Living through the COVID-19 era has taught us quite a few lessons, as well as given us the time to contemplate them. Though no one can say for sure what’s next, safe to say things will be different and, in ways we can’t yet imagine, challenging. Going forward, supporting our mental health will be just as important as taking care of our physical health as we make the transition to life after lockdown.
In the past few weeks, we have seen life as we know it turned upside down. Our foundations, and much of what we considered to be our basic reality, have been badly shaken. Remaining buoyant in the face of chaos and maintaining equilibrium in the midst of turbulence on this global scale is something few of us have had much experience with.
Who doesn’t want a good night’s sleep? It recharges you for the next day, it gives your enzymes and hormones the green light to repair and restore cells and muscles. And as researchers now tell us, it’s also essential for clearing out the metabolic garbage that builds up in our brain during the course of the day.
For many of us, being relentlessly stressed-out has become an almost ‘normal’ state, however unpleasant. Unfortunately, the stress overload of modern life can have a massive impact on our health, weakening immunity, damaging organs and, over time, increasing the risk for many of the diseases we fear most.
Because mitochondria power the biochemical reactions in most of your cells, when you don’t care for them, your body just isn’t going to work very well. If you’ve noticed that your energy isn’t what it used to be, or maybe you’re struggling more frequently with brain fog, that’s a clear signal to pay your mitochondria more attention.