Thermometer – My dad had recently purchased a forehead thermometer and daily temp checks averaged 97 degrees for everyone. No fever was a good sign and we all celebrated our good numbers together. One family member had a few temperature spikes which kept us all watchful.
Creating Good Habits!
Vitamin D and Zinc – Both of these supplements support the immune system, and a strong immune system is needed to fight the virus. To keep myself strong, I started off my day with a hot “Airborne” drink, which is loaded with Vitamin C, in addition to making sure everyone took their Vitamins!
High Nutrition Foods – “You are what you eat” and “Let Food be thy Medicine” are two mottos to remember when going through Covid. My mom is the cook in the family and she provided a nutritious, well-balanced dinner every evening that we all enjoyed and appreciated. Those daily dinners were a great bonding time for us all where we shared symptoms and complaints, and supported each other mentally and emotionally. In addition, I did try to get my family to try my Ayurveda Kitchari (the chicken soup of Ayurvedic cooking) and made a big pot to share. However, my family settled for the more familiar Campbell’s Chicken and Rice soup. You can’t win them all!
Essential Oils – I chose two dōTerra essential oil blends that I felt would be of most benefit. “Breathe” is great for opening up the sinuses and helps with breathing. And just one drop of “OnGuard” in water helps fight germs. I also used these oils to test the taste/smell senses as sometimes these senses disappear with Covid. Although I had suffered this symptom, so far none of my family members did.
Life Force Practice – I encouraged everyone to move and get some fresh air, as most of them were sitting around watching movies for hours on end. There is nothing wrong with binge-watching, but the body needs to move to bring in the oxygen needed for recovery. When the weather was nice, we went outdoors for some sunshine and fresh air. Nature always brightens the spirits, and that is just as important as tending to the physical body.
Latest Family Status Check
I extended my stay until I felt everyone had rounded the corner on their Covid symptoms. After two weeks, my Dad and Mom were feeling “back to normal” and the other two family members were close behind. We all agreed that Covid symptoms come, go and change during the 1-2 week period common to this virus. Keeping close tabs on everyone’s health status on a daily basis was key to ensure no one had a turn for the worse.
Covid Thoughts in Retrospect
I was asked “What do you feel about the lockdowns and mandates now that you and your family went through Covid?” I am not one to go to extremes, and thus I feel when and if we can, we should try voluntary approaches that reflect our specific life situation. One size does not fit us all and that goes for mandates too. Here are thoughts to consider:
- When you have a family member that is in the vulnerable category, take more precautions to avoid their exposure. Think about your holiday gatherings and make wise decisions.
- If you have a job where you must go in to work, practice safe distancing, wear a mask and sanitize often. Remember to practice gratitude for having a job!
- On the other hand, if you have a job where you can stay at home, take advantage of that option during this winter season.
- If you own a business where you serve the public, be forthright and diligent about your Covid preventative practices so that your customers feel safe in their decision to support you and your business.
- Take stock of your health. If you’re not in good health, admit that and be prudent in your decisions to go out into the community.
- However, if you are in good health, keep your immune system strong with healthful practices like rest, sleep, exercise (Yoga!) and good nutrition.
- When in doubt, err on the side of prudence.
Yoga Therapy and Covid
Yoga Therapy incorporates holistic practices that support the health of the entire being – physical, mental and emotional. Many of the strategies I used to help my family get through Covid emphasized this fundamental “whole being” concept.
- Mental Health – A person in fear will not be as able to ward off an illness as a person who stands in confidence.
- Emotional Health – A person who feels someone is looking out for them and tending to their needs will feel loved, cared for and secure.
- Physical Health – A person who takes responsibility for their health by practicing good nutrition and exercise habits will recover faster.
I wish you all good health!
Sherry Zak Morris
Founder of Yoga Vista