Sustaining Survival Instincts In A Pandemic

sustaining your survival instincts in a pandemic

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Sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic suggests ways to enable your survival mode during a global crisis. And of course, keep it going in a world that is uncertain about its future.

Biologically your survival instincts are hereditary behaviours common across the species. The goal of these instincts is to assist you to adapt to your environment.  Embedded in your brain, these survival instincts keep you alive. They are basic behaviour that preserves your life and health.  For example, you avoid danger; you look for shelter and eat for sustenance.  In a pandemic, survival instincts remain the same, except the danger is the invisible COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 And The “New Normal”

sustaining your survival instincts in a pandemic

Several countries in the world are easing the lockdown slowly (average of 6 weeks or more) put in place. What this means is that people can go to work, or work from home. Also selected non-essential services can open. Some schools can open, while others can’t. Exercising outside remains regulated for now, etc. In all of these, social distancing and prohibition of mass gathering remain.

The major question is do we venture out for sustenance or stay at home for when it is 100% safe to do so? In other words, when there is a safe and effective vaccine. For people who decide to venture out for life sustenance, there are ways for sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic. First and foremost is to obey and practice the safety guidelines of CDC whether at home, and more so when you go out. Other ways are presented as follows:

Stay On The Path Of Healthy Lifestyle

Your ability to stay on the path of a healthy lifestyle is now more important than ever. So a reminder about the components of a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Eating

sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic

The right nutrition is necessary to build the immune system against diseases and illnesses. Therefore, try to do more cooking at home since this gives you a better opportunity to ensure a well-balanced diet every day. Healthy eating will also provide adequate amounts of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body. 

An Active lifestyle 

You will need to include fitness as part of your life.  Physical fitness can generally prolong your life.  This is because it keeps your weight in check, helps you sleep better at night, prevents heart attacks and strokes, and other health problems. Basically there are so many benefits of exercising that you really cannot live a full life without it.   

Manage stress  

Emotional, physical, and mental stress tend to rise during any crisis. Unfortunately, this negative energy plays an important role in many illnesses, both directly and indirectly. When people are stressed, they are also more likely to smoke, overeat, drink too much, work too hard, argue with others, and so on. Thus, stress management is an important part of your new lifestyle, and meditation and relaxation techniques are truly a key part of living a healthy lifestyle. 

During a pandemic crisis, it is crucial to be healthy. Although healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and stress management may be difficult to achieve. But all you have to do is change one thing in your life.

Living a healthy lifestyle will calm you down, help your gratitude, motivate your creativity, enable your dreams, and bring health.

Strengthen Mind and Body

 A strong mind and body are crucial for focus and clarity of thoughts. Therefore try to build your mind for total success. You can still develop a vision amidst the confusion created by this pandemic. A vision that projects a fascinating future that excites and inspires you. Focus on this vision daily. Do not let the grim statistics of unemployment, deaths, contracting economy take you off your course, or make you question its possibility.  The truth is that by taking control of your thoughts, you will improve your life in a big way.  However, remember this is not the time to fight all battles confronting you. Be ready to lose some and be cool with it.

Work-Life Balance

sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic

 Sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic requires a work-life balance. This means maintaining a certain level of balance – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, and financially. This also means balancing work and family, and all the other areas of your life. It is about not spreading yourself too thin and having a guilt trip when you do one thing, but think you should be doing another. All of the key areas of our lives overlap and interlink, effecting each other. Unfortunately, the pandemic crisis is making it challenging to plan our move or work smart. But you still need to create for yourself satisfaction in each and every part of your life so you can be truly fulfilled, live a contented and healthy life, even during a pandemic.

Reach Out To Your Support Network

sustaining survival instincts in pandemic

At the time when social and physical distancing is the norm, reaching out to your support network may be a lifesaver. Your first port of call is your immediate family. The network may also spread to extended family members, friends, colleagues at work, your doctor and spiritual leader. Your support network should usually people you admire and trust to have your back. You probably may need them at some point. In particular, at the point, you feel your emotional, mental, and physical energy is depleting. But, by just talking with someone on the phone or doing a video call it is calming and reassuring during turbulent times.

Claim Your ‘Me’ Time

Claiming your ‘me’ time is another way for sustaining survival instincts in a pandemic. In other words, fitting in time for yourself is essential to your total wellbeing. Therefore do not hesitate to take charge of your health and happiness.  By doing this, you will lower your stress, become more productive, and have more energy.

It is easy to think ‘all about me’ is a selfish attitude. But consider this: Other people benefit from your “me time,”, because if you’re cool, everybody is cool too.  Do things that feed you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, and you’ll bring greater patience and a more positive attitude to your relationships. You’ll become a better parent, spouse, and a more effective team player at work.

 10 minutes to spare?

If 10 minutes is all you can manage, you will be surprised at how much you will achieve. Here we go.

  • Just breathe. Really focus on taking deep breaths. Your mind may wander. But that’s OK, just gently lead it back from thinking about everything that’s on your to-do list.
  • Stretch. Get up from your desk and energize your muscles.
  • Do nothing. Sit quietly. Resist the urge to jump up and clear the table or pick up the kids’ toys. Let your mind and body rest. (Another awesome favourite).

Bottom Line: Don’t Despair or Give up

Don’t despair or give up. When things get really tough it is tempting and easy to throw your hands up. If you give up too often, chances are that your emotional, physical, and mental health suffers for it.

Try to lead the way for your family. Stand up for sustaining your survival instincts during a pandemic, and you’ll find it affects people around you in a positive way. You will be happier. They will be happy too.

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02 comments on “Sustaining Survival Instincts In A Pandemic

  • Flora Adenuga , Direct link to comment

    Great job you doing ma’am. Your articles are always inspiring and educative. May God continue to strengthen you as you touch people’s lives in so many dimensions. Love you mam

    • Indulge , Direct link to comment

      Thanks my dearest sister. Always my pleasure. I trust you are coping and keeping safe amidst this uncertainty. We continue to pray for the best. Love you too.

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