Effective ways to deal with the Corona pandemic, boost immunity and staying safe
Now is the time in our life that we are seeing the world, its people with a different lens and believe that the world is “ one joint Family” – Vausdaiva kutumbakam
We today stand united and pray for the whole world and its beings. This sentiment is very aptly mentioned in Sanskrit shloka “ Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhawantu”.
In times of a global health emergency, such as the present times, we are collectively witnessing a plethora of breakdowns, constraints & difficulties. The mandatory quarantines and isolations are a real challenge for the entire world which has exercised total freedom in every possible way. The last pandemic occurred in the year 1918, that too many of us have heard of, coupled with that while in the midst of the pandemic is profound fear of death, critical illnesses, loos of livelihood, loos of loved ones, inability to meet them in their final moments and giving them a dignified farewell as they move into other realms. Suddenly a world which was familiar and our own seems so alien and ominous.
The social stigmatization towards the illness and people afflicted with it unfortunately is another challenge. There is an acute feeling of powerlessness coupled with fear of a loss on many fronts leads to major psychological disorders and feelings of –
- Panic attacks
- Fear and paranoia
- Over thinking
- Curtailing of freedom
- Loneliness and boredom
- Adapting to a new normal
- Enhanced vulnerability of older people and people with disabilities
- Dilution of personal spaces leading to conflict and breakdowns
- Erratic behaviour and blaming other people who are ill.
This new sense of normalcy that we all are struggling to come to terms with is a daily struggle foremost of us while we are trying to find our feet and take life a step further.
Effective ways to deal with the pandemic
- Washing hands frequently, at least for 20 seconds multiple times during the day
- Sanitizing your hands
- Avoiding touching face, nose, mouth and eyes is a must
- Wearing a face mask covering over chin, moth and nose is a must
- Maintaining at least six feet of distance when meeting people
- Being responsible and following instructions
- Accepting the current situation
- Covering our nose mouth in case off cough or sneezing and coughing & sneezing into one’s elbow or using a tissue
- Regularly disinfecting touched surfaces, such as door handles, switches, shelves, tables, desks, computer, telephone, laptops, washroom faucets, sinks etc.
It is a well known fact that majority of bacteria do not make it past our skin, mouth and nose and that’s where most of them can be captured and dealt with effectively under normal circumstances but these are not normal circumstances.
However, here it needs to be mentioned that psychosomatic stress and anxiety majorly impacts our immune system as the brain and body are in a constant dialogue and this tandem of well- being ca be easily rattled with stress.
How can the Mind Body Equation be maintained??
- Alternate nasal breathing a few times
- Deep breathing
- Practicing yoga
- Meditating, starting with just five minutes
- Walking barefoot on grass for a few minutes daily if possible
- Practicing simple acts of kindness releases oxytocin, which in turn releases chemicals, raise levels of feel good hormones, relieves pain and discomfort and boosts immunity too
- Physical activity of at least fifteen to twenty minutes every day if possible
- Practising self love
- Incorporating laughter in your life
- slowing down and taking a break every once in a while
- learning a new skill
- offering your services to the needy as and when possible
- 7 hours of restful sleep
- Listening to music
- Including fresh vegetables and fruit in your diet to build immunity
What does self care look like in COVID times
Staying informed and becoming health literate. It would then be a fine balance of the following seven parameters:
- Occupational growth and stability
- Emotional well being
- Intellectual growth
- Mindfulness and spiritualism
- Physical well being
- Financial independence andliteracy
- Social wellness and connect.
- Occupational growth and stability
Stress. fear and anxiety have a tendency to increase inflammations in the body which further impacts our immune system by keeping it on an overdrive to keep our body function
Some of the anti inflammatory food items that can be incorporated into our daily food intake are:
- Sunflower seeds ( a handful )
- Luke warm milk with turmeric
- 5-6 soaked almonds
- Plain yoghurt
- Green tea, chamomile tea, avoid having it at night times though
- Boiled/grilled chicken, fish
- Small quantities of ginger and garlic.
These are troubling and unprecedented times, its very natural to feel displaced, anxious and scared. Expressing your emotions and feelings is good. Talk to a trusted person in the family, a friend or a professional if possible.
Remember, you are not alone!
If no one is around open down your thoughts and fears on a paper. Journaling is an effective therapy technique.
We are all in it together and please do not hesitate to reach out to someone.
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