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Saturday, April 04, 2020


Coronavirus Anxiety:

Coronavirus Anxiety:
Coronavirus Anxiety:

You wouldn't be human if you didn't experience some fears about the Coronavirus or COVID-19. There are many reasons why Anxiety concerning this disease is spreading throughout the world and the major cause of this is the lack of information concerning this illness.

In order to interrupt anxiety when a situation like this occurs one can apply a few appropriate steps to make living through this epidemic an easier journey.

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We are all together during this time but in order to maintain peace of mind, you might find the following helpful:

1- Knowledge is Power-

 Listen or tune into reliable news sources and follow the advice of the CDC concerning steps for maintaining your health.

2- Boost Immune System-

 Eat well and steer clear of a junk food diet. Aim for lean proteins (meats, poultry, fish, dairy), fresh or frozen vegetables (frozen may be your best choice as they are not handled by anyone in the food market). Fresh or frozen fruits (frozen might your best choice again, as they are not left out or handled).

3- Exercise-

 Move off the anxious energy and continue moving in fresh air and sunshine, minus crowds of people. This will boost endorphins, raise Serotonin (the feel-good chemical) in the brain, and lift your spirits. It will also calm down an overactive mind. Leave the worrying head inside when you go for a walk.

4- Logic and Common Sense-

 Being cautious is fine and especially in this case. I would suggest you apply even more caution during this time but do not believe that worry and fear will serve you well. Take moments during the day and remind yourself that you are doing all that is necessary and anxious worry serves little purpose.

5- Look Out for Others-

 During a difficult public health crisis, the elderly often require extra health. By offering a helping hand, you pull yourself out of your own head and this is therapeutic in itself.

6- Music, Hobbies and Calming Activities-

 Quiet your mind through anything that interests you and pulls you out of worried, panic mode. Lose yourself in things that pull you out of your own worrying head. Lose yourself in a book you've wanted to read but never had the time to do so. Meditation is always helpful, along with yoga.

7- Make Smart Choices-

 Use your logical mind to choose activities that make sense to you. Smaller dinners with fewer friends or family, rental movies, postponements of events that may be risky may be the best choices at this time.

8- Self Soothe-

 Once you learn to reassure and calm yourself, the adrenaline rush begins to subside. We are what we think and being logical and careful at the same time is the best way to self soothe. If panics interrupt your life, due to the build-up of fearful thoughts, let go, while you tell yourself the truth of the situation. Facts matter and they are your strength against unnecessary anxiety and panic.

9- Keep a Cool Head- 
Focus on the here and now. This is the safest place of all. Yes, plan for any future events but remaining in the present moment takes the sting out of "what if" thoughts. In fact, change the "what ifs" to "so what." Nothing is merely black or white in nature. There is always a gray area. Take a break from reading or watching news stories before bed. Everyone needs a break from over-thinking the situation, especially if getting a good night's rest is your best defense against an over-anxious mind and body.

10- Communicate-
 Keep in touch with good friends and family. Even if you can't be together, there are always online ways to connect, through chatting or face to face interaction. Making the best out of a difficult situation takes a little ingenuity but helps keep the stress chemicals from releasing and results in a calmer mind and body.

Most of all, remember that you are not alone. Nothing you are going through is different or unusual than anyone else. Discuss your feelings with friends and family and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how similar your feelings are to theirs.

 Time takes care of many of these events and learning to go through them the calmest way possible is to your advantage. Thinking with a cool head, eating correctly, resting when tired and keeping the proper perspective on the situation is your greatest weapon against anxiety and stress in these times.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Self Improvement

Stand Against Fear:

Journalists know that "what leads - bleeds". People read newspapers "Self Improvement" and listen to the news when there are exciting - not boring - things happening. Twenty-four-hour internet and television broadcasts can throw you into a world of crisis very easily so you need to be careful.

Self Improvement
stand against fear

Recently, we have been hearing about the presence and pandemic possibilities of the coronavirus. Now I am not ignoring the fact that we are facing a problem but, at the same time, I have lived through eras of measle outbreaks, tuberculosis, and polio so I tend to believe in the expression my grandmother used to say. This too shall pass.

In the meantime, how can we latch onto wisdom when we are facing fear:

  • Be prepared :

 Candian and the United States panels who have been interviewed about tactics for the population have recommended several things. One is to have a store of food and medications on hand including those that have been prescribed as well as cough syrups and fever reducers. Frozen, canned, and dried products are safe for long periods of time so you can invest in some inventory.

  • Learn new skills:

Think about ways that you can stretch your time and dollars with simple recipes, meal plans, and learning ways to do repairs.

  • Use common sense:

 Exposing yourself to possible dangers is just foolish. I often wonder what hikers who illegally enter communist countries were thinking. Try to avoid being around individuals who are infected. Disinfect areas that could be germ collectors.

  • Follow proven health practices:

 There is medical evidence that supports washing your hands for twenty seconds with soap and warm water as the best defense against germs. One of the clients told me that singing the "Happy Birthday to you" song takes approximately twenty seconds and can be used as a timing device when washing.

  • Consider your options:

 Do you want to increase risk by flying or being in environments where there are large groups of people? Should you go to work when you are sick knowing that you are increasing the possibility of becoming sicker or infecting others? Is it wise to sit in a hospital Emergency Room or crowded waiting room to see a physician? There aren't enough testing kits or any corona vaccine yet so you will likely be told to go home, drink fluids, rest and treat your fever with over-the-counter medication.

  • Know when and how to seek help: 

Stay informed. Health Link, documents written by medical professionals and media interviews of professionals will help to define the symptoms of concern and the best strategies to deal with them.

  • Make good financial choices:

You or a family member may need to miss work and lose income. Now is the time to curb unnecessary spending and ensure that your finances are in order.

  • Respect others:

Avoid shaking hands, coughing on others, and going into public if you are sick.

I am not a medical doctor, but I have worked with people who can be either impulsive or immobilized by fear. There isn't any guarantee that you will become sick or avoid illness. You can, however, use the points above to help you make good choices and gain some control.

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