April 05, 2020
In the recent weeks, Social Distancing has impacted the world in a varied and yet distinct manner. Many families are noticing a sense of peace that has come over the family as the busy working parents and industrious children are forced to live, learn and work together because they are confined to the home and asked to practice Social Distancing from their community. People effected in this way have shared feelings of guilt, because at a time of global crisis and tragedy, they feel happiness and new contentment in the home and family nucleus. For those individuals who live alone and are not shrouded within their home by family, there are those that are feeling a sense of isolation and loneliness as they are sequestered away and alone in their home away from routine 'lifelines' they have established for their connection to life beyond themselves. As my hero Brene Brown, PhD stated on 60 Minutes recently, regarding Social Distancing, “We are not supposed to help ourselves, we are supposed to help each other. My message is clear—you do not have to do it alone, we were never meant to. We are neurobiologically hardwired to be in connection with other people”. Although the example experiences described earlier are a response to Social Distancing, they are almost polar opposite reactions and require we all have community awareness of the individual stress each of us is enduring at this time of planetary change. There is a global shift taking place on the planet at this time of crisis and the silver lining resides in the woven tapestry found in the power of love, the family dynamic and community awareness.
In addition to the ongoing stress of: 1. NOT KNOWING when the Coronavirus will stop spreading, 2. the growing number of deaths the virus is leaving in its wake and when will it end as well as 3. the fact that there is no known treatment for the infection, we humans are under the additional unprecedented stress of social isolation from each other when we need to depend on each other more than ever. This disparity in our reality is devastating and greatly impacts the human mind, which is historically very Uncomfortable with UnCertainty. As another hero of mine has shared in many books and lectures, Pema Chodron reminds us that "without realizing it, we continually shield ourselves" from the pain we share with others, because it scares us. Our new reality of NOT-KNOWING perpetuated by the current pandemic has created fear and concern in us all as we try to control the uncontrollable while at the same time it has torn us apart from each other when we need each other the most for security and predictability.
Millions of people across the globe are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Stress resilience and maintaining a positive mental outlook are two factors that are very important to our ongoing health.
In addition to my 3 Pillars of Health, which can greatly reduce the sustained-REACTION we can have to ongoing environmental stress, Mother Nature provides a plethora of natural resources which when correctly cultivated and blended into synergistic formulas, are able to better ensure a balanced physiology and adaption to our environment.
I would like to introduce two very powerful formulas which are capable of restoring mental clarity and a balanced mood while reducing the sense of overwhelm that an overstimulated nervous system can cause when we are under chronic stress.
is formulated to support and promote a relaxed, focused state. It includes amino acid precursors and bioactive nutrients that support healthy levels of neurotransmitters such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine. Maintaining adequate neurotransmitter production is vital for regulating mood, appetite, memory, focus, energy levels and a healthy sleep cycle.
is a synergistic blend of botanicals historically used to support a sense of tranquility by reducing overstimulation and scattered thoughts. The ingredients in Botanicalm work together to induce relaxation by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) activity in the central nervous system (CNS). GABA is primarily an inhibitory (calming) neurotransmitter in the CNS that promotes a sense of tranquility and counteracts the effects of stress.
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To quote António Guterres of Portugal, the ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations, "But the spread of the virus will peak. Our economies will recover. Until then, we must act together to slow the spread of the virus and look after each other."
But, YOU are your best advocate and the best one for the job when it comes to taking good care of you. Remember, you are worth it and everyone benefits when you feel your best.
Stay tuned for more support and information and as always Thank you for joining me.
Ariane Cometa MD
your holistic doc
April 13, 2020
Thank you for your post Ariane. You are an asset to our community!
Thank You for sharing your knowledge and wisdom as always. Take Care of YOU!
April 06, 2020
Dr. Cometa, Thank you for your wisdom, compassion and knowledge. Getting your blog during this pandemic has felt like a “rescue line” for self care, reason, and good health. Endless gratitude.
You already know that I think you are the best! Thank you
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