Movement matters for your mental health

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We’re all aware of the benefits regular movement can have on us physically, but movement is also a great way to enhance our mental health and wellbeing.

Our bodies and minds are connected and moving more can have many positive impacts on our mental wellbeing, helping with managing stress, improving our mood and even improving our sleep.

That’s why it’s so important that we all find our moments for movement.

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Many of us struggle to move enough, whether that be due to work, family or other time restrictions.

Jo Taylor, Community Connector, Grantham and RuralJo Taylor, Community Connector, Grantham and Rural
Jo Taylor, Community Connector, Grantham and Rural

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place later this month and this year, the theme is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’.

I’m encouraging people across the county to think outside the box to find a way of moving more and to find moments for movement in your daily routines.

It doesn’t matter what your age or fitness level is - it could be as simple as dancing around the kitchen whilst you wait for the kettle to boil, or even some chair exercises whilst you’re working or watching television – it all counts! Even performing general household jobs can have a positive impact on our brain and body.

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It’s also a great way to connect with nature, socialise and even meet new people. You could simply go for a gentle walk around your neighbourhood.

Family walking in the countrysideFamily walking in the countryside
Family walking in the countryside

HAY Lincolnshire is a great online resource that puts a spotlight on things going on in the community that are good for our mental wellbeing. You can visit to find a list of wellbeing boosting activities taking place in your local area.

Change can be daunting, but even the smallest changes can help to decrease and even prevent some mental health problems. The biggest factor is finding something you enjoy doing.

If you are struggling with low mood, anxiety or stress, it is important that you reach out for support. Share it with someone, whether that be family, friends or a professional. Lincolnshire has a mental health helpline that is available 24/7 on 0800 001 4331, as well as the Here4You advice line, which offers emotional wellbeing and mental health advice for young people and their families and is also open 24/7 on 0800 234 6342.