Bernie Rowen-Ross sings ‘Summertime, and the livin’ is… different’. I know many of you will be humming this tune now. And, yes, the sun is shining, but for now we can only say ‘hi’ from a distance.

Our world is changed, and history will carve this date into the collective memory; to those readers who have lost loved ones, please know that we have thought of you daily, even if we haven’t met. So how do we keep on going into this changing world with a cheerful attitude? 

Well, firstly, it is essential to take care of our health. And this means a robust immune system. The ancient art and science of Ayurveda offers many tips and ideas that can help:

 1. Eat healthily; fresh organic vegetables are the best choice. Grow your own vegetables. This is possible even in a garden with a plot the size of a door.  

2. Sip boiled water throughout the day; this helps to remove toxins which build up during the day.

3. Exercise; a short walk daily is good. Don’t exhaust yourself, exercise to your capacity.

4. Rest when possible; don’t stretch yourself beyond your limit. 

5. Meditate daily; stress reduces immune function, while meditation relieves stress and boosts our immune system. 

In Ayurveda, it is best to make changes slowly and comfortably so that the body can adjust without stress. For example, when you boil the water, pour the cold water into a pot on the stove, with the lid off, and allow it to come to the boil and let it simmer for five minutes, then fill a flask with that water and sip during the day. When ‘cooking’ the water, the molecular structure changes and the water is more available to the cells in the body.

We live in beautiful East Lothian and should make the most of Mother Nature by going for a walk daily; fresh air and nature feed the soul, and clean air is certainly one way of keeping the immune system healthy.

Listen to a good story, and if possible, stay away from the TV and newspapers, seek out good positive news. When bombarded by sensationalist news, it does affect how the mind works. There is no reason to dwell on negativity, which adversely affects the neuro-circuits in the brain.  

And finally, smile, at anyone you see – everyone is sharing and living through the experience, so it helps to share some kindness. 

Bernie Rowen-Ross is a Psychotherapist, Sound Healer and Astrologer, She consults via Zoom | t: 01620 844 321