Psychology Expert: COVID 19 lock-down is the world’s biggest experiment in psychology

dr selly singhal mohali

By:- Dr Shelly Singhal

Psychology Expert: COVID 19 lock-down is the world’s biggest experiment in psychology

COVID 19: Psychological problems could be the next pandemic says psychology expert

Expert: Serious psychological issues manifesting due to lock-down, need immediate redress

Chandigarh

in the COVID 19 era, the focus is on the clinical testing and treatment of COVID 19 positive patients and slowing down the spread of the pandemic by asking people to stay home and also work from home. With majority of people around the world in lock-down & quarantine, their psychological strength is being tested to the hilt. The ‘psychological cost’ of COVID 19 is quietly growing parallel to the disease and gradually assuming gargantuan proportions. Dr Shelly a well established & qualified Psychological Counselor from tricity feels that Psychological problems could be the next pandemic.

in the COVID 19 era, the focus is on the clinical testing and treatment of COVID 19 positive patients and slowing down the spread of the pandemic by asking people to stay home and also work from home. With majority of people around the world in lock-down & quarantine, their psychological strength is being tested to the hilt. The ‘psychological cost’ of COVID 19 is quietly growing parallel to the disease and gradually assuming gargantuan proportions. Dr Shelly a well established & qualified Psychological Counselor from tricity feels that Psychological problems could be the next pandemic.

Unfortunately we are not doing much to put in place a system for providing psychological help to people facing myriad mental stress related issues during these extraordinary times.

“The situation has already started manifesting itself even during the pandemic and many people are committing suicide due to the conditions they are being pitted against. The problem is serious and needs an immediate redress system.”

I provide a prescription to tide over the psychological crisis gripping humankind. Her recipe includes boosting mental health in the COVID 19 era to minimise the impact of the virus & social distancing in our lives, and to develop a healthier and more resilient ‘new normal’ for the future.

My advice includes the following:
 

 

(A)CONTACT FAMILY AND FRIENDS:

It is normal to feel sad, stressed,confused during the crisis. It is absolutely alright talking to people you can trust. Try reconnecting with old friends through mails, social media, phone etc.

 

(B) MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE:

This includes proper diet, sleep, and exercise, as these improve both physical and mental health. Exercise in particular increases brain growth factors.

(C)MINDFULNESS AND RELAXATION TECHNIQUES:

These can improve mood and sleep quality through enhancing control over the body’s arousal system. Investing in mental health will surely pay long lasting dividends for an individual’s future mental and physical health.

 

(D) STAY FOCUSED:

It is necessary to focus every day on what you can do and take actions. No matter how small although. We can learn to be more flexible and have acceptance.

(E) SPREAD EMPOWERMENT:

We can all take ownership of and be supportive and responsive to our community, family, neighbours, society etc. We are in a moment of ‘increasing revelatory tensions’ in all age groups & genders. For the first time for many of us, we are seeing how the ‘old normal’ in terms of both physical and mental health can take a backseat in the prioritizations of daily life.

 

Sums up , “Now is the time for individual and collective action, to shift to a healthier- ‘New normal’ for all; by establishing an even stronger and more resilient global community, one that practices both physical and mental hygiene.”