The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on people around the world: In addition to over a million deaths caused by this virus, vaccine mandates have made an impact as well.
We now have booster shots being mandated:
About 270 employees at University Hospital in Newark – the only public acute care facility in the state – have until December 24 to get the booster or face being fired, the hospital’s CEO, Dr Shereef Elnahal said.Read the story HERE.
This has resulted in millions of hard-working people losing their jobs. If this isn’t bad enough, we are now experiencing severe bouts of inflation with prices expected to rise even higher. This unfortunate chain reaction has caused many to feel intense feelings of stress and anxiety as they scramble to find ways to pay their bills and stay afloat.
In another strange twist, Ireland has seen a spike in covid hospitalizations, in spite of having a vaccination rate of 92%:
Prof Nolan, the chairman of Nphet’s Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group since March 2020, has sought to explain why cases are so high at present, though 92 per cent of the adult population is fully vaccinated. The surge in cases, with 2,180 reported on Saturday, the most since January, has put the full reopening of society next Friday in doubt.Read the full article HERE.
These situations only make like more challenging.
Top Symptoms of Stress
Are current events causing you to feel stressed? Here are some of the top symptoms of stress:
- Chronic pain
- Decreased energy
- Frequent colds
- Digestive issues
- Decrease in sex drive
- Rapid heartbeat
- Reduced appetite
Eating For Stress (Beware of Comfort Foods)
For many of us, eating is one of the most popular ways we relieve stress. Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat to feel better are not good for us. Ice cream, fried foods, pizza, chocolate and alcohol can be hazardous to our health if eaten in excess.
Many of these foods are high in artificial colors, fat, calories, and artificial ingredients. They are also linked to the following ailments:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Digestive issues
- cardiovascular disease
In other words, the foods we eat to help us deal with stressful situations could actually be making us sick. In addition, studies indicate many of these health issues can make the severity of covid worse:
Many risk factors have been identified in the progression of COVID-19 into a severe and critical stage, including old age, male gender, underlying comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, chronic lung diseases, heart, liver and kidney diseases, tumors, clinically apparent immunodeficiencies, local immunodeficiencies, such as early type I interferon secretion capacity, and pregnancy.Read the study HERE.
Instead of eating these unhealthy foods in excess (or at all) to deal with stress, eat the following instead:
- Dark chocolate
Each of these foods are high in nutrition, which can help the strengthen the immune system and help the body deal with stress and stressful situations.
In addition to food, there are many spices that are excellent for our overall health:
- Black pepper
- Dill weed
Supplements For Stress
Eating an unhealthy diet is believed to increase the risk of stress. A study on stress notes the importance of vitamins and other nutrients:
Micronutrient supplementation has a beneficial effect on perceived stress, mild psychiatric symptoms, and aspects of everyday mood in apparently healthy individuals. Supplements containing high doses of B vitamins may be more effective in improving mood states.Read the study HERE.
Top supplements for stress include the following:
- Amino acids: Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
- Valerian root
Dealing With Covid-Related Stress
Unfortunately, it seems like covid will be with us for a while, so its critical we find healthy ways to relieve this stress. Here are a few ways to deal with covid-related stress while practicing social distancing:
- Watch funny movies
- Connect with family and friends
- Put together a jigsaw puzzle
- Reduce watching covid-related news stories
- Read a good book
Reading is a popular way to relieve stress. Here are a few benefits of reading:
Money, Covid and Stress
Covid has put a serious strain on people’s finances. Inflation, dwindling supplies and forced vaccinations to keep jobs are forcing many people to make difficult choices. In addition, financial stress can impact relationships, moods, and even credit scores.
One of the best ways to relieve the stress caused by money is to start generating multiple streams of income and passive income. The average person relies on one job to pay all their bills. During times of inflation this could be a costly mistake. This can also be problematic if a person loses their job or doesn’t make enough to pay the bills.
Popular forms of passive income include the following:
- Rental property
- Monetized websites
- Vending machines
- Dividend paying stocks, mutual funds and REITS
- Automated car washes
- Published books
Learning how to generate multiple streams of income can help alleviate financial stress, but this information isn’t taught in school. learn more in our online course Tired of the 9-5? How to Retire Early With Passive Income. Available on Udemy.
Call To Action
Covid is affecting each of us in different ways. As a result, we must stay vigilant and make sure we keep our immune systems strong, not only for covid, but for other health issues we currently deal with and any future ones as well. It’s very possible in a few short years we will have a new pandemic to deal with, so we must be ready.
We must work to keep our stress levels low, and not stress about things out of our control. Fresh air, healthy food and a positive mindset are the keys to us surviving during these difficult times. In addition, generating additional revenue streams can alleviate concerns about money and finances.
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