There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. For example, it can help with better sleep, happier moods and managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts.
Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. Many people find that physical activity helps them maintain positive mental health, either on its own, or in combination with other treatments.
This doesn’t have to mean running marathons or training every day at the gym. There are lots of different things you can do to be a bit more active. For more ideas, see national Mind’s information on choosing an activity or watch this video for five ways to get moving an feel better.
Bucks Mind has a number of physical activity initiatives to promote good mental health. Many of our wellbeing and peer support groups already provide walking groups, but we have also recently held a Mindful Walk on 21 September 2020 and launched online yoga and exercise classes (see details below).