Wherever you are in the world, I hope you and your family are healthy and staying strong.
Before this pandemic, life was already hard for some of you and my heart really goes out to you. And now the fear of the unknown, the fear of losing a loved one or an income is real. However, I would like to put things in perspective. My goal is always to find solutions and being prepared for the days ahead. Right now, I want to help everyone, including myself, transform any fear and anxiety into peacefulness and purposeful actions. I know this to be true: we will pull through; we will learn and grow because of this global crisis.
This is an opportunity for us to grow stronger, wiser and more resilient. However, based on the facts, the thing to do right now is to stay home as much as possible and stay healthy. The healthier we stay, the stronger we will be for our families, our friends, our coworkers, and our community.
The social distancing that so many of us are practicing right now doesn’t have to feel isolating, stressful, or unbearable. In fact, it’s necessary. The more we can stay home and stay put, the faster we’ll move through this corona virus crisis.
One thing remains true: we all experience fear, stress and anxiety. The good news is we don’t have to let them overwhelm us! Just like you would say “NO!” to someone trying to make you do or give you something that is contrary to your beliefs and values. Just say “NO!” No to fear, stress and anxiety. Don’t let them come in. If they are already there, doing their ugly work, it’s time to rise up and cast them out of your life. Refuse to feel fearful, stressed and anxious. Be consistent, be fierce. And the truth is, in long term they affect your health by lowing your immune system, affecting your digestive system, your nervous system, your cardiovascular system, your moods, etc. It’s very ugly!!!!!
During this pandemic you do not want to lower your immune system. You must stay healthy. It all starts with you.
How to manage Covid-19 Quarantine as well as all overwhelming situations
- Limit negative news some media channels thrive in negativity. They love to impart fear, division, blame, distortion of the truth, bringing chaos through wacky predictions and insinuations. Be careful of what comes into your ears, it will affect your mind and thought process. How you see yourself is one of the most powerful forces that shapes your behavior in life.
- Exercise and healthy diet physical activity reduces stress and depression. It simulates the release of the good hormones, like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Regular exercise also helps balance your body’s level of stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. A healthy diet of low sodium, low sugar, and low fat will help keep your body strong. Incorporating more water, fruits, veggies and a daily multivitamin is a plus.
- Deep breathing shallow breathing can lead to dizziness, anxiety, and a few other ailments. Breathing properly, that is, rhythmically, smoothly, and deeply sends a message to the brain that all is well, which enhances performance, thinking, cognitive skills, and more. So, when you feel anxious, or stressed out, try changing your breathing pattern. Count 4 to 6 seconds for the inhale, and 5 to 7 seconds for the exhale. Breath smoothly and deep into your lungs through your nose. Exhale slowly through your mouth like you would blow out a candle. Repeat as many times as needed throughout the day or night.
- Meditation godly meditation is different from the world’s. The difference is the world empties itself. Godly meditation fills your mouth and heart with promises in the Word of God that eventually will take root and fulfill its purpose in your life.
- Humor like they say, “laughter is the best medicine”. Never lose your sense of humor no matter the circumstances. Did you know that research shows laughing is proven to reduce stress and improve your immune system? If feeling down, watch something that will make you laugh and get you out of the gloom and doom.
Here is some feel good accounts to follow on IG that might brighten your day during this global hardship. We are all in this together. Stay home, stay safe, stay connected and follow the Guidelines to protect yourself and others from spreading the virus. Thank you
Let’s see how this works for you, because it works very well for me when I apply it. Remember this: by building a strong mindset, your body will follow.
Develop emotional strength through His promises, His Word
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” Proverb 23:7a
“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” Proverb 4:20-22
“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Isaiah 55:11
“Fear not, [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My victorious right hand of rightness and justice” Isaiah 41:10
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul” Psalm 94:19
“All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast” Proverb 15:15
“A happy heart is good medicine and a joyful mind causes healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” Proverb 17:22
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer” Psalm 19:14
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” Philippians 4:8
“He who pays attention to the word [of God] will find good, and blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts confidently in the Lord” Proverb 16:20
“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears” Psalm 18:6
“Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God; He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” Isaiah 40:31
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30