The ongoing worry and fear during this unprecedented time can wreak havoc on our immune systems by creating constant stress.
Stress in itself is an enemy that can prevent your body from self-healing by keeping us in a constant fight or flight state. Whether we’re being chased by a lion or worried about current events, your body is in a heightened state of self preservation.
And it doesn’t know the difference.
Once the lion gives up the chase, we can (literally) stop running.
However, worry and fear can keep us internally “running” without an end, wearing down our immune systems.
The best defense is enhancing our natural immune systems which is undeniably wise during any time of increased stress and heightened risk.
In my book, “Ancient Healing in a Modern World” I offer curated, simple, and effective DIY methods for wellness gleaned from 14 years of research and experimentation all over the globe.
Below is a shortlist that you can start right now in the comfort of your own home.
Healing is supported by restful sleep. For me, it’s one of the best ways to keep your immune system healthy. Make certain your room is set up for optimal sleep. Keep it cool and dark. Eliminate noise and distractions. This is known as sleep hygiene and is very important to help promote your best sleep.
I’m a firm believer in the healing power of water.
It starts with simply drinking enough throughout the day. Everyone’s needs are different based on lifestyle, environment, exercise, and overall health.
Keep a bottle with you at all times so it doesn’t fall into the chasm of “out of sight, out of mind.” Hydration is simply too important. I can’t be without a water source near me for very long.
Whether it’s a bath or a shower, losing myself in the element brings me peace. Try putting Epsom salts and lavender oil in your bath. Lie back and breath in and feel yourself slightly lifting up. Then exhale and feel yourself drop back down. Focus on your breathing and the feeling of rising and falling for a minimum of 15 minutes.
The peace of feeling semi- weightless coupled with focused breathing is immensely relaxing and helps me sleep more deeply.
If you prefer a shower, or don’t have a tub, try sitting down in the shower and feel the water flowing over you. Imagine that you’re under a waterfall…
Allow yourself to fully be present in the flow of the water on and around you. This approach is able to transform your shower experience from a simple activity-to-get-clean into a soothing sanctuary. Give it a try!
Getting some form of exercise daily has proven to have a boatload of benefits.
Whatever you choose, do it consistently. And it’s easier to be consistent when you like the activity of exercise you’re doing. Walking is natural and requires no special equipment.
To boost my walks, I often use bands and light weights to enhance my program, whether it’s indoors or out.
The most important thing in the end is to just get moving.
This essential vitamin can be a game-changer and a tool for immune system support and is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sun..
If you’re in a place with sun, walking outdoors for 30 minutes efficiently gives you a double benefit. Sun on your skin promotes vitamin D production and you’re moving!
If sun is a rarity in your area or in certain months of the year, supplementing with D3 may be your best bet. Always do your research and make an informed choice. That said, I personally take a daily D3/K2 supplement.
Remember that our bodies are designed to heal and function optimally. Being conscious of how to support the body’s natural healing and wellness process can make a profound difference in sustained overall wellness and ultimately in the quality of life.
To Your Best and Highest,
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