Help Your Immune System From Stress of Coronavirus
So, your world has been turned upside down.
In what seemed like mere moments, this Coronavirus has abruptly turned your daily routine to chaos and added untold stressors to your “new normal”, wearing down your energy, your patience, and your immune system.
“…And put your oxygen mask on last…“
SAID NO ONE EVER!
In this Topsy-Turvy world, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to help anyone else.
Below are a few ideas to help reduce the stress these peculiar times can place on your immune system. If there is a common theme among these suggestions, it is that we can all experience a healthier, happier mindset by adding in a few daily activities.
And remember the immortal words of Marilyn Monroe:
“Sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together.“
How to Protect Your Immune System From the Stress of the Coronavirus-Era
Most of us are keeping to ourselves these days and doing what we can to reduce the contagion factor of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Way to go, us!
Yet, less widely discussed is how long-term social distancing can have a negative impact on stress levels and the immune system.
Struggling with cabin fever? Need a break from your family or feeling lonely due to isolation? Our current circumstances can start to wear us down which is why it’s essential to find ways to reduce stress and support a healthy lifestyle.
Consider taking a few minutes to make a list of fun activities to do, or list new hobbies or skills you’re ready to work on. Now is a great time.
Here are a few ideas to help your stress stay low and support your immune system overall.
1. Chill out
Have you noticed an increase in on-demand fitness classes? You can also find great yoga, meditation, or Tai Chi routines on YouTube or other online platforms. These routines can calm your mind, restore your breathing and improve your immune system.
Other forms of exercise can help, too. The trick is to take time to get moving and breathing.
2. Journal Writing and Prayer
If you are not used to doing either, give prayer and/or journal writing a try. Both can bring a strong sense of peace.
You can accompany your journal writing with relaxing music and put all your thoughts down on paper. Plus, this is the perfect time to document this unique time in your life.
You may also want to focus on a gratitude journal to count all the blessings around you. This can also be a simple way to lift your mood.
3. Declutter your closet
Disorganization can cause stress when you feel that you are surrounded by clutter.
Promote health by disinfecting surfaces, and lessen stress by completing household projects such as cleaning out closets or organizing files.
Make a list of household tasks you have put off and tackle one at a time. Each job completed will give an uplifting sense of well-being and accomplishment.
4. Put yourself in timeout
Take a moment to turn off your phone, put down the remote, and remove yourself for a moment from technology.
Too much media time drains mental and physical energy, lessens self-esteem, and diminishes mood and motivation.
You can take the timeout from technology to focus on developing a new skill. You’ll start to feel a sense of purpose and build confidence.
5. Just Breathe
When and where it is allowed, go outside to walk or run, and breathe. Obviously, it is important to stay at a distance from others, but it is remarkably calming to be outside where you can breathe fresh air.
Outdoor movement helps broaden your perspective and removes tunnel vision. Being outside whenever possible can help you feel more creative and motivated too.
6. Sleeping Beauty
Take time for some beauty rest. One of the most important aspects of health and lessening stress is sleep.
Though it is often not given enough credit, sleep is required for balancing brain activity and promoting a strong immune system. So, be sure to get your 7 to 8 hours.
At times like this, be guilt-free with your need for naps and relaxation.
7. Choose to Eat Mindfully
Now is the time to practice planning for meals and snacks, which will lessen stress and guilt for last-minute junk food choices.
Be sure to focus daily on quality fresh fruits and vegetables which contain powerful nutrients that help strengthen your health.
Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners, dairy, fast foods, or highly preserved foods – all of which add stress to the body and weakens the immune system.
It’s a great idea to have a supply of pre-washed / pre-cut fruits and vegetables to snack on during the day.
8. Take Your Vitamins
Vitamins are especially critical for boosting your immune system. B-Complex vitamins, in particular, are required for balancing stress levels.
Choose daily nutrients that are high-quality, and remember to include a selection of immune system building nutrients too, such as Elderberry, a multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin D-3 and Zinc.
9. Stay Hydrated
During these times, it’s best to avoid stocking up on an endless supply of Dr. Pepper or other sodas. Soft drink consumption not only harms your teeth but wears down your immune system.
Plain old purified water or herb tea may be a difficult adjustment if you are a hardcore soda drinker, but start by cutting back on your number of sodas and insert more glasses of water with lemon, cucumber, orange slices or other natural flavors.
Ideally, you should aim for drinking eight to ten cups of water each day.
Consider adding a few of these tips into your daily routine and see how it promotes more overall well-being for your mind, body, and soul.