Everywhere you turn people are talking about Coronavirus.
It’s on the news, the first topic of conversation, and possibly, for you, the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing you think about before going to bed.
But with the world all-consumed with Coronavirus, a potential lockdown in the UK imminent, and media reports dominated by the topic, what can we do to ease our own and other people’s fear and anxiety?
How to look after your body
It is imperative that we take this virus seriously and take the precautions already in place.
Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, throw away used tissues, and self-isolate if you have an underlying health condition or show any of the symptoms of Covid-19.
However, I haven’t seen anything about how we can keep our immune system strong.
Now more than ever it is essential that we protect ourselves and keep our bodies strong.
So here are some tips for giving yourself the very best chance of staying well:
Eat a healthy diet, ensuring that you have a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables
Drink eight glasses of water a day
Take supplements such at Vitamin C, which helps to repair the body and brain, and Vitamin D, which helps our body to absorb what it needs
Try to get at least eight hours sleep every night
Enjoy sunlight and fresh air
Things you should limit in order to keep yourself well, include:
Processed and junk food – refined sugar, additives and preservatives, sweets and cakes
Alcohol and sugary drinks
Trans fats – deep fried food
How to look after your mind
Stress can also be harmful to our immune system. These tips will help you to cope:
As soon as you wake, practice gratitude. Think of three things you are grateful for and write them down.
Find a mindfulness practice that suits you. It is not about clearing your thoughts but recognising them. Just a few minutes of silence and focusing on your breath can help to reduce cortisol which causes stress.
Plan your day
Keep a list of your accomplishments no matter how big or small
Think positive thoughts.
Love yourself and others
I have been practising all of the above for years so I know how well these tips work.
Let me help you to keep safe and live a happy and healthy life. I offer a free, no obligation, 20-minute consultation where we can discuss in more detail how I can specifically help you.