Mental Health & Immune Health
Long-term stress (and thus poor mental health status) can suppress or dysregulate our immune response by leading to low-grade chronic inflammation in the body, changing the cytokine-protein balance, and changing how the immune-protective cells in our body function.
Stress can also have cascading impacts on areas of our life that can impact our immune system; this includes sleep, eating habits, and activity levels. For some, it may also involve excessive use of alcohol, or other substances (e.g., tobacco, cannabis, other drugs) as part of a maladaptive coping strategy.
It is important that everyone has go-to methods of coping with and relieving stress and/or anxiety in a healthy way, particularly during this time. What works for one person, may not work for another.
Stress-Relieving Activities For Improved Mental Health:
- Connecting with others safely
- Listening to music
- Doing yoga
- Doing deep breathing exercises
- Engaging in hobbies
- Baking or cooking
Seeking support from a counsellor or psychologist can also be another avenue to explore, depending on the nature of your concerns (see resources list below).
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Our mental health can play a role in keeping our immune system functioning optimally. For some, this might mean prioritizing mental health. For others, it might mean more regularly checking-in and adjusting (or developing) healthy coping strategies. Seeking professional support from a counsellor or psychologist, or exploring medical management with a health care provider might also be options depending on the concerns.
- Anxiety Canada’s MindShift BC App: https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/
- CMHA COVID-19 Mental Health Self-Assessment https://cmhabc.force.com/MentalHealthCheckIn/s/