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Immunity and Mental Health

Immunity and Mental Health

Update: 2020-12-10
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Effects of Poor Immunity


Physical:

* HPA-AXxis Activation

* lliness cascade (viruses,

cancer, bacterial infections)

* Slow recovery from injury

* Exacerbate current issues

* Inflammation

* Autoimmune


Sleep impairment

* Low energy

* Circadian rhythm disruption


Affective:

* Depression

* Anxiety

* Grief

* Loneliness


Cognitive

* Difficulty concentrating

* Preoccupation


Environmental:

* Reduced productivity/$

* Increased medical bills

* Safety concerns


Relational


* Social withdrawal (voluntary

or forced)

* Difficulty nurturing social

relationships


Improving Immunity


Physical:


* Regulate HPA-Axis

*Take all medications

*Don’t over-do antibiotics

*Consider vaccinations

*Eat colorfully

*Anti-inflammatory diet

*Hydration

*Gut health

* Vitamin D

* Sleep hygiene

* Exercise


Affective:


* Meditation

*Mindfulness

*Happiness

*Distress Tolerance

* Laugh


Cognitive

* Facts—As Evidenced By

* Address cognitive distortions

Psychological flexibility


Environmental:

* Wear a mask

* Socially distance

* Regularly wipe down frequently

touched surface

* Wash hands

* Get dirty (immunological

memory)


Relational

* Social support can be one of the

greatest buffers—


Communication (love languages)

* Honesty

* Awareness


» Kindness


» Respect (temperament)

Attitude of Gratitude

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Immunity and Mental Health

Immunity and Mental Health

Charles Snipes