For many people, the fall and winter seasons are one cold and viral bug after another. Here in Florida, spring is the worst time of year for many because of the high levels of pollen in the air. These are busy seasons for most people and it’s frustrating to get sick and still have to be productive. Have you ever wondered how you could boost your immune system so that you can have fewer sick days?
You probably know that changing your diet and exercise habits are a big part of giving your immune system a boost. But then what? All the information and products available out there can be a little overwhelming. Here’s some simple daily habits that you can start doing now to boost your immune system.
Prayer and Meditation
Prayer and meditation are essential habits for spiritual and emotional wellness, but did you know that they can also reduce your chance of illness? The truth is that meditation can have a direct connection to your overall health. Meditation is simply learning to be still, listening to God as your body slows down. Meditation helps you to focus on deep issues that you might be struggling with and helps you to find ways to handle them so that they don’t get out of control. Meditation is a great way to calm down from daily life stresses such as problems with your family, your health or anything that might be upsetting you. This is a time to reflect and focus on your overall health. I find that after I’ve got the noise out of my head, it’s easer to pray and listen to God.
For many years I struggled with emotional and mental issues that came from a toxic upbringing and the struggles of special needs parenting. I strongly believe that because I didn’t deal with these problems in a healthful way, my immune system started to malfunction. I was tense and stressed much of the time. My cortisol levels were out of whack. Whether it ultimately caused my chronic illness (dystonia) I can’t say but it certainly didn’t help.
Simple daily meditation habits can help you to reduce stress and its effect on your immune system, thus decreasing the chances of frequent bouts of sickness.
Do you roll your eyes when you hear the word journaling? It doesn’t have to be tedious daily writing exercises that you can’t stick with. There are lots of ways to journal, even video journaling. The reason journaling works to help keep illness at bay is because journaling has a direct connection to reducing stress levels and reveal situations to you that you might not realize were an issue. And getting creative is another great way to let off steam.
For example, if you are struggling with anxiety and are unsure of where it’s coming from, journaling can help you narrow the possible sources. By working through a journaling process on a daily process, you will find yourself able to release stress as well as figure out what’s causing it so that you can get rid of it.The reduced stress means a calmer body and mind, which means your body works at a more efficient level and your immune system is healthy and able to fight off
Practice gratitude every day. Write three things down in your journal that you’re grateful for. Even if it’s just for the basics of life, imagine being without them.
I have fallen in love with the Happy Planner journaling system. It’s the first system that hasn’t stressed me out and I can see myself sticking with it for the long haul. You can buy them at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby with a discount coupon, or get them at Amazon if you don’t have those stores nearby. I have a Big Happy Planner for every day, one for fitness and one for faith journaling. Washi tape and stickers motivate me…what can I say? And if I’m too pooped to journal I just use stickers. It’s that easy 🙂 One note…if you buy from Amazon, be sure the month dates are what you want. With an undated planner you can start any time. Some start in July 2017 and there are still some that start in January.
You may be doing everything right. You’re meditating, journaling, working out and eating well. Yet you’re still struggling. One more thing to think about is your water intake. If you don’t get enough in, you’re stressing your body and organ system. Your body needs water to work properly. Coffee and soda don’t count! If you have everything else covered and you are still getting sick, try to increase your water intake. There are lots of ways to do this, such as apps and setting your timer to drink water. I personally like the HydroFlask. I like drinking from stainless steel a lot more than plastic water bottles. (It is a little pricey, but I’ve had mine well over a year and have easily saved that money in picking up water bottles from 7-11!)
By applying these habits to your daily routine, you’ll start to notice that your immune system seems to be stronger and you seem to get sick less often. Exercise, supplements and eating well definitely have their role in a strong immune system, but keeping your mind and emotions healthy is just as important to overall health.
What are your favorite stress relieving habits?
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