Depression is one of the most common mental health problems and 350 million people in the world are affected by it. But it’s not a life sentence.
There are lots of ways to improve and maintain your mental health. And we’re suggesting one of the best ways is to get moving...
Now we’re not saying a walk can replace medication for clinical depression. But it may help alongside anything you’ve already been prescribed.
Here’s three tips to get you out and about.
- motivate yourself – put your trainers by your bed, so they’re the first thing you see when you wake up, it will help you set the day up right
- get accountable – walk with someone, accountability will get you in the routine of being out and about, be it a family member or something a little fluffier that barks
- prioritise – is social media going to help you feel better, probably not so get in the fresh air and feel your spirits rise
Mind, the mental health charity, have also done some research into the benefits of getting outdoors has for people’s mental health. Chief Executive Paul Farmer has said: “To get the most from outdoor activities it’s important to find a type of exercise you love and can stick to. Try different things, walking, cycling, gardening!”
Let us know where you're getting active. Tag us on social media using #HereForYou and tell us how you're feeling.