Overcoming Fear of Coronavirus, Flu and Other Contagions: a Spiritual, Practical and Scientific Approach
There’s so much fear-mongering because of coronavirus. And while there is every reason to take precautions against contagious diseases, the coverage, and the scare is causing people to lose their minds!
There are a few things you can do to keep yourself as safe as possible from flu, coronavirus, and other diseases. I will share those and then I will go deeper into some spiritual teachings that might be of help
Image Credit World Health Organization. You can get this and other images at that link.
Disease Prevention 101
Wash your hands thoroughly
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the USA advise that the best way to protect yourself is by frequent hand washing. Wash thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds. You can sing a song like “Yankee Doodle” or something more to your liking. Go around all the fingers. Wash your face while you’re at it.
Hands Off Your Face
The issue with touching your face is this. If you just shook someone’s hand or wiped your kid’s messy face with your fingers, you are a disease incubator waiting to happen. If your sick spouse handed you something, you could be next, because you’re likely to touch your face or sneeze into your hand, thus spreading the germ.
Keeping your hands away from your face is another protective measure since bugs are spread through direct contact. For the most part, masks are only good to help keep you from touching your face! They’re not going to block a mighty virus.
Start paying attention to how often you scratch your nose, wipe your forehead, swipe something off your lip, push a hair off of your cheek, and etc. You’ll probably be surprised how often you touch your face and then move on with life as though nothing happened.
Be Careful When You Sneeze, Please.
If you need to cough or sneeze, do so into your elbow, or preferably, a tissue. Then throw the tissue away immediately. If you are out and about, you can bring a sealable bag (like a sandwich bag that zips or pinches shut) with you. Seal the used tissue inside it.
Think one and done. You can bring a sanitizing spray or wipe. I like to use On Guard because it has all-natural essential oils (from real plants, not a Petrie dish) and it’s highly effective. Here is a link where you can get that from me. Note that it is an affiliate link. Here is a link to coronavirus precautions from the World Health Organization.
Contagion loves physical contact, which is the quickest way to spread disease. (not the only way) You can avoid shaking hands and other types of contact in public.
Wipe Or Spray It Away
If you’re going on an airplane, public transit, or other public places, you can bring a spray or wipes with you to help clean up an area if that makes you feel more comfortable. You can buy wipes in little packets that are easy to toss into your bag. Wipe the snack tray, armrests, seat, etc.
Going Deeper: At the Confluence of Science and Spirituality
Now that I’ve gotten all the basics out-of-the-way, let’s go deeper. Let’s talk about the energy or vibration of fear.
Everything Is Energy
Even that solid-seeming device on which you’re reading this article is made up of energy, of atoms that are constantly moving. Everything vibrates at a particular frequency.
Have you ever been in a situation where you are afraid of something happening and sure enough, it does? Consider that you actually called the thing you are afraid of right to your experience. For example, if you are in a place where there is ice and snow and you’re afraid of falling on the ice, you are more likely to fall. The fear causes you to tense up and act in other ways that make it more likely rather than less.
Obviously, you want to be reasonable. I would never suggest that you eat rancid meat and imagine that you will be fine! I would never suggest that you let people sneeze all over you. That would be ridiculous. But I am suggesting that if you become fearful of getting sick and worry over every little clearing of your throat or every little cough, you are sending out messages to your body and to the world at large that you are mistrustful and fearful.
Science: All Living Beings Are Either Growing or Dying
Let me lay some science on you right now. This is true. It is not just some airy-fairy thing that somebody made up. Any biological creature can be progressing in only one of two directions, growth or death. Stagnation is the same as death. The reason I’m mentioning this is because when you are in a state of fear, this is moving in the direction of decay and death.
Think about anytime you have been afraid. You might have higher blood pressure, blurred vision, shakes, headache, rapid breathing, feelings of anxiety, or perhaps even a panic attack. Does any of that sound like regeneration and growth? Of course, it doesn’t! That’s because when you are in a state of fear, you are moving in the direction of death.
