There is a panic in our country due to the corona virus. We are in chaos. How can we protect our psychology during this difficult process?
This situation, which first started as a national problem and then became an international threat, affects all humanity negatively in many ways, but it is of course possible to minimize its psychological effects. When we look at it now, there is actually an information pollution on social media. Incorrect data, sound recordings that come to our mobile phones, the basis of which is unclear, a lot of horror messages that terrify people and that we are not even sure of their accuracy… The situation does not change on television either. This time, whatever channel you open randomly, the agenda is again the corona virus. In fact, even one of these is enough to activate the anxiety mechanism in our body. As such, it can be difficult to fight this fear with the effect of being at home all the time. In this case, we must first remind ourselves: I am at home and I am safe.
The best precaution that can be taken is to stay at home and, as experts constantly say, to pay attention to the cleaning rules. If we do this as individuals, it means we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. Therefore, they need to constantly remind themselves of the confidence that comes from doing this. Then, it would be a useful measure to restrict the news they encounter on social media and television. Choose a news channel you trust and a time to listen to that news channel. Be careful not to open the news channel outside of the time you set, even if you are out of trouble during the day. Comparisons made as if there are so many cases in this country should be avoided in Turkey.
What activities do you think will help us get through this difficult process more easily during our stay at home?
We should consider this process as an opportunity to be alone with ourselves. If we think about it, if we miss reading a book without thinking about anything during the hustle and bustle of daily life, there were times when we said that we couldn’t make the puzzles she loves with my daughter for a long time, I don’t remember the last time we had coffee with my wife. Now is the time to do all this. On the other hand, I spend these days at the table with my family, having long conversations, enjoying a meal, reading my postponed books, and playing with my cat at home. One of my friends finally started to write the book he had been thinking about for a long time. As you can see, the important thing is to know what is good for us and to live it to the fullest.
This is the period we live in, and it is also a time when we need to raise our awareness. We can’t even get together with family members we live in the same house. What do you think should be done to protect family communication against this situation?
It is such a universal situation that it has affected not only different cultures but also different age groups in various ways. Our family elders, who have been going to work for 40 years without interrupting their work, even if they are sick while staying away from their schools, are now staying at home, and we, who are used to the hustle and bustle of daily life, try to stay in our homes and continue our work somehow. Our children are most likely to be affected by the current situation. While we can make sense of everything that happens based on our experiences, they cannot understand why everything has changed so suddenly, and their anxiety levels unfortunately increase. My advice to you is to talk to your children about current issues these days. Explain the situation to them as clearly and calmly as possible. Remember that uncertainty is their biggest worry and they don’t know why they are at home right now and when they will be back at school. In this process, our duty is to patiently answer their every question and share pleasant activities with them throughout the day. Involve them in preparing the meal, play board games together in the evenings. These are just simple things that come to my mind, but I’m sure you can multiply these options and it will be good not only for them but also for you. The same goes for the other members of the house, of course. We’ve been putting off paying attention to each other for a long time for different reasons, but now is the time to join hands and fight the problems we face. Talk to your loved ones, have a long chat. It should not be forgotten that; no matter how close you get to know people as much as they tell you.
It is necessary to provide home hygiene against the Corona virus and to give extreme importance to our personal cleaning. However, this can also lead to an obsession with cleanliness or even obsessive-compulsive disorder. What would you suggest we do about this situation?
Obsessiveness is actually a way of thinking. Compulsion is an action taken to relieve this thought. If a person washes their hands, this is the compulsive behavior they do to relieve their dirty obsession. We can open it as the situation that the person continues to do it even though it seems ridiculous and cannot stop himself from it. I do not accept that my OCD problem has been revealed during this period. It has certainly increased in people with a previous history of similar behavior due to the coronovirus. Everything starts with acknowledging the existence of the problem at first. Then it is of great importance that they realize what they can do about this situation. By gradually stopping the actions they continue to do and for which they do not get any results, by exposing themselves to a certain extent, they can slow it down to a temporary period, but as a result of this process, there is a condition of therapy or drug support. Otherwise, although they are currently experiencing this problem, OCD may occur again in another similar problem in the future.
We are in the days when we understand the value of being able to go out for a walk, look at the sky outside, and even buy what we need from the market in a simple way. In short, we can say that we are discovering simple living as a society. Although it is seen as a global threat, when this epidemic is over, we will all continue on our way as different people. What do you think about this subject?
I absolutely agree with you. But it should not be forgotten that people can adapt to changes, and they return to their old self in a short time after that change. This is actually a requirement of being human; If your finger hurts, you constantly think about it and make an effort to solve it, but as soon as your pain goes away, you continue with your life as if you didn’t have that problem. The important thing here is to make a share of ourselves in life.
Can we get movie or book suggestions that will contribute to our personal development during our stay at home?
Here, rather than a direct guidance, it should actually be a suggestion for people to realize themselves. What kind of books do they like? What movies do they like? They can read whatever genre they want with a short internet search and read the books or movies they think they might like. My suggestion is to focus on topics they’ve never looked at before. Let them set a goal for themselves: 1 documentary, 1 book a week. Other than that, it has to be left to the person. I don’t find direct guidance correct.