Tips if You Are Feeling Anxious

  1. Keep things in perspective.
  • Get the facts.
  • Communicate with your children.
  • Remember basic well-being practices.
  1. Maintain work/life balance.
  2. Stay in regular contact with friends/family, and use technology creatively to do this.
  3. Practice mindfulness.
  4. Regulate your news media monitoring, especially TV news. Read articles, instead.
  5. A good antidote to adversity is kindness and compassion.

Reference : apa.org and unicef.org

‘Hold on to hope’: AIIMS experts give tips to beat depression and anxiety in Covid-19 lockdown

The health ministry has released expert advice to fight depression and anxiety as the country passes through the 17th day of the 21-day-long national lockdown amid indications that it may be extended further.

Top doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences have identified exercises including Yoga and forced distractions among the ways to keep one physically and mentally fit during these testing times.

The medical experts say that with the television showing us an increasing number of coronavirus cases, combined with the compulsion to stay indoors for a long period of time, instill us with the fear that something could happen to us and this can naturally lead to stress and anxiety.

To deal with this situation, they advise that one breaks the daily routine by watching “other entertainment” and or by playing games and reading books.

Here are is the complete list of tips given by Dr Randeep Guleria, director AIIMS and Dr Kaushik Sinha Deb, associate professor of psychiatry, AIIMS.

1. Identify the symptoms of stress- The bodily symptoms include either restlessness or increased sweating, dry mouth, difficulty in breathing or palpitation.

2. The mental symptoms of stress include excessive worry, inability to concentrate, inability to focus on one thing.

3. We need to train our minds to do other things so that we can manage better and it includes things that are of “positive coping”.

4. If you are watching TV, then watch other entertainment, talk to your near and dear ones, play games, read books.

5. Home exercises will help greatly in dealing with stress, even meditative exercise in the form of Yoga.

6. It is essential to maintain sleep hygiene because most of the days are spent at home.

7. Identify depression- Depression is different from anxiety, it is characterized by the sadness of mood and a feeling of worthlessness.

8. Hold on to hope that comes from looking at your near and dear ones and by doing certain basic things, for example, exercising, forcibly doing household chores, forcibly talking to others, forcibly distracting yourself through available means.

9. In depression and in anxiety when things are severe, don’t go for substance use as a method of coping and don’t self-medicate.

10. Finally, in emergency seek proper medical advice.

Reference : hindustantimes.com

Children’s story book released to help children and young people cope with COVID-19

A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.

With the help of a fantasy creature, Ario, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” explains how children can protect themselves, their families and friends from coronavirus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality.

The book – aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings, a unique collaboration of United Nations agencies, national and international nongovernmental organizations and international agencies providing mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings.

During the early stages of the project, more than 1700 children, parents, caregivers and teachers from around the world shared how they were coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The input was invaluable to script writer and illustrator Helen Patuck and the project team in making sure that the story and its messages resonated with children from different backgrounds and continents.

In order to reach as many children as possible, the book will be widely translated, with six language versions released today and more than 30 others in the pipeline. It is being released as both an online product and audio book.

Reference:
who.int

Spring cleaning, coronavirus-style: Areas in your home you shouldn’t ignore

Come spring, it’s usually time to do a deep cleaning on the inside and outside of your home.
While this normally calls for dusting behind appliances, like the washer and dryer, and the tops of door frames and baseboards, this year spring cleaning will look a bit different due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although being stuck indoors may feel frustrating, cleaning experts say organizing your space can make you feel a bit better and more productive during such chaotic times.
“When we organize and clean, we are moving and being physical,” said Dennise Conforti, president of the Professional Organizers in Canada.
“Any type of physical exercise is known to help reduce stress, which helps improve your mental health. When you feel organized and in a clean space, it can help you feel more relaxed, refresh your mind and help you gain clarity.”
In the height of the COVID-19 outbreak, Conforti said to focus on cleaning high-traffic areas in the house.
While many can practise self-isolation, other people who work in essential businesses — like health-care workers, pharmacists and grocery clerks — have to go outside and interact with the public.
This leads to the risk of those people bringing the virus into the home and possibly spreading it when they touch different surfaces, health experts previously told Global News.
Conforti said areas like the entryway of your home “where you and your family come and go from each day” should be frequently cleaned.
“Doorknobs both inside the home as well as outside the home,” she said.
“Also, think of items you are taking out of the house each day and returning home with, like perhaps your purse, backpack or lunch bag.”
Conforti said those items should be cleaned each day, as should areas in the home where you keep them.
Toronto-based productivity coach and entrepreneur Clare Kumar said other places to prioritize while spring cleaning during the COVID-19 pandemic include the kitchen and bathroom.
“We’re going to be cleaning perhaps a little bit more often — especially in the kitchen because we’re going to be bringing groceries in,” Kumar said.
Kumar added that you should avoid placing items like grocery bags or purses on the kitchen table or counters, where food is prepared and eaten off of.
In addition to the areas that you should focus on cleaning thoroughly, Kumar said to also clean and organize the space that is bugging you the most — like a home office or spare room that’s become a dumping ground.
Now is the best time to tackle the things you’ve been putting off, she said, since your usual responsibilities may be on hold.
“There’s probably some area in your home that’s continuing to have a conversation with you every time you walk by it,” Kumar said.
“It’s saying, ‘Hey you, you were going to give me some attention but you didn’t. Why haven’t you got to me yet?’ I want you to quiet some of those conversations.”
Where to keep the things you want to get rid of
While cleaning experts encourage you to organize your home this spring, you may be wondering what to do with the stuff you want to give away, since most non-essential businesses are closed, which includes thrift stores and donation centres.
Conforti said to box these items up, label them as “donations” and identify the place you wish to take them once stores reopen.
“This way, when you can take them, there will be no need to open [the boxes] up to see what is in them,” Conforti said.
You can then store and stack the boxes in a place where they will be out of sight, like the basement, storage room, garage or even your car.
If you’re someone who has relied on a house cleaner to tidy up your home, experts recommend holding off on having them come into your space right now.
“If you had a house cleaner before, you are most likely to have them return after this outbreak is over,” Conforti said.
Then, at that point, your house cleaner can do a deep cleaning.
Although it may seem unbearable to wait for that undetermined amount of time, cleaning experts agree that the best option right now is for you to organize your home.
“You want to use this opportunity to hone your own skills,” Kumar said.
“If you’re capable of cleaning, then I think it’s one of those things that you want to be taking on yourself and integrating into your rituals for the day as a care and an act of love for yourself and your [family].”
Health officials caution against all international travel. Returning travellers are legally obligated to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning March 26, in case they develop symptoms and to prevent spreading the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to ensure those returning to the area self-isolate.
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.
For full COVID-19 coverage from Global News, click here.

Reference : globalnews.ca

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Reference : who.int

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Reference : who.int

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Reference : who.int

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Reference : who.int

Parenting in the time of COVID-19

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

Reference : who.int

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