Strengthen Your Immune System

“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.“ -Kris Carr

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We are at that time of year again: the hustle and bustle of shopping, parties, deadlines, busy, busy, busy. What also seems to be common this time of year is sickness which can really put a damper on the holiday festivities.

I know about this all too well. Last Christmas I decided to be super woman hosting not just one dinner but three, and these were not small dinners. This was on top of all of the other commitments I had. And guess what happened? Yes, I got sick and not just a bit sick but a lot sick. So my memories of last Christmas are not of the wonderful family gatherings which they were, but of how awful I felt and the incredible amount of time it took me to get well afterwards.

Yes, I know that being a healthy person who takes such good care of her health I should not have gotten sick, right? Wrong! What I forgot to take care of was my stress by taking on too much and not resting and sleeping enough. The stress got the better of me and my immune system. All it took was being at one party exposed to someone who was really too sick to be there and bam, down I went.

Moral of the story: at this time of year it is vitally important to strengthen your immune system. Do whatever you can to reduce your stress. Eat nutritious foods, stay away from too much sugar, get plenty of sleep, maybe even say NO to a few things, take a natural immune booster if necessary, and just enjoy the season.

Let go of everything having to be perfect. If you are tired, then rest. If you are not up to doing something then don’t.

Just enjoy what Christmas is about: a celebration of the birth of a great prophet, a time to be with friends and family, a time to reflect on all that is joyous in your life, a time to help others less fortunate, a time to give thanks.

Now is the time to start strengthening your immune system—not after it’s too late and you are already sick. Enjoy this time of year healthy and happy.

Dealing with your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress is your responsibility; no one else will do it for you. Your immune system will thank you for it!

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