Living within 4 walls for most of the time during a pandemic cabin fever can set in - it’s easy to feel constrained, mentally and physically very quickly.
When my normal sense of optimism starts feeling ground down, and I’m having trouble thinking clearly, getting moving sorts me out every time.
Whether a walk with the dog locally, a run, a workout with some weights, or just digging in the garden, doing physical exercise refocuses the mind, putting whatever you are stuck on to one side momentarily.
Much like having ideas in the shower, the context switch really helps, and you’ll find that the brain will often whir away in the background while you are moving.
Before you know it you are unstuck. If not, you've done yourself some good instead of stewing on your problems.
It’s crazy how often I feel like I need to resolve some big problem in my life when all I really need is one of the following:
A glass of water
A 10-minute walk outside
A good night of sleep
Three simple things that resolve many of the stresses and anxieties of daily life. James Clear