This past year, we’ve all had to adapt to an ever-changing world.
Although there are many aspects of this pandemic that are out of our control, there are still ways you can take charge to protect yourself and your loved ones.
By now, you already know to wash your hands, wear a mask and practice social distancing. So today, I’m going to share with you something a little different…
I’m going to outline my personal “Daily Defense Plan,” designed to fortify your immune system.
Decades of research show that reducing stress and anxiety are some of the best ways to keep your immune system strong.
And you can do just that with rhythm and sound.
Coping with stress
First, it’s important to acknowledge the fact that, for many of us, stress and anxiety levels have been off the charts.
The problem is, if they’re not managed correctly, stress and anxiety can compromise the immune systemmaking us more susceptible to illness or disease.
For the most part, we can sense we are stressed or anxious just by the way we feel. But it’s important to know that they can manifest in less expected ways, like:
Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that it’s out of balance and that it needs your attention!
Remember that covering over symptoms like these with overeating, oversleeping, alcohol or other substances do nothing but stoke the fire of damaging stress-related chemicals like cortisol.
That’s why it’s critical to make the right choices when deciding how to manage your own stress.
And now, without further ado, here’s my Daily Defense Plan. It can help you destress safely and naturally, using the whole-body healing power of rhythm and sound.
My four-step Daily Defense Plan
Even though life feels stressful right now, remember to tap into your body’s built-in tools to help keep yourself in balance.
The more you practice these techniques, the better and faster they’ll work—especially when you, or a loved one, need them the most.
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