Worry, the cognitive enumeration and anticipation of potential future negative events is associated with autonomic dysregulation, which may, in turn, have implications for the immune system.
Are you stressed out? Feeling lonely or depressed? Don’t be surprised if you come down with something. Psychologists in the field of “psychoneuroimmunology” have shown that state of mind affects one’s state of health.
In times of stress, many people experience muscle tension, racing thoughts, tightness in the chest, and some may deal with digestive shifts (leaky gut). Since your digestive system is your second brain, once it is messed up, it will affect your immune systems.
So how do we manage our stress and anxiety?
Yes, it all comes down to exercise because it lowers your body’s stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers.
Sleep. This could be one of the hardest things to do for people living in big cities with heavy workload loads. But exercise will also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety.
Get the right supplement
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids which make up the basic building blocks of the brain and nervous system.
Probiotics are microorganisms known for their benefits to digestive health. A healthy balance of bacteria in the body can boost the body’s ability to cope with stress, improve overall mental health and bolster cognitive functioning.
One of the most common essential oils for relaxation is Lavender. Lavender essential oil is a must-have if you regularly experience stress and anxiety. You can also add Ylang-ylang, Bergamot, Rose and Chamomile in the mix.
Have a nice self-quarantine season, it is indeed time to reflect, practice self-control and our ability to be considerate and compassion towards others.