Taking care of your mental well-being with physical activity

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Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do to also take care of your mental health. During these difficult times, it is important to take care of your mind as well as your body. Get Set Leeds offers you some great resources that will keep you active and help your mind stay clear and relaxed.

Mind brings you a wide range of resources to help you take care of your well-being during CoronaVirus. It includes tips on how to make your life easier while staying at home, including advice on physical activity. Mind encourages you to build physical activity into your daily routine and gives you some really varied ideas to do so, from cleaning your home or going up and down the stairs to online exercise workouts. To find out more about this, visit: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing / .

Mental Health Foundation tells you what impact physical activity has on your overall well-being, how much physical activity you should be doing, and what type of exercises you could do. To learn how to look after your mental health using exercise, read the full guide here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/physical-activity-and-mental-health .

Every Mind Matters gives you more tips on how to take care of your mental wellbeing while staying at home. Planning practical things, taking time to relax and doing what you enjoy, and, of course, looking after your body are on their list. For a full guide of their tips, visit https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/ . To get around 20 to 30 minutes a day of exercise, try these videos from Every Mind Matters: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/ .

If you struggle with self-isolation or are concerned about Covid-19, the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service from the NHS is here to support you during these difficult times:  https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/leeds-mental-wellbeing-service/home/ .

At Get Set Leeds we know that physical activity can benefit your mental health, but in these challenging times it’s good to know that there are people on hand in Leeds to give you help and advice if you have any concerns about your mental wellbeing:

Mindwell – mental health information for Leeds

MindMate – Mental health support for young people in Leeds

New hotline for Leeds – anyone unable to leave their home and in need of help: 0113 3781877

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