The fear we may experience during these uncertain times

The fear we may experience during these uncertain times

We have been faced with so much uncertainty these days.
People have so much on their minds and fear just keeps taking over their entire existence... whether it’s fear of getting sick, fear of loosing someone you love, fear of loosing your job, fear of loosing your home, whatever it is, it’s all valid!
And yes we do have to take appropriate precautions but we also have a choice to change our mindset.
I have been learning to move from a fear-based experience to feeling a more open and peaceful one.
I‘m learning to first take full responsibility and accountability that on some level I created the experience or feeling, and nobody else is to blame and now I choose to acknowledge, accept it and release it! 

The choice is truly ours. Do we choose to experience a fearful, limited life or do we choose a happy joyful life?
It’s not easy and it takes practice but it is possible.

Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response or freeze. As such, it is an essential part of keeping us safe.
However, when people live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, they can become incapacitated.

Fear prepares us to react to danger.

But living under constant threat has serious health consequences. 

* Physical health. Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and bowel problems. It can lead to accelerated ageing and even premature death.

* Memory. Fear can impair formation of long-term memories and cause damage to certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus. This can make it even more difficult to regulate fear and can leave a person anxious most of the time. To someone in chronic fear, the world looks scary and their memories confirm that.

* Brain processing and reactivity. Fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting, and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. All of these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.

* Mental health. Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, and PSTD. Alongside stress, which in turn results in all of the above. 

So whether threats to our security are real or perceived, they impact our mental and physical wellbeing.

So my suggestions to you is turn off the news and choose a happy and joyful activity and choose to change your mindset. 

Have an amazing Monday!!!

Here's few of my favourite self-help books that I have enjoyed recently:)

Light Is the New Black

You Are a Badass -
Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World -

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Anxiety thrives on uncertainty.

And, as the news spreads, our unanswered questions can make us feel vulnerable or fearful. 

We've got global anxiety at the moment, a kind of shared stress, and we are all in a state of extreme uncertainty.

And here's a catch-22: The more you stress, the more vulnerable you can become to viruses because stress can dampen your immune response. 

But there are steps you can take to push back against the communal anxiety.

1. Plan ahead to feel more in control

It's very important to say, well, no matter what happens, I've done the best that I can to be prepared.

2. Unplug. Learn to be in the moment

It's important to be in the know. But you don't need to obsess over the news. The news could have the unintended effect of driving up your fear.

Once you unplug from the news for a bit, why not try a mindfulness app such as Headspace or Simply Being to help you let go of anticipatory anxiety. 

3. Prioritize good sleep

Research has shown that well-rested people are better at fending off viruses.

Individuals who were sleeping the least were substantially more likely to develop a cold," study author Aric Prather, of the University of California, San Francisco.

4. Exercise and eat well

This is always good advice, and it's worth emphasizing during times of uncertainty. There's lots of evidence that daily exercise can help promote feelings of well-being — and boost your immunity. 

A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein helped reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety among a group of young adults.

Eating sugar and ultra-processed food increases inflammation and suppresses immune function

5. Wash your hands. Embrace the elbow bump.

When an infectious disease hits a community, there's only so much anyone can do. You can't sterilize your entire environment. But taking a few preventative actions will help reduce your risk and hopefully relieve your anxiety. 

During an outbreak, proper hand-washing is your best defence against a virus. So, follow the evidence-based advice to wash for 20 seconds or more using toxin-free soap and water. Or use hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol like our Thieves hand sanitizer. In addition, you may want to forego hugging and hand-shakes.

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