Get an immunity boost with meditation
The coronavirus is indeed more contagious and more virulent than the seasonal flu virus, but it should be noted that a normally functioning immune system is quite capable of creating antibodies to neutralize it.
A health risk is, therefore, potentially present only if the immune system is too weak, which is the case for people already weakened (most often by one or more ongoing illnesses).
In the current highly anxiety-provoking climate created around the coronavirus, Sejal Thakkar, Mind Trainer NLP Coach and Meditation Expert, thinks that it is useful to return to the fundamental basics of health. Rather than fighting against viruses and other pathogens, let us seek to stimulate our vital energy and to strengthen our biological soil, and through it, our immune system. In addition to a healthy diet and regular physical activity, meditation and relaxation also allow you to have an efficient immune system.
How does meditation help in building immunity?
Among the factors that most affect the effectiveness of our immunity, scientists cite fear, doubt, stress. When we are constantly exposed to anxiety-provoking messages, when there is less sun (since we are not stepping out much), we tend to be more fragile.
The rest, which meditation provides is deeper than that achieved during sleep. Associated breathing consumes less air while providing increased oxygenation to the lungs. And the body produces less waste. It acts on the hormonal, vascular and muscular system, increases immunity, and regulates sensitivity to pain.
Studies conducted in particular at Washington State University have shown that it is possible to further strengthen your immune system through hypnotic suggestions and guided meditations. People using this type of practice to see their T and B lymphocyte (white blood cells responsible for the immune response) increase. The relationship between body and mind having been demonstrated by science, it is important to put yourself in good mental conditions to decrease your level of stress and anxiety.
Deep breathing exercise
The exercise consists of the four phases set out below, forming a complete cycle. The effect of this exercise on the nervous system is very powerful. At retention and especially at exhalation, you may have the impression of having a blood pressure drop; do not worry, this is normal and even desired for this exercise specifically.
- Go gradually, observing how your body reacts, to better adapt to the exercise.
- Take a sitting position on a chair or cross-legged, with your back straight.
- Inhalation: Breathe in slowly, first relaxing the belly, then gradually inflating the rib cage. Fill your lungs with air as completely as possible without straining.
- Retention: By retaining the inhaled air in your lungs for 5 to 10 seconds (no more), fully release all the muscles that do not need to be kept contracted to maintain the posture. Loosen the jaw, drop the shoulders, and relax the area of the solar plexus as much as possible. If you feel like you’re ‘falling through the cracks’, or if you feel the heat rising to your head, don’t hold the breath any longer, start the exhalation phase
- Exhalation: Keeping the chest well bulged, slowly exhale the air by miming with your lips the pronunciation of vowels. By making the effort to keep the rib cage as high as possible throughout the exhalation, you will notice that the floating ribs naturally lower and compress the area of the diaphragm, pushing the latter upwards. Finish exhaling the air from your lungs by contracting your abdominal muscles, as if you were trying to compress an imaginary sponge located in your belly.
- Stretching the diaphragm: Before catching your breath, stretch your diaphragm upward by bending the rib cage. To facilitate this movement, take support on your knees (or on your thighs) with your hands. As you stretch your diaphragm, you may experience tension in the area of the solar plexus (pit of the stomach), this is normal.
Perform 3 and 6 cycles, depending on your abilities and needs.
Whether it is preventive measures or in case of symptoms, it is important that you help the body to strengthen and defend itself on its own. The immune system is responsible for fighting against all external agents. The more efficient our immune system is, the easier it is for it to cope with these attacks and to maintain our health at its highest level. Meditation calms the mind which is crucial at this point with all the panic and negativity associated with COVID-19. Practice this daily to enjoy maximum benefits.