Will the Chronic Stresses from Covid Lead to Even More Death?

chronic stresses and covid

Is the stress of uncertainty as likely to cause mass death as the actual covid virus?

Chronic stresses from covid?! Okay, so I’m not trying to create any sort of fear-based click-bait bullshit but I read something interesting earlier today and I feel like I must share. 

As many of you know I’ve been working on the Phallic Food Diet cookbook and recipes. But what you may not know is that I also have been doing behind-the-scenes research on the entire food scene– our diets, our systems for acquiring food, the choices that we make when we decide what to eat, and how to have a more holistic healthy lifestyle.  All of this has been fascinating, and I know, you’re now wondering, how this is related to the pandemic? 

chronic stresses and covid
To namaste or to not nama-go that is the question…

Well, recently, I’ve been reading a book by Deepak Chopra, called, What Are You Hungry For? In it he talks about how mindfulness and awareness are the most important elements when it comes to weight. This makes sense, when we listen to the body, like really listen, we know what it needs or when we’ve consumed too much etc. But, most importantly, STRESS plays a major role in our overall holistic health– this I suppose is pretty obvious. But chronic stress, that which may be even low-grade, almost like a daily hum that you have ignored or found distractions from, could actually kill you over time. He discusses how there are three main factors that lead to a chronic imbalance:

  • repetition
  • unpredictability
  • and lack of control

Check this out, he goes on to talk about these factors in example form:

“In one classic laboratory experiment in animal behavior, mice were placed on a metal grid that administered a mild shock, not enough to harm them but enough to jolt them. The shocks were administered at random, and the mice could not run away. Thus the three worst factors–repetition, unpredictability, and lack of control were all present. 

Even though the shocks, considered one at a time, were harmless, the mice quickly declined and died. Their bodies’ ability to return to homeostasis had been exhausted. Unable to adapt, they shut down completely. The lesson seems clear: low-level stress appears to be harmless, but under the wrong conditions it leads to a breakdown of your ability to adapt.” 

Could we be the mice and covid-19 the electric shock? It feels almost like an exact parallel. We’re all afraid that we could get zapped with this deadly virus at anytime, the virus is unpredictable and with it, our society mirrors that unpredictability with all of these constant changings in lifestyle, business practices, healthcare etc. And we are definitely not in control about any of this. 

So, what do we do then? Seems like perhaps this is a classic, “adapt or die” type of situation. 

What do the chronic stresses from covid look like? How many of us are stress eating? Drinking excessively to numb out? Avoiding? Deflecting? Crying out of the blue for no “apparent” reason? Experiencing terrible sleep patterns? Being irritable? Depressed? Angry? I personally have cycled through all of these things (and found peace and then cycled through again). 

What’s the solution for chronic stresses from covid?

I’m not an expert, but my guess is that we need to learn how to better ride the waves of chaos.

I’m sure things like meditation and yoga and walks around the block help. Perhaps reading books and articles on mindfulness, spiritual enlightenment, death acceptance would also be good. Also, turning off the news, stepping away from the phone, big time game changers. And we def need to work on maintaining social interactions, even if they’re not as touching as we’d like them to be at the moment. 

I have tried all of the above and my mental health does feel much improved, I feel lighter, less prone to eating the ENTIRE bag of chips (now just like 10!). I have plans to live a very long time, until I’m 108 to be exact, if I don’t, such is life, but if I do, I want my time while I’m here to be full of joy, love, as opposed to fear and stress. And If I have to namaste my way through it for that to happen, I will! 

Do I want to go back to the way things were pre-covid? Absolutely not. I believe this is our opportunity to re-set, to re-imagine the type of world we want to live in. Time for some brainstorming sessions and a rewrite. Who wants to join me to discuss? We can have a google hangouts philosophy + design party!

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Death: The One Thing We’re All Avoiding

Let’s Talk About Death, Baby

Death and the Corona Virus

The fact of the matter is that we’re all in quarantine as a way to avoid death, our own death or the death of someone we love. 

And for good measure. 

This corona virus ain’t playing. 

According to a May 5 2020 post on Aljazeera:

“The death toll in the United States continues to surge with 70,847 deaths and 1,201,337 cases. The US continues to lead worldwide cases and deaths from the virus.”

Not only has Covid-19 killed a bunch of people, it has completely destroyed the economy and the livelihoods of people all over the world. Everyone is stuck at home, waiting. Waiting to not die. Not yet anyway. 

This pandemic has brought to the surface our biggest fears and uncertainties about the future.

But one thing is true regardless, we’re all going to die. 

Yikes. 

Or maybe better yet, Yay?

What I’ve noticed, observing from my basement dwelling quarantine, is that no one is straight up talking about death, what it means to die, how to accept our own end. 

We’re all busy baking bread or drinking margaritas or trying to get through to the unemployment office or working an essential job where any one person could come in and bring the entire place to its knees; where at any moment our coworkers or loved ones or lovers or friends could die. We could be dead too.  

Let’s be clear– this has always been true — yet it’s right here in our faces, our faces covered by masks. 

Pema Chodron aks:

“Can we abide in the openness that presents itself when the bottom falls out of our dream?”

Can we move forward when everything in our daily existence gets uprooted, changes, becomes something we never even imagined before? Can we accept the idea that it may cease to move forward at all? 

Facing Death

Why is there so much fear around death? 

Why are people afraid to talk about it?

What would happen if you took a moment and turned to face it instead of avoiding the very idea it? 

What would it look like? Feel like? Could you get past your sadness? Your grief? Your anger? Could you get to a place of acceptance? 

I saw this image the other day of a baby connected to her mother’s umbilical cord right next to an image of a human connected to the umbilical cord of the spirit world. 

How fascinating to imagine that we’re all just babies, earth, our mother, death a passage into the vast universe. 

But where will you go? Who will you be? Will you ever exist again? What will happen to your family? Your friends? Will it matter if you are no longer here to think about it? 

If you’re dead you no longer have to worry. At least that’s a bonus. 

Death and God

Of course, I don’t want to die, not yet anyway. I have accepted that it will happen at some point. And I am okay with it for the most part on most days. Everyone has their own belief system, they’re own connection or disconnection with God, the Universe, the Source, whatever you like to call it. 

I’m a big Alan Watts fan, I read The Taboo Against Knowing Yourself right before this whole pandemic started. I like the idea that we’re all manifestations of God. We’re all fragments, pieces of God experiencing God. A big interconnected Kaleidoscope of life ever unfolding; our eyes are the eyes of God watching the world from a very specific perspective.

Or as Watts says: 

“God is the Self of the world, but you can’t see God for the same reason that, without a mirror, you can’t see your own eyes, and you certainly can’t bite your own teeth or look inside your head. Your self is that cleverly hidden because it is God hiding.” 

So, I suppose I am less worried about my own personal death, knowing that we’re all interconnected elements of God and we shall continue onward regardless of our own specific conscious experiences.

I don’t know, sometimes I hurt my own brain thinking about all of this stuff. I guess I’m just curious if anyone else has been contemplating death, because it seems like most people are doing everything but. But, perhaps it’s one of those Taboos we’re not supposed to talk about. What do you think?  

Before you die you might as well buy yourself a nice toy and have an orgasm or too (I believe an orgasm is also considered a tiny death… or is that a sneeze? Who can keep up? )

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