Staying Healthy in a Crisis by Kim Anthony
In an all-you-can-eat restaurant, how much do you have to eat to get your money’s worth? Back in my university days, I think I used to get more than my money’s worth.
I remember sitting with uni mates talking about pacing yourself, finding your rhythm and technique – I know, ridiculous for a binge eating session. It was a long time ago. A mate of mine had a theory: a big dinner the night before was key. I just went with a small lunch before heading out for the big meal. Either way, it’s a waste going to a place like that when you are not hungry.
The point I’m making is, often we apply some thought and strategy to the most mundane of things in our lives. Yet, in times of crisis, this skill can evade us.
We live in interesting times with things changing so fast in our nation around a health crisis. In fact, by the time this is printed I’m sure the conditions would have changed and maybe what I’m saying is obsolete. What does coronavirus have to do with my all-you-can-eat techniques? I want to encourage you to put some forethought and strategy around your journey through this time. Select your pace, find your rhythm, select your groove. It’s something athletes need to do to push through the pain barrier.
There is a lot of worry and panic out there that’s not helping anyone, especially the people who are doing the panicking and worrying. It’s not surprising though. Take 24hr news, constant discussion on social media, and every conversation heading in the same direction – it’s a recipe for anxiety.
Here’s the thing; you get to choose how and how much you are involved with all this. Pick your pace. I live a busy life with many moving parts which all need to keep functioning. To help me I have some strategies. Here are some things I choose to live by.
Be diligent but not worried. Informed but not immersed in news. Being informed is not reading the same thing from 5 different news sources. Being informed is knowing the facts so you can plan accordingly.
Stay connected with people who care about you. It’s just not good to isolate yourself with your own thoughts. Ask yourself, “Who will be my support group?” “Who will I talk to if I am anxious?”
Remember the regular stuff. In times of busyness or stress we can forget about the things that underpin our well being. Eating well, sleeping, exercising, and enjoying family adds more to our well being than most of us (including I) think.
Finally, we need to give back. What are you bringing to this crisis? More panic or hope?
If you are a person of faith, your community needs you now. You need to be a person of hope. A light in dark times. Get alone for a time each day with the Source of all good things. Then say something, do something that brings hope.
“You are the light of the world.” Jesus