Workout Wednesday: Mental health during a global pandemic


BATON ROUGE, LA (BRPROUD) – The statewide stay at home order can have a major impact on your overall mental health, so the YMCA is offering tips to maintain a healthy mind body and soul.

Many of us are still adjusting to our new normal during the stay at home order. To make life as close to normal as possible, YMCA Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery says to set a good routine and follow it daily.

“So setting up your goals for the day, and the things you wanna accomplish during that day and getting them done.”

Atterbery says having a to-do list and checking it off will bring a sense of accomplishment and boost in your overall mood.

“It may be as simple as walk outside and check the mail, sweep up the kitchen, vacuum, clean, maybe go for a walk around your neighborhood, walk your dog, call your mom. It’s setting up that to do list, having something to do and having that sense of accomplishment after it.”

Atterbery says staying active will have have a big impact on your mental health.

“It’s been awesome seeing all these different gyms and health clubs, like the YMCA, putting together apps and online content. Whether it’s something super physical like boot camp with body weight, or if it’s just relaxation, meditation and deep breathing and finding that positive energy to just get you through each day.”

It’s also important to keep yourself busy.

“Sit there and think about things that you keep putting off because you never have time. Now we have nothing but time, and we’re stuck at home. We don’t have responsibilities or have to go out and do things, so is it baking bread, is it making bath bombs or learning how to paint? It’s a really cool time to experiment.”

And don’t forget to stay social while social distancing.

“You have the phone, you have facetime, you have zoom, all this different, awesome technology where you get to see each other’s faces and get to hear each other’s voices, you’re just not in each others presence. So use technology. It’s a great time actually to reconnect with people.”

Finally, make time for you.

“I would say just take some time. You know, go through some personal reflection of some things you really want to accomplish in this time. We have a month where we’re going to be stuck at home, so write down. Some things that are goals, plan out your day and what you want to get done and then go for it. And at the end of the day we’re all gonna be all right.”

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