How keeping active can help boost your health and mental wellbeing

January 04 2022 By The Healthcare Team

For many, our working and home lives have changed drastically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognising the importance of our own health and wellbeing is now more important than ever.

As we head into a new year, our thoughts should turn to keeping our mind and body in tip-top shape. The physical benefits of keeping active cannot be understated: from a healthy heart and improved circulation to improved bone health as well as reducing the risks of some illnesses. Exercise also plays an important part in our mental wellbeing too. It helps build resilience, improve low mood and boost self-esteem. Exercise has a really positive effect on the brain as well. It releases the ‘feel good' chemicals of dopamine and serotonin, which are mood enhancers and give you a natural high.

However, if you’re feeling low or struggling with anxiety, it can be easy to get caught in a cycle of not wanting to exercise. But how can you break that cycle?

Start slowly then build-up

There is a natural tendency to go too fast, too early. This can sometimes be counter-productive. The best way is to start slowly and build it into your routine. It could be something as simple as trying to do so many steps or minutes of walking a day, and then gradually increase this as the days/ weeks go by.

Once you’ve built this into your daily routine you can set yourself targets and activities that will help keep you feeling good.

Where can I find help to boost my mental and physical wellbeing?

Health insurers are well placed to help their members boost their health and wellbeing. Many now offer a range of wellbeing initiatives to support their members. One such initiative is AXA Health’s Feelgood Health campaign. AXA believes that staying healthy is about taking care of both mind and body and, above all, enjoying yourself.

With employee mental health an increasingly pressing issue, it’s more important than ever for business owners to stay ahead of their teams’ mental wellbeing. With an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) in place, employees can get help with the things that are affecting them before they get serious. Worries such as financial concerns, anxiety over the pandemic or being apart from partners, loved ones or friends. Employees will have someone to talk to confidentially by phone whenever they need to.

Additionally, there are a number of apps on the market that can help tackle some of the common stresses such as sleep problems.

We can help you build health and wellbeing into your business. For more information, contact our Healthcare team.

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