I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t experienced fear at some time since the start of the Covid pandemic. Maybe you had only a moment of fear – or maybe it is daily and never goes away. The people who are the most frightened are in the biggest danger of compromising their immune systems and therefore exposing themselves to illness.
What are you doing to reduce your fears? Following are some suggestions – but first let’s take a look at how fear affects your brain and body. Fear affects you mentally, emotionally, and physically.
Fear causes us to operate from the reptilian part of our brain. It’s the part that has allowed us to survive all these years, it puts us into the fight or flight mode.
When you are in the flight mode you are running from the tiger, your reptilian mind knows you can’t fight the tiger, so you run. Your body puts all its energy into getting to your muscles to fun from the tiger. You don’t need to digest food or use your brain to make decisions at that moment. That means you are not using those parts of your brain that allow you to think straight, make good decisions, or be responsible. Knee jerk responses from the reptilian mind do not help you in ongoing situations like Covid. I could get more technical, but you get the picture.
Whether you know what to do to tame your fears or just need a reminder – here are some ideas. First, Are you doing everything you can?
- Wear your mask
- Social distance
- Keep gathering numbers down, mix only one or two households
- Wash hands properly
- Get enough sleep
- Eat fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors (giving you a rainbow of nutrients)
- Supplement your diet with vitamins
- Get outside for exercise and fresh air
- Get adjusted
Stop watching the Covid numbers and news on your TV. If you must, only once a day or once a week at most. Ask yourself, does knowing the new record high, or low, protect me or keep me safer by knowing it? Are you waiting for a particular number to start implementing some of the above tips? Probably not. So, if you are doing everything you can to keep yourself healthy, doesn’t hearing the daily report just add stress? And stress can lower your immune sysytem.
Consider turning the channel to something more enjoyable, like catching up on re-runs of a favorite show. Steer away from conversations of Covid with others who are fearful or stressed. Yes, hard to avoid, but keep it to a minimum and then gently change the subject. You’ll both be talking about something more enjoyable and defeating stress.
One of the best ways to tame your fear is to do something kind for someone, without expectation of any reward. Seeing the happiness you bring another person will make your spirits soar. Gratitude is one of the most underrated emotions for relieving stress in your life.
Make a conscious effort to stay in the present moment. Right now am I OK? Is there anything I can do right this minute to change anything? If so do it, if not let it go. Try not to worry about tomorrow, it hasn’t happened yet. We all have probably heard the saying, FEAR is: False Evidence Appearing Real. It may be false; it may never happen. Don’t focus on that which hasn’t happened and may not happen. Stop the chatter in your brain.
Just Breathe. Take Slow Deep Breaths. Go Outside and Breathe Fresh Air
Put up a bird feeder and watch nature, take a walk, start a hobby, put together a puzzle, read a book, try making a new recipe, get some projects done at home, paint a room, sort through a closet, look through some photos of family or trips, call someone for a little chat, play an instrument or listen to music, maybe even dance, the list goes on…
Find what works for you to make you happy. Find your “thing.”
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Next month the topic is: Breathing Techniques you can do to improve your lung health and reduce anxiety and stress.