Happy Friday reader! In today’s article, I am going to quote Brain Health Expert Aneesh Chaudhry, who will share why evolving Mental & Physical Health strategies is crucial for sustainability. Keep on reading and leave a comment sharing what are you most concerned about in this COVID-19 lockdown.
It’s been more than one month since the first-shelter-in place order was announced and today, 80% of Americans have hunkered down, quarantining themselves to their homes. We have learned to adapt to isolation in many ways. We’ve upped our hygiene game, we wear face masks, and we’ve become pros at Zoom video chat.
But now that we are in the second month of isolation, we find ourselves encountering new issues. Last week the death toll was higher than ever and as the grim news continues, it’s easy to lose motivation, letting grief, frustration, and boredom turn our vigilance into complacency.
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According to Brain Health Expert Aneesh Chaudhry, in order to continue these practices long term, our coping strategies must be ever-evolving. “What motivated us to maintain mental and physical health in the first few weeks, may not be the same thing that works now and that’s okay. The important part is that people recognize that and adjust their strategies…says Chaudhry, who has devoted his career to researching physiology and the brain-body connection. As the death toll rises, many people find themselves losing steam and motivation. Death is never an easy thing to cope with especially now that we must grieve in isolation. According to Chaudhry, the only way to process this trauma is to move through it, working to change the brain in a positive way to deal with it.
“The emotional toll of COVID-19 is even more threatening as time goes on. Thankfully, the brain is a resilient and malleable structure that can rebuild itself through neuroplasticity…”
…says Chaudhry. As the founder of SoulPhysio Lifestyle, a brain health clinic and integrative healthcare network, Chaudhry, along with a team of physicians, psychologists, and other health care professionals, work to improve mental and physical wellness through lifestyle modification that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.
Read more about mental health in: How to practice mental health care during COVID-19
We have been given loads of advice for maintaining physical and mental health in quarantine; (from understanding proper hygiene practices, cooking and eating nutritious foods, staying active by taking walks, dancing, doing yoga, or exercise videos, to mindfulness activities like journaling and meditating, establishing daily routines, and limiting 24/7 news intake. We also know that “staying connected” and maintaining relationships is key to avoiding emotional isolation.) According to Chaudhry, this advice is still relevant, but over time we must pivot because having purpose and direction is key.
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ABOUT ANEESH CHAUDHRY:
Aneesh Chaudhry is the founder of SoulPhysio Lifestyle, a brain health clinic and integrative healthcare network, where he, along with a team of physicians, psychologists, and other health care professionals, work to improve mental and physical wellness through lifestyle modification that addresses the mind, body, and spirit. Chaudhry is also a Corporate Wellness Consultant who has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 8 years. Based out of Orange County, CA, Chaudhry and his team specialize in the utilization of treatments that combine both Eastern and Western Medical techniques.
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