To help ward off colds and flu this season, bolster your immune system with these tips from Carl J. Charnetski and Francis X. Brennan’s Feeling Good Is Good for You (Rodale).
• Watch (and Wash) those Hands. Wash your hands frequently with lots of sudsy warm water and keep them away from your mouth, eyes, and nose – three favorite entry points for viruses and bacteria.
• Talk to the Animals. Look into your pet’s eyes – you will see a direct connection and a hint of understanding. Share your worries and fears, and you will end up feeling much better, psychologically and immunologically.
• Keep Your Connections. Studies show that people with faith in God who attend services recover faster from illness. If you have lost touch with your place of worship, it’s a good idea to try and reconnect. It may provide you with some overarching meaning in your life, improve your network of support and help you meet other people – all good things for immunity.
(Source: New Age Magazine – The Journal for Holistic Living, November/December 2001)