Fears are ramping up across the country as we head into year two of this pandemic. While the variant cases are increasing, there is some division on how to move forward.
Regardless of where each of us falls on the spectrum, it is clear that fear is on the rise.
So how do we navigate fear and uncertainty? And how can we even consider the possibility of thriving during daunting challenges?
At Living Well Balanced, we believe in taking a holistic approach. This means treating the whole person. It also means getting to the root of the problem.
After listening to our community and members, we have put together fantastic tools. Tools that you can use not only to survive but thrive.
Strategies to Thrive In Uncertainty:
When we are feeling stress, fear or anxiety, it causes our cortisol levels (i.e. the stress hormone) to increase. This causes inflammation in the body. And inflammation leads to illness, pain and decreased immune systems.
This means we need to combat our stress with self-care which is unique to each person. For one person, yoga is therapeutic. For another, a high intensity workout is great.
Experiment with and build out your self-care menu. Uncover what grounds you, brings you the most peace, and helps you release your stressors.
Here are some examples from our team:
- A walk in nature
- A phone call with a close friend
- Coffee with a loved one
- Getting a mani/pedi or spa treatment
- Pausing for a 1-2 minute break to just be
2. Support Your Immune System
There is a lot of fear today around health. We want to ensure that our community has access to the best solutions.
In addition to managing your stress, eating a healthy diet, exercising and improving your lifestyle, here are some other ways you can boost your immune system.
Get Enough Sleep. Sleep helps the body restore its physical functions overnight. But when we aren’t getting a deep sleep, it’s unable to do this. It also helps us prepare to deal with emotional challenges the next day. This can help reduce our stress and anxiety levels. Be sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
Eat more healthy fats and fermented foods. Eating a healthy diet is essential for gut health. And the gut is correlated to our immune system. A healthy gut makes for a healthy everything else. What we eat does impact our health. Be sure you are eating a balanced diet with whole foods, healthy fats and fermented foods. This will increase the flora diversity of the gut making it easier for your immune system to combat new viruses.
Supplement wisely. Find the best combination of supplements to support your body and immune system. We have put together some amazing immune system and stress management supplement packages for you. Give us a call or come into our office so we can help you build out the best plan for you.
3. Get Peace of Mind
Whether it’s getting an immune system booster IV therapy or getting supplements, do something proactive. It will give you and your family peace of mind.
We don’t have control over what will happen in the world. But we do have control over what actions we take. Investing in your health is never a bad idea. And it will help you sleep better, reduce stress levels and reduce pain and inflammation.
Here are some things we are hearing from our community that have helped them get peace of mind:
- Speaking with a therapist
- Getting IV therapy for my immune system
- Working with a nutritional therapist around immune system support
- Supplementing to manage stress and boost my immune system
- Exercising more regularly
- Speaking with health and wellness experts about my fears
- Building my health care team (i.e. acupuncture, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, etc.)
4. Manage Your Anxiety
Did you know there are natural supplements that will help you manage your anxiety?
B vitamins, magnesium, L-Theanine, Gaba, L-Taurine, and L-glutamine are a great way to naturally manage anxiety.
Each of these supplements has a plethora of positive benefits. When combined, it helps our patients get a noticeable reduction in their anxiety.
But Supplements aren’t for everyone.
If you are looking for other ways to manage your anxiety, here are some ideas:
- Try meditation. We like the Calm and Headspace apps.
- Stop and breathe for 2 minutes. Make sure your exhale is longer than your inhale. This will reset your parasympathetic system, which allows you to feel calm.
- Become friends with your anxiety. Instead of pushing it away, ask it what it’s trying to tell you.
- Find a form of exercise or movement that helps you feel grounded. As you move, think only about that movement. Be present.
- Talk to a friend of a therapist. Sharing our angst can help get it out of our system and out of our bodies. Even journaling can make a huge difference.
We hope you find these strategies helpful. It is our goal that we provide tools and resources that allow our community and members to thrive.
What Works For You?
We would love to hear if any of these strategies worked for you. And if you have others to share, we would love to hear.
We are always here to support you in any way we can.
Please give us a call at 919-926-8890 or visit us in our office today.
We can help you put together a health plan to put you at ease and hit your health goals.