Functional Medicine is totally different to conventional medicine in that we look at the whole person altogether whereas conventional medicine sends you to different departments and specialists for different parts of you! The liaison between departments is often lacking.
The other main difference is that we do not put on a bandaid/sticking plaster, we actually look for the root cause/s of the health issue and design a program to help the body to get back to the optimum wellness and balance, as far as is possible, where it strives to be.
If you are walking on a gravel path in your sandals and you get some gravel in your sandals, do you think to yourself that you should have put thick socks on to pad them against the gravel and wish you had some pain-killers to take against the pain?
No, I think not. You would take off the offending sandal and remove the gravel.
Well, I hope this illustrates how we, as health coaches in functional medicine, do things.
- We find the root cause
- We look at all the health issues together
- We put things right
- We do not cover up
- We help the body
- The body does its own healing
3 Ways to Stay Calm during the Corona Panic
Taking Care of Yourselves
Staying Calm And Centred In Times Of Corona Panic:
Amazing at Home Activities:
Get Started Today As COVID-19 slowly makes its way into major cities and small suburbs across the nation, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic. We have been told by authorities to stay in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with world outside.
Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.
You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you'll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.
We're going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centred in times of COVID-19 panic!
1. Meditation & Mindfulness
So, you're anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Corona virus!
If you've never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health.
Here's what meditation can do for you.
- A greater positive outlook on life
- Increased feelings of calmness
- Greater self-awareness
- Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
- Improved focus
The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.
If you're able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualisation techniques. When you're looking to stay more active while you're self-isolated, you can give Yoga or Pilates a go!
Find out about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). It is a very useful tool and there are lots of videos about it on Youtube.
2. Finding a Creative Outlet and keeping busy
You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn't mean you have to end up going crazy. In fact, that would probably only serve to increase the feelings of panic of those around you during such trying times!
This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you're focused on building or creating something new, you're reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you.
That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax. A creative outlet can be almost anything.
Here are a few things you might want to try out (if you have the supplies at hand) or the abilities.
- Painting, colouring, or drawing. There are lots of videos to give you ideas on Youtube
- Singing and/or playing musical instruments
- Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
- Building something with things lying around the house
- Writing Puzzles
- Sorting out your family photos and printing out a selection to put in an album
- Get the children dressing up in old clothes of yours
Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires an intense amount of focus and makes you happy. You won't even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favourite cartoon character if it's enjoyable!
3. Giving Back & Helping Others
It's completely natural to be fearful of the unknown but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear once and for all. When you're giving back to the community or helping those in need, you'll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.
With so many people sick or self-isolated, so many people aren't allowed or able to leave home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can't meet on their own.
As long as you're keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries. It'll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it!
So, call your neighbours, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know that you are available and how to get in contact.
Red or green card system
Think of suggesting to vulnerable people that you know to post either a green card in their window if they are OK and are not needing help or a red one if they do need assistance. This helps to set our minds at ease that all is well or alerts us to being needed.
You can't do much yourself when it comes to curing or stopping the spread of COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your panic and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.
By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, and even giving back to those who need it, you'll be able to stay calm and centred, even now!
Take care and count your blessings!
Copyright: Anne Murray, True Wellness4U 2020
Strategies for Embracing the Stresses of Covid-19
and the more Normal Lifetime Stresses
4 Strategies for Embracing Stresses
If you’re facing some life challenges during this difficult, and for everyone, unique period with Covid-19, it can be hard to remember that it’s normal to have obstacles crop up from time to time.
Yes, I know this is not a normal obstacle!
But just about everyone is having setbacks, disappointments and tough times just now. But going through this rough patch doesn’t have to spoil your life. The key to thriving in the face of adversity is how you respond to the obstacles in your path.
Here are four strategies to help you ride through and come out on top.
Decide to embrace the obstacle
If you’re having a tough time, it can be easy to feel helpless and even that you’re a victim. But it’s up to you to rise to the challenge and decide that you won’t be overwhelmed. Choosing to take control and embrace your challenge is the first step in overcoming it. Look your obstacle square in the face and resolve to meet it.
Be okay with discomfort
The proof that you’re embracing your obstacle is acknowledging that it doesn’t feel good. It can feel uncomfortable, heavy, even painful. There are lots of life experiences that hurt at the time but end up being for your best and highest good. From the normal lifetime difficulties like marathon training, going to the dentist, public speaking to facing life with Covid-19, (including possibly facing debtors) you feel, or will feel, so much better once you’ve faced the worst.
Remember it won’t last forever. Don’t shrink from the bad feelings. You can ride them out!
Make sure you have a support team
You don’t have to face your obstacles alone. It can make all the difference to have people around you who are supportive, who’ll stick by you and cheer you on when you want to give up.
If you have a cheer squad, you’ll find that extra level of energy to help get you through. And you’ll be there for your friends and colleagues when they’re facing their challenges. Once you’re part of a team that has each other’s backs, none of you will have to face life’s ups and downs alone.
You’ll fight together and celebrate success together!
Be grateful for your obstacles
Feeling gratitude for the challenges in life might sound counter-intuitive. But think about it. Accepting the challenge, resolving to meet it head-on, and overcoming it makes you a better, stronger person.
Think of how good it feels to deal with a problem and solve it. To face fear and overcome it.
It sounds strange but there are invariably benefits that come from adverse events. “As one door closes, another door opens”, as that well-known motto goes.
Without obstacles in your life, you would not grow and learn to become a better person. Obstacles are a natural, normal part of living an authentic life.
Life will return to normal, (whatever your normal is).
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