• 14May

    Mental Health Awareness Week

    Everyone knows physical activity is good for your body, but exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing.


    14th-20th May is Mental Health awareness week and mental health problems will affect one in four people at some point in their lives.


    Regular exercise can have an impact on depression, anxiety, it helps you sleep better and boost your overall mood.

    And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a difference.


    We need to alter our views, that exercise is no longer a chore or seen as something we have to do for our physical health, but as something that we do because we value its positive mental benefits too and so we enjoy all the rewards of working out.


    Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it releases endorphins, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good.


    When you have mental health issues and haven’t exercised for a long time, setting yourself unrealistic goals like completing a marathon or working out twice a day will only leave you more despondent if you fall short. Better to set yourself achievable goals and build up from there.


    Being active doesn’t have to mean doing sport or going to the gym. Here are a couple of tips for moving your body and getting those endorphins flowing.


    Walking - not just in parks and on the roads but visiting places of interests. Walking groups are great for meeting people as well

    Couch to 5k - this app can help you go from walking to running 5k over a period of 3 months (or longer if you choose)