Keep Calm In A Corona Virus Crisis
It’s All Going To Be Okay In The End.
This will be an uplifting rally call to appeal to your waining spirit and soul which may be crying out for some light in a dark time.
So to reassure you, for millions of years us humans have had to overcome abject and dire situations and conditions.
Our ancestors if alive would testify to that.
We are always continually evolving and growing — and learning.
I was flying to USA in January and noticed how I was complaining to my children via facetime what terribly poor hygiene people had.
On the plane I witnessed at least 6 people coughing their lungs out and 7 people sneeze out into this plastic flying machine that was recirculating the air — now with their bacteria and water droplets in it.
What struck me the most (as a mother with 2 children I had been nagging about how ‘coughs and sneezes spread diseases’ for years) was how NONE of these people covered their noses or mouths.
The blatant disregard to the ever evolving and resilient viruses that love this public display of poor human hygiene.
Even on the plane in January it was well known that China was in the strong wave of Corona virus getting stronger. Yet the standard safety video went on for the passengers who paid zero attention.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain!” William Blake said eloquently
— but perhaps someone with a little insight into how quickly these viruses spread, especially with world travel being so easy (or rather, it was before Corona virus), that one of the air hostesses would have stood up at the front of the plane and taught those selfish humans how to cover their noses and mouths.
Perhaps that might have delayed or prevented the worldwide spread a little.
What I do know is that fear is a paralysing state to be in and are not conductive to the state we find ourselves in globally.
It is of no surprise that the selfish humans that were in hiding before are displaying their abject selfishness and stock piling ludicrous items like toilet roll! And stock piling food and supplies that our supermarkets are having to now put controls over.
Nice normal and considerate people understand the concept of thinking about others but this pandemic is already spotlighting the selfish ones.
I read that Boris Johnstone, the British Prime Minister, has declared it a wartime approach to the country.
And he is right in one regard.
It is the battle against viruses.
Perhaps already one of the early lessons we are learning is that we became complacent to the basics like covering noses and mouths and hand washing.
The importance of hand washing dates back to Louis Pasteur when he recognised how microbes lived on hands and for the medical profession to stop spreading diseases by washing hands thoroughly and regularly.
Sadly, he would be mocked and vilified by the medical profession and end up in a mental institute and worn down by that closed minded society then.
So we must all remember that we humans are capable of the most untold feats.
Our ancestors survived far worst to give birth to our family and which enabled us to survive today.
I think we have had it so good for so long.
If you look back through the history books we have had the longest peace time and such high standards of living for over 40 years.
We have become soft and comfortable with our trappings.
Yet throughout all this material comfort anti-depressants are prescribed at the highest rate in history.
So something is wrong somewhere.
Maybe it is natures way of reminding us that we are only human after all and that it is the basics that make us happy humans.
For me, I find I’m at my happiest out in nature, amongst the greenery or by the sea.
Or enjoying good company with safe family and friends.
The singer Ricky Skaggs says “The simple life is the life for me…”, and “…to live a simple life in a difficult time”.
And we are going through challenging times.
I prefer the word ‘challenging’ rather bad or difficult because I like to believe that this is a learning time, and that the meaning of this Corona virus will become clearer once we are past it.
Already I am wondering what the countries and societies will learn when this torrid time is over (over and above the basics of regular hand washing and coughs and sneezes spread diseases!).
But what is highly important is self care and that means discerning what comes into your mind and body.
From a healthy emotional perspective be selective about what you read, listen and watch with regards to the Corona virus right now.
Perhaps limit the time you expose yourself to the main stream media and Social media.
There are lots of fake news stories which not only cause confusion but great distress.
Sometimes there is too much information.
I do have to admit to being somewhat triggered by the impending concept of being relegated to my home, house bound and unable to leave for a period of time.
It reminds me of when Endometriosis and adenomyosis ravaged my body and I was totally disabled and confined to the home physically unable to move for several years.
I understand this is different but it is frustrating.
Yet, I know I will find the resolve to make the best out of this situation.
I will look to see how I can help as many people as I can get comfort and perhaps use their confinement to do some online learning and expand their knowledge.
But I will not let a Corona virus, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis or any other disease, virus or any person or circumstance affect me for long.
