Stress and its impact on the immune system
Who is not stressed these days? What does stress do to the immune system? What can we do to reduce stress?
Our immune system is an incredibly complex network of cells, proteins, and organs that work together to protect us from illness and disease. However, our immune system is vulnerable to the effects of modern life, and particularly to stress. Studies have shown that when we are under chronic stress, our bodies produce hormones that can weaken our natural defenses, leaving us more vulnerable to illnesses such as colds, flus, and serious illnesses like cancer.
The good news is that managing stress is possible, and can play a critical role in helping us to keep our immune system strong.
Reducing stress can decrease inflammation and the production of certain immune cells, and keeping our immune system from becoming weakened over a long period of time. Here are some tips for reducing stress and caring for our immune systems: -The first thing I do every morning before getting out of bed is the Wim Hof breathing technique.
This is phenomenal way to reduce stress and supercharge the immune system! – Make time for self-care: Activities like yoga, massage, and meditation can help reduce stress and allow us to make more mindful decisions. – Socialize: Spend time with friends, family, and other people in your social circle, and enjoy the bonding experience. (My mother was always inviting her neighbors for Swedish "Fika") – Exercise: Increase your heart rate to stimulate your body’s natural immune-enhancing hormones. (Even a brisk 30 min walk will have a positive impact on the immune system and how you feel)
– Create boundaries: Designate work hours and time for leisure to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed. – Get outside: Nature is very calming! Grounding is another fantastic and simple technique with tremendous benefits to the immune system and the reduction of stress.
By managing stress, we can help reduce inflammation and support a strong immune system. It is important to remain mindful of our emotional, psychological, and physical well-being, as our immune system is essential to keeping us healthy.
In Health and Strength The Scandilabs Team