It is an understatement to say that the past two years have been challenging. The pandemic has affected everyone in various ways, but no one has remained untouched. Evidence of the physical toll of the pandemic is brought to light by the sheer numbers of people that have contracted COVID and suffered from its unfortunate health consequences.
With all of the attention given to the physical health outcomes of the pandemic, it’s easy to overlook the effect it has had on our mental health and well-being. An increase in individual depression and collective societal post-traumatic stress has been brought on by:
the constant bombardment of conflicting information,
anxiety surrounding disease contraction, and
grief over the loss of loved ones.
We all need to give ourselves the chance to heal from the hardships presented by the unprecedented times we have experienced.
So, how do we initiate our recovery? How can we emerge from the aftermath of the COVID pandemic in a better place than we started? There’s one simple, cost-effective answer: physical activity.
Physical Activity Will Elevate Global Mental Health
While healing is always multi-faceted, it is well-studied and evidence-based that physical exercise and a fitness regimen can improve global mental health.