Take Care of Yourself
With the threat of COVID-19 still all around us, many people are looking for ways to boost their immune systems to fight off the dreaded virus. According to Webmd.com, ways you can do this include stopping the spread of germs, eating right, getting plenty of sleep and exercise, and reducing your stress.
Stop the spread of germs
You can do your part by practicing social-distancing, wear a mask, isolate yourself when you are sick, wash your hands, and use santizer while out in public.
You might be so used to only getting 6 hours of sleep a night that you don’t realize you are not getting enough. Adults should get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night. If you are not getting that much, try going to bed 15 minutes a night for a week, and then increase it to a half hour, and so on, until you get to your desired amount. You will be amazed the difference it makes. Not only will you feel more rested; you will be able to think clearer, too.
Reduce your stress
A lot of people are panicking right now, but that only creates negativity, fear, and stress. The stress hormone, corticosteroid, can lower the effectiveness of your immune system and can also cause people to cope with stress with alcohol and drugs. Another way of reducing your stress is to limit your time on Facebook or watching the news. It’s good to stay informed, but it can become too much for someone if they are already anxious.
Drinks lots of water
Because … you know … water. Hydration is extremely important when you are fighting any kind of illness, and even when you are not. Water is the foundation of life and by the time most us feel dehydrated, we are down a few quarts. Keep a bottle handy and sip on it all day long.
If you are stuck inside and don’t own exercise equipment, look online for an exercise routine. Calisthenics and dancing are great ways to keep moving. It’s good to exercise, but rest when you get tired. You don’t want to overdo it so much you stress your body out. Yoga is a great way to stretch the muscles, and reduce your stress, too.
Eat a Balanced Diet
A balanced diet does not mean a cookie in each hand, but rather, try to incorporate more lean meats and fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. Watch your sugar, carb, and fat in-take, especially if you are not very active. If you are hungry, it might just mean you are dehrdtaed. Trying more water and look for recipes online for healthier snacks.
Adopt a positive attitude
It’s hard to stay positive when there is negativity all around you, but maintaining a positive attitude has shown to reduce stress, which, in turn, gives your immune system a boost.
Stay well, wear a mask, and wash your hands!