I thought long and hard what I want to blog about this week as our lives are turned upside down with the Coronavirus outbreak in California, where I am located, as well as the rest of the US and the world at large. It's everything people, the press, the world talks about, so I felt I should, too, because nobody can think of anything else. Although I want to take a different spin on it, that is also in alignment with the core values of Ad Vitam and what I want this platform to stand for.
Ad Vitam doesn't promote doom and gloom. Ad Vitam is pro-active, hands on, solution oriented and optimistic. As mentioned in other posts, I am not one to panic. I am a pragmatist and strategist, I look at the all options, make a decision and then make lemonade out of lemons.
For our non-native English speakers, the lemon thing means:
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune. Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life; making lemonade is turning them into something positive or desirable.”
Or as another very wise and bright man named Nietzsche once said:
"The discipline of suffering, of great suffering — do you not know that it is this discipline alone that has produced all the elevations of humanity so far?"
With that in mind and looking at the big picture, I believe the CO-VID-19 epidemic teaches us to refocus on the things that are actually important in life and become really creative.
The upmost important is your health, it is your greatest good and asset. No money in the world can buy you good health. Health is a result of lifestyle, a combination of your diet, how much you exercise, the quality of your sleep, how much balance you have between work and play or relaxation, and even more so how you think and feel, your attitude. Are you mentally and emotionally balanced and well?
Stress is known to be the number one killer today. It weakens your immunity tremendously.
How to stay strong and healthy during these times of crisis is to take care of yourself on all of these levels, and most importantly, not to freak out. We will get through this!
I had a realization the other day. I have been through far worse situations than this and managed. That put everything in perspective for me.
Reach out to someone when you feel overwhelmed. The good news is everybody can relate, so you will find understanding. You are not alone. There is nothing worse than being in pain and nobody can relate to you, because they don’t understand what you are going through. The beauty here is we are all in this together.
The situation forces us to change our lifestyles and attitude right now, but I believe it’s a good thing as the world needs a wake up call.
In a weird way the upcoming lockdown is a blessing in disguise for me, as I have so much to study, write and build at the moment. I have been feeling overwhelmed by keeping up with my regular work schedule.
Think in your own life, how can you make lemonade out of this?
Where can you start to take better care of yourself?
Now is the time to maybe write the book or song you always wanted to write, or to clean out your closets, or maybe you are now forced to make a career change that has been pending for a while.
This also gives us an opportunity to exercise our “crisis, stay calm” muscles as we are going through some massive planetary changes, especially in the years to come. We need to learn how to roll with the punches, get super creative to find new ways of living, working and co-existing with nature and each other.
It is really a time of tremendous opportunity for something new.
Go find and grab yours ;)!
In the mean time, here are some tips on How to Boost Your Immunity During Coronavirus Outbreak. One thing the article doesn't mention but that is highly effective, is Vitamin D!
Stay strong and steady!
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