Improving your physical wellbeing can help you feel better about yourself. It can also improve concentration and energy levels, which can both be affected by worrying and feeling anxious. Exercise also produces endorphins – chemicals produced naturally by the body which can boost your mood and improve your ability to sleep.

In the Anxiety and feeling worried section we explored the primitive human response known as ‘Flight or fight‘ which is designed to help us deal with a possible danger or threat. When the response is triggered blood flow to the muscles increases as extra energy is needed to help us run or fight. If unreleased, this energy can cause tension in our muscles. There are lots of ways of exercising, and moving, which can help to improve your mood and feel calmer.

What sort of exercise and movement will help my mental wellbeing?

Exercising and moving outdoors in green spaces, like local parks, can also benefit our mental health. A recent study from the Mental Health Foundation, showed that being in nature can boost our wellbeing.

Finding an activity that you enjoy is also important. This could include:

  • taking a gentle walk in the park
  • going for a run – Couch to 5K might be a good way to start
  • team sports, such as playing a game of football or netball

It’s important to start gently if you’re new to exercise and consult your GP about any health concerns you have.