For me, staying active has helped my mental health

It has almost been a year since Covid came into our lives. I closed the studio on March 16th, 2020 and went home like everyone else and waited to find out what I was supposed to do next. I went for walks with my husband, cleaned the house a few times, played some games in the afternoon with my mom and then everything started to slow down and I really stopped moving! After two weeks, I figured out that I needed to get back into the studio with a webcam, microphone and give online teaching a try. For my own mental health.

So much has changed for me and everyone I know. Many people have made the switch to working at home or have become educators to their children as just a few examples of what has happened in the past 12 months. I know for me that part of my plan needs to include ways to keep my mental health strong by being physically active.

I try to encourage this idea to my clients as often as they’ll let me. Physical activity is a mood booster and it doesn’t matter what you’re doing: Aerobics, Pilates, walking, cycling, yoga, or even learning how to Tap Dance or Line Dance. I know that for me these will all trigger similar positive mental health benefits.

Canadians know that being outside and changing your surroundings is an easy natural health benefit. However, it’s winter and it’s cold. Many of us find it difficult to get outside for some physical activity. To keep yourself motivated, change up your normal indoor activities — cardio, stretching, balancing and even learning a new dance style will boost your mood and challenge your brain. Do a little, or do a lot. Just keep moving to help reduce the effects of social isolation and anxiety.

You can join me on my Patreon page through patreon.com/workshopdance. Let try to keep moving together. ♥#DanceLove ~ N

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