Hi, it’s Agnes here and this week I would like to share my thoughts on a very topical subject : how to cope with the threat of COVID 19 around us daily.
No matter our age, COVID 19 can be devastating, fatal or quite benign. The fear is we don’t know if we were to get it, how our bodies will react. And we don’t have a foolproof way to avoid it short of solitary confinement to the exclusion of even family. We can only take precautions as best as we can. Age unfortunately does matter in this instance because as we age, our immune response capability becomes reduced, which in turn contributes potentially to more infections. My husband and I are in our sixties and we are constantly being reminded by our daughter that we are in the “vulnerable” segment of population with respect to COVID 19. We both work and enjoying working, as many of you see us at Oompf! regularly. And we have no intention of abandoning life because of COVID 19. I have a very simplistic and long term approach to coping with situations such as the current one aside from the obvious staying away from crowds, washing hands, personal hygiene, avoid travel and now, social distancing...beyond all these, I believe long term, and I stress : LONG TERM answer lies in ensuring we consistently practise the following :
A balanced nutrition - our diet must include sufficient proteins and micronutrients (essential vitamins and trace minerals) including vegetables and fibre. As the saying goes “ we are what we eat”, not just today or tomorrow but years from now. The immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment.
Regular exercise - at least 3 to 4 times a week of moderate intensity. Regular exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and contributes to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
Minimum 7 hours sleep daily. We talked about this on our previous Weekly Chat. Adequate sleep is vital to our bodies to rejuvenate and recover from physical and mental exertion, and thus is one of the pillars of overall health and well being.
15-20 minutes daily of “me” time to de-stress from work and mental clutter, to meditate, chill and to feel positive, grateful and blessed. While there is no known proven correlation between mental health and immunity, we can’t be optimally functional if we are continuously in a stressed situation or suffering from chronic stress. The reality is COVID 19 is here to stay for sometime so we have to come to terms with it and alter our lifestyle, habits, social behavior and business expectations in order to cope with a potentially prolonged crisis.
NOTHING BEATS BEING FIT AND HEALTHY! STAY SAFE, FIT AND HEALTHY,
OUR BEST DEFENSE AGAINST ANY VIRUS!
It would be great to hear from you your thoughts on how you are coping with COVID 19. Do share with us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org