target disturbances in the mind and body. Certain sounds and beats can even invoke peace and harmony. Studies have shown that listening to upbeat music improves our mood and happiness, and people who listen to music before, during, or after surgery experience less pain and anxiety.
Biofeedback: In my practice, I use EEG Biofeedback or Neurofeedback to help people deal with issues such as ADHD, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Substance Abuse, Certain Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, migraines, stress and more. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive procedure that measures an individual’s brain waves and provides real-time feedback on how their brain is functioning. This feedback can help people understand how their brain reacts to certain triggers. I was one of the first mental health experts in Mumbai to introduce this therapy.
Tell us about the faith healing you learned from your grandmother?
My grandmother was a prolific healer and diviner who taught me faith healing before I learned to read or write, making it part of my natural development.
She belonged to a church and read me stories from the Bible. In fact, she taught me how to pray when I was two years old and involved me in the prayers.
My grandmother was the first person in my life to teach me about “mindfulness” and how vital it is to our well-being. I also learned healing techniques from her.
Cases of depression have suddenly increased, especially after COVID. We have also seen this in the communities of stockbrokers and merchants. How can investors handle depression? Programs are organised?
The first step is to be aware of what your body and mind are telling you. From awareness comes acceptance. Once you accept that you have a mental health problem, you will seek medical help.
There is a stigma associated with mental health issues and people – men, in particular – are trying to brush them under the rug. You need to deal with it like you would a fever or high blood sugar.
There are different treatment routes available. For example, somatic, cognitive, physical training…it’s up to your mental health professional to figure out what will work for you.
Stock brokers and investors spend most of their time sitting down. They should try to get up and walk around at regular intervals for better health.
They work in a very stressful environment. Regular practice of meditation and mindfulness can help them better manage stress at work and minimize its impact on their well-being.
Any books you would like to recommend to our viewers?
Here are some suggestions —
- Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne W Dyer
- The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
- Unraveling Anxiety by Dr. Jud Brewer
- Permission to Feel by Mark Brackett, PhD
- Emotional Agility by Susan David, PhD
I have met and spoken to some of these authors and these books can really help us understand our mental well-being better and allow us to have better control over it.
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