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An Offensive Strategy for COVID-19 Part I: Unpacking Fear


Watching the news, addictively scrolling through social media posts and talking to friends and family can easily lure our minds away from a state of conscious acceptance to an unconscious state of perpetual fear. However, to remain in a state of fear is a reactive, defensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are faced with a tremendous amount of uncertainty, we can choose to engage in an offensive strategy by taking action to positively affect the factors that we can control.  

I’d like to offer a perspective that respects the reality and science of our current situation, but directs us away from fear. I love Will Smith’s quote on fear (from the movie “After Earth”): 

“Fear is not real. ... It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real but fear is a choice.”

While we do have to be realistic and take the necessary precautions that come with the uncertainty of COVID-19, we’ll have a greater chance of NOT contracting the virus if our immune system is strong. Internalized and unprocessed fear will certainly compromise and weaken our immune system.

Regardless of the reports in the news, it is important that we resist the temptation to panic. Panicking causes us to make decisions that will increase our stress levels or even cause harm to ourselves or others. Instead, let’s acknowledge our feelings and allow the feelings of fear to move through us without getting stuck in us. If practiced regularly, the “Peace of Mind” meditation can help us to acknowledge fear, stress and trauma so that we can process it properly and move it out of our bodies. 

Peace of Mind Meditation 

  • Sit up straight and very gently pull your shoulders up back and down
  • Pause for a moment and a slow deep breath in and out
  • Attempt to locate where you are feeling fear or any other discomfort in your body
  • Place your fingers on the place where you feel the fear such as your chest, temples, neck or shoulders (you could feel it anywhere)
  • As you breathe in, press your fingers right into the spot where you feel the most discomfort
  • As you breathe out, press your fingers in just a little deeper
  • Repeat this process until the discomfort starts to ease up 

We may need to repeat this process often throughout the day to help move the tension out of our body. From this moment on, let’s commit ourselves to redirecting our energy away from fear and towards actions that will serve our highest good. 

Most importantly, when we feel fear or panic, let’s set our intention to act greater than we feel. Oftentimes our feelings feel real, but they are an illusion. We can choose to ACT in a different way even though our feelings seem to be overwhelming us.

Are We Playing Offense or Defense?

Fear causes internal stress, lowers our immunity and clouds our judgement causing us to make poor decisions. If ever there was a time to think clearly and strengthen our immunity it is now. Engaging in an offensive strategy places our focus on doing our part to stay emotionally grounded and physically healthy. Let's redirect our energy away from fear and towards the following actions that affect the factors that we can control: 

  • Deepening our spiritual practice
  • Seeking understanding
  • Actively engaging in self-care
  • Practicing relaxation and breathing exercises
  • Making healthier choices and emotionally intelligent decisions
  • Leveling up our ability to be professionally innovative
  • Choosing excellence in moments of weakness
  • Asking for help and being of service
  • Improving our immunity
  • Eating healthy foods
  • Taking extremely long breaks from watching the news and engaging in social media
  • Committing to eight hours of sleep
  • Practicing EXCEPTIONAL hygiene at all times

In Part II of this blog, we’ll share specific strategies for strengthening our immune system and making our body a hostile environment for viruses. 

We’ve released our Journey to Radiance Health & Healing Strategies Report which shares strategies for creating healthier environments and ten specific strategies to help us stay on the path to radiant health. Let’s commit ourselves to loving and supporting each other, being good/responsible humans and using our time and energy wisely.   

Dr. Phyllis Hubbard is the Senior Director for CBMA's Health & Healing Strategies initiative and owner of Radiant Health Strategies. You can follow her on Twitter @GetRadiant, IG @phyllishubbard, LinkedIn @radianthealthstrategies, or Facebook @Phyllis Hubbard.

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