Poor mental health is something many homeless people suffer from. It can often lead to additional problems, which when combined, can worsen their situation and make it even harder for them to move forward. Walking can be a great way to not only improve physical fitness, but it can also help reduce symptoms associated with anxiety and depression.
Here are 5 ways taking a few extra steps every day can be good for you.
1. Get A Mood Boost
Walking releases endorphins into the body, which can lift your mood and give you a buzz, lasting all day. It is also an opportunity to escape and unwind and just forget about your worries – even if it’s just for half a hour.
2. Feel An Energy Rush
When we walk we improve the flow of blood to the brain and our muscles. This helps us feel energised and more alert. Waking up your body really does wake up your mind.
3. Sleep Easy
Regular exercise can help improve our sleep patterns and enable you to slip into a deeper and more beneficial sleep. So get those steps in and get ready for the snooze of your life.
4. Buddy Up
Walking with another person or a group can give you the opportunity to open up about any problems you may be having. It’s easier to share your concerns and thoughts with others when you combine talking with an activity. It’s also a chance to catch up, share a few laughs and escape for a bit.
5. Be Mindful
Walking can give your mind the space it needs to focus on the here and now, setting you up for the rest of the day. By walking we are not allowing our mind to wander onto unhelpful thoughts about the future, which can lead to anxiety, or unhelpful thoughts about the past. We will be sharing some mindful walking practices soon.
So, get yourself out there, feel the breeze on your face and the wind in your hair and the sun (or rain) on your body and give your mental health a boost. Don’t forget to look out for more announcements about our fundraiser March 4 CENS too.