Moms try to be all things and do all things for their families. High stress and activity can deplete the immune system just when you don’t have time to get sick. Following these five simple immunity-boosting tips for moms will help keep you free from an illness during the flu season.
Following these five immunity-boosting tips will keep busy moms smiling while we keep going:
Keep close friends close
Some experts claim that social interaction with at least 5 others daily is important to maintain your emotional health. This can include family, but reaching out beyond your family will help you stay objective. Your friends can provide support, encouragement and fun chat. Face to face is ideal, followed by phone calls. Internet social sites are good, but the more intimate the contact, the more you will gain from the interaction. Your immune system needs this positive emotional energy to stay healthy.
Making sure you get enough sleep is difficult when you have so much to do. An ideal way to find out how much sleep you need is to go to bed when you are tired and get up when you awake- without an alarm. It will surprise you to find that your body has its own rhythm and internal clock. This exercise will show you how many hours your body needs and the time frame you should follow. Beyond nighttime rest, it does not hurt to take short power naps during the day. Even 15-minute naps will reset your energy levels and keep your immune system healthy.
Eat healthy food
Food is the fuel that powers your body. If you want top energy output and optimal efficiency, give your body the best fuel. Whole grains, low-fat protein, vegetables, and fruits all provide the right elements to keep your immune system healthy. If reaching for a snack, grab a piece of fruit (loaded with anti-oxidants) some nuts (omega-3 fats), or yogurt (healthy bacteria for digestion).
Turn off the TV and listen to your favorite tunes. Whether you prefer classical, rock or pop music will boost your immune system. Music affects the area of your brain that produces stress hormones. Listening to your favorite tunes lifts your mood, makes you feel happier, and thus calms this area of the brain. Lower stress means a healthier immune system.
Find simple exercises that engage all your muscles and get moving. There are multiple opportunities available. Whether you go to an exercise class or pop in a video or use the exercise option on your children’s game console, getting enough exercise is necessary to boost your immune system. Exercise lowers stress hormones in your body, lowers your heart rate and increases your metabolism. You will be healthier and feel happier.
Which immunity-boosting tips will you incorporate today?
Michelle D. Garrett is the founder of Divas With A Purpose. She focuses on sharing resources for being purposely productive; setting personal and professional goals and achieving them through daily action; and successfully running a business while focusing on your mental health. Michelle is a full-time entrepreneur who specializes in teaching female entrepreneurs how to show up consistently in their business – online and off.
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