Practical Solutions to Deal With Anxiety & Depression During Lockdown

Anxiety can cause real distress, depression can cause real distress, and the rates of people being diagnosed with anxiety and depression has increased during the lockdown and self-isolation. So I am just going to give you some practical steps. If you are suffering from anxiety and depression during lockdown for you to practice, perhaps it may give you some relief.

The first one is to do deep breathing. It is very, very important. It may sound trivial, but it can give you some relief. If you are going through an intense phase of anxiety or depression, the way to do this is you take four seconds breath in, you hold for four seconds and you breathe out for eight seconds and try to do this like 15, 20 times at least. Do not just give up after the second third time. You might feel like giving up, but continuously do that.

Number two, perhaps practice some mindfulness or if you want to call it something else, like meditation or being in the present moment or the presence of the heart. Whatever you want to call it, but practice something that will give you some sort of relief, something that might connect what's inside you to God, to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala.

Sit down for a few minutes, and just, if you get this influx of thoughts, just acknowledge the things, do not judge the thoughts and allow the thought just to pass away. It is a bit like you have a beach ball. The beach ball is a foot. If in a sea you push the beach ball into the seawater and you let go, it pops back up again and this is what we are doing with force. If you get thoughts and you try to push them away, they will pop back into your mind.

Just let the beachball float. Just let your thoughts pass away. And yes, I am talking theoretically here, but also can be applied practically. But it needs dedication. It is not going to come easy. It needs absolute dedication. Read more about mindfulness. It can help. Sometimes we escape from silence. We do not need to escape from silence. Sometimes silence is good. Just sit down in silence, hear the birds, hear nature, this is the time where we can get back to this.

So let us flip this equation, if you are facing with a lot of anxious moments, perhaps you are looking at self-isolation or quarantine in a negative way. Think about it positively. Think about how much time Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala has given you to look at yourself. If you are struggling financially, do not worry. You have Allah with you. Allah is everywhere.

"Allah is closer to you than your jugular vein" (50:16). Your jugular vein is right here. If you cut your jugular vein, you will die. If you cut Allah, you will die spiritually.

Stay strong, Allah is always with you. He will stay with you during self-isolation and when self-isolation finishes. Pray to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala. Beg Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala to help you so He can lift this calamity, this trial where He has put onto you this trial of feeling anxious, feeling depressed, beg him. And the best possible way to do this is in the state of prostration, as-sujood, where you are begging God to help you.

Pray Salat al-Layl, the night prayers, continuously. Pray for all the other mu'minin, and Allah Subhana wa Ta'alaa will answer your prayer, InshaAllah.