Psychological Distraction due to Confinement Lockdown
Sharada Acharya Teacher at Buddha Aadarsha Secondary School. Lumbini- Everything was moving on smoothly in the world. Unfortunately, a virus overturned and disordered the each and every moments, destructed the regular routine, compelled the human being to change the daily wages not only within a country but the whole world trapped in its noose and brought a commotion.
COVID-19, a novel disease outbroke from a city of Wuhan, China in December 2019 has been spreading all over the world making it a pandemic.In Nepal, the spread of the virus has been increasing rapidly.The virus that causes COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. The droplets are very heavy to hang in the air, and they quickly fall on the surfaces. One can be infected by breathing in the virus if s/he is within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then his/her eyes, nose, or mouth. Washing hands with soap, put on elbow,keeping social solidarity and personal distance are the best way to be saved from its attack.
Despite the extension of the lockdown for three months, the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nepal has threatened the livelihoods of people affecting various socioeconomic aspects such as education, occupation, social relation, physical and mental health conditions.Continuous confinement for about three months with almost nil physical activity has made life stressful for everyone and children have been hit the hardest. There could be a lasting impact on children’s physical as well as mental wellbeing.
Continuous extension of lockdown, cases of covid 19 and lack of knowledge and awareness to face with COVID – 19 has resulted in various psychological disorders for diverse groups in the society such as older adults, care providers, and people with underlying health conditions.Various studies have shown that people who are quarantined are very likely to develop a wide range of symptoms of psychological stress and disorder. Moreover, these days, people are inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry, and concern due to the uncertainty of lifting lockdown by the Government of Nepal and the time frame for complete eradication of virus to return to normal life.The most common psychological disorders are low mood, irritability, stress, anxiety, insomnia, emotional exhaustion, anger, depression, and posttraumatic stress symptoms.
Remaining out of schools for a long time means to pile up stress and boredom among children. Schools are a great platform for children to socialize and play outdoors, and a lack of such activities can lead to psychological effect in children, such as anxiety and depression, obesity, frustration, aggression distraction etc. Children want to play, jump around and socialise. They want to be with their friends and they want to share their feelings. But the continuous lockdown has robbed children of all they want.
In this pendemic situation parents need to pay more attention to their children .They should take it as an oppertunity of staying together with their children,Keeping them close, talking to them, engaging them in indoor activities in the kitchen and garden.Children should be given an environment where they feel comfortable rather than constricted,Children often react quickly and may show aggressive behaviour. Parents must find ways to keep them calm in positive way. Engage them in Meditation, exercise and doing yoga reading positive news articles and stories really helps to reduce stress and anxiousness and also increases positive vibes in an individual.
Not only the children but young people and adults are also seem to be distracted from this crisis Covid-19. Some are suffered from psychological stress and disorder, including low mood, insomnia, stress, anxiety, anger, irritability, emotional exhaustion, depression They are having the feeling of fear of dealing with covid 19, loneliness,depression,lack of routine,anxiety and distraction. On the other hand they are worry about social ,economic crisis generated by this pandemic situation. As a result some of the people take the very cruel decision of suicide.
It’s essential to make your health a priority during this time. The critical self-care activities are sleep, physical exercise and a healthy diet. Find ways to address forms of stress, such as meditation, yoga, going for walks or calling a loved one. Maintaining a sense of normality and routine can also reduce stress. It can be especially helpful to practice mindfulness and try not think of the future or worst-case scenarios. Stay connected with friends and family . Try to study the online resources which can make feel free from anxiety. Be positive,think positive and engage in the activities which can create positive vibes in us.
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