Stress & Anxiety In The Times Of Corona Virus Pandemic
All of us would agree to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is one of a kind. A global upheaval of this magnitude has never been experienced in recent times, at least since the last 100 years. And, hence, the loom of stress and Anxiety with this lockdown is a natural by-product. The very fact that this pandemic has created a change in our environment is a trigger for stress. Coupled with the irrational fear of being helpless and powerless, this perceived danger then becomes a cause for anxiety. Biologically, stress is a natural response to a change in environment. Intellects often say that stress is good, as it challenges us. But do we really need stress to motivate ourselves? It is necessary to understand that today we are an evolutionary product from the primitive man. In primitive times, a predator such as a tiger would mean danger. In response, our adrenal glands would produce adrenaline that would give us the rush to take “flight”. The other option being to “fight”. In the modern world, we are still driven by the “flight & fight” response within our biology. But, where is the tiger? Where is the fight? Our environment has changed such that, difficult bosses, abusive partners or a global pandemic such as a virus is the ‘predator’ to our brain now. And those who fail to take flight, end up fighting – both externally and internally. The “fight” manifests as anger. Whereas the “flight” manifests as Depression – a state of total despair, of closing the heart and going inwards. We still get the rush of adrenaline, but since there is no actual fight or flight, the adrenaline eventually paves the way for the secretion of cortisol which is the actual stress hormone. Cortisol has a very damaging effect on our cells, by degenerating them; leading to the formation of virulent cells called free radicals. The immune system gets naturally overworked during a stress phase, eventually leading to a collapse. So are you fighting the COVID-19 virus? Do you feel you need to beat the COVID-19 virus? If yes, you have naturally activated your “predator”, the stressor for your brain. You do not need to fight. You only need to acknowledge and accept. All fears pertaining to job security, finance, health and Family are largely coming from the memories of past experiences already recorded in your brain. You need to reform this. The brain needs to be rewired to be resourceful during these times. The age-old wisdom of deep Samadhi (transcendence) state Meditation and inner transformation is the answer to this. One needs to heal the karma, i.e., the cause behind the effect you are experiencing. Otherwise, karma is a cycle, it will revisit you. When you heal the karmic causes of stress, even people who are like a virus in your life will leave your paradigm. It is highly advisable that one educates themselves with life skills such as meditation and Practice Mindfulness so as to combat any situation life brings forward. The stress is not outside, it’s inside you. You can heal it. And so can you heal the virus. You don’t have to beat the COVID-19 virus. Beat the stress!