Immunity has been on our minds this winter season, and for good reason! With colds and the flu around, it’s important to protect yourself from the seasonal sniffles and body aches.
But why not take a more holistic approach to immunity? When I was younger, I would be reactive to my cold symptoms and mask them with over the counter medications. Today I understand and value a more proactive response – I try to work ahead of cold and flu season by lowering stress and supplementing with plenty of vitamin c.
For instance when I’m traveling or under a lot of stress for an upcoming GOOD Fest event, I pay attention to how I’m supporting my immunity. Because STRESS can lower your immune system significantly.
IMMUNITY THROUGH MINDFULNESS – 3 WAYS TO DESTRESS AND BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY
Endorphins, endorphins, endorphins.
Get up and move! Exercise lowers stress, and the best part is any form of movement will support this. There is no right or wrong, simply do it! If you love spinning or boxing, go for the high intensity workouts. But if yoga or mindful hikes are more your style, listen to your body!
Meditation looks different to everyone.
Some enjoy using apps or guided audio meditations, others prefer silence or mantras. Find 10-20 minutes a day in the morning or evening to simply BE. By focusing on your breath and clearing your mind, you’re allowing your body a moment of peace to recover from the go, go, go of your day. The to do list CAN wait, just try it!
The hardest anti stress technique for many of us!
Screentime is linked to stress. The stimulation of our phone, laptops, and tablets is sensory (and information) overload. Scrolling social media can cause comparisons, while staying plugged into your laptop.
Both patterns disrupt sleep and heighten stress levels - NOT good for your immune system!
Decide what time of day would be best for you to unplug. Set the phone on airplane mode or Do Not Disturb during that time, and leave your phone in the other room.
Health is Your Only Wealth
We all live very busy, different lives but take the time to carve out what you can.