MOVE MORE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS: TKAT WELLBEING WEEK TIP #3Posted on: 23rd Jun 2021
TKAT WELLBEING WEEK: 21st-25th JUNE 2021
Every day during TKAT Wellbeing Week, we are bringing you a 'Wellbeing Tip of the Day'
Today's tip is: MOVE MORE AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS
Being active and outdoors in the fresh air will improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger and help you to feel relaxed and positive.
There are numerous mental health benefits related to movement, Whilst we all know that exercise is good for us, it can be viewed as a chore: however, the truth is that whatever our job, or lifestyle: there is always an opportunity to move our body.
When we do move our body, energy flows through it, our bodily systems are activated, which makes us function well, and our brain generates various happy hormones that make us feel good. Moving your body can:
- improve your mood
- reduce feelings of stress or anger
- help you take time out and feel more relaxed
- improve your physical health
- improve your confidence and self-esteem
- help you be more active
- help you make new connections
- Increase resilience and concentration
As well as exercise, spending time outside in the fresh air, green space or nature can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing.
Every June the ‘Gardening and Wellbeing Therapy Organisation’ hosts ‘National Growing for Wellbeing Week’. Click HERE to sign up for a free resources pack which contains things you can do both in the classroom and garden.
Nature can be forests, beaches and rivers and parks and gardens, but it can also be window boxes, listening to birdsong or even house plants. All can positively affect our mental health and wellbeing.
Combining movement with nature is even more powerful - a walk on a beach or run through a park or forest trail, for example. Exercising in green spaces for as little as 5 minutes has been found to improve mood and self-esteem.
There will be another wellbeing tip on this website tomorrow.