How our thoughts and actions might help or hinder our own resilience and that of those around us.
We must remember, that putting the right things into our bodies, be it foods, herbs or supplements, is only part of our immunity. One of the biggest destroyers of our immune system is not anything foreign to ourselves but is actually our thoughts and perceptions. The stress response activated by the sympathetic nervous system (fight-or-flight response) is normal and healthy in short bursts but if the body is in a chronic stress response, it becomes the number one killer and ‘weakener’ of our immune system. There are countless amounts of research in this area. One area of science I am particularly interested in is epigenetics. Applying epigenetics to personal biology, I would sum up the study of epigenetics as:
Your subjective experience (belief) has more power than your objective situation (reality).
Interestingly, I feel Buddha also summed this up a few thousand years ago:
“What we think, we become”
In other words (applied to our present situation), if you are fearful of a virus and are constantly thinking about it in a negative manner, your body is not only being programmed to attract this negative conception into reality (like attracts like), but the stress on the body shuts down your immunity.
I recently came across a fantastic organisation in New Zealand and was reminded of several aspects that I have yet to discuss – hence this article. I was very inspired by their work as it is very akin to my own approach when working towards holistic health and wellness. As such, the following suggestions come from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience:
If over days and weeks your distress or stress symptoms are escalating, or you feel you are not coping, help and professional support is available. For those residing in NZ, if you are in self-isolation, call Healthline first (0800 611 116). For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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