Once anxiety, depression, panic, and fear take up residence within us, it is difficult to reverse them and return to a calm, peaceful perspective. These intense emotions can be very disruptive, unsettling, and adverse to one’s peace and are self-perpetuating. Fear can significantly affect your mental health, spiritual health, physical health in many ways if it goes unchecked.
Paranoia, Anxiety, and Fear during new lockdown
While striving to endure this new Coronavirus lockdown, we must first understand the reason for paranoia and what it does to us.
Paranoia is a crucial symptom of severe mental illness, marked by the idea that other people have wicked intentions. But it also manifests in ranging degrees in the general population. When our world changes randomly, we want to indict that volatility on somebody, to make sense of it, and possibly neutralize it.
Fear and anxiety have the power to diminish our hope, derail our peace, and avert our focus, driving us into the ‘What-ifs.’ The ‘What-ifs’ serve to magnify our angst and heighten our sense of feeling like a victim, with or without any cause. These kinds of negative thinking immortalize a cycle of discontentment and angst. These feelings fuel and gaslight our feelings of weariness, being upset, and puzzled, stopping us from doing anything while living in the present.
We are lying down on our beds, staring at the fan, gradually submitting ourselves to the new reality. However, there are a few strategies to remove paranoia in the pandemic. Let’s explore.
Don’t Escape anything: The Escapist mindset is an issue. When you randomly escape your daily tasks, work in hand, cycling, drinking enough water daily, you attract calamities towards you. During this lockdown, make it a point to write down all the tasks that you feel are important to you and your days. Do you want to give your GRE next year? Do you want to drink enough water every day? Just write it down. When we write, we are essentially facing our thoughts rather than escaping them. If we face our fear, the fear of failure hits a roadblock, and that’s what writing offers.
Limiting Social Media Use: Regular monitoring of social media feeds and news can quickly turn counterproductive and compulsive—fueling anxiety instead of easing it. Stop scrolling your feed. It will take you to the world of fake perfection and feed your insecurities, thereby bringing your paranoia back to life.
Paranoia: Whether you are scared about contracting the virus, being unemployed, or your struggling business, the more your brain focuses on worst-case scenarios, the more paranoid you feel. You can’t prevent thoughts from invading your mind, but you can choose to stop dwelling, and you can engage yourself to solve problems. There is a tremendous difference between problem-solving and worrying. Your present solution should be like an umbrella. We use them to survive the storm, not to stop it. Count on your ability to handle challenges and push yourself to take crucial steps. The goal is to stay afloat until the storm passes.
Kriya Yoga: Kriya Yoga is a cyclic balanced breathing routine that provides relief from numerous problems associated with body, mind, and emotions. Ensure your entire body is relaxed and your feet are firm. Inhale profoundly through the nose, taking as much oxygen as possible. During exhalation, pull the abdomen as the whole inwards and exhale forcefully through the mouth. Repeat this 12 times a day. If you are stressed or paranoid, this activity helps slow down the breath and relaxes the body and mind.