This is a weird one for me, because my anxiety used to be really bad and at that time I never seemed to get ill. But now that my anxiety is a lot better I've been noticing (for the last 6-12 months) that when I get what I'd think of as a mild illness, it's much worse than it used to be.
So right now I have a cold, but it feels more like the flu. Colds to me used to just be sneezing, coughing, runny nose, sore ears etc but nowadays whenever I get a cold I feel completely drained and weak, like when you're coming down with flu.
I find it really annoying because it's difficult to explain to people why I don't want to come out because of a cold (shouldn't stop me from doing anything) and EVERYTHING is making me feel ill so I feel ill all the time. For instance, UTIs, gum infections, even thrush seems to make me feel this kind of general malaise that I never used to experience with these problems. And I always have at least one of those infections.
I know it's all just weakened immune system from stress, but is there anyway for me to strengthen my immune system so I can stop feeling so bad?