A former President of Association of Psychiatrist of Nigeria (APN), Prof. Taiwo Sheikh, has advised Nigerians to embrace happiness in order to enhance their optimal mental wellbeing.
Sheikh, of Psychiatric Department, College of Medical Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He urged people to always share their thoughts with positive-minded people in order to boost their happiness and mental health.
The medical expert said that engaging in positive activities that give happiness while avoiding anger would help in promoting optimal mental wellbeing and prevent depression.
According to him, there is huge nexus between happiness and mental wellbeing.
He said that anger would produce ‘a physiological crash’, adding that the angrier one got, the more depressed one would become.
Sheikh said, ”Anger elevates blood pressure, increases threat of stroke, heart diseases, cancer, depression, anxiety and generally depresses the immune system.”
The psychiatrist, who noted that there could be no physical health without mental health, advised people to get themselves surrounded with positive-minded people in the interest of their mental wellbeing.
”Constantly surrounding yourself with positive people will help manage stress/depression. Buying expensive clothes or jewelleries will not bring permanent happiness.
”If one is in a happy state, it means less of troubles, stress and better wellbeing. If one is unhappy, there will be depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and stress disorder,” he said.
According to him, depression is a significant problem that affects some youths and makes them to become drug addicts.
”Drug addiction is being experienced due to poor state of mental health and seeking temporary pleasure and satisfaction,” he said.
The psychiatrist also said that being happy had serious impacts on one’s level of productivity, adding that happiness could also impact on relationships.
”We need to create time for relaxation and look beyond the economic situation of the country. We should also be positive in every bad situation,” he said.