Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, April 6
As the 21-day lockdown is taking a toll on the mental health of masses and anxiety and fear have become common among people who are confined to their homes, senior psychiatrist and former in- charge of the Model De-addiction Centre, Jalandhar, Nirdosh Goel advised people to follow certain ways to keep themselves happy and healthy during the lockdown.
He said firstly, people must utilise this time as a golden opportunity to complete all those pending tasks which they had failed to do due to lack of time.
“People must pursue their hobbies. They can learn new languages, show their talent and art in activities such as painting and do things of their interest,” he said.
Goel said anxiety could be cured if one indulges in activities such as exercise and yoga. “It is the time when one can spend quality time with their families,” he said. The psychiatrist said people must indulge in cooking and do things which make them happy.
People staying at their homes due to the pandemic are adopting various ways to keep themselves entertained. Several PDF files of comics such as ‘Chacha Chaudhary’, ‘Billu’ and ‘Pinki’ have started surfacing and are being forwarded among their contacts to cultivate the habit of reading. Residents are also claiming that they were witnessing various species of sparrows and birds which they had never seen before.
Abundance of e-comics at various online platforms and websites are a blessing for students and children. The millennials too are finding their genres of reading easily available on digital platforms to cater to their need. “I must say that these comics have revived my childhood memories. I am so happy to read them again,” said Tanvi Bhatia (26), a bank employee.
The World Health Organisation in a list of instructions had advised people to exercise and practice yoga to keep themselves active and strong amid the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, various health workers and doctors are suggesting people to stay home, practice social distancing and adopt various indoor activities to keep themselves healthy.
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