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  • Writer's pictureFelicity Baker

Step Up for Your Mental Health: Embracing Movement Beyond Mental Health Awareness Week

Unlocking the key to mental wellbeing isn't confined to a single week of awareness; it's a year-round journey. And guess what? One of the most underrated yet powerful tools we have at our disposal is movement. Here we explore why moving more isn't just a fad but a fundamental aspect of nurturing our mental health.

Embracing movement

The Underrated Power of Movement

In a world that glorifies success but often sidelines physical activity, alongside the Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 focus we want to reclaim the spotlight for movement.

And whilst for many of us the idea of 'movement' releases thoughts about about breaking a sweat, hard physical activity, sports or exercise, we want to highlight that movement has a whole host of additional benefits.

From the euphoria-inducing endorphins to the simple joy of being active, movement holds the key to entering 'the zone' where your mind finds peace and clarity.

Research backs these claims with activites such as dance, running, swimming, team sports and walking all pointing to positive mental health outcomes for those who engage in them.

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Breaking Down Barriers

Yet, for many, the idea of moving more feels like scaling Mount Everest. Memories of dreaded school sports day, not being picked for the team or simply feeling out of breath after a short walk can loom large. The mere thought of fitting movement into your day or confronting your capabilities can be overwhelming. But fear not, as every barrier can be dismantled with the right mindset and approach.


Overcoming Obstacles

Firstly, let's debunk the myth that movement equals sports. Movement can be as simple as a leisurely stroll through nature or a joyful dance in your living room. Scientifically proven benefits are well established, from the joy of dance to the serenity of open water swimming. The key? Find what you love doing and make it a part of your life.



Practical Steps for Progress

Start small, build gradually, and make it social. Whether it's committing to limiting your time sitting down, taking a 10-minute daily walk or joining a local yoga class, find what works for you. Engaging with friends or groups not only adds accountability but also enhances the experience, turning movement into a shared journey of joy and connection.


Embrace the Challenge

As Mental Health Awareness Week unfolds, it provides a nudge to do something, to take action and set goals that will embed movement into our daily routines. Whether it's a brisk early morning walk with a friend, a 5 minute mindfulness stretch, or a bit of gardening in between work taks, see how you can seize the opportunity embrace the transformative power of movement and elevate your mood.


So, lace up your trainers, put on your favourite tunes, and dance to the rhythm of life. Movement isn't just a means to an end; it's a celebration of your physical and mental resilience.

If you want to find out other ways to boost your mood and build resilience, check out our other blogs. Or for a more personalised approach, get in touch to find out more about our resilience training and coaching.


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