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Moving more for your Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week poster from Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 takes place from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th May 2024.

The week aims to tackle stigma and help people understand and prioritise their and others' mental health. The theme is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health”. Movement is important for our mental health and overall health. But so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines.  


Why is movement good for our mental health? 

Movement is not only good for our body, but it’s great for our mind. Being active releases chemicals in the brain that help us to concentrate, sleep better, reduce stress and feel good about ourselves. 


How much movement is good for us? 

Any amount of movement is good for us.  

Adults should aim to include 150 minutes (about 2 and a half hours) of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity per week. Moderate intensity activities include any movements that raise your heart rate, make you breathe faster and feel warmer such as walking, hiking, or riding a bike. Vigorous intensity activities can include running, swimming or walking up the stairs for example. Activities can be spread out across the week and include strengthening activities that work all the muscle groups on at least 2 days a week.  

Movement can be included within our routine and can be divided up into smaller chunks across the day or week.  

More information on physical activity guidelines can be found here 

Ways to get moving and feel better: 

  • Start small

We are all different so different activities will help us feel better. When thinking about adding more movements into your routine, start with adding a small amount of movement and include things that you enjoy helping you feel better. You might need to try a few different things to find something you like. And what you like might change over time. 

  • Everyday things count 

Everyday things count towards being more active. Chores and activities like gardening and vacuuming are good for your mental health.  

  • Celebrate your achievements 

Be kind to yourself and celebrate your achievements - keep a diary or tell a loved one about your achievements.  

  • Know when to rest 

Resting and getting good quality sleep can help to improve your mental wellbeing. Remember to include time for relaxation, rest, and sleep as you are more likely to feel like being active if you feel rested.  

Ready to get started? 

There is lots of support available to help you improve your mental health and become more active. Here are examples of support: 


For more information about tailored programmes to support a healthier lifestyle, contact us on or 01670 623840.


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