The ace tennis player Sania Mirza feels that at some point in our life, we all are struggling with mental health issues and urges that one needs to accept it at times to discern the way out of it.
“It’s normal to feel anxious, nervous, not being able to sleep. Saying this from my personal experience, when recently I faced anxiety, there was nothing that actually triggered it. It was something that was probably going on and we mask it so well that we don’t even recognise it,” says Mirza.
Like others, Mirza too endorses that this unparalleled COVID-19 outbreak has affected the worldwide economy that brought many concerns for the future.
However, she is supporting a few local small businesses by giving them a shout out via social media and urging people to help each other.
She says, “Throughout our lives, we’re so busy with other things that we ignore our mental health. It’s absolutely fine to feel depressed and even cry. Whenever that happens, talk to someone who’s close to you. I also do that.”
Regardless of how the day is going by, Mirza, 33, says “staying positive and close to our family” is all that matters. She continues, “I drive strength from my family, especially my son Izhaan. No matter how bad my day is, his smile makes everything better. I’m sure we all have that one person who makes us feel that way. Keep them closer.”
Recently, Mirza told how difficult it is for her to stay away from her husband, cricketer Shoaib Malik who is in Pakistan due to the nationwide lockdown.“We’re stuck in two different countries and we definitely don’t know when this is going to end. That’s a huge thing to deal with. But we stay in touch on calls.”
“He’s at an age when he has started recognising and responding. Though he can’t really speak, there are random times when he says ‘baba’ out of nothing. Probably that’s him missing his dad. So, it hasn’t been easy, but we need to be grateful that we’re safe, ” says Mirza while talking about her son Izhaan.
“Izhaan would like to see his father. We’re grateful that we have food on our table when many are suffering from starvation. Also, now we all know the importance of being with our families, how together we can win over any difficulty,” she concludes.