Maintaining an emotional state during a war is very important. After all, it affects our well-being, health and the general situation in the country. We must be strong! We must help each other, protect and support the country’s economy.
How to maintain emotional state and mental health during the war? Advice from our chief physician.
The chief doctor of TAOR Karpaty Resort & Spa **** Lilak Lilia Oleksiyivna summed up and shared useful tips on how to maintain emotional state and mental health.
Among the basic rules are:
- Healthy sleep
- Balanced nutrition
- Daily physical activity
- Communication and positive emotions
Also, don’t forget:
- Read the news no more than once an hour (do not sit on the phone all the time. Read the news no more than once an hour, because the situation during this time will not change dramatically, and you can stay calm)
- Information hygiene – trust only official sources
- Keep calm (We understand that keeping calm during war is very difficult, but try. Remember the words of the famous psychologist Carnegie: “Be busy! This is the cheapest medicine on earth – and one of the most effective!”)
- Take care of someone (Almost everyone in Ukraine has become a volunteer today)
- Be physically active (Prepare, clean, wash dishes. Physical activity should be daily. It distracts from negative thoughts)
- Read fairy tales to children and play games (Fairy tale is the best therapy for a child)
Also, remember that nature heals! Don’t forget about walking and exercising outdoors.
The best places to restore strength and harmony of the body are the Carpathian mountains, clean fresh air and a mountain river that awakens and fills with energy.
Emotional state of a child during war events. How to save it? Dialogue between parents and children should be!
Very good advice was given by the psychologist of the Kyiv maternity hospital “Leleka” Natalia Myroshnychenko:
- Make allegories with favorite fairy tales.
When you gather your child in a shelter, explain that it is a game. Each hero must pass certain tests for courage and the ability to endure something unpleasant. You can recall some of your child’s favorite fairy tales or stories and recall the trials that were there. This will help the little ones to start the adaptation mechanism.
- Invent new fantastic characters.
Be in the shelter, turn on your child’s imagination. Let her imagine something colorful, strange and positive with you. Some hero who will protect her in stressful moments and will be her friend. This way you can reduce the impact of derivation from confined space.
- Tell your children about the angels they protect.
When loud explosions and shots are heard, imagine with your little one that you are protected by angels with big white wings. They will never give you lunch and help our heroes protect us. This way we will help the kids feel safe.
- Draw pictures for our defenders.
Children also want to help. One of the ideas is a picture for a soldier with patriotic and encouraging expressions. Collect them and hand them over with food and clothing. This way the child will see and feel that she is also doing something important.
- Physical games, breathing exercises and training according to plan.
In this way we help to stabilize the body’s mental system after disorientation by martial law.
Don’t ignore these tips! Children feel and experience everything no less than you. Help them survive this time and stay healthy!
What should you do during the war when you have children?
- First of all, you need to minimize the time of watching the news with the child and increase the time for hugs, chats. Communicate more with her, try to be as honest as possible and tell the truth.
- Do not tire of telling your child that you are there, that you are protecting and caring for them. She should know that she is not alone.
- When you go to the shelter, allow your child to take a favorite toy or important thing. This will create an extra sense of security.
- Allow children to relieve stress in a constructive way (these can be a variety of games and techniques): you can tear or crumple the paper; playing “paper” snowballs; you can “box” a soft pillow; offer a shout without a shout: ask the child to try to shout, but without a voice (volume); “Screaming cup” or “screaming bag”: you can shout, but only by directing this cry into a bag or cup; games with water (water can be poured from tank to tank) and sand.
Remember, children trust you. After all, parents are a support for children, they are the most important and closest people. Take care of each other! Because together – we are a force !!!