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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It’s okay to be abusive because…

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Art by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

Finally, musician R. Kelly is being indicted on sexual abuse charges after decades of allegations and a Lifetime documentary of his horrendous deeds to women and underage girls.  Because of his fame, it is my opinion that his horrific behavior was copied by weak-minded individuals to the further corruption of the music business.

 

I support the women who are having the courage to speak out about abuse instead of sweeping it under the rug.

Silence is sometimes a condition for survival but survival is not thriving and only prolongs the cycle of abuse. The heartache from verbal or physical abuse can build-up in the victim causing emotional, mental and physical health problems. It can make a person feel invisible, not safe, and diminished of self-esteem. If the abuse is given by someone who is loved, then the heartbreak can be soul-wrenching.

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♥ Someone dear to my heart was raped by two guys, but she never came forth because no one wants to identify with the abused, especially if the abusers have put on a good facade to the world. Because the victim knew it was her word against theirs, this precious soul thought it was best to put it out of her mind and try to go on with life.

I am a witness to how this tragic violation took a toll on her future including her mental and physical health, even taking part of her voice.

 

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Alone in abuse

 

Abusers hide behind closed doors, families, organizations and their celebrity. Abusive attacks are sometimes subtle and sometimes escalate in violence. Most times, these acts are protected by excuses made for and by the abuser.

 

It’s okay to be abusive because…

You made me do it…

I can get away with it…

I am more powerful than you…

I am richer than you…

Everyone loves me…

That’s just the way he/she is…

That’s just the way I was brought up…

They will never believe you…

Take it for the team…

It’s your fault…

It’s nothing…

I’m having a bad day…

I was abused in my past…

I am stressed…

I can’t help it…

I need to feel in control…

You shouldn’t look that way…

You had it coming…

You are wrong…

You’re a nobody…

I’m a somebody…

You owe me…

You aren’t perfect…

You are worthless…

You disturb me…

You don’t understand me and I won’t let you in…

I know you are trying to say something bad…

I’m stressed…

You need to be put in your place…

You better be invisible…

I’m the boss…

It makes me feel good…

I can make you or break you…

I’ve been good to you in the past…

You are messing up my perceived perfect life…

It’s my world and you’re just living in it…

You won’t stop crying so here’s more…

You dare to dream so here’s a nightmare…

I need to pull you down…

I can’t deal with your positivity…

I feel guilty…

I’m afraid…

You make me feel less than…

You are weak…

I feel weak and need to feel strong…

You’re an embarrassment…

I control you and the situation…

I can’t control the situation…

You will do as I say and think as I think…

You need to love me unconditionally, the good, the bad…

I can’t help it, God made me this way…

I’m broken so I have to break you…

I have heartache that you don’t know about…

I need to make you pay for how I feel…

I am angry about my life…

I am not happy so you should not be happy…

You bring me down…

I feel like a victim so I need to make you the victim…

You are an easy mark…

I have the right…

If you love me, you will take it and forgive me…

I need to be defensive and attack…

I have a good excuse waiting within me…

It’s survival of the fittest…

 

“BECAUSE”… I don’t want to hear because anymore! There is no good excuse for abuse and it is NOT okay.

 

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“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

 

Living with abuse is not an option. It is a nerve-wracking place where you can lose your soul. So, what should the abused or the abuser do to become healthy?

Please, get unbiased professional help, support and be prayerful with the hope that the cycle of abuse stops.

 

May peace and healing be with you,

Maria Lauren

AKA MariaElena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

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 Your Powerful LIFE blog is about 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.