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The Fear of Getting Sick vs. Getting Sick

You've seen the news about Coronavirus. You know it's flu season. This is the time of year when every
The Fear of Getting Sick vs. Getting Sick
You’ve seen the news about Coronavirus.
You know it’s flu season.
This is the time of year when everyone talks about getting sick.
But people get sick all year long.
So what is it about the fear of getting sick that propels more talk about sickness?
Personally, I sometimes feel the fear of getting sick is worse for people than getting sick.
Before you leave in disgust, hear me out!
The anxiety that precipitates the event can be worse than the event itself.

Anxiety About What is to Come
Has this ever happened to you?
Have you ever gotten so anxious about something happening that you pretty much guaranteed that it would come to pass? This occurs all the time with our bodies and minds. We think something is going to happen, and then it happens. We worry ourselves into an altered state.
And this is especially common with the getting-sick process.
The mind has a tremendous impact on the body.
It’s possible to worry yourself into a stomachache. Anxiety can literally prevent you from being able to go to the bathroom. Without going into too much detail here, just know that anxiety can wreak havoc on the body.
And so it goes with getting sick.
So what do you do if you frequently worry about your health? Let’s review that now.
Working Through Health Anxiety
Health anxiety is thing. It affects more people than you think.
But what are the actionable steps you can take that cut through the medical / mental health jargon?
The media will tell you that you are going to get sick. Newscasts will create so much fear that they all but guarantee the emotions they are aiming to evoke. If you watch long enough.
But there are better ways to go about health anxiety.
Here are some things you can try to beat health anxiety:
  1. Spend time with positive, uplifting people - Believe it or not, I’m naturally not an optimistic person. I had to train myself to be this way. One thing that has majorly helped me is spending time with naturally positive people. Cutting out toxic relationships is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
  2. Don’t Google your symptoms - Doctors will warn you about this, and it’s true. You’re not going to beat anxiety by jumping into the anxiety pit that is Googling Your Symptoms. It’s just not going to happen. Instead, if you really feel something is wrong, check with a trained medical professional.
  3. Cut back on your media time - If you spend the majority of your time consuming information that is intended to get you all riled up, you’re going to get all riled up. It’s as simple as that.
  4. Focus on the fundamentals - People don’t love to talk about the fundamentals because they don’t make for an exciting story. But developing good, foundational habits will set you up for success. I’m talking about getting enough sleep, eating well, and drinking enough water. Having a strong base is more than enough to stay healthy almost all of the time.
These four steps won’t solve all your problems. But they are a good place to a start. And that’s really what it’s all about.
We’re always on the other side of a new place to begin.

Is this a problem you have? Let me know if this resonated. I love to get feedback on which issues work for you–and which ones don’t.

Be well,
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