Navigation Links
How to Be Prepared for, but Not Paralyzed by Fear of, the Swine Flu Epidemic
Date:5/1/2009

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With the world gripped by fear of the potential deadly effects of the swine flu epidemic, how can people be adequately prepared for the dangers without being crippled by fear and panic? Dr. Robert Puff, Newport Beach psychologist, says, "People need to be informed, prepared, and then let go of fearful thoughts and be present in this moment."

People are obsessing over the swine flu breakout. Captivated by the media's frightening images, they speculate with their friends and colleagues over potential hellish scenarios, and then worse, rehash them in their heads.

"Fear is crippling, not empowering," says Dr. Puff. In his free e-book entitled Living a Peaceful Life, Dr. Puff spells out three possible ways to deal with these frantic fears. Two are typical unhealthy responses, and one is healthy:

  1. You start thinking about the swine flu. The thought arises: "I'm really worried about what's going to happen if this swine flu keeps spreading." Your response to this thought is to feed on it, like a cow chewing its cud, entertaining various versions of the same thought. You may continue thinking about it for 5 minutes, an hour, or 5 hours.
  2. When fearful thoughts about the potential pandemic arise in your mind, you try to suppress them. You might say to yourself, "Why am I worrying about this? What's wrong with me? I should be thinking positively!" This kind of suppression doesn't work either, because whenever you try to block something out, you actually give it more power.
  3. The healthier alternative is to acknowledge your fears as they arise, then get back to what is happening right now. Witness your scary and worrisome thoughts in a more dispassionate way. Realize that thoughts are just items on a menu; you don't have to make a meal of them. Then go back to being in this present moment. Go for a walk with your spouse, play a game with your children, focus on doing your job at work, and watch the stress melt away.

"Are you taking the reasonable and necessary precautions to avoid contracting the swine flu?" asks Dr. Puff. "Once you've done that, it's time to manage your fears."

Dr. Puff's free e-book Living a Peaceful Life has numerous methods to treat the fears that we all have to face in life. The e-book is available at http://www.DoctorPuff.com in both pdf download and unabridged audio recording format.

Dr. Puff has given hundreds of media interviews, including print and e-magazines, television and radio talk shows. He may be reached at: 714-337-4889 (cell phone), or DrPuff@DoctorPuff.com (e-mail).

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Dr. Robert Puff
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. HHS Announces $75 Million in Supplemental Funding to States for Pandemic Flu Preparedness
2. Academy releases emergency preparedness tools to enable millions more people to shelter in place
3. American Red Cross and FedEx Announce Collaboration to Help Small Businesses Get Prepared for Disaster
4. Video and Photo: Leading CEOs Launch Alliance With American Red Cross to Strengthen Nations Preparedness for Disasters
5. New Report Says a Pandemic is Overdue, But Companies and Nations are ill Prepared to Cope With the Impact
6. American Red Cross Stresses Family Preparedness During National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7-13
7. Couples attending counseling sessions together better prepared to ease childrens concerns
8. Emergency Preparedness for People With Diabetes
9. Are We Ready? Washington Hospital Center Sets Precedents in Preparedness for 9/11-Style Attacks
10. Top researcher argues most physicians arent prepared to deal with obesity epidemic
11. BLU-MED Announces New Medical Preparedness Contracts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as ... of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to ... one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... On Friday, June 10, Van Mitchell, Secretary of the Maryland Department of ... recognition of their exemplary accomplishments in worksite health promotion. , The Wellness at Work ... Symposium at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum Heights. iHire was one of 42 businesses ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her ... would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he ... he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business ... to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the ... minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC (SCP) in ... investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment events and ... more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) announced ... Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), with respect to ... CPXX ) expired effective June 24, 2016, ... previously announced on May 31, 2016, Jazz Pharmaceuticals and ... Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender offer for all ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... GBT ), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics ... significant unmet needs, today announced the closing of ... shares of common stock, at the public offering ... shares in the offering were offered by GBT. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: DHRM ) ... medical devices and wearable sleep respiratory products in ... with Hongyuan Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred ... to develop Dehaier,s new Internet medical technology business. ... Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales platform to reach Dehaier,s dealers ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: