Health and Wellness from Home in 2021

Last semester started with elderberry syrup and in-person classes. This semester I’m taking it a step further by adding in Rae Wellness’s vitamin c and zinc immunity shots. To read more about my experience with Rae supplements check out my Instagram post @baileykmarshall.

Supplements aren’t for everyone. I probably don’t need extra vitamin c. But here’s the thing: positive thinking (e.g. thinking that you won’t get sick) boosts your immune system! It’s probably the only time wishful thinking might actually work…and I’m going to take it!

(side note: my best friend told me that taking extra vitamin D helps prevent Covid so I might give that a try too just to be on the safe side)

Another sneaky way to get more greens in my diet that I’ve been eyeballing for a while is using “super greens” powder. I’ve seen fitness bloggers talk about it before, and I’ve always been skeptical because, ya know, it’s a powder you buy off the internet. Plenty of things could go wrong when you ingest powders from the internet. But I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday so I figured I’d give it a go. Here’s the brand I’m going to get, and I’ll link a blogpost reviewing it once it gets here!

My classes are going to be mostly in person again this semester. Vaccinations have been distributed to the medical school, but most of the undergrad and law school campus will not receive a vaccine until much later on. Everyone in my building will be asked to wear a mask and stay six feet apart, especially when we are seated for class. It worked last semester, with less than fifty people catching COVID in the undergrad and graduate campus for the whole semester. Fingers crossed it works again this semester!

I’m doing my best to stay healthy and not catch anything, which translates into staying in as much as possible. I’ve been to the gym one time since quarantine started in March, and that one time was in early January where I had the whole barre room to myself. I honestly felt like a fitness influencer working out in a fully mirrored room all by myself! It was a fun moment, but probably not something I’ll be doing again any time soon as I’ve gotten into the routine of doing home workouts.

Here is my go to workout video for working out from home: 30 min FULL BODY SCULPT

I’ve also been binge watching Mari Fitness Youtube videos…I’m gonna fudge and say it’s for inspiration and motivation, but really I just like her personality and how hype she is about everything. I need more of that right now.

Speaking of needing things…I put these workout tanks into my cart as soon as I saw them. Nothing gets me more excited to workout than new fitness gear!

How I’m Trying to Supplement My Immune Health in Grad School

Going back to in-person classes this fall means I’m going to have to take a critical look at my health and daily habits. As we all know, COVID-19 is no joke, and I’m about to be sharing a building with about 250 people each day. While I’m typically pretty healthy, I know there’s more I can do.

I’m starting with taking elderberry supplements. My mom started using elderberry syrup a few years ago. It helps your body fight off cold and flu symptoms (hello Corona virus symptoms) and supports general immune health. Elderberry is packed with vitamin C! It’s also anti-inflammatory and is a good source of antioxidants. I think it tastes great on it’s own (plus adults are only supposed to take about thirty drops a day) and I couldn’t taste it at all when I mixed it into a cup of water. It’s a super easy way to boost your immune system, so if you’re looking for something that’s approximately zero work, this would be it.

I use Mary Ruth’s Organic Elderberry Syrup

Stress can also weaken your immune system, so trying to be as stress free as possible will do your body good (and not just with immune health and COVID – limiting stress is good for heart health and cholesterol levels!).  

One thing that people are predicting about COVID during the school year is that people are going to be more stressed than usual – even children. Parenting blogs, and even the CDC, are teaching parents the warning signs of stress and anxiety in kids, and trying to provide ways to combat it. Exercise, nutritious foods, and limiting screen time outside of classes helps. Last semester, when my school went full on remote learning, I tended to do my work outside on the porch because I found that I felt better in the sunlight. I also gave myself time to stand up and stretch in between classes. A short walk is better than no walk at all! 

Stress lowers your body’s ability to fight infections like COVID-19. Limiting caffeine intake helps reduce stress (but honestly I’m being a bit of a hypocrite because I drink multiple cups of coffee a day during the school year because I’m constantly exhausted). Getting eight hours of sleep, on average, a night also helps your immune system regulate itself. This is also me being hypocritical because I am too often awake at 1am trying to finish a reading that’s due in less than eight hours. But the point is to try and get eight hours of sleep. Here it’s not the thought that counts, but if you’re pushing yourself to develop better sleeping habits then you’re doing the right thing for your body, even if you only manage to get a half hour more sleep than you usually would.

I’m also trying to eat healthier this go around to give my body a fighting chance against contracting any viruses. I was not very healthy my first year of law school, and I definitely ate out more than I should have. Whole foods and lots of fruits and vegetables are what I’m focusing on this school year!

What ways are you trying to protect yourself from COVID this school year?

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