WEBINAR ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN
11 May 2020
School of Medical and Allied Sciences, K.R. Mangalam University organized a webinar on ‘PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCKDOWN’ on 11th May 2020.
The resource persons were Dr Mamta Shankar, Physiotherapist, SMAS, KRMU and Dr Rupali Chandola, Department of Psychology, SOHS, KRMU.
Dr Mamta emphasized on not neglecting physical health while working from home. She demonstrated a few exercises to combat the stiffness induced by overworking on computers. She insisted on maintaining a regular fitness regime by doing ‘exercise of choice’ in between the hectic work-from-home schedule. The exercise can vary from aerobics, yoga, climbing stairs or exercise using simple equipment like Thera bands. She also explained the ‘Tech-Neck’ issue; the stiff and painful neck that arises because of long seating in front of computers, and wrong postures. She shared her magical chin-tuck exercise to counter the same.
Dr Rupali briefed the audience about the components of mental health. She said in the present time of uncertainty, the fear of unknown has made many of us anxious and mentally unfit. To evade the negative thoughts, she suggested ‘emotional binging’, that is taking a break and eating something of choice, may be a fruit, a biscuit or anything else.
4. She suggested creative work like painting, singing or sketching, and taking short breaks to play with pets as great stress busters. She requested to write a daily diary to vent out negative thoughts and stress.
An audience poll was conducted. According to the results 63% of people exercise only for 15-30 minutes a day and none beyond one hour. More than 50% of the audience found media affecting their way of thinking in a way or other.The session was very informative and gave a new insight towards managing routine during the lock-down period.