The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
While it is important to stay informed, the following are some wellbeing tips and strategies to continue looking after ourselves and each other during these difficult times.
Plus, they’ll help your mental health during these times also.
The benefits of exercise for your mental health include:
• increasing endorphins and decreasing stress hormones
• improving sleep, fitness and energy levels
• distracting from worries and interrupting the ‘inactivity cycle’ of depression
• increasing a sense of control and self-esteem
Exercise doesn’t have to be extremely strenuous to provide a benefit.
The National Physical Activity Guidelines for Australians recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity
exercise on most, preferably all, days of the week.
You can achieve this by:
• doing something that gives you a noticeable increase in breathing and heart rate
• exercising for at least 10 minutes at a time
• combining short sessions of different activities to make up the daily total
Set yourself a personal goal. If you feel daunted, start small. The key is to find something you feel good about doing.
Let’s do it!