The Pandemic: Tips on Staying Healthy While Protesting

Jane Fonda protesting during civil rights 1960's.
Jane Fonda is a pioneer in political activism. From civil rights to women's rights to climate change, Fonda is the "OG" of protesting. (photo source: Cleveland Police)
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by: Lizzy Klein @demigoddesschronicle

It’s summertime! Pool parties, picnics at the park…and protesting? Whatever your pastime this summer, make sure to wear a mask! We are still in a pandemic. Face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand-washing, hand sanitizer and social distancing, help slow the spread of the covid-19 virus. So don’t be a horse’s ass, wear a mask!

Chill Out

Stop stressing. Your stimulus check is on the way. And even if it never arrives, relax. You got this! Living under constant stress causes the body to produce too much cortisol, the stress hormone. Over time, elevated cortisol lowers your resistance to fighting off the virus. And that leads to insomnia and higher blood pressure. Instead of protesting in the hot sun and getting stressed out and dehydrated, stay home and meditate! Did you know that 5 minutes a day of simply sitting quietly and focusing on your breath, will change your outlook on life? Meditation lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, reduces anxiety and helps you sleep.

Exercise

If you have the stamina to protest then you can also do some kind of physical activity like walking in your own neighborhood. Exercise improves our brain’s health, helps with weight management, reduces disease and strengthens our bones. It also helps with depression! Toxins in food make us tired and leads to poor memory, erratic behavior, word confusion and headaches. And while you are out walking, smile and greet your neighbor. Ask how you can be of service. Find the silver lining in every moment. We’re all in this together.

Go Raw

Eat raw veggies and fresh fruit and stay away from processed food like frozen pizza, instant ramen and microwave popcorn. We know, processed foods are convenient and cooking our own meals every day is exhausting. But not all processed foods are bad for you: pre-chopped vegetables and canned fruits in their own juice are two examples. Some processed foods like canned fish (salmon and tuna) and varieties of low-sodium canned beans are also fine.

Take a Supplement

Staying virus-free during the pandemic also means taking a vitamin or supplement to boost immune levels. Vitamin C and Zinc are known to boost immunity. There is also a multi-vitamin that boost immunity while also helping to relieve symptoms associated with perimenopause. If you are in your late 30-s to mid 40’s, changes in hormone levels may influence neurotransmitters in the brain, causing estrogen levels to drop which leads to hot flashes that disturb sleep and create anxiety and mood swings. Aint nobody got time for anxiety during a pandemic! So chill out, eat healthy, take a walk and wash down a vitamin with a glass of water every day this summer. You will need your strength to vote in the Fall!

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