While there is still no cure for Covid 19, there is growing research that suggests that maintaining your health and managing stress can go a long way to boost your immunity and prevent disease. While we know that handwashing, wearing a mask and avoiding crowds and close contact with others are the most effective ways to prevent the spread of Covid 19, there are also simple choices you can make to help support your own mental and physical health during the pandemic.
Getting enough sleep each night, eliminating toxic stressors, eating a diet rich in nutrients and moving your body are all important ways to boost your immune system, lift your mood and help your body to develop the defenses it needs to fight back against infection. Making healthy choices is always important to your well-being, but during the cold and flu season and Covid 19 pandemic, it becomes more important than ever.
Here are simple tips to help you boost your immunity and have you feeling your best during Covid 19.
Getting enough sleep is one of the best defenses against illness, and it will help your body to restore, heal and recharge in ways that can both help prevent and fight back against infection. Aim for 6 to 8 hours of sleep a night, depending on your own needs, and try to go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day to help your body develop a rhythm.
Stress can wreak havoc on just about every system in your body, including your immune system. Even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise, a stressful lifestyle and habits will negate most of the benefits. Try to manage stress through meditation, exercise, breathing or talk therapy. If you find that certain choices in your life are increasing your stress, modify them as you are able to. Eliminate as much stress as you can, and you’ll notice how much better your body and mind feel.
You don’t have to eat a diet of only fruits and vegetables to get the nutrients you need to keep your body running well. Keep it simple and achievable, by incorporating a variety of vegetables and fruits into your meals each day. Add green, leafy vegetables to your dinner as sides, and raw veggies and fruit make for perfect afternoon snacks.
Feeling connected is actually good for your health, and now more than ever, you need the support of your close relationships to support your mental and physical health. Even if you can’t be physically close to your trusted friends and family members, prioritize time with them on the phone, in video chats or on socially distant bike rides or walks around the block. Find ways to stay connected, and continue to reach out and maintain relationships that help to support you during good times and bad.
Keep your blood moving and your body feeling strong by moving for at least 30 minutes a day. You don’t have to suddenly become a runner or avid fitness fanatic to get moving and give your body the exercise it needs. Take short walks in your neighborhood, go for afternoon bike rides or turn on music and dance around your apartment anytime you need to blow off steam. Your body will release endorphins that help to boost your mood and lower your blood pressure, helping you to feel your best.