I have not written for a while as I have been busy setting up a new website, but in light of recent global health events I thought I would share my thoughts. I visited a friend the other day and I was shocked to see the toll the few months of social isolation, fear and anxiety had taken on her health. Despite doing her best to hold things together she struggled to hide her anxiety and fear of the virus. COVID is having devastating impacts on the psychological and physical wellbeing of many of us.
Social isolation has triggered an increase in domestic abuse, and suicides. The challenge faced by people when confronted with these issues is real. Those out of work or entering a near-empty job market are especially vulnerable to stress. During the last recession, from 2007-2009, unemployment helped spike suicide rates in Europe. In 2015 a study showed that men have up to an 85% increased risk of all-cause mortality after losing their jobs. The question now is the cure worse than the disease, and is that fear and anxiety making us sick?
Stress is a well-established killer, modern research has confirmed that our emotions cannot be separated from our physical health. If you are not fortunate enough to have a support network or don’t want to burden family or friends with your problems, you may well resonate with these issues or find you have had similar experiences.
If you delve into the aspects of our current fears, media hype has a lot to do with it. With all the problems they keep throwing at us we are living in a constant state of distress. If you have a continuous picture of fear in your mind your brain tries to make sense of it and releases stress hormones. These stress signalling molecules mediate and regulate immunity. The immune system is a complicated variety of cell types and proteins. Each with specific tasks aimed at survival and defending against infection. Inherent in the primary function of the immune system is consciousness. The first principal of quantum physics is consciousness creates your experience. In other words, the info you take in will transfer into your biology and the chemicals released will create the fate of the cells in your body. As everything happens at a cellular level in the body, your cells are the fundamental connection with the heart and soul of our wellbeing: Living in emergency mode gets the body ready for fight or flight and if you keep firing and wiring the same circuits in the brain you will condition the body to constantly release stress hormones which will in turn reduce your immunity. The main protection against COVID 19 is a strong immune system and cultivating a healthy terrain within the body. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body, and a healthy immune system.
In the face of all this uncertainty, how do we breakthrough this cycle of 24/7 rolling news and elevate ourselves to overcome our fears. Well in my continuous research into health and nutrition over the past 20 years I tend to rely on intuition and the hard-earned wisdom of experts, not the media. These experts share their diverse perspectives on health, healing, and conscious awakening.
- I thoroughly recommend a good news fast from the all-pervasive media who are fueled by their insatiable craving for influence. They say you become the people you spend your time with, meaning you are influenced by the people you spend most of your time with. When children are growing up, we are very conscious that we don’t want them to hang out with a wrong crowd because we know it will influence their lives negatively. The same applies to who you surround yourself with as an adult. Surround yourself with people who lift you up rather than bring you down. When you consciously choose like minded positive people to hang out with it not only helps you raise your game, but helps you live a positive life.
- Be kind to yourself and focus on the bigger picture of keeping a strong healthy immune system. Remember what you think can either elevate you or drag you down. Inherent in the primary function of the immune system is good nutrition, a sound night’s sleep, sunlight, water and exercise.
- Reconnect with family and friends, we are social beings, so support is vital, we need community to thrive. Think of primitive people who live in mutually supportive tribes which is essential for their overall survival. Strong ties with family and community not only reduces anxiety, high blood pressure and stress but also increased the likelihood of you living a longer, happier, healthy life.
Stay strong, with love Bernadette