Mental Health Awareness Week – Moving for Mental Health 

This week (13th – 17th May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and the theme is ‘moving more for mental health’. Coincidentally, this also ties in with National Walking Month that also takes place in May. 

Caring for a loved one or having a long-term disability or illness can be mentally exhausting and it’s important to practice self-care and where possible take time for yourself. 

The benefits of exercise for mental health are widely acknowledged and below are some of the reasons why you should consider moving more to help your mental health. 

  1. Stress reduction 

Walking outdoors amidst nature can significantly reduce stress levels. The rhythmic movement and exposure to natural scenery have a calming effect on the mind, helping to alleviate anxiety and tension. 

  1. Improved Mood 

Engaging in regular walking releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. This surge of feel-good hormones can combat feelings of depression and enhance overall well-being. 

  1. Enhanced Cognitive Function

Walking stimulates blood flow to the brain, improving cognitive function and boosting creativity and problem-solving abilities. It also fosters clearer thinking and better concentration. 

  1. Social Connection 

Walking can be a social activity, providing opportunities for interaction with friends, family, or walking groups. Social support plays a crucial role in maintaining good mental health and reducing feelings of isolation. 

  1. Better Sleep Quality 

Regular physical activity, such as walking, promotes better sleep patterns. Quality sleep is essential for mental health, as it allows the brain to rest and recharge, improving mood and cognitive function. 

If you’re looking for a group to join where you can exercise and chat to like-minded people, why not join us for our Wednesday Walkers group. Check out our social media channels for meeting times and places.

Person running for mental health awareness week
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