#4: Up Your Game - Taking Better Care of Yourself Physically

Written by Carrie Wrigley on . Posted in Covid-19, Emotions, and You

In the face of Covid-19 and its consequences, one of two things will happen to each of us.  Either we'll get more isolated, depressed, anxious, and unproductive.  Or - we'll use this time wisely to get stronger, happier, healthier, more creative, and more connected with ourselves and others.

We can fight back against this crisis - not just by washing our hands, hoarding toilet paper, staying away from each other, and anxiously watching the news for scary updates.  Rather, we can take sensible precautions and make wise preparations - while simultaneously using this time off to build family connections, expand faith - AND - to expand our physical immunity, improving our physical health and strength. 

You've heard it over and over on the news.   Covid-19 is most dangerous for those who are elderly and frail, or for those with already-compromised immune systems.  So - one of the best things you can do for yourself and others in the face of this crisis is - get yourself stronger and healthier!  Intentionally build your immunity. 

So many people are wondering what to do with all this new time at home, as schools and workplaces are closed, gyms and ski resorts shut their doors, and social distancing becomes the order of the day.   Certainly one of the things we can do with this newly available time is - expand our personal arsenal of health-promoting strategies.  

Start with the Obvious - Personal Health 101

The first level of personal health improvement is - start by doing what you already know you should be doing.   Most of us already know what we need to do, to build and preserve our health - we just haven't been taking the time to do it, under the press of so many other things on our to-do list.   Now that our to-do list is suddenly shortened, we can use that newfound time to do what we already know we should do to preserve and build our health.   This includes:

Use the newly-available time provided by this experience to develop and strengthen health-promoting habits in your life.   By so doing, you can help yourself and your loved ones to develop a lifestyle of wellness and an expansion of immunity - which is one of your greatest possible contributions to public health during this crisis, and throughout your lifetime. 

Stretching Into New Health-Promoting Experiences

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In addition to the basic health-promotion strategies mentioned above, you may want to expand your wellness arsenal by experimenting with some less familiar strategies that may bring additional health benefits.   These include:

  1. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Other Eastern Exercise Regimes - These promote not only flexibility and balance - they also help moderate your breathing, calm your anxiety, and center your inner self - all needed and relevant benefits for getting through today's challenges. 
  2. Body Weight Exercise - Can't get into the gym for your normal weight-lifting routine or exercise class?   Look on the internet and elsewhere for body weight exercises you can do at home, without special equipment.  
  3. Dance! - One of the easiest and most fun of exercise routines is - turn on your favorite high-energy music, and dance to it!  It doesn't have to be a stage-worthy performance.  Dance as if no one is watching.  Lift your arms and legs high, and dance out your frustrations, concerns, and worries.
  4. Juicing - This provides a powerful way to quickly infuse your body with the health-promoting nutrients of fresh fruits and vegetables, requiring a minimum of digestion, preparation, and cleanup.  If you don't already have a juicer, purchase one.  It is one of the best and easiest ways to get maximum nutrition flowing easily through your bloodstream - including immunity-building foods that can otherwise be hard to consume, like lemons and fresh ginger.
  5. Smoothies The internet is flooded with great ideas and recipes for getting drinkable nutrients through health-enhancing smoothies you can create in your own blender (preferably a high-powered blender such as a NutriBullet, Blendtec, or Vitamix.)  A great way to get your spinach and other leafy green vegetables, mixed with other cleansing  ingredients such as fresh or frozen fruit.
  6. Oil Pulling - This strategy is not well known, but can be a powerful way for capturing the sickness-inducing organisms that congregate first in your mouth, gathering them, and spittting them out before they have a chance to spread throughout your body.  Best to do this first thing in the morning, upon waking - before eating, drinking, or toothbrushing.

Crisis 2 CharactersIn 1959, President John F. Kennedy taught, "When written in Chinese, the word "Crisis" is composed of two characters.  One represents danger; and the other represents opportunity."  The current crisis surrounding the coronavirus is no different.  Though the dangers are well-publicized, the opportunities for growth and health-promoting development are just as real.   Use this unique time to increase your strength and wellness in all areas of your life -- but especially in improving your physical wellness, to make yourself more resistant to the virus, and healthier in general  -- benefitting both yourself, and everyone around you. 

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