Paranoid After The Prolonged Pandemic

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In just less than a year, the Novel Corona (COVID-19) pandemic has changed the world. It dramatically affects day-to-day activities across the globe. It changed our working, learning, and interaction as social distancing opens its way to a virtual existence, both personally and professionally. Employees lost their jobs, and business owners closed their businesses, leading them to find luck in the virtual world. In contrast, others who are not educated enough or exposed to gadgets and the internet begged for help from others and the government. I have witnessed this predicament in my family and in the community that I am currently residing in. People here are struggling to survive – and while we continue to find ways to earn, there is still fear that we could be exposed to the virus anytime. The impact of the prolonged pandemic is stress, anxiety, and paranoia. Furthermore, the predicaments we have encountered due to the pandemic are the culprits of paranoia.

Symptoms Of Paranoia

  • Mistrust
  • Hostility
  • Can’t forgive easily
  • Defensive towards criticism
  • Fear of fraud or taken advantage of
  • Inability to relax
  • Argumentative

Hearing the death of someone we knew, losing a job, businesses closed, or being isolated from everyone brought us anxiety and uncertainties. According to surveys and reports, suicide incidents increased, and the world is now battling mental health issues. COVID-19 crisis caused a lot of difficulties for most of us. Such conditions caused fear, mistrust and sometimes led us to believe old theories previously ignored. Some of us even resort to quackery, considering everything we have heard and applying it to protect, treat, and cure us.

Effects Of Being Paranoid In This Pandemic

  • Can put you at high risk of suicidal thoughts
  • Tend to discriminate against others
  • Fearful
  • Can lead to schizophrenia paranoia
  • Constantly agitated and have difficulty to relax
  • Mistrust to the people around us and the government

The prolonged pandemic made us vulnerable to stress. It proliferates fear, paranoia, and anxiety, leading to racial discrimination, propagation of conspiracy theories, and unscientific misrepresentation. The increasing number of fatalities triggered fear and mistrust of the government and the people around us. It is because the existential need to feel safe was unmet. Remember the viral videos on social media about how the westerners attack Asian tourists? Just because COVID19 started in China, they believe that all Asian-looking people they meet in the street could be carriers of the virus. Racial discrimination happened not just in one country. It is because everyone is experiencing paranoia.

How To Calm Down Paranoia?

Paranoia is different from anxiety. It is focused only on a specific source of stress. In our situation now, the effects of the pandemic, which is mostly the fear of getting infected, often are the root cause of paranoia. We become scared, doubtful, and suspicious of other people. As I mentioned earlier, these conditions gave us false beliefs, and we became unscrupulous. Getting away with paranoia is not easy, especially there is still no assurance of a cure to COVID19. We can still feel The effects of a prolonged pandemic. The pandemic is not yet over. Though some survived the virus, and the vaccination has started, new variants still threaten our daily fight for survival. However, below are things we can do to cope or overcome paranoia.

  • Look for support around you, or talk to someone about it. Knowing you are not alone and many feel the same way as you can help you cope.
  • Avoid reading information from untrusted sources. Do not engage in gossip and hearsays.
  • Keep yourself busy and productive at home. During lockdown or quarantine, read a book, or do some gardening.
  • Follow health protocols and take care of yourself.

The pandemic has caused a lot of stress, and these stressful situations manifest anxiety and paranoia. Being paranoid is a common symptom of schizophrenia. But it doesn’t always mean that when you are paranoid, you have a mental illness. Sometimes it is just a normal stress reaction.

Jene See
the authorJene See
A Home-based Entrepreneur and Blogger For me, being a home-based entrepreneur, parent and blogger has been quite an experience. Here’s how I got started on it all. Where I’ve been Becoming a blogger and a hardcore, home-based entrepreneur wasn’t exactly a planned career action for me. I can almost say I didn’t see it coming. It all started when I got pregnant with my first child. Back then, I was still working as a flight attendant, and I have to admit that I really loved my job. But when that baby came on board, I decided that I wanted to be as involved in my child’s life as I could possibly be. Once I’d made my decision, I swung into action. I quit my job and quickly made plans for a new (and different) life with the baby in mind. My foray into the glamorous world of entrepreneurship and blogging was a little more abrupt. This started a lot more recently.   I first came into contact with these products sometime around two years ago. In 2018, my aunt-in-law would be the first person to preach to me the wonders of Aulora Kodenshi. I confess that I was very skeptical back then. As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t see myself as an entrepreneur (or even a blogger for that matter). I felt I was comfortable in my role as a housewife and that picking up endeavors like that was for people who had more money to “waste.” I decided to continue to keep my focus as a good mother and an ideal housewife. The plan was, if I kept feeding my family good food and making sure that they all exercised regularly, there wouldn’t ever be a need to buy any of the products my husband’s aunt talked to me about. As it turned out, I’d not end up buying the products; I’d also become one of its most vocal advocates. How I Got Here Our second child got a case of eczema when she was about 18 months old. Ever since that time, every so often, she’d have a rather severe outbreak. The doctors would always tell us it was nothing serious, nothing to bother about, and we believed them for the most part. A reason for this was that almost like clock-work, she’d always get better after every 3-6 months. All of this changed though in February 2019. She had an outbreak, and we thought it was normal until she scratched so hard she drew blood. We tried everything to no avail. Frustrated, I decided to try SHIRUTO, one of the many products from BE International. In no time at all, the eczema and even the scars cleared up. I was so excited, I took to my social media page to share my joy, and that’s how I got into blogging and entrepreneurship. Plans for the Future I’m happy with where I am right now. I have a healthy family with a career I want to see grow. I don’t conform to the classic stay-at-mom routine of waking early in the morning. I do my best work at night when everyone’s happy and rested. The goal is to continue to remain healthy and inspire everyone around me to be free and keep those positive vibes flowing strong!
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