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Reducing Stress and Anxiety During Social Distancing

Posted on September 10th, 2020

With COVID-19 still at the forefront of all our minds, social distancing precautions and regulations don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Let’s be real, living in a pandemic can cause extreme stress and anxiety for every age group. Social distancing can make us feel lonely, which can ultimately increase anxiety in our daily lives. Luckily, health professionals and the CDC have worked to provide us with methods for reducing the stress and anxiety brought to light by social distancing.

5 Ways to Cope With the Stress of Social Distancing

By learning how to cope with stress and anxiety in healthy ways, you can help encourage your entire community to stay strong during this pandemic. Here are a few recommendations for reducing stress and anxiety while taking social distancing seriously:

1. Stay active.

Staying active and exercising regularly is one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety. When we participate in physical activity, our body releases endorphins which in return reduce stress, improve sleep and more. During this pandemic, it’s important to put our nervous energy to use and get active.

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Aerobic Exercise for Reducing Stress

Aerobic exercise is known to help decrease stress and anxiety levels. If you have ever heard the term “runner’s high,” this is what we are referring to. Aerobic exercise is any form of cardio workout. A few examples of aerobic exercise are:

  • Running

  • Cycling

  • Walking

  • Swimming

  • Jump roping

2. Invest in your mental health.

Another way to cope with stress and anxiety during COVID-19 is to invest in your own mental health. Oftentimes, we tend to push our mental health to the side when we are busy or overwhelmed with everyday life. It’s always a good idea to take a step back and focus on yourself. You can invest in your mental health in a variety of ways, including exercising regularly, finding a hobby, spending time with loved ones and more.

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Exercise regularly.

Exercising regularly doesn’t just promote physical well being. It also helps improve your overall mental state. Now more than ever, getting in a routine of staying active is important. Exercising helps improve your mental health by reducing depression, anxiety and overall mood. Oftentimes, people find themselves in a gym letting out some steam on a bad day.

Pick up a hobby.

Another way to invest in your mental health is to pick up a hobby (or continue an existing one.) If you love to be creative, consider letting those juices flow during your free time at home. If you love gardening, now is a great time to put your efforts into seeing your plants thrive! Whatever your hobby may be, social distancing gives you the opportunity to take advantage of a little extra time in the day to have fun doing the things you love most.

3. Take time to be alone.

Sometimes, all you may need to reduce stress and anxiety is a day to yourself. If you live with family or roommates, spending an extensive amount of time together can really put a strain on your mental health. Spending time alone can help re energize your brain and reduce stress and anxiety. There are a variety of ways you can spend time alone, including:

  • Visiting the gym for a workout

  • Going for a run

  • Walking around the park

  • Taking a nap

  • Pampering yourself

4. Encourage your community.

Lastly, an educated and encouraged community is what we need to defeat this virus. When those around us know the proper precautions and social distancing measures to take, we can all live less stressful and anxiety-filled lives. Once you’ve done your research and learn facts regarding COVID-19, talk to your family and friends about what you’ve learned. Encourage others to do the same.

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Staying Active at ATC Fitness

At ATC Fitness, the health and safety of our members and employees is our top priority. In response to COVID-19 and health guidelines, we are learning to adapt to the new environment by implementing social distancing, sanitizing all equipment and more. Staying active is a great way to help reduce stress and anxiety right now, so we would love to see you at one of our 18 locations.

To learn more about how ATC Fitness is responding to COVID-19, check out our response today.

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