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Anxiety- Day 2 Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Updated: May 17, 2023

Anxiety is a normal emotion for everyone. We have all felt it before, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.

There are many reasons why we may feel anxious this could include relationships, starting a new job, exams and big life events. Money can also cause anxiety too and feeling unable to meet our basic needs like heating our home and buying food. Especially with the current cost of living crisis.

Anxiety can be made easier to manage.

“Thirty minutes a day can keep anxiety at bay”.

Walking as short as 30 minutes per day can lower your heart rate, ease anxiety and relieve stress.

Walking calms, you down, it calms us by sparking the nerve cells in the brain that relax the senses. Walking can also lift your mood, taking away negative thoughts and energizing your spirits. Walking significantly increases serotonin production in the body.

At Mind and Sole, we offer walking and talking sessions in different communities in the Alnwick and surrounding areas. Come along and join us on any walk, we walk for 1 mile at an accessible pace for everyone. Everyone welcome, bring the dog!

Our walks include Berwick, Wooler, Alnwick, Druridge Bay, Morpeth and Amble.

Walking provides the best of both worlds. It offers the physical benefits of exercise while also boosting your emotional well-being.

You can walk anywhere without equipment or a special membership. The more you do it, the more positive effects you’ll experience.

The Benefits of Walking

There are numerous benefits of walking. Some of the most common include.

  • Improved sleep

  • Better endurance

  • Stress relief

  • Improvement in mood

  • Increased energy and stamina

  • Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness

  • Weight loss

  • Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular (heart) health

Walking helps boost your mood because it increases blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and body. It has a positive influence on your hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which is your central nervous response system. This is good because the HPA axis is responsible for your stress response. When you exercise by walking, you calm your nerves, which can make you feel less stressed.

You can build on the positive effects of walking by inviting friends to join you. Walking with others for one or two days per week can have enormous benefits. Physical exercise combined with positive social interactions can improve negative moods, ward off depression, and improve self-esteem. Try to walk 3 days a week for 10-30 minutes at a time.

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You can make walking more enjoyable by taking a friend, going somewhere you really enjoy, listening to your favourite album, take the dog or take a camera and take some pictures. There are many different things you can do to make a walk more enjoyable and seem less boring. It also takes away from the not knowing where to go, you could take pictures of plants along your route or birds or anything with your favourite colour.

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