Humans are built with a couple of different ways we might respond to whatever is going on. One is fight or flight comma the other is what I call the rest and digest response. So, imagine that you have just eaten a celebratory meal, perhaps even overindulged just a bit. You are feeling full and stated. Your body then is going about digesting the food comma and you might want to have a nap or at least stay calm period if you get a piece of bad news or something frightens you, that food will sit in the pit of your stomach like a big lump. Everything in your body will then be going to defend you from whatever has frightened you.
That fight or flight response is really helpful if somebody is coming at you and you need to either run away or fight it. It is not designed for the day-to-day stresses of life, such as the potential fear of potential illness.
Living in a prolonged state of anxiety or fear suppresses the body’s immune system. Another little scientific tidbit for you!
So, living in anxiety or fear is literally bad for your health.
The Energy of Emotions
Have you heard The Beach Boys song good vibrations? They were onto something because everything vibrates, even emotion. Have you ever felt like somebody was sending you good vibes or bad vibes? Vibes are, of course, vibrations. The truth is that just as the molecules of your cell phone or your body are constantly vibrating, so are your emotions.
Consider how you feel when in the presence of anything that uplifts your spirit. Maybe you’re playing with a puppy or listening to calm music or meditating. All of these cause a higher vibration . This means they’re emitting a faster vibration level.
Now let’s take a look at fear, anxiety comma and anything along those lines. The waves vibrate in a slower pattern. Lower is slower, faster is higher. It makes sense when you think about it. And it isn’t just new-age malarkey, it’s science.
Fear is known to vibrate around 18 Hertz. That happens to be the vibration of a Tiger’s roar before it strikes! Consider the response your body has when in fear. You might have blurred vision from the vibration of your eyeballs. You will have an increased heart rate. Your blood flow will go to the extremities and stop digesting your last meal. Your breathing will increase, and its intended prey will experience fear, perhaps even a panic attack. That means the fight-or-flight response will be in high gear even though that sound is below the level of hearing. The tiger can paralyze its intended meal with fear, making it easier to catch! (Read source from The Guardian here.)
This is called “infrasound.” While below the level of human hearing at 18 or 19 HZ, it resonates at the same rate of the human eyeball and also can cause many of the physical fear responses, headaches, nausea, etc. You can read an interesting article about that here.
No, viri (the real plural of viruses) do not emit infrasound, but I mentioned it to help you understand the power of energies and of fear.
The Power of Fear
When you are in an anxious or fearful state, you can expect some of the fight-or-flight symptoms like increased pulse and heart rate, digestive disturbances, disrupted sleep and night terrors.
Is that how you want to live?
Consider the toll living this way takes on your entire system over a prolonged time. It’s just not healthy, plain and simple.
Emotions Leave an Imprint
Dr. Emoto is a Japanese scientist who studied the effects of various stimuli on water crystals. He has tested everything from emotions to phrases to various pieces of music. High-vibration music and emotions like peace or Beethoven’s 5th leave beautiful imprints in the crystalline structure of the water. Emotions like hate or fear and heavy metal music leave the molecular structure jangly and unpleasant.
Keeping in mind that the images below show water crystals subjected to various words and emotions, notice the difference between “You make me sick” or “evil” and “Thank You.”
It distorts the water crystal in hideous ways.
These effects are from sending or meditating on these words in the presence of the water.
This fascinates me. If you want to know more, go to Dr. Emoto’s website at www.hado.net.
Vibrating with Emotion
Did you ever walk into a room or see a friend and feel overwhelmed by their sadness or sense that they were mad and you’d better steer clear? We’re all sending our emotions all over the place.
As an empath, I am (unfortunately) tuned to it, so I pick up on emotions and physical pain. But most people will pick up strong emotions based on facial expression, body language, or other signs, even without getting the added emotional hit.
Are You Scared in Public?
If you act afraid every time you ride the city bus or go to the grocery store, you’re harming your immune system.
Firstly, fear comes from the “lizard brain” – the most primitive part of the brain, which is pure survival instinct without reason or thought. Compound that with the fact that living in gut-gnawing fear releases a stress hormone called cortisol. Not only does cortisol contribute to the fear, it tends to promote belly fat, which none of us needs.
You might have noticed that when you’re under a lot of stress, whether from test anxiety, family issues, problems at work, relationship problems, or whatever else, you’re run down and more susceptible to getting sick.
