Stress And Immune System. The impact chronic fear can have on our immune system. Why Toxic Fear is certainly not going to help you, your family and loved ones deal with the Coronavirus perceived threats in a healthy way.
Stressful Life And World Challenges
Like every sort of stressful life or world challenge, the stress response can be both positive and negative. The short-term survival response is our innate way of responding to life-threatening and life challenging situations. The fight or flight response can pivot us in an emergency situation to respond very quickly, to do things we normally wouldn’t even consider doing. In pre-historic times this would be normally fighting to survive or run-away.
Now today we don’t need to fight pre-historic animals or fight our enemies for food. But in some ways on a primal level our body, mind, and emotions can get trapped into responding to everyday situations almost as if it was a life-emergency situation. That is fine if these issues are one off’s. But the problem is when it moves to chronic stress. Then our mind, body, and emotions begin to be seriously compromised.
Chronic Fear And Chronic Stress
Fear is what triggers stress. So chronic fear is one way to disable us all mentally, emotionally and physically into a chronically anxious or stressed state. No wonder so many people are acting more like headless chickens, than calm, rational, compassionate human beings.
It is understandable that when we are faced with aspects of our own mortality or the fear of losing our loved ones. That we can all feel powerless. But the reality is fear is what triggers stress and anxiety. Chronic fear causes chronic stress and chronic anxiety. And chronic stress causes dis-ease.
Stress And The Immune System
Stress and the immune system. We all know how much long-term and chronic stress can seriously impact our health. The wide medical research that demonstrates clearly how much Chronic Stress reduces our immune system and our mental health.
But despite this, we are allowing our minds to be bombarded daily with fear-induced media and news reports. In-fact some of us are actually addicted to the news, addicted to the doom and gloom. Instead of actually, being more pro-active doing something actually helpful or productive. Or doing something that will help cushion our immune system from this perceived threat.
As someone who has survived and lived with chronic and serious health challenges that have impacted my health for the last 30 years. I know the challenges of being more vulnerable in society, the challenges of dealing with or facing the unknown. But the reality is ruminating over the drama, focusing on the fear, rarely help’s anyone become healthier.
Time To Support Your Immune System
During our most stressful life challenges are when we should be focusing on supporting our immune system. Doing everything we can to boost a healthy immune system while reducing our anxiety and stress levels.
This is when we should be teaching our kids to be more calmer, compassionate and resourceful. A time when we all should be supporting our vulnerable and elderly to nurture more self-care. A time when we should all be making much wiser decisions to help us become more mentally, emotionally and physically resilient.
Cushioning Yourself From The Drama
Fear can easily take over your life if you let it do. It can be so easy to ruminate on the what if’s. It can be very tempting even addictive to check up on the latest news feed, the latest death rate, the latest shut down.
But what about the survival rate? What about the people who have recovered? That sadly doesn’t make as much news, that doesn’t sell, that doesn’t trigger fear, because that triggers hope.
What about looking at what you can do? In stress management, we talk a lot about cushioning and stress resilience. We remind our clients and students of the importance of cushioning ourselves from the impact of the life’s stressors.
You can cushion yourself from the stressors of the coronavirus. By doing what you can to support you and your family’s immune system.
Stress Management is all about reducing our stressors and increasing our resilience. Teaching others how to become more stress-resilient to whatever life throws at us. In many ways, I am so glad I began studying stress management over 25 years ago. It helped cushion me from an extremely challenging and at time frightening health challenges, which include threatened eye loss in my twenties. It helped me cope with the discrimination and neglect I faced living with a chronic health condition that was misunderstood.
Stress Tips To Support Your Immune System
- Time To Switch OFF And Unplug: Time out to unplug and switch off is importantly, especially from the drama, chaos and fear.
- Take Time To Relax Or Meditate: This can seriously help reduce anxiety and stress levels. Learn how to relax deeply and effectively and learn how to meditate properly. Check out my Free Meditation Course.
- Get Enough Sleep And Rest: Good quality sleep does wonder for the mind, body, and emotions. Good quality sleep helps repair the body.
- Eat To Fuel The Body: Eat plenty of healthy unprocessed, nutritent filled food. Avoid stimulants like caffeine and sugar that play havoc with the immune and central nervous system.
- Avoid Self-Soothing Or Self-Medicating Temptations: Try and avoid the use of alcohol, drugs, comfort eating, nicotine which act as stressors on the body.
- Encourage Healthy Thinking Patterns: Address unhealthy negative thinking, catastrophising, black and white thinking. CBT can be useful at addressing aspects of negative thinking.
You can reduce your anxiety and stress levels, by reducing how much you expose yourself to the drama and fear of social media, TV and those around you. It is not about denial but it is about taking action on the things you do have control over and letting go of those thing’s you don’t. Check out my 6 Tips To Cope with Self-Isolation
The Stress And Anxiety Of Worry
Ruminating over the news, constantly talking about the what if’s, sharing every sort of fear-based news or death does not help anyone. And it certainly won’t help someone who already had anxiety, stress or depression. It won’t help your family member or an elderly parent who is extremely vulnerable feel better.
In-fact this type of fear creates massive distortions like the present panic buying we are already seeing. Fear often triggers unhealthy sabotaging patterns like self-medicating or self-soothing with alcohol, drugs, nicotine, stimulants, unhealthy food. All things that can seriously compromise the immune system. And can increase the risk of a wide array of emotional and mental health challenges. The last thing the emergency and medical system needs at this time.
We should be doing everything we can to reduce anxiety and stress especially in those who are extremely vulnerable. For those who are already sick, at-risk, or struggling mentally and emotionally. Fear feeds more fear. Even people who tend not to get anxious or stressed can find it difficult to not get sucked into the collective fear being built up by the rumination, doom, and gloom of those around them.
The very time when we should be more mindful of our thoughts, a time when we should be cushioning ourselves from the impact of fear, anxiety, and stress. A time in history time where we should be working together to do what we can to reduce the risk of fear. A period in our life where we should be encouraging a more calm, healthy, mental, emotional and spiritual way of being. Working together to help boost and build our immune system not put more stress on it.