๐Ÿš€ Boost Your Mental Health with Movement ๐Ÿ•บ

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Move for wellbeing this Mental Health Awareness Week

Maintaining mental well-being can be a challenge, especially with the demands of university life. Incorporating regular physical activity into your routine is a proven way to improve your mood, energy levels, and overall mental health. Here are some easy ways to get moving more often, tailored for University of London students.

๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ Incorporate Movement into Daily Activities

Finding time to move doesnโ€™t have to be a chore. Utilise those small waiting periods throughout your dayโ€”like waiting for the kettle to boil or for the next bus to classesโ€”to sneak in some activity. Every little bit counts!

๐ŸŽฏ Set Small, Achievable Goals

Begin with modest targets, such as walking to a familiar spot near your university or hall, and gradually extend your range. These incremental achievements will not only boost your mood ๐Ÿ˜Š but also improve your self-confidence.

๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ Take Regular Breaks from Sitting

With classes and study sessions keeping you seated for much of the day, itโ€™s important to break up that routine. Set reminders to stand up, stretch ๐Ÿ™†โ€โ™‚๏ธ, and stroll around every hour or so to keep your body active and mind sharp. Search for "pomodoro timer" in the App Store or Play Store to get an app on your phone that can give a reminder to move.

๐Ÿ’ƒ Find Enjoyable Activities

Choose fun physical activities that make you happy, whether itโ€™s a sport, dance, or a simple leisurely walk. Engaging in enjoyable activity increases your motivation and amplifies the mental health benefits.

๐Ÿคพโ€โ™€๏ธ Connect and Move with Others

Participate in group activities or sports offered on campus or in local London parks. Moving with others not only helps you stay active but also builds and strengthens social connections, which are crucial for good mental health.

๐ŸŒณ Engage with Nature

London boasts numerous parks and green spaces like Regents Park and Hyde Park, even Russell Square and Gordon Square. Benefit from the added mental health boosts ๐ŸŒฑ by taking your exercise outdoors.

๐ŸŒŸ Try New Experiences

Keep your routine exciting by trying new activities available around the university or city. Whether itโ€™s a new fitness class or an adventurous outdoor activity, fresh experiences can invigorate your mental state.

๐Ÿ“… Plan Active Outings

Having events to look forward to can significantly elevate your mood. Plan active outings with friends or join university-sponsored trips that mix fitness with fun.

๐ŸŽถ Dance to Your Favourite Tunes

Create a playlist of high-energy songs and have a dance break ๐ŸŽ‰. Not only is it an excellent way to get moving, but itโ€™s also a perfect stress reliever. Could you dance for 2 minutes in between revision topics?

Embrace these strategies not just to boost your physical fitness but to enhance your academic performance and mental wellbeing.

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