Thank you to King's Health and Wellness Program for offering the following advice to our community: We realize we are all living in uncharted territory these days. We thought now would be a good time to share with you some reminders of what you can do to keep yourselves - your body and mind - healthy during this pandemic.
Meditation - during these uncertain times it's normal to feel scattered and uncentered. Now if ever is the precise time to start meditating. Click on the link to Calm, an app that has been providing free resources to the King community.
Boost your immune system - Now more than ever, it's essential to prioritize our health and well-being, and do all you can to boost your immune system so you're as healthy as possible. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses, including coronavirus.
Practicing good nutrition habits by eating mostly whole, fresh foods that are high in protein, rich in micronutrients and toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, and processed and refined foods, as much as you can.
Sleep - Ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body's time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.
Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental vitamin D + K2. High levels of vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness.
Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
Go outside and go for a walk or a run - fresh air and movement will help boost your mood.
Practice good hygiene - need we say more about this...wash hands, sanitize surfaces, cover mouth when coughing, refrain from touching your face.
Stay Hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids
Stay home and practice social distancing. This has been the recommendation of almost every local government to help stop the spread of the virus and to do our part in flattening the curve.
If you begin to develop cold- and flu-like symptoms or become ill, take care of yourself and minimize the spread to others by staying home. If you think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, call your healthcare provider immediately.
Use technology and social media to stay connected! Social distancing does not mean you have to isolate yourself. Stay in touch with friends and family through via phone, FaceTime, texting, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.
Stay Positive and don't Panic - a positive mindset will reduce stress and help with your immune system.
For those of you working from home please see attached PDF for some helpful guidelines on how to navigate this new and unfamiliar landscape we are all experiencing!
Be well....stay healthy and safe!