Time to get active?

The benefits of physical activity for emotional wellbeing and mental health are being highlighted in this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 13-19 May.

Run by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week seeks to promote public awareness of mental health problems and effective ways of dealing with them.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.

Taking part in physical activities is also a great way to meet people. And it can be a chance to give yourself a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life – to find some quiet time.

Leading an active life can help raise your self-worth and improve your confidence. It can help you feel valued – and value yourself.

Benefits of exercise for mental health (on Mental Health Foundation website)