For one week each May the Mental Health Foundation campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week in a bid to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues. This year the campaign focuses around Physical Activity and wellbeing and is from May 13th until May 19th.
The benefits of physical activity for reducing obesity and preventing chronic illness have been very well publicised, but did you know that physical activity is beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing too?
The aim of this years Mental Health Awareness Week is to change the way we view physical activity in the UK; to shift physical activity from a behaviour which we do because we ‘have to’, ‘should do’ or ‘ought to do’ for our health, to something which we do because we personally value its positive benefits to our wellbeing.
So we at The Cellar Trust are setting you, yes YOU, a challenge!! Each day we will be tweeting and encouraging you do undertake a different activity in a bid to help you increase your physical activity. Please support us by retweeting as well as telling all your friends!
Monday – Walking
Monday’s challenge is free, so no excuses! Brisk walking is one way to incorporate physical activity into your day which many people find practical and enjoyable. Whether you decide to walk on your lunch break, catch the bus one stop later, or take a walk around the local park, do whatever feels right for you and fits into your daily life.
Tuesday – Dancing
You might like to dance around at home to your favourite music when no one is watching or maybe you would prefer a ballroom class?! Whatever type you like Tuesday’s challenge is to spend some time dancing your socks off!!
Wednesday – Gardening
Time outdoors is great for the mind and body and a great way to clear thoughts and get away from ringing telephones and blaring TVs. So get yourself outdoors on Wednesday and spruce up yours or even your neighbours garden!!
Thursday – Swimming
Thursday’s challenge is to swim, swim, swim!! Its energising, relieves stress, and you can have fun and socialise too; so get your costume on and get down to your local pool.
Friday – You Choose!
Choose your favourite activity from the rest of the week and do it again, or choose something else which you think you might sustain for another week, month or even make it a continual habit!!
To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week, how to help or get involved download this handy booklet or visit the Mental Health Foundation website.
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