Find ways to get your body moving, and keep it moving
Now more than ever, we need to tend to our own health. Practicing sound mental hygiene includes keeping our physical systems flowing as if we are not isolated and can help boost our psychological immunity to the common effects of anxiety.
While isolated, we are prone to depression. We might be finding it harder to get out of bed in the morning, motivate ourselves to accomplish chores or get started on a work project. Physical activity and requiring your brain to work are both research-proven antidotes when used together, but taking the first step is the hardest part of adopting the process. One thing I have found out while isolated, if you don’t write it down and keep a schedule, it most likely won’t happen. I can’t even begin to count how many people I have talked to from major corporate players to manual laborers who have told me they don’t know what day it is because they have been working from home and the normal 5 day work week doesn’t apply anymore. This is a recipe for disaster both professionally and, most importantly, personally. Its as simple as using the app on our smart phones that is available to all of us. Open it up and give it a try!
Exercise is an excellent stress-reliever and mood-booster. The gyms may still be closed, but you can go out for a brisk walk or jog if you keep your distance from others. Its not a race or competition. Just put on a comfortable pair of shoes and step out of your door. Even a short walk around the block a couple times a day is refreshing to the brain. You can also practice yoga at home and even work out virtually with a personal trainer if you are not in a safe environment to go for a walk. With the technology available today your resources are literally at your fingertips. This should be comforting to anyone who has struggled with gym memberships because you can start, stop, and try anything new you have always thought about doing from the social sanctuary of your own living room without judgment during this isolation period.
Who knows, this isolation period may just be what we all needed to get our physical fitness goals in motion! I don’t know about you, but I’m going for a walk right now!
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posting by: Trey Atwater. Manger of Operations. Healthy Minds