“Stay Healthy:” What We’re Not Saying

Unless you live under a rock (no judgment), you’ve likely seen the ads everywhere. They’re on the internet, on the television, even on billboards and street signs. “Stay Healthy.” They say. Then there is usually a list of ways to stay healthy, which includes things like wash your hands, cover your cough or sneeze, practice social distancing, stay home, don’t go out if you’re sick, and on and on. And, of course, many if not all of the suggestions on the list are good practices to put into place in the midst of a global pandemic. Of course we want to practice good hygiene and avoid places that may be filled with infected people, as well as minimizing our chance of spreading illness if we’re sick. But what about what we’re not saying?

In many ways, what we’re not saying is even more powerful than what we are saying. Furthermore, the fact that we’re not saying it has a profound impact on each of us individually as well as collectively. Also, let’s be clear: the list is not comprised of things to do to stay healthy. It is made up of things to do to avoid getting sick. There is a huge difference between the two, both physically and literally as well as energetically. The energy, the messaging if you will, around “avoid getting sick,” is “against” and “anti” energy. The laws of energy say that when we are resisting something, we are focused on it. The attention required to follow these lists is “anti” energy. Essentially, we’re being asked to walk around all day focused on “don’t get sick” “don’t get sick” “don’t get sick.”

What if we shifted that energy? We could still follow the list and actually do things that promote our health. What if the list we focused on outlined ways to legitimately promote our own health and well being? I would love to see ads and commercials, billboards and street signs that read something along these lines:

Get Healthy and Stay Healthy!

Eat your fruits and veggies
Drink lots of water
Take your vitamins
Get plenty of sleep
Practice meditation or another form of stress and anxiety reduction
Exercise outside (whenever possible) for (at least) one hour a day
Spend 3 hours (it doesn’t have to be all at once) a day outside
Stay connected and social with friends and family (in ways that make you feel safe)

See the difference? These bullet points are all tried and true, proven by ample evidence to help us lead well rounded, healthy lives that support strong immune systems. Covid 19 is not the last virus to hit the globe, and it’s not even the only virus in town. (Hello, influenza. I see you.) The best defense against the vast majority of illnesses, and especially a virus, is a strong immune system. And the wonderful thing is, unlike washing your hands constantly or worrying about whether your sneeze escaped your mask, the energy around exercise and a good night’s sleep is “pro” energy. It is in favor of something, not against it. So you’re actually focusing on what you want to become.

Stay healthy my friends!