Q:We are all anxious and worried while following the news, and it feels like there is so much we do not have control over. What are some things that we DO have control over that we should be working on that will make us stronger and healthier to beat COVID-19? Are there diets we should follow, exercises we should do? Things we can do to relieve stress?
Instead of reaching for Diazepam, let us make a healthy plan. Yes, the news we cannot control. But we can all play a central role … in how we feel from day to day, even if we get lost in the fray.
Start with thinking positive of the things we are grateful for. Our breath, the sunlight, our family and friends galore. Let’s all exercise so we sweat each and every day. That will relieve some of the suffering from what is happening today. And sure it’s OK to have some comfort food during these tough times. Don’t deny yourselves some pleasure, but be careful to tow the line.
Acknowledging our feelings and listening to our thoughts can help us relax. This is a time we can appreciate the little things that normally fall between the cracks.
We can take this time to find more passion in all the things we do. We can spend more moments with those we love, and even our animal friends too.
We can also bake and knit and read … and expand our mind and give to those in need. Ask around and see if you can help someone. Many folks right now are in desperation a ton.
Keep your mind and body active, although it is tough to do for sure. Push yourself, and you will be rewarded with the cure. The cure to all the stress we feel, we must slow down to seal the deal.
Vitamins and supplements can help you certainly feel less tense. Echinacea and vitamin C will put your immune system on the offense. Eating fruits and vegetables are important especially now. So watch carefully what you’re drinking and eating for your chow.
We have control over only so much. But do not let this virus become your crutch. You can still have the power to enjoy all around. So watch and listen to all of the sound. The sound of the world that you often forget, but the beauty is there like the next sunset.
Cut down the nicotine, edibles and booze. Those things are not helpful, and will only make you lose. This is the time to reflect on the good things in your life. Or if there aren’t any, make a plan to end the strife.
Get enough sleep. Don’t watch too much TV. The computer can be tiresome. Moderation is the key.
We do have the power over getting through this … by not shaking hands and avoiding that kiss. Keeping apart will be OK for this second, this too will pass quickly I reckon.
So let’s all get through this one day at a time. I hope you noticed my column is rhyme.
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