Along with the new coronavirus, increasing anxiety is disrupting our routines. Read this article to know about ways to lead a normal life during such a pandemic.
Generalized anxiety will involve too much-worrying and nervousness. This can be a personality trait of an individual. Anxiety or fear is often labeled as a negative emotion. The true fact is that emotions do not really have a positive or a negative identity. It is always the perspective that matters. There are many reasons why fear is always seen as negative energy. Here are a few reasons why it is taken in a negative way.
A panic attack was the reason someone did not perform well in a public meeting.
Fear was the cause of failure for many students because it made them forget a few answers in examinations.
It was the reason many brilliant students sat idle in a classroom without clearing their doubts.
The same fear has been the reason for many unreported cases of COVID-19.
When you see the fear in the positive zone, it has indeed contributed a lot. Here are the few things to appreciate about fear.
Fear can help you escape from a fast chasing dog.
A few left out hours before an exam can make you get more knowledge registered in your brain.
A hard-working man tends to earn more and settle things for the fear of earning less in the future.
The fear of trying a new adventurous activity gives you more adrenaline rush.
It can help you gain knowledge and awareness of something, it can be COVID-19 too.
COVID-19 has made many people shiver with fear. Before a person is tested positive for the virus, fear is rocking them down. A person might have experienced mild fever earlier in his life. He overcame it very easily. Now, the situation is different. A little rise in temperature is killing us with panic attacks. If you are not sleeping better due to the fear of getting COVID-19, you should definitely consult a doctor. Compulsively cleaning too much, organizing too much, frightening calls that all your clothes might be infected with the virus is an indicating sign that you need help. Washing your hands, vessels, and clothes infinite times a day might be a spotlight of Obsessive-compulsive disorder. Let us try to understand why we fear coronavirus.
It might be due to the increasing death rates.
Fear of staying in an isolation room. Many do not like to be lonely and stay alone in a room. This is due to the fear of abandonment.
Quarantine makes a few people feel arrested and lonely. It can increase anxiety and alleviate depression.
Are you cleaning your hands repeatedly, even in unnecessary situations?
Is it necessary to over-think your quarantine period?
Is it necessary to make lots of fearful registrations in your subconscious mind?
Knowing too much about the death rates and keeping it up-to-date will help?
Are you afraid of an ordinary cold and cough as symptoms of Coronavirus?
Going to bed, unsure of what can happen tomorrow? Are you questioning your future much?
Is the lockdown causing a mental breakdown in you?
If your answer is yes to most of the questions, there are possibilities that you are facing anxiety issues. The whole world is waiting for a remedy. But there are some weird things happening that everyone has suddenly started suggesting whatever medicines they could either from their knowledge or experience. In a few days, everyone has become extra-clean, washing their hands even after reading a book. When you make changes to normal lifestyle events, it should be healthy and soothing. Rather, this fast running pandemic world is becoming extraordinarily obsessed with tiny particles. This small particle could be the virus or your fear. Both might be little, yet can cause drastic changes. What the virus could do to the world is totally out of control for normal citizens. What you could do is to combat your fear in a healthy way. Now that we have gained too much of details about COVID-19, we have started to stay isolated and practice better hand hygiene measures. We know that the novel virus spreads by touching the infected objects. It will be totally fine if you wash your hands before and after eating, before and after touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
First, learn to recognize fear as the one that is making us gain awareness. At least we know how to protect ourselves. We do not need to make the ultimate changes to your lifestyle. Here are a few ideas you can follow.
Count Your Blessings.
The world is a common platform for birds, animals, and other species. Humans have grabbed a major share from the earth. Having taken with force, did we actually give it back in return? Definitely not. We did a fair job of eating all varieties of animals and plants. We destroyed the forest by doing lots of afforestation. We polluted the sea with plastics, the atmosphere with harmful gases. It is not empathetic to say only the fittest can survive. Now, humans are locked down, and birds are flying freely. The sky has depreciated levels of nitrous oxide and therefore, has become less polluted. There is something good happening for every effect and cause. Know to be grateful for your blessings.
Find out Your Own Coping Strategies:
When you are in a very relaxed state, your mind and body will remain calm. Your heartbeat and pressure will be normal during this time. When you are in fear and stress, the reverse happens. To keep yourself cool, find out your own coping mechanisms. Explore yourselves and find out what works best for you. This is known as self-soothing. It can be achieved by a sense of smell, vision, hearing, taste, and touch. Few things you could try are:
Sense of smell - Bake your own food that has a pleasant smell, like choco-chip cookies.
Sense of vision - Draw or paint a picture you would love.
Sense of hearing - Listen to the sounds of a water fountain or any soothing music.
Sense of taste - Enjoy your favorite food. Eat it slowly so that you experience the way it tastes.
Sense of touch - Take a hot or cold shower and enjoy the feeling of water contacting your skin.
A Magical Technique:
This might resemble a meditation, but it can give you instant results. Find a calm place to do this technique. Switch off your mobile phones. Keep the objects that can cause disturbances away from you.
Close your eyes. Imagine the situation which is causing heightened fear to you right now.
Photograph a scene of that stressful event.
Turn the picture into a black and white photograph.
Make the photograph into any of your favorite shapes (rectangle, triangle, etc.)
Imagine you have a paintbrush or color pencil in your hand.
Paint the photograph with your favorite color.
Drift away from the picture in your thoughts.
Make it travel to long distances away from you and feel it becoming little.
Burn the picture in the hottest sun.
You can replace the sun with dirty water or floating clouds disappearing, whatever is feasible for you.
This simple visualization method can make you feel better. You will feel lighter and positive.
Think Rationally. You Stay Positive and Make Corona Negative.
Unnecessary fear will give us no growth. It is essential to think in a more rational and intellectual way. Be bold and confident. Remember that there are many who recovered. Listen to the stories of people who have completely recovered, and this might help you feel better. Keep a few points in mind always.
Wear a face mask, not a ventilator mask.
Stay in your room rather than the hospital.
Wash your hands rather than your lives.
Praying is always better than complaining.
Do not read too much information about COVID-19 either in television or newspapers. Try social-media detox. This helps you focus on more positive things.
Do not keep reading the death rates.
Practice social distancing.
Exercise regularly. Get more sound sleep.
Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.
Get help from the public health administration.
Stay confident that you will be healthy. It boosts your mind and immune system.
Do you know too much washing and cleaning can lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Are you facing anxiety or any unknown fear? Call a doctor online.
Last reviewed at:
04 Apr 2020 - 5 min read
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