You can’t turn on the computer, look at a newspaper, let alone watch television without being bombarded with news about the swine flu. Words like epidemic and pandemic are becoming part of everyone’s vocabulary. It’s hard not to be afraid in the face of this barrage of fear-inducing rhetoric.
This is a good time to use your head, and to harness the power of your thoughts. To begin with, don’t let yourself get caught up in irrational fears. Think this through. Statistically, more people die in car accidents than in an epidemic, and yet, we all get into our cars each and every day without giving it much thought. Today, we have the best medical care, the best public health system, and the best world-wide communication methods in the history of the planet. This is not 1918. This is the flu – not the black plague.
Make smart decisions that support your well-being. Make small choices each day that add up to make a difference in how you feel. Eat healthier, get more exercise, cut back on sugar. All of these choices contribute to boosting your immune system. Find things that bring you relaxation – get a Reiki treatment or a massage, take a hot bath scented with relaxing aromatherapy oils, read a good book, watch a funny movie. And of course, spend time with your pets! That’s the best way to relax that I know of.
And above all else, stop worrying. Worry creates stress, and stress weakens your immune system. One of the Reiki precepts is “Just for today, I will not worry”. If that’s too tall an order, try it for an hour. Another way to get a handle on worry is to allocate a specific time each day for worrying – during that time, let yourself go nuts. Worry all you want. Take it to the ultimate worst case scenario. You’ll quickly realize how crazy most of your worries actually are. In fact, take a clue from your pets – they never worry. They live in the moment. When you live in the moment, there’s no place for worry.
And those of you who’ve followed me for a while already know what I’m going to say next: don’t watch the news! Don’t fill your energy with all that negativity. You have the power to choose where you direct your attention and what you let into your energy field. You don’t have to stick your head in the sand, but make the choice to not let what’s going on in the world affect your mental and physical health.