Right now, fear and anxiety are sweeping the country and are creating more harm than the COVID-19 itself. How? Because worry and stress make us sick, so even if you don’t get infected, you will feel bad. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy! I urge you to take a deep breath, step back, and get a grip with STOP: Stop, Think, Observe, and Proceed. Stop to consider the reality of the situation, not the perception. Think about what you actually have control over and do your best within those confines. Observe your surroundings and take the necessary measures to ensure your safety and health. Proceed with caution and respond from a calm, informed place.
When we allow panic to rule the day, our entire mind, body, and soul will stress. Stress weakens our immune system and releases high levels of cortisol, which can then disrupt sleep. When we don’t sleep well, we lower our immune system further. It’s a vicious cycle that must stop. Quarantining yourself will not stop stress – only you can. Use this time to find your center and work on creating harmony within.
When we pause, we can catch our breath and evaluate situations based upon reason and rationale, not fear or chaos. Fear is more contagious than the COVID-19 as evident in the surge of people buying up toilet paper. I am all for being prepared. In fact, I have always had a week or two of emergency foods and supplies on hand because I have always lived in places where Mother Nature can strike: earthquakes, fire, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like. However, panicking isn’t productive, and hoarding won’t make you feel better. As long as you let anxiety consume you, you will not feel safe.
Peace comes from within and is a choice. Being smart and prepared helps elevate some worry, but the rest is up to us. We must decide to be calm and carry on the best we can. With that in mind, I want to do something I’ve never done before: offer my yoga DVD at a steep discount to everyone. Each month, I provide specials for those in my data base, but I wanted to reach out to everyone and offer some encouragement…something that can actually help.
From today through March 31, 2020, you can purchase my Yoga with Lorraine DVD at only $10 (includes shipping and is a $10 savings). This is my way of doing something positive in the midst of an uncertain time. My DVD provides two programs: one more relaxing and one concentrating on strength. With it, you can practice breathing, meditating, and reducing your stress at the privacy and safety of your home. Yoga has incredible health benefits and will boost your immune system by lowering Cortisol levels in your body. You will also sleep better and find your anxiety melt away by simply being in the moment.
I believe great things will come of this situation. Perhaps we will all be a little more considerate and thoughtful to one another. Maybe we can be prudent and wise in times such as these and businesses will stick with best practices for our well being. If we could extend more appreciation to those in service industries (from restaurants to healthcare to police offers), wouldn’t that be grand? Most importantly, I hope we all remember how precious and fragile all life is and to live every day as if it were our last…to treasure those we love and show it. I pray you feel God’s comfort, strength, and peace. Stay healthy!