***This is not medical advice and doesn’t replace medical care.***
I feel like everywhere I turn people are talking about COVID-19. Different sources are saying different things about its severity and spread, which makes the whole ordeal even more confusing. The news makes it seem like all you can do to protect yourself is: wash your hands, keep your hands away from your face, reduce travel, and cross your fingers that a vaccine is found soon.
The fear and sense of helplessness is palpable. I wish I could say that the virus will peter out soon. Maybe it will, but I don’t know.
Are there other things we can do to support our immune systems?
- Exercise. Research from the University of Bath in England shows that exercise boosts your immune system.
- Get some sunshine. Research from Georgetown University Medical Center in DC suggests that sunshine plays a key role in immunity.
- Manage Stress. The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio reports that stress can harm your immune system. While avoiding stress may not be possible, they recommend practicing yoga or meditation, both of which have been shown to help reduce stress.
If you need some guidance and support as you try to boost your health and support your immune system, don’t be afraid to reach out to a health coach. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a safe and healthy week.