How to maintain family relationships during lockdown?


Ashna Alex is apprehensive. An worker of a software program agency, she says the final one month has not been simple for her. “I live with my husband and both of us work from home. Our relationship has changed quite a bit in these few weeks. We fight a lot now,” she says.

There is a purpose for this, says Vaishnaruby Shanugaraj. She is Senior Clinical Psychologist, Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre and Research Institute, Coimbatore and member of the Tamil Nadu Association of Clinical Psychologists. Suddenly the sharing of time, area and blurring of boundaries may be overwhelming, she says. “Irritability and mood swings are bound to happen and this can affect dynamics within the family.” She ought to know as within the final one month the variety of folks reaching out to her and in search of counselling has virtually doubled.

To those that are combating confined areas, lack of boundaries and conflict of personalities inside households Vaishnaruby says :

  • Be well mannered and pay attention to the opposite particular person’s perspective
  • Discuss your fears and anxieties with the others
  • Be optimistic and beneficiant together with your reward. You might be stunned how a lot energy you’ll be able to draw from that
  • Limit your display screen time and publicity to extreme information on the pandemic
  • Get some bodily train
  • Share tasks at dwelling
  • Avoid being insulting and sarcastic
  • Vaishnaruby gives free counselling from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Call 9787735041
  • Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre and Research Institute gives paid counselling providers. Call 9842253053 to make an appointment.

The pandemic has resulted in an increase in melancholy and nervousness. “There is insecurity. There is the every present fear of losing one’s job, being forced to take salary cuts, besides the pressure to perform even better than usual,” she explains. Or there’s this very actual downside of shedding one’s independence and privateness. Like it has occurred with Divya M, a dancer who lives along with her dad and mom and is feeling the pressure. “Being home-bound with my family is overwhelming. I miss my personal space and the time spent hanging out in cafés,” she says.

To Divya and Ashna and others like them, the pschiatrist says: “Working together, sharing responsibilities and communicating go a long way in reducing stress, “ says the psychiatrist. She also urges people to work on building a healthy environment for the family. “It helps one feel valued and loved. Focus on the positive qualities of others and appreciate their work. Also, do not hesitate to reach out to a psychologist if you need help.”

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