As a result of a rapidly spreading virus and a mother with three children in Michigan, where closure of my business, schools, restaurants, and all large public gatherings have been issued in the state for the next two weeks, I feel like I should speak to this pandemic.
My thoughts – – What we know.
We have had the mildest temperature across the board, worldwide. This in itself, could very well be the causation of such influx in a rapid virus. Cold temperatures were not able to kill off germs supporting dormancy including; viruses, pollen (probably the worst we will see in years), bugs, including insects that carry diseases.
Fear breeds uncertainty. Uncertainty fuels anxiety. Anxiety is that pit in your stomach that tells you we must act in Fight or Flight— What does fight or flight do ?? It raises cortisol level. Cortisol depletes our immune system. The immune system helps to support the defending said virus. Let’s start with some proactive decisions rather than reactive choices.
Rules of Engagement
We’ve heard it since we were old enough to walk. “Wash your hands”. Viruses are everywhere—at any given point we are susceptible to pathogens – Many that will taxes our immune system DAILY.
Best practices: Stop touching sh*!. Face. People. Hands. Objects. If you want to make an impact on the spreading of germs, avoid crowds. We live in a world where susceptibility to illness and diseases run high for those with compromised immune systems, we need to do our part in preventing the spread of any such illnesses, by avoiding blatant unnecessary congregation where you may be at risk to any individuals. Being mindful of what you yourself may be “carrying”.
Support one another. Don’t be greedy, only take what you need. Take time for your needs we are in this together, check on your potential compromised friends elderly single moms etc. Small businesses are going to take the biggest hit with the least amount of support. Please consider your favorites during this time. This WILL have an evolving effect, that could end detrimentally. We need to vigilant and calm. Nothing good comes from chaos.
It’s time to take control, this is where you have the power to be proactive. Diet – What are you eating? Is it processed foods? How much is your sugar intake? Is it nutrient dense? Does it have valuable minerals and vitamins to help support your immune system through these times of stress.? Good starters to help impact immune cells – Vitamin D (get in the sun), Vitamin C, B12, Zinc, perhaps throw some Elderberry in the mix along with some high quality H20.
Movement- We are moving beings, and as such, proper movement helps promotes efficient blood circulation, which keeps the cells of the immune system moving so that they can effectively do their job- – – – Get you and those kids outdoors! Spring is around the corner, it’s a perfect time to make your introduction to the Spring of 2020! Embracing our natural habitat being by outside has considerable research supporting the idea that nature is essential to the physical, psychological and social well-being of humans. The grounding effects from being outdoors provides electrical conductivity that functions as an immune system defense, similar to antioxidants. Hiking, kayaking, etc and avoiding the unnecessary general population—spending intimate family time, is the perfect way to use the next three weeks.
Spring cleaning has a whole new meaning this year; with 3-4 weeks to spare I feel this is no better time then now to purge and deep clean.
My last words for this particular blog is simple- Stay healthy and safe, my friends. We are all going to need each other’s support.