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2024 Mental Health Awareness Week – May 13th to 19th

This year, the theme is all about Moving More for Mental Health:

The Power of Physical Activity is underestimated. It isn’t just about sculpting a perfect physique; Our bodies and our minds are connected, so looking after ourselves physically also plays a crucial role in supporting our mental wellness.

Exercise releases feel good hormones that reduce feelings of stress and anger. It boosts our mood, improves our sleep, builds resilience to life challenges and it can involve other people, making us feel part of a team.

So how does ‘moving more’ have a positive impact on our feelings, emotions and our mental health:

Stress Relief and Mood Enhancement

Have you ever noticed how a brisk walk or a workout session can instantly lift your spirits? Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural stress fighters. These neurotransmitters flood your system, bringing about feelings of wellbeing and euphoria, effectively combating stress and depression, leaving you with a sense of calm and well-being.

Boosted Brainpower and Cognitive Function

When you engage in physical activity, it enhances cognitive function and improve memory, concentration, and overall brain health. You heart rate increases, pumping more oxygen rich blood to your brain delivering essential nutrients and oxygen, fuelling brain cells and sharpening your focus, enhancing your productivity, and boosting your creativity.

Better Sleep Quality

Finding it difficult to get to sleep or stay asleep? Daily movement plays a crucial role in promoting better sleep. Physical activity helps regulate your body’s internal clock, promotes relaxation, and reduces feelings of tension and anxiety, all of which contribute to a deeper, more restorative sleep quality, waking up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated each morning.

Increased Resilience to Stress

Life is full of challenges and uncertainties, but regular exercise can help you build resilience to stress. By engaging in physical activity, you’re not only improving your physical health but also equipping yourself with coping mechanisms to better handle life’s ups and downs. Exercise provides a healthy outlet for releasing pent-up energy and emotions, leaving you feeling more grounded and resilient.

Social Connection and Support

Exercise doesn’t have to be a solo endeavour. Joining a fitness class, sports team, or walking group can provide valuable opportunities for social connection and support. Building relationships with like-minded individuals who share your commitment to health and wellness can boost your motivation, accountability, and sense of belonging.

Tips for Incorporating More Movement into Your Day

Start Small: Don’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of intense workouts. Begin with small, achievable goals, such as taking short walks during your breaks or incorporating stretching exercises into your morning routine.

Find Activities You Enjoy: Experiment with different forms of exercise until you find activities that you genuinely enjoy. Whether it’s dancing, Zumba, aqua, cycling, hiking, yoga, weight training. Choose activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

Make It a Habit: Consistency is key when it comes to reaping the mental health benefits of exercise. Set aside dedicated time in your schedule for physical activity and treat it as non-negotiable self-care time.

Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body feels during and after exercise. Respect your limits, and don’t push yourself too hard. Remember that rest and recovery are just as important as physical activity.

Celebrate Your Progress: Be proud of yourself for making the effort to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small, and recognize the positive impact that moving more is having on your life.

Embrace Movement, Embrace Life

Movement is a powerful ally in the fight against stress. It enhances mood and overall well-being. By incorporating regular physical activity into your life, you will discover a renewed sense of vitality, joy, and resilience.

So, lace up your trainers, roll out your yoga mat, or turn up the music and hit the dance floor—your body, mind, and soul will thank you!

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