10 Ways To Stop Being Paranoid

When you’re paranoid, it feels like the whole world is against you. It seems that every person you meet has something bad in mind for you. You find yourself constantly on guard, analyzing what people say and do for any sign of impending danger or betrayal. And when someone does make a joke at your expense, instead of laughing along with them, you assume they are mocking you behind your back.

Whether you’re paranoid or not, it’s never fun to be on the receiving end of such intense antagonism and hostility all the time. Fortunately, there are ways we can stop being so paranoid and start finding joy in life again.

Don’t make light of bad things

It might sound like a no-brainer, but sometimes the simplest of things can slip our minds. When you’re paranoid, it’s easy to make light of bad situations and turn them into a big joke. For example: Let’s say your car gets towed while you’re out. If the thought that someone might have stolen or sabotaged your vehicle is too far-fetched for you to even consider, you might shrug it off and say “Oh well. I guess my car got towed.”

It’s okay to be a little dramatic when you’re feeling paranoid- just remember that the line between drama and dangerous delusion is very thin. If your car does get stolen or towed, there’s no use in having more regrets about not taking the possibility of such a thing seriously.

Don’t make empty promises

People love promises, but they can also turn into liabilities pretty quickly. If you’re paranoid, there’s a good chance that the promises you make are insincere. After all, if someone is always looking for ways to backfire or cause harm, then you probably don’t want to be held accountable for any words that leave your mouth.

But that doesn’t mean you should treat your words like they don’t matter. Instead, try to become more selective with the things you say and only make promises when you know you can realistically keep them.

Stop seeing yourself as a victim

When we’re paranoid, we tend to see ourselves as victims. We blame our predicaments and bad luck on other people who don’t necessarily deserve it. The problem with such a way of thinking is that it makes us into passive bystanders in our own lives.

As the old saying goes: “personality is like a box of crayons.” A person who sees themselves as a victim will likely only use the gray and dark colors of that “crayon box” to fill their lives with. And while those crayons can give our drawings a very distinct look, they’re not exactly the most colorful or vibrant- which aren’t qualities we associate with happiness and optimism.

Stop thinking in extremes

When people are paranoid, they tend to think in terms of black and white- good and bad- right and wrong. This way of thinking can be helpful when you’re dealing with basic evils that need to be eradicated. However, when applied out of context this type of thinking becomes counterintuitive rather than constructive.

On the bright side, this type of thinking is curable. All you have to do is stop seeing things in absolutes and recognize that there are always different points of view. That way, when your perspective changes- which it will- you can adjust along with it without fear or regret.

Stop letting other people’s opinions define you

When you’re paranoid, it feels like the whole world is judging you every day of your life. You might find yourself constantly concerned with what other people think of you and how that influences their decisions regarding your future.

This is not healthy at all, because it reduces your confidence and makes you feel like an insecure child instead of a confident adult. While other people’s opinions will always matter to some extent, it is up to you to set your priorities and live your life according to your values and goals- not by what the consensus dictates.

Stop living in fear

Paranoia can make us constantly feel afraid of what’s to come. We worry that this day will be terrible or that tomorrow will be even worse. And while it’s easy for us to brush off these negative thoughts with a chuckle, the more we do so- the less likely they are to go away on their own.

Eventually, living in fear becomes habit-forming rather than just a temporary cause for concern. If you find yourself constantly worrying about the future, then take some time to reflect on what’s causing those fears and how they are affecting your reality.

Stop being so defensive

When someone is paranoid, it feels like everyone is out to get them- even their friends or loved ones. As a result, they might develop a habit of being on the defensive every time someone says something that contradicts their negative worldview.

The good news is that this can be cured by applying some basic empathy to your daily interactions. Instead of responding defensively to disagreements, try asking follow-up questions about why your friend thinks life is so terrible or why they said what they said. This way, you’ll learn something new and maybe even change your perspective in the process.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Paranoia can cause us to be very self-conscious of our image and social standing in comparison with other people. However, such a habit is not only superficial- it’s also bad for your mental health and personal growth.

The next time you find yourself worrying about what other people will think of you, remind yourself that every individual is unique- therefore everyone has different opinions and tastes. This way, you can free yourself up to focus on your own life without feeling like a constant failure because someone else got the promotion/partner/house/etc., that you wanted.

Stop being a perfectionist

Nothing is ever perfect, no matter how much we try to make it seem like it is- and this applies to both things and people. When we try too hard to make something “perfect,” the final product usually ends up being bland instead of inspiring or noteworthy.

As a result, we feel like we’re never doing anything right and that everyone hates us for it. However, this is not true at all because perfection doesn’t exist in the first place! So next time you find yourself trying to make everything perfect, remind yourself of the difference between good and “perfect,” and try enjoying yourself instead.

Stop being so negative

Negativity is the worst emotion you can have when it comes to mental health- it’s constantly bringing you down and keeping you from progressing. So, to stop being so paranoid, try replacing your negative thoughts with more positive ones.

For instance, instead of constantly asking yourself “why me?” when something bad happens, ask yourself “why not me? What’s stopping this from happening to anyone else?” If you think about it, there are probably a thousand other people who would have let the same thing happen- so why should you be any different?


In the end, every single one of these tips will help you to stop being paranoid and enjoy your life! If you liked this article, then please share it with others who are tired of living in fear. Paranoia can destroy lives- so don’t be afraid to let it go!

Thank you for reading! I hope that this article may have changed your perspective on paranoia. If so, please share it with others who might be struggling with fear or want to stop being paranoid in general. Keep in mind that this is a difficult thing to deal with for most people so take your time and don’t get discouraged if you still have bad days. You can do it 🙂

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