Working from Home – How Exercise Benefits your Mental Health
Working from home has its perks – no more commute or worrying about what you will wear, but it has its downsides too. The monotony of the same thing day in and day out without any human interaction can cause loneliness, not to mention less than optimal mental health. Plus, the added stress of being home while managing your family can be too much.
It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself during this time. This includes caring for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Taking time for you isn’t selfish – it’s a must; here’s why.
Exercise Relieves Tension and Stress
It’s common to feel stressed and anxious as you figure out the logistics of working from home and managing a household. The complete change in structure can cause even the calmest person to have anxiety.
Moving your body releases endorphins and helps you stay more mindful. Taking your focus off your responsibilities and focusing on yourself brings you back to your center. Many people find they are calmer, better able to focus, and have more energy after moving their bodies even for 15 – 30 minutes.
Exercise Encourages Healthy Eating Habits
When you move your body, you’re more likely to make healthy food choices. It just goes hand-in-hand. If you’re taking care of your mental health by getting plenty of exercises, you’ll naturally want more nutritious foods.
When you eat more fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, it helps you feel better overall. This results in better focus, happier moods, and less anxiety. Eating unhealthy, processed foods leads to sluggishness, the inability to focus, and irritable moods.
Exercise Helps you Sleep Better
Sleep is more important than ever right now. Not only does it help you focus, but it also keeps your immune system going strong and helps improve your mood. If you have trouble sleeping, especially after sitting at a computer all day, moving your body will encourage not only more sleep but better quality sleep so that you wake ready to take on the day.
Exercise Battles Depression
If you’re feeling lonely or depressed without the constant human interaction, you had at your workplace, get out, and exercise more. A study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that even mild exercise can lower the risk of depression by more than 25 percent.
Get your Body Moving Today
If you’re working from home, you must find a way to move your body every day. Whether you get up and stretch every hour, walk around your house, or take your lunch break walking around the neighborhood, take care of your body.
Before or after work, make sure you take 20 – 30 minutes to do exercises that stretch your entire body, mind, and soul. With regular exercise, you’ll feel more rejuvenated, better able to handle workplace stress, and have more bouts of happy moods rather than feeling sad or lonely. Put yourself first, and you’ll realize the benefits tenfold!
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