The coronavirus pandemic has increased anxiety in people. So, naturally, many people wonder how to manage anxiety, and scientists are doing more research on it. Here, we will talk about one of the pieces of research on anxiety from China.
Exercise Possibly Helps You With Anxiety
When the coronavirus epidemic was at its peak in China, researchers did a study of some college students that involved details collected over a long period. Their objective was to gather and correlate details about every single student’s demographics, the extent of negative feelings, quality of sleep, level of aggressiveness, and physical activity. They discovered that the negative thoughts of those students were much less prevalent as they vigorously performed something physical for 45 minutes daily.
Similar results are achievable with 1 hour and 48 minutes of mild physical activity and 1 hour and 20 minutes of moderately intense activity. However, including exercise for almost 2 hours in your schedule will possibly be slightly difficult for you. Therefore, 45 minutes of exercise or physical activity is the rule.
No student participant in this study had developed the coronavirus disease, so here are some things you should remember. Firstly, practical responses to the epidemic increased negative feelings and anxiety for them much like the fear for COVID-19. Secondly, the study indicated the need for being more physically active for anxiety relief as compared to earlier research.
Relationships Are Much More Important
“This is probably because of the special period of the Covid-19 outbreak,” noted the China-based study authors. “People need additional [physical activity] to offset the psychological burden and negative emotions caused by the disease outbreak and social distancing.”
This piece of information is interesting. All of us are aware that exercise is associated with better emotions, but research continues to indicate that relationships matter more than it. That said, it is much more difficult to maintain relationships when social distancing is the new norm.
A psychologist who researches positive psychology, named Barbara Lee Fredrickson recommended using the phrases “physical distancing and social solidarity” instead of “social distancing.” Her recommendation came in a different study, which demonstrates that alongside certain ‘self-care’ activities, exercise boosted mental health.
So, we would recommend working on your relations with others, besides exercising for the aforementioned amount of time each day. Going by what the scientists say, doing so will get you through this global crisis and will be beneficial for your mental health.