Moving Forward: Embracing Movement for Mental Health 

Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week, where this year’s theme—“Movement: Moving More for Our Mental Health”—celebrates the power of physical activity in enhancing our mental well-being.

The Connection Between Movement and Mental Health

Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity significantly boosts mood, reduces anxiety, and decreases symptoms of depression. During this special week, we are reminded that movement isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s a crucial component for maintaining and improving mental health.

Simple Ways to Incorporate Movement Into Your Day

Start Small: Even a short walk, especially in nature, can uplift your spirits and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

Make It Fun: Choose activities you enjoy. Hike, swim, or play a sport—anything that gets you moving and makes you happy.

Involve Your Community: Join group activities or classes which can provide social support and motivation to keep you active.

The Role of Movement in Therapy

Movement therapies like yoga, tai chi, and dance therapy are not only beneficial for physical health but are also powerful tools for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. They help in grounding one’s thoughts in the present and improving overall emotional balance.

Engaging the Community

This Mental Health Awareness Week, let’s share and engage with stories on how movement has been a transformative part of our mental health journey. From personal stories to expert advice, let’s inspire each other to keep moving towards better mental health. We will be sharing tips on our social media, as we continue to work with our community to provide mental wellbeing advice.

Conclusion

As we continue to explore the impact of movement on mental health, remember that every step taken is a step toward a healthier mind. At Global Procurement Group, we support our employees with several health benefits including access to Simplyhealth offerings, which cover EAP and 24/7 counselling services. Additionally, employees can take advantage of gym discounts through Simplyhealth. We also have support available from trained Mental Health First Aiders. We also provide 24/7 access to GP appointments to all our employees, as part of our commitment to staff wellbeing.

This Mental Health Awareness Week, let’s move more, feel better, and support each other in our journeys to mental wellness.

For more resources and information on how to get involved, visit Mental Health Foundation. Let’s make this Mental Health Awareness Week a stepping stone to better health and happiness.