• Anya

How to boost your immune system.. Particularly during this difficult time

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

Mauritius, we need to talk…

I know these are difficult times and that we’re all scared and stressed.

And that’s ok.

Our country has never seen anything like this before.

And, if you’re one of the many people checking your Facebook feed every 20 seconds, panic buying food, or considering whether you should go get tested and isolate yourself… I can imagine how confusing all this is.

But I’d like to share some common wisdom, (as a Dietitian, yoga instructor and citizen) which, I think, can all help us get through this together.

1. Stay Calm

Yes, it’s getting scary out there but please… let’s all stop panicking and take a second to breathe.

There’s no denying that this is one of the most serious health crises we’ve faced as a nation but running around in panic won’t change anything.

It won’t help you fight the virus, it won’t protect your loved ones… in fact, stress and fear lower your immune system.

Instead, give your immune system a boost by practicing some relaxation techniques.

You may think that this sounds pointless, but trust me… just take a break, step outside in your garden or on your balcony, and take a few deep breaths.

Relaxation techniques makes dealing with any form of adversity (mental or physical) much easier. Here’s what you can do for some peace of mind:

  • Make sure to get some rest, pause take a break. And get a good night sleep to let your body repair.

  • Smile and laugh: it actually relaxes your mind and boosts up your immune system.

  • Practice some breathing techniques, or even better, meditation. If you have no idea how to use your breath to relax, this video will teach you the basics. 

  • Take a break from watching constant Coronavirus news updates and reading messages. It’s important to stay informed, but don’t flood your mind with it and make it your reality.

  • When you want to get informed, make sure it’s from an official or reputable source which will help you make a real assessment of the threat.

  • A healthy, well balanced diet is a great way to help you reduce your levels of stress and boost your immune system (more on that later…)