It has been three weeks into the lockdown and the public stress has never been so high. When will this end? What if I get infected? What will happen to our jobs and businesses? Is it indeed the end of the world? Questions such as these are all over the internet and in everyone’s minds. If this wasn’t enough for us to ponder, conspiracy theorists have squeezed this pandemic to extract all kinds of stories—the virus is a biological weapon or this is the wrath of God.
In a lockdown, a mind is always tired. With uncertainty and false stories floating around, a mind begins to drown in the sea of overthinking. It starts with a small notion that fission into a barrage of multiple thoughts. You begin to second guess everything, including your own choices and decisions. Pessimism takes over your mind, and the only thing you see is darkness ready to consume you. Everyone makes the mistake of overthinking every now and then. But when there is a pandemic on the rise, this habit can become your worst nightmare.
If you keep obsessing over something, you are doing more harm than good. Even the Buddha had said, “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” Overthinking is nothing but a destructive thought pattern that only you can break. Like all bad habits, however, rising above overthinking can be challenging. You will need determination and self-awareness to take the reins back from your negative thoughts and let your positive emotions take over. Here’s how you can save your mind from bouts of overthinking during the coronavirus pandemic:
Keep yourself updated but maintain a balance
You must stay updated with the news, especially in times of crisis. But, maintain a balance of how much information you want to consume. Staying glued to a media channel and thinking about all the possibilities in your head is bad for your mind and worse for your inner peace. Most of all, stay away from fake news and conspiracy theories. If you keep repeating a lie to yourself for long enough, you start taking it as a truth. To be able to make an informed decision and not overthink everything you read, you need to keep yourself away from too many updates. This will also keep your stress levels in check.
If you keep repeating a lie to yourself for long enough, you start taking it as a truth.