There are specific protocols for prevention and treatment that I am here to help with: I am continually researching what combinations of treatments are showing the best results. These need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis and you can book an online consultation here. What I’m noticing though is that there are some fundamentals that people are forgetting as we move into this time of higher numbers once again.

The list below is made up of six reminders. If you can follow some or all of them my hope is that you will be a little safer and little less anxious during this third Covid-19 wave in South Africa.

1. Wear a mask & don’t touch your face with your hands

This one goes without saying. You already know to wear a mask and keep a safe distance, but the hard one for people is breaking the habit of touching their faces. Scratching a nose, rubbing an eye, licking a finger… these are all things that some us do hundreds of times a day. Wash your hands regularly, but also, become more conscious of how often you touch your face with your hands.

2. As far as possible, stick to your family bubble

Don’t despair, it’s not forever. It’s just during the height of the wave when your risk is at its highest. Instead of being upset about it, see it as a time to reflect, to go inward, to find more stillness, and quiet.

3. Practice saying “no” & be considerate of others

I’ve noticed during this time that so many people struggle to say no, including myself. You don’t have to give a hug if you’re not comfortable. You don’t have to shake a hand. You don’t have to go to that birthday party. Respectfully let people know what you are and are not comfortable with. Similarly, if you have what you suspect as a cold, flu, or coronavirus, stay away from other people until you have recovered. Even if you think it’s just a cold, until you know otherwise, it may be that you have mild Covid-19 symptoms and you’re out and about in the world, unwittingly spreading the virus.

4. Use the opportunity to improve your lifestyle

If you’re feeling anxious, get that anxiety to work for you, rather than against you. Make a list of the lifestyle activities and habits that you want to improve or introduce and channel the anxious energy into these activities. For example, if you haven’t been exercising, start a walking routine. If you know sugar is your problem, start a process of cutting it down. Cut down on alcohol. Start yoga. The list is endless and specific to each person. If you would like some help, have a look at our Health Coaching package, but know that it’s never too late, there is always a “Day One” and perhaps there’s no better time than now for your Day One. If you start today, imagine how much healthier you’ll be by December.

Where possible, use this opportunity to start improving your lifestyle. The first “small step” could be to start walking every day.

5. If you think you are higher risk, get advice from an expert

If you are high-risk or, you’re technically not but you’re still very anxious, there are things we can do to further support your body, like specific anti-viral supplementation protocols and intravenous vitamin drips. Don’t be afraid to reach out to me for advice.

6. Avoid the “story”

You’re picking up your phone every few hours to check the numbers, or the first thing you talk about when you speak to someone is Covid-19, or you can’t keep your eyes off the news, or you keep telling yourself “this is horrible” and “this must just be over.” I’m not diminishing anyone’s pain, but try, where possible, to step out of the negative story cycles that exist around us, perpetuating anxiety.

If you have any questions about prevention protocols or at-home treatment protocols, please feel free to contact us to book an online appointment.