Alex Mogannam
November 22, 2020

Hey BB, 

Can you believe it’s October? We are now entering our 7th month of sheltering-in place. This month, I’ve rallied our BBWELL Buffs to bring you tips and advice on how to boost your immune system holistically.  Like many of you, concerns around the pandemic, election, and flu season are swirling around my head constantly. It’s the perfect anxiety cocktail. We know stress can negatively affect our immune system and we’re now more stressed than ever. This is not a good look going into flu season.

On top of everything else, most of us are back to our normal work schedules. Some of you may even be juggling a lot more responsibilities than before such as homeschooling or caregiving. We live in a society that praises productivity and speed. Slowing down is not an option in the rat race. Let’s be real. Our lifestyles were already barely sustainable. How are we supposed to maintain those societal standards of success in a pandemic?

The answer? We don’t. The solution? Slow down. 

Let’s give less of ourselves to others and set some boundaries. (Tips below!) Protecting our time, space, and energy should be our number one priority. If anything, let’s use this time to practice putting ourselves first and not just survive but thrive. 

If you need anything, please reach out. We’re here for you.

See you in class, 

Alex :)

How to Protect Your Space, Time, and Energy

Set designated “you-time” each morning and night. It can be 10 minutes or an hour do something that brings you joy. 

Create a schedule for yourself each day and stick to it.

Write down 3 items you need to get done and 3 items that 

Make your favorite morning drink, sip slowly, and don’t check your phone. 

Read a book or watch a show or do an activity that helps you completely zone out. 

Clean for at least 10 minutes each day. You’ll feel more at peace with less clutter. 

Turn on some music and have your own little dance party!

Feeling anxious? Try this breathing exercise

Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold in for 5 seconds, breathe out for 5 seconds only through your nose. Try for one minute. Then add a second to each part of your breath for another minute. Do this till you feel more relaxed. 

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