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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Ways to get moving for your wellbeing

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This year, Mental Health Awareness Week revolves around the theme ‘Movement’, highlighting the importance of moving for our mental health.

Being physically active can have a positive impact on our bodies and minds. Recognising that not all forms of exercise suit everyone, this month, our aim is to assist you in discovering ways to move in a manner that suits you best.

Whether it involves participating in a team sport, opting to walk a few extra stops instead of taking the bus or scheduling work calls during a stroll, there’s bound to be an approach that resonates with you.

We've put together a helpful pack to share with you the benefits physical activity can bring you, as well as activities that are taking place in London and the Property Industry that you can get involved with.

Below are some benefits movement can benefit your employee's wellbeing...

Stress reduction

Physical activity can trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Exercise can help reduce levels of stress hormones like cortisol, leading to a more relaxed state of mind.

Improved mood

Physical activity can significantly influence our mood. In a recent study, individuals were asked to assess their mood immediately following exercise. The findings revealed that participants reported feeling happier, more alert, and calmer after engaging in physical activity compared to periods of inactivity (Mental Health Foundation 2024)

Increased self-esteem and confidence

Self-esteem reflects our perception of our own worth and how we feel about ourselves. Research consistently illustrates that physical activity enhances self-esteem across various age demographics, spanning from children to older adults, and encompasses both males and females (Mental Health Foundation 2024)

Better sleep quality

People who exercise frequently often experience improved sleep quality. Physical activity helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle and can alleviate insomnia symptoms. Multiple studies have shown that exercise can reduce pre-sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality in people with insomnia. Better sleep contributes to overall mental wellbeing and cognitive function. (Sleep Foundation 2024).

Enhanced cognitive function

Physical activity has been shown to improve cognitive function, including memory, attention, and processing speed. Studies show that there is approximately a 20% to 30% lower risk of depression and dementia for adults participating in daily physical activity (Sleep Foundation 2024)​

You can download our full guide below!