Your Mindset Can Affect Your Health

Apr 16, 2020 View Comments by

 

Positive mental attitude

The world is experiencing an unprecedented situation as COVID-19 continues to surge in numbers. Government officials are scrambling to find ways to flatten the curve of the virus, but with no clear treatment, vaccine, or even knowledge of whether the virus will lose steam during summer months, the weight of reducing the spread and exposure of the virus is essentially falling on the shoulders of the public through means of practicing social distancing. 

But here’s the kicker:

The downside to social distancing is that it’s also creating huge unemployment numbers, a dicey economy, and a good bit of frustration. People are not only having to avoid social gatherings, but loved ones as well. Kids are out of school. Toilet paper is scarce. Our lives have been flipped upside down in practically a blink of an eye!

This is no doubt leaving many of us to wonder—when will this end and what will our future look like? Add all of this to the fear of catching COVID-19, and it’s easy to see how your mental state can be adversely affected.

 

The Silent Killer

Our focus right now seems to be on our physical well-being. Avoiding exposure and staying healthy. This is important, of course.

But your mental well-being is just as important, if not more so, because your mental state can affect your health.

There’s a reason stress is known as the “silent killer.” Stress can make you sick. It can affect your immune system, which in turn, makes it harder for your body to fight off infection, along with a slew of other unwelcome issues.

Of course, avoiding stress during times like these is nearly impossible. Especially when you’re unable to connect with people like you’re used to. But there are ways to deal with it in a positive way.

 

Hobbies and Passions Can Be A Lifeline Right Now

Not everyone has more free time because of the coronavirus. Some of us are actually busier than ever before. Regardless of which side of this equation you’re on, it’s important to find time to do something you love.

However, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are many places around the world that have restricted non-essential travel. While this is frustrating for everyone, it’s particularly hard on riders and those who love to travel. For motorcyclists, riding is their hobbya way to destress and enjoy themselvesand like other  hobbies, it can do leaps and bounds for your mental state. 

So, what’s a rider to do? 

Simple. If you don’t have another hobby, it’s time to pick one up!

 

Washing motorcycles

Spend Some Quality Time With Your Bike (At Home)

If you’re in an area that has restricted non-essential travel, you can still do some motorcycle-related things.

For starters, make it shine! Now’s a great time to give your bike (and gear) the ultimate spring cleaningit’s also a great activity to do with kids. For those of you who are mechanically inclined or adventurous, you can also do some DIY maintenance to make sure your steed is in tip-top condition for when you can get back out and hit the open road. 

Not a hands-on kind of person? 

That’s OK. Grab a motorcycle-themed book (or magazine!). Or go online and watch riding videosthere’s plenty out thereincluding our collection of moto videos for you to enjoy while stuck in the house.

And if you find yourself suddenly talking to your bike (like this guy), that’s OK too.  We’re all a little stir crazy right now. Besides, people talk to plants. And their pets. Hey, I’ve been known to talk to myselfand even answer sometimes, so…

 

Excercise - burpees

 

Can’t Ride? Work it Out

Now is probably the best time to keep up your workouts or to begin a routine. Not only does exercise help you stay in shape, it’s also good for your mindand studies prove it! Sure, working out might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It can be hard if you’re not used to it and it can be difficult to fit into your schedule. But after you’re done, you can’t help but feel a positive mental boost.

Here’s the thing:

Exercise actually has an antidepressant-type effect on your brain that helps lower stress levels. And let’s face it, we can all use some of that right now! Lowering our stress levels will help our bodies fight infection and help us stay physically and mentally healthier while we’re practicing social distancing. 

 

Find a Hobby That Works Best For You

Those aren’t the only  things you can do to help keep your mind in a positive mental state. There’s tons of activities you can do indoors and outdoors to lift your spirits, calm your nerves, and keep your mind off of the coronavirus and everything that comes with it. 

Here’s just a few ideas that have been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety: gardening, observing nature, such as birdwatching, adult coloring, drawing, sculpting, music, knitting, writing in a journal, or reading. Speaking of reading, we have the perfect collection of articles for ridersget ready for some serious arm-chair traveling! 

 

Adult coloring

 

Of course, what’s most important is that you’re doing something you enjoy and that works for you. It’ll do wonders for helping you manage your stress and keeping a positive mindset. 

Don’t forget:

We’re also fortunate that the motorcycling community is filled with friendly and supportive people, so take advantage of that! Let’s stay connected online and lean on each other as we navigate through these crazy times together.

 

 

 

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