Take time to find calm
“Chronic stress can have a negative impact on your immune system,” says Dr Tania Elliott, an infectious disease expert and allergist. To help relieve some anxiety and tension, pause for two minutes a day to just breathe and focus on the now. “Meditation can definitely help,” she says. You can also try practising this mantra throughout the day: There is no past or future, just the now.
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Have a giggle
Another easy way to squash some stress: laugh a little. Finding joy and giggling about it can release neurons that help fight stress and potentially, illnesses, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Sing your way healthy
A study of a German choir revealed that singing activates the spleen, helping to increase the blood concentrations of antibodies and boost the immune system. If group singing isn’t for you, belt out your favourite tunes in the shower – even just listening to music has some great health benefits.