“I’m scared now…I don’t want to go anywhere,”
“It is very concerning; I’m concerned about my husband getting it and bringing it back to me.” said Barb Winsor to the ABC while talking about Coronavirus.
Many people around the world share the sentiment of Barb and are scared to go anywhere because of the Coronavirus. It seems that the fear will be here to stay until a cure or vaccine is found or herd immunity occurs.
But the question that should be asked after acknowledging the fear is ‘what can I do to lessen my fear and protect myself from the Coronavirus?’.
This article will talk about the negative health effects of fear, and 4 things you can do to lessen your fear of the Coronavirus.
What Fear Does to your body
According to the Neuroscience Education Institute, fear causes the body to release hormones in the body called cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These are stress hormones that the body releases in cautious situations.
Generally, these hormones are used to make you more responsive to any immediate threats, but when fear persists for a long time these stress hormones may lead to physical and mental burnout.
Additionally, the Australian Psychological Association (APA) says that long-term stress may lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, weight gain, memory, and concentration impairment. In another report, the APA states that stress and especially long-term stress may lead to a weakened immune system.
To sum it all up, fear leads to stress, and fear for prolonged periods (like this pandemic) leads to long-term stress. Long-term stress leads to many problems like physical burnout, mental burnout, anxiety, depression, and most importantly a weakened immune system.
So, fear makes our quality of life lower and makes us worse at fighting off disease, like the Coronavirus?
Yes – exactly.
So, What to Do?
Well, it’s not that simple – fear is a hard thing to solve, but research shows that taking positive actions may help to lessen fear.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from Coronavirus and consequently lessen your fear about it?
We’ll discuss that in the next sections of this article.
Take measures to keep the virus out of your home
Disinfect your home
This one is simple, but take measures to keep your home disinfected, and keep the Coronavirus out.
Here are 2 recommendations from the CDC:
- Before touching anything after coming back home – wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Try to wipe down anything that comes into your home with disinfectant wipes as much as possible, especially your phone.
Please consult your local health authority for more information on how to disinfect your home.
Every doctor and their Mum have been advocating for social distancing because it works. Keep at least two meters (or 6 feet) from other people when you are outside of your home. Please don’t leave your home, unless you really need to – as it lessens the chance of you getting sick, and others.
Strengthen your immune system
Food is the original medicine and has been used as medicine for thousands of years. Try to eat as many immune-supporting foods as possible.
One suggestion is to add turmeric into your diet. Research shows that turmeric is effective at boosting your immunity, and may be helpful in fighting arthritis, heart disease, and cancer.
Although you may not like to exercise consistently, its has proven to improve immunity.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, walking as little as 20-30 minutes will improve your immunity.
It’s clear that the fear caused by the Coronavirus may be detrimental to your health and may even make you worse at fighting the disease if you contract it. Taking positive actions can reduce the amount of fear you experience.
Some recommended actions are to disinfect your home, comply with social distancing measures, eat immune-boosting foods, and exercise at least 20-30 minutes a day.
Are you scared about the Coronavirus? What are you doing to protect yourself? Tell us in the comments below…
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