Understand how lockdown affects your mental health and overcome Lockdown Anxiety with Yoga Nidra by achieving deep relaxation with physical & psychological rejuvenation.
Right when countries around the globe started implementing nation-wide lockdowns, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned us of the negative impact of this pandemic on mental health. Governments across the world are actively working to provide accessible mental healthcare to its people. Italians are even entitled to free online consultation from the health ministry, saying people risk being “overwhelmed by fear of an insidious virus that has banned us from hugging and being close to others”.
Why is mental health such a big concern right now? Should we also be concerned? How is this pandemic affecting our mental health?
LOCKDOWN AND MENTAL HEALTH
Face masks and sanitizers may stave off infection, but do little to battle the impact of lockdown on our mental health. Here’s how lockdown can affect us psychologically:
- UNCERTAINTY: Questions such as how long will this lockdown last and how long before things get back to normal, are on everybody’s mind. The uncertain future can make us feel helpless and not in control. Isolation, physical distancing, the closure of schools and workplaces are challenges that affect us. It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, fear, and loneliness at this time.
- ISOLATION: What makes lockdowns so psychologically challenging is isolation. It can amplify symptoms of depression and anxiety. Thinking can get driven by powerful emotions when we are on our own – thoughts that are fearful about the worst that might happen, swept along by a powerful sense of our own helplessness.
- SENSORY OVERLOAD: Cooped up in our homes, we are being overwhelmed by news updates and never-ending waves of information on coronavirus and lockdown on social media – further fueling fear and anxiety.
Now that we understand the problem, it is time to look at the solution.
To begin, accept that you are not alone in this. The pain is shared and the entire world is going through the same crisis. While physical distancing is important, do not distance yourself emotionally. Stay in touch with your family and friends.
This is not going to be a sprint, but a marathon. So we need to make a conscious decision to protect our mind and stay calm and composed. And what better way to calm the mind than meditation!
If you are a seasoned meditator, you already know the power and control that Yog Nidra gives you over your mind. If you are a beginner, the world could not have conspired a better time for you to introduce Yog Nidra to your schedule.
With just 20 mins of daily Yog Nidra, our physical, emotional, and mental levels get recharged and rejuvenated which enables us to overcome lockdown anxiety effectively. Head over to the Dozee app to experience Yog Nidra and achieve deep relaxation.