Your immune system works really hard day in and day out to keep you as healthy as possible, but it needs a little bit of assistance from you at times. These are just a few of the little habits you can start incorporating into your daily life to give your immune system the boost it needs.
Be Mindful about Your Diet
What you eat is what your body runs on and when you’re crazy busy, that fact is really easy to forget. But when you’re feeding your body exactly what it needs in order to run like the finely-tuned machine it is, it’s amazing what you can do and what falls into place. Reading up on what makes a diet healthy is always helpful, but don’t feel bad if you still feel a little lost. Every now and then having someone take you by the hand and help you find the right answers with nutritional coaching is the answer.
Manage Your Stress
Stress kills. That’s just a fact. It makes everything worse, whether there’s a valid reason for the stress or not. When you engage in self-care activities that feed your soul as well as your body, you give yourself a fighting chance against stress. Keeping a journal is more helpful than you might realize, but you might need something else. Soaking in a salt bath or using a salt scrub helps your body soak up some minerals you might be missing, like magnesium and potassium, among others.
Get Some Movement in Every Day
You probably already know that exercise is good for you and is highly recommended. But that doesn’t make it easier to jumpstart a new routine. Start out small and don’t beat yourself up for not doing much at first. As you do more, you’re going to build up your endurance and be able to push yourself harder. Make sure you’re dressed comfortably and commit to doing some sort of movement every day.
Get Some Quality Sleep
Moving more, keeping your stress in check, and eating healthy foods may be what you need most in order to get more sleep. There are other variables, though. First, check your sleep hygiene. Are you sticking to set times to wake up and to get to sleep? That helps more than you realize. Don’t forget to check the room, too. Is your bed comfortable? Is there too much light or sound? If those aren’t the issue, you might need a bedtime ritual to wind down. Spraying your pillow with lavender water or using a lavender scented lotion before bed and then reading a real book might do the trick.
Reel in Your Vices
It’s really easy, especially during difficult times, to let your vices get the better of you. They make you feel good, after all, or you would have already kicked them. But drinking a little more than you should or smoking cigarettes can wreak havoc on your immune system. Replacing habits you want to get rid of with a hobby or with something else can be a great idea. Some people find that sniffing or using an essential oil like clove or cinnamon can be a helpful reminder.
Check in with Chronic Health Issues
If you already have health issues, those have a huge impact on your body’s ability to fight off germs. Check in with yourself and with your doctor. Make sure you’re doing all that you can to keep those health issues under control and that you’re not ignoring anything. Remind your body that you love it and that you’re doing the best you can to care for it.
Your immune system isn’t perfect, but you can help it to become stronger. In return, it will help you to fend off more than a few different foes every season.