It is quite a stressful climate in South Africa right now and the world because of the corona virus and the COVID-19 disease it causes. It is easy to feel as though our goals and plans for the year have been thrown out. When you allow yourself to feel stressed you go into survival mode. You can’t be your best when you are in survival mode. To thrive and achieve we need to be relaxed and positive about our future.
The estimate is that 80% of the population will get the virus that causes COVID-19 and the experience globally so far is that those with weakened immune systems will get COVID-19. COVID-19 has symptoms similar to the flu and attacks the respiratory system and could result in pneumonia.
It is proven scientifically that when we stress we weaken our immune system. Many of us are stressing and anxious about getting the virus and further stressed by the impact it could possibly have on the economy, will we still have jobs?
When we are in stress or in anxiety we activate our sympathetic nervous system. This is known as the ‘flight or fight’ system that is for survival against threats. Early humans needed this system to survive in the wild against the many predators. When we are in a constant or prolonged state of stress or anxiety we literally make ourselves sick. There is direct link between all kinds of diseases such as cancer and the amount of anxiety and stress we exert on ourselves.
Spiritual leaders and personal coaches all over the world are trying to help us not to stress so we strengthen our immune systems. Spiritual leaders and authors like Deepak Chopra and Marrianne Williamson are conducting daily meditation and conversation sessions to help us shift from survival mode to focusing on how we want to thrive in our lives.
Here are some of their recommendations on how to thrive in a stressful or negative climate:
- Start off the morning by meditating and then going for a walk or a run or any workout you choose. Meditation is important because you go into your core and access divine love, strength, courage and peace.
- Watch or check the news once or twice a day tops, do not keep checking the news and working yourself into an anxious frenzy.
- Yes, do educate yourself on the virus and take precautionary measure when you go into public spaces.
- Keep yourself busy either do work, studying, reading a book, watching a movie and doing things, even small things like update your CV.
- Study or practice something you have always wanted to learn. There many free online courses right now. When we study or learn something, we want to learn we feel powerful and in charge.
- Keep clear to your vision. Set daily goals of things you want to achieve that are productive that help you move your life forward. Focus on the things or life you want, not what could be going wrong right now.
- Spend meaningful time a day being mindful, we have less to rush to now. Maybe 10mins three times a day in silence contemplating and visualizing. Be mindful of your thoughts and make them focus on what you want, not what you are worried about. When we are mindful and visualizing what we want, we are actually creating what we want.
- Keep a gratitude journal and right 4 things you are grateful for at the end of each day. Stay in that feeling of gratitude until you fall asleep. This way you set up your body to go into a deep, restful sleep that helps your body recover and heal itself.
- Keep your nutrition up and eat less junk food. Eating junk food actually lowers your immune system. Take a multivitamin, a multimineral and no less than 1000mg of Vitamin C. Eat as many fruits and veggies, preferably raw, like in smoothies.
- Keep in contact with those you love. Avoid conversations that cause worry and anxiety and focus on the love. Feeling love increases our immunity.
We all are capable of living the amazing lives we dream of; it all begins within. If we cultivate good, positive thoughts and keep positive about achieving our vision, there is no situation or amount of challenges that can keep us from achieving. Challenges are part of the journey, there will always be challenges, we need to cultivate habits of the mind and body that keep us positive. We can still thrive in 2020!