We all have certain filters, or lenses, through which we view information and process emotions. Right now, in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it's more vital than ever that we use the RIGHT filters, to prevent spreading misinformation, and to keep ourselves and others safe.
In today's vlog, I share my thoughts about how to discern which filters are appropriate and helpful, and which ones are destructive or dangerous.
I also touch on how to keep yourself safe, while not getting sucked into the panic vortex.
And finally, there's a little PSA at the end about how you can help keep our front-line health care and emergency services workers safe as they valiantly fight the battle against COVID-19 on our behalf.
Stay safe, everyone!
You might wonder what this topic has to do with health coaching. The answer might surprise you - because health coaching is about a lot more than what you put in your mouth and how much you exercise.
Right now, the issue that is top of mind for most people isn't "How can I lose that last 10 pounds?", or "How can I get in the best shape of my life this year?". Nor is it even "How can I get my triglyceride levels low enough that my doctor doesn't insist I start taking a statin drug?".
No, the issue on most people's minds right now is more like "Will there still be toilet paper on the shelf when I get to the store?" and "What happens if my medications run out and I can't get to the pharmacy for a refill?"
It's interesting how societal behaviour patterns can change, almost overnight. People who, just a few weeks ago, might have paid lip service to the idea of minimalism (which I will define here as owning 'just enough' to meet one's daily needs), have suddenly turned into hoarders,...
This isn't the way I planned to launch this blog, but I feel called to put out something that will help people weather the storm through which we're currently navigating.
There is a lot of tension, worry, fear and anxiety out there right now. It's world-wide, and I doubt very many of us are immune to it at this point. It seems to have come upon us very suddenly, and that has created panic in some quarters.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you that panic isn't helpful, and is in fact counter-productive. So, how does one stay centered and sane when the whole world around us is going nuts?
The key here is stress reduction.
Stress is that point where physiology and psychology meet up and intertwine. I'm not a psychologist, and I don't play one on TV. Nor am I a doctor or a scientist. So I'm not going to share specific recommendations here in dealing with this virus. There are official websites and outlets for all of that, and I encourage you to monitor those as...
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