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How To keep your children involved during lockdown

The mental health and psychological impact of restricted movement, school closure and subsequent isolation are likely to intensify already high level of stress which children are facing.

For those children who are directly or indirectly affected by COVID-19, the stress and trauma can be many times more if not addressed in timely manner.

This does not need any expert help, all parents and care takers at home can provide the atmosphere of safety along with activities to engage children inside home and utilise their time In best way possible .

Here are few things you can involve your children in doing

  1. Exercise: Plan an Exercise Schedule in morning with children and tell them about importance of exercise.

  2. Gardening: Involve them in Gardening, planting saplings at home – Gardening will bring children close to nature and ecosystem, this is proved Eco therapy to keep children involved and bonded with their own plants . you can even ask them to adopt one tree and take care of it in all ways.

  3. Organising: Ask your children to keep their room or study desk or toys in organised manner, guide them how they can keep things in neat and organise manner and develop their sense of belongingness with their own things at home.

  4. Kitchen: Involve them with arranging the house or helping you in kitchen according what you think is safe for them to do. This will increase their sense appreciating and acknowledging your work.

  5. Reading: get them to read you some books or stories , this is an essential skill for development and this will develop their linguistic and interest in books.

  6. Art and craft: guide your children to use waste material at home in creative ways and encourage their creativity through painting and art work. Colours keep children happy. Guide them to arrange their things back after use and clean everything you feel needs to be cleaned.

  7. Yoga: Guide your children to yoga asana for some time in the day and ask them when they want to do yoga ,also inform them about best times to do yoga with reasons. This is best way to bring flexibility of their body and mind also guide them to 5 minutes meditation of any type you like. Also this is great reliever of stress.

  8. Playing with children: involve with children in playing their games like ludo, snack and ladder or any game of their interest , even some video games for concentration building are good .this will increase the bond between you and them and will help you to understand your children better.

  9. Hygiene: Guide your children for hygiene routine and make them know benefits of them to let them follow this and keep reinforcing them to shape their hygiene behaviour with small stars and to convert these 10 stars to a reward after lockdown opens or bake them a cake with you as reward. 

  10. Taking care of Birds : Show them birds nearby and ask them how they can care for them, ask them to keep water and few grains every day for them and make sure they are neither empty nor dirty. This will make them feel responsible and develop their love for nature.

All this will develop the precious life skills of children and will help you and them to feel involved with each other , bond with them and understand your child better. 

 

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A blissful ray of hope in this festive season

The festive season has set in and it is sure to usher a lot of hope and happiness.
Snigdha Teentalkindia Counsellor

This year we are celebrating all the festivals in a different way. Diwali is such a festival where people used to greet each other by exchanging sweets or extended family and friends come together and celebrate this day with lots of joy and excitement.

This year is different. Some of us are away from family as they can’t travel, whereas some are home quarantined, some are stuck in abusive home conditions whereas some are feeling lonely. There are people who have experienced Covid related losses. Some are experiencing mental health concerns and wants to stay out of the hustle-bustle of festivals. Others are searching for some temporary happiness on social media.

If you are someone who is facing loneliness and sadness that is interfering with your daily lives then ideally you should talk to an expert. Our experts have a few tips for you to cope with the loneliness in this festive season –

1. Become aware of your feelings and acknowledge them
It will always help if you become aware of your feelings. If you are feeling low and sad then try to think about where this feeling is coming from, what is the thing that can make you feel better, how you can support yourself in this difficult time. 

If you are feeling certain negative emotions then don’t suppress that but try to think about the reason that what makes you feel this way. This will help you find a solution.

2. Follow a routine
Sometimes with the stress and sadness we don’t feel like eating or sleeping or working and sometimes we overdo like we oversleep, we overeat or we overwork. That becomes your coping mechanism. 

To break this you have to follow a routine which will balance between your body and mind and you can follow a healthy lifestyle too which will help you cope with the negative feelings.

3. Show love to yourself 
It always helps in coping with loneliness if you give importance to your needs and prioritize yourself over others. Do the little things that make you happy. If you are feeling lonely in this festive season then you can decorate your room and wear festive wear which will give you happiness. 
 

4. Meet and greet your family members virtually 
Now it is not possible for us to meet our relatives and friends like we used to do so we can choose a virtual way out. We get ready in our home, make some good dishes for ourselves and video call our friends and relatives and have a good time. You can also take help from apps like Zoom or Whatsapp and do a group calling. 

You can also greet your neighbours with some amazing Diwali special recipe if you can’t move out of your society and have some face to face interaction.

This year is different and difficult for all of us. We all are struggling with many problems. But these occasions are opportunities for us to rejuvenate ourselves from our monotonous daily routine and add some spark to it. 

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