Resilience over stress, anxiety and depression

By Siti Fatimah Azzahra Zawawi

KUALA LUMPUR, 5 April 2021: There is a clear relation between stress, anxiety and depression in how our brain works, the audience was told today.

The speaker, Mr. Azran Osman-Rani said, “Our brain prefers things that we are familiar with according to our daily routine, therefore things that our brain is not familiar with will cause stress.”

However, he said, stress is fairly needed to warn and signal us to be prepared and ready to counter any dangerous situation.

Besides that, Azran said anxiety is when people anticipate the stress even when it has not happened yet. “It makes one anxious to constantly think about the bad things that will happen to them.”

Azran explained depression as the past stress that came to people over and over again such as traumatic events.

Following that, the speaker suggested that people who have these symptoms should get the right support system and start to do small things to build momentum. “It is tough to make changes alone, and if you do, there is a higher chance for you to just give up,” he said.

The talk titled ‘Resilience: Turning Stress and Anxiety into Positive Energy’ was organised by Perpustakaan Negara Malaysia (National Library Malaysia). The speaker, Mr. Azran Osman-Rani is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Naluri, and also CEO of AirAsia X Sdn Bhd,

The two-hour talk held from 2.00 p.m until 4.00 p.m was streamed live on Facebook and had attracted a lot of attention from netizens.

Azran earlier spoke about his experience of having had a terrible accident that led to him being warded in hospital. Wise words from his co-worker, chief health psychologist in Naluri, Dr. Hariyati Shahrima told him that “we need to move away from things that we cannot control to things that we are able to control.”

Besides that he said, it is important to make progress after a big fall to create and fuel momentum.

The speaker urged the people to focus on making changes that we are capable of doing instead of giving up and dwell on the negative things that happened to us.

When asked who inspired him to be who he is today, Azran answered that his three children inspired him the most. According to Azran, children are always curious and prone to do new things. They ignore when people tell them not to do stuff or they cannot do something. 

He said such resilience is hard to find in adults nowadays. At some point, people will stop trying when they are told over and over again that they cannot do something. 

Earlier in the talk, Azran told the audience that life will knock us out and when we are in tough situations there are two things that hold us back. “First is when we are afraid to make changes and second is when we want others to change.”

He said, “When we want others to change, it is as if we depend our happiness and our grief on them.” Azran felt it is better for us to make changes ourselves to make us happy and succeed in life.

Other than that, PNM also invites all to participate in the Digital Resource Exploration @ U-Pustaka 2021: Infinity Tutor Database Training with Mr. Khairul Azmi bin Kamaludin and Mr. Norazli bin Md Daud tomorrow on 6th April 2021 at 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.

The first 100 participants may have the chance to join live in Google Meet (***

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