As we move through the coronavirus, let's focus on being healthy, happy, and helpful.
I am not interested in spreading fear or panic, and it is important to take into full consideration the conditions we are currently faced with. WHO (World Health Organization) has determined that COVID-19 constitutes a global pandemic. More than 200,000 cases have been reported and more than 8,000 deaths. It's even made its way to my little mountain town.
We need to take this seriously. We need to follow recommended suggestions for hygiene practice—wash hands well, and frequently—as well as for social distancing. We need to say home when we can, keep a distance of 9 feet from people, refrain from eating out, and gathering in groups. The more people who follow these guidelines, the more lives will be saved, and the sooner we put these into practice, the faster we can curb the spread of the virus.
Taking a situation seriously, does not mean that we lose our levity. Quite the opposite, in times of crisis, we want to keep our hearts open, our minds active, yet not overwhelmed. We want to to stay informed, and we want to practice discernment, and not spread panic. We also want to stay connected. To that end, I asked my social community of over 2,500 people to contribute to a list of tips that they employ to boost their immunity. What are some tips you would share?
Thirteen tips to Support your Immune System.
- Breathe. Deep inhales and exhales. Drop your shoulders, soften your belly let you gaze rest. Repeat as necessary—as in, don't stop!—and whenever you feel stressed, come back to your breath.
- Stay hydrated. Drink water, drink tea, keep your fluids replenished. .
- Meditate. Just a few minutes at a time can reset your state. Take a good posture, eyes open, and breathe in and out, focusing on your exhale. Notice thoughts, concerns and emotions rise and fall. Notice sensations in your body, and return to your breath. This will also help you to emotionally process your experience. Our busyness often keeps us distracted. We now have time to stop and feel. We may not like all that we find, but we can meet it with courage and friendliness.
- Play! Create something. Paint, write, draw, sing, dance, form a puzzle, color, make jewelry. Play with your kids, or your pets.
- Listen to uplifting music. Lay on your floor, sit in the sun. Dance. Listen to a podcast or audiobook.
- Take probiotics. Immunity begins in the gut.
- Take high-grade mushrooms: Chaga, as well as Turkey Tail, for overall immunity, Lion's Mane for focus, cordyceps, to support the respiratory system, and Reishi to help calm.
- Eat well. Live foods, fruits and veggies, greens, whole grains, rice, beans, lentils, oats. Cook and bake. Make a ritual out of cooking, and feeding yourself well.
- Essential oils, tinctures and syrups and vitamins: Thieves, On guard, peppermint, eucalyptus, oregano oil, citrus, sage, elderberry syrup, colloidal silver and food grade hydrogen peroxide, vitamin C, ginger, garlic, echinacea and lemon.
- Bathe regularly. Epsom salt baths with, or without essential oils. Sea salt baths, about 2 pounds per bath, to emulate the conditions of the ocean.
- LAUGH! Laughter boosts immunity, as well as lightens our hearts. Watch funny movies, tell bad jokes, sing in the shower, or to your family.
- Move! Go for a walk, a bike ride, run, dance, do yoga in your living room. Get into nature, into the sunshine. According to a microbiologist, the coronavirus breaks down under UV light. Get outside.
- Have sex, and or, masturbate. Sex boosts immunity! and just for fun, I wrote an article about it that you guessed it, is published on Elephant Journal.
Sex boosts Immunity, so there's That.
"We can explore ways to look after ourselves, and each other. Connect, check in, phone and text people. We can flirt—it’s contagious, in the best way. And we can masturbate, as well as meditate. Both are self-love practices, and relieve stress.
Now is the time to open, be honest, and even play. For some that is acknowledging fear, panic, and uncertainty. I get it. I too have been feeling anxious. Anxiety is a familiar companion to me. I have ways to soothe it. I drink water, eat well, get into nature, rest, and limit my time with overstimulating activities.
Along with anxiety, another energy is rising in me right now. They feel similar, but different, depending on my mental context—feeling crushed? Or having a crush!—this brings us back to sex and immunity.
This is where being honest about what is coming up is a healthy response to any stimuli, and what is coming up for me is arousal. I’m excited. Something sensual bubbles just beneath my skin. Is that weird? Maybe. It’s also part of being human, and I feel so human right now."
To read the full piece click here.
Thanks for reading, for paying attention, and for caring. We are in this together. If I can support you during these times, please do reach out, and please subscribe to stay up to date with my offerings.