During Children’s Mental Health Week (8-14 February 2016), we are encouraging students and staff at Tynecastle High to think about ways they can build their resilience, so that they are really well equipped to ‘bounce forward’ from life’s ups and downs. Today our Active Schools Coordinator, Jodi Kean, shares some thoughts about why being active and taking part in things is good for us.
Exercise keeps our hearts and bodies healthy. But how? We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly, but it also works the other way around. The state of your mind affects your body. So if you feel low or anxious, you may do less and become less active – which can make you feel worse. You can get caught in a harmful cycle.
Research shows us that keeping active has a major role to play in building and supporting our wellbeing and resilience, and keeping us all healthy. People who keep active are less likely to be depressed, anxious and tense. They are more likely to feel good about themselves and to concentrate and focus better.
Many of us will have found ourselves in a situation where we’ve put all our energy into something but have come up against what seems like an impossible problem. More often than not, if we take some time out – maybe to go for a walk or run, play a sport with our friends – like magic the solution to the problem pops into our head. This is because the calming value and wellbeing boost that people get from being active and surrounded by their friends has a strong impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. It helps us to strike a balance as we cope with life’s ups and downs.
So next time you are feeling down in the dumps, stressed or even angry, take the time to go for a 15 minute walk and try to notice the difference that this has on your state of mind.
Click here to see Place2Be’s Guide to Healthy Minds, with three easy ways to build our resilience every day.
Here at Tynecastle High School we also have a wide variety of Active Schools clubs that are aimed at keeping our minds and bodies healthy. So grab your friends and your trainers and let’s keep active!