Boost your mood, by releasing ‘endorphins’ our happy hormones
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase self-esteem and confidence
Reduce your risk of depression
Walking is great for your mental health but for even more benefits try and get active in a green space if you can. Studies have shown that exercising in nature can reduce stress and boost wellbeing.
Sedentary lifestyles can have a negative impact on our mental and physical health. If you sit down in front of a computer for work all day, try and break up long periods of inactivity, with short burst of movement. A brisk walk at lunchtime is perfect, and will leave you feeling more energised in the afternoon.
Put on some of your favourite tunes and boogie in your bedroom, or have an after dinner kitchen disco.
Whether you enjoy a kick about with the kids in the garden, a bike ride in the countryside, or a Zumba class at the gym is more your style, make some time to get active in a way that brings you most joy.
It’s not always easy to make lifestyle changes, make sure you recognise how well you’re doing and give yourself a mini reward when you keep it up!
Team up with a friend or family member to motivate each other, or join a sport or physical activity club or group to connect with others. If you are struggling with your mental health, you might find it beneficial to find a class aimed at people struggling with their mental health (see below for some suggestions).
Find local groups and physical activities aimed at supporting participants mental health and wellbeing by following the links below. You can find many more activities to enjoy on our Activity Finder, from wellbeing walks and walking netball, to yoga or fitness classes.
Paw Runner runs this regular community group which offers a friendly dog walk meet up in the Market Rasen area. Sessions focus on a safe place to meet new people, and socialise whilst enjoying the countryside.
Run Talk Run aims to make accessible mental health support through running & walking peer support groups. There are Run Talk Run groups all over the world. In Lincolnshire the Lincoln group meets weekly.
Lincoln & Mablethorpe
Team Talk is Lincoln City Foundations mental health programme for men over the age of 18. Team Talk football session is a mixed ability open session for men who may be struggling with their mental health and wants to come and enjoy a game of football with their peers.
Gainsborough Trinity Foundation have a number of activities to support mental health in Gainsborough, including a weekly walk and talk session, and wellbeing sport sessions.
This programme run by Boston United Community Foundation helps to engage adults who are experiencing mental health issues through using the positive power of sport. Sessions take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Jakeman Community Stadium.
Doddington Cycle Club, based at Giant Lincoln at Doddington Hall, are putting on new wellness cycle rides in collaboration with The New Normal Ride Club. Starting on Sun 28 May, the rides will be held monthly on the last Wednesday of the month.
Mind have some helpful advice for getting started and utilising activity to support your mental health.
You can also find some useful advice and inspiring stories on the We are Undefeatable website.