There is no greater feeling than being alive and well. Being alive is a gift, but being able to live till a hundred years, requires skills and knowledge. Our minds can be our greatest enemies or best friends. A healthy and positive mind is the first pre-requisite of good health as like they say it is all in the mind ultimately. Positive thinking is linked to immunity and the importance of this link cannot be overemphasized during this ongoing pandemic.
Eating fruits, vegetables and milk products in place of processed and preserved foods is a great way to keep the mind light and healthy.
Stringent physical hygiene alone is not enough to ward off the disease if we cannot conquer our own minds. While it is important to be careful and cautious it is equally necessary not to be paranoid about contracting the virus. The fear that we instill in ourselves without ever realizing about our mental health issues can be plain defeating.
Having a positive mindset doesn't just imply a passive mental state. Our positive thoughts need to manifest into the right actions. During these stressful times it is easy to fall prey to the paranoia around us and get depressed and anxious. However, these negative thoughts have to be combated and one sure way of doing it is by engaging in outdoor exercises. After all exercise consolidates our concentration powers on the present moment which in turn wards off over-thinking that can manifest into negative thoughts.
Adhering to all protocols of social distancing is fine and needed. However, a balance has to be achieved as human beings are social animals and there is no denying the fact that we cannot isolate ourselves away from everyone all the time. In other words locking ourselves at home all the time for weeks and months is very unhealthy. Simple things like a walk in the park or to the grocer where you exchange a few pleasantries (adhering to social distance) are healthy.
Moreover, it is important to keep in touch with families and friends over telephone or online. Pursuing hobbies and interests is also essential. After all, an idle mind is prone to irritation and boredom. Having faith in a higher power coupled with a sense of acceptance (of the situation) is also an immunity fortifier. Eating fruits, vegetables and milk products in place of processed and preserved foods is a great way to keep the mind light and healthy. One should also keep a check on one's caffeine intake. Consuming broccoli, sweet potatoes, turmeric, spinach, ginger, lemon etc can boost the immune system and can go a long way in not just warding the virus but expanding one's life expectancy.