Joe Wicks Opens Up About Mental Health During Lockdown
Joe Wicks has been putting the quarantined nation through its paces with his 'PE lessons', gaining more than one million new YouTube subscribers in the process. However, while 'The Body Coach' may be a fitness fanatic, this doesn't mean he's 'invincible'. Opening up about his mental health, Wicks said he had been feeling 'low'.
In a post shared on Instagram yesterday (31 March), he said: "I wanted to talk a bit about mental health, today for the first time through this whole thing I've found things quite difficult.
"I've been down and stressed and frustrated with being indoors, I went out with Indie [his daughter] for an hour and I got my energy and I feel calm but then you come back indoors into your living room and it just shrinks again.
"Indie's been playing up and she's a bit confused by it all, I want to talk about how just because I love my fitness I'm not invincible or superhuman."
Wicks said his day got off to a bad start after he had a nightmare about his teeth falling out followed by a bout of sleep paralysis. Fortunately, he began feeling better as his day progressed - and you probably won't be surprised to learn what his solution was.
He said: "So I was feeling pretty low but I've just got up and did a work out.
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"Obviously because of this [pointed to his broken wrist] I can't do what I think of as a proper work out, but I've done a power walk and some squats and I'm feeling much better."
He added: "So if you're feeling low, anxious or depressed it's completely normal and everyone is feeling it on some level. With kids it heightens it, there's screaming and crying and it is intense.
"But after exercise I instantly feel better. You can change your mental state by changing your physiological state. Those mental lows suddenly just fade away.
"90 percent of the time I am really happy but sometimes, 10 percent of the time I wake up feeling discontent.
"I just wanted to share that if you are feeling stressed... it can be hard mentally. It's hard to be a great dad, cooking, cleaning, changing nappies and doing these lives. It's hard."
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Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Joe Wicks
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