Thanks for your tremendous response to “Pandemic Stress Solutions.”

Here are some additional things you can do to reduce your stress.

Why Less Stress is Crucial

If you’re in constant stress, anxiety, or worry, then your level of cortisol can become elevated. Cortisol is a hormone (a steroid) that is released when you’re stressed. It affects almost every part of your body. Long-term high cortisol can cause weight gain, blood sugar imbalance, digestive problems, sleep issues, fatigue, nervous stomach, anxiety, depression, hormone imbalance and… immune system suppression. If you’ve had these symptoms in the past, they may recur or become worse with stress.

Long-term high cortisol can make you more susceptible to illness. Any reduction in your immune defenses you do not need right now.

But How do I Reduce My Stress in a Pandemic?

FIRST: The world has become a dangerous, stressful place.

You may feel overwhelmed and somewhat powerless to deal with the constant state of danger surrounding you. You can feel this way because you can’t know where the threat is coming from. It might be dangerous to go into the grocery store; the package you just had delivered might be dangerous to touch; your family and friends might be in danger; your financial security might be being destroyed.

WHAT TO DO:

When you feel that you’re in danger, the feeling can become generalized so that pretty much everything can start to seem dangerous.

Therefore, many things can seem to be more dangerous than they really are.

Do this exercise to discover this for yourself and feel much better:

The Less-Dangerous Exercise:

Look around where you are sitting right now and find anything that isn’t dangerous or threatening to you.

Repeat doing this until you feel less stressed.

Now, stop “feeding the stress fire.”

Quit reading websites, social media, or news outlets that increase your fear and stress. Stop watching the news. See Pandemic Stress Solutions “Step One” for some ways of doing this effectively.

SECOND: You are feeling freaked out, either a little or a lot, much of the time.

You may feel you’re in a state of mental stress, or you may be squashing it down. You may have been feeling this way for weeks and have gotten used to it. But continuously feeling that something terrible is happening or will happen is going to stress you out and wear you down.

WHAT TO DO:

Get some space.

Screens can be quite deadly in this situation. When you spend hours looking at a screen, your entire world shrinks down to the few feet between you and the screen. Break up your time on screens with action activities: cook a meal, clean something, have a conversation, work in the yard or garden, do some exercise, reorganize your kitchen junk drawer.

Increase your physical space. Take walks around your neighborhood and look at things. Don’t walk and look at your feet or think of scary pictures in your mind while stressing out. Look at trees, buildings, flowers, other people. Doing this will give you space and help you feel much less stressed. After some time, if you feel stressed again— take another walk!

Communicate. Communication is a magical stress solution (if you avoid stressful communication). Call a friend or family member you like to talk to, just talk about something OTHER than how dangerous everything is. Play some music. You can do this for yourself, others in your household, or put it on the web for others to hear. Draw or paint some art. Sing. Cook (cooking is a wonderful communication medium).

How Did This Happen to Me?

A big part of the COVID stress is not knowing how you could have prevented it. You can feel wide-open to having something like this hit you again, making that “dangerous environment” problem even worse.

Sometimes the answer to a problem or threat isn’t where you are used to looking for it. Most of us are used to expecting our conventional doctors to have a solution to infectious diseases. Conventional medicine fights infectious diseases by attacking and killing the infectious organism. But that’s not working now.

The truth is, with infectious diseases, we need to:

Support the body rather than trying to kill the infectious organism.

There’s no vaccine or any other conventional therapy that is successful at treating COVID. You can bet that in the future, there will be other infectious illnesses with no conventional treatment.

You should be prepared and have your body ready to fight back rather than depending on conventional medicine coming up with a pharmaceutical hail-Mary.

What You Should Do

If you don’t have a holistic doctor, it is past time to find one.

I would be happy to see you or to make a telemedicine appointment. Go Here if you are interested in finding out about this option

 A holistic doctor can help you to achieve your optimal health. Conventional doctors, on the other hand, diagnose pathology and prescribe drugs to treat that diagnosis. The problem with this conventional model is that the medication prescribed does not promote health. There is a time and a place for drug therapies, but they are over-prescribed in the US. The continued use of drug therapies leaves the body depleted of vital nutrients that it will need when confronted with something like COVID.

Some Basic Things You Can Do Right Now

Find a high-quality supply of vitamin C and zinc and start taking these. There are other effective nutrients that your holistic doctor can help you with. If you’re having trouble finding these supplements, contact my clinic as we have sources that haven’t run dry yet.

If you find the information in this post useful, please don’t keep it to yourself!

We are truly all in this one together.

Watch this video for a seven-minute explanation of how to assist your body in healing itself.