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By Margo Amala
As SARS-CoV-2 (aka coronavirus) takes the world by storm, the populace of the entire world has to come face to face with fear. Minute by minute, the media further exploits that fear growing inside of each of us. Fear is a frequency literally everyone grapples with. Fear serves a purpose for human survival as the foundation of our fight or flight instincts. That said, when fear gets out of control it takes a toll on our health. One of the most important things we can do to bolster our immune systems during this time of viral pandemic, is learn to control our stress response. In a 30 year meta-analysis of more than 300 studies involving human psychological stress and immune function it was found that chronic stress suppresses both forms of immune function. The ongoing ways our lives are rapidly changing in response to coronavirus fears create chronic stress in our lives. Humans are social animals. The greatest strength in the human race is our ability to work together. Social distancing is an unnatural state for humans and places additional fear and stress on our systems. Naming the fear that we are all experiencing helps us to stay connected. I have compiled a few activity suggestions to decrease the impact of fear in our lives:
One of the most overwhelming experiences I have noticed when traveling about in the world during these times of social distancing is the look of suspicion on each person’s face as you approach them. Remember, the people you encounter when you travel about in the world are not your enemies, they are your fellow humans experiencing many of the same feelings you are. Next person you encounter, soften your gaze when you see them – maybe even smile!
During these wild and uncertain times Urban Farmacy is working to support our community. It is our intention to continue serving the public as long as we are permitted to stay open during the current climate of restriction. In order to help us keep our doors open, we have instituted some temporary practices to help minimize viral exposure for our staff and customers alike.