‘Fear is the cause of all evil.’
The Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson
I think, in order to eliminate or solve any issue, digging deep is inevitable and important. It is a common knowledge that resistance to viruses/infections straightforwardly depends on the standing of the immune system, isn’t it? In that case we have to take measures aimed at boosting our defense system. What do we do instead? Fear! Fear significantly decreases the immune system which initiates disorders within our bodies. It also tortures the mental health leading to anxieties.
As a consequence, first of all, we have to overcome horrification and try our best so as not to let it leak into the cells of our body and spirit. How? By physical and mental activity. If we just remember the history, how Henry the Eight and whole England survived the epidemic ‘sweating sickness’ in XVI century. A physician from Shrewsbury, England, John Caius, in 1552 ‘advised people to avoid evil mists and rotten fruit and to exercise frequently. He recommended that people who were afflicted with the sickness drink herbal concoctions, sweat as much as possible and avoid going outdoors’ (https://www.history.com/news/the-mysterious-epidemic-that-terrified-henry-viii).
Stopping panic, clean (sugar free) eating and exercising are the most important things towards physical and mental health.
Sport has an enormous impact on our psychic well-being. You feel sad, depressed? Get up and just move — run, jump, dance, box, swim, do push-ups or planks, whatever you wish.
It is by far worth mentioning that discipline and consistency are key to a healthy lifestyle.
Last but not the least, I would highly recommend daily reading. Literature is a miraculous route of experiencing the world and ourselves.
To top it all of, I would like to share incredibles lines of my most admired psychoanalyst and philosopher:
‘The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself, is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity, without panic and undue fear.’
Erich Fromm, The Sane Society, 1955, Chapter 5, ‘Man in Capitalistic Society’