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Physical activity and mental health

Our next top tip for improving mental health and wellbeing for #MentalhealthAwarenessWeek2018 is keeping active.

We all know that physical activity is good for your body, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing?

There are lots of ways to be active it doesn’t have to mean doing sport or going to the gym. You could use your lunch hour to take a brisk walk, get off the bus a stop earlier or even doing exercises in your living room.

Physical activity has not only been shown to have a positive impact on our mood but it also relieves stress, improves memory, and can help you sleep better.

Under stress your muscles may be tense and this can leave you with back or neck pain, or headaches. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body and when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

Make physical activity a fun part of your everyday life;

  • Go walking with family or friends, or how about a bike ride
  • Dance to music at home or even take up lessons
  • Mowing the lawn and tending to your garden is another good way of building physical activity in to your routine

Even a small change can boost your morale, give you a sense of achievement and help you to feel better in yourself.

So importantly, have fun with whatever physical activity you choose to do!

#mentalhealth #stress #depression #mentalhealthmatters

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