Thinking About Your Mental Health During the Pandemic? Here’s Why You Should Try Sports

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It has been more than a year since the pandemic shifted our lives. Back in the day, we used to live our lives freely, doing the things we need and want to thrive as individuals. Now, each day is experienced with a hint of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. And the stress and anxiety we feel every day may accumulate and, soon enough, may take a toll on our overall health.

 

The future may be uncertain, but there are ways to keep your mental health at its best state. You see, you have to protect your mental state as much as you take care of your physical health. And one way to do this is by trying out a new sport.

 

The pandemic doesn’t have to halt you from staying active. Despite the changes it has brought to the world of sports, there are still many ways to get your body moving to keep your physical and mental states at their best.

 

So, to motivate you to get back on track, here are reasons why you should play sports:

 

Sports is proven to improve mental health

A research study led by Professor Tim McGuine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health found out that playing sports in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic is associated with physical and mental health benefits among adolescents.

 

For many years, exercise has been believed to be a very effective way to reduce anxiety and depression. Additionally, exercise helps improve blood circulation and help control mood, fear response to stress, and memory retention.

 

Sports provide a worthwhile distraction

 

During difficult situations, it’s helpful to deal with it by dividing an ordeal into two parts: things that we have control over and then things that we can do nothing about. And during the pandemic, we’re experiencing more of the latter. Fortunately, engaging in sports provides a great way to unwind during these trying times; you just have to find the one that is safe and interesting enough for you.

 

Sports help you focus on yourself

Have you ever wanted to try something new but never seemed to have enough time for it? Now should be the perfect moment to invest time in that. Focus on yourself by spending your time and energy on something that makes you happy and healthy.

 

Sports to try out

When choosing a sport, it’s imperative to choose something that you will look forward to every day. So here are some low-risk activities you should try:

 

Golf

Probably the sport that is most adaptable to COVID-19 restrictions is golf. Players are rarely within six feet of each other because the course has plenty of space for everyone to hit some golf balls. And we believe this is the reason that has made golf withstand the negative impacts of the pandemic. If you’re choosing golf, make sure to protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and a bucket hat!

 

Tennis

The fact that tennis is a non-contact sport makes it a low-risk outdoor activity. It’s physically, mentally, and socially rewarding because you can still form relationships with your playmate even if you’re a net and a few feet apart.

 

Fishing

If you’re all about trying a relaxing sport, then we encourage you to head out to the waters. Fishing in the time of COVID-19 doesn’t only allow you to be active, but it also lets you be one with nature. It keeps you unplugged from work and responsibilities, enables you to breathe fresh air, helps improve your concentration, and encourages you to appreciate the sights and sounds of nature.

 

Bottomline

Although things may be a bit out of our control nowadays, one thing stands certain: we can find ways to improve our mental health. So, go forth and wear your golf outfit, bring your tennis racket to the court, or wet a line on the nearest lake today. Your mind and body will thank you for taking care of them.

 

 

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Mandy Kloppers
Author: Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

Mandy Kloppers

Mandy is a qualified therapist who treats depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, trauma, and many other types of mental health issues. She provides online therapy around the world for those needing support and also provides relationship counselling.

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