14 Apr What’s worse than Coronavirus?
FEAR, GRIEF, BLAME, ANGER, ANXIETY…………are you feeling any of these?
Luckily, while not all of us have Coronavirus, or will be in contact with anyone who has Coronavirus, all of us will have Coronavirus running around in our minds. If you are connected to the Internet, anyone who is connected to Internet or watching TV you are infected in a very different way.
The worldwide panic, fear and in some cases grief that has infected all of us, creating a deep sense of uncertainty is virtually unprecedented in our modern era.
What is worse than the physically of this virus, it’s worldwide infection rates, and the difficulties in treatment is the anticipatory grief that many of us are experiencing. Anticipatory grief is the feeling we get about what the future holds when we’re uncertain. Unhealthy anticipatory grief manifests in many of us as anxiety.
Have you noticed feeling more anxious lately?
Have you been glued to the TV or social medial, more than usual?
Have you been chatting your to friends or family less, or avoiding regular hobbies you are still allowed to do?
Why is important to address our emotional health?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms when the spirit is not settled the immune system suffers, we are actually more likely to get sick. We are also more likely to develop other more chronic illnesses. Traditionally, Chinese medicine emphasises the importance of the intimate connection between spirit (emotional well-being), and essence (material basis for the physical body) as the foundation for the orderly function of vital qi (oxygen air that sustains life). When the spirit is strongly identified with essence, meaning we are calmly present and attuned to our life situation, immunity will flourish.
So how do we start to manage these emotions to protect our emotional health in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic?
- Turn off the TV: We recommend limiting your exposure to the mainstream media, and social media as rely largely on using fear based news in order to keep their audience engaged, negative headlines draws more audience than positive. as instead use government recommended APPS, websites such as Health.gov , or ABC news which focuses more on factual news rather than headline grabbing
- Stay healthy and stick to a routine
- Stay connected with friends and family, try to focus on not talking about covid. Maybe start a book club, or start sharing positive pictures during your day.
- Be careful of what you choose to follow on social media.
- Focus on what you can achieve during this time; jobs around the house, online courses, even boring jobs like sorting out your finances etc
- Know the facts. The simple fact is that while highly communicable, the virulence and mortality risk associated with this virus is fortunately low for otherwise healthy individuals. However this doesn’t mean disregard the recommendations, we need to protect those who are more vulnerable in our community.
Acceptance, is where the power lies. We find control in acceptance. I can wash my hands. I can keep a safe distance. I can learn how to work virtually. It is ok to feel sad I cannot see my family, friends or loved ones. It’s ok to miss the normality, don’t judge yourself on what others are going through.
Other tips to improve your immunity
Adapted from the writings of Heiner Fruehauf of the National University of Natural Medicine, College of Classical Chinese Medicine
- Reduce sugar intake. White and brown sugar causes our bodies to become more acidic, which benefits the growth of bacteria. Synthetic sugar alternatives such as Splenda are harmful to the nervous system and should also be avoided. Use maple syrup, local honey, or coconut sugar for sweetening.
- Increase your intake of naturally occurring trace minerals, which make the body more alkaline and have the potential to prevent infection.
- Gargle with saltwater after brushing your teeth, preferably with a full-spectrum natural salt such as Real Salt.
- Get a skin brush and start brushing your skin after showering in the morning, especially the head, neck and chest areas. A cold shower blast before getting out also helps to strengthen immunity and the circulatory system. This will stimulate lymphatic circulation and increase your general feeling of vitality and well-being.
- Maintain daily exercise appropriate to your fitness levels. Exercise helps alleviate all forms of stagnation, dispel constrained heat through sweating and keep the surface open to alleviate pressure on the respiratory system. Those with an established exercise routine should stick with it; those who don’t can start with something as simple as brisk walking 30-60 mins a day.
- Make time for at least one extra hour of sleep every day. With all of the cancellations and closings going on, invest that time in recharging your vitality extending that opportunity for the Kidney to store. Sleep is the foundation of immunity; aim for 8-9 hours of good quality sleep each night and schedule in a short nap period during the day.
- Additionally, the internal application of Chinese herbs has shown positive signs in the prevention and treatment of both the SARS strains during coronavirus epidemic in mainland China. Research is currently being undertaken for the effectively in Covid-19, including front line personal using as preventative.