Beat the CO-VID19 Blues
The latest health and wellness guidance to keep you feeling better than ever.
I'm sure your feeling like life is a roller coaster right now which is the perfect time to see how much you've progressed and also become aware of any areas that need some tender loving care to keep you feeling balanced. So rather than avoid, be aware and start to look at those thoughts that are making you so uncomfortable. Are they really true? are they really benefiting you right now? What thoughts could you choose that would make you feel how you want to feel? Right now i'm working through my own thoughts of wonder that maybe I am ignorant to what is happening right now. The fact that work loss, income loss, all of that doesn't worry me. My family has experienced a loss of an amazing holiday but in the scheme of things I'd much rather loose money than my loved one. My partner and I are quite looking forward to being in lock down despite having so many commitments that will be affected. So many things that will get put on hold, not get done and not get paid on time. I feel many people haven’t been informed about the support on offer. If you are out of work please know that everything will be put on hold, whether that is rent and weekly payments of all sorts. The government has stated that they will not incur interest or a fee. Everything is said to become frozen until you are back at work. It is a pain finding this information and it does take patience putting in claims but please follow it up, the government has also announced that some people may be able to access their super fund in order to get back on top again. I have spoken to many upset people and after hearing this news they actually start enjoying their enforced holiday. As much as I didn’t want to talk at all about covid-19, it would be a disservice to you if I didn’t. With so much mixed information and media influence creating hysterical behaviour I want you to feel empowered in your choices to stay healthy and protected. So today I will share the latest protection measures from the health department and also Eastern Medicine Practices to build up your Protective Qi.
This is the advice given to hospital staff. It explains the virus and hopefully, how to prevent getting it.
Virus Detection: The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough. The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days. The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days. Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately. Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection.
Prevention: The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest. Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes. Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous. For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun's UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you. The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life. If an infected person sneezes nearby, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you. When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel. The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die. The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present. Washing your hands is essential. The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often and disinfect them. You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimise the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs. Disinfect things touched often: mobile phone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc .
In Chinese medicine the immune system’s ability to protect the body from external pathogens depends on its Protective Qi. The lungs rule the exterior of the body and are said “to rule qi” because of their role in respiration which is the key to the body’s intake of Natural Air Qi (kong qi).
Many of you are aware of how I bring focus to your breath and how a simple habit of shallow breathing can contribute to poorer performance, increase anxiety, cause indigestion and even cause poor sleep. This is why more than ever I encourage you, in a safe environment with clean flowing air, to continue daily breath focus to strengthen your lungs and keep your body calm.
How you breath isn’t the only thing that can weaken Protective Qi. I regularly see how simple attitudes and behaviours significantly affect people's immune systems.
When we feel threatened or under stress we defend ourselves emotionally. This is done by generating attitudes & behaviours that keep people at a distance.
It is beneficial we find a balance in our lives between this defensive energy and spending time with people we feel safe with. Without a healthy support system we cannot feel safe and this is what is extremely worrying about self isolation.
“Without a support system, the individual does not have the opportunity to recharge the energy of his or her immune system with feelings of safety and support. Rather his or her “defence” system is running on high energy almost continually, and thus, burnout occurs. Unable to maintain a ‘defence proof’ energy field, a person becomes susceptible to ‘invasion or infection’ as a virus can now penetrate one’s energy field…" [Caroline Myss].
This is why it isn’t uncommon to hear of the romantic loss of a partner passing away soon after their loved one dies. You may also see how over your lifetime your body has become unwell under times of undue stress.
Now is the time to stay connected with technology. Call and face time your loved ones, get off facebook and instagram scrolling. Physically talk to someone in real time and help them and you feel supported. Have a laugh and loosen up and if you or your loved one/s are suffering with emotional stress, guilt in the response to not doing what someone else wanted or fear in response to mass negativity and beliefs, please, PLEASE address it. These 3 common emotional imbalances are said to impair Protective Qi the most.
Emphasising it’s the time to breath well, process attitudes and behaviours that weaken your Protective Qi, I also wanted to share some of my favourite Protective Qi boosting acupressure points.
CV17 I call the ‘Sea of Tranquility’ as it governs the body’s resistance to illness and decreases anxiety by regulating the thymus gland. Stimulate regularly to increase your Protective Qi. LU9 points can treat cough, wheezing, difficult breathing, dry throat, phlegm in the lungs, cold hands, weak voice and the weakness and fragility that result from Qi deficiency. Stimulate regularly to increase your Protective Qi. ST36 immediately boosts the immune system with renewed energy. It helps tone and strengthen the major muscle groups, providing greater endurance through times of physical and mental stress. Stimulate regularly to increase your Protective Qi. CV6 I refer to as the Sea of Energy. This acupressure point tones the abdominal muscles and intestines, and helps fortify the immune, urinary, and reproductive systems. Stimulate regularly to increase your Protective Qi. To stimulate these acupressure points simply use gentle finger pressure or place some immune boosting essential oils on them. Just make sure you do not expose areas of the skin that have essential oil on them to the sun as they will increase the likelihood of burns to that area.
Immune Boosting Essential Oils
Tea tree is one of my favourite antimicrobials and immunostimulants. I love using a few drops in my homemade spray and wipe disinfectant. You can also place a couple of drops of tea tree oil in almond oil, jojoba, coconut oil or olive oil and the apply it to your body and specific acupressure points to increase your Protective Qi. It’s always best to add all essential oils to a carrier oil first before applying directly to the skin. Other great immune-stimulants are Frankincense, Bergamot, Rosemary and Eucalyptus for it's antiviral properties. Whether you choose one or several essential oils, your Protective Qi will benefit.
After stimulating the acupressure point/s for a few minutes take note of how you breath & feel physically, mentally and emotionally.