Stress. We are constantly inundated with it. To the point that some folks are in a perpetual “fight or flight” mode.  Panic takes control more often than we’d like, affecting our thoughts and actions. This is not healthy.  We know it’s not.

But what can we do?

In truth, there are several simple things that can help us address our own well-being during times of stress, such as right now during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Movement   Moving our bodies isn’t just about exercise.  Motion can help create endorphins, which boost our mood. And it doesn’t have to be full-on aerobics to give good benefit.  Gentle stretching, yoga, and even walking will encourage your brain to release endorphins. [1]

Nutrition      One of the easiest (and often overlooked) ways to boost health and wellness is through nutrition. Even little changes can have a great impact on overall health.  Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, with their natural vitamins and minerals help support your immune system and health in general. Decreasing junk foods also positively impacts wellness by decreasing craving and empty calorie intake. [2] Look at boosting your vitamins C, D, & B for wellness. [3]


Herbs             Using immune-boosting herbs, as well as adaptogens*, can help our bodies adjust to stress and chaos. Some favorite immunostimulant herbs include elderberry Sambucus nigra, echinacea Echinacea purpurea, and astragalus Astragalus membranaceus.  Adaptogenic herbs include Siberian ginseng Eleutherococcus senticoccus, ashwagandha Withania somnifera, and rhodiola Rhodiola rosea. [4] It is interesting to note that astragalus is both immunostimulant and adaptogenic, making it highly beneficial.

Additionally, boosting the Mediterranean herbs when cooking is helpful, due to their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature.  These include oregano, thyme, marjoram, sage, and rosemary.


Remember to research and speak with your doctor if you choose to embark on an herbal regime (outside of general cooking use), as we all have different health needs.  Some herbs may not carry the benefits for us, personally, that they do for others.  This is particularly important when using immunostimulant herbs in conjunction with the current COVID-19.  Use caution, and research!


Hydration    Being properly hydrated helps us in multiple ways, including supporting our nervous system, and waste elimination systems such as the kidneys, bladder, and even lymph.  Did you know that being hydrated also aids in maintaining proper body temperature? It does! [5]

Fresh, clean water is the best.  Reduce the number of sugary and alcohol drinks you have.  Add in some herbal teas and stay hydrated!

Fellowship   Having a support system is important, and even if you can’t get together with folks, it doesn’t mean you can’t communicate and help each other. The answer is to get creative.  Texting, phone calls, or video calls through Skype, Zoom, or Facebook can all help you stay connected.  Gather your circle of family and friends, support each other however you can.


Remember, these suggestions are just the tip of the iceberg.  There are other things that can help you maintain your health while life seems to be ever-changing.  Meditation, journaling, hobbies… so many opportunities out there. Try a few out and see what works for you!


*Adaptogens are herbs that support the body’s ability to adapt to stress, illness, or change.


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Disclaimer:  Linden Tree Intuitive would like to remind you to consult with your doctor for all things medical.  We do not diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness or disease.  All material in this blog is for informational purposes only, and you are encouraged to do your own research and question everything!





Lizbeth Russell, M.Ed, HHP, RMT received her Holistic Health Practitioner diploma (High Honors) through the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon, She is a Wellness Mentor, Herbalist, and Kundalini Reiki Master-Teacher, guiding clients on their path to self-love by creating an oasis of self-care.

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