Let’s explore the stress-immunity connection and learn a few helpful ways to reduce stress and boost immunity!
Have you ever gotten sick right after a particularly stressful time in your life? If so, you’ve experienced the link between stress and immunity!
Although it’s meant to protect us, stress actually makes us more vulnerable to illness when it lingers for days, months, or even years. With an increasing need to keep our immune systems strong, now is the time to finally overcome chronic stress and find the balance we need not just to survive but thrive.
Understanding how stress and the immune system interact is essential to developing a lifestyle that supports our immune system instead of sabotaging it. Let’s explore the stress-immunity connection and learn a few helpful ways to reduce stress and boost immunity!
Stress and the Immune System
Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Stress-Immunity Connection
4 Tips to Reduce Stress and Boost Immunity
- Make food your medicine.
Food has the power to heal – or the power to hurt. To protect your immunity, avoid junk food and sugar and fill up on whole foods. Focus on seasonal produce and try to eat a wide variety of colors to get the most nutrients and vitamins. How you cook your food matters, too. In fall and winter, focus on warming soups, grain porridges, and cooked meat and veggies. This type of cooking makes digestion easy work on your Spleen and Stomach and boosts your overall qi.
- Exercise regularly.
It’s natural to feel a little lazier in the colder months, but a little physical activity goes a long way for your immunity. Studies show that regular exercise effectively strengthens your immune system and reduces your risk of illnesses (including Covid-19).
What kinds of exercise will boost your immunity best? Anything that gets your heart pumping and melts your stress. Running, yoga, tai chi, dance, cycling, and hiking are all great for stress relief and immune health.
- Sip on immune tonics.
If you rely on coffee to help you manage your daily stressors, consider swapping a few javas for an immune-boosting tonic. While coffee can help focus your mind and even contains helpful antioxidants, you can have too much of a good thing. Stick to one cup daily, then support your mind, body, and immunity with a tonic tea instead.
Teas containing ginger, licorice root, turmeric, lemongrass, or green tea are high in antioxidants and help support your immune system. Or, consider buying a pre-formulated Chinese herbal tonic tea.
- Practice healing self-care.
These days, self-care isn’t just a nice treat; it’s a non-negotiable daily habit if you want to live a balanced, healthy life. We all need self-care to decompress, de-stress, and feel our best. To both ease stress and strengthen the immune system, try self-care hobbies that have strong healing effects. Here are a few of my favorite ways to unwind:
- An evening bath with eucalyptus Epsom salt
- Gratitude journaling with a cup of chamomile tea
- Self-foot massage while listening to an immune-boosting meditation or music
- Bi-weekly acupuncture to stay balanced – mind, body, and spirit!
Relieve Stress, Feel Resilient
There’s no question – stress and immunity are intricately linked. To properly prevent seasonal illnesses and disease, we need to address stress head-on.
At Calm, you’ll find all the tools and support you need to manage your stress naturally. From acupuncture to Chinese herbal medicine to stress and anxiety management support, we’re here for you!
Don’t let stress leave you feeling blue and under the weather. Schedule your visit to Calm today!