Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Lifestyle


It’s important to remember:
our physical health affects our mental health, and
vice versa. What we do to our bodies makes a big difference to how we feel. Physical activity, diet,
alcohol, smoking and drugs can all affect our mental health
and wellbeing in different ways. So, let’s talk about them. Physical activity releases
feel-good hormones called endorphins, which help
us sleep and feel better. It also improves our physical
fitness, which tends to make people
feel better in general. Even small amounts of
regular physical activity, can improve your mental
wellbeing – especially if it’s doing something you enjoy.
Physical activity is even a recommended treatment for
some types of depression. You can get active at your own pace,
in your own way. There’s no need to
join a gym or even spend any money.
Simple, small changes in our day-to-day
can make all the difference. Taking a brisk walk
at lunchtime or walking to get where we’re
going, getting active in the garden, or cycling
once or twice a week are great options. If there is a
type of activity you used to enjoy, think about
how you could pick it up again.
For example, there are lots of groups in local
areas open to all levels of ability. What’s more, studies show
that time in green spaces is beneficial, so head
to your local park if you can! If you need a
little help fitting more physical activity into your
day, try the Active 10 app It helps you get
short bursts of brisk walking into your day. There’s also the fantastic
Couch to 5K app, which will get you
up and running in just 9 weeks! Eating better can play
a big role in our health and wellbeing. It won’t come as
a surprise to learn that what we eat,
and how much, plays a big part in our
physical health – which can impact our
mental health too. Ideally, we should aim
to eat a healthy balanced diet, with plenty
of fruit and veg. It’s important to keep
an eye on your calories, and minimise foods
that are high in sugar, fat and salt. For helpful tips on
eating a better diet, check out the One You website. Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco,
and even drugs may seem tempting when we’re
stressed or tired. And, when we use
them to try and cope the idea of stopping
them can feel like it would make
things even harder. But they can cause
more problems than they solve, especially long-term. All these habits can
complicate our sleep patterns, and affect how anxious
and depressed we feel. So try cutting down
(or even quitting). And remember that
there’s support available. Alcohol in particular can
worsen our moods, so cutting down can really
help us feel better. For more help cutting down,
you can download the Drink Free Days app. And for help cutting
back on drugs visit the talk to frank website As for cigarettes,
stopping smoking is one of the best things you
can do for your body and your brain.
You’ll breathe easier, feel better, and save money! Check out NHS.uk/smokefree for advice and
support on quitting Whatever you choose to do what’s good for your body
is good for your mind.

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