By now you may be spending your spare time crafting DIY face masks and your pantry is stocked with extra pasta and toilet paper. You're taking precautions by excesively washing your hands, staying home and maintaining distance.
As uncertainty of what tomorrow (and the coming weeks) hold, your anxiety may be getting the best of you. The stress of uncertainty, anticipation, and fear can wreak havoc on your health. In addition to staying active and connected to one another, maintaining healthy habits can all help ward off the common colds, the flu, and yes, even viruses such as coronavirus.
Here are some ways you can optimize your immune system:
Gargle Salt Water And Use A Neti Pot
Dissolve about 1/2 tsp. of Himalayan Salt in 8 oz. of warm water. Germs and bacteria can hang out in your nose and throat for 24 hours before entering your bloodstream. Saltwater rinses can be a way to preventive measures.
Sleep It Off
A balanced circadian clock is directly linked to a strong immune system. In fact, it's suggested to help with this rhythm you go to bed within 2-3 hours after the sun sets. Other ways to get a good night's sleep is to avoid heavy meals and adjust your devices to turn on night mode.
Drink Tulsi Tea
Tulsi is known for being a stress, fever, and headache reducer. It can also help sooth respiratory issues related to illness.
Boost your immune system and fight immune-compromising fatigue and anxiety with Ashwagandha and turmeric as a natural anti-microbial.
Your lungs are your biggest lymph pumps, cleaning out toxins and clutter. A daily pranayama practice can help boost your immune system and mitigate stress by opening up the lungs and rib cage, keeping things moving.
Massage It Out
Daily self-massage with organic oils, such as coconut, sesame, or olive, nourish and hydrate the skin and unravel nerves. This is preventative only as when you are sick, your metabolism is already in overdrive trying to get rid of toxins in the body.
Take Breaks During the Day
When you're feeling scattered and stress, be sure to stop and take a few minutes (ideally 20) for mindfulness practices, a walk, silent sitting, or restorative yoga. By doing this, it helps the nervous system reset. If you are highly activated, try a more active first, such as sun salutations, to burn off the excess energy before settling into a calming practice. A calm nervous system will yield a boosted immune system!
Source: Yoga Journal