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Keep moving! Physical challenges and more...

As we know getting outside and being active is great for our mental health. Exercise helps the body release endorphins which make you feel great! There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example, it can help with:

  • happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
  • better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
  • managing stressanxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times
  • better self-esteem – being more active can make you feel better about yourself as you improve and meet your goals
  • reducing the risk of depression – studies have shown that doing regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of experiencing a period of depression
  • connecting with people – doing group or team activities can help you meet new and like-minded people, and make new friends.

But physical activity isn't always helpful for everyone's mental health. You may find that it is helpful at some times and not others, or just that it doesn't work for you. For some people, physical activity can start to have a negative impact on their mental health, for example, if you have an eating problem or tend to overtrain.
Taken from MIND

I know getting out can be tricky, especially in these winter months so here are a few extra ideas to get you and your families active.