Our days are slowly getting lighter and we can see this evidenced in the emergence of the familiar bulb flowers like daffodils - we are seeing the first signs of Spring. This is normally the time of year when we too would slowly be starting to emerge from our 'winter dens of hibernation' and venturing more outdoors.
However, with the obvious current international concerns many of us are now likely to spend a lot more time indoors, so this is probably a good time to focus your attention inwards and look at building and keeping your immune system strong and healthy and also putting some of your energy towards giving yourself the equivalent of a vehicle MOT and service by looking after yourself and those around you.
The three simplest ways of achieving this are outlined below - and as mentioned above, this won't cost the earth, in fact you could find that you are actually saving money!
These things will help you to both sleep better and build up your immune system so it is strong and resilient. There are a number of ways you can easily do this at home with a few minimal changes to your current life style.
2. Cut Out The Bad Stuff
This short list is really quite obvious and you may well have seen or heard it all before, but there's no time like the present to revisit it. Okay, it said cut out the bad stuff, but if that's not an easy step for you then I recommend that you at least try cutting back!
If you can adopt just one of these measures then you will be moving towards a healthier you - if you can cut out or reduce more, or even all, of them then your overall health improvement can multiply accordingly.
Avoid tobacco smoke whether from yourself or passive intake from others.
Drink less alcohol.
Reduce your intake of soft drinks and foods that are high in sugar.
Cut back on processed foods.
Find alternatives to refined carbohydrates.
3. Lower Your Stress Levels.
One of the easiest and cost-free ways guaranteed to reduce an individual’s stress level is by exposing yourself to nature and fresh air. A simple walk in the country or in the park and briefly getting in touch with nature and a feeling of having some space is proven to relax the mind and then the body.
The next simple, and similarly cost-free, habit to try and adopt is to get a regular good night’s sleep which helps keep your immune system strong. An eye mask, even ear plugs to distract from sound and light are all simple aids to achieve this as well as trying some meditation before bed and maybe even applying some of our hops infused sleep balm which can also help induce sleep.
Another way of lowering stress levels is to take a relaxing bath before bed, or even a foot soak if you don’t have a bath adding Epsom Salts - see recipe below - using these four simple steps:
Light a candle
Run a bath.
Add some Epsom Salts with essential oils.
Soak, relax and unwind.
A Simple Epsom Salt Bath Recipe
Epsom salts are inexpensive and beneficial due to their magnesium content which can help induce sleep and reduce stress as well as soothe muscles and help you to relax.
Adding naturally scented essential oils is also beneficial and each have their own therapeutic properties. As you only need a few drops these can also be bought for just few pounds. Here is a simple recipe for you:
A. - Equipment:
Glass Jars (baldwins.co.uk)
Small wooden or metal scoop (optional)
B. - Ingredients:
250g Epsom Salts (mysticmoments.co.uk)
10-15 Essential oils (5 drops Eucalyptus/ 10 drops Lavender or 10-15 drops of Rosemary, Sweet Orange etc.) (mysticmoments.co.uk)
C. - Method:
Pour Epsom Salts into a mixing bowl, add essential oil and stir.
Store surplus in glass jars.
4. Build Your Immune System Up.
In tandem with the de-stressing and finding time to relax it is important to try and build and maintain a healthy immune system. A good starting point for you to do this is to include diversity as well as balance in your diet.
Be sure to check that you are supplementing your daily intake with foods that are high in content of Vitamin C - a priority immune system booster -, Vitamin B6 - a great immune system supporter vitamin - and Vitamin E - a first rate antioxidant to help fight of infections, if that is not always possible then as a second choice you can always take these vitamins in tablet form.
Much of these foods can be bought dried or in tins.
Look to take in foods with the following essential ingredients: