Do you think coronavirus is deadly? Well, guess what? Panic, stress, depression, and anxiety are as deadly as coronavirus. We have been deprived of peace and relaxation for quite a long time now, be it hectic office or the new panic addition- coronavirus, some of us even forgot what it was like to be at peace. But in times like these, while, we have the opportunity to stay safe in our home for 21 days and put our sofas and mobile phones to better use we might as well put our body and mind to better use. Here are a few mental benefits of doing exercise in this 21-day lockdown period.
1. Reduce stress.
Here is a quick fact about stress, stress is a great response from you if you are running away from an angry Rottweiler, but it does some serious damage to your mental health in the long run. Exercising releases endorphins in the brain, making you calm and relaxed. This helps you break free from the effects of stress including headaches and insomnia.
2. Relieve anxiety.
Most of us are not aware of the fact that stress and anxiety are different. Anxiety is the long term feeling which is a result of constant stress. It is usually persistent and won’t go away easily like stress. One of the effective mental benefits of doing exercise in this 21-day lockdown period is that you can relieve stress. Since exercise acts as a natural anti-anxiety treatment, it cuts the circuit of constant worries in your mind and makes you better.
3. Improve the feeling of self-love.
Self-love. How long has it been since you’ve heard that word last time? Exercising during this 21-day lockdown period can serve you twin benefits- you’ll improve your physical fitness and as a result of this, you’ll improve positive self-image. Exercising makes you feel good about yourself and improves your perception of yourself. This improves the feeling of self-love and self-worth.
4. Addiction Recovery.
Addiction has nothing to do with your body. Addiction happens because your brain releases a chemical called dopamine in response to any form of pleasure. And this chemical can be addictive. You’ll become dependent on substances or activity that produces it. But you can distract your body from this addiction by exercising. Remember the endorphins we talked about earlier, that when coupled with an urge to resist can help in addiction recovery.
5. Brings out creativity.
You are made to do great things! All the creative power you need for it resides inside you, you just need a little tap to bring out the creativity in you. A blood-rushing, heart-pumping exercise session clears your mind and helps you tap into creativity.
Working out has way more positive effects on your body than six-pack abs and a healthy heart. So, keep these mental benefits of doing exercise in this 21-day lockdown period in mind and come out with a healthy mind and body.