1. Eat A Diet That’s Full Of Fruits And Vegetables

Although many people consider a healthy diet an essential component to weight loss, it’s also an essential component to maintaining a well-functioning immune system. A diet that is full of fruits and vegetables, in addition to whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein, provides all the energy you need to stay active and alert throughout the day, with no sugar crashes or afternoon slumps.In addition to energy, a well-balanced diet also provides the essential nutrients and amino acids your body needs to aid with its growth and repair processes and its ability to fight off free radicals and harmful bacteria and viruses. According to NHS Inform, “deficiencies in some key nutrients – such as vitamin A, B, C and E, and zinc, iron and selenium – can weaken parts of your immune system.”

If you’re looking for immune-boosting foods, Healthline can help. Citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, garlic, ginger, spinach, yogurt, almonds, turmeric, green tea, papaya, kiwi, poultry, sunflower seeds, and shellfish can all help protect you and your family from the flu, cold, and other illnesses. Just remember to switch up your diet and eat a wide variety of foods so you get adequate nutrition from each source!

2. Aim To Get At Least 30 Minutes Of Activity Each Day

It’s well-known that regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, but do you know why? Not only does exercise burn calories and contribute to weight loss, but it’s also a major mood booster – an invaluable thing to have during times of international crisis! Although many state governments have shut down bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 outbreak, exercising outdoors is still allowed, so it’s a great, productive way to pass the time.According to Medline Plus, “during exercise, your body releases chemicals that can improve your mood and make you feel more relaxed. This can help you deal with stress and reduce your risk of depression.” Additionally, “exercise stimulates your body to release proteins and other chemicals that improve the structure and function of your brain.”

While we’re all cooped up indoors, it can be difficult to feel like you have control over your life. However, exercise is an easy way to take control of your body and shake up your daily routine, no matter how mundane it may be. Plus, with all the Netflix you’ve probably been watching (no shame!), it’ll do your muscles a little good to stretch out during a daily walk.

3. Cultivate High-Quality, Restorative Sleep Habits

We all know that icky feeling when you get a bad night’s sleep. Your mind is foggy, your body aches a bit; it feels like you’re moving through mud. But did you know that lack of sleep can do more than make you feel tired? In fact, if the problem persists long-term, it can actually impact the functioning of your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness.According to the Mayo Clinic, “studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus.” When you’re asleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, which can help protect against infection and inflammation. Additionally, “infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.”

Although we all know that 8 hours every night is optimal, the quality of your sleep is also equally important. To hit that magic number, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that you stick to a regular sleep schedule, practice a relaxing bedtime ritual, cut off contact with electronics at least an hour before bedtime, and avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and heavy meals in the evening.