Quarantine Anxiety, Exercise and Health

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I choose hope.

Dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea, sleep disturbances, restlessness, headaches and increased heart rate – are these the signs of the Coronavirus or anxiety?

If you are feeling tension, worry and concern for you and your family’s physical, emotional, financial and mental wellbeing, you are not alone. Together, we can help each other, even though we are warned to perform social distancing because of this Coronavirus. As a healthcare professional/lifestyle educator, I am reaching out in the hopes of enlightening you.

When this quarantine began, I was deployed to the frontlines screening patients at the entrance of medical and hospital centers. I have witnessed sick patients and expectant mothers gathered together at the entrance of wellness establishments to see their doctors. We need to flatten the curve of this virus and use common sense.

During this pandemic, if you don’t have a life-threatening situation, it is my suggestion to make telephone appointments with your doctor instead of taking trips to your hospital or medical center. This is for your safety and for the safety of others.

At this crucial time, I have come in contact with sick patients who had all the Coronavirus symptoms and were out of the country during the outbreak. For that reason, as well as my being sixty-eight years old and feeling ill, I was informed that I should get my doctor’s evaluation over the phone. My doctor advised that I be tested and to isolate myself from others until I receive the test results. This is a precautionary measure to make sure that those in healthcare, with symptoms, are indeed healthy and not hosting the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus. Luckily, my test was negative. Positive news for me!

The threat of this virus is bad, no doubt, but research shows that fearfully stressing over this situation can cause physical symptoms of dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea, sleep disturbances, restlessness, headaches and increased heart rate. Before these symptoms become problematic, you may prevent and get rid of quarantine anxiety through exercise practices.

Study after study, shows that exercise reduces anxiety and contributes to a better quality of life. This is true of all types of fitness forms whether it be Aerobic Dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, Circuit Training or moderate intensity resistance exercises. It’s interesting to note, from research, that resistance exercise of higher intensity can increase stress and overburden your muscles. So, keep your fitness movements in a positive direction with no painful repercussions.

Being a naturally expressive, emotional person and a fitness therapist, I know that exercise, along with deep breathing, prayer and meditation works! Every day I do some kind of exercise because I feel the difference in my disposition and vitality. When I feel under the weather, I also try to get more rest and sleep, Relax-n-Renew, while continuing my regiment of consuming wholesome vitamin fueled foods and beverages.

In the midst of all this turmoil and safeguards make sure to release stress. Put on some music and dance to shake out tension. It feels good! I know it.

When the threat of Quarantine first hit the media and all my fitness classes that I taught were cancelled, I began to get anxious. So, my daughter, Marianna played the song, “I like to move it” and I began to move. After just a few seconds of fun dance therapy, I felt better!

On our YouTube channel, Feel Fit Freedom, you’ll see a variety of short, fun exercise videos by certified fitness instructors: my daughter, Marianna Riccio; my sister, Linda Eichberg and yours truly.

NEW!!! Renew Your Power – with Maria Lauren for safe and effective exercise videos of Yoga, Tai Chi, Dance grooves, and Pilates!

Exercise treats your mind as well as your body. Try moving and grooving to your favorite song. I bet you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.

I hope you try it and leave me a comment about how you feel.

Stay well and safe,

Maria Lauren, aka MariaElena Alberici

Your Powerful Life, blog

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Info/research: Emotions in Motion, Exercise as an Anxiety Intervention

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Dean Martin and The Golddiggers, 1977

We hail the King of Cool, Dean Martin, member of the legendary “Rat Pack” with a tribute on June 9th for his 100th birthday.

Dean Martin’s 100th Birthday Tributes

Dean Martin was smoking hot with his natural charisma that we all loved. He was known for holding a cigarette or a glass of alcohol but this was not why he was known as, the King of Cool. Did you know that the glass that Dean carried was usually filled with apple juice and his cigarette was usually not lit?

 

I had the pleasure of performing with Dean Martin on stage and television sharing many laughs behind the scenes during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. During Dean’s later years, he would joke with the audience saying, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Truth said in jest.

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A flashback to the past propels me into the future and into a Smoking Cessation class held at the Center for Healthy Living, Kaiser Permanente. This is where I facilitate as a Lifestyle Educator with a professional staff dedicated to helping patients in their desire to thrive.

 

A “Freedom from Tobacco” class can give you the tools to liberate yourself from smoking and benefit your health. In this class a patient will learn the “5 D’s” to help them stop the craving.

  • Deep breathe
  • Delay using tobacco (at least 5 minutes)
  • Drink water
  • Do something else (keep busy)
  • Discuss your craving with someone.

These 5 D’s can also be applied to any addiction including food cravings. At Kaiser Permanente, these evidence-based techniques will be explored to empower you in our interactive workshops.

Start today to take better care of yourself. A healthy YOU is SMOKIN… HOT’!

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To you health,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

* My sister, Linda Eichberg and I wrote a book about backstage stories with Dean Martin and entertainment legends of the 20th Century. Check it out on Amazon

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This is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.