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Maintaining common sense at an uncommon time

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

It seems that there is no other news more important than the pandemic of COVID-19. As people are using new terms of "social isolation" instead of the word " quarantine" and obsessively washing their hands and covering their faces with masks and looking at everyone with suspicion of being a carrier, it seems only logical to take a moment and realize the grander reality and scope of this issue.

What happens when the state of emergencies are lifted, when we are told its okay to live "normal" lives again? Can we actually go back to being our carefree selves enjoying life without the nagging thought that the next cruise could be quarantined because of some new bug or the one person on the next flight could be the harbinger of the next pandemic?

We are living in an era of constant traumatic stress. Everyone of us is now either in complete denial of the current state and being defiant, or in complete shock and doing whatever we can to protect ourselves without thinking, or waiting for this to be over so we can go back to our daily routine.

What can we do to maintain some common sense at this time?

Some truths to consider:

- There is a new virus in town and no one knows what to do about it

- There are susceptible people who need to be protected

- We need to use precautionary (common sense) measures to protect ourselves and others

- If we are ill, we need to protect the vulnerable by isolating ourselves


So, who is susceptible?

From observing the self reported cases to the advise by the experts: its the elderly who are the most susceptible

But in reality, its everyone who is not in a state of good health and has a vulnerability, that the virus can use to survive and multiply.

If you really think about it, the virus can only survive in the body, if the conditions are right for it. If your body defenses are primed and ready for action, they will support you to maintain a healthy state and thrive despite the illnesses around you.

The truth is that no one is perfectly healthy, but understanding how to support your health in a proactive manner can help in the long term.


Components of a healthy state


Some tips to stay healthy

Emotional Health:

A healthy mind supports a healthy body. Stop the panic!! Understand that the state of panic increases the action of the sympathetic nervous system and being in a prolonged state of panic has long term health consequences. Instead look for ways to connect with people around you to lessen the sense of isolation. Connect by phone calls, video chats etc and become a part of a community. You are not alone in this!


Diet:

Are you eating the foods that support your immune health? Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and make sure your gut microbiome is supported.


Exercise:

Though its not a good time for a new gym membership, you can always find ways to make some time for exercise. Some suggestions: get dancing to some music, do some yoga, meditate for 10 mins using breathing exercises, walk around the house for at least 5 minutes every hour. Small steps can lead to long term results so get off that couch and walk!


Environment:

Keep your home clean and clutter free since that can be an added cause of stress. Enjoy the sun for at least 10 mins a day. Be determined to surround yourself with positivity and compassion for others.


We are surrounded by microorganisms inside and outside our body. As long as we maintain a state of balance (in mind and body) we will be supported by the environment around us.

Take the time to enjoy life no matter where you are. Live responsibly!


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