3 Simple Ways to Support Your Immune System!
Updated: Mar 15, 2020
The situation we face at this time of this writing with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic, requires some basic precautions to mitigate the risk for ourselves and others.
WHO (World Health Organization) recommends washing hands frequently throughout the day, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth, maintain minimum social distancing of 1 meter (3 feet), cover mouth and nose in a bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough, and stay home if you feel unwell.
In the face of an onslaught of negative news media coverage, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Compulsively watching negative news feeds and participating in negative talk can cause the sympathetic nervous system to assume control of executive brain function; putting us in a perpetual state of fight or flight. This in turn suppresses the immune system and makes us more vulnerable to infection and disease.
How to help your immune system function at it's best:
1) Stay Calm! Watch the news only to the extent to keep yourself informed. Avoid compulsive news watching throughout the day and negative talk.
2) Stay Positive! The risk to the vast majority of the population is relatively low. Many people contracting the virus may only experience mild, flu-like symptoms and recover in a few days.
3) Practice mindfulness to reset the nervous system. Doing focused attention practices, such as mindful breathing and body scans, can help to settle the mind, reducing anxiety and allowing the nervous system to reset from a hyper-vigilant fight or flight mode to its normal, healthy state of rest and digest. This in turn supports the immune system, allowing it to function at its best.