Personally, I will be doing the following to ensure my mental and physical fitness during the next few months (as it will be months until this critter of a Corona virus has finished its destruction on the life as we once knew it).
- Yoga practises in my sitting room, bedroom or hall
- Breathing exercises like Wim Hoff recommends 3–4 times a day (it’s tense times!)
- Go for a walk in nature (whilst I can/allowed)
- Take acidophilus to repopulate my intestinal track with GOOD bacteria
- Take Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid 1000mg 2–3 times a day or more if I contract Corona virus (in China they have been treating those affected with Vitamin C IV’s and Beta Glucan).
- I will continue have my green juices and power shakes and to avoid artificial sugars, fast food and wheat.
Even just the very act of deep breathing exercises can have a profound positive effect on your immune system.
Wim Hoff, also known as The Iceman, is one of my favourite natural health gurus from the Netherlands. He is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand freezing temperatures. He has set Guinness world records for swimming under ice and prolonged full-body contact with ice, and still holds the record for a barefoot half-marathon on ice and snow
What is very interesting about Wim Hoff’s studies to do with breathing in particular The 2014 Radboud study showed that WHM practice up-regulates your immunity by increasing the production of white blood cells and B-lymphocytes. These are the little critters that protect you from foreign marauders such as viruses. WHM practice won’t keep COVID-19 from invading your body, but a strengthened immune system means a bigger arsenal to combat the infection, and therefore fewer and less severe symptoms.
Viktor E Frankl was a Holocaust survivor of 3 German camps and quotes in his famous book ‘Mans Search For Meaning’ that “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom”. And that “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”.
So I chose in a dogged and determined (if not a little irritated fashion, as I see how this situation is being handled), to keep searching for the meaning in all of this.
I remember sharing this with an associate woman I worked with some time ago and she scoffed at me.
Yet, scoff all she may, for I know I will use this learning and time to spring board forward with greater wisdom, strength and energy for myself and others.
I have no choice.
And I certainly do not chose to wallow in self pity or doom and gloom.
That has never helped the human spirit.
In fact where I think we have gone wrong in our modern day society is that what has been perceived as the holy grail of life are illusions and mirages.
Fast shiney sports cars, big houses and fancy clothes. Accumulation of material wealth has been projected as what makes a human happy.
But when you read the interviews of people who have literally lost every material thing they owned and were forced to start again they did so very differently.
Money or material goods were not the driving factors
It was something bigger.
I came close several years ago to losing literally everything.
I feared my son and I were going to have to live in our car.
I was forced to wind up by successful property business and my body went on strike for a few years. And then I divorced my toxic ex who was so full of rage he vowed that I would be financially destroyed by the time he had finished with me.
It almost came to pass.
And during these torrid 3 years of the divorce I focused on daily journalling, meditation and prayer to get me through.
When you are almost left with nothing you have no choice but to come back to ’self’.
Do not underestimate the power that you hold within you.
The guidance and wisdom that is waiting to be tapped.
The wealth that lies within in
But we must keep our heads as they say.
We have control of what comes into our world by way of news and social media; so be discerning.
There are now emerging Good News Stories coming out of China as they announced today that no more new cases of Corona Virus have been identified.
A BBC reporter in China has confirmed restrictions have been lifted and families are walking out into the spring sunshine.
So be mindful and conscious, and if you start to feel stressed or anxious or your chest tight then stop!
And try these Top Tips;-
- Stop reading or exposing you to information until your nervous system has calmed down.
- Go for a walk (with a mask if you must).
- Get outside and sit in greenery (even if for 5 minutes)
- Or if you have been ordered to stay indoors put on some meditation music or guided meditation and breathe.
- AND this last one is the most important, turn on your Spotify, chose the most uplifting songs, turn up your speaker and dance!
The gift of life is so precious and I hope that the lesson for millions is to live more in the moment.
In the present day and be grateful for small mercies.
Be super appreciative for their health, the roof over their heads and the food on their table.
What I do know beyond any shadow of a doubt is you will be okay!
You will get through this — and come out stronger.
It’s all going to be okay in the end — I promise!
And I finish with Billy Oceans lyrics which seem apt at this time -
“When the going gets tough the tough get going!”
To your health!