So it’s flu season, which means you are likely to get sick. So, what do you do?
If you are the average person you may be getting in line for a flu shot, stocking up on cold medicine, or pounding the vitamin c tablets. Perhaps you prefer more of a natural route and use things like garlic, essential oils, or apple cider vinegar. Either path you choose you are going to need to make sure you drink plenty of fluids and get some much-needed rest.
Check out this video to learn more about what you can do on an emotional level to both prepare yourself for cold and flu season, as well as how to speed up your recovery time.
Just remember, What you Resist Persists… Not only that but it will make you sick longer too!
Here are some tips to help you surrender to what you are feeling and process through the resistance faster.
1.Mindfulness Meditation. One of the most powerful tools that you can use at any moment is mindfulness meditation. It really is that simple. All you need to do is to slow down your mind and tune your focus into your body.
- What sensations are you feeling physically?
- Is there pain, tingling, discomfort, lightness, tightness or other sensations happening right now?
- Ask yourself what is going on inside my body and how can I use what is happening to help gain a greater awareness into what I am really feeling?
- Do not assign an emotional response to these sensations, instead feel them as they are and allow them to show you their true depth and expression.
2. Emotional Processing. Sometimes the reason the immune system is weak is because we are bottling up our emotions.
What you can do:
- Talk with a friend about how you are feeling emotionally and see what comes up.
- Ask yourself “What have I been stuffing down or not allowing myself to express?”
- Next time you’re alone, allow yourself to cry, or yell from your gut, and let your body express what it is feeling physically so you can shift emotionally.
- Exercise– Use your best judgment on this one. If you are not too sick going for a walk, dancing, or other forms of light physical exertion can be exactly what you need to help yourself emotionally shift.
- Avoidance– If you have been avoiding confrontation, asking for what you need, or expressing your true thoughts this may be another reason you are feeling suck, stagnant, or sick. Dive into what is happening and allow yourself to own your voice.
3. Stop Fighting. Whatever it is that you are experiencing surrender to what is happening and allow it to come up. When you resist what you are really feeling you end up in a state of stress and that stress can lead to inflammation. When your body and mind are inflamed it is easier to become depressed, experience pain, and if you are sick you will likely stay sick longer.
What you can do:
- Surrender– If you are familiar with what surrender feels like inside of your physical and emotional body then just do it. The only way you are going to get to the other side of the stress and resistance is by letting go and trusting.
- Physically let go– If you are unfamiliar with what surrender feels like physically then practice by tightening different areas of your body, such as your fist as tight as you can, for 15 to 20 seconds and then release it. Do this body part by body part until you fully relax. (Ex. Arms, legs, glutes, abdomen, chest, back, shoulders, head & face.)
- Stop ‘Shoulding‘ on yourself– If you are in an emotional spiral because you believe you “should be fine” or you “should be working/cleaning/studying” this behavior isn’t helping. Give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling and tell the negative voices that they are fired! This actually works much better than it sounds. Fire those negative voices and hire supportive voices that know that being sick or tired is temporary and the only way you are going to find out why you are feeling this way and actually shift is if you embrace what is real for you right now and give it voice.
- Give voice to what you are feeling- From a neutral space express how you are feeling. Don’t makeup generalized stories about how you “always feel sick” or how you will “never feel better” or how “being sick will ruin everything” with work, friends, or family. Your body doesn’t get sick because it thinks being sick is fun. Your body is sick because it is trying to communicate something to you. Express those feelings and allow yourself to shift through them.
- You matter– Often your body is asking for you to slow down, take a break, and find balance through resting. Self-care is one of the most important daily practices that is often overlooked. In addition to rest, creating a daily practice that fills you up is essential to maintaining your flow and creating a balanced life. Remind yourself that saying yes to yourself often looks like saying no to people and events around you. And that it is “OK” to say yes to yourself.
Let us know in the comments below what you do to get through a cold/flu faster!
Stay in Flow!