Nowadays there are a lot of people that are very afraid of getting the Corona-virus, especially with all the news about a second wave that seems to be coming in. You are being reminded of this all the time and with everything that you do. And this is exactly what causes your immune system to weaken, so that the chance of getting it becomes even greater.

This is a situation we do not want to be in, so it is time to do something about that.

You all know about the “fight or flight” response, * the physical reaction to fear whereby your body prepares itself either for confrontation or to run away. This biochemical reaction has strong roots in human evolution; our ancestral world was teeming with life-or-death consequences. It’s easy to understand how such a system has been and still is, vital to our survival. [*Typically, now referred to as fight-flight-freeze.]

The biochemical signs that manifest, which include sweating, high adrenaline levels, and increased heart rate, are automatic and universal; however, the emotional response to fear is highly personalized, e.g. some may like the “fun” chemical reaction resulting from watching scary movies, and we’ve all heard of “thrill-seekers.”

There are other factors involved in fear-beyond-instinct for us humans. We have the capacity to anticipate, so we predict or expect that horrible things might happen even if we haven’t had any personal experience around the situation (e.g. being afraid your plane will crash or getting sick with Corona). Anxiety can trigger a strong response when we believe there is a danger or an imminent threat even when there isn’t any. Managing fears in the present can be confusing when they don’t necessarily correspond to clear, obvious danger.

The problem here, then, would seem to be F.E.A.R., or “False Evidence Appearing Real.” Certainly, we want to be able to respond to unmistakable hazards, but the repercussions of perpetually activating one’s sympathetic nervous system can be both physically and emotionally debilitating. For example, chronic fear can lead to a significantly impaired immune response; persistent epinephrine (adrenaline) surges can damage blood vessels and arteries, increasing both blood pressure and the risk of heart attacks/strokes. Higher levels of cortisol (the body’s main stress hormone) inadvertently contribute to the build-up of fat tissue and weight gain, as it increases appetite to encourage eating more for extra energy. It also increases the storage of unused nutrients as fat. Okay, what about how unfulfilling it is to lead a life where you avoid fun activities or social interactions because you are afraid of…?

What can be done to lessen the impact of the chronic fear that even you, yourself, may be experiencing? One of the best ways is to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike the sympathetic “fight or flight,” the parasympathetic is “rest and digest.” Be mindful of your breathing, do it from the diaphragm (belly breathing); visualise yourself in a beautiful, peaceful place and be sure to engage all of your senses; practice meditation; here’s an interesting one – lightly run 1 or 2 fingers over your lips (parasympathetic fibres are spread throughout them).

Overcoming fear is not always easy…If you feel your fear is becoming unmanageable or if you see this as your main stumbling block, The Neural Alignment Method® could be a great way for you to move beyond it: [http://go.dawncady.com/the-neural-alignment-method]

Another strategy is to be mindful of your thoughts since your body responds to the way you think and feel, as well as act. Gaining knowledge about the things you are afraid of helps you to think in different ways as well, although I admit that this sometimes even can overwhelm as well, because of the vast amounts of information that is available and often contradictory.

And yet another way of dealing with the fear is tapping on it, tapping takes care of the overwhelming emotion that you will feel in this case, so it will bring you back to calm, which enables you to think straight again.

This a reminder of the tapping points.

KC: Karate Chop

EB: Eye Brow

SE: Side of the Eye

UE: Under the Eye

UN: Under the Nose

CH: Chin

CB: Collar Bone

UA: Under the Arm

TH: Top of Head

 

For a more detailed explanation of tapping, watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zqz_GPpjlfM&fbclid=IwAR3x0zBjgWmg-iAtx96Jg1c0aI3YNfd5a92MuewvgrnpaUSNL1yUKcvcL4g

 

So, before we start, just take a few deep and slow relaxing breaths, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.

Imagine that with every breath in you breathe love and health into your body and with every breath out you release any anxiety or fear you feel.

Then access that fear of getting the corona-virus and measure how intense it is on a scale of 0 to 10. 0 means you are not afraid of that at all and 10 means you are very afraid, almost sure that you will get the corona-virus.

Then, notice where you can feel that fear; is it a tightness in your stomach or in your chest, or is it in your throat. It is a place you can concentrate on when you do the tapping.

Set-up phrase:

KC1 – Even though I am so afraid of getting the corona-virus because I do not know how my body will handle it, I acknowledge and accept how I feel right now.

KC2 – Even though I am so afraid of this virus, because I am scared of whether or not I can handle it, I choose to love and accept myself as I am right now.

KC3 – Even though I am afraid of the corona-virus and I am afraid of getting it myself, I choose to relax and breathe into this moment.

 

EB – All this fear

SE – All this fear in my body

UE – I am afraid of getting the virus

UN – And I am afraid that my body cannot handle that

CH – I am afraid it will be very bad for me

CB – All this fear in my body

UA – It feels so overwhelming

TH – I am really afraid of this virus

 

EB – I do not know if I am healthy enough

SE – I do not know if I am strong enough

UE – Will I be able to handle it at my age or condition

UN – Does my age or condition even matter

CH – Can I handle it in my body

CB – I am so worried about this virus

UA – But I choose to release this from my body right now

TH – And breathe more deeply

 

EB – Knowing that by relaxing my body

SE – I am strengthening my immune system

UE – I choose to breathe love and health into my body

UN – And trust that I will be OK

CH – I choose to relax in my body

CB – One tap at a time

UA – All the stories on the news are so scary

TH – But there are also lots of stories of survival

 

EB – There are 101-year-olds that are surviving

SE – I choose to be strong in my body

UE – I choose to relax in my body

UN – Letting go of the things that I cannot control

CH – I choose to boost my immune system

CB – By breathing love and health into my body right now

UA – I can boost my immune system everyday

TH – By eating good food

 

EB – By making sure to get enough vitamins

SE – By moving my body

UE – And lowering my stress and anxiety

UN – I can beat this virus if I get it

CH – My body is stronger than I know

CB – I choose to breathe love and health into my body right now

UA – I choose to have faith that all will be well

TH – I choose to breathe love and health into my body

 

Now take a deep breath in and slowly breathe out again and feel into your body to notice how you feel about this.

Just remember this, these tap-alongs are only a guideline for you, they never include all your own thoughts, so when you have other thoughts and feelings coming up, do not hesitate to include them in this tapping, just there when they come up. There is no wrong way of doing this and your own thoughts are much better to tap on than the things that are written here.

Your subconscious knows much better what you need to do than we ever could, so follow your own feelings and thoughts here and tap on them.

One more thing: Have fun with it.

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