Did you know people who take part in regular physical activity have up to a 30% lower risk of depression?
Not everyone needs to be a fitness fanatic to boost your wellness through activity. Simply step outside, exercise your green fingers or organise a games night. You could go for a walk or run, cycle or dance. Exercise releases hormones that make you feel good. Most importantly, being active is about discovering a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness
Exercise is proven to have a hugely positive impact on the quality of life of people affected by mental health – it can improve our mood, ease stress, reduce anger, alleviate anxiety and slow cognitive decline. It is also known to help us sleep better and build confidence.
Step out with colleagues
Mobilise your colleagues to get involved in a walking challenge during Mental Health Awareness Week. It’s a great way to encourage everyone to be active and embrace nature and the environment, by heading outside on your lunch break
The University has resources to support you – you can also support others:
Use the facilities at Kent Sport to increase your activity
- connect with others during learning at work week and sign up for Coffee with a Mystery colleague, building on the successful initiative, Kent Colleagues Connect (email Ldev@kent.ac.uk to take part)
- apply to become a mental health ally