2020..it’s been surreal.
The whole world has been experiencing unprecedented events and circumstances. From oppressive lockdowns to mask mandates, to protests that turn to destructive riots and the ridiculous toilet paper crisis. Watching the news and being glued to social media is not really helping in the long run. Many are highly anxious and uncertain about our current affairs and the near future looks bleak. So much of life has been abruptly changed for most of the globe. Government mandates to try and stop and slow down this plague have resulted in some serious side effects such as fear, isolation, depression, division, distrust, amongst many other psychological issues. People’s mental health is suffering. Due to so many travel bans, we have not been able to visit our loved ones in months. It has been so sad for most of us not to have freedom of movement to be with family and friends, and to mingle with the rest of society in a normal way like it used to be. When will this end!? Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease, as they say.
So what can the average human do?
How do we cope with these things that are beyond our control? Beyond hoping and praying and voting, there are a few other ways to handle “life in times of covid”. I try my best to look at the bright side and count the blessings. Many people have been able to work from home, spend more time with family, get their houses organized, read more, learn new skills, baking from scratch, slowing down to reflect on our lives. Many good things have come out of this situation.
I personally have been spending as much time as possible outside in nature. I am grateful that we have a small organic farm so that I can be in the soil, in the woods, by the creek, out in the sun and fresh air, and immersed in nature. It is so healing! We do our best to eat as healthy as possible off the farm and from other producers. Fresh picked herbs steeped in hot water makes for comforting and a beneficial remedy to stress. Yesterday I picked lavender, rosemary, hops, lemon balm and holy basil (Tulsi) to make an herb tea. Besides my faith, my tactic to cope with many of life’s unexpected turn of events is to get close as possible to nature to be nurtured.
I am not a nurse in real life, but I do play one on tv. (Civil War nurse background actor on PBS Mercy Street).
Trying the natural path for health and well being is a preference. We can make good choices in our mindset and physical healthcare to the best of our abilities. Some health advocates that I have been learning from are an encouragement in these uncertain and stress-filled days (it has been 8 months now of the pandemic restrictions and mandates here in the USA!) I personally can not stand the mask. It is so unnatural (beyond medical facilities and the like). The masking of the population is causing detrimental health ramifications in and of itself. Go ahead and wear one if you choose, but we can not go on being forced to wear one like this. Of course we all want to see this pandemic end and we feel sad for any who have gotten ill or succumbed to it. So building up a strong immune system to be in balance is important to keep sickly reactions at bay.
Here are a few practitioners and health advocates, (in mind and in body health), I have been learning from lately.
Hopefully they can encourage you too. There are numerous health coach advocates, nutritionists, holistic dr’s videos, books podcasts and the like that I highly recommend.
For body and mind:
Virginia doctor, Dr. Zach Bush https://zachbushmd.com/
Holistic Hilda and Sally Fallon of the Weston A Price Foundation https://holistichilda.com/
Dr. Felix Economakis of the UK, therapist
So let us keep calm and carry on in our fight for good health and to kick out covid!