Updated: Apr 12, 2020
Resiliency definition - the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
The topic of resiliency and immune system health are in the air right now. As the media focuses more and more on what is happening in the world with the spread of of COVID-19 it is a good time to shift some of the focus back to what we can control, which is our own health, strength and well being. With all this extra time we may have on our hands, our own resilience is something worth studying and we could all become very well versed in this topic by the time the pandemic passes. If we can use this time to strengthen our immune system and become more resilient, we can give ourselves some insurance against illness from an event like this in the future. This is not a complete list but is based on our own experiences and research, some of which is cited below. If you have anything to contribute please let us know and we are happy to add to the discussion or refine.
So let's get to it.
The immune system isn't any one thing or system but is made up of many systems within us and these systems can be trained in the natural world to become stronger and more resilient. This is vital as we self isolate which tends to result in us being indoors a lot and often times sacrificing some of our basic human needs required to thrive as an optimal healthy human being. There is a lack of discussion in the media around changing how we live and interact with nature and the focus can be more on hiding away and continuing as is while waiting for pharmaceutical solutions.
What doesn't kill us makes us stronger and this is the test we have been waiting for. If you haven't been training for this, then why not start now? Let's become stronger and get through this situation and become better prepared for future illnesses. A lot of what is suggested below involves going outside which is natural for us humans. If we choose to stay indoors more we must be careful to not lose some of our most basic human needs - sunlight, natural movement, human touch, fresh air, clean pure water, nourishing fresh food from the soils of the earth etc. If our basic needs are not met it will be very difficult to be healthy and feel fully alive. Let's discuss some of these.
Reducing stress and worry
With all the fear in the air right now this is very important. The threat that is in our mind often doesn't match the actual physical threat. The threat increases as we worry because we become weaker and less resilient. We tend to underestimate the impact of stress and worry on our health.
When we're stressed, the immune system's ability to fight off antigens is reduced, making us more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes). Read more on this below.
So if we're worried about a threat, the threat becomes more of a threat.
Sunlight produces Vitamin D which strengthens our immune system. Let's microdose a few rays of sun if we can't be out for long stints right now.