What comes after the Coronavirus?
However long the current “health crisis” that is the coronovirus lasts one thing is certain; there will be another health scare coming to a media outlet sooner rather than later. How can a person hope to stay sane and healthy in this climate. Rather than being reactionary it’s important to develop life long habits that support our bodies innate intelligence ability to maintain homeostasis, or balance in the face of a challenging outside environment.
Here are some strategies to boost your bodies ability to stay healthy:
- Reduce your exposure to media coverage of the outbreak which can cause anxiety This can cause decreased immune function among other things. Try this – every time you hear the word coronavirus think- my body is powerful and know how to stay well! Replace fear with faith!
- Wash your hands. Most people recognize the importance of this simple action in avoiding illness. We only need to look at the 19th century and the impact that hand washing had on the death rates in maternity wards to see it’s impact.
- Eat well, stay hydrated, and get the proper sleep. These fundamental pillars of health gain even more importance during times of stress. Reduce your sugar and processed foods intake, up the veggies, good fats and protein, and drink lots of purified water. Perhaps most importantly take steps to get the best sleep possible. Give your body what it needs!
- Quiet your mind with mindfulness techniques, yoga or breathing exercises. These techniques support both the body and the mind which can help reduce fears and concern about things that are out of your control. Have faith that if you do your best it will be enough!
- Utilize natural tools and practitioners to support your immune system and overall health. Chiropractors, Naturopaths, body workers and life coaches, among others, can help you on your journey to better health and mental clarity. Please comment or contact my office if you need any referrals.
- Go outside! Take a walk, do a stretch, or do your breathing exercises in the fresh air. Listen to nature and be reminded of the abundance all around us!
- Prepare for unexpected inconveniences that may arise if your work closes (are you equipped to work from home), schools close, or other disruptions occur. Reach out to your neighbors and your support system and plan to help each other no matter what happens!
Overall don’t panic and focus on the things in your control. What you think, what you put in your mouth, and how you move. You have more control than you are led to believe!
In Chiropractic, Dr Matt Leonard
- Posted in: TGIM