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Maintaining Peace of Mind in the Time of COVID - Handling Stress & Anxiety

based on an article written by Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac. on

The novel coronavirus pandemic has made the unimaginable, a reality, in a very short period of time. The experiences we are all sharing can only be described as novel, as in the adjective meaning new, interesting, or unusual.

As hundreds of millions of us in the US and more than a billion people across the globe remained largely confined to our homes for an extended period of time, we had to develop new routines and strategies to maintain our peace of mind.

For example, many are walking, jogging, or bike riding. With this routine, it creates a sense of normalcy.

Here are some of our favorite suggestions for you to create a healthy routine.

Physically Isolate but Stay Connected

A big part of staying grounded through social distancing is staying socially connected. Physical isolation from others does not have to mean social isolation.

How perfect that technology today allows us to stay in touch. On-line groups, social media, Facebook Live and Messenger, Instagram, laughing at the videos on Tik Tok, videoconferencing via Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, and FaceTime are saving the day. Even the good old-fashioned phone call is a great way to "reach out, reach out and touch someone.  Reach out, reach out, and just say hi" as the jingle goes. Maybe some of us find that we are more in touch with family and friends than ever before, or we are inspired to be more in touch as we create our new routines.

"The prevalence of online support from our trusted sources is skyrocketing. Messages from our health care practitioners, spiritual teachers, friends, and other important social groups abound. They are true gems, shining ever more brightly because of their necessity.

"Take time, too, to think of who can you help by being in touch? Who can use a friendly ear or even just a short note to let them know you are thinking of them?"

Eat Right

The best thing you can do for yourself, and for society, is remain healthy. These are epic times and you are a part of it. For self-exploration, consider your daily decisions. When we are dealing with intense emotions (grief, worry, anger, and fear may be common now) the decision to eat a healthy lunch, as opposed to snacking on junk food, for example, takes on extra importance.

A hugely overlooked area in the coronavirus pandemic is WHY Americans are getting more sick than other countries. It seems that the media has forgotten to mention the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking an organic multivitamin and finest pure fish oil, specific herbs for you, and being nutritionally healthy are crucial to have a strong immune system to combat a nasty virus like COVID.

If you have questions about nutrition and herbs, did you know that Dr. Megan Marco and Dr. Craig Fasullo are experts in nutrition?  Schedule with Dr. Marco for Chinese Herbal Medicine and a Chinese Medicine philosophy perspective on the energy and flavors of your food to shift your energy. Schedule with Dr. Fasullo for a Naturopathic perspective, to order and analyze your bloodwork, and for the analysis of your nutrition and health.

Schedule: 860-536-3880

Overall, unfortunately the Standard American Diet is "SAD." It has led to obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Interestingly, these are the populations affected the worst by viruses and the coronavirus. Where to start? Eat fresh fruits and vege