As the pandemic forces the world to go into ‘lockdown’, many people are wondering what they’ll do, how they’ll survive, and how they’ll avoid going stir crazy.
Whether or not you are in lockdown, the best thing you can possibly do is focus on being ‘Positively Well’.
Here is a poem with 50 evidence-based, immunity-boosting, anxiety-relieving wellness activities that can be done during the current global slowdown with minimal cost, skills or equipment. These activities include some of the most potent ways to defend against a virus, deal with chronic disease and alleviate the anxiety associated with the current global uncertainty.
Click on each activity to see a sample of the scientific evidence behind it. This short ‘Poetic Prescription’ will help you stay ‘Positively Well’ and go:
“From Wired and Tired to Chilled and Fulfilled”
Hold someone’s hand, gaze into their eyes
Go barefoot in nature, bask in sunrise
Choose a dance partner, go find your groove
Do tai chi or yoga, mindfully move
Share a massage, enjoy healing touch
Focus on one thing and don’t think too much
Make time for a hobby, play chess, fly a kite
Make use of your hands, draw, paint, sew or write
Help someone in need, donate to a cause
Play games, meditate, read stuff from bookstores
Turn off your screens, get a good sleep
De-clutter, spark joy, love what you keep
Dig around in a garden, pick up a guitar
Slip into a bathtub, sauna, or spa
Care for a pet, take up a sport
Go on vacation, make your home a resort
Lie in a hammock, release pent-up stress
Relax and do nothing, then do even less
Laugh out loud, share a joke, give someone a kiss
Say a prayer, chant a mantra, follow your bliss
Each of the 50 activities listed above is linked to the scientific evidence to support it. One document has been linked to each activity with a preference given to more recent articles, systematic reviews and articles that discuss improvements in mental health, immunity and general wellbeing. Please share.
Author Dr Marc Cohen is a medical doctor, university professor and wellness expert with 2 PhDs. He has spent more than 40 years studying medicine and researching holistic health and has published more than 100 scientific papers and a dozen books on wellness and natural medicine. You can find him at www.drmarc.co and www.facebook.com/drmarc.co ◼
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© This article was first published in Apr 2020 – World Travel Magazine.