Exercise Your Mood
Evidence says that exercise has a positive impact on both your physical and mental health. This September, it is time to take the first step to exercise your mood.
There is extensive evidence that shows exercise can be used to treat and even prevent mental illnesses like depression.
Everyone can benefit from exercising their mood. We all have room to build up our resilience and wellbeing. Exercising your mood is about starting at your own level - research shows that even small amounts of exercise is both mentally and physically beneficial.
Now is the time to take the first step to improve your own wellbeing. Check out the information below and find the best way to Exercise Your Mood.
1. Start at your own level
Everyone starts somewhere and if you are new to exercise, set small goals and build your way up to a bigger goal like 30 minutes of exercise per day.
If you already have a set exercise regime, there is already a first step to something new. Why not try meditation? Our guided meditations can improve relaxation and concentration.
2. Find a time in the day that suits you
You don’t skip brushing your teeth because you’re not in the mood, there’s no reason why exercise should be skipped.
Even on a rainy day, there is plenty you can do inside – like yoga or meditation. One study found that even a single session of mindful exercise (like yoga) can improve mood and reduce stress.
3. Choose activities that you enjoy
Exercise doesn't have to mean going to the gym and lifting weights. Whether you like bush walking, swimming, kite surfing, pilates or walking the dog, even 10 minutes of physical exercise daily is proven to have a positive impact on both your mental and physical health.
4. Remember to reward yourself for incremental changes
It won’t all happen overnight, just make sure you use this September to take the first step to a better frame of mind.
When you reach a milestone of some sort, even if it is an extra 500m on your daily walk, tell someone who you know will be able to celebrate it with you.
5. Give yourself a break
If you miss one session, one day or one week, don't be too hard on yourself. You can pick back up where you left on and refocus on the goals that you have set for yourself.
6. Take your friends or workmates along for the ride
If you are living with a mental illness, it can be difficult at times to socialise, however, asking a friend or colleague to join you in physical activity is a great way to keep motivated. It gives you the chance to share an experience with someone while keeping your plans accountable to one another.
There are a number of ways that you can get involved to support Exercise Your Mood and the Black Dog Institute.
Set a physical challenge, go it solo or bring a team together and set up a fundraising page to help with the research of mental health. Click here to start your challenge!
Spread the word
Check out our EYM resources, download a social media image or printable poster and let everyone know about the mental health benefits of exercise.
Get the campaign kit
Make the most out of your Exercise Your Mood campaign and download the kit.
Hold a work event
There are so many ways to bring EYM into the workplace. Turn meetings into walking meetings, run a physical activity for 15 minutes each morning, hold a mini Olympics in the office - the options are endless.
Meditate in class
Meditation can help students focus throughout the day, so incorporate it into your morning lesson. You can check out our guided meditations here.
Find out how you can make the most out of Exercise Your Mood and grab the kit. Download kit
Social media images
Share Exercise Your Mood with all your friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Download Images
Check out these guided meditation tracks on our BITE BACK website
Add this banner below your email signature and link it to https://blackdoginsitute.org.au/exercise-your-mood . Download banner
Download the posters, print them out and stick them up in your workplace, school or local community to encourage those around you to exercise their mood too!
While we do advocate for exercise as a part of your Mental Health Plan, we are not suggesting that exercise should be used as a replacement for professional help.
If you or someone you know is distressed and in immediate danger, please call emergency services 000.
You can also contact the below support lines:
- Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14
- Lifeline New Zealand – 0800 543 354
- Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- beyondblue – 1300 22 4636
- Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling Service – 1800 011 046
It is also recommended that you discuss these feelings with your GP so they can provide appropriate advice or professional referral if necessary. If you are already in discussions with your GP, you can ask for suggestions on how to incorporate exercise into your Mental Health Plan.
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