Updated: May 4, 2020
"Your emotional health is intricately linked to your immune system.”
- Psychology Today
How detrimental to your health is the pandemic of fear compared to the viral one?
In the age of the smartphone we’re basically experiencing a continuous stream of negative news pouring through our screens and headphones, straight into our system.
This probably won’t come as a surprise to you, but getting washed over with negative news all day long is bad for your immune system because of the fearful response they induce in you. Not great in a time where we really need it to work at its best. We’re washing our hands continuously and doing social distancing (even more than before…), but how much are you taking care of your emotional health?
It’s also well-known that negative news has a bigger impact on our emotions than positive ones. We remember the negative ones better and we have bigger responses. You can look up ‘adrenal fatigue’ if you want to dive a bit deeper into the effect of all of this.
Luckily, there are remedies and good ones. You could just tune out, turn it off. You can practice meditation, cultivate a sense of community, get good nutrition, do lots of healthy movement. All are known to be good for the immune system. But one often overlooked factor is as simple as feeling heartfelt well-known emotion like authentic gratitude, love, or compassion. These love-based feelings are often a really good and effective antidote to feelings of stress,, anxiety, and fear. And they’re all feelings that you can generate yourself in different ways. They will help nudge your system into rest-mode and out of stress-mode. This, in turn, will nurture your immune system and make you more resilient.
Listening to the constant stream of news, there is little to feel happy and calm about. Especially social media is awash with disaster stories and scary statistics. This shortlist is a bad-news antidote that you can meditate on and use to counter-balance fear-inducing and immune system damaging input. Not with cute puppies getting saved by firemen or rainbows showing in New York (yes, that happened), but news with an impact that could actually influence many people and even you and your family. News that affects you and me with a feeling of hope and excitement.
You are designed to pay 10 TIMES more attention to NEGATIVE news than to positive news.
So, without further ado, here they are:
10 GREAT NEWS news in corona times that can help you balance out 1 big negative one:
The world is coming together to fight coronavirus. It can do the same for the climate crisis. The worldwide response to the coronavirus has shown that we can actually create global change when we really want to. This could possibly spell good news for climate change if this strong will to make a change could rub off on this more long term and much more serious challenge. Obviously, climate change is quite a different beast that will require different measures, but just the feeling that we can actually take immense action might be enough to get the ball rolling and create a sense of power towards what we can do together. Read more here and