By David G. Webb, DOM
Right now, more than ever, it is important that we take good care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As we all deal with social isolation in our own ways, too often that can mean eating poorly, not exercising, spending an excessive amount of time on technology like our tv, phones, and tablets, and being inundated with negative content on social media and the news. We can all turn this around into a time of focused self-care and healing by incorporating a few simple things into our daily routine.
When we perceive a threat to our wellbeing, such as COVID-19, we switch into a heightened sympathetic nervous system, fight-or-flight, response. The negativity on social media and the news can even worsen this response. The problem with being in a chronic, heightened sympathetic mode is that it can lead to disorders like anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and finally depression and fatigue.
There are simple steps we can all take to reduce our stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and inner healing. The threat of our current situation is real, but we all have control over what we focus our attention on. Many are finding that limiting their exposure to social media and the news to only what is necessary to keep abreast of our current state of affairs, and then turning our attention to things that give us hope and happiness, helps keep us grounded and positive. I also appreciate the potential harm that excessive EMF exposure from too much time spent on tech devices like our cell phones, tablets, and tv can have on our wellbeing. Rather than spending all day indoors on our cell phones scrolling through social media, let’s get outside and enjoy nature! I see more people than ever out walking and bike riding. Our bodies do not truly thrive in a purely indoor environment. You’ll be surprised to feel how balancing and harmonizing it is to simply take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the ground outside! When you are cooped up inside, use this opportunity to do things that support personal growth, creativity, and healing. Eat healthy meals, learn new things, work on a hobby, create with music or art, take up writing, whatever brings you joy! This can be a time for personal growth, rather than stagnation.
Lastly, here are a couple of things you can do to overcome anxiety. Purchase some Bergamot essential oil, arguably one of the best oils to calm anxiety, or a calming blend like chamomile, valerian, hops, and passionflower. Find a quiet space, breathe in some relaxing oils, close your eyes and focus on your breath, counting your inbreath and outbreath, exhaling for twice as long as you inhale. In for a count of four, out for a count of eight. This type of breathing has been found in published studies to switch us quickly out of sympathetic mode and into relaxing and calming parasympathetic mode.
Dr. David Webb is an Integrative Medicine Practitioner and Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM), and practices in Wilton Manors, Florida. He specializes in pain and injury resolution, and incorporates several cutting-edge modern technologies such as Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) into his practice. To schedule a FREE 10-minute phone consultation with Dr. Webb, call (954) 289-8901 today. To learn more about treatment options available, visit www.DavidWebbDOM.com.