I’m not easily spooked but last night’s news about Coronavirus was pretty grim. Stories relayed by family and friends in other parts of the world aren’t too uplifting either, but amidst all the chaos, I’ve noticed some heartwarming, positive and exciting things too. Here are a few examples:
- Isolated Italians singing together from their balconies.
- Leaflets being put through neighbour’s doors offering help.
- A sudden interest in what herbal medicine could do for Coronavirus given that there isn’t really another option.
- The silencing of the haters. I haven’t seen any aggressive posts about vaxxers/anti vaxxers, vegans/anti vegans etc since the Coronavirus news first broke out.
If you speak to anyone who’s lived through a war, they’ll tell you about the ‘war spirit’ that pulls everyone together in crisis. People start to put their own needs to one side, and get back to caring more deeply for friends, neighbours and family. It might be hard to see that right now with all the panic buying, but there are definitely sparks of it. Health Secretary Matt Hancock alluded to the fact that we’re all going to have to step up and help each other too.
Whilst last night’s news was ‘interesting’, I didn’t see much that was actually going to help us. All it did was stir yet more fear, so that now even my most hardened friends, family and patients are very afraid. It appears to me that it’s really impacting on our collective mental health, leading us to feel helpless and at the mercy of the authorities. Whilst it’s not surprising, it’s not very helpful either!
In actual fact, we are choosing that. We’re choosing to watch the news and get terrified when we could choose to switch it off and read a book or meditate instead. We’re choosing to believe that we’re all doomed when actually we could start taking working out how to help each other. We could choose not to panic buy and start looking out for our community intstead. If we all did that, soon we’d all be feeling much more empowered, calmer, and more confident about Coronavirus.
So here are a few things you could do:
- Start a ‘Coronavirus Community Help’ Facebook group to help take care of the most vulnerable, organise childcare swaps etc.
- Help vulnerable small businesses to keep going by shopping with them instead of the largest companies.
- Help elderly neighbours learn how to use social media and video calls to help them keep see loved ones whilst they’re isolated.
- Learn which foods will nourish and strengthen you, and choose those.
- Learn about nutrition and herbs.
- Watch YouTube videos that teach you how to relax and feel more positive no matter what.
- Be mindful of everything you think and say.
- Smile at everyone you meet.
Coronavirus will undoubtedly cause trouble for some families, but in other ways could be a force for good. It could potentially transform healthcare, education, work and retail. It could finally give herbal medicine the recognition it deserves, lead all of us to question what’s truly important and reprioritise.
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