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Self-Isolation Woes, Your Fitness, and You: Keep the Negative Energy Out with These Three Things

Self-isolation during these stressful times can be a challenge. It is difficult to find your balance and get right with yourself. A lot of adults and children are experiencing anxiety because of the ongoing pandemic — you’re not alone. Periods of self-isolation and near-constant worry are creating stress for many people — which can be amplified if you work in management — and it’s critical to take steps now to ensure you’re not negatively impacted by these communal woes.Counseling Associates of Sarasota invites you to take a look at some methods of relieving stress (such as decluttering your home, trying out new exercise, getting away, and connecting with your community), and how you can use them to the fullest as you continue to keep yourself and your region safe.

Declutter your home.

Some folks find that the method of taking the stress of the everyday and relegating it to the back of your mind is helpful. The point is to focus on your immediate vicinity as a way of maintaining positive energy. The premise is simple: try to declutter your space. Whether you’re working from home or need to self-quarantine due to exposure to the coronavirus, self-isolation may be manifesting some tension in your day-to-day existence.

One easy way to enjoy the space you find yourself in is to declutter. The very act of making your home less complicated — with everything in its place and a place for everything — will help create a sense of self-confidence that can energize you into tackling your to-do list.

Mental wellness is absolutely key in these interesting times, and when your family doesn’t want to agree with you on this point, it can be overwhelming. Bad energy can manifest from blame, criticism, negative comments, and other kinds of foul interpersonal experiences — and that seeps into your personal space, making self-isolation even more strenuous.

However, the negative energy that comes from complaining, arguing, and critical comments can be washed away by injecting some positivity with fresh air, clean spaces, and uncluttered rooms. In fact, it’s been reported that cluttered spaces produce high amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, which means that taking the time to detoxify your space from extraneous items can give you the serotonin boost you need.

Stay active and aware.

Another way of relieving some of the stress — and getting critical workout hours on the clock — is by taking up a sport, preferably of the solo kind. Releasing endorphins in your brain — which exercise is great for — can help you relieve stress and improve mental stability.

For instance, investing in a personal trainer can help you define your fitness regimen and get yourself out of that isolation mindset by pushing you to focus on smaller, more realistic goals. Personal trainers also hold you accountable for taking your health into your own hands.

One kind of solo workout you may want to mention to your personal trainer is boxing. The health benefits of boxing extend far beyond physical fitness. In fact, these kinds of activities offer mental benefits as well.

Get Away for a Bit.

You’ve spent the better part of a year and a half looking at the same set of walls. Don’t underestimate the power of simply getting away for a little bit. You don’t have to plan a long vacation far from home, especially if you’re still nervous about traveling as the pandemic continues. Instead make time for a quick getaway, even if it’s just a few miles away, to get out of the house and enjoy some downtime. Sarasota offers a lot of great vacation rental options so that you can still do all of the cooking in-house without risking taking the fam to a restaurant. Find one near a favorite part of town such as Siesta Key or Longboat Key.

Connect with your community

In a lot of cases, stress from self-isolation comes from feelings of boredom in both children and adults. Some of this is due to the fact that self-isolation is inherently . . . well, isolating. You may miss interactions with your fellow members of society. It’s for this reason that connecting with your community can be a huge mental boost, whether it be via online gaming, forums, and communal meetings or in-person while following COVID safety protocols.

Keeping your communal bond alive starts with you, but it can include interactions with establishments in your area that make a point to support the community. Community, exercise, and decluttering are all tried-and-true methods of staving off depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Counseling Associates of Sarasota can help you change your life from where you are to where you’d like to be. Schedule an appointment today!