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‘Forgive in 10 minutes’ — Russian health ministry’s mental health advisory during lockdown

The advisory asks citizens to introspect once an argument is over and decide if they were at fault. If one is guilty, then she or he should apologise, it states.

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New Delhi: In a mental health advisory titled ‘How to survive self-isolation and not go crazy’, the Russian health ministry has said it is alright to argue with others but only for 10 minutes.

This is one of the guidelines the advisory, which was issued on 1 May, states to avoid psychological breakdown of citizens during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Zurab Kekelidze, director at the National Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology V.P. Serbian and a chief psychiatrist at the Ministry of Health in Russia, shared tips on how to overcome psychological fatigue due to self-isolation.

‘Introspect, chart out daily routines’

The advisory mentions four principles necessary for quarantine. It has asked families to maintain cordial relations with other members and avoid conflict.

The advisory acknowledges that disagreements or fights will take place but to avoid bitterness people should forgive each other within 10 minutes of any argument.

It also adds that once an argument is over, people should introspect and decide if they were at fault. If one is guilty, then she or he should apologise.

All members should chart out their individual daily routines and form a general everyday regimen for the household, keeping in mind the interest of all members.

The advisory ends by saying: “Compliance with these simple rules and principles will allow not only to maintain a general positive attitude in the house, but also to prevent violation of the personal space of each individual family member.”

Russia has so far reported 155,370 cases of coronavirus and 1,451 people have died of the disease. The country last week reported it’s highest jump in the number of coronavirus infections, with over 10,000 new cases reported in 24 hours. Moscow is one of the worst affected city in the country.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin also announced last week that he has tested positive for the virus.

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