October 10th is World Mental Health day. All of our lives have been affected in 18 months, one way or another. It is more important now than ever to break down the stigma associated with mental health and reach out for help when we need it. At LifeDock, we understand how your mental and physical health are intrinsically linked. We want to give our ten cents on the topic of mental health, the importance of mindfulness, and how we use physical activity to relieve mental health problems.
After what feels like an epoch of relentless lockdown and quarantine, we all understand a bit better the importance of fresh air—leaving the house, hearing the birds and feeling the breeze on your skin all have a significant impact on your mental wellness. We can't all be bodybuilders or run a marathon, but the difference one fifteen minute walk a day can make is huge. We also encourage using this time to disconnect form the virtual world. Leave your phone at home and get rid of all the distractions of social media, even if it's just for fifteen minutes.
Studies have proven that overuse of your phone or tablet has a direct negative impact on mental health, particularly in young people. Taking time in the evening to shut off your phone, untether yourself from social media, and reduce time spent looking at screens has a direct effect on your mental wellness. It allows you to wind down better for the night and can improve quality of sleep.
Reframing negative thoughts can have a positive impact on our mental health. When you're in a bad headspace, changing what you tell yourself help you pull yourself out of that place. Practicing positive verbal affirmations every day can be a hugely beneficial addition to your routine. Remember, you're not perfect, but none of us are, and you can't expect yourself to not make mistakes. However, Talking to yourself and instilling positive mantras can counter a negative mindset.
At Lifedock, we are huge advocates for Tai Chi and its massive health benefits. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. The simple movements linked together create a gentle, flowing and easy to follow routine. The deep breathing and focus it requires has an uplifting in effect on mental health, something which we have seen first hand when we train our clients on our Chi Me course.
Our course embraces the Tai Chi principles of good posture, strength, balance and slow controlled movement. It has a tangible calming effect on the body and mind and creates of sense of mental and emotional wellbeing. As a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback, Chi Me has become one of our most sought after instructor training courses.
On World Mental Health Day, we want remind everyone that it's never too late to talk to someone. If you need to reach out, we recommend speaking to someone in your circle you trust, or a medical professional. We believe getting help is always a good thing, so we have attached to helpful links below.
Lifedock is the UK’s leading instructor training provider of creative, fun and effective physical activity programmes. They are uniquely designed to bring safe and effective exercise for a range of special populations, including frail and elderly, young people, children, people with learning and physical disability and people with mental health conditions. Courses include Chair based Exercise Instructor, Drum Based Exercise Instructor and Tai Chi Instructor (Chi Me). Click here for the full range of our courses.