Coronavirus Pandemic Survival Guide

Article by Reiki Master Brooke Chang

Are you currently experiencing or exhibiting anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or insomia? Are you having difficulty focusing, getting motivated, feeling joy, or frequently feel agitated? These may be symptoms caused by the Coronavirus pandemic due to social isolating, physical isolation, uncertainty resulting from unemployment, lack of financial resources, lack of healthcare coverage, possible food shortage, and working from home while caring for your children. 33% of Americans have reported experiencing high psychological distress during the pandemic, and these symptoms may continue one year or more beyond the conclusion of this pandemic. This article is a brief guide explaining how to cope with the Coronavirus pandemic.

The fear, uncertainty, and distress we experience during this pandemic cause physical responses within our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the part of the nervous system that controls and regulates our internal organs without any conscious recognition or effort. The autonomic nervous system comprises two opposing sets of nerves, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system connects the internal organs to the brain by spinal nerves. When stimulated, these nerves prepare us for stress by increasing the heart rate, increasing blood flow to the muscles, and releasing stress hormones. We know this as the “fight of flight” response. The nerve fibers of the parasympathetic nervous system are the cranial nerves. When stimulated, these nerves increase digestive secretions and reduce the heartbeat providing a sense of calm and relaxation. These two opposing sets of nerves are constantly working in balance within our body. However, when we are in chronic or prolonged stress such as the Coronavirus pandemic, we become overwhelmed by the sympathetic nervous system responses.

Reiki therapy works directly to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system by creating a sense of calm and relaxation within your body. Reiki therapy can be administered at a distance called Reiki Distant Healing. You remain lying down or sitting in the comfort for your home while certified Reiki Master Brooke Chang administers Reiki therapy to your body, while you listen to calming and relaxing music via videoconference. Please see “What to Expect During Reiki Distant Healing?” Reiki therapy treatments can help with insomia, agitation, anxiety, depression, and feeling more peaceful and calm.

Reiki therapy can be combined with other coping skills during this pandemic: 1) Practice deep breathing exercises to provide immediate relief from anxiety, panic attacks, and agitation. 2) Keep a regular sleeping, eating and waking schedule each day. 3) Keep a daily routine by scheduling something each day, such as gardening, creating/making something, an old or new project, spending time in nature, exercising, music, art, crafts, etc. 4) Shift your focus to helping others, such as a support group, regular videoconferences with family and friends, donate to a charity, volunteer your time, etc.

Reiki therapy along with these coping skills can significantly reduce your anxiety, depression, insomia, and agitation during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or ideation during this time, please call for support: 1-800-273-8255. If you have been diagnosed with mental illness, please contact your psychological/psychiatric provider for further treatment. Reiki therapy is not a substitute for medical or mental health treatment or medication, but instead is a natural, safe, and gentle “complementary” therapy to these treatments.

Please contact Brooke Chang Certified Reiki Master for a consultation or appointment at (951) 821-0825, brookechangreiki@outlook.com, or Contact Form. Please see Available Services at Brooke Chang Reiki Therapy. (Copyright 2020 Wan Brooke Chang with All Rights Served)

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