What A Psychologist Has Learned About Herself During Quarantine...

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / May 9 2020 / 10:30 AM

Clinical psychologist and managing director at Lighthouse Arabia shares her insights on what she discovered about herself in order to avoid going stir crazy during self-quarantine

What A Psychologist Has Learned About Herself During Quarantine...

Quarantine has finally given us all the alone time we all needed. However, we still need to be aware of how this can affect our psychological well-being. Dr. Saliha Afridi from Lighthouse Arabia gives us insight into how she combats the loneliness that comes along with self-isolation. 

What have you learned about yourself in quarantine?

I have learned that I was living my life very much consistently with what I value because there is not that much that I miss. I enjoy solitude and stillness very much.

I have learned that my relationships are deep and real because they do not need a lot of physical togetherness. I continue to stay very connected via phone calls and video chat.

I have learned that we needed something this big in order to move into the future and do things differently — such as how our education system works, or how flex work/work from home can be a real possibility.

What do you want to remind your future self of about this time?

Invest in the things are are most important in your life: your relationships and keep having dinner as a family. Its the most meaningful way to end each day.

Give us one movie/ TV show, one book and one podcast we should all have on our radar right now.

Book: The Wisdom of Dark Emotions by Greenspan or Man’s Search for Meaning by Frankl (or anything by Ryan Holiday or Robert Greene)

TV/ Movie - to be honest I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV!  (So I suggested more books)

Podcast:  Beyond the To-Do List or Brene Brown Unlocking Us

Lead image courtesy of unsplash/Renáta-Adrienn

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