With respect, therefore, I address the remainder of this 'everyday' post to those outside the affected zones.
Considering global events of the past few days, now might be an appropriate time to mention a theory I have about how to ward off illness or bad moods.
Have you noticed that after you read bad news, bear the brunt of someone’s road rage, or lose something, you later get that ‘I wonder if I might be coming down with something’ feeling? Perhaps it’s only a generalised ‘blah’ effect, with a dull awareness that things have been ruined.
Should we give in to gloom? Or brush it off & stumble forward as if nothing happened? Here’s my theory: that’s a second step to needing the medicine cabinet a few days later when you've ‘forgotten about it’.
Instead, I have 3 suggestions:
- If you can take de-escalating action directly, or help the people involved, do that – even signing an online message of support can bring us back to interest in our own here-and-now life so we can move forward in better spirits and good health.
- If not, help someone near you with something – anything, as long as you’re tolerant & kind about it.
- If you feel really knocked about, don’t wait for an illness to give you permission to lie down and be taken care of. Put together a ‘pre-medicine cabinet’ in the form of a Personal Pamper Kit. Stock it with items to use whenever you feel like you need reassurance.
- Ice- or heat-packs
- Foot soaks
- Pleasant reading material
- Picture books – a favourite coffee-table hardback, or comics
- A colouring-in book, from the wonderful range so readily available today
- Small games like those you used to play as a child – knuckle-bones, pick-up-sticks.
You can even use the Kit as a reward for the end of major projects or commitments!
with lemons and other immune-system boosters .