3 Ways Physical Inactivity Affects Your Mind

The past several months were difficult for all of us. You may have noticed your mood being generally worse and (aside from the real dangers in the world), one of the reasons for that is the lack of physical activity. If you’ve been active before the pandemic, but not as much once the lockdown started, the inactivity has probably impacted your mind in the following ways.

Difficulties Seeing the Bright Side

Working out or simply being active helps you work out the negative emotions and focus on the silver lining. When you sit around all day, this is not exactly possible. Pay attention and you’ll notice the anxiety growing and your mood going downhill.

Decreased Problem Solving Ability

Your brain loves solving problems, but when you don’t move your body, your cognitive functions worsen. Problem-solving, memory, and the speed of processing information all suffer, making you feel even worse about yourself.

Poor Stress Management

One of the best ways to deal with stress is to stay active. When you deny your body activity, fear prevails and cortisol levels increase. A regular workout schedule would help lower neuroendocrine reactivity and make you feel in control.