We are living through a very stressful time. People are worried about whether they will have jobs tomorrow, concerned that they may catch or spread the virus, and anxious about protecting their families and loved ones.
On top of that, they may be dealing with loneliness and other effects of social isolation, along with fear and uncertainty over what the future holds. This is on top of many of the worries that ranked Americans among the most stressed-out people in the world before the coronavirus pandemic.
We know that stress is harmful to our physical, mental, and emotional health and our relationships. Higher levels of stress have been proven to wreak havoc with the body's ability to regulate inflammation, potentially making us more susceptible to physical illness.
Feelings of negativity, pessimism, worry, and despair may also elevate our stress levels and corrode our sense of well-being. This can also rob us of the joy and the hope we need to make it through difficult times such as the ones we are now living through.
If you are struggling with negative emotions at this time, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are things we can do to cultivate feelings of calm, hope, and positivity, even when we face a personal or collective crisis. Here are a few:
Try these simple methods for yourself. You may find they help you lighten the load of worry you feel and live with more joy, hope, and confidence.
About Dr. Bradley Nelson: Veteran holistic physician Dr. Bradley Nelson (D.C., ret) is one of the world’s foremost experts on natural methods of achieving wellness. He has trained thousands of certified practitioners worldwide to help people overcome physical and emotional discomfort by releasing their emotional baggage. His best-selling book "The Emotion Code" provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's energy healing power. A newly revised and expanded edition of "The Emotion Code" is now available from St. Martin's Press. For more information and a free Emotion Code Starter Kit, visit www.emotioncodegift.com.