Moving more to support your mental wellbeing

Moving more to support your mental wellbeing

Moving your body isn't just great for your physical health, it can support your mental wellbeing too.

Moving more can be a great way to boost your mood. For some, this might involve dancing to their favourite songs in their room, while others may feel relaxed after a peaceful yoga session. For Jat, building small amounts of activity into his day helped him feel better both mentally and physically.

Many people find that socialising while being active can have a positive impact on their wellbeing. John found a community of like-minded individuals living with Parkinson's at his local Walking Football team. Christine also enjoys walking with friends and family members. Click here to discover more ideas on how to get moving with others.

For some people getting moving can also be a useful way to manage their mental health. Phoebe found that walking more with her dog Noodle was great motivation after she was diagnosed with depression, anxiety and multiple sclerosis.

When living with a health condition reaching new goals can provide a strong sense of accomplishment. No matter how small these achievements may seem to others, seeing your progress and reaching new milestones can boost your self-esteem.

For more advice and support on managing your mental health, find useful resources from our charity partners Mind and Rethink. If you are struggling and need more urgent help, you can call Samaritans on 116 123.