Moving into September and approaching autumn, it is important to take steps to boost your immune system. You may also be in a front facing customer service role, teaching, healing, therapy, retail - if this is you - your well-being is of the up most importance.
Here are 5 ways to boost your immunity so that you feel like you're you're not dragging your heels by the time you get to January.
This is just a sweet sample and by no means thorough.
1. Eat Yourself Happy
What we eat has an impact on our immunity, we know this, yet often we struggle. Often we'll turn to something for speed.
Let's consider introducing more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, pulses and good fats, such as avocados, extra virgin olive oil. Why not give yourself a try to let go of any animal protein, as well as refined sugars and saturated fat.
If you're feeling a bit low in energy, a good daily multivitamin will also help to ensure your body is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals to stay healthy.
Gentle Nudge: Go top up your fruit bowl and replenish that vegetable drawer.
Try some cauliflower, it's a great source of fibre and potassium, which you can roast, mash or add to curries.
2. On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!
During the summer we are keen to get out while it is light, and as we know autumn is approaching, we feel the move to stay indoors.
But what we know for sure is that moving for 30 minutes every day will help to diminish any potential coughs and colds. It will really boost immunity.
Walking is great but cardio is the best form of movement. Dancing, Running, Aerobic class, Cycling.....
Gentle Nudge: Why not track a mile from your door, get out amongst the green space, create a playlist and power walk or run with your dog, they'll thank you for it.
3. Sleep Easy
Obviously the big issue about sleep is different for everyone. Some of us sleep well and some have difficulty.
Either way, let's flip it.
Think more about the time leading up to bed. Watching TV at midnight or on your computer working on an assignment is not going to boost your immune system. Pick a time to wind down of an evening, maybe from 9.30pm?
Gentle Nudge: Before you go to bed, spend 30 minutes shifting the focus from what you are doing. Turn off the TV, listen to calming music, eat a few almonds as they're full of magnesium. Get yourself ready for bed, have a shower, lie on your bed and relax before turning out the light. Why not pick up a book? A good old fashioned paper book!