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WATCH NOW: DR ANG YONG GUAN SPEAKS ABOUT THE RESTRICTIONS ON SOCIAL MOVEMENTS(Disclaimer: This video was shot and produced before 7 April 2020)CIRCUIT BREAKER: Day 3Party Secretary-General, Dr Tan Cheng Bock, invites fellow Party member, Dr Ang Yong Guan to speak to Singaporeans on how the latest restrictions on social movements may be a source of stress mentally. Dr Ang also shares a few tips on helping to manage the potential stressors during this period.The transcript to this video (in English & Chinese) will be uploaded to the PSP website psp.org.sg shortly.#forcountryforpeople #progresssingaporeparty #fightcovidSG #covid19 #SGunited #defendSG

Posted by Progress Singapore Party on Thursday, 9 April 2020

 

See Transcript Below in English and Mandarin:

Dr Tan
My fellow Singaporeans
I have with me Dr Ang Yong Guan who is a member of the Progress Singapore Party.
Dr Ang is a very well know psychiatrist with more than 30 years of experience.

With the COVID-19 situation and especially the latest restriction of social movement
many Singaporeans will feel very stressed mentally. I have invited Dr Ang to give some advice on how to cope with the situation.

Dr Ang, please.

Dr Ang
Fellow Singaporeans and residents,
This COVID-19 crisis brings a lot of uncertainty to our lives
One main reason is that there are people out there carrying the virus but are not showing symptoms.
We go about in our daily lives filled with fear, insecurities and anxiety.
Just a week or two ago we were able to move about quite freely.
From 7th April, many of our activities have been restricted.
We are encouraged to stay at home and to go out only when absolutely necessary.
This form of restricted living is good for our overall well-being and to prevent the virus from spreading.
However, this may take some getting used to as we may feel that we have lost our way of life.
Together, we will be experiencing a collective sense of loss during this crisis.
For instance, loss of our ability to move about freely.
A loss of unrestricted social interaction and connection with others, a loss of safety and a loss of normalcy.
The word crisis in chinese is 危机; which means that within the danger 危险 lies an opportunity 机会

But, within danger also lies the opportunity to take stock of our lives, to improve our body’s immune system and for Science to find a vaccine to deal with this fatal enemy.

How each of us reacts psychologically to the crisis actually depends on our mental resilience, our outlook on life, and the kind of support we get from our friends and family members.
Humans go through various stages in reacting to loss.
From disbelief, shock to negative emotions such as anger, disappointment, guilt, anxiety and depression.
To life being messy and chaotic before we finally accept the situation and learn to live with it.
For some of us, we may go on to find meaning in coping with this crisis.

How do we cope with such negative emotions?
One way of handling this crisis is to find meaning in this collective sense of loss.
How do we find meaning?
One approach is to practice Mindfulness.
Focus on our breathing remain calm and stable.
Feel great that we are still healthy and alive.
Focus on opening our minds and observe the many ways of viewing the crisis.
Take the time to rest, time to reflect, time to connect, time to catch up on things which we have delayed in doing.
Focus on the present, cherish the here and now and not lament about the past or worry about the future.
Focus on the current activity you are doing and enjoy it
Focus on the surrounding be it the flowers, food, books, TV or pets.
You may end up during this period finding new hobbies.

Focus on connecting with those at home.
Focus on optimal protection such as keeping a distance, wearing a mask
When you go out and not over-reacting such as panic buying or hoarding.
Be mindful that others need to buy groceries as well
Also be mindful that everything has two sides: negative and positive.
Focus on the positive and not the negative it doesn’t help.
Focus on support from friends, family and remember your faith in religion as well.

And remember to give support to others who need help.
Keep finding meaning in this collective loss.
At the end of this whole journey, we may end up more enlightened with a new approach to life.
Stay Mindful. Thank you very much.

Dr Tan
Thank you, Dr Ang.
I am sure many Singaporeans listening to you will benefit from your advice.
Fellow Singaporeans let us all keep our cool and we can overcome this health crisis together.

For Country,

Dr Ang
For People!

 

 

 

Dr Tan Cheng Bock:        亲爱的同胞们,  我身边这位洪永元医生是新加坡前进党的党员。

洪医生是一位享有超过三十年经验的知名精神科医生。

很多国人因新冠病毒危机,尤其还得遵守社交阻断限制令而感到精神压力非常大。

所以我邀请了洪医生来给大家提一些有关于如何应付这种情况的建议。

 

洪医生请。

 

Dr Ang Yong Guan:         同胞们,居民们,傍晚好。

这场新冠状病毒危机给我们的生活带来很多不确定性    

其中一个最主要的原因是因为有很多人是无症状病毒感染者。

我们的日常生活变得充满恐惧,焦虑和感觉安全不再有保障。

就在上两个星期前,我们还能自由的活动。

从四月七号2020年起,我们的许多活动将会受到限制。

政府鼓励我们尽量留在家中,除非有绝对的必要性否则不要外出。

这种暂时性活动受限的生活有益于我们的整体健康并防止病毒传播。

但是,我们可能需要逐渐适应这种让我们感觉我们已经失去原有的生活方式

这场危机带给我们一种集体的失落感。

例如,我们将不再能够自由活动,无法再与他人继续社交互动和联系,安全不再有保障和丧失正常的生活。

 

《危机》是一句华文词语,它代表着危险中带有机会的意思。

我们都面临着一个能带来特大危险的共同敌人即极其微小的病毒。

但是,在危险中还存在着机会来反思我们的生活,改善我们人体的免疫系统,以及让科学家寻找疫苗来应对这一致命的敌人。

我们每个人如何在心理上应对这场危机取决于我们的心理素养,人生观和我们家人和朋友所给予的支持。

 

人类通常对损失的反应会经历不同的阶段。

从难以置信,震惊到消极的情绪,如愤怒,失望,自责,焦虑和沮丧,再到生活变得凌乱和混乱,可是我们最终会接受这种情况并学会适应它。

对于某些人来说,我们可能会继续寻找应对这场危机的过程中所带给我们的意义。

我们应该如何应付这种负面情绪?

处理这种危机的其中一种方法是在这种集体的失落感中寻找意义。

我们如何寻找其中的意义呢?

一种方法是修习“正念”。专注于我们的呼吸。

感恩我们还很健康,还活着。

专注于开放我们的思想并以多种角度检视这场危机。

花些时间休息,花些时间思考,花些时间与亲人联系,花些时间来继续做些已经搁下很久的东西。

专注于现在。

是的,珍惜现在, 别为过去哀叹也别为将来烦恼。

关注于我们当前的活动并享受它。

专注于周围环境(包括花朵, 食物, 书籍, 电视节目和宠物等)

你甚至可能会找到新的嗜好!

专注于与家人的联系。

专注于强化防护,例如保持距离,外出时戴口罩以及不要过度反应,例如恐慌性囤货。

要记得别人也得购买杂货和必需品。

记得凡事都有两面: 正面和负面。

专注于待在家里的积极性。

消极抱怨于事无补。

 

 

专注于家人,朋友和自身信仰的支持也要给予别人支持。

 

最后,继续不断的寻找集体失落中的意义吧。

我们可能会从这个令人沮丧的隧道的尽头处领悟到全新对待生活的真谛。

保持正念。

 

Dr Tan Cheng Bock:        谢谢你, 洪医生。

我相信很多新加坡人会从你的建议中受益。

我的同胞们,让我们保持冷静共同克服这场疫情。

 

 

Dr Tan Cheng Bock:        为国

Dr Ang Yong Guan          为民。

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