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My brother gifted me a swanky bike for my birthday. It was a gesture to stay young at heart, reminiscent of my love for cycling as a little girl. The next morning along with my cool green helmet and water bottle, I carried a reasonable amount of anxiety for ‘The Bike Ride.’ It had been long, and the body is not as fit as it used to be, nor was the mind as free as it was as a child. Hence the leisurely activity ahead was made into a daunting challenge along with the constant repetition in my head ‘I Will Fall’-‘I Will fall’ and yes evidently as I manifested my fear which only and only stemmed from my anxiety… I am now on bed rest with a bruised backside and spirit. Anxiety: A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety is a feeling which is an oxymoron to logic! Our Present-day situation is the perfect recipe for a feeling of unease and nervousness because we are treading a universal uncertainty. The difference between Fear and Anxiety is just this -Fear is of something known whereas anxiety is caused due to the unknown. Let me further explain with an example- If we are to walk in the jungle where we are pre-warned that we may encounter a tiger, we will have fear, and as we walk, we will keep thinking about how we will face the beast because of our brain has been prepped with data of known danger, we would probably carry a weapon to protect ourselves or choose not to go at all. But if someone is to tell us that there is ‘something’ in the jungle, our logic goes out of the window, and we start spinning our web of erroneous conclusions. COVID-19 is that ‘something’ in our psyche right now. We are brimmed with uncertainties for our jobs, our children, relationships, and social progression. Humans need social connections, reassuring, comparisons, and competition to thrive, and this Virus has restricted just these—a perfect cocktail for anxiousness to intoxicate our thoughts. Well, its quite clear that there’s a problem. Now what? Should we buckle and fall? Should we be expected to wear our cape and surface as superheroes? Read More


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