I had a patient today who said she was doing okay in the mornings, but all her coworkers were stressing her out because they are so stressed. Then she would be on her phone or seeing the news and get even more stressed. By the evening she was completely stressed and spent.
Does this sound familiar?
My response to her was that the only thing we can control is how we choose to react to a situation. As soon as the news or someone else starts talking “what-if’s”, that’s when I move on. At the moment no one knows much of anything… they can project all they want as to how the situation will play out.
This will be spun into a million different potential scenarios. At this point, we can only take this day-by-day. It is best to remember that while keeping up with the news is essential to a certain degree, ultimately, they are in the money-making business and fear sells.
Right now I’m limiting my news intake to around 15 or 20 minutes a day. It seems like any more than that and the fear machines start running.
Let’s concentrate on what we can do to stay mentally and physically healthy.
Do your best NOT to live in fear or anxiety about the situation – 🛀 Yes, this is a serious matter that requires our attention. However, it is important to note that when we get trapped in a fear response our immune systems shut down in favor of survival mechanisms, which actually further heighten our anxiety! Sure, be wise and discerning about your lifestyle practices and choices, and trust you are doing what you can to keep yourself and your family safe. But then, let it go and live life!
Fresh air is vital to healthy immunity -🐥🌷🐝Make a point of getting outside, daily. Even as little as 15 minutes three times throughout the day will be beneficial. Let’s remember that today is the first day of Spring! Nature has no idea what her humans are dealing with. She’s just doing what she does best. That makes it even more wonderful to get outside and away from our computers, televisions, and smartphones and forget about it for a while. Take some time to get out and just BE.📵
Rest! – 💤🛌 Get plenty of sleep and rest. The body builds immunity and heals while we sleep. And the beginning of each new day is like a reset button to have a better, low-stress day!
Slow down if you are able. This national “time out” and forced break from extra-curricular activities and the hustle and bustle of life is the perfect time to implement good self-care. Take walks in nature, enjoy healthy dinners, spend quality time with family, break out the board games and puzzles, do some journaling or reading. Take this opportunity to create art. 🧩🎲📔🖼️
Increase your consumption of anti-oxidant and nutrient-dense infection-fighting foods 🥦🥬🥕 like Organic blueberries, spinach, sprouts, garlic, onions, ginger, parsley, cilantro, spirulina, celery juice, bone broth, fermented foods, and cruciferous vegetables (kale, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage).
Drink lots of water – 🥛 Not juice. Not soda. Not sweet canned teas. No energy drinks. Drinking good quality water and herbal teas, staying hydrated, is one of the best things we can do to flush out toxins from the body and help support the immune system.
Reduce sugar – 🚫🍭Keep the immune system strong by reducing your sugar intake and eating a balanced diet. Avoid eating processed sugars (carbs included). Sugar weakens the immune system and makes it less able to deal with viruses and bacteria.
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