02 Jan 10 easy tips to improve health, immunity and wellbeing
When the fishermen can’t go to sea, they mend their nets. During the coronavirus restrictions, it’s been tough for all of us, this January we deserve to go a bit easier on ourselves, New Year’s Resolutions seem a bit harsh somehow in these times, but most of us are keen to make sure that 2021 is better than 2020! It’s safe to say that many of us have probably settled into a comfort zone of perhaps doing less than we feel we should and avoiding things that may be good for us. These 10 simple tips can help you reboot, recalibrate, blow away the cobwebs and lay a good foundation to help feel better in 2021.
“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~Roy T Bennett
- Focus on the good. Make a daily list of things you are grateful for. ‘Gratitude creates inner buoyancy, to keep you from sinking when life gets rough’. Trying to maintain a positive attitude is one of the greatest things you can do for your health & wellbeing. The book MINDSET by Dr Carol Dwek, world-renowned Stanford Professor, is a great to help shift gears.
- Declutter. Don’t be dragged down by a shedload of stuff that you don’t use or need & have to keep looking after. Clear out and donate what you no longer have use for. Read The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay. It’s about a lot more than clearing your wardrobes. The book is a game changer.
- Set mini nutrition goals. Sally is a fan of ditching the dreaded diets & instead, committing to a number of little things like trying 2 new vegetables, fruits or healthy recipes each week for example. Switch from juices to smoothies (juicing removes the beneficial fibre which is required to help digest the sugar) & instead of swearing off sweets (we all deserve treats!), try cutting back on a few things that aren’t good for you- like sodas. You’ll feel better and soon other good habits may follow as a result, naturally- and not because you made a resolution about it!
- Tackle low energy. Being stuck at home can be draining. Add remote working or learning or home schooling to the mix and things become even more challenging. Sally is all for reducing sugar & refined carbs & consuming less junk as this type of eating seriously saps your energy & focus. She also suggests supplementing with a few great nutrients which are not usually found in a regular diet or multivitamin like bee pollen, spirulina, ginseng & rose hips. All of those can be found in Bee Energised energy & focus supplements. Go easy on the booze as well- alcohol turns to sugar in the body resulting in fatigue, lethargy & brain fog. Excess alcohol also affects immune system function. Try alcohol free beer- some can taste very much like the real deal.
- Support your immune system. Now more than ever we don’t want to find our natural defences on feeble footing. Sally advises taking it easy on sugar, alcohol & coffee. Along with eating well, she suggests adding in a few natural immune system modulators which are not usually found in a regular diet but are very nourishing for the immune system- like bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf & beta glucans, which can be very effective for strengthening immunity, plus they all have antiviral properties as well (find them all in Bee Prepared immune formulas). Adding in a probiotic & vitamin d will also help.
- Baby step fitness. Doing at least some form of moderate exercise daily can not only support mental health but it also can aid immune function. Why not decide to try one new fitness activity or online class every week (the change will help break the monotony of being at home so much) or commit to do 10 minutes of SOMETHING every day- sit-ups, leg lifts, a quick run, or anything you like. If you stick to it every day, you’ll find you often carry on to do more.
- Be calm. Stress and anxiety is shown in studies to weaken the immune system. We all know about the colossal benefits of meditation. Even a minute or two can have huge benefits. A study from Sussex University showed reading an engrossing book for just 6 minutes can lower stress levels by 68%. Cooking and walking in nature have also been shown to reduce anxiety & improve wellbeing. Try Bee calm anxiety & stress support supplements– they contain a combination of plant based nutrients which have been shown in studies to help ease anxiety, lift low moods & improve feelings of wellbeing.
- Stay rested. Poor sleep is shown to seriously impact the immune system. There are many studies on the massive impact sleep has on our health, immune system and wellbeing. Bee rested supplements are researched and formulated by nutritionists incorporating ingredients which are shown to help you nod off faster & wake up less in the night without feeling groggy the next day. Other things that can help including taking epsom salt baths before bed, not having caffeine after 2pm and meditating before bed.
- Recharge your skin. Lockdown is a great time to experiment with home beauty treatments. Along with eating plenty of fruit & veg, To help maintain good skin, Sally says it’s important to ensure that you are eating enough protein & good fats such as nuts, avocados and oily fish as they all help with plumping the skin and keeping it soft. If you suffer from acne, eczema or other skin conditions, she suggests trying bee propolis, which has many studies behind its use for skin healing and has natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, & inflammatory properties as well as heaps of antioxidants to boot. Find propolis in Bee Prepared Daily Defence supplements. Also- ensure your skin products are of a good quality. Whatever you put on your skin goes in your body.
- Spend time reconnecting with friends and loved ones. A quick call or email can make a huge difference to ourselves & others. Human interaction is a great spirit lifter.
By Sarah Orecchia, founder of Unbeelievable Health with Nutritional Therapist Sally Wisbey
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Header image via New York Times. Here are some extra tips from them too. Click here.