Capable of Change
It was nearly spring. Outside the weather had started to get warmer, the sun had been out, and it seemed like it was time to put away the winter coats. Then the cold came back. I had this feeling of impending doom, fearing the warmer weather would never arrive. The data was suggesting it was going back to winter like temperatures.
Setting aside my feelings, the other seasons this year will get here. There will be a spring, summer, and then a fall. Just because the forecast is showing a few cold nights when it should be warning up doesn’t mean it will always be winter. It does me no good to have a feeling of impending doom.
Yet, think for a moment, isn’t that the feeling that has been pushed over this last year? Where has there been any messaging as strong in the other direction to tell you what you can do to improve your health so you can be more resilient.
Power from Fear
If you’re in the business of power and control, the pandemic has been amazing for you. You have been able to make decisions, grandstand, and sometimes even outright lie without much political damage. You have been able to do this with the continuous message of fear being pumped out.
Who needs data showing the vast majority of people will be okay and even if that data is out there, why tell anyone about it? Also, why bring up anything going against the narrative that might suggest some of the thing you told people to do, didn’t really matter in the big picture? It’s not good for the business of power and control.
You would think by this time, there would be a pivot to a positive message, but nope, the message of fear is being pushed even harder. Additionally, there seems to be only one thing they want from you, to go along with their program or be an outcast.
We know, or at least the CDC has told us, if you have an underlying health condition, like being obese, you are at greater risk for a bad case of the covids should catch it. We also now have multiple vaccines (which even if you get apparently it doesn’t make a difference as you still have to social distance and wear a mask for the most part, but that will be for another day), you can get which ought to give you some level of immunity. How much and for how long? We don’t know just like any level of natural immunity (CDC FAQ Page) but get the vaccine because “they” said so.
If you go along with the program, you can get a free donut a day for the rest of the year at a particular donut company. The promotion was there at the time I was putting this together so realize it might have changed since then. Call me skeptical but you should probably not be eating a donut every day. I have no issue with the company offering the promotion, but if you’re one to take them up on their offer, maybe you want to reconsider your choices. It seems to be a contradiction in health.
Capable of Change
While I’m not a doctor, virologist, or political appointee, I do have experiences I can draw on to analyze and provide thoughts on a good approach forward. This isn’t specific advice as I don’t know you and what is beneficial for one person may not be the best at the same time for a different person. You know you. The first thing you need to realize is if you need help from someone to get through things, go get that help. The you of a couple years down the road will thank you for seeking that out now.
I don’t think it is outrageous to say eat healthy, be active, get sleep, and reduce stress. Also, try to avoid the feeling of impending doom and if you get that, do something to get past it. I go into more depth in my book on these topics, Personal Freedom Path, but if you’re reading this, do you need a book to tell you about that one thing you know you’re doing that you could change that would lead to better health? Yes, there’s something you’re probably aware of that you ought to be doing to maximize your health.
The message I want to leave you with is that you are capable of change. You don’t need to wait for a politician or their surrogate to tell you want to do. You’ll be able to achieve what you want one small consistent step at a time. Through consistent action, you’ll build your confidence and improve your health. This is a positive feedback loop to power the steps you’ll take in the future. Think about where you could be a year from today if you made consistent progress forward every day taking small steps in a positive direction.