Being stuck at home for weeks in the era of COVID-19, a time when everything feels uncertain and out of control is the most mood-dipping thing ever. Anxiety is our friend and loneliness is our roommate and neighbor. People are losing their jobs, businesses are closing, and there isn’t any positive news anymore. We all want to feel safe and hopeful for tomorrow, but that safety and hope is becoming elusive by the minute. We desperately need mood-boosting activities if we are to keep our sanity through this pandemic.
Luckily for all of us, psychologists say that it may be possible to beat depression, anxiety, and loneliness through physical exercise. According to a study that was published by JAMA Psychiatry in January 2020, regular physical activity can independently alleviate depression disorder and boost a person’s overall mood.
But how exactly does exercising boost our mood, especially while home-isolated? Here is how:
It makes you drink more water
Research has shown that people who drink at least 10 glasses of water are calmer, more content, and have way lesser physical and mental fatigue compared to people who intake less than 6 glasses per day. That is reliable evidence that drinking more water might result in a better mood.
But then, drinking water regularly might seem like extra work for people who aren’t keen on their hydration needs. That is where physical exercise comes in. When you work out, you will always feel the urge to drink more water and, knowingly or not, you will fundamentally be boosting your mood.
Helps you beat insomnia
Being stuck indoors means that everyone is now getting the time to sleep during the day. The disadvantage of that: Severe insomnia for people who struggle to catch sleep at night. One of the effects of insufficient sleep at night is lowered spirits during the day. The good thing is that studies point to the possibilities of regular exercise being a remedy for severe insomnia. Here are 2 arguments in support of this claim:
- Intense physical activity has undisputed body-heating effects. When you increase your body temperature by exercising a few hours to bedtime, your body reacts by lowering its temperature back to normal. That post-exercise temperature dip may make you fall asleep faster.
- Most people with severe insomnia suffer from anxiety and depression. Exercising is a proven way of alleviating these symptoms so you sleep better.
It is a good excuse to get natural light exposure
Increased exposure to natural light will boost your energy and mood levels, and consequently, improve your sleep and overall quality of life. That is why people who stay indoors for too long suffer irritability, distraction, and depression. Unfortunately, we aren’t getting enough natural light these days thanks to coronavirus fears.
Outdoor exercising is one of the few valid reasons for anyone to get out these days. So, if you have space on your balcony, backyard, or if you live in a scarcely-populated neighborhood, go out there and run. Do all forms of cardio and get your heart racing. Get a motorized bicycle and ride around your garden for an hour daily. It is a great way not just to burn fat and lose weight but to boost your spirits as well.
Helps you cultivate healthy relationships
Many couples are fighting all the time because, for the first time since they have known each other, they are now spending 24 hours together, up from 3-5 hours tops on normal days. When you fight, your mood deteriorates. When you work out together as a couple or as a family, your mood improves.of finding out where your time goes. It is a great possession to have!
It is a good way of alleviating emotional exhaustion
Emotional exhaustion results from prolonged stress. Most people are feeling emotionally worn-out and drained due to the uncertainties of coronavirus. People are feeling trapped; it seems like no one is in control of their lives or careers anymore.
Increased physical activity raises endorphins and serotonin levels in your body, which in turn can boost your emotional state. It helps take your mind off the news and the constant feeling of hopelessness.
Physical inactivity during this pandemic can have detrimental impacts on both your mental and physical health. Make a point of exercising for at least 30 minutes per day, especially given that there are plenty of at-home workout ideas online. What’s more, even after the quarantine season is over, you will have developed a healthy fitness routine for the rest of your life.