Long working hours and the toxic environment of television can affect mental health

Tunis Sharma's suicide: How TV's toxic working hours and environment can affect mental health

Tunis Sharma’s suicide highlights often overlooked mental health issues in the entertainment industry

It’s time we stop downplaying mental health issues in the workplace. It is sad that people are so insensitive and do not understand the complexity of the problem. What we understand from the Tonsha Sharma suicide case is that it is time to focus on the mental health issues of the employees. Several TV actors spoke to Firstpost, about how hard it is in the entertainment industry, especially television, where working hours are long without adequate pay.

Ishan Shivanand, a mental health researcher from Mumbai says, “As a mental health professional, I believe in the power of balance and resilience. Do well once you recognize your potential, work on yourself Learn time management Make time for the things that help you grow And when necessary, learn to confidently say “no” – while taking ownership of your work and sticking to your commitment Having said that, I believe it is a moral responsibility For organizations to provide scientific mental health tools to their employees.”

It’s time to slow down and make frequent strategic stops

In today’s age, emphasizing the case of Tonsha Sharma’s suicide, keeping in mind her age, experts believe that everything is quickly handed over to the youngsters. They have grown up to notice a world run by instant gratification. Multimillion dollar industries operate by buying them attention spans and instilling impatience. In this crowd, deceleration is a performance-enhancing technique. Building a routine of practice with scientifically based, research-based, reflective interventions helps with cognitive and emotional stimulation, and builds quality of life. Youngsters are advised to take frequent “strategic pauses”.

Humans are able to handle small amounts of intermittent stress, but chronic stress puts the body into a state of agitation and affects all areas of life and future development. Not only are our professional lives affected, but also our close relationships are affected due to frustration, irritation and miscommunication due to mismanagement of precious time,” says Dr. Sonal Anand, Psychiatrist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai. Slowing down gives an opportunity to heal, to practice compassion and self-forgiveness, and to understand one’s shortcomings. and come up with workable solutions rather than the desperation and helplessness that comes with fast-tracking and mismanaging time.”

Downtime is very important, Ishan Shivanand says, “I teach soldiers while training mental flexibility — because they can’t evade intense battlefields. Take time off from work to write journals, spend time with family, and engage in creative activities.”

Mental health and stagnation in the entertainment industry

The recession can really affect the mental health of those who work in the entertainment industry. Resilient people have the ability to create their own reality. To be sure, the consequences of a recession for employment — in any industry — can be difficult. However, this gives workers an opportunity to build systems for self-improvement. Anyone with a growth mindset understands that it is best to focus on what is within one’s control. “I’ve noticed people working on their skill set, building knowledge of their work, and thus redefining success,” Ishan adds.

The fear of unemployment has increased since the COVID pandemic and many are already facing financial hardship. Additional stagnation will add fuel to the fire and increase the state of insecurity and fear leading to an increase in mental health problems and social issues as well. The ability to deal with stress in general has decreased, and the worsening of economic problems is bound to increase general stress, anxiety, depression, panic, and even self-harm.

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