- Why I refuse to accept the new normal
- How optimism can extend your life, according to scientists
- And finally, an important update on our supplements (I hope you’re not disappointed)
“The new normal.”
I hate that phrase…
In essence, it says: “Things are really weird but you’d better get used to it.”
But it feels a little defeatist to me.
It’s like a kid being punched in the arm by a bully every day and being told: “Oh well, that’s your new normal, matey.”
I don’t know about you, but in the midst of all this pandemic misery, I’m clinging to good old-fashioned optimism.
I think we’ll find a way through this phase and, one day, we’ll all be able to meet and hug like before.
Some experts have even suggested that life could be back to ‘normal’ by spring.
But do they mean the ‘old’ normal or the ‘new’ normal?
For instance, according to Douglas McWilliams, of the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the UK’s GDP could bounce back to 2019 levels “as early as mid-2021”.
Saying that, the Bank of England is a bit more cautious, suggesting that 2022 will be the economic ‘bounceback’ year.
These predictions are related to hopes that a vaccine and the end of the dark winter might see us all rushing out to eat, drink, buy and be merry.
I don’t know…
But at least there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
And it’s important to have hope.
Because, believe it or not, hope is VERY good for you.
How optimism can extend your life, according to scientists
Hope is what drives us.
It is like that internal engine, pushing us to keep going, and strive for better.
Hope is what keeps us going, even when we have to work hard, deal with problems, or suffer emotional and physical pain.
We keep going because we believe that there’s something at the end of the rainbow.
But it’s not just psychological…
When we look forward to future rewards, the chemical called dopamine triggers pleasure centres in our brains.
And this can have an effect on our lifespans.
Professor Wolfram Schulz from the University of Cambridge believes that dopamine “Makes us go for more rewards” and that individuals who seek more rewards have a higher chance of survival.
For instance, research at Harvard University has shown that women between 58-73 years old with an optimistic outlook have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer than pessimists.
The top 25% most optimistic women were 30% LESS likely to die from these diseases, compared with the most pessimistic women.
In other words, being hopeful is linked to enjoying a longer, happier life.
The authors of the study said: “We should make efforts to boost optimism, which has been shown to be associated with healthier behaviours and healthier ways of coping with life challenges.”
So however miserable we feel about things right now, our aim should be to try and be optimistic.
Let’s keep ourselves in the best mental shape possible this winter.
Let’s keep believing in a better future.
Then hopefully in the spring we’ll start to come out of the nightmare.
And – typically for me – I also suggest this…
Lots of lovely food this winter!
One of the key ways we can keep ourselves in good nick this winter is to make sure our diet is as good as it can be.
No, I’m not talking about weight loss diets or goody-two-shoes diets where you eat nothing but raw veg.
I think the focus should 100% be on nutrition – and by that I mean eating loads of tasty, delicious food… even some of the fatty, carby, sugary stuff if it makes you feel better.
As long as you’re packing out your diet with fruit and veg that delivers the vitamins and minerals your immune system needs, I think you shouldn’t feel guilty about treats and naughty extras.
Just enjoy eating!
However, if you struggle to get those vital nutrients into your meals every day, then do consider supplementation.
Particularly vitamin D, which you mainly get from the sun hitting your skin and is therefore in short supply in winter.
Which brings me to my final point today…
An important update on our supplements
A few weeks ago, I wrote to you about Together Health’s B-Complex Vitamins.
Unlike many shop-bought vitamins they contain vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin – the very best and most absorbable form of B12.
However, many readers ended up disappointed, as these had completely sold out by Wednesday.
Sorry if you were one of them.
The problem is, because of ‘Lockdown II’ and the onset of the long dark winter, many of our supplements are selling faster than they would normally.
Those B-vits are now back in stock but if you want to ensure you get a supply, please do order sooner rather than later: Get Your B-Complex Here.
Similarly, these days we quickly run out of our stock of vitamin D, which is selling much faster than normal because of the pandemic.
And no wonder!
As reported in the Independent earlier this month, vitamin D has overtaken vitamin C as the UK’s most popular supplement.
This is because it is so important for a healthy immune system.
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