We know that your communities may be feeling anxious, stressed or frightened.
Here are some important things to consider …
It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help, like friends, family or your fellow community members. Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If, you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan on where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
A very special friend and colleague of mine Dr Gilles Lamarche who has been part of my life since we first met at Chiropractic College in Toronto, Canada 45 years ago just posted the following magical list of simple tools and strategies on Facebook.
Simple Tools to Manage the Stress of COVID-19
While many people appear to have bought into the hysteria, these simple tools and strategies can be lifesaving, and I would like to invite you to …
- Take a deep breath
- Send out love to those you care for
- Hug a family member or animal
- Go for a walk or run
- Exercise in some other way
- Read a great book
- Watch an inspiring movie or video
- Move your thought into a state of gratitude rather than fear
- Listen to great calming music
- Take a nap
- Drink clean water
- Eat healthy foods
- Get checked by your chiropractor and get adjusted if required
How Your Body Reacts to Stress
All of these actions above support your body to move into the parasympathetic nervous system where the tone is focused on enhancing your immune system. Stress on the other hand moves your body into sympathetic nervous system tone which decreases your immune function.
Stress on the other hand moves you into sympathetic tone which decreases your immune function.
Smiling and loving are such powerful healing tools.