Fear of Catching Covid
Wow, so much has changed since I first wrote this post! Right now, today millions of people have received their Covid-19 vaccinations. Although the news changes rapidly, right now they're saying that no one who has received the vaccine has been sick enough from catching a case of Covid has a case bad enough to be hospitalized. That's a huge relief, even if the vaccine doesn't prevent you from getting Covid-19 altogether! At this point, we don't really know how long the vaccine will continue to protect us. We learn more every day.
People who won't wear masks
This is an anti-science time where people are so ignorant that they don't understand basic science. It has to do with climate science and how diseases are spread. They are concerned that their "freedom" is being lost by wearing a mask or taking the vaccine. Although there are no laws that everyone be vaccinated, it will definitely impact on the level of spread of the disease.
Stress From Dealing With anti-maskers
If you follow the news you will read about attacks on both people who wear masks and those who refuse! People are stressed out and fearful but for different reasons. But wearing a mask is not really hurting anyone, whereas spreading the disease, EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE SYMPTOMS is possible, and can kill someone. Do you want to be responsible for another person's death??
How Stress Affects Immunity to Illness
Stressing out from fear of getting Coronavirus or losing loved ones can get you sick. In fact, lowering your stress level can improve your chances of surviving any illness or disease. In short spurts, such as avoiding a car collision, your body reacts with stress, but then it goes away quickly. But with the type of chronic stress we are all under, cortisol, the stress hormone is lowering your body's ability to fight off disease! In short term stress, cortisol is helpful, but long term exposure to cortisol opens the door to more inflammation. That's exactly what is happening in the lungs of people who get Coronavirus.
Also, stress decreases the number of white blood cells to fight off infection! To add to that, when you are depressed or suffering from anxiety that also leads to higher levels of inflammation. Stress affects your sleep which is one of the most healing activities (after exercise) that you can do for your health and well-being.
How To Control Your Stressful Emotions
There are many ways to practice stress relief that you feel from Coronavirus. But in order to KNOW whether what you are doing is actually helping not just your mind, but your body to destress you need feedback. That's what the Inner Balance and the EmWave 2 actually does.
By placing a sensor on your earlobe, the device is measuring your Heart-Rate Variability. That's one of the methods used in lie detector tests that show if you are stressing because you're lying. It is highly accurate.
The biofeedback type of device gives you both auditory and visual feedback showing when your mind/body and heart are relaxing. It's not about slowing your heart rate, it's much effective than that. You can learn all about the thirty years of scientific research behind how HeartMath's programs work.
I use my Inner Balance every day and the effects last for HOURS. I'm getting better at controlling my anxiety about the future. Worrying about whether you will contract the Coronavirus doesn't make anything better, in fact, it makes it worse. Because the way you feel is contagious to others.
I highly recommend you purchase the Inner Balance (for iPhone and Android) or the EmWave ASAP! Even though there is free training on the HeartMath site, get in touch with me for my inside information about how to use it even more successfully! It works. I want to hear from you about how much better you feel! I want you to survive!
Build Your Resilience to Illness NOW
With the statistics now showing the US has the most cases of Coronavirus in the world, there's no time to waste. It's time to start working on your own stress relief practice to lower your cortisol levels. This can literally save your life! In fact, share your device with the people who are sheltering at home with you!
Other Methods of Stress Relief
The mindful practice of yoga where you concentrate on your breath and the movement of your body are wonderful ways to get both physical and mental exercise that can lower your stress level. There are some wonderful teachers to follow on Youtube for free Yoga training. I'm also a certified Yoga instructor. Here's my most important advice: START SLOW. Don't do too much to start off. Start with a gentle class and build up. Because if you start with a hard class you can hurt yourself and then you won't be able to practice until you feel better!
I learned Chi-Lel, the first level of healing Chi. It's called "Lift Chi Up and Pour Chi Down". I was amazed how well it works. Do it with your friends, as long as you a at least 6 feet apart - or with your living companion. Master Luke Chan is a wonderful teacher.
In the beginning your arms will feel very heavy, but they will get stronger. Just stay with it, and see how well you feel after 20 minutes of this practice.
Emotional Freedom Technique, known as EFT tapping is so amazing that you will hardly believe how well it works.
Don't Watch The News
Watching upsetting news creates emotional and physical stress. Instead of watching something that makes you feel upset and powerless, you can jog, walk, call people you love, start new projects you've been putting off - don't spend time watching the news. It will just stress you out, and there's nothing you can do about it except keep yourself from being someone who passes the Coronavirus to others or gets it yourself. Coronavirus stress can make your miserable even if you never get it. Just remember that! And practice stress relief!
That's all for now. Be well- stay well!