We are now in an inevitable transition phase from the conventional organized work environment to a new and innovative, technological one. This phase demands the widespread use of computer and internet even in the unimaginable spheres of our work. The transition will be difficult for at least some people who are not that tech savvy; but the situation demands a wholehearted effort from them, as the countries around the world are now advocating home-schooling or online schooling so as not to disrupt the cognitive development of kids. Home-schooling, home quarantine, home delivery, and work from home- well suddenly the whole world we experienced and enjoyed till now has shaped itself to the mould of our home.
The transition from the innate permanence of the way of the world we enjoyed has caused a lot of tension and anxiety. Newspapers have addressed an increase in the number of domestic violence cases in household after the lockdown. The tension and struggle is brewing up among adults. Leading to an immense rate of unrest within the households which will be reflected upon every member in the house. This unrest and anxieties can only be reduced with the right mind-set and healthy living practices.
This changes gives way to various issues that need to be considered as an aftermath of the pandemic and lockdown, especially on our kids.
- Impact of confinement
The psychological impact of confinement or lock down is greater in children than in adults. Prolonged inactivity will lead to boredom and in severe cases mild depressions, hence it’s of great importance that, parents spend quality time with their kids. While adults themselves can plan out the activities to engage them, it needs to be planned out effectively for the kids.
- Fear of infection
The fear of infection is another major stress factor that worries children and adults. Children are not just worried about their own health but rather they worry more about their kith and kin. While adults are aware about the facts and figures and can analyse the issue intelligently, our kids need affirmation about the well-being of their close ones, from us parents. They have a right to know just like each one of us, they too have affection and emotions that are very strong and close to their heart.
- False information
Inadequate or wrong information about the disease obtained from various sources can be a reason for fear, anxiety and stress. When they overhear various news or conversations that are scary or confusing, be truthful and reassure them that you will be with them through thick and thin. So they can relax and engage in their day to day activities without such tensions or worries. Not just kids but parents also should keep away from overwhelming themselves with news related to the pandemic.
- Lack of social interaction
Man being innately a social being, children would have a longing to be part of the fun filled joyous learning experience of school life. They always wish to be with their classmates, friends and teachers. We ourselves feel the need for that social interaction so we must understand how much more our kids have that longing as it has been this world outside of their homes, where they exhibited their talents, learned new skills, received appreciation and acceptance for their efforts and had a lot of fun. It is highly problematic for them to be away from this circle. The socialisation of adults could be possible through online platforms and various technologies, the face to face interaction should be avoided till the scare of the pandemic is over. The need for social interaction is a necessity for all but during these dire times we must find our own ways to parallel this situation, by spending quality time with family and engaging in our own hobbies and passions.
- The transition from traditional to digital
As most countries have advocated the effective utilization of online platforms for learning and collaborating with kids during this lockdown, the effects of this transition upon various age groups should also be taken into consideration. Teenagers might be used to the online interaction, but what about our tiny tots – are they ready for it? Will the online classes have to be guided and monitored by parent? Are all these instructions about the use and interaction familiar to all? Well this transition is definitely a challenging time for many.
Over the years the technology and tools for this have improved a lot and most of us are comfortable with using online resources; thanks to the immense popularity received by the social media over the years. Here we must also consider the small group that is left behind when institutions move forward with using online resources. Companies need to look at the situation holistically. They must structure the work to meet the needs and expectation of the institution along with enough space for the employees to cope with the challenges put forward by the current situation. New educational platforms have sprung up everywhere with multiple and diverse ideologies to impart knowledge and activities to kids.
These are only a few of the issues, the internal struggle within each of us is the biggest battle that we have to overcome and succeed as we are now living in a world where there is only a thin line of difference between normal and abnormal. As the world itself is moving away from the normal, we as dwellers must embrace this abnormality. The transition from traditional to technological, from outdoor to indoor, from social space to personal space, the world has changed tremendously with the advent of novel corona virus pandemic.
Consider this transition as a short break from our hectic schedule to learn, improve and develop ourselves. The mantra to be followed is simply to live your life as if it’s an adventure. An adventure of books, music, gardening, cooking, activities, games and little pleasurable things, which would help us tide over this period of transition and bring in a sense of well-being to our lives.