As if the stress from daily life wasn’t enough, we now have Coronavirus to worry about. It is indeed a new challenge that the world is facing, which leaves us with a lot of anxiety about the unknown.
When we face uncertainty, many people will find ways to create more certainty in their lives, as we often believe that if we have control and know what’s coming, we will be safe. This might look like stockpiling food and hand gel or listening to that worried voice in your head play through all the scenarios so you feel prepared for anything.
The reality is that this situation is ever changing. There is solid advice and then there is social media and gossip that may lead to more anxiety and unnecessary panic. Listening to legitimate sources about the spread of this disease (like the CDC or WHO), while limiting social media and news reports can help.
We want to help you address your fears through the lens of the mind, body, and spirit.
Trilogy’s Acupuncturist, Debrah Santi shared some advice for us about our physical health:
Due diligence is necessary to minimize the risk of contracting this or any virus. Some simple practices you can incorporate include the following:
Implement good self-care as anxiety and stress can compromise your immune system
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. This is the easiest tried and true method to keep you healthy.
Eat the rainbow: a variety of organic fresh fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals.
Rest: allow your body to restore by not overdoing or overthinking, and get a good night’s sleep.
Exercise – walking , yoga, tai chi, qi gong are all very important in getting the blood flowing and eliminating toxins.
Acupuncture: has many proven benefits including stimulating our immune systems, relieving anxiety, creating balance in the body.
The most simple advice we have is to practice the motto: Be Here Now.
When we are reliving the past, thinking about all the things we shoulda, coulda, woulda done, we create anxiety over something that is IMPOSSIBLE to change.
On the other hand, when we are spinning with thoughts of the future, especially if we are catastrophizing and fearing all of the “what if’s”, and all of the outcomes, ways to handle the outcomes, etc., we are living in the future. While the future is helpful to think about, when we are overwhelmed with fear about it, we are not living in the present moment. You can’t possibly prepare for every outcome.
The answer is, quite simply, to be present, right here, right now. A quick way to focus on the now if you’re spinning in anxiety is to focus on your five senses – sight, smell, touch, taste, and hearing. Check in with each sense and just notice the experience. Ask yourself, “am I ok this very moment?” You may be surprised to find that often, the answer is “yes”.
Whether you have religious or spiritual beliefs, or no belief at all, we believe that tapping into something outside of us, such as the beauty of nature, or the wisdom deep inside of us, is a powerful tool in our ability to cope with challenges.
Remember that we offer therapy, acupuncture, nutrition and health coaching, and more to help you cope during this difficult time.