|COPING WITH COVID-19 IN MONTH 2
Brain Health Expert Shares Why Evolving Mental & Physical Health Strategies is Crucial for Sustainability
|It's been nearly one month since the first-shelter-in place order was announced and today, 80% of Americans have hunkered down, quarantining themselves to their homes. We have learned to adapt to isolation in many ways. We've upped our hygiene game, we wear face masks, and we've become pros at Zoom video chat. But now that we are in the second month of isolation, we find ourselves encountering new issues. Last week the death toll was higher than ever and as the grim news continues, it's easy to lose motivation, letting grief, frustration, and boredom turn our vigilance into complacency.
According to Brain Health Expert Aneesh Chaudhry, in order to continue these practices long term, our coping strategies must be ever-evolving.
"What motivated us to maintain mental and physical health in the first few weeks, may not be the same thing that works now and that's okay. The important part is that people recognize that and adjust their strategies..."
...says Chaudhry, who has devoted his career to researching physiology and the brain-body connection. As the death toll rises, many people find themselves losing steam and motivation. Death is never an easy thing to cope with especially now that we must grieve in isolation. According to Chaudhry, the only way to process this trauma is to move through it, working to change the brain in a positive way to deal with it.
"The emotional toll of COVID-19 is even more threatening as time goes on. Thankfully, the brain is a resilient and malleable structure that can rebuild itself through neuroplasticity..."
...says Chaudhry. As the founder of SoulPhysio Lifestyle, a brain health clinic and integrative healthcare network, Chaudhry, along with a team of physicians, psychologists, and other health care professionals, work to improve mental and physical wellness through lifestyle modification that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.
We have been given loads of advice for maintaining physical and mental health in quarantine; (from understanding proper hygiene practices, cooking and eating nutritious foods, staying active by taking walks, dancing, doing yoga, or exercise videos, to mindfulness activities like journaling and meditating, establishing daily routines, and limiting 24/7 news intake. We also know that "staying connected" and maintaining relationships is key to avoiding emotional isolation.) According to Chaudhry, this advice is still relevant, but over time we must pivot because having purpose and direction is key.
Aneesh Chaudhry is sharing why evolving mental and physical health strategies is crucial for sustainability in month 2. He has brain-based tips and actionable advice people can use to cope with grief while in isolation and improve mental and physical health during the pandemic.