Over the past week, our amygdalas (the fear centres of our brain) have been in overdrive.
As Coronavirus (and anxiety) spread, I’m concerned by the level of pandemic fear circulating through our news and social media.
The goal of this blog is to give you a thoughtful alternative to fear… to contextualise what you are hearing. I have put together some helpful tips and suggestions on how you can help you stay safe in a time of uncertainty.
Firstly I would like to mention that I understand how the corona virus may have affected your daily living and you, restricting your freedom. Many of you have written to me saying how you have been send home from work, businesses have shut down and even your children’s schools have been closed to protect them from the Corona virus. All this will have a profound affect on your daily functioning and on your well-being. For some of you this may even be triggering because it reminds you of a time in your life when you felt out of control, uncertain and vulnerable.
I am here to reassure you that you have more control over this situation then you think. The whole situation of feeling vulnerable in a situation which you cannot control and do anything about will induce stress and heighten your anxiety. Here are a few suggestions that can help to stay grounded in this current situation.
DO NOT FEED INTO THE COLLECTIVE FEAR
I understand that everybody else is fearing the worst and that a killer virus is amongst us. Please stop and ground yourself. The more that you feel anxious the more that this has detrimental affects of your health and adrenal system. Anxiety stresses internal organs making them over worked and weak which in turn makes them susceptible to infection. You will most likely suffer adrenal fatigue because your body is in constant fight or flight (survival mode).
The way to overcome this is by grounding / anchoring yourself in the moment and know that you are safe and contained. Reassure yourself, self- soothe yourself (you can download my self- soothing booklet here) because actually you are okay and this will pass, trust yourself. Take some time out to meditate. Most of you will be working from home and will be working on your own schedule, why not factor in some time for processing, meditation, journaling, checking - in with yourself. This is important work for you in you want to give yourself a fighting chance and keep your body free of stress and anxiety.
We all know that sleep will be affected by anxiety and stress. Caused by overthinking and rumination. If you do not sleep there adverse affects on your health: your mood is affected, your cognitive functioning, appetite and your ability to make decisions are also affected. When you do not have enough REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, where your brain is processing your motor neurone activity, emotion and memories, over time your brain activity becomes distorted leading to various health deficits in later life. Sleep is so important.
Are you getting enough sleep? Again like I said before you are working from home, perhaps taking a nap? (I am a nap queen) The power in taking a restful nap can increase your cognitive function by 58%. This is wonderful in the regeneration of your body, cell functioning, neuron functioning etc… This is so important to maintaining your health and immune system.
Just because you will be spending more time at home doesn’t mean that you can omit this part because it is very important in keeping your immune system functioning effectively. Even though you may not be able to get to the yoga studio or the gym doesn’t mean that you cannot do physical activity. Physical activity helps to push the blood around your body and as a result keeps internal organs healthy and cognitive activity at its optimal level and lets not forget endorphins - how amazing do they feel ?!
I have a whole month dedicated to the benefits of physical activity and how this helps in healing trauma, anxiety and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). I have a special guest (well actually he is my PT) who has put together specific exercises that will help in the healing of trauma and PTSD. His details are featured below if you would like to book a session (if you are in the Midlands, UK) or would like to know more about specific movements that help in healing. I will be featuring Ty in a Podcast and he will also be appearing in my vlog’s on YouTube.
Just a little note here about food, please make sure the you are eating whole foods and nutritious foods as this will also help to keep your bloods clean and body functioning in an optimal way. Again this is something that is going to be feature in the Balance Membership (which you can join here).
Another suggestion to using food in your healing is to look at the medicinal properties of food, for example combining ginger and lemon will act as a wonderful strengthener for your immune system. I have been drinking a ginger tonic fr the past two months that has had so many health benefits for me. Not only is ginger anti-bacterial it s also anti viral which helps strengthen my immune system. I want to share this recipe with you as I feel this will also help you to build up your vitamin C intake and immune system too.
LEMON & GINGER TONIC
Can be used as a morning shot or as a base for tea, I prefer the tea option because I actually enjoy a longer drink in the morning to give me time to wake up. I make enough to last me the week and store in a jug in the fridge.
Grate 100g of Ginger root into 500ml of water
Bring to the Boil and then leave to stand for 45mins
Then add the Juice of 3 lemons and run the mixture through a siv to remove the grated ginger.
In the meantime please do keep your body and your mind moving, this is so important to help gain sense of control over a situation that others feel they have no control over. You can give yourself a fighting chance to stay healthy and well and virus free. Is not about going with the crown and being scaremonger into believing that you are helpless. You are survivors NOT victims, be the change that you want to see in your life.
I hope that these tips and suggestions motivate you to take courage and help you stay healthy. Its a matter of perspective , how do you want to see yourself - a glass half empty or a glass half full? You have a choice how you want to act in these ‘times’ its all up to you.
Let me know your thoughts and send in your ideas on how to stay safe and healthy, may be some of you have some recipes of great food that you have cooked.
Personal Training (and/or more information on physical health) : Tyran Thunder (yes that is he actual name) email@example.com