The mask wearing kerfuffle: does it really even have to be so hostile? A recent conversation with a friend was inspiring. Essentially the discussion revolved around just how little effort it was to wear a mask, so who really cares if we are asked too. We were looking at different aspects of mask wearing and subtracting things like politics, rights, science (yes, science is clear, but so many reject it anyway), and self-promotion.
Then, in a very empathetic way, he brought up a scenario. We know there is a pandemic and we know it can be deadly. We can argue all we want as to how effective masks are or just how deadly the virus really is. That's fine, there are "arguments", you can agree or disagree all you want, and your belief system can be what it is. The hostility thing is just unreasonable, regardless, but lets step away from the crazy a moment.
He pointed out that people are terrified. No, not all people, granted, but there are many. We all know or recognize these people; and if we don't personally know them, you can certainly see it on the news or social media. These are people that are afraid (and again, there are MANY of these people).
He wondered a bit as to why don't we just wear masks only to alleviate that fear a little bit. Let others know we care about them. When an anxious person sees others rejecting the current standards of mask wearing or distancing, it causes anxiety. Keeping your distance and wearing a mask is a really simple step for people such as these in just helping with the fear. This is kind. This is being considerate and courteous to people suffering from anxiety.
The bottom line is that wearing a mask, regardless of your political bent, beliefs, science, anger, or need for self expression, is really just a act of kindness for many, many people. You are helping people to "not be afraid". Why reject this easy opportunity to be kind to others?
The answer really comes down to a few basics. I am not sure that the ones we list here DON'T cover all the bases. Regardless, what would make a good foundation for wellness? Some sort of starting point is always advisable and the foundation should be something that, generally speaking, people just won't argue with too much. After all, these are just starting points. Here is the challenge: do a google or general search engine inquiry on the below topics. I'll offer some ideas to submit through the search form; but over all, have at it as long as you legitimately follow the subjects at their basic level. Try to stay AWAY from branding! Look for higher education, government or vetted resources. (No . . . no . . . no, its unlikely the good scientists that put together the info at places like FDA.GOV are out to mislead you . . .).
Anyway . . . five items . . . we will always return back to these topics, so no need to fully discuss every subject in detail right now.
1. Sleep well.
Just do a broad search of sleep studies, how much sleep you should get enough information to discover that getting about seven to ten hours of quality sleep per night is advisable. It just is what it is. Its almost universally validated. So START with that and begin learning how to get some quality zzz's.
2. Eat well.
Simply put, follow standard guidelines for nutrition. A great place to START is a site like health.gov. You know . . . its really a great resource for what the body needs nutrition-wise. Its also totally amazing what portion control will do for you.
3. Move well.
START with basic anatomy. If you learn this, you learn how the body moves. Exercise programs vary, but anatomy pretty much stays the same. Don't go looking for differences . . . note the similarities between all of us. Learn the mechanics. A place to begin might be the American Association for Anatomy. but many universities have some sort of accessible database.
4. Breathe well.
Of all the things you don't want to be terrible at, this ranks up near the top. A good place to START would be a broad search for "paradoxical breathing". Learn what that is all about and expand your knowledge about breathing quickly. Or simply discover what the diaphragm and lungs actually "do" when breathing well.
5. Think well.
Fine tune your brain. Learning to think critically. Learn to evaluate situations and subject matter. START with a search for "rhetorical fallacies". Understanding these are as good a foundation as any towards critical thinking. This also happens to be one of those basics that if you can't get right, you may be at a disadvantage with the others.
None-the-less, more on these later.