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How To Optimize Your Nutrition and Mental Health in Times of Stress, According to An Expert

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MENTAL CLARITY

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Now let’s get into your mind a bit. No worries, I know we are all scared. Your mind’s probably peddling like a spin class. I’m going to tell you something completely empowering: We have complete control over our thoughts. Complete. You’re not going to spin those thoughts anymore. You’re going to learn which thoughts to keep and which thoughts to send packing. You’re going to meditate. Did I just add to your fright? Honestly, I don’t understand that fright. You have enough worries, and trying to sit quietly is not one of them. What else can you do to regain some semblance of control to unlock yourself from worry? Think out of the box. There are a lot of unemployed dance instructors out there who are happy to offer us a virtual class, I imagine. Our bodies will thank us for the movement. Our brains will thank us for the challenge of a new skill. And ConEd will thank us for enabling the dance instructor to pay the bill. Do you see how everything circles back in connection when we go back to the basic thought that we all are connected? Perspective is the skill we need.

How high does our spirit lift if we look down into the canals of Venice and see schools of tiny fish and dolphins looking up at us? Soar, maybe? Mine did. Until National Geographic informed me it wasn’t true. National Geographic knows a bit more about wildlife than Twitter and the news media. I’m not saying this to be a downer. I’m saying it to illustrate the importance of going to the most knowledgeable, trusted source you can find for specific information in any field. The most specific knowledge we need now is guidance regarding our health. Good health equips us to go out into our world and do what it is we do best to help it. We are each an integral element of the whole. That knowledge should lift our spirits. One of us will clear the waters and skies. Greenpeace tells me the skies are bluer over Beijing. I trust them. They’re in the environment business. Good news, when it is true, immeasurably lifts our spirits. Lifted spirits means a lifted immune system. Choosing to follow the loudest voice rather than the most knowledgeable voice is where we start to skid into as dangerous a territory as a virus can take us.

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