2020 has certainly had a memorable first half.
As many of you know my in-laws were in a car accident in January and my mother-in-law was killed. The accident worsened my father-in-law’s dementia and we had to place him in a memory unit.
Then the virus and quarantine landed in our laps. Then two weeks ago my husband’s brother died.
I don’t ever remember a time of such stress for our family but also for all our patients.
When stress is long term, rather than brief in duration, it severely impacts our emotional and physical health.
I thought I would share with you the things I do to thrive in this stressful atmosphere.
Please remember when you take care of yourself you are taking care of your family, your friends, all the people who love you, and your whole community. It all starts with you.
- Move, move, move! Most of you are sitting more than ever. I have always found that exercise is the best tool to lift my spirits. I know you would rather binge some crap on Netflix but I promise you if you MOVE, you will be glad you did. It does not have to be perfect! Here are some ideas: Walk around the block. Once you start you are more likely to keep going. Get on the bike; garden; get back to the gym; stream one of the thousands of trainers with exercise routines from weight lifting to yoga.
- Calm your mind. I use our Brain Tap system. I call it a meditation on steroids. It was developed by psychologists from Harvard and uses light and sound to put our brains into Theta wave- which is the brain wave seasoned meditators achieve after hours of practice. Brain Tap also reduces the stress chemicals adrenaline and cortisol. Call us to make an appointment. We have several stations set up so it’s usually easy to get the time you want!
- Media De-tox!! Last week I stopped watching all TV, read no newspapers, and avoided FaceBook, and boy, what a difference that made! I have suggested this to several patients and those that followed through have raved about the difference it has made. I do believe it’s important to be aware of what is going on, but even more than a few minutes of news online, on your phone or on TV will inevitably lead to an overload of information, thus stress.
Stress is inevitable.
We live in a very volatile world right now, and most of us have other life experiences piled on top of what is going on, such as health issues and family members having problems, or even family deaths as we have experienced.
My message is, that the more you take care of yourself now, the better you will handle the inevitable stress that comes your way.
It’s our job here at WOW to help you get and stay healthy. Thankfully, I love my role here. It helps me when I help others. Reach out, we are here to help.
Dr. Julia Keiser