I know the coronavirus, SARS-COV-2, and the illness that it causes, COVID-19, are top of mind for everyone right now. While we can’t change the uncertainty that looms in the coming weeks and months, we can look for the opportunities within this challenge. There are some things we can’t control, but there are many things we can.
We can stay informed without being overwhelmed.
We can stay connected while being apart.
And we can take charge of our own physical and emotional well-being,
to be of better service to ourselves and others,
both now and in the future.
On this page, you’ll find some of the ways I’m staying informed (but not overwhelmed), my latest COVID-19 related blog posts, and special opportunities for both 1-1 and group coaching.
How I’m Staying Informed (But Not Overwhelmed)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bombarded with information and statistics for weeks now. My brain is definitely craving those facts and figures to try and bring a sense of certainty and safety. Yet, underneath those cravings, another part of me knows that consuming data alone isn’t going to resolve the uncertainty or insecurity that I’m feeling. In fact, I know it’s more likely to lead me to overwhelm, fatigue, and escalating anxiety. There needs to be a balance. Here are three ways I’ve been staying informed, without getting overwhelmed:
- “Pull” information as I need it. This means turning off push notifications on my phone (which I do anyway), keeping the TV off, and setting intentional boundaries around time for news, email, and social media.
- Choose sources wisely. Don’t follow those who put out sensationalist, click-bait headlines. Stick to trustworthy science and researched based sources. AND, go beyond just the news, data, and predictions. Seek out those who are sharing helpful resources for staying healthy, staying positive, and being of service.
- Make time for relaxation and meditation. We’re wired to seek new information, especially in times of stress and uncertainty. By doubling down on my meditation and stress-management practices, I can more effectively process new information, adapt to the rapid changes we’ve been asked to make, and support others as they do the same.
- Chris Kresser – Through his podcasts, webinars, emails, and instagram, Chris has been keeping his followers up-to-date on the coronavirus statistics while also focusing on the ever-important best practices to maintain (and even improve) our mental and physical health during these challenging times.
- Dr. Peter Attia, MD – went deep into coronavirus research early this year. He shares regular updates on everything he and his team of researchers and analysts have learned via his podcast (The Drive) and instagram account.
- The Doctors @ Wild Health – have done a wonderful job sharing the latest research as well as practical Q&As for health care providers, parents, and concerned citizens through their podcast and instagram account.
- Dr. Aviva Romm, MD – has written some in-depth, targeted articles for special populations like those with autoimmune disease, and pregnant or breast-feeding moms.
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If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed right now, you’re not alone. It’s hard to process all the important changes we’ve been asked to make over the past several weeks. The losses and uncertainty are unsettling, and to deal with them alone, without our usual forms of social support, isn’t an easy task.
In addition to my functional medicine health coaching services, I am volunteering through Health Coaches Without Borders to offer free COVID-19 related coaching groups and 1-on-1 sessions over the next few months.
The first two rounds of free coaching services concluded in May and in August. To learn more about the opportunity for free health coaching services and how you can sign-up, visit HealthCoachesWithoutBorders.org.
You can also email me with any questions, and join my mailing list to get notified of future offers and events.