Stress and Emotional numbness: the new age paranoia…
Abha and Tulip, 17 years old from Jaipur have been good friends since three years and were used to the sleepovers at each other's homes but when pandemic hit, the two were confined to their homes and could not mingle with each other. With the online mode, they started sharing messages and interacting on social media sites. They also started playing online games together.
When the pandemic gave a window of a few months, they came and met each other but to their parent's surprise they could not bond the way they used to rather they sat in different corners and kept mum.
Such cases are gaining momentum at mental health centers with passing time. Our language of communication has changed. Younger generation is more comfortable with social media interactions rather than physical ones. The pressure of dual life is changing brain patterns and creating emotional numbness.
This change can also be seen amongst adults. Adults are also shying away from deep conversations because that brings them to the forefront of expressing their thoughts and emotions which they have not been doing for quite some time owing to the work from home scenario.
As the pandemic slows down, it becomes pertinent that we take steps to combat the situation. Everyone experiences stress but when it affects our life, health, and well- being then the alarm bells should ring. Stress and emotional upheaval can create disruption in life.
Certain steps if taken properly can bring stability and emotional tranquility. Steps like-
Be in the Present.
Breathe in through the nose for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, and exhale through mouth for 8 seconds.
Focus Attention on different parts of your body, from your head to feet after a deep breathing.
When caught up in a tensed situation or feeling negative the quickest way to diffuse the energy is to have a good laugh. Or it is advisable to read a good joke or se laughter shows.
Make a habit to listen to gentle music for 25 minutes daily to help calm your autonomic nervous system.
It is better to plan a whole day with focusing on the chapters you really want to close with the tentative revision exercises along with your meditation and other leisure recreational time.
So it's time to listen to our body and mind and take charge of it.
Article Written by Ms. Anuradha Ghosh (Professor, Poddar International College, Jaipur)