mental health

Mental Health on the Move

Keeping active is not always easy or possible when you aren’t well. If it will make you feel even a smidgen better, it has to be worth a go, right?

I would not consider myself to be a sporty person AT ALL. I’m all for long weekends wrapped in duvets with funky socks on. This (however comforting it may be) is not going to motivate me to get anything done.

I’m not suggesting that you should go and sign up for a marathon straight away, come on now, let’s be realistic! The closest I’m getting to that is a Netflix marathon!

Start off small; give yourself a little victory, even if this is a simple walk around the block for 15 minutes… it’s a start! That’s how I started.

Research has shown that exercise is an underused form of treatment for depression. Why is that, when it’s so effective?

I can hear you now… ‘I’m too unfit to run’ or ‘I can’t do it’

That is not true. Depression has this way of convincing you point blank that you can’t do it. It strips away any glimpse of motivation for even simple tasks, never mind these more active ones! I know that. The first step is always the hardest, but trust me, you won’t look back and regret it.

There are tons of different things you could do, something for everyone. You could cycle, dance, get some gardening done, do some housework, tennis, swimming, yoga… loads!!!

I recently signed up to a site called ‘borrowmydoggy.com’. It is exactly as it says, borrowing dogs! (I know, weird). This has been an absolute life saver for me. I signed up and messaged local owners and asked to borrow their dog for a walk around the local park. It has been a great success! (apart from this one dog who bolted and stole a kids banana… we’ll talk about that another time)

I have been able to get out every day and have at least a 45 minute walk with these loving pooches!

I take one dog at a time and simply arrange a time and day with the owner through the site to go and collect the dog.

It has got me out walking in the fresh air and I’ve made some lovely furry friends at the same time. I would definitely recommend it!

 

Remember, first step is hardest, but you can do it.

Stay with me here.

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