The body fights off and heals from disease most effectively and efficiently when we’re calm. With the coronavirus pandemic, we have all found ourselves stressed at one point or another. Here are 4 tips for reducing anxiety and boosting your immunity so that you make sure your last line of defence is strong.
A couple of weeks ago, Oz (From Oz & Jay’s Big Breakfast on XFM100.2) was talking about how he struggled to recover after a traumatic experience he had in his teens. I thought it was super cool that he spoke so openly about this and I could tell that his intention in doing so was to help others who may be going through something similar. His message was clear: reach out. No matter how insignificant or silly you think your suffering may be, reach out and seek support because it’s only with support that you can heal.
I loved his message, so I reached out to him and Jay. As you know, spreading the message of psychological fitness is my mission in life. Without healing and integrating our troubling experiences, we can’t fully show up for life and create a life full of purpose and fulfilment. So, I let them know that I appreciated Oz’s sharing and told them that if they ever wanted to discuss this further on air, I’d love to join them on the show if they wanted me.
A quirky young YouTuber called me a couple of weeks ago to ask if he could interview me about mental health. He was keen to speak about what it actually means to be psychologically well.
I liked his curiosity. The concept of psychological wellness has been confused since it became a concept in the first place. Becoming popularised by the Western medical model which emphasises disease, psychological wellness was introduced to us as “mental illness” – a state of sickness that’s beyond our control and must be managed with medication.
With this completely disempowering message, it’s no surprise to me that most people won’t even consider therapy because they fear being associated with disease and powerlessness!
Anxiety is an experience that hits all of us at some point or another. Sometimes it hits us so forcefully that it leaves us wondering what the hell just happened.
Whether we’re aware of it or not we all feel shame about some aspect of ourselves. Shame is an emotion that makes us want to hide/run away/cover up. This affects our interactions with others. Some of us feel painstakingly shy, others compensate by being the life of the party. There’s a reason why alcohol is so popular at social events.
We’ve all come across a child clinging to their mother’s arm for dear life. Crying in desperate hope that mummy won’t leave them at the party, begging her to take her back to the car instead.