COVID, LOCKDOWN, PANIC AND MENTAL HEALTH: HOW TO REMAIN SANE?

COVID, Lockdown, Panic and Mental Health: How to remain sane?

We currently reside in a world of infinite possibilities, good and not so good. So, do you have a strategy to thrive, regardless of the situation? 

When the lockdown in India was announced the first time, people didn’t know how to deal with it. Small pleasures of life which were taken for granted, eg: food shopping or eating a chaat from the corner chaat guy, became an impossibility. Also Read: Try this morning routine to feel more balanced

Some lost their cool and many got enveloped in a blanket of worry and stress. 

Then the lockdown got stretched and the whole nation went into a state of a resigned slump. Some call it acceptance but its also essentially fear. Fear for their lives, the wellbeing of their family members, fear of the future, job, money…the list is unending. 

But one of the biggest fear which is still looming in the minds of most people is: what is the lockdown extends for longer? And now that fear has come true.

The Truth Is Scary 

And the truth is that its possible that the lockdown WILL continue for longer. Recently, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the world’s leading medical journal The Lancet, advised India to not hasten the exit strategy and observe a minimum 10-week lockdown. 10 weeks! Yes, that’s a long time, right? But before your mind spirals out of control, here’s the question you need to ask yourself: is it for the greater good? And what can you do about this prevailing situation? Also Read: Why Mental Health Counselling Is important

And here are the answers


Yes, it is for the greater good. And there’s nothing you can do about the current situation besides:

  1. Stay at home
  2. Follow the rules 
  3. Get vaccinated

But there’s also one important practice you can develop to stay steady, peaceful and in control your emotions if the lockdown stretches for longer. 

Yoga Nidra Is A Life Skill You Must Learn And Practice 


Yoga Nidra may not be popular practise yet, but it is getting its due as a form of meditation and also therapy for balancing the mind and body. Its a controlled and systematic method of guided relaxation which can be done for up to 45 minutes ( or even more). Believers, practitioners and researchers say that it usually results in natural mental benefits, such as diminished stress, better sleep, improved productivity and that it has the potential to alleviate emotional wounds. Needless to say, as a practice, it can help you to develop a deep sense of joy and well-being, no matter how the external world is holding up. Also Read: Meditation Is The Only Way To Deal With Stress


Let Go, Its Time 


Unlike other forms of meditation, in which you concentrate on a mantra or your breath, Yoga Nidra requires you simply to let go. Simply put, this practice forces you to engage the muscle into the spirit of surrender. 


Surrender To What Is


You can’t change what is and what will be. The lockdown may or may not get prolonged and future seems hazy right now, at best. But you will be okay as long as you choose to surrender to what is. It’s not a sign of weakness or resignation but a show of hope, belief and allowing things to be. Just how it is. That’s why you must choose Yoga Nidra to help you navigate these times with grace and dignity. Not only will this practice help you feel better internally, but it will also lessen the chaos of the outside world so that you can hear your inner voice. Also Read: I Tried This Ayurvedic Jam To Relieve My Anxiety


So, begin practising Yoga Nidra from today and begin taking away steps towards inner wellbeing. I am putting below a wonderful video which you can try. If you enjoy it, leave a comment!

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