Handling your feelings around COVID 19 and dealing with worry and anxiety
How can I help myself to keep well and safe from COVID 19?
The science of what a virus is
The Psychological effects of fear of the virus on the immune system
How to apply simple yet effective ways to keep yourself calm and well
Help yourself through these worrying times
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The fever is our wonderful body killing the virus and the catarrh and phlegm are absorbing and neutralising the toxins produced. It's a mystery as to why little phlegm is produced in response to COVID 19. Fear of the virus is compromising our immune system by producing cortisol and adrenaline. Both of which are part of the fight or flight mechanism; our response to stress.
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First understand what a virus is and what it's about
Yet WHY does this virus affect us in the particular way it does? What exactly are the anxieties and confusion which it is creating in us and why?
WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP OURSELVES SAFE
Hand washing and social distancing are the FIREWALL within your computer.
The only way a virus would get beyond these 2 fortresses would be if we did something unwise for example opened an email which we did not recognise which contained a virus and that’s where we can make a real difference and be vigilant by;
This a not a war against a baddy but rather an opportunity to take the time to make a real difference to your lifestyle. It’s a time to realise what really matters to you. It’s an opportunity which the virus has given us.
|You're now in a good space to think about how you can use to your advantage whatever is happening to you due to this virus.
Can we possibly view this time as a positive opportunity?
Regular 'positive happy peaceful loving times' in our day will make this our default'.
Professor Richard J Davidson founder of The Centre for Healthy minds says
"When given a challenging situation your brain hasn’t encountered before, it can reorganise and restructure to respond to that situation. The more often your brain is exposed to that new challenge – like learning a musical instrument,(or keeping happy through challenging times) for instance – the more it reorganises and makes that path more established…Our brains are constantly being shaped wittingly or unwittingly – most of the time unwittingly….We’re raising the possibility to intentionally training our brains to improve Wellbeing"
"Fundamentally Wellbeing and a positive trusting attitude is no different from learning to play the cello, if one practises the skills of Happiness and Wellbeing one will get better at it"
Have a more Open Trusting relationship with your Mind and your Immune System
WAYS TO HELP YOURSELF
When you get a 'worry attack' look around you at what is solid and stable and REAL and stay there. Yes our thoughts wander off yet we can keep bringing them back to what is solid.
What are the words which you would choose to say to yourself now?
KEEP SAYING POSITIVE WORDS EVEN IF YOU DO NOT THINK THEY ARE TRUE
I am safe from this virus.
I trust that my body is able to destroy this virus.
I am looking after myself well and the virus is not able to get in.
I know that loving myself and being kind to myself is helping me.
I don't need to be ill I choose instead to keep fit and look after my body
I am safe, I love myself.
I love and accept myself as I am now warts and all
I am at peace
Fake it til you become it – the brain is rewiring itself
|Remember it's only us who can change those thoughts
We are no longer the victim to outside circumstances or this virus. We BECOME the thoughts we focus on consciously and subconsciously. Let’s keep the thoughts positive as much as we can to create new positive brain connections - even when we are feeling negative.
Our body language changes our mental attitude
This is a new way of being and that, in the same way as muscles get stronger as you use them, your immune system is getting stronger and especially when we have to fight an infection.
Davidson advocates the use of mindfulness - which he calls OUTLOOK
The effects of generosity
When we act by delivering food to a neighbour or supporting a loved one we become happier in ourselves. The ability to empathise, express gratitude and behave compassionately towards others are skills that make us feel happy.
There are now a plethora of data showing that when individuals engage in generous behaviour they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering Wellbeing – and that helps our immune system.
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