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What Can We Do About COVID?

Are you experiencing higher than normal levels of stress, driven by uncertainty, fear and a relative lack of connection? It's time to dig deep and muster your resilience.

First things first, you may be aware that there are more symptoms than the top 3 currently publicised.

Here is 11 of the most common COVID symptoms:

1. Fever or chills

2. Muscle or body aches

3. New loss of taste or smell / appetite

4. Nausea or vomiting

5. Diarrhoea

6. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

7. Fatigue

8. Cough

9. Headache

10. Sore throat

11. Congestion or runny nose

When a member of your own household is COVID positive, the level of fear rises suddenly. You can feel the level of emotional charge in your body. Be extremely vigilant of the appearance of any new symptoms, make sure you drink a lot of water and herbal tea, keep a window open at home, in addition to washing hands and spraying door handles and shared surfaces with anti-viral spray. Keep the household member apart. If any symptoms arise, take paracetamol 3 times a day*, as a precaution. And of course, ALL of you must stay home. Ask a friend or neighbour to deliver some nutritious orange and green veg to keep you strong and healthy. (*advice from an NHS nurse working on COVID wards).

If in any doubt about the status quo of the virus, speak to a nurse or doctor who is on the frontline, and you'll find out that the highest demographic on hospital wards is people in their 30s and 40s, and they are shocked to find themselves so unwell. The reason for this is misplaced self belief that being healthy or under a certain age means that I'll be fine, and that, as a demographic, they are taking more risks and not maintaining social distancing.

Many frontline staff come home and cry after their shifts; this is a healthy way to discharge heightened emotions and hormones in the body, bringing body and mind back to homeostasis. It's also exhausting, and the days can be traumatic. When charge is not released, it becomes a new normal, and is "lodged into the soft tissues of the body, behaviour and beliefs, which maintain the unbalanced state", according to Anodea Judith, therapist and author of Charge and the Energy Body.

If you are working on the frontline, it's important to practice self-awareness of your emotional state and where you feel it in the body, and have some tools to facilitate the discharge of heightened emotion. I can help you. That could be something as simple as taking 3 conscious breaths when you go to the toilet, or after you brush your teeth, as well as a longer practice once or twice a week, such as a yoga, tai chi or qigong, or meditation. All of these practices are proven to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and change the brain waves to allow for rest, healing and discharge of heightened emotional states. Sleep is enhanced too, which is key to overnight deep rest and repair.

Also, just a note about yoga, as there are so many styles. Some are invigorating and stimulating, such as power yoga, vinyasa flow and iyengar. Other styles are better for healing and treating fatigue, such as gentle yoga, yin and restorative. A private class can focus on specific sequences based on immunity, or meridians for the heart, kidney and lungs, depending on the expertise of the teacher. A Chinese Medicine / Japanese Medicine / Ayurvedic approach to yoga can be especially helpful, as these are well established health systems. I draw upon all of these systems in my private one to one sessions.

I can help you to build your self-awareness and teach you to breathe properly through group yoga classes. You may wish to focus on specific health issues; you can book a private class with me so that I can get a bigger picture of what’s going on for you, and tailor to those goals. I specialise in women’s health, soothing stress and sleep recovery.

Step into action and mitigate the felt experience of fear; you always feel better when you're doing something positive. So, stay well, stay safe, stay happy and let me know if I can help you in any way.

I guide Strala yoga, which draws on Chinese and Japanese medicine, and the forms of yoga, tai chi and qigong. I also guide a weekly Seasonal Yoga class, linking to the organs and energy channels of the season. For private yoga or to find out more about my Health & Wellness Service, get in touch to arrange a discovery call.

Find out more at https://www.loveyogabird.com

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