Worried About COVID-19? Ways to Reduce Stress and Keep Your Immune System Strong

For several days now, the vast majority of TV news and email messages have been about COVID-19 – the facts, myths, and what you can do to help mitigate the spread of this disease. Informative, but I’m noticing that the constant barrage has a way of increasing stress, for me and for my Healing Touch and shamanic healing clients. What has been less prevalent, in my opinion, has been information about ways to reduce stress and keep your immune system strong.

Ways to Keep Your Immune System Strong

A Healthy diet, certain supplements, exercise, and stress management are four ways to help support your immune system.

Heinen’s, a grocery store in my neighborhood, has some specific recommendations for keeping your immune system strong. These suggestions are consistent with recommendations made by David Edelberg, medical director at WholeHealth Chicago.

Powerful Self Care Practices

Stress can not only strain our immune system, but can also ramp up feelings of anxiety. As was pointed out to me by a clinical psychologist that I work with, fear and anxiety are useful human emotions. They are protective signals, part of our innate survival warning system. At the same time, research has shown that unrelenting stress results in a whole myriad of health problems.

So, once we acknowledge the anxiety and fear, it is important to bring in a sense of calm. Check out the article, “Frightened? Embrace Gratitude and Loving Kindness,” written by one of my favorite teachers and healers, Kathleen Rude.

Another powerful self care practice for reducing the impact of stress is a Healing Touch method, “Self Mind Clearing.” I’d love to teach you how to do it. Contact me and we can arrange to connect on Skype or Face Time.

If you are seeking to augment your self-care practices, I encourage you to consider a few sessions of targeted psychotherapy. My colleagues at WholeHealth Chicago are available via telemedicine to support you during these challenging times. For more information, call 773-296-6700.

Looking to increase your knowledge base on mental health? Check out The Family Institute at Northwestern University. They have a website chock full of articles and tips for families and couples. If you scroll down to the bottom of their home page you can subscribe to their newsletter.

The Healing Power of Humor

There is also a lot of research that demonstrates the healing power of humor. Watch funny movies and reach out to friends who make you laugh. A few days ago I saw a post on Facebook from one of my dear friends:

“I’ve decided to use this time to clean out my closets. Good news!! My scarves still fit!!”

When I read it, I literally laughed out loud. What a release! Good medicine, indeed!

Final Thoughts for Now

So yes, my friends, be smart, stay safe, stay informed, and follow the CDC recommendations.

But also limit the amount of news, articles, and emails that you ingest. Stop when it begins to feel stressful or is no longer useful to you. Remember there is a lot of self care you can be doing to support your health, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Ever since news of COVID-19 came out, I have had a sense that this virus is a teacher, showing us in a very tangible way how interconnected we are throughout the world. I am hopeful that this is the beginning of a new era on our planet. We are all in this together. With that knowing, we can drop our attention down into our hearts, reach out with thoughts of compassion, and receive that love and support in return.

It is striking to me that this has been happening as we transition from Winter to Spring. We have stepped into a new season, a time of new beginnings, infinite possibilities and pure potential for what the world can and will be as we move to the next level.

“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. 
So when life is dragging you back with difficulties,
it means that it’s going to launch you into something great.
So just focus and keep aiming.”

-Anonymous

I have continued my Healing Touch and shamanic healing practice by working with clients over the phone and Skype. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to schedule a session. I’m here to support you in whatever way I can.