Every day, people walking their dogs can be seen from the view of my front window. About a half-dozen people were out walking their dogs at the same time. People have been walking all over the place since California went into “lock-down” over the last week, and it has amazed me. It’s a sight to behold, because these walkers aren’t just getting some fresh air and exercise; they’re also stimulating the immune systems of those around them.
In addition to following the CDC and WHO guidelines, what is the best way to prevent COVID-19 infection? Increasing the effectiveness of your body’s natural defences against disease. We already know that those with compromised or weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to the coronavirus. In order to keep ourselves healthy, we need to make sure our immune systems are strong.
There is a limit to the amount of walking you can do in a day. All of my group sports, including soccer and both of my dance studios, have been cancelled due to the inclement weather. Working out at home to YouTube videos is convenient, but only if you’re willing to put up with a lot of “no pain, no gain” mentality.
The good news is that you can boost your immune system right now in the comfort of your own home by doing just two simple things.
Incorporate the 5-minute Pity Party into your daily routine. 1.
You know what I did when I found out my ballet and ballroom classes were being suspended indefinitely? I called my BFF and whined. Loudly. This went on for about fifteen minutes. I’m surprised we’re still friends, poor thing. Oddly enough, I didn’t have a meltdown when all of my work was cancelled because I still had dance to keep me sane. But as soon as the dance classes ended, I was done.
My 5-minute Pity Party was born from that moment on. This is when you acknowledge that you need to vent, complain, and otherwise scream about whatever has just been wiped out by the coronavirus for the duration of the 5-minute Pity Party. If you are unable to attend work, your child, your gym/church/class, or any other place where you are expected to be present 24 hours a day, it is time to let go of your stress. Fine.
A five-minute timer should be set. What are you waiting for? Let it all out in the privacy of your own shower, bathroom, or even parked car. Scream if you must, wail your despair, and cry out your woe-is-me to your heart’s content if you feel like you’re in a hopeless situation. However, once the timer goes off, you’re out of time. Grab a hold of yourself and get your bearings. Next, proceed to the second step.
Consider what you can do today to improve your future prospects.
This step is divided into two parts. One is a way of thinking or feeling, and the other is a way of acting.
What Do You Feel/Think?
Take a look around. What are the positive aspects of your life right now? As long as you have a roof over your head and access to running water and electricity, you’re in the clear. Remember, “Yes, but for how long?” does not belong in your head. You’re still in as good of shape as you’d like to be. Friends and family are still there for you. The internet provides you with an endless supply of information. Your immune system will benefit greatly from focusing on what you are grateful for and appreciative of. This simple act will have a profound effect.
As it turns out, our immune systems take a hit when we think or feel negative thoughts. Our health can quickly deteriorate if our immune systems fail to function properly. As a result, you should do everything you can to boost your positivity. Become a believer in your own abilities. Due to the success of optimistic people-and your own.
Do B. B.
Try something new! What’s the most efficient use of your time? A lot of people are finding that they can run some or all of their business from home using online platforms. We all have projects we’ve put off because of a lack of time. Why not get started on a few of those right away?
To help you stay on track, make to-do lists each day that you can cross off as you complete each item. In turn, your immune system will benefit because you’ll feel like you’re accomplishing something rather than just wasting time. Your life will be better off in the long run.
There is always room for growth and inspiration in the midst of adversity. In order to emerge from this difficult situation stronger and better than ever, we must limit our moments of despair and amplify our moments of gratitude as much as possible.