-Dr. Manisha Singhal is one of the Renowned Psychologist & Psychotherapist in Noida practicing with Apollo Hospital & Metro Hospital
Work on your own Psychology first Before helping others…
The fear of coronavirus has gripped the world badly. Most of us have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic up to some extent, be it social, emotional, mental, business-related, or financial levels. Few patterns can be broken by training the brain to behave differently during this Covid-19 pandemic.
How to cope-up in the present scenario of Covid Scare-
“Know Thyself” to live soundly!
How to Respond to This Crisis-
- Have faith-“When life seems to fall apart, it may actually be falling into place!”.
- If you find yourself overwhelmed by the news, limit yourself to only trusted news that too for just once or twice a day.
- Make a conscious effort to seek out the good news.
- Cyberchondria is one of the common causes to have worries and anxieties, limit media exposure.
- Worry less about corona virus’s behaviour … Experts working on that. Worry about your own personal behaviour and take responsibility of your health by wearing mask, washing hands frequently, using sanitizer and most importantly staying home to break this chain.
- Focus on normal routine as long as possible to create stability.
- Silence and sitting home is working better presently if a person is fit fine and healthy.
- Use sources of stimulation to engage the brain in finding pleasant smells for home, playing favourite music, indoor games e.g., carrom, ludo, chess, etc or surrounding oneself with positive pictures/images.
- Schedule worry time, create a sense of control, observe the impact on activities necessary for mental health.
- Be mindful of the rapid changes we are experiencing.
- Internet can be used to learn some activity online rather than checking and forwarding the messages related with covid to spread the scare further.
- Online platform is working as a boon to continue our learning / work rather than picking faults in this too.
- Through exercise and mindfulness training we can train our brains to be more resilient to save our mental health.
- Spend more time with family for a change to experience very old days of our parents and grand-parents.
- Engaging kids and elderly family members into something creative is also a good exercise, try it.
- Try to replace the sadness, depression, stress, anger, anxiety, aggression, irritation, frustration with just a simple smile without any words.
- Investing time into hobbies is a good way to combat stress and anxiety.
- Stay hydrated.
Few questions to ask yourself to stay positive …
- Is worrying helping you or the person you care for?
- How can we contribute to society during the rising graph of covid cases across the globe?
- Can’t we stop stigmatization?
- Can’t we explore this wonderful online platform to utilize the present time in learning some of our favourite arts for we used to crib before pandemic?
- Can’t we initiate to break this chain of corona spread by simply staying home?
“Do not demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you’ll go on well”.
-Stoic philosopher Epictetus
Change Is Inevitable and Constant, Learn to Live With It!