There’s a substantial strong link between exercise and positive mental health effects. It can boost your mood, alleviate anxiety, and provide a nice distraction. It’s also especially important when you’re sheltering at home and a little more limited in your movement (for example, walking around your school to get to classes versus sitting at the same desk all day for remote learning). It doesn’t have to be anything super intense — just try to get your body moving for 20-40 minutes each day.
“My best method of self-care is through exercise. During quarantine, I have learned new ways to exercise due to the elimination of access into gyms,” says Nicolas, 18. “My new favorite way to train my mind and body is through skipping rope. Though simple, it provides a means for high intensity cardiovascular training that is very fun!”
“I put on my headphones and go out for a walk,” says Max. “Since I’m a runner, I like to go out for runs or walks because they help me release stress and feel freedom and have no thoughts in my mind. Just enjoying the break in action.”
The only thing better than exercising inside is doing it outside. Staying indoors all day can contribute to feelings of isolation and stress, so try to regularly spend time outdoors if you are able due to inclement weather. A solo walk or run can do wonders after being cooped up for a while.