Who hasn’t wondered about the strength of their immune system in the past few months?
There is no denying that these are tough times, whether you are heading out each day as an essential worker in this strange new environment or staying at home doing your part in flattening the curve, our physical and mental wellbeing is being tested and challenged.
With so many changes to our daily lives in such an incredibly short space of time, it is natural to feel overwhelmed. The familiarity of our routines has been altered, plans have been cancelled and our sense of stability has been removed. The strain of living in the time of a pandemic can interrupt sleep, disrupt digestion and increase anxiety levels. This comprises our energy levels and depletes our immune system.
It’s time to come back to basics.
Right now, we need our immune system to perform at its best, be at its strongest. Our minds are already overloaded from the news and social media, so let’s keep our wellbeing strategies simple and sustainable.
Renew your commitment to the following simple and essential daily habits to support your immune system.
1. Breathe. Such a simple and accessible way to enhance your wellbeing! Spend time each day on conscious breathing. Breathe in through your nose for a count of 5 and then out through the nose for the same length. Deeper breathing will support your digestion, clear your mind and reduce feelings of anxiety. Try it for 10 breaths with closed eyes and notice the difference. (Want to try more?
2. Drink Water. Proper hydration will aid the lymphatic system to remove toxins and waste allowing the immune system to do its job! Reduce alcohol and caffeine.
3. Rest. It is ok to rest, more than ok, it is vital. Not TV watching rest, Not Facebook rest. Take a break from devices for a set time each day, remove things that stimulate and give your body and mind a break.
4. Eat. Nourish yourself to maintain your vital energy. Cut the sugar. Keep regular meal times and a balanced diet.
5. Move. Keep it simple, start with 10/ 15 minutes at least and build up to a longer period. Why not try yoga? Here is a link to a free gentle class that anyone can do with me. Yoga works with the body’s nervous system to reduce cortisol (stress hormone) and stimulates the lymphatic system to remove toxins. The yoga focus on body and breath cleanses the respiratory system, improves sleep patterns and soothes worn out adrenals help to boost the immune system.