As someone who regularly interacts with the public (in my clinic) and travels the continent to teach groups of people, I’ve had to think a lot about the Coronavirus. I’m often asked my opinion and “What to do?”
So, I thought I would share ‘how I’m doing it’.
I’m taking care of myself.
* First off, I’ve stopped reading articles and social media posts on the topic (most of which just say the same thing). They are way too fear-based for me. I know that operating from fear releases a cascade of harmful chemicals in my body that will interfere with my immune system’s ability to combat viruses and bacteria. And right now, I need to focus on maintaining a strong immune system. That is my main defense. People with strong immune systems are experiencing very mild symptoms from the Coronavirus.
* To start my days calmly, I meditate, even if it’s only for 10 minutes.
* I start the day with a positive attitude, believing in the health of my mind and body to take care of me.
* As a way to manage stress, I make sure to spend a few moments throughout the day taking deep, slow breaths. Intentional breathing calms the mind, which strengthens the immune system.
* I’m making sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep boosts T-cells which helps fight viruses.
* I’m staying mindful of my eating choices. It’s too easy in a time of unrest to resort to high sugar, empty calories to get an immediate hit of feel-good hormones – however, in times like this, what my body needs most is healthy phytonutrients found in organic fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds.
* I’m staying away from alcohol, too.
* Stimulating my lymphatic system by working the lymph reflexes of my feet in bed each night and dry skin-brushing before my evening shower.
* Moving every day. Whether it’s a walk on the beach, a little yoga, lifting a few weights – something to move the lymph, boost immunity and keep the stress level down.
* Number 1: I’m washing my hands more and for a longer time. Happy birthday to me – twice.
* Doing my best to keep my hands away from my eyes, nose, and mouth.
* I keep a hand sanitizer in my car to use after touching items in public places. I like to make my own sanitizer since I find the alcohol-based ones too harsh on my skin to be using numbers of times a day. Those made with witch hazel have been shown to be just about as good. I make one with 3 ounces of witch hazel, 1 ounce of aloe vera gel and about 30 to 40 drops of essential oils. My go-to anti-viral oils are Tea tree, cinnamon, clove, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata.
* I’m taking the following supplements: 1000 mg. Vitamin C and an anti-viral tincture. Some of the herbs known to be anti-viral are ashwagandha, oregano, olive leaf, elderberry, echinacea, and astragalus.
* I have zinc lozenges on hand if I do start to feel any symptoms as well as an oregano throat spray.
* I’m also using a product called Xlear every morning and night. It’s a saline nasal spray with grapefruit seed extract and xylitol in it that cleans, moisturizes and soothes the sinus tissues. (Great for respiratory allergies, too.)
* Keeping my distance. No handshaking. (Did you see my video post on Facebook of the ‘reflexology-shake’?)
* Except for my upcoming teaching engagements, avoiding crowds.
* Using knuckles, elbows, fists, and hips to touch and/or open things as much as I can.
* Using disinfecting wipes on surfaces such as grocery store carts, gas station pumps, my car’s steering wheel (and other surfaces I touch in my car a lot), as well as wiping my cell phone and laptop keyboard. I make a point of going around my clinic a few times a day and wiping down all door handles, sink faucets, light switches – anything that gets touched a lot by my clinic mate, clients and/or me.
The above all done and in practice, I’m just putting it all out of my mind. I’m staying focused on knowing that I am healthy and strong.
Importantly, if I do feel like I’m coming down with something, I will take to my bed. I will not go out and infect others. I will catch this bug as soon as I can and spend the two weeks of quarantine enjoying my home. My freezer is stocked and I know friends would gladly deposit healthy food on my porch should I ask. And I have a stack of books just begging to be read!