Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Moving for our mental health

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place Monday 13 May – Sunday 19 May and this year’s theme is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’.

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Spearheaded by the Mental Health Foundation, the ‘movement’ shines the spotlight on the transformative power of physical activity in nurturing our bodies and minds.

“Mental Health Awareness Week is a fantastic opportunity to unite and prioritise our mental health.

“It is a moment to reflect on the significance of good mental health and its impact on our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Having good mental health determines how we think, feel, act, cope, relate to others and to make healthy choices. It is incredibly important that we recognise this, raise awareness and come together to support it.”

Francesca Nash, Partner in Residential Property and Mental Health Partner

Exercise is about more than fitness — it’s crucial for our wellbeing too. It helps ease anxiety and stress, builds stronger bones and muscles, promotes a happier lifestyle with improved sleep, and can even reduce the risk of major illness or disease. So, how can we incorporate movement into our daily routine?

Here are some simple ways to increase your physical levels, even while at work:

  • Opt for the stairs instead of the lift
  • Flex your dance muscles while the kettle boils
  • Step outside for a lunch time stroll (additional benefit – fresh air!)
  • Stretch out from the comfort of your desk with some chair-based exercises.

Mental Health Awareness Week presents the perfect opportunity to break down the stigma surrounding mental health, fostering open conversations and genuine connections. Together, we can make a positive change, one step at a time.

Shanice Golder is a qualified (FAQ Level 2) Workplace Mental Health Responder at TWM Solicitors.

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Mental Health Awareness Week takes place Monday 13 May – Sunday 19 May and this year’s theme is ‘Movement: Moving more for our mental health’.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: Moving for our mental health

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