All my readers have likely heard of a virus going around that is causing a bit of a stir. I had the idea of writing a blog post on this topic, but you’ll notice that the title I’ve used refers to “your thoughts” instead of “my thoughts.” Keep reading and you’ll see how this makes sense.
Another health concern
We’ve been here before, and we may see this kind of situation again, so I’ve chosen not to name any particular virus, bacteria or anything. This way, if you find yourself faced with a similar health scare in 6, 12 or even 60 months, you can refer to this blog post for a refresher. With this in mind, I’ll call the current health concern the “Big Incredibly Scary Thing Everyone is Chatting About”, or Bisteca for short.
So, what are your thoughts on Bisteca?
There’s lots of stuff going on right now, isn’t there? Lots of stuff to worry about.
Yet, one thing you’ve probably heard about the current virus going around is that the best thing you can do for yourself is to take care of your body, keep your immune system in good shape and maintain your good health.
Do you know what the biggest factor is that reduces the efficiency of your immune system and brings down your overall health? It’s stress, and negative thoughts in general. Stress has been proven to suppress your immune system, making your body vulnerable to any foreign invader.
- I want to note that this isn’t a new age, hippy-dippy way of thinking. The idea that all illness begins with stress has already taken root in Western medicine. I don’t need to quote any spiritual or scientific texts to back up my words – Google is at your fingertips to do your own research.
So, when you hear about Bisteca, how do you feel?
I bet a number of my readers are stressed about it. Many people start and end their days by watching the news, getting constant updates about which countries have reported cases, how many people are quarantined, and perhaps even how many patients have died. Many people have implemented additional hand-sanitizing routines while also giving extra wipe-downs to shopping carts, door handles, and so forth. You might not call this stress, but this is still behaviour based on worry, and worry is really a type of stressor.
Do you see the irony in this? The best way to defend yourself is to maintain good health, yet many people are increasing behaviours that cause stress, and are therefore negatively impacting their health.
So, now my thoughts on Bisteca
Well in fact, I have very few thoughts on Bisteca because I’ve given it very little space in my mind (if any). I don’t keep up with the news about it, I don’t click on any videos that talk about it, and I give it very little attention – other than when other people feel it’s important to give me an update, at which point I usually politely change topics.
As I mentioned above, many people will watch the evening news before going to bed. Do you know how I spend my evenings? My husband and I watch a couple sitcoms, then turn off the TV and spend the last hour before bed cuddled on the couch simply talking. This is about a zillion times less stressful than watching the evening news – and really, before bed, which do you think leads to sweeter dreams: a talking head bringing you all the unpleasantness of the world or the warm embrace of a special someone?
On a daily basis, I also avoid other stressors. If I’m really not in the mood to clean the bathroom, I don’t clean it. I choose to be okay with the soap scum in the shower for one more day. If I don’t feel like washing the dishes today, I won’t. I know they’ll get clean at some point. I apply this to a number of social contexts too: the friends who constantly made fun of my vegan choices? ¡Adiós amigos!
Forcing yourself to do something you really don’t want to do only sours your mood. Why add that stress? And surrounding yourself with people who belittle you will be a drain on your soul. Wouldn’t it be more enjoyable to find people you click with?
- You might be saying “But, Jean, there are so many things I have to do, and can’t avoid them.” If you feel this is the case for you, I invite you to sit and meditate with these “must-do”s. These may represent an instance where learning to say “no” will give you a sense of freedom like you’ve never had before. If it’s an instance where something must be done (say, paying a bill), perhaps a change of perspective will help: you do have a choice to not pay a bill, but instead you are choosing the option that gives you a service like electricity or cable.
Finally, I also have faith in my body’s ability to maintain good health. On top of my daily practice of mind-body awareness, there are practically zero synthetic chemicals in my home and I nourish myself almost completely with organic food. I don’t want to start preaching in this blog, but I find it ironic and also a bit sad that so many people choose to use synthetic preservatives, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals with the idea to improve their lives while there is growing evidence that these same products are ruining our health and shortening our lives.
Are you worrying about Bisteca, or are you taking care of your mind, body and soul on a day-to-day basis to improve your immunity and be as healthy as you can be? When everyone around you is getting all worked up about the latest health scare, are you getting caught up in the fervor, or are you focusing your energies on the things you can do to keep your peace and enjoy your health?
So, what are your thoughts? Are you focusing on health or illness?