Are you paranoid? Studies show that the average person experiences paranoia on a daily basis. It’s just that some people are more prone to episodes of paranoia than others. The difference in paranoia’s effects lies in how the person deals with his thoughts and feelings. Here are some tips to help you deal with everyday paranoia and NOT let it get in the way of having a healthy life.
Do not dwell
Worrying and dwelling on one’s worries is a surefire way of building up paranoia. When you have worries, allow yourself to think about them for a limited period of time, say 20 minutes in a day. After that, brush them away and deal with reality. Deal with what you have on your plate and do not let your worries get in the way of your daily tasks.
Oftentimes, paranoid thoughts will build on themselves. One good way of dealing with them properly is to get feedback from trusted people around you; people who might have different perspectives and who are not as involved as you are. They can provide good input that will help you realize whether or not your thoughts are unfounded.
Look at the facts
When those thoughts crop up, make sure that you take the time to examine the facts. Look at the evidence and do not try to convince yourself of things that are not supported by facts. Thoughts are just that – thoughts and not facts. What matters is that you find out concrete evidence and stick by them.
Here’s to getting rid of paranoia!