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3 Ways to Stay Healthy & Keep a Positive Mindset to Combat COVID-19

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We are nearing the 2-year mark since we first learned about COVID-19 in the US. January 20, 2020, to be exact. It's been an up and down roller coaster for all of us. Trust me; I'm right there with you.

From school closures to working from home – our overall daily living has changed.

Not only that, but our habits have changed dramatically. I used to only check for my phone, keys, and wallet before walking out the door, but now I check for a mask.

With the rise of new variants across the globe, it almost seems like this pandemic will never end.

Because this pandemic is nearly unpredictable – it remains our duty to keep our bodies and minds strong, healthy, and in tip-top shape.

If you do your part, you can significantly lessen the likelihood of catching the virus.

One of the things that I started to notice during the start of the pandemic is how the news continues to jam the rise of COVID cases down our throats without giving us enough knowledge about how to effectively combat the virus in our day-to-day life.

Now don't get me wrong, it's perfectly ok to be educated and aware of what's going on so we can make wise decisions and take intelligent actions.

But I found it quite strange that the news does nothing but talk about the problem rather than educate the public on changing lifestyle habits to lessen their ability to contract the virus.

That's when I went on a hunt and researched everything I could for solutions and lifestyle habits that I could integrate to improve my immune system and mindset.

The immune system does a remarkable job at defending against disease-causing microorganisms. Otherwise known as the common cold or flu. But it only works as well as the person who is using it.

In other words, it remains our duty to integrate lifestyle habits that yield our immune systems the ability to fight off viruses.

Building consistent lifestyle habits are the most effective ways to keep you healthy and strong during the pandemic.

Here are three ways to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape:

Keep A Positive Mindset & Manage Your Daily Stress

From constant pings from our devices to the demands of life – stress inevitably arises throughout our day. Unfortunately, when we experience stress, the immune system's ability to fight off infections is reduced. Thus, heightening your chances of your body contracting viruses. Psychologists in the field of psychoneuroimmunology have shown our state of mind can indeed affect one's state of health. In other words – our thoughts, whether it be stress from work, constant negative news, or negative people – can directly affect our immune system.

The good thing is you can help your immune system fight off germs and viruses by taking breaks from watching the news, meditation, taking breaks from social media, doing deep breathing exercises, surrounding yourself with positive people.

Exercise Daily

Science has concluded that our bodies have their own natural pharmacy to keep us healthy and strong. To stimulate your body to take advantage of this powerful pharmacy, regular exercise happens to be an effective way to do just that. Research confirms that exercising slows down the release of stress hormones, helps flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways, reduces inflammation, and strengthens antibodies to fight off viruses.

So, ensure you set aside time to work out daily, whether 20-30 min daily walks, going to the gym, or even yoga. Personally, I try to run just about every morning to ensure I keep my immune system strong.

Eat a Diet in High Fruits and Vegetables

We are what we eat. If we feed our bodies garbage, it will perform like garbage. In this case, our performance is measured by how effective our body keeps us healthy and strong. An article published by Medical News Today says our nutrition can directly affect the microbiome, gut barrier function, inflammatory processes, an