Many people are wondering how they can improve their immune systems at this time. I have recommended supplements, vitamins, and essential oils toward this purpose, however, one of the most important and often overlooked effectors of the immune response is stress. Most people are feeling increased stress during the pandemic- due to finances, worries about contracting the virus, their families contracting it, the state of the world, and so forth. Although supplements can help with stress, learning how to manage it with simple breathing techniques and self care can go a long way.
With chronic stress, the body is in a fight or flight pattern for most of the day. This means blood vessels are constricted, intestines can’t eliminate as well, and one produces stress hormones that create a cascade of problems which can lead to many types of inflammatory conditions- heart disease, diabetes, and more. Stress also affects sleep, so if one’s body isn’t properly rested, it cannot properly repair itself and the immune system may suffer. If elimination is affected due to a fight or flight response, this will increase the toxic burden on the body, which the immune system will need to fight.
As you can see, stress affects many systems in the body, leading to a downstream effect on the immune system. Simple strategies such as square breathing can make an acutely stressful situation feel less viscerally intense. It is a practice used by Navy Seals to calm themselves in combat situations and have been proven to lower blood pressure.
Here is a tutorial on how to square breathe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAlTJscAuy8