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Stress and Coronavirus COVID-19

For those of us who feel overstressed and anxious ordinarily . . .

What?! Coronavirus? Who needs this!! Really? Don’t I have enough in my life to deal with already?

Even if we do contract it, most people will have mild symptoms. At worst for many will be the very uncomfortable symptoms of the flu. The vast majority will rally and return to good health. Of course, people who should be especially careful are the elderly – 65 plus.

You can take actions to protect yourself and others you care about.

There are a few [annoying] but simple things you can do.

Most important

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds every time you may have touched someone or something that might carry virus germs – people, cold surfaces [door handles, tile surfaces, glass].

You can also effectively sanitize your hands as well as surfaces with alcohol or bleach. They are both very potent germ killers as well as being cheap and available. [There’s been a run on hand sanitizers so your stores may be out, but alcohol works.] As above, rub into your hands for at least 20 seconds.

2. Every time you wash your hands say this little Mantra to yourself,

I [insert your name] have total perfect health. Say it 9 times as you wash your hands.

I just did. It took 25 seconds. Perfect way to be sure you did a good job.

3. Keep some distance from others when in public places at least 3 feet or better if 6.

When people cough, sneeze or are simply breathing they are propelling viruses and bacteria into the air. That’s why so many places are cancelling large public events.

4. Instead of shaking hands or hugging or kissing when you greet a friend you can playfully touch elbows or feet.

5. It’s important to keep your sense of humor.

Laughter is good for you with remarkable benefits.Most importantly for our purposes here, laughing actually enhances immunity. It decreases stress hormones and increases the number of immune cells with antibodies to fight infections and germs which then improves your resistance to disease. Laughing relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins which are responsible for producing the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.Laughing diffuses anger and conflict quickly.

Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment Laughing is linked to longevity. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much.

Here’s a humorous Youtube video to illustrate.

Live well in total perfect health

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