5 tips for Managing Stress While Social Distancing

5 tips for Managing Stress While Social Distancing

Feelings of uncertainty, stress and anxiety are affecting so many of us as we work together to “flatten the curve.” In the interest of your wellbeing, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you manage whatever emotions you may be feeling during this difficult time. 

  1. Sleep is one of the most important components to a healthy mindset and lowering stress levels.
      • We may be in isolation but try and sit by your window to get some sunlight. The Vitamin-D increases serotonin levels (decreasing anxiety) and helps regulate your circadian rhythm (sleep cycle). 
      • Decrease exposure to blue light (TV’s/Phones) 2 hours before bed to aid deep sleep (REM).
  1. Exercise directly combats stress/anxiety and viruses by increasing natural dopamine and endorphins.
      • MOVATI is actively posting at home workouts and LIVE streaming from Facebook and Instagram to help you get some activity in your day with no equipment.
      • 3 x 45-minute per week is great! 
  1. Create a routine while in isolation. It is easy to fall into bad habits and lose a consistent productive routine. 
      • Make your bed, get ready for the day, create a to do list and workout. 
      • Set a bedtime. Staying up late leads to sleeping in late and can ruin your circadian rhythm (sleep/wake cycle).
  1. Stretching/meditation helps regulate our parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which in turn reduces stress and anxiety.
      • MOVATI will have at home meditation and stretching routines posted on our social channels.
      • Start the day with this practice to kick off productivity or end it to decrease cortisol (stress) levels.
  1. Communication. Although we are isolated, we are fortunate to have the technology to stay in contact with loved ones.
      • Take advantage and set yourself a standard of video calling one loved one a day to support each other. Socializing increases dopamine and endorphins, which will decrease stress and anxiety.

Thank you, MOVATI Athletic members – we cannot wait to open the doors back up and see you all again soon.

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