Category: Wellbeing and self-care

Benefits and barriers to movement

12th May 2024

We often hear that exercise is beneficial for our mental health, but exercise isn’t always easy. For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May 2024) we wanted to not only explore the numerous benefits of physical activity but to also understand the barriers that can be encountered.

Tyler shares how accessibility is the main barrier to movement

12th May 2024

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is movement. Whilst there are significant benefits to movement, both physically and mentally, there can be numerous barriers to overcome which relate to where we live, financial circumstances, other commitments, and accessibility to name a few. Below Tyler shares with us how important physical activity is in his life and the barriers he has had to overcome in order to continue doing what he loves.

Knitting has been a game-changer for my mental health

10th May 2024

For this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May 2024) we wanted to challenge the perception of exercise. Whilst there is no doubt that movement is beneficial for both body and mind, it doesn’t have to be in a traditional or stereotypical form. Dan Soar, known as the Tattooed Knitter, has set the world record for the most blankets arm knitted in 24 hours, in a challenge watched by 1.2 million people.

“Incredible changes can take place when we have the confidence to share personal experiences.” – Cindy’s story

16th April 2024

After finding a series of losses and grief was impacting her mental health, causing anxiety, low mood, and a reliance on alcohol, Cindy talks to us about how she found respite in podcasts to learn the importance of self-care and talking to others about how we’re feeling. 

Discussing menopause in the workplace

22nd February 2024

In the UK, nearly 5 million cisgender women aged 50 and over are in employment – it is the fastest-growing demographic group of workers. This age group is the most likely to be affected by menopausal symptoms, so employers need to ensure they are supporting this group of their workforce. Talking openly with your employer can be an important first step towards being better supported at work.

Recognising and listening to my emotions has helped with my anxiety and depression – Becky’s story

5th January 2024

We can sometimes feel frustrated or guilty when we experience emotions such as anxiety or a low mood, that impact our lives. Becky spoke to us about how recognising, accepting and reflecting on her emotions helped her to learn lessons that now support her in navigating experiences of depression or anxiety.

New Year, New Me? Why New Year’s resolutions can be unhelpful, and how to set healthy goals

2nd January 2024

As a society, we use the New Year period to look back on the year that has passed and look to the year ahead, pledging change for the better. However, while New Year’s resolutions might seem lighthearted and positive, sometimes they can end up doing more harm than good to our mental wellbeing.

How movement healed my relationship with my body and mind

20th December 2023

With January upon us, many of us look to make New Year’s Resolutions and changes to our lives in the hopes of reaping the rewards. Whilst it can be great for our wellbeing to set goals, some of us might find resolutions surrounding diet and exercise damaging to our mental health. Tierney talks us through how she used the power of movement to positively impact her mood and dissociated the concept of exercising purely to change your body or look a certain way.

Loneliness at Christmas

8th December 2023

We don’t need to be physically isolated to feel lonely. The festive season can highlight feelings of loneliness for many people, even when other people are around them. We hear from Dianne and Carlos about how they experience loneliness over Christmas.

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