Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2 - Be Active
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week's theme is ‘Nature’ and we know more than ever the importance of getting out of the house and connecting to nature.
Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of mental health illness and is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline. Any exercise works, it does not have to be intense, being active is about finding a physical activity that suits you.
Some ideas to be active:
- Take the stairs not the lift (if you’re going into work)
- Go for a walk at lunchtime or after work
- If you can, turn your commute into exercise (walk or cycle)
- Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey
- Have a kick-about (or any other activity) in a local park
- Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before or after work
- Plan something outside over the weekend
Be Active Resources:
- Webinar - (20th May) Mental Health UK: Understanding the Link Between Mental and Physical Health
- Downloadable booklet - Mental Health Foundation: How to Help Mental Health With Exercise