There’s something in the air, can you feel it? Chances are your work colleague won’t stop sniffling, and you can feel your sinuses getting blocked despite increasing your fruit and veg intake. The change in seasons often brings with it a range of unwanted changes, including everything from illnesses to dry, flaky skin. Is there a way to combat this, you ask? Read on to find out the best ways to boost your immune system and achieve a natural, healthy glowing you, whatever the weather.
Catch some zzz
The benefits of a good night’s rest are something we can easily take for granted. But catching some zzz is vital for performing well the next day. If your energies levels are low, not only will you feel a spike in your mood but chances are you’ll head straight for the first unhealthy thing you find. Adequate sleep not only improves those dreaded under-eye circles but it improves your memory, too. If you’re struggling to sleep, try the 4-7-8 meditation technique just before you drift off. Breathe in for 4 seconds and feel your lungs fill with air. Hold your breath for 7 seconds. Then, breathe out for 8. It might sound too good to be true, but we promise you’ll be asleep in no time. Spending a few minutes in the sauna after work or booking yourself in for a regular massage can also be an incredible sleep remedy, especially in such a hot climate.
Berries are full of antioxidants that boost your immune system and fight disease. They help build collagen in the skin and have anti-ageing properties, improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Voila! Expect a similar effect to your favourite facial. This little wonder also helps reduce cell damage that leads to cancer, and if you’re looking to ace forthcoming exams or your next job interview, berries also make your mind sharper while protecting your body against inflammation and free radicals.
We know it can be hard to motivate yourself to maintain a regular exercise routine. But the benefits are fourfold as soon as you’ve plucked up the courage to work out. Begin with a steady goal and work towards it. You’ll be surprised how quickly you achieve the impossible once you get started. While it can be easy to listen to your inner voice perpetually telling you you’re tired, exercise actual gives you more energy. What’s more, working out can actually reduce anxiety and tension, leading to lower stress hormones which in turn boosts your immunity.
An aromatherapy bath not only works its magic on producing soft, silky skin. It’s also one of the best sources of relaxation after a stressful day. Just add a few drops of oil to the base of your shower, and let the steam carry the aroma through the air. Use guided meditation to find balance and bliss, while focusing on your breathing. Even the soft smell of a scented candle has the power to boost your energy and help you find inner peace, as does yoga. Meditation is no longer just for free spirits. You shouldn’t feel bad for taking a couple of minutes out of your busy day. ‘Me time’ can work wonders on your health and well-being and make you perform better the next day, whatever you have planned.
Whatever your immunity preference, looking after your health, especially right now, is more important than ever in a big city like Singapore. Keep your immune system in tip-top shape, and the rest of the benefits will follow!
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