While we stay home, disconnected from our work and social connections, with uncertainty and fear around , it is very easy to succumb to negative thoughts, boredom and frustration. As already mentioned in previous post, Fear is as old as human race and perhaps the only emotion responsible for human survival on earth in presence of danger, death and devastation. It helps us to caliber our responses for survival. We should have it in appropriate doses to help us overcome this crisis as well. However, when fear is excessive, it becomes disabling. Here is some of the things you can do to help your mental healthÂ
1: Stay connected in virtual world through phones, WhatsApp etc. You can make groups on various social media platforms, of extended families and friends. Ask about well being of each other, but donâ€™t remain stuck with Corona talk. Use humour and reassurances liberally. Remind each other of past worser situations from which we emerged unscathed.Â
2: Invoke your belief in destiny while exercising all necessary precautions. Practising your faith in solace of your rooms will help you to connect with GOD like never before and help you to ward all anxieties.
3: Donâ€™t make children fearful. Educate them in a way that it doesnâ€™t seem end of the world. When we teach our children how to cross a road ,we donâ€™t make them fearful by talking about worst just teach them how to be safe.
4: Keep your children engaged by innovating play methods. Most of us try to restrict mobile and TV use by kids, but this time it seems to be a safer alternative but restrict screen time . Watch what your children are viewing and schedule their screen timing.Let children have fun with each other within the family bio bubbleÂ
5: Donâ€™t watch hyperbolic news channels and never in front of your kids.
6 this might be the best time to inculcate habit of book /comic reading and story telling in your kidsÂ
6: Reading books of your interest ,resting and sleeping in appropriate doses will all help.
7: Lonely walks or walking with your family wherever possible can be very refreshing.
8: Humour is important. As adults, we understand that it is an immense crisis but that should not deter us from cracking a joke. Donâ€™t scold kids for laughing out loud. Let us live in present, moment by moment. Past is gone and future is not in our control. Control only what you can that is physical distancing , Masking and cleanliness leave rest to God .
Dr Arshad HussainÂ
Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (IMHANS) Srinagar