Right now, many Americans are experiencing a profound shift in their daily routine due to the spread of COVID-19. With many children home as schools across the United States have closed, and families working from home in order to maintain social distancing mandates, many of us are finding it difficult to maintain and balance our mental and physical health. Things are stressful now, more so than usual, but there are ways we can work to create healthy lifestyle changes during this time of unease.
Understanding The Connection Between Mental & Physical Health
While this may not come as a shock, in certain cases, chronic diseases can greatly impact mental health, but may not be noticed due to physical health complications. According to a 2009 study, 22% of patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease had at least mild depression, and 17% were taking antidepressants.
While this is just one example, this extends into people with chronic pain and other chronic conditions as the physical ailment can change the patient’s quality of life, and in turn, drastically impact their mental health.
So, what can we do to ensure one type of ailment doesn’t cause the other? Take a look at these activities that will make you physically feel great while also working to create a clear mental headspace for you.
- Walking. Whether you have depression or are just feeling the drain of stress, walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can help boost your emotional health. If you have physical conditions that don’t allow for extreme cardio, even a slow stroll will get you feeling energized. And remember, just because we as a nation are social distancing does not mean we can’t enjoy the outdoors. Keep your distance from others, but getting out in the sunshine is sure to boost your spirits.
- Lifting weights. You may have never experienced anxiety until recently. If you are unsure of how to handle those feelings, you are not alone. While it’s important to remember this is all temporary, there are activities you can do today to take some of that emotional strain off. Studies suggest that light resistance training can help battle feelings of anxiety.
- Yoga. We know that yoga can help with chronic pain. But did you know it can also help you combat stress? It’s true, through the movements as well as clear thinking, you’ll be able to focus your energies on the most important thing: you.
- Deep Breathing. Similar to yoga, practicing deep breathing can help you clear your head and even concentrate on tasks better. You have a lot on your plate right now, but taking time for you is important. Check out this list of apps that can help you through guided breathing.
Times may be challenging right now, but this will pass. Taking care of yourself even in the midst of it all is critically important. Your mental and physical health also impacts your immune system, making you at risk for illness if you don’t take care of your body and mind.
How Gladiator Therapeutics Can Help
If you are experiencing chronic pain, insomnia or general fatigue as a result of the stressors of today’s worries, give us a call. The Gladiator Therapeutics Far Infrared Device uses far infrared technology and far infrared therapy to improve blood circulation and safely reduce inflammation and pain.
By sleeping better and reducing pain, your body and mind will thank you for looking out for yourself.
NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.