Amygdala Hijack By Alpana Awasthi
Ishita Rochlani & Jigyasa Jain
JULY 31, 2020
Mental health issues following the covid19 pandemic stem from 'normal' people being exposed to 'extraordinary situations'. Currently all of us are experiencing, thoughts and situations which we have never experienced before. This pandemic is inducing a considerable degree of frustration, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular. To inculcate awareness about mental health and provide a space for positivity and destressing amidst our hectic schedules few students of our school took this initiative to organise a webinar for grade 9 and 10 students on 31st July , 2020.
The guest speaker Mrs. Alpana Rajesh Awasthi began with the introduction of Amygdala - which is the integrative centre for emotions, emotional behaviour and motivation in our brain. She continued the discussion with categorisation of emotions into Good, Ok and Bad. She also highlighted some emotions like sadness,anger and other troublesome emotions and emphasised on the saying that it's okay to not be okay. Ma'am accentuated on the fact that excessive emotions are not good for our mental health and briefed about some coping strategies. The session ended with an interactive Q and A with the attendees.