Move your way for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May 2024

13-19 May is Mental Health Awareness Week

An awareness week for our mental health.

As our mental health is pretty much invisible, it’s even more valid to raise awareness of it.

Just like our physical health, our mental health also needs taking care of.

physical and mental health

Both will have a level of fitness, depending on how you take care of it.

Although your genes and your environment play a role in your physical and mental fitness, there are definitely things you can control.

You can manage your physical fitness through exercise, nutrition and sleep. You can take care of your mental fitness by managing your emotions and thoughts.

So, how are you taking care of yourself both physically and mentally?.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness theme is “Movement: moving for our mental health.” 

We know that when you look after your physical health this has a positive impact on how you feel and your overall mental health.

To hone in on this theme here are some ideas to get you inspired, one for every day of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Let’s go!

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

Monday 13 May

Managing stress and anxiety

Moving your body can help in the production and release of endorphins and happy hormones. Increased levels can help you feel less stressed and anxious. Get up and stretch from your desk in between meetings.

Tuesday 14 May

Improving sleep

Regular movement can help to regulate your circadian rhythm and body temperature which supports you to gently fall asleep more easily and quicker to help you experience a better quality sleep time.

Wednesday 15 May

Get outside

There is something about getting outdoors that renews and re-energises me. Perhaps it’s because it enhances the feel, sight, sound, touch and hear senses as if they are all dialled up but in a gentle nourishing way. What can you do to incorporate some movement outside?

Thursday 16 May

Track it

Tracking your movement is highly motivating and keeps you accountable. There are lots of Apps to help you do this. Track your progress and get your digital milestone medals along the way.

Friday 17 May

Self-esteem

When you challenge yourself – it can feel good and motivating. Agree?

When you achieve something new, you build self-confidence in your physical ability and strength as well as your mental resilience.

Saturday 18 May

Forming connections

It’s good to connect and be social with others in a way that suits or serves you. Being around other people can help you to feel less isolated. There are lots of forms of movements that involve connecting with others, such as team sports, exercise classes or sports clubs. What group movement can you do?

Sunday 19 May

Take action

Being physically active is for sure beneficial to your mental health and helps you improve your mental fitness. Choose what you can do, rather than getting consumed on what you physically can’t do, can’t afford or don’t have time for. Instead, choose a form of movement that works for you and in the words of a certain big sports brand – Just Do It!


For more resources visit Mental Health UK

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