By: Suad Merchant: Senior Vice President, Head – Brand & Corporate Communications   I  Corporate Communications, Mashreq


In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the challenges and stressors that come our way. 

Today, I would like to share a powerful exercise that has helped me and my close friends find solace and regain control during difficult times. Join me as we explore the interconnected nature of our thoughts, actions, and emotions, and discover the transformative power of a simple shift in perspective.

Realizing What Truly Matters

Picture this: your mind is overwhelmed with worries, anxieties, and an endless to-do list. But amidst this chaos, I invite you to take a moment to pause and reflect on the one thing that truly matters to you. It could be the health of your loved ones, the happiness of your family, or the pursuit of a better life. As you evaluate these desires, you may come to a profound realization that many of these cherished wishes have already been fulfilled, to a great extent. It’s a turning point where you recognize that there’s no need to be overly stressed or anxious about sorting out the big things in life.

The Shift

As we face life’s challenges, it is crucial to recognize that our thoughts not only shape our actions but also influence our emotional well-being. By making a small shift in our thinking, we can alter our entire outlook on life. Understanding that our thoughts create choices, which in turn lead to actions, behaviors, emotions, and ultimately our experiences, empowers us to take control of our outlook towards life. 

Empowering Others

Armed with the realization of what truly matters, we can extend our newfound wisdom to those around us. World Mental Health Day is the perfect opportunity to support our loved ones during their moments of stress and overwhelm. Encouraging them to identify their deepest wishes can help bring clarity and perspective to their lives. By reminding them of their fulfilled desires, we can guide them towards a positive mindset, reducing their anxiety and helping them set their priorities straight.


Let’s take a moment to reevaluate what truly matters in our lives. By pausing and acknowledging the fulfillment of our deepest wishes, we open ourselves up to gratitude and contentment. Let us remember the power of gratitude and perspective in navigating overwhelming stress. 

World Mental Health Day serves as a reminder to prioritize our mental well-being and support those around us.