Swapping Fear For Hope

Introducing a new online platform on optimising health through positivity.

Last week, the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) sent a plea to its members to remain positive during these distressing times, hoping to temper the fear of Coronavirus by instead delivering a message infused with health, wellness and hope.

“It can be easy to slip into fears about the unknown and concerns about the suffering a global health crisis could cause,” says last week’s open letter from Susie Ellis, Chair & CEO; and Nancy Davis, Chief Creative Officer & Executive Director. “In fact, at times, it seems that fear surrounds us, fuelled by the media and fed by our natural desires to protect our family and communities.

“However, this can also be a time of hope, as we all, as wellness advocates, recommit to our shared belief that wellness and a strong immune system can help protect the world’s inhabitants from preventable disease.”

GWI’s PositivelyWell Platform

It has been a week since it was originally sent, and the GWI has reported that it has been inundated with emails and calls from around the world supporting this vital cause. Yesterday, the GWI announced that this has led to the launch of PositivelyWell, a new online resource dedicated to positively addressing COVID-19. On the platform, visitors can find medical studies about how optimism impacts health, plus additional media coverage on the subject, as well as key health information and resources relating to Coronavirus. It is reported that the new wellness platform will continue expanding over the days and weeks to come.

Organisers are also encouraging readers to leave a comment on the website to let them know what they are doing to spread the message of positivity—and share the PositivelyWell campaign on their social network.

“This is the exact moment to recognise that we have control over our health destinies,” say Susie and Nancy. “We don’t have to give in to fear. We simply need to commit to wellness in our own lives and the lives of those in our homes and communities.”

As GWI Board Member Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, and 17th Surgeon General of the United States, reminds us, “Your body’s first line of defense against any infectious disease is your immune system; maintaining and enhancing your immune system begins with actions you take to optimise your nutrition, exercise, sleep, social connections and mental health.”

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