According to the US Department of health and human services, increasing physical activity makes us feel better emotionally. Walking around the block, playing basketball, walking or hiking in nature improves our mental health and well-being.
There is a relationship between our physical health and our mental health it is the mind-body connection. When we increase our physical activity our brain function is improved. Cognitively, the way we think also has improved. There is anxiety reduction and depressive symptoms are decreased. When we exercise we have improved sleep that makes us feel better the next day that improves our overall quality of life. By increasing our physical activity, this improves our mental health and overall physical health.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us even more anxiety, isolation, and depressive symptoms. Many had succumbed to negative coping mechanisms such as using illicit substances or increasing their alcohol intake. Our social connection was severed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our social connection was severed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have lost their jobs that led to financial challenges and resulted in increased familial issues, rent issues, that exacerbated stressors.
Having the awareness of your symptoms can help give insight to what is going on in your life. Little changes such as increasing physical activity will help alleviate these depressive symptoms.
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