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How can we decrease our anxiety during quarantine?

 
As we all know the COVID-19 pandemic is very stressful! Here are some ways to help decrease your stress and anxiety during this quarantine.People exercising in gym with equipment Royalty Free Vector

Why I chose this topic:

I chose this project to hopefully inspire people to get out and exercise, at the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine I found myself very stressed and didn’t know what to do so I started going on walks with my mom. I realized weeks later that I was looking forward to the walks around the neighborhood. I have started exercising more and it has been a great stress relief and I am proud because I know that exercising benefited me. 

Going outside and getting exercise is very important for your mental health, if that means go in your backyard and stretch for ten minutes, awesome! Here are some ways I have reduced stress the past couple weeks:

  • going on walks around my neighborhood 
  • following along with yoga on youtube
  • exercising with my family
  • take a break from all devices for at least an hour everyday

I know exercising may not be everyones thing, if you haven’t tried exercising in the past month, give it a try! 

Do's and Don'ts of Exercising Outdoors with Diabetes During COVID ...

Taking a minute to understand why you are stressed:

Large amounts of stress can lead to many health problems, here are some:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • No motivation to do anything
  • Constant worrying
  • Not able to focus

You are most likely stressed out because everything your used to and comfortable with just changed! For most people big unplanned changes don’t affect them positively. For me I do not like unplanned change that isn’t for the better. You could also be stressed because you are constantly worrying about how you will do things in the future for example, “Will I go back to school in August?” “How will I graduate?” “Will I have a graduation?” Those were only a couple examples. The constant “what if” thoughts are not healthy for your mental heath! Once you pin point why you are stressed you have to want to get better in order to get better!

I attached a video to help you understand why stressing is not good for your mental health.

We can do this together:

I challenge you to get up and go exercise at least once a day for twenty minutes! You can do it!

RESOURCES:

Cover image:

https://time.com/5679107/get-back-into-working-out/ 

https://youtu.be/kRidIn9A69Y 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

https://www.google.com/search?q=picture+of+people+exercising&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjZutir-vfoAhVJlKwKHdK_AAYQ_AUoAXoECA8QAw&biw=1366&bih=689#imgrc=ILrhSNvQnTiGGM

https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-symptoms-effects_of-stress-on-the-body

http://bstrongtogether.org/for-parents/stress/

Do’s and Don’ts of Exercising Outdoors with Diabetes During COVID-19 Distancing Measures

 

 

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COMMENTS: 18
  1. April 23, 2020 by Lola

    Feel free to give me feedback in the comments!

  2. April 23, 2020 by Paige

    I have tried out taking simple walks around my neighborhood, and it really does help! What I would suggest to someone who doesn’t enjoy working out- take it slow, and listen to music!

  3. April 23, 2020 by Angela

    COVID-19 is definitely pushing all of us to come up with creative coping activities for boredom and loneliness! How does exercising correlate to positive mental health?

  4. April 24, 2020 by Amaya

    Hey Lola,

    I really like this topic. I have definitely felt stressed throughout this quarantine. I like how you provided a lot of options for ways to get active. I personally walk my dog twice a day and that helps me with my stress. What is your favorite way to exercise/get active?

  5. April 24, 2020 by Nele

    I will try this out for sure! I have been struggling with a lot of stress and I noticed how it slowly affects my health. I think that exercising might help me get more healthy and an overall well-being

  6. April 24, 2020 by Andrea

    Hi Lola! Your presentation and your advice are so applicable right now! I’m curious, do you know about the physiology behind exercise alleviating stress?

  7. April 24, 2020 by Morgan

    Hi Nele,

    I too have found that exercising helps me reduce my stress. I run four times a week and I also really like Just dance. Do you think that part of the reason that exercising helps people relax is because you often have to go outside or is exercising while still using a screen just as effective?

  8. April 24, 2020 by Morgan

    ^I’m not sure why it change to ‘Nele’ but I meant ‘Lola’. Sorry.

  9. April 25, 2020 by Allie

    Hi! This is a super interesting subject, and I found it very useful! Thanks for sharing!

  10. April 25, 2020 by Grace

    What an interesting an relevant presentation at this moment in time. I can definitely attest to being stressed out in quarantine. It is such a new thing and new that seems chaotic can be stressful! I have always been active and I do notice that when I work out I am less likely to be super stressed out than on the days where I don’t workout.

  11. April 25, 2020 by Jana

    Hi Lola, thank you for tackling this topic. I find it especially meaningful as it is very relevant to many of us now. I think you used those images in a very nice way and it supported your page well. Tbh you inspired me to go running today 🙂

  12. April 25, 2020 by Sofia Cicci

    Hi Lola,

    It’s nice to know that other people are just as stressed as me during this pandemic. I really enjoyed your topic and have found your advice very useful. One thing I have really struggled with during the quarantine period was being away from all my friends and normal activities. I have found working out with friends over facetime or going on social distancing walks are super helpful to distress. Thanks for sharing!

  13. April 25, 2020 by Jaya

    Hello! I love this project. It is a super important issue right now. I was feeling very stressed at the beginning, but then I started working out and taking walks, and I can say that my mood and attitude really improved!

  14. April 25, 2020 by Natalia

    Hi! Like so many other people, quarantine definitely has me feeling very lazy. Your project was very easy to follow and I found the video very informative! Your presentation also got some questions circulating in my head – is there a perfect balance between sedentary stress-reducers (reading, drawing, etc) and exercise? Also, I’m wondering how the overall health of the country as a whole will be affected by quarantine.

  15. April 25, 2020 by Olivia

    Hey! This is an awesome presentation, and one that is super prevalent during our current climate, and a great lesson for the future. I have been doing yoga every day, as well as biking. Both are great!

  16. April 25, 2020 by Nikhita Toleti

    Hey Lola,
    I completely agree! Getting your body moving is important. Being physically active has help me keep my sanity during this time. I think that it is really important in general for people to have activities or hobbies that help with anxiety or stress during this time. I think that your presentation was very informative and your videos helped out a lot. Quarantine has been making me a little lazy, however, if I am motivated I will workout, do yoga, and participate in other physical activity. I think that there are many other activities and ways to keep busy during this time and stay happy, but moving around is very important since we are very stationary during this time. I think that the hardest part is to motivated to even get up, but your presentation has helped a lot!

  17. April 26, 2020 by Lara

    Hey Lola,
    I completely agree that exercise is very important during these strange times. I have found a lot of relief during the time that I have set aside to exercise everyday. It has given me a since of normalcy and routine that has helped reduce the amount of stress in my life. Thanks for talking about something that is very current and important!

  18. April 26, 2020 by Jane

    This is a really good project. It’s super relevant and really important for a lot of people. I know many people are feeling overwhelmed and it’s super good that we pay attention to ways we can decrease these feelings of anxiety.

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