‘How to beat Covid 19 Pandemic’ has become an important question in front of global community. Covid 19 Pandemic has thrown some unique challenges in front of families. There is disruption of normal daily routines; confinement to home for work and schooling; cut off from outside world; isolation and uncertainty. All this has resulted in many insecurities. That’s why it is important to know some helpful family strategies in these times.:
How to beat Covid 19 Pandemic?: The 6 Cs formula
The important and effective strategies to beat Covid 19 Pandemic can be summed up in just 6 key-words.
Care, Cure, Communication, Connection, Creativity, and Calmness.
If you just remember and practice these 6 Cs, then it will be a sure-shot way to beat this pandemic!
Care means maintaining a healthy family lifestyle, while practicing preventive measures against pandemic. This involves establishing new daily routines that ensure balanced diet, with adequate physical activity, sleep, and socialization. The digital gadget screen use needs to be planned, positive and productive.
Preventive measures against pandemic are handwashing; social distancing; covering the coughs and sneezes; using masks in public; disinfecting common surfaces; avoiding crowded spaces and non-essential travels; and completing the vaccination schedules.
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Cure refers to identifying and treating physical and psychological problems related to pandemic. These problems should be referred to a doctor; while avoiding self-medication, over-medication, and misinformation.
Common Physical symptoms of Covid 19 infection include Fever, Cough, Throat pain, Body ache, Headache, Loss of taste and smell, Runny nose, Nausea, Abdominal pain, Vomiting and Diarrhea. Sometimes Skin rashes along with Joint pains and swellings can develop in children. Danger signs in Covid 19 infection are persistent high fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, chest pain or chest tightness, bluish discoloration of nails or lips, confusion, and drowsiness.
Psychological problems can show up in the form of feeling anxious, agitated, or depressed; too little or too much of sleep; eating too little or too much; excessive weight gain or weight loss; declining school or work performance, and unexplained pains or aches. (Read Covid 19 in Children and Teens.)
Communication refers to family talks about how to beat Covid 19 Pandemic.
Covid 19 Pandemic has created many myths and misconceptions in public mind. On social media and other websites, there are so many rumors floating around this illness, its effects and its management. One needs to make sure that right sources of information are chosen; proper advice is sought and then the family is educated to avoid false beliefs and practices. One on one talks which are open, friendly, positive, using humor and avoiding over-information are beneficial in building family bonds and morale. Parents should make an effort to communicate with each child individually and in age-appropriate manner.
Connection refers to socialization.
Connection with friends, community and even pets, is important for good health. Keep in touch with people you love and care about. Do something positive for society in general. Use social media wisely. Rather than just text messaging, try and actually talk through phones or video chats.
Creativity refers to positive engagements.
Books, Comics, Puzzles, Lego models, Card and Board games, and Hobbies like Singing, Dancing, Painting, Cooking or Gardening are some of the examples. These things keep us engaged in enjoyable and positive activities.
Calmness is about mind control and avoiding stress. Positive thinking, Gratitude journal, Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga and Deep Breathing Techniques are some good strategies in this respect. So do not feel afraid or anxious of these Covid times.
Remember the 6 Cs to beat this pandemic! Care; Cure; Communication; Connection; Creativity and Calmness!
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