In the midst of these virus-sensitive times, let's take a look at your immune system. Washing hands (although I'm all for it) has nothing to do with boosting or improving the immune system. Staying home has nothing to do with it. Those are prevention mechanisms - sometimes needed but sometimes creating just excess panic and stress. So, how to stay healthy?
Stress is the worst destroyer of a healthy immune system. Physiologically stress is the activation of sympathetic nervous system. Prolonged and chronic this activation shuts down the immune system since the body thinks it has better things to do. Have to survive and be ready to run. Thus, the immune system thrives when the nervous system is balanced.
Instead of just prevention, take care of your nervous system. Nurture your immune system. Don't end up panicking and stressing yourself even more. Here's my tips for staying healthy:
And most importantly, take is easy! Fear will not do you any good. Being cautiously aware does. Once a spiritual teacher said to me that fear is like inviting the things you're afraid of to come closer and eventually, you get caught up by them. True or not, it is no doubt stressful.
So let's take care of each other and ourselves! <3