Saving our World, One Feeling at a Time

The young person growing up in our world must navigate its many stressful challenges.  Those of us who live in a concrete jungle may spend days in offices, staring down the hard, cold flicker of a wide screen monitor.  Is this what all young people are destined for?  In this pandemic which has restricted travel, I ask Sherlyn Seah, one of our administrators to share what it takes for her to relax and she shares her personal experience. Reading her account reminds me of Greta Thunberg and how each one of us must make it a personal journey of self-discovery of our place in nature, and together, save our world from the climate crisis that is emerging.

“I have never felt so relaxed while lying on the vast grass patch and breathing in the fresh air. Relaxed because it felt as though the burden on my shoulders has slid off onto the grass. I wished I could touch the low-lying clouds and used it as my pillow, to rest whenever I was tired. The peace surrounding me and the cool wind blowing against my face, arms, hands, and legs blew all my worries and stress away. All of a sudden, I felt light and almost weightless, as if all my burdens are lifted off me. I really missed such wonderful feelings, especially during this difficult period when Covid-19 hits the world. Will I ever get to experience such feelings again?”

“Here comes the Lupines in my favourite purple colour! Lupines are flowering plants with more than 199 species and are quite commonly seen in New Zealand and they are just so beautiful, especially when growing beside a lake. I could stand at the edge of the lake for minutes, hearing the sounds of water rippling and never get tired at all. Somehow the sounds calmed me down and reminded me for who I am.” 

“Look at this! Such beautiful effects of the sunset on the surrounding clouds. I am sure this does not happen in Singapore, but even if it does, have we time to look at it? Looking up at the sky and smiling at the clouds, I can thank myself for spending time and energy for the day that has just gone by.”

“Am I afraid of Alpacas? This South American mammal, sometimes mistaken for a llama, communicates through body language and you can sense how they are feeling in their demeanour. I could not imagine that I could get so up close with the Alpaca! Immersing myself with a group of Alpacas had brought out the child in me. Somehow, I felt a tinge of happiness at that moment, the feeling I had when I was a child. Whenever tiredness or sadness overcame me, I tried to relate the kind of happiness I once felt with these fur babies.  And they must have sensed it too. How important it is for us to share our feelings!”

Dr Daniel Fung

Published by IACAPAP

The International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions’ (IACAPAP) mission is to advocate for the promotion of the mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research.

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