Coronavirus Update: Keep Your Lungs Healthy
While the chances of contracting Coronavirus COVID-19 are low if we all practice social distancing, I know this is a rapidly developing situation and want to provide the most up-to-date information to help keep you safe.
Covid-19 and the necessary Shelter-In-Place order can cause more anxiety than usual for all of us. Our chests can feel tight from this tension and stress. Stress supresses the immune system, reducing our ability to fight any infections.
In Chinese Medicine, the Lung meridian and organ system circulates our Qi, keeps our nose and skin healthy, open/closes our pores to regulate sweat, and is the home for our Wei Qi aka immune system. Here are some things you can do throughout the day to keep your lungs happy:
Reduce Chest Tension
Cobra pose: An easy way to release tension in your chest and is especially good if you have been hunched forward working on the computer for long periods of time.
Calming breath: Slowly breathing into the nose on a count of five and slowly breathing out through the mouth on a count of five. Do this ten times.
Steam therapy involves inhaling warm water vapor to open the airways. People with lung conditions may notice their symptoms worsening in cold or dry air. This climate can dry out the mucous membranes in the airways and restrict blood flow. Steam adds warmth and moisture to the air, which may improve breathing and help loosen mucus inside the airways and lungs. Inhaling water vapor can provide immediate relief and help people breathe more easily. READ MORE
For other information related to the Coronavirus, see my blog posts:
3/27/20 Coronavirus: Thermometer Tips
3/12/20 Coronavirus: What You Should Be Doing
1/26/20 Coronavirus: 10 Early Symptoms
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