💪IMMUNE RESILIENCE #13: LIVING WITH WORRY IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Immune Resilience #13: Living with Worry in Uncertain Times – FREE RESOURCES. In a rapidly changing world and a climate of growing anxiety, it’s not surprising that we are worried for ourselves and those we love. It’s difficult not to over-consume anxiety-provoking media at this time and that anxiety can become overwhelming.
Constant worry, anxiety, fear and stress all deplete our immune system and impact negatively on our mental health. Add social isolation into the mix and we have a recipe for ill-health. Thankfully, we have some valuable FREE resources available to support us all.
Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty
Dr Matthew Whalley and Dr Hardeep Kaur from Psychology Tools have put together a guide to help us to manage our worry and anxiety in these uncertain times:
Human beings have the amazing ability to think about future events. ‘Thinking ahead’ means that we can anticipate obstacles or problems, and gives us the opportunity to plan solutions. When it helps us to achieve our goals, ‘thinking ahead’ can be helpful. For example, hand washing and social distancing are helpful things that we can decide to do in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
However, worrying is a way of ‘thinking ahead’ that often leaves us feeling anxious or apprehensive. When we worry excessively, we often think about worst-case scenarios and feel that we won’t be able to cope.
The guide explains:
- What is worry and anxiety and what triggers it
- Different types of worry, when it becomes a problem and what we can do about it
- A variety of simple exercises and decision-making trees
- Challenging our thoughts compassionately
When you have read the information, try out the exercises if you think they might help. It’s natural to struggle when times are uncertain, so remember to offer care and compassion to yourself, and to those around you.
Please feel free to share this resource widely.
Living with worry in uncertain times – help from Chris Kresser
Chris Kresser (the Kresser Institute) who produces a prolific amount of of trusted health information and education, has responded to the Covid crisis by collating a COVID-19 ADAPTing Resouce Guide crisis by collating a treasure trove of resources to help, including:
- Manage Your Stress
- Maintain Social Connection
- Move and Connect with Nature
- Support a Healthy Immune System
- Positivity and Purpose
- Cultivate Joy
- Music and Theater
- Books and Online Learning
- Art and Museums
- Film and Television
- Just for Kids
- Webinar Resources
Resilient health is holistic health…
Our health is in our hands … WE make the decision to create the lifestyle changes that bring energy, vitality and resilient health… so let’s take the first step, however small, and walk purposefully and consistently towards those goals.
This post is part of the Immune Resilience Series– with this series, I’m making a commitment to my subscribers to provide helpful, evidence-based information and insights into what we can do with nutrition and lifestyle medicine to build immune resilience – the capacity of our immune system to respond to external challenges (such as the Covid-19 pandemic) and return to a healthy state of wellbeing.
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Our risk for contracting communicable diseases like the Covid-19 virus increases when our immune system is weak and a weakened immune system is largely the result of a less-than-optimal diet and an unsupportive lifestyle.
Even as we are experiencing this current crisis, we are also seeing underlying epidemics of chronic diseases of every kind – diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, degenerative, digestive and autoimmune disorders across the globe. These conditions too, are largely diet and lifestyle-driven and they are preventable.
We need to act now
We have robust science to show us that what we eat has never been more important for our health and, because all life is inextricably connected, for our planet. The Real Food Solution will help you to discover the power of real food as medicine for better health.. for you and for our planet.
Crises like Covid-19 are a test our humanity… let’s stop queuing up for loo rolls and start creating a strong, resilient foundation of immune health… together.
Stay safe, stay informed and get empowered, Izabella.