There are 5 things you can do to help protect yourself from a virus, and no purchase or research is necessary.
#1 No News Is Good News
We need to be informed, but the news today is different than the news decades ago. We can’t look to trusted news anchors to give us the facts anymore. Whatever your beliefs, we can probably all agree that news is sensationalized…and rapid!
News is now designed to instill fear and feed it once we let it in. I turn it off once I start to feel my stress response kick in.
Even if it’s on in the background while you carry on with chores, the limbic system of your brain is still listening carefully, subconsciously.
Take care with what you feed your sensitive limbic system. It is wired to search for and react to fear.
Fear = stress = weakened immunity = susceptibility to any virus.
#2 Social Media Is Stressful Media
Social media isn’t much “fun” anymore, at least not for me. It’s just another way to be overstimulated and overexposed to information.
You’re letting strangers with strong opinions attack your stress response system, causing a fight-or-flight response. And guess what? That affects your immune strength.
Log off. Walk away. That stuff can stick with you for hours, days, months, and your adrenals are all the weaker for it.
Stress = Weakened Immunity = Susceptibility to Any Virus
#3 Negative People Sap Your Immune System
Oh, those glass-half-empty types. You may even be one of them, and perhaps for good reason!
But research shows that an environment of negativity triggers our fight-or-flight stress response.
There are a lot of little things in life that cause Adrenal Fatigue, and negative people are absolutely one of them.
Feed yourself with positivity as best you can. I’m not saying it’s reasonable to be a “pie-in-the-sky” person, or even to be associated with folks who are that way.
But your body “feels” every bit of the negative people you interact with, doesn’t it?
If those people are in your life often enough, your stress response system will never settle or allow you to heal or fight off illness.
#4 A Little Company Goes a Long Way
Being alone is both good and bad, and for most people, moderation is key.
But those of us who have Adrenal Fatigue require a lot of decompression time.
We overdo, by nature, and are Type-A, perfectionists, or caregivers. All potentially great qualities, but also energy-sappers.
We overdo and get stuck in a stress response, which suppresses our immune system and makes us vulnerable to infections.
Those of us who have Adrenal Fatigue require a lot of decompression time.
Isolation is a good thing for us. We learn how to find boundaries and balance and protect ourselves, both physically and mentally.
#5 Your Brain Is Designed to Worry
There’s a lot to worry about in life these days, for sure. Finances, politics, family, your health. Even my dog has a bit of anxiety.
We Adrenal patients are especially wired to worry. We overthink and overplan. What is that getting us?
Sure, we may anticipate one in ten-thousand stressful events we can imagine, but is it worth all the waking hours of worry? No. And it actually hurts us in the long run.
Remember: Worry is stress, and stress compromises our immune system. If a virus does happen to infect you, stress will cause intensified symptoms, longer illness, and a harder recovery.
Please, try not to imagine trouble. It may find you, but if you’ve spent time focusing on creating a realistic outlook, you will be ready to handle it. Worrying is inviting trouble that may not RSVP.