Scientists are only beginning to understand the mind psychology and its’ impact on immune system physiology. Being happy and positive doesn’t just feel good, but it also strengthens your overall health.
Here are 5 ways to support your mind that will nourish your immune system
-> Practice gratitude. Giving yourself a little reminder of the great things in your life will boost your mood and your ability to fight disease. This is a quick exercise that can turn your mindset around quickly.
-> Use positive affirmations to enhance your mood. Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings. Repeat positive affirmations regularly, especially during periods of stress. Keep your mind occupied with something positive. Make a list of positive affirmations that resonate with you.
-> Be successful. Experience success by setting goals you can reach. Big, audacious goals are great, but be sure to have a few more manageable goals, too. Be happy with your small successes. Your immune system will reward you.
-> Exercise patience. ( I need help here!) Impatience creates stress. Relax and make good use of the extra time. The time will pass regardless of how you spend it. Take advantage of it and stay calm.
-> Be happy! What makes you happy? Figure it out, and one way to do that is to think about what you did as an eight-year-old. Did you play soccer, bake, dance? Whatever you did, do more of it now. At this time of our life, we do what truly felt right to us and didn’t focus on what others thought. ‘t care what others think. Remember, these aren’t frivolous things. They make life enjoyable and keep you healthy.
Avoid underestimating the impact your mood and mindset can have on your immune system. Optimism, happiness, fun, love, and success keep your immune system in good working order. Turn that negative thought around. Sometimes, if I struggle with a not so optimistic view, I play my favorite Spotify playlist and turn my energy around.
PS Getting out in nature is one of my favorite healthy things I do. Sometimes it takes work ( which seems so counterintuitive), but it is so powerful. Even a short walk around the block and admiring the trees and squirrels are mighty immune strengtheners.