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The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Have We Learned?
Through times of self-isolation, working at home, and just trying to stay healthy, we have had a lot of time to reflect on a lot of different things. Hopefully, you had the chance to learn something new; a hobby, information on a topic that interests you, or maybe you have learned something about yourself. Our primary concern throughout the pandemic has always been keeping ourselves and others safe and healthy by being cautious about exposure to the virus, but staying healthy does not only involve maintaining physical wellness.
We had a conversation with Dr. Bal Pawa, author of the bestselling book The Mind-Body Cure: Heal Your Pain, Anxiety, and Fatigue by Controlling Chronic Stress, where she shared her ‘REFRAME’ Toolkit; designed to look at health from different perspectives and to regulate our reactions to stress. Explanations and further details are discussed in this article.
R - Resetting your nervous system through the BMW Meditation
E - Exercise
F - Food
R - Rest and Sleep
A - Awareness of Your Thoughts
M - Mindset
E - Examination and Evaluation
Image from Dr. Bal Pawa’s twitter (@balpawa)
With this information we can really stress the importance of not only physical health, but mental and spiritual health as well. And this is something that has become more apparent since the start of the pandemic. We have learned over the last few years that the way you feel does not only come from your physical health, but that these other factors can have just as much of an effect on how you feel overall.
There are so many factors that contribute to a person’s wellness. This state not only involves physical wellbeing, but mental, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing as well. In the past, there has always been an emphasis on taking care of your physical health, but over the pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that maintaining these other factors of wellness are just as important in your overall health and happiness. The limitations on social gatherings and events have taken a toll on our wellbeing, and we have all noticed the changes. No matter how healthy you may be physically, social isolation is not healthy because of our inherently social nature as human beings.
There are also the introspective aspects of mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. It is hard to stay positive right now, and the mental health of many individuals is suffering as a result. Self-care can seem difficult when your mood is low, but it is just as important to care for yourself mentally as it is to care for yourself physically.
These factors of physical, mental, and spiritual wellness are often intertwined - so much more so than we often ever realize! The idea of the mind-body-spirit connection utilizes this thought of intertwined wellness factors, proposing that our overall wellness comes from physical, mental, and spiritual health all working together.
In our podcast we talked to Dr. Alexia Georgousis about this mind-body-spirit connection, where she shares the following:
“We forget that we are more than just the physical body. We are not our emotions, or our feelings. Our innate wisdom is our intuition and our ability to connect with nature. General symptoms indicate a misalignment of our inner innate wisdom because our physical and emotional bodies know how to be healthy. When we have this disconnect, it shows up and manifests into these symptoms.”
Dr. Georgousis, a naturopathic medicine expert, emphasizes that we need a healthy mind in order to have a healthy body, and vice versa.
It is important to know how to seek help with your health, whether it is physical, mental, spiritual, or other. A great way to get started on a journey to a better overall health is to be familiar with the number of options you have when it comes to improving wellbeing. You may want to consult with a chiropractor for physical wellbeing, but you may also want to talk to a psychologist regarding mental health, or a reiki practitioner for your spiritual health. In reality, you have a lot of options for when you want to take care of not only your physical health, but all other types of wellbeing, and it is important to know that!
A great way to do this is to join our community on PromptHealth. Here, you can learn more about all of the options available for your needs, and connect with healthcare providers that can help you to care for yourself in every way possible.
The truth is that healthcare is not only about physical health; your overall well being pertains to your physical, mental, and spiritual health, and we want to make it a simple, personalized, and informative experience for you to access care for all of these needs and more.
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It's February-the LOVE month! Self-Love, that is! You cannot give what you do not have. Build a strong foundation of love for yourself FIRST, and then you can give! Here are my favorite self-love affirmations. I say them every day, and include them in my journalling practice. Now, I'd like to share them with you! Say these affirmations after me, won't you?
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What Exactly is The Immune System?
Your immune system is a complex apparatus that battles viruses, germs, and fungus from invading your body. This mechanism has the ability to eliminate cancer cells. Several actors are involved in this work: white cells, which are defense cells of various types that circulate in the blood; cells with defensive capacity that are in the tissues and do not circulate; and substances or biochemical mediators, which are used directly against invaders or as warning and control messages.
In other words, we have a highly specialized army that employs a wide range of weaponry as well as a sophisticated reconnaissance, identification, and extermination system, all while being managed by a highly accurate information system.
Can this system be improved? It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.
Protecting Your System > Improving Your System
It is not required to improve such a developed, complicated, tremendously effective, and comprehensive defense system. What we should do is let our immune system function normally without getting in the way.
We can do this by distracting the defense system as little as possible. Consider the ambulances that respond to crises. If they begin to get more bogus calls on a particular day, it is evident that the system will begin to fail in its goal of properly responding to crises.
Similarly, the stress response created in reaction to events that we perceive to be harmful, whatever they may be, works to arouse alerts throughout the body and prioritize processes that allow for immediate physical defense in order to have alternatives to overcome or flee from danger. Keeping the body on constant alert depletes and distracts the immune defense system. But what if our alarm systems are set off by mortgage payments, my neighbor's attitude, or simply viewing the red news?
The solution is to persuade our bodies that everything is alright by using our senses to send a message to lessen the alert. The senses are used to produce these comforting signals. The five senses were designed with this goal in mind: to inform the body. They all serve a purpose.
Employing Your Senses to Serve Your System
Everything we see must be viewed in the context of a harmonious landscape. Nature's blue and green colours are quite soothing, and if you can't go for a stroll, consider looking at landscape images.
You must enjoy the fragrances and aromas that we like the most. Those are the ones that are effective, and we may test them while resting or relaxing.
Use the sense of touch by taking a hot shower and enjoying the fall of water, resting in a bathtub, strolling on the warm floor, or getting a body massage.
For taste, we can experiment with various fruits, veggies, and nuts. We want to convey to the body that there is both diversity and sufficiency. Trying different scents of tea works extremely well.
The ear is not as demanding. Nature sounds, such as pouring water, birds, or low frequencies obtained just by browsing the internet, will do the job. Along with that, listening to instrumental music that calms our body down is beneficial in relaxing the body after a long day.
Below are some general tips that use two or more of the senses. Take deep breaths while going outside, and dance to music that you enjoy and that thrills you. Remember that sensory stimulation should be done every day for at least 15 minutes and on a consistent basis.
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