Shizenha, Japanese naturalists, take the first measures based on science. The first measures mean actions not to get infected.
The first measures: Not getting infected( wearing a mask, social distance, washing hands, avoiding crowded places, etc)
The second measures: Keeping your condition mild, even if you are infected( diet, exercises, mentality, and lifestyle)
In other words, they listen to the second and the third opinions from different experts and form a comprehensive understanding of the virus, not just from doctors who appear on TV. They avoid Three Cs as much as possible but don’t overprotect them when it isn’t necessary. When they are walking outside and there aren’t many people walking nearby, they take their mask off, for example.
They take the second measures seriously and do them thoroughly because these actions are beneficial to not only COVID 19 but also to their overall health and wellbeing.
They eat well. For details, please read The Ikigai Diet: the Japanese Secret to Health and Longevity, since it is based on the diet and lifestyle of Shizenha people.
One of the problems of lockdowns is that when people stay home and watch TV, Netflix, or YouTube, it might cause binge eating or munching. You might end up eating a lot of snacks, which are some of the worst foods: They are part of the Seven Foods that Will Age You Faster I listed in my book.
You need to be more careful of what you eat during the lockdowns because you already have a lack of exercise and you need to rebalance it by diet.
Luckily we didn’t have lockdowns during the first wave and most people were able to go out, and yet, people living in big cities like Tokyo or Osaka didn’t have much space outside where they could avoid the crowd. In that case, they did their exercises indoor. They did yoga, stretching, or bodyweight training like push-ups or sit-ups. They tried to get sun by going to their yard or balcony. They also breathed through their nose.
People in the countryside did their regular exercise of jogging, walking, Nordic walking, and cycling as usual. Many of them worked in their rice fields and vegetable fields, too. They even went to the mountains to cut trees.
Luckily, most Shizenha people live in the countryside and even when they live in cities, they live on the outskirts and have more access to nature.
Naturalists tried to think positively. I am sorry about using the past tense, but it feels like it is in the past since we had the state of emergency back in the spring and early summer.
I told you that Shizenha didn’t go out on the street to protest. I think it is also to do with their mindset. They don’t try to fight. They accept reality as it is and try to find ways within their circumstance. They are not receptive to whatever the guidance given from the state, they try their best to search ways to protect them and their children for their interest, not for the interest of the government or medical industry. However, they don’t get angry or upset about the situation because they know it doesn’t support their immune system. Thought can affect their gut and they try to live with a gut-friendly mindset.
If you want to know how to always stay positive and the Japanese secret way of prayer called Kamion Kansha, read the chapter 15 Ikigai Mindset in The Ikigai Diet: the Japanese Secret to Health and Longevity.
Many of Shizenha people live in the countryside and practice Satoyama living. Satoyama living is a sustainable way of living practiced in the past and still is by centenarians. Again for details, please read the book.
They live with nature. They are in touch with microorganisms in the soil, and they are in touch with effective bacteria by fermenting food at home. From time to time, they cook on wildfire. They live based on the lunar rhythm. They have ceremonies on new moons and full moons.
To sum up, Shizenha people take the second measures seriously, and they have a healthy diet, they exercise regularly, they think positively, and they live with the natural rhythm. Through this, they boost their immune system and they are less likely to be infected from the coronavirus, and even if they are infected, they are less likely to develop a severe condition. And when the pandemic is over, they will continue to stay healthy, young, and happy. In other words, this pandemic is the perfect opportunity to change your lifestyle for your well-being and longevity.
The Ikigai Diet: The Secret Japanese Diet to Health and Longevity