Dear Wellness Seekers:
I recently wrote this poem to try and find some answers to my anguish. This year has been a disaster and yet I keep plodding on. If you feel the same, I hope this poem helps you understand the stress we all are under. Stay safe and I wish you well.
The winds howled in chaos,
and life as we knew it was gone.
From politics to pandemic,
our hearts rallied to stay strong.
We went through months of anguish,
with our democracy shattered.
We cried and prayed and pushed the alarm,
yet, nothing seemed to matter.
I looked for a sign of hope,
but change appeared to be lost.
My depression grew with flourish,
my beliefs and values tossed.
“Vote” they said would do me good,
so I signed and mailed my ballot.
It felt fierce to express my right,
and cleanse our land of maggots.
I’m tired of the lies and
the evil forced on us each day.
The world laughs at my country,
Should I leave or should I stay?
Autocrats will steal my soul,
and make me think like them.
They will never ever succeed,
we will fight them to the end.
So, rise up America,
we need to take our country back.
Healing from 2020 will take years,
start to believe in truthful facts.
Alexis Acker-Halbur is an award-winning author and medical miracle. Child abuse made her seriously ill and put her in harm’s way many times. She survived and shares her experiences and tools with women and men who have been traumatized. To order her book, Never Give Up: Break the Connection Between Stress and Illness, click here, or her newly published fictional novel, THE BEAR: In the Middle of Between click here.
Just two and a half months ago we were celebrating the start of a new year. We made our intentions and we agreed to new commitments. We wanted to make this year the best ever!
WAIT! What happened to all those new intentions and commitments? Is it the Trump administration’s problems, the stock market acting like a tsunami, or the sudden emergence of the coronavirus that is making life in 2020 not so glorious as we hoped.
What do these 3 things have in common? FEAR!
Chronic fear and stress cause our immune systems to work needlessly overtime. The issue with fear is that our bodies experience it — whether it’s happening now, in the past, or in the future. For weeks, even months after a traumatic event, it is common for us to describe feelings of general uneasiness or jitteriness — a feeling that something bad is going to happen.
Fear causes our immune systems to weaken. This is not healthy especially when a virus spreads.
So what can we do about lessening our fears? Continue to exercise, eat healthy, get restful sleep, read inspiring books, and do deep breathing. We can also stand up to bullies and refuse to believe in fake news.
Don’t let fear ruin your year. And never ever give up!