I haven’t been able to bring myself to write to you because, quite honestly, I have not known what to say. I am sure you’re feeling it- the weird space COVID-19 has created, between the eerie tension of apprehension and disbelief. It is truly surreal.
I find myself now more than ever leaning on many life lessons GST and fascia have taught me. I believe these are important to how we will process the next few weeks and months so I wanted to share them with you.
LESSON #1: CONTACT vs CONNECTION-
Contact and connection are not the same thing. In this day of online social communities, we have plenty of contacts but many people still report feeling emotionally disconnected and isolated. With the newly enforced social distancing, it is a great time to evaluate how to make quality connection to people without being in direct physical contact.
In the same way fascia creates body stability through its connective tissues, social stability is created by human to human connection. There are psychological and physiological benefits to connecting to others.
Psychologically, connection provides a continuum perspective from self to others and to the world at large; it helps us feel secure and not alone. It keeps us calm, helps decrease our instinct to panic. Connection also decreases our stress response, which lowers our immune system. Feeling connected to others has scientifically proven benefits to boosting the immune system. What better way to protect against this virus?
Ways to stay connected:
- Continue to do things one-on-one with friends who are close to you. Just be smart and use precautions of sanitization and cleanliness.
- Continue to love on your children and pets. Get the daily dose of affection your body needs to build immunity. Stressing about the virus lowers your immunity, but affection and safe physical connection boosts it.
- Physically connect to your own body.
Remember social distancing is intended to be an act of kindness and showing care for others. It is not intended to be anti-social or fear-based isolation for self-preservation. This distinction can guide the energy of this time for you.
LESSON #2: STAY VITAL & BALANCED : TENSION, STRESS & METABOLISM
Like fascia, we create and maintain balance in our lives by working with the inherent tensions and stressors of life. If we allow stress to have too much weight, we become imbalanced in any direction. For the body, balance is created by fascia “tensegrity” (integrity between tensions) when fibers distribute to share weight and stress load. The same is true with our psychological stress. We can ease our stress by connecting, sharing our thoughts and feelings to take the load off our minds. We can use fascia to keep our balance during these times.
As our smart grid, fascia is the master system that processes both our body’s mechanical stress load as well as our brain’s psychological stress load. For fascia, these are two sides of the same coin. Psychological stress contracts and pulls on fascia, tightening and restricting us the same way our physical activity does by contracting muscles. In fact, if your muscles contract too much from physical strain you can trigger emotional stress and visa versa. This incredible connective relationship is the key to moving through this stressed time and not becoming imbalanced.
How do we metabolize all tension and stress? Motion. Motion is the metabolic process of eliminating all stress from our bodies. Psychological stress needs to be metabolized by taking our feelings and putting them into e-Motion and the same process can work for our physical stresses by putting the body into motion. This is not metaphorical; it’s actual. By moving the stress out of the fascia fibers and into motion, you will simultaneously be easing the psychological stresses that you have about all of the things going on.
Ways to Stay in Motion:
- Get outside walk and breath.
- Spend time playing with your kids and pets…be creative and fun!
- Sign up and do GST with our online subscription here.
A last note on support and balance. We encourage you to continue to patronize your local small businesses by by using their online services deliveries and pick-ups, subscriptions. Try to duplicate the same financial habits through virtual options like your workouts, meditations, groceries, dinner dates etc. The economic hardship can be potentially destabilizing and devastating by how it will affect all of us. Be generous- shop for what you need and leave some for others. You have to think in abundance, and not scarcity. How we think determines what we do. And what we do influences how others behave. If we think “I won’t have enough”- you’re right and no one else will either.
If we contract and tighten, retracting into ourselves because of fear, we accumulate stress and tension and we succumb to fear and panic. By opening our fascia and metabolizing our stresses through movement we open our bodies and our minds and this allows us to remain connected, supported and balanced. When we embody the feeling of good, we can go about our lives sharing goodness. And please, keep washing your hands.