With the current climate and the uncertain times, there is a lot of fear and panic. One minute your life is going along as planned, and the next minute you are afraid to leave home and are told that you and all of your loved ones may become sick and perhaps even die.
You are told that people are hoarding food and toilet paper. You go to the grocery store, and you realize that there is nothing there.
Feeling confused and anxious would be very obvious. So how do we prepare for uncertainty being caused by COVID-19?
Why: When the body is in flight, flight, or freeze mode, this lowers our immune system. You need a strong immune system in order to fight off the virus, and if you catch something, your body is stronger to fight it and lessen the blow, so to speak.
How to overcome this fear?
Acknowledge the situation and your feelings
To overcome fear, firstly acknowledge that this whole pandemic situation is messed up and say out loud all the feelings you are having.
Feeling like you have no control is an awful feeling. Fear, worry, panic, sadness, and loneliness all feel distressing. Acknowledge it!
This begins to release negative emotions from the body. When we hold negative emotions (they live in our cells), this creates disease.
Releasing allows us to strengthen our immune system, become healthier physically and mentally.
You create space for positive emotions to live there and allow your body and mind to reset!
Start creating your new internal dialogue
It could go something like this:
Yes, it is true, I do not have control over this pandemic, how others react, who is going to get sick, who may pass on. But I have control over how I am going to process it.
I am no longer going to live in fear, panic, or worry. Yes, I may feel lonely and sad, and I will honor those feelings.
connect with people: I love using FaceTime or Social Media if they are not currently with me.
Also, to know that I am not contributing to the panic that is causing food and supplies to be gone for people who truly need them. I will help my neighbors, who may be in need.
You can have any other internal dialogue that makes you feel good and begins to calm you.
Boost your immunity
Another aspect to consider when it comes to how not to panic is to tend to a weak immune system.
Great Immune Boosters
Elderberry, D3, Vitamin C, B12 are great ones to start. Call your local health food store for suggestions and ask if they will do curbside delivery.
Also, drink Rose Tea to stay uplifted yet calm. Get plenty of sleep. Stay hydrated.
Please remember that we may not have any control over this virus and face immense challenges on how to not get the virus, but we do have control over how we think and behave so we can contribute to the healing, not the hindering.
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Kirsten Louise Cantley is a Holistic Psychotherapist and has a private practice in Greenville, South Carolina. She offers in-office sessions for counseling and coaching as well as Telehealth and is able to see clients from all over the world. She received her Masters from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Ms. Cantley is Psychodynamically trained and then incorperates a Holistic approach; focusing on not only the mind but the body and spirit. You cannot have a healthy mind without a healthy body and spirit.
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