We’re in a time where a strong immune system and a positive mental attitude are crucial to living a happy and healthy life. It can be challenging when our daily routines are altered and we might not be able to engage in the same activities we usually do, this greatly affects mental attitude. We also happen to be in uncertain times with high stress which can wreak havoc on the immune system so it’s super important to do whatever we can to keep our immunity functioning to the best of its ability. Check out these 5 tips for boosting your mood and immunity to stay on top of your game!
- Pay attention to your diet
Food plays a major role in the health of our immune system, the goal when it comes to boosting your immunity and mood is to eat more foods that support your health such as
- Citrus fruit, Kiwi and papaya
- Red bell peppers, spinach and broccoli
- Garlic and turmeric
- Green tea
- Almonds and sunflower seeds
And to reduce consumption of foods that cause inflammation in the body. When you eat foods that cause an inflammatory reaction it puts your body in a state of stress and weakens your immune system. Food that can cause inflammatory responses include
- Cheese and other processed dairy products
- Refined white flour such as white bread
- Fatty red meat like burgers and processed lunch meat
- Foods fried in processed refined vegetable oils
- Sugary foods such as sodas and foods sweetened with high fructose corn syrup
- Stay Active
Get up and get moving, even if it’s a brisk walk or jumping on Youtube for a 20 minute workout. Youtube is full of free workout videos of all different kinds! Lack of exercise affects our circulation and other systems like the lymph system that uses movement like a pump for the body to move fluids and remove waste. Movement also stimulates the endorphin system and gives our bodies the “feel good” hormones that boost our mood!
- Get your Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a super vitamin that helps to create other components in the body such as minerals and hormones. Studies have shown a significant relationship between illness and lack of vitamin d in the body. Vitamin D helps you fight diseases like osteoporosis and heart disease as well as helping you fight illnesses like the FLU and Covid-19. Getting your daily dose of sunshine or ingesting vitamin d in pill form can even help fight depression and reduce anxiety.
- Get dressed!
Besides being a way to express your individual sense of style and express creativity, getting dressed for work and your day sets the tone for your whole day. Since your normal routine might be interrupted when you work from home or when not working at all, It can help you feel more at ease to wear something a bit closer to what you’d normally wear at the office or when you go out. Do your hair, put on a cute outfit, even throw on your favorite pair of shoes! This will boost your mood which actually helps support the immune system, the less stress the body and mind are under the more powerful your immunity because your body has less work to do in other areas and stress isn’t weighing you down.
- Get organized and create a living/working space that makes you feel good.
With so much extra time now is a great opportunity to clean out your closet, organize your room and home office and get rid of clutter that no longer serves you. Get rid of clothes and accessories that you don’t love or never wear and then organize the crap out of your closets and drawers. This will make you feel super productive and boost your mood as well as give you an opportunity to make space for things you do love. Plus, I don’t know about you but I’ll take any opportunity to go on a shopping spree even if it’s done online or with curbside pickup! Feeling productive, organized and tidy will boost your mood and immunity!