“Anxiety has a complicated relationship with the immune system, and unfortunately, there is some evidence that too much anxiety can actually weaken the immune system dramatically. It can put a stress on the body which in turn releases a stress hormone called cortisol.” – SOURCE
In other words, we’ve come full circle. This is how you end up attracting the thing you’re afraid of! When you’re so worried about getting sick and seeing signs of sickness everywhere, you weaken the immune system, which…say it with me, boys and girls…makes you SICK!
Now you’re wondering, ”But what can I do about it? I can’t just flip a switch and not be afraid anymore.”
5 Ways to Combat Fear of Getting Sick
1. Take Reasonable Precautions.
Follow the guidelines from the WHO and CDC to wash your hands/use hand sanitizer frequently, avoid touching your face and cough/sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. My favorite sanitizer is doTERRA On Guard, which contains antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral essential oils that support your immune health and won’t leave your hands chapped and raw. You can get it from me here. (affiliate link).
Credit: World Health Organization, where you can get this and other graphics to download
2. Eat Right
Most people don’t get all the nutrients we need from food. These are called vital nutrients for an obvious reason. They’re vital. Your immune system needs all the help it can get. Washing your hands alone doesn’t fix anything any more than doing one sit-up makes you a world-class athlete.
At a minimum, I recommend you eat plenty of antioxidant foods. Those are all the nice, colorful reds, yellows, and oranges. I’ll break down the word for you. Anti means against and oxidant refers to oxidation. That’s what happens when you cut open an apple and leave it to sit for 5 minutes. It’s the body’s equivalent of rust. So antioxidant foods help your body be like the nice crispy apple, not te icky brown one.
If you could use some help in the nutrition department with supplements with science not stories behind them, I recommend Modere’s Essential Health Collection, which has you covered. You can get at least $10 off for new customers here (affiliate link), plus right now, there’s a juicy discount. If that’s too big a step, I’d advise you to get the Antioxidant supplement also for 410 off for new customers (affiliate link).
3. Get Enough Sleep
Ok…do your best. I know most people don’t get enough, but put some focus into this, please. Sleep is the body’s best healer. Your body restores itself while you’re sleeping.
If you need some help with this, I highly recommend Wholetones Sleep (affiliate link). This music is tuned to the perfect resonance for restful sleep. My dog and I love it!
My dad only had the flu once in his life, and it was when he was working as the Master of Ceremonies and vocal talent at Mangum Chateau in Illinois (no longer open). He worked 2-3 shows 7 days a week. that’s hard on anyone, even when you love what you do!
4. Master Your Reaction by Mastering Your Mind
When you’re feeling anxious, ask yourself, “Am I in imminent danger?”
If someone just coughed all over you, perhaps you are at some risk. You can calmly sanitize yourself/the environment and move on with life.
If it’s just fear rearing its ugly head, you can use methods like these to put yourself back in the right frame of mind.
- Counted Breathing: Inhale deeply into your belly for four counts, hold for four, release for 6 or 8. Just focus on how it feels to breathe, such as noticing how it feels to expand your belly and how your emotions change after a few breaths.
- Listen to music that uplifts and empowers you. I have a Power-Up Playlist of music I like. If you’re one of my email subscribers, I will gladly send it to you! Just email me or reply to 1 of my messages. If you’re not a subscriber yet, I’ll tell you in a minute.
- Practice your favorite form of meditation daily, whether that’s yoga/tai chi/movement, chanting, staring at a candle, or whatever. This helps you tap your inner power.
5. Practice Gratitude and Appreciation
Maybe you’re getting caught up with the shutting down of schools, deaths and global issues caused by various contagions. There is no point in getting upset about what is mostly out of your control. Instead, start appreciating everything that is right and good with your world.
My friend Dr. Rick Schaefer calls this a “Rampage of Appreciation.” I find that once I get started, the gratitude and appreciation snowballs and puts me in the most wonderful frame of mind! My story about a time I used this method to transform my mood during a rough time appears in his book Extreme Thought Makeover. His book is available on Amazon or your favorite bookseller. If you’re 1 of my subscribers, you can get a PDF of my story by emailing me or replying to any of my emails and asking for it. I am happy to share it!
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