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Movement: Moving more for our mental health" for Mental Health Awareness Week

This week of May is Mental Health Awareness Week 2024, it comes with a reminder that movement is not just about physical health; it's a very important factor in looking after our mental well-being. This year's theme, "Movement: Moving more for our mental health," shines a spotlight on the impact that physical activity can have on our minds.

Our bodies and our minds are connected, so looking after ourselves physically also helps us prevent problems with our mental health. Exercise releases “feel good” hormones, that reduce feelings of stress and anger. It also helps us feel better about our bodies. It can improve our sleep too. If it involves other people, like being part of a team, a class or group we see regularly, that can also boost our mental health. Regular physical activity has been linked to reduced symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress, while also improving sleep quality and cognitive function.

Despite these benefits, so many of us struggle to move enough. There are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. 

Just adding abit more more movement into your daily routine, can provide an outlet for processing emotions, releasing tension, and creating a sense of accomplishment. Whether it's a walk in nature, a yoga session, or a dance class, movement offers a space to reconnect with our bodies and quiet the noise of the mind.

Although most people are aware of the benefits of movement for mental health, many barriers still exist. From time constraints to physical limitations, accessing and incorporating regular exercise into our lives can be challenging. That's why Mental Health Awareness Week serves as an opportunity to not only celebrate the benefits of movement but also to advocate for greater accessibility and inclusivity in physical activity initiatives.

Whether it's through community programs, workplace wellness initiatives, or policy changes that prioritize active transportation and green spaces, there are countless ways to make movement more accessible to all. By breaking down barriers and fostering a culture of movement, we can empower individuals to take control of their mental well-being and cultivate healthier, happier communities.

Our Mental Health Awareness Week campaign is not an 'exercise' campaign. Please always consult a healthcare or fitness professional if embarking on a new fitness regime. 

As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, let's remember that movement is not just about physical fitness; it's about putting your health first, nurturing our minds, bodies, and spirits. This Mental Health Awareness Week, let's commit to moving more for our mental health.

For more information and tips on how to introduce more movement into your daily routine, click here!