Keeping active through natural movement, regular exercise, and recreational activities improves health, fitness, and wellbeing.
- Health is defined as a state of complete mental, physical and social wellbeing.
- Fitness is the ability to meet the demands of the environment.
- Wellbeing is defined as the state of feeling contented, healthy and happy.
Most people are aware of the positive effects an active lifestyle can bring. There is an abundance of research highlighting the physical benefits of regular exercise. More recently studies have focused on the mental, social, and community benefits of such activity. The participation of recreational activities has become one of the key methods of managing stress. There is now an extensive body of evidence to show that physical activity can improve the situation of not only the stress sufferer, but also people who experience anxiety or depression. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that even very moderate levels of physical activity can prevent future depression.
|Mental Benefits||Physical Benefits||Social Benefits|
|Improved confidence||Reduced risk of disease||Meeting people|
|Relief of stress/tension||Improved body shape||Make friends|
|Reduced anxiety||Improved posture||Strengthens community|
|Ease of depression||Weight control||Improved social skills|
Other Management Techniques
Stress management encompasses a wide spectrum of techniques which are intended to equip a person with effective coping mechanisms for dealing with psychological stress. These include physical and social activity, adequate hydration, good nutrition, sufficient sleep, mindfullness, meditation, positive thinking, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). All these practices and techniques can be extremely beneficial to people who experience chronic stress, anxiety disorders, or depression. It is also advised to spend time in a natural environment with plenty of sunlight.
For some people identifying and accepting there is a issue may be extremely difficult. Others may find the process of asking for help even more challenging. There are a number of avenues available, all of which begin with talking to someone about it. Each of the organisations shown below can be a contact point for starting the process.