We’re officially a month into California’s Stay at Home order and last week I wrote about Discipline and Civic Responsibility. This week I want to offer some simple advice on how to boost your immune system, and maintain your sanity, during quarantine.
Even though you’re being asked to stay home, there’s no need to go full couch potato with your diet! Eat some fresh fruit and vegetables whenever possible. Frozen food is your next best choice, in terms of nutrient bang for your buck. Supplement your diet with antioxidant and Vitamin C rich foods like berries (think frozen) and broccoli. Broccoli has a surprising amount of vitamin C. (Go ahead and add some cheddar cheese, since calcium increases Vitamin C absorption. Yum!) Try adding fresh garlic and ginger to your cooking, whenever possible, for their immune boosting properties.
Speaking of supplements, I take an immunity boosting combo of Vitamin C, Echinacea, and Zinc daily. I also have some Oil of Oregano on hand, and will burn some sage from time to time to clean the air. Both have antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Lastly, make sure to stay hydrated to help your body rid itself of toxins.
Get Enough Sleep
We can get by with less sleep than we need, usually in the name of productivity. (There are only so many hours in the day, you know what I mean?) However, your body produces a type of protein that helps fight infection and inflammation while you’re sleeping, and since most of us are under orders to stay at home now, time is on our side. So, sleep in. Go to bed early. Take a nap! Just get those Z’s.
Move Your Body
Staying at home doesn’t mean staying still. We all know the benefits of exercise, but to remind you… exercise improves your overall health, your ability to fight off disease and increases your energy (chi) levels. It doesn’t have to be a full on workout, even 10 minutes at a time makes a difference.
These days, my exercise mostly comes from doing chores around the Dome Asylum, tending to the chickens and garden, mowing the lawn and other yard work. I supplement that with rebounding, yoga and of course, taekwon-do.
Speaking of TKD, I’ve taken my beginner basics class online! Please join me in my weekly community class, Sunday Funday Taekwon-do. Classes will be limited to 8 people, (creating the Brady Bunch layout on my Zoom screen) so that I can give students the attention I am committed to providing in each class.
Keep it Positive
The hardest thing about this pandemic, from what I’ve observed in myself and others, is dealing with the unknown. We want and need to be prepared as much as possible, but let’s not do it at the expense of our sanity. The best cure I can offer for a negative headspace is to be present, to get out of your own head.
These simple actions are proven mood boosters… Turn off the news or radio. Shut down your computer. Listen to some music. Connect with someone – make a call, Facetime or Skype a loved one, write an actual snail mail letter (remember those?). Meditate.
Another benefit of exercise, by the way? Improved mood. Get outside, take a walk, or go for a run. (Running can be a great meditation tool.) While you’re at it, pick up your head, let the sun hit your face, and look towards the horizon. Sing out loud, dance in your living room. Elevate your spirit. Heck, I even painted my fingernails!
The thing is, I know these simple tips, even just four of them, aren’t as easy to follow as they are to write down. Simple does not equal easy. I’m not killing it in every one of these areas every day, and that’s okay. It’s okay for you too.
Simple does not equal easy.
I am very grateful for access to fresh, healthy food and a yard where I can exercise, get fresh air, and tend to my garden. Still, I often fall back on sugary comfort food, and skip cardio. There is always a choice to do the best you can, with what you’ve got at the moment. It will change from day to day. Be kind to yourself.
Be kind to yourself.
What works for me, is a list and accountability. That is my jam. So if you would like to join me in playing a game around our collective wellbeing, message me at DMS Coaching & Events. We’ll create it together using these 4 pillars as metrics for our game.
Now let’s hear from you, how are you managing in these areas? Do you have a supplement you swear by? Favorite workout or comfort food recipe? Share in the comments below!