We all know it’s important to look after our bodies but we sometimes forget that includes our minds too. There’s a close link between physical activity and mental health which makes it even more important to stay as active as possible.
The hardest part is often finding the perfect type of exercise that fits in with your other day to day responsibilities, as well as knowing how to manage unhelpful thoughts. However, being part of a community means you don’t have to do it all alone.
Changing some of the ways you travel around Southend is a really good way to be active on a daily basis, which will have a big impact on your overall wellbeing. Have a read of some of our ideas – you’ll be surprised by just how easy it is to fit physical activity into your daily routine.
Take it easy
Knowing when and how to relax does a lot of good for your general wellbeing, particularly if you’re feeling stressed or have had a super busy day. However, relaxing doesn’t have to mean lying down or sitting still. There are great ways to incorporate soothing exercise into your journeys around Southend.
Simply Stride is an initiative that applies yoga and Pilates techniques to walking, helping you feel healthier and more confident. Taking time away from your usual routine and trying something different is a good way to collect your thoughts and de-stress. Plus, Simply Stride sessions are done in groups so you can meet new people and exchange tips on different things you can do around Southend to relax. For more information, check out the Simply Stride website: www.simplystride.co.uk
What are friends for?
The community around you can help you to stay active. This includes family members, friends and carers. It’s not always easy, but try reaching out to a friend or relative and going for a walk together or doing something fun in town. Whether it’s a short walk along the seafront or a cycle ride in Priory Park, there’ll be something for you.
We often also make similar journeys to friends as we travel to work, on the school run or even when we’re popping to the supermarket. So you can get the best of both worlds by teaming up and travelling together.
Physical activity releases endorphins which have a positive effect on your overall mood, and spending time with others can further increase happiness. This means something as simple as a 10-minute walk with a friend will leave you feeling good about yourself and also brighten up your day!
For more information and guidance on support services for mental health, take a look at Mind’s website: www.mind.org.uk