Be careful to avoid COVID-19 infection-stay at home, wash your hands and wipe surfaces. Another way to protect yourself and your family is to prepare your immune system to fight the virus if you get infected.
Think of it this way: when the coronavirus attacks your body, it fights you. If you don’t have “armor”, you will probably be injured. While you’re at home, why not start preparing and “arming” your immune system for this attack, if it eventually happens?
Here are 5 ways you can prepare:
- Move on. When you exercise, your muscles not only strengthen, but also prepare for the work of the cardiovascular system. In addition, running or walking can release chemicals that boost your mood, which can also help you psychologically.
- Eat right. Add antioxidants and immune-boosting foods to your diet. Add “brightness” with berries, avocados, nuts, carrots and other vegetables and fruits, you will get a full set of vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget to add natural vitamin C — oranges are a great source, as are kiwis, red peppers and tomatoes.
- Sleep. When you’re mostly at home, there’s no reason why you can’t sleep 7-8 hours. Sleep helps reboot our systems, and it can help release cytokines, which are proteins that can help the immune system fight off infections.
- Go outside if you can. Not only does the sun give you vitamin D, but it can also lift your mood, which is good for your body.
- Reduce stress. Stress releases hormones that can damage our immune system. Try to take a few minutes of deep breathing or meditation every day. Or listen to soothing music or a podcast about what you like. And turn off the news — this can cause concern, especially in connection with what is happening.
And make sure you’re communicating. Relationships are important, and physical distancing doesn’t necessarily mean emotional distancing. Communicate via Facetime, Skype, or any app with video calls to friends and family — look at their faces and talk to them.
This is a difficult time in our lives and we need to use all the resources we have to get through it. So take care of yourself-put on your “armor” and follow the instructions for physical distancing, and we will overcome everything together.