Helping Yourself

Did you know?​​

  • On average there is no more risk of dying from coronavirus than of dying within a year from an illness you already have

  • People who are well may still contract it but symptoms would only be mild or moderate

  • The tips below will help your immune system and lung function now and keep you fitter in the long term too

Move

  •  Make the most of walking or cycling

  •  Check out YouTube for videos - Yoga, Tai Chi, qigong, Pilates - whatever you enjoy

  • There are lots of qigong videos and docs on this site too. When I worked in a large hospital in Chengdu,  patients were even practising qigong in bed. If the chest and diaphragm move freely, symptoms can be greatly relieved. 

  • Qigong also calms the mind and strengthens the immune system, so you've nothing to lose

Eat well

 

Breathe Properly

  •  Breathing can profoundly affect your mood, blood pressure, heart health and oxygen supply to tissues and brain

  •  Get into the habit of nose breathing. Keep your mouth closed whenever you remember

  •  Allow your breath to slow and focus on your abdomen rather than your chest

  •  If you are anxious or stressed, breathe out slowly and sink your attention to your lower abdomen

 

Remember what you enjoy in life

  •  Make a list of your favourite films, music, animals, people, smells, places, then use some reminders

  •  A photo at your desk, contacting friends, putting on some great music - all of these can help you remember the good things in life

  • Notice how good you feel when you help somebody else.  Great, isn't it?


 

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