We Challenge You
Challenge yourself and get involved in at least one of the things below!
Walk or Run for Mental Health
Take a Walk
A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.
It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed and staying active helps htos who are depressed recover.
Go for a Run
Running regularly at a moderate or vigorous level can improve your mental health. Running also improves your memory and your ability to learn.
Running outside has other benefits, like lessening feelings of loneliness and isolation. Running can reduce stress, depression and anxiety. It can also improve your sleep habits.
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Do a Parkrun
Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world.
Saturday morning events are 5K and take place in parks and open spaces. On Sunday mornings, there are 2K junior Parkruns for children aged four to fourteen.
Parkrun is a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience where there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether you walk, jog, run volunteer or spectate.
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Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K is a running plan for absolute beginners. It was developed by a new runner, Josh Clark, who wanted to help his 50 something mum get off the couch and start running, too.
The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks.
Download the FREE NHS Couch to 5K APP OR download the weekly podcasts here
It's easy to follow, with a choice of celebrity supportive trainers. Check out Laura's video where she talks about her running journey.
Be Inspired and Connect With Others
Chat for 30
Family member/Friend you've lost contact with.
Do you have an elderly relative? A neighbour that lives alone? Do your relatives have any friends or neighbours that they know live alone. Did you have a person in your life (who is now elderly) that you've lost contact with that you would like to reconnect with.
Texting is connecting light
Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act, make choices and relate to others. Mental Health is more than the absence of mental illness, it's essential to your overall health and quality of life.
This week do some reading on Mental Health, read articles, books, listen to podcasts or talks. Happiful Magazine
Thankgiving x 7
Make time to give someone the thanks they are due. For their words of wisdom, help or support. Whether work related or personal. Just simple compliment or a kind word. Show them what a positive impact they had on you. Give them the recognition they deserve and let them know that you appreciate them.
Post a Thank You card or letter to someone every day for 7 days
Send a Thank You Text to someone every day for 7 days
Say Thank You to someone every day for 7 days