While most of us are largely housebound while we get through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important we all stay as healthy as possible – both physically and mentally. The good folk at Peninsula Hot Springs have come up with some ways we can do that.
Drink tea: Tea contains health-promoting substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Consider adding a cup of caffeine-free tea to your daily routine.
Essential oil bath: Aromatherapy oils infused into water help to promote detoxification and decrease stress and anxiety. Create your own private sanctuary at home with a tranquil, hot aromatherapy bath.
Immersion in nature: Take advantage of the uplifting qualities fresh air and plant life offer. Phytoncides, a chemical released by plants, can boost the immune system.
Sunshine: Take a moment to soak up the rays. As well as boosting your mood, vitamin D helps support the immune system by producing antibodies that can fight illness.
Movement: Some gentle, balancing ways to stay active at home include yoga and Pilates, or dancing to your favourite songs. Movement stimulates the lymphatic system to oust toxins from the body, and it lowers stress levels too.
Sleep: To promote the best quality sleep, wind down before bedtime by avoiding caffeine and heavy evening meals and practising breathing exercises or stretching.
Cold therapy: Invigorate your senses with a cold shower. Cold therapy improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation and pain.
Music: Balance out the frequencies of the body and reduce the stress hormones that can suppress the immune system through the vibration of music. Create a playlist of your favourite artists and mood-boosting songs to play at home.
Laughter: When you laugh, the number of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies that improve your resistance to disease increase. If laughter is the best medicine, now is the time to share jokes, funny stories and videos.
Healthy eating: The foods we eat regulate our immune system and can efficiently reduce the risk of infection. Explore recipes that incorporate more fruit and vegetables rich in vitamin C into your diet.
Meditation: Meditation improves immune and cognitive function, helps cultivate healthy sleep patterns and reduces blood pressure. Consider such apps as Smiling Mind or Insight Timer to guide you.
Hydration: Water helps flush toxins, waste and bacteria from the body to fight disease and infection as well as strengthen the immune system. So regularly pour yourself a glass of H2O.