Just when we thought it was safe to breathe again, we get hit with another wave of Covid, the Delta variant. Some people’s nerves are frazzled to the max, while others seem to be relatively unaffected. Let’s face it, getting heated up is not going to change anything – other than feeling upset.
Fortunately, one of the takeaways of this ongoing global crisis is how to manage our own reactions and stay cool no matter what. There is a way to make the best out of a terrible situation.
Limit Your TV Time
If you’re staying glued to the latest Covid news, you’re most likely increasing your stress level. Imagine you have an internal meter, and the more fear-based messages you hear, the more that meter rises. In addition, the news is riddled with conflicting information and is mainly reporting negative stories, which keeps our fears ramped up. While it’s essential to stay informed and make good decisions for your health, this can be done on a limited, daily basis. The rest of your TV time can be spent on your favorite topics, especially those that make you feel good. Additionally, you can replace the news with taking care of overdue projects, another effective stress reducer.
Make Decisions Based on What Feels Right for You
With over half the country remaining unvaccinated, it’s clear that there’s a lot of confusion and differences of opinion. But just because the news stations are at war doesn’t mean we, the viewers, are required to fight. How about we attack the problem and not one another? Every time I hear a difference of opinion, I learn something new. I find a diversity of opinion keeps me the best informed.
It’s essential that you consult with your physician, gather the facts, and decide based on the information that makes the most sense to you. If your doctor recommends the treatment, and you agree, then follow the treatment. If you’re still worried, there’s always the option of remaining at home to minimize your exposure to the virus.
The best defense against illness is to stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible. We’ve heard of vaxed people getting COVID. Whether you’ve been immunized or not, you need to have a strong immune system. Avoiding poor hygiene and stressful situations while practicing good nutrition is essential to staying well. Also, reminding yourself that you’re safe right now is a way to ward off anxious feelings caused by scary thoughts.
Choose Love Not Fear
I hear a lot of people say, “I’m scared to death.“ Let’s think about that statement for a moment. This negative affirmation could become a self-fulfilling prophecy. When we let fear overcome us, we’re keeping ourselves in a constant state of tension. Fear causes our bodies to produce chemicals that arm us with extra strength but can also reach a point of toxicity. Too many toxins challenge our immune system.
Also, when stressed, we don’t make the best decisions. We’re also more likely to consume unhealthy foods and substances to calm us down. This produces more toxins in the body that further compromises our immune system. The best way to calm down is to learn how to relax when anxious. There’s plenty of apps and online meditations to achieve just that. When you feel your body tensing up, a few deep breaths can do wonders.
When you consciously stop listening to fear thoughts and replace them with loving thoughts, you can keep your stress under control. For example, imagine you are turning a channel in your mind — from fear to love. Rather than listening to the non-stop fears, try saying thank you for good health. Gratitude that you’re well right now. One of my friends focuses on helping a neighbor in need. There’s no lack of loving gestures, and they do wonders for our state of mind.
We can’t control the global crisis, but we can learn how to manage our actions and our responses. Panic needs fear to survive; calm requires self-love. Which do you prefer? I’d say you’re worth the love.
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Donna Marks believes that the models for diagnosis, treatment, and addiction have failed. Her mission is to help save at least one million lives by 2030, through education and prevention. She has been an author, consultant, educator, public speaker, licensed psychotherapist, and addictions counselor in private practice in Palm Beach, Florida for more than thirty years. In 1989, Dr. Marks developed a chemical dependency treatment program at Palm Beach Community College, that has since grown into a four-year degree program, and for which she was granted an Award of Appreciation. She became licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in 1987. In 1989, she earned a Doctorate Degree in Adult Education, then became a Certified Addictions Professional, Certified Gestalt Therapist, Certified Psychoanalyst, Hypnotherapist, and Certified Sex Therapist.
Dr. Marks is the author of the 22-award winning book, Exit the Maze: One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure.
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