It is so important to keep ourselves healthy, physically but also mentally – and especially during these tough days for all of us while self-isolated. Based on this fact, on the 7th of April for World Health Day the SIT in Kosovo marked this day through a live streaming conversation with Ass. Dr. Natyra Agani (Ph.D. on Psychology).
Since nowadays almost everything has been switched to online platforms, this discussion was joined by many different people such as young people, students, parents and Be a Man Club members as well. Ass. Dr. Natyrë started the video live stream with an introduction of herself, she is a teaching assistant at the University of Pristina in the department of Psychology and she told the audience how amazed she was with the members of Be a Man Club managed by SIT since she met them in different youth activities in Prishtina. She holds psychological sessions with young people as well and starts to explain how the COVID19 is affecting everybody’s life, which is totally fine.
We are used to being active most of the time and it is normal to feel sad and bored while we are self-isolated. She told us that the anxiety and stress from being home all the time and not going out at least for a walk, missing our friends, relatives, colleagues, and our loved ones, is totally normal – she told us she is feeling the same way. But, Ass. Dr. Natyrë told us what we can do while we stay home, how we can take care of our mental health since this issue affects our physical health too.
“Call your friends, relatives, colleagues, and your loved ones, ask them how they are doing, it is very important to keep in touch with people we love. You need to have a good sleep schedule, eat healthily and not disrupt these habits. While attending online lectures and meetings, do not forget to spend time by yourself”, she told us.
She gave us some examples of what we can do in our free time after we finish our school/work obligations.
“Read the books that we said we will read and due to the lack of time we didn’t. They are still somewhere hidden in the bookshelf. Listen to music, avoid listening to the news a lot and the use of social media. This can affect your mental health too”, said Ass. Dr. Natyre.
After she told the audience how they can spend qualitative time for themselves, young people, parents and students that were watching the live stream, they started to ask different questions based on their current situation. She responded to each of them and also shared a website that the Department of Psychology of the University of Pristina developed for young people in order to help them to take care of their mental health during this hard time.
After all the questions & answers, Ass. Dr. Natyre said that she is very willing to support whoever needs some advice and is going through a tough time and everyone can contact her. She thanked everyone who participated in her live streaming discussion and especially to the Be a Man Club members that are – as she said – an example of active youngsters who contribute to a healthy, non-violent and equal society.
This activity has been implemented within the project “Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans”, implemented by CARE International Balkans in partnership with SIT – Center for Counseling, Social Services and Research and YMCA in Kosovo and supported by Austrian Development Agency, and Oak Foundation.