So here we are in the midst of a pandemic like our generation has never seen. As we are all trying to stay healthy and avoid contracting COVID-19, I thought I would share a few things you can do in your home to naturally give a little boost to your immune system. The unknown can be very stressful, so try one, two or three of these activities to help you stay strong and happy.
What the world needs now is laughter. Laughing triggers the release of endorphins, which makes us all feel good immediately. It also lowers our levels of cortisol, that stress-induced chemical that we probably all have in excess during these strange times. There is a correlation between low cortisol levels and a heightened immune system, so laugh and laugh.
Laughter Works Your Abs
Have you ever had a good belly roll and then realized your abs were sore? There is no better way to work toward that six-pack.
If you need some inspiration, here is a video of one of my favorite comedians, Sebastian Maniscalco, with his take on social distancing. Keep a tissue handy for those tears of laughter!
Cuddle Your Pets
Cuddling your pet can lower your heart rate and blood pressure while also triggering the release of oxytocin, the bonding hormone that creates warm, fuzzy feelings.
Anything that lessens stress and tension also helps the immune system. And think how much your pets need a little extra love right now. Animals are sensitive to moods and emotions and have probably noticed any heightened stress you are feeling due to the rapid changes in our world these days. So help your pets help you with extra snuggle time.
A Good Old-Fashioned Foot Rub
Question: What feels better than a foot rub?
Answer: A longer foot rub.
Since we cannot visit our favorite nail salon for a while, we all have to do a little toenail grooming. Why not add a foot rub while you are at it? A foot rub benefits the immune system in the same way any massage does. It decreases stress and tension and increases all those feel-good hormones we need right now.
If you want to make an even bigger impact with a foot rub, check out this article that shows 7 reflexology points on the feet that can improve the immune system. As icing on the cake, soak your feet in epsom salt after the foot rub. Your feet will feel like a million bucks and your immune system will thank you for one more boost!