The new normal – how to stay healthy during social distancing


We are now in a new state of “normal” or as I call it a “virtual world of connecting and communication”. Will this stay forever? No. But right it’s our “for right now”.
The most important thing is to keep our immunity up and our anxiety down. Easier said than done right? Here are some tips to help and if any questions feel free to message me (I’m still taking appointments virtually and am happy to answer any questions).

1. Improving your immunity.
I’m not going to go in to specifics about the virus as after the past weeks the media has been saturating us with more facts than I learned in immunology class, hence we are all viral and microbiological experts right now. I would say a word of caution in limiting your screen and news time – yes we use knowledge and education consistently to reduce anxiety but too much news can be too stimulating to our nervous and endocrine systems.
First way to improve immunity is work on the basics – sleep, food, water and sun. Make sure to get your hours of sleep, consistent meals, water (from tap is fine) and outdoor time (alone and away from others). We need to start with a solid backbone before addressing any additives. If you are a smoker, have high blood pressure or autoimmune diseases then you immune system is susceptible and those issues need to be addressed. As for supplementation yes you can use the typical immune boosting herbs such as echinacea, quercetin, vitamin c/d, elderberry, NAC and medical mushrooms. Please speak to a health care practitioner before utilizing such supplements to make sure you are taking the proper doses and they don’t interaction with any medications or preexisting conditions.

2. Keep your boundaries.
Yes this includes social distancing (which I’m certain is going to be oxford dictionary’s word of the year), but also includes healthy boundaries between you and those that you are contained in the house with. Implement alone time and find a safe space that you can recharge in. Keep good hygiene for your health and also for your sanity (if you are use to dressing for work or feel more empowered in your leopard print, do it, I call it “makeover mentality”).

3. Reduce stress by implementing a routine.
I’ve heard remarks that people don’t know what day it is anymore because they are off their routine. Routine is a great way to reduce stress and implement some control in your life. Continue to write in and follow your calendar, keep similar work hours, and keep similar school/lunch hours for kids to follow. Work out in the morning (they are many free workout videos online, amazing resources), take your lunch hour or coffee break outside, have virtual coffee dates or activity nights with friends. Stay connected to keep from spiralling into chaos. If you don’t know what the day of the week it is I get it….. however if you don’t know if it’s daylight or not outside then we are concerned.

Worldwide we are all going through this and we are all here for you. I’ll be doing my part of posting frequently on how to improve immunity, how to reduce stress and improve your adrenal glands, how to get the most out of your pantry, and some fun tips for conscious crafting. I am really impressed with how the online community has come together in positivity, sharing support and resources to help us all through this – it’s a indicator of our resiliency during times of adversity.

Remember – this is not Forever – this is just For Now. We will get through this together.

About healthyhappynaturopathy

I am a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor working in Newmarket and Maple, Ontario I am an advocate of individualized and specialized medicine, about treating individuals as a whole, and evoking our own healing properties. To me, being happy is being healthy, and health flourishes with a positive mindset.
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