There is no vaccine for this highly contagious coronavirus. The best thing we can do is to maximize our own health and immune system to give us the best chance of being in the 80% of people who only get mild symptoms. The good news is that lots of the things we can do are free, here are 5:
- SLEEP. Being well-rested is the foundation of health. When we are well-rested, we have the energy to do the other things we need to do and we make better decisions. When sleep is hard to come by, try stretching in bed, deep breathing, reading something boring or listening to lullabies on Spotify.
- HYDRATE. Drink plenty of water. Years ago, I spent some time backpacking in the Mojave desert. When I did, I would watch my pee. If it was clear, I was OK and, if it wasn’t, I drank more water until it was. Your body needs water to clean itself and function at its best so drink H2O.
- EXERCISE. Take a walk, check out YouTubes, do whatever you can do to move your body. Exercise is needed for your immune system to function at its best. Tip: If you don’t exercise regularly, don’t overdo it. Remember that you’ll be exercising a little bit every day so you avoid injury.
- LIMIT YOUR SCREEN TIME. During a crisis, it is easy to get glued to the latest news developments, escape into video games or hide by watching trash entertainment. Doing these things can add to our stress levels, interfere with our sleep and keep us from doing things that can prepare us to fight the virus. We need to focus on being as healthy as we can be so we need to reduce our screen time.
- BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND BE KIND. Spend time with the people you care about. We’re about to go through a very difficult time together so let’s be kind to each other. When we’re kind, we reduce our stress both for ourselves and for our population which leaves us all in better condition to fight this disease. Being kind and positive helps everyone.
BONUS: SOCIAL DISTANCING. Reduce your time in public. Avoid sporting events, concerts, churches; any place with a lot of people in a small space.
No matter what happens, doing these free things help give your body a fighting chance against COVID-19.