An important Viral Question – Is a Zebra Black with White Stripes or White with Black Stripes?
Let me start with the abundantly obvious – I am not an infectious disease expert. No pretenses here – I am NOT an infectious disease expert (although it feels like the media’s trying to encourage us all to quickly become one). I am not an infectious disease expert!
What I am, is someone who’s spent the last 20+ years studying Wellness, making it both my passion and my career. So, in this time of uncertainty, I felt a duty to stay in my lane and contribute to the narrative the things I know.
I believe that always, and especially now, it’s important to remember that there are no ‘2 camps’ in health care. There’s one playing field – the human body with all of it’s complex and coordinating systems; and one ultimate goal – keeping it functioning and adapting optimally for a long, long time. What seem like ‘contradictions’ in focus are really just the result of approaching that one field from opposite sides. The answer to the question, is a zebra white with black stripes or black with white stripes is simply – yes.
Under current conditions, we need people to figure out how to limit the virus from getting into the body, how to prevent it from spreading, and how to get those that are showing symptoms well quickly with as little trauma as possible. And lord bless all the people putting their minds, hands and hearts into doing that! AND, we also need people standing on the other side of the field lobbing their best efforts at the problem – exploring and expounding on not how to get up once you fall sick, but how to resist and be resilient to falling sick in the first place. A virus, any virus, is incapable of survival without a viable host to provide it ‘the necessities of life’. In this case, therefore, being inhospitable is both a good offence and meritorious defense.
When considering how I could add my voice to the fray in these times that have set so many of us off-kilter, I’ve come up with 4 areas to consider:
- The Best Defense is a good Offence:
Most of us are now sitting at home with oodles of unplanned time on our hands. That leaves us with more time to think, more time to snack… well more time to do just about everything that’s not normally in our routine… but I’ve been finding myself particularly doing more of those two. Keeping in mind that viruses prefer an acidic environment, it would be prudent to stay alkaline. And guess what contributes most to body acidity? Stressful thoughts (worry, anxiety, frustration etc.) and diet (sugar, carbs, nuts, meats). It’s time to return to, and double-down on, healthy choices within The Six Essentials: What we Eat (maintaining a predominance of vegetables and fruits), what we Drink (lots of water to keep hydrated and flush toxins), healthy Exercise (keeping active and making sure to include muscle, cardio and neurological balancing routines), quality Rest (adequate quantity and good quality – rest-full rather than stress-full sleep by focusing on positive thoughts), good deep Breathing (which sends neurologic feedback to the brain that ‘emergency mode’ can be turned off), and positive Thought (to keep our nervous system away from depleting Fight/Flight auto-pilot).
- Mindset Matters – a lot:
I’ve seen a lot of people discombobulate in the last several days. I have, myself, in fits-and-spurts. It’s understandable when your predictable life gets swept from under you. I believe that how you process uncertainty really matters to how you feel and function throughout what might be a prolonged return to normal. I’ve witnessed peoples’ responses at every point along the spectrum from ‘the sky is falling’ to ‘this is an interesting and unexpected new adventure’ and I can assure you the former feel better about life in general than the latter. Quantum physics says that what you focus on is what you see. Energy medicine says a problem exists in your field before it exists in your physicality. I say (anecdotally) that when I’ve focused on good I’ve felt better. So, I’m choosing (because mindset is most assuredly a choice) to celebrate the heroes in this unfolding story, challenge myself to see self-quarantine as resting, rebuilding and reconnecting time, and set my mind to calm confidence in the unfolding of wellbeing.
- Choose your Mentors
Knowledge, recommendations and plans are changing if not hour-by-hour than certainly day-by-day. It’s starting to feel like who you tune-in to will affect who you turn into. I am choosing to stay aware but not afraid. That means I have to self-moderate who and how much I’m tuning in to. I don’t believe staying engaged in a 24-hour news cycle is healthy for most of us because it feeds into the sympathetic fight/flight/fright nervous system that is highly energy and resource consuming. While staying up-to-date is an important personal and socially responsible endeavor, I’m choosing to spend the majority of my down-time seeking out positive, affirming messaging, finding out how I can be a ‘helper’ and making sure that social-distancing doesn’t devolve into social-isolation for myself and those I can support.
If worry, stress and anxiety are detrimental to energetic wellbeing, then trust is on the flipside as enhancing. Here’s what I’m putting my trust in: first – the Universe, I might not see the big picture right now while I’m focused on the disruption to my normal day-to-day, but the Universe has bumped along in a general forward trajectory for millennia and it will now too, all will be fine, I trust; second – my immune system, the only proof I have of whether it will see me through this viral threat is that it’s seen me through all the ones I’ve challenged it with until now. Your immune system strengthens by learning, and it learns through exposure – millions of people will be exposed to this new challenge, will fight it and will likely receive the reward from that of life-long immunity from it, knowingly or unknowingly they’ll be stronger from the experience, I trust.
With this post as with all my messages I seek to share my thoughts, provide food for thought and offer my support. If I can support you in even the smallest of more concrete ways, I invite you (and sincerely ask you) to reach out. We’ll weather this storm easier together and hopefully see it shortly as an unexpected, but valued, adventure.