Do one thing
MIND is encouraging us all to do one thing for better mental health this World Mental Health Day. There are many studies which have shown that physical activity can improve mental health, so whether it’s going for a walk, swapping a journey for active travel, or trying a home workout video, why not take the opportunity to get active?
Being more active can help with:
- better sleep
- happier moods
- managing stress or anxiety
- better self-esteem
- reducing the risk of depression
- connecting with other people.
Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health, either on its own, or in combination with other treatments.
There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active. Kent Sport’s Everyday Active campaign can help you find the perfect activity for your experience and confidence levels, as well as activities that fit in around your everyday life.
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can also benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. Our friends at Explore Kent have lots of great tips and ideas to help Kent’s residents get active outdoors and enjoy and benefit from the great natural resources that the county has to offer.
Information is available at www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeing for people experiencing a range of mental health issues. There is also a specific site to help families with children or young people who might be experiencing difficulties at www.kent.gov.uk/wellbeingfamilies
Both sites were created earlier this year by health, public sector, charity and voluntary organisations across Kent and Medway to signpost residents to information and help during the COVID-19 outbreak.
As part of the Release the Pressure campaign, a text service is also available to people who are struggling to cope and need immediate help. – by texting the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258, you will start a conversation with one of the many trained and experienced volunteers who can give help at any time, wherever you are. Texts are free on all major mobile networks and the service is provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line.