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Dr. Corinne: How to Deal Positively With the Challenges of Social Distancing
Dr. Corinne Weaver : Dec 11, 2020 Dr. Corinne Weaver
One problem that can arise from social distancing is negative thinking; the good news is that it's possible to change your mindset.
It is starting to look a lot like Christmas, which makes me happy!! I love this time of year. But Thanksgiving this year had its challenges, and I was not able to be with my whole family. It was hard visiting my grandmother outside looking into a window with a walkie talkie. She had to meet her great-grandson, my sister's baby, from a distance because she is in a nursing home. I mean is this for real!?! (Image: Unsplash-Rodion Kutsaev)
How has social distancing impacted your health? Have your stress levels increased? What current techniques do you have to take care of yourself?
Today I would like to give you some tips to help us stay connected. Social distancing doesn't mean isolation. Fear and anxiety brought on by isolation can be overwhelming. How you respond to stress depends on many factors, such as your background, your social support, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and more.
When you're practicing social distancing or isolation from loved ones, it's common to feel some extra stress, which can result in symptoms like:
- Fear and anxiety about your health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation, or loss of support you rely on
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Worsening of chronic or mental health conditions
- Increased substance abuse, such as tobacco or alcohol
If you find yourself in a situation where you're distanced from your social circle, know that there are effective techniques you can use to take care of yourself and your mental health. From the importance of staying connected and fun ways to virtually engage with loved ones to self-care techniques to reduce stress, I have tons of tips to share!
One of the most beneficial steps we can take when social distancing is to stay connected to loved ones. Luckily, we live in a time where this is almost always possible. Thanks to today's technology, we have the ability to connect with others immediately, which ensures that social distancing does not mean social isolation. At first, I was hating on virtual all the time but then I realized it was how I was viewing it. I love people and my love language is touch so hugs are my favorite. I was missing people's physical energy and when I was around people their energy was becoming more negative which was draining my positive. I literally had to separate myself for a while so I could recharge. I spent more time in the Word of God and doing weekly trips to my 96 year old grandfather who was a POW in WWII. This changed my mind set.
Is your glass half-full or half-empty?
One problem that can arise from social distancing is negative thinking; the good news is that it's possible to change your mindset. For example, rather than thinking you're 'stuck' at home, remind yourself that you're 'safe' at home. This small tweak in your thoughts shifts the mental framing of your words and can significantly impact your mood and overall outlook.
Here are some other techniques you can use to change your mindset:
I also had to unplug and put down the technology. Technology is fantastic and offers so many opportunities to keep us informed, entertained, and connected to one another, which is vital to our mental health. However, technology also gives us constant access to news and notifications. During times of cultural turmoil, the more you read, the more severe a situation may seem. If your anxiety increases or your emotions heat up every time you hear about a certain news topic, remove yourself from it. Turn off your push notifications or put your phone in 'do not disturb' mode, and give yourself a set amount of time to read the news or be notification-free. This made a huge difference for me and I was able to control when I was ready to look at things other than my phone telling me to look at it all day with information.
Another helpful tip is spending quality time together as a family each day. While everyone may be in the home, that doesn't mean each moment is spent connecting. Pick a time when everyone can be fully present. This may be around the dinner table or during an evening walk. Encourage (each other) to use this time to take a break from technology and engage in conversation. In difficult situations, help teach your children how to relax when they feel upset. Deep breathing, which is my favorite, taking some alone time, or doing something calming can help them assess their emotions. Also, take some time to talk about possible solutions or ideas to improve a situation and how to make it happen without taking over.
Always remember to listen and be respectful of your child's feelings. Keep communication and conversation flowing by asking questions. Helping others in the household will help alleviate your stress and enable you to take care of yourself as well. Remember, kids will take their cues from you. If you remain calm and practice self-care during difficult times, they will too.
Remember that there are tons of resources available to help when you are struggling with the stress of social distancing. If you need to talk with someone, you can always call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or email me directly. I'd love to hear about the ways you're coping. I hope that you gained one tip to help you breathe better during this time. My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you or someone you know needs help, make sure you reach out because I am available for a telehealth call. Let's continue to share Hope in this world and get on our knees to pray to our Heavenly Father asking Him to strengthen us daily realizing it's impossible to live the Christian life without Him. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author of two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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