Young people are struggling to adapt and cope with these massive changes to a life they were once used to. It was to address these grievances that the Department of Physical Education under the auspices of the IQAC organised a national webinar on the topic ‘Adaptive Coping Strategies during the Pandemic.’Child and Neuropsychologist, Nishtha Budhiraja, was the first speaker for the day, who discussed the difference between stress and anxiety and addressed the stigma around mental health urging participants to reach out, even if it is just speaking to someone you are comfortable with.
Highlighting coping as the two main forms of coping, she went on to share strategies to cope which included communicating one’s struggle, getting a trusted third person involved, taking time out, and having a routine. She also demonstrated body squeezing exercises which involve tightening the muscles of the body, to feel in control, and then slowly releasing.Sports Psychologist, Dr Janki Deole, spoke about the analogy between the physical body and a tree, she explained how the air around the tree usually goes unnoticed and is akin to the invisible mind. The need to care for one’s mind was highlighted along with the role of physical activity as a coping strategy. Its many benefits which include improving mood, reducing stress and pressure, boosting self-esteem and lowering the risk of anxiety and depression were expounded upon.The webinar saw more than 250 participants spanning the country.
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