Physical Activity and Mental Health go hand in hand, with this being Mental Health Week (18th-24th May). And as we slowly edge towards some sort of normality. With the Prime Minister last week revealing the initial steps and a plan for easing the lockdown restrictions. (Take a look here for the latest). We have come up with a few tips on keeping mentally healthy through Physical Activity.
So, with the help of Mind, we bring you some top tips for now and when everything Coronavirus is over.
Do something you enjoy.
Love to dance around the kitchen? A ball game more your thing? Or walking the dog? – Anything, no matter what it is, as long as you enjoy it and find it fun, you’re more likely to keep doing it.
Build up your activity gradually. Too much exercise or doing too much too quick in general can make stress worse or even cause injury. Choose something that motivates you, set challenging but achievable goals and smash it.
Think Positively and celebrate your achievements.
Celebrate any progress you make, however small. A large part of success in anything we do is about your state of mind. Focus on what you’ve accomplished, rather than a long overwhelming list of what you’ve still got to do. Celebrate every success, no matter how small the win, it’ll support and encourage a positive mindset, keep you positive and ultimately enable you to achieve your end goal.
Short of time?
Any amount of physical activity is good for you. Try a brisk 10-minute walk twice a day.
Get off the tram or bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. Small increases in activity are easier to maintain and will give you a regular sense of success. Which will bring massive benefits to your self esteem and general wellbeing.
Explore the outdoors.
Outside activities like jogging or walks in the countryside, will help improve your wellbeing. And more so give you a sense of grounding and perspective. When normality returns, there are loads of outdoor activities on your doorstep at Lace Market Studios.
How about cycling? Cycling trails through Sherwood Forest. To exploring the Magnificent lakes and landscape of Clumber Park. The park is just a bus ride away on the Sherwood Arrow from Nottingham Bus Station.
What about now?
During lockdown, head to Highfields Park, next to the University of Nottingham or the grounds of Wollaton Hall – it’s just a 20-minute bike ride from Lace Market Studios. Just remember to keep to social distancing and follow the UK government’s latest advice.
Need to clear your head?
Go for a walk. Take a look at our blog on the top reasons to get out and go for a walk on the Host website.
And when normality returns, think about playing a team sport or competitive game, such as football or tennis. It’ll help turn your focus away from the stresses and strains of everyday life. And who knows it might not even feel like exercise.
If you have racing thoughts (fast moving and often repetitive thought patterns that can be overwhelming that you can’t get rid of)?
How about solo sports like running – perfect for now or swimming (when the pools reopen) can help you get some time to yourself to think things over.
Mental Health support.
For more help and support about mental health and physical activity check out the mind.org.uk website.
How do you use physical activity to support your wellbeing? Let us know on our Facebook page.