By WALX Coast and Country at
How can it be May already? How fast is this year going! May is always a busy month. It is both National Walking Month and Mental Health Awareness Week.
The theme for Mental Awareness Week is the Outdoors and being with nature which seems relevant to everything that we offer.
As you are all aware, from participating in our walks. Being outdoors has many mental health benefits as well as improving our physical wellbeing. Spending time in nature is actually used as a form of treatment to help individuals suffering with anxiety and depression. It can improve your mood, help with relaxation and to destress, gives opportunity to make new connections, and builds your confidence and self-esteem. I can’t think of any better reasons to get outdoors.
With this in mind, we have decided May should be a walking challenge month for us all, to participate in both National Walking Month and Mental Health Awareness Week.
We challenge you to walk more this month then you normally would. Let’s clock in the steps. We would like you to take an average distance or number of steps you do per day and try increase this by 20%.
And why, you may ask… For all the reasons above!
By the end of the month, you will feel great for it.
It may sound like a lot, but it won’t require much change. Here are some examples to guide you:
Small changes can have a big impact on your wellbeing.
If the whole month seems too overwhelming, why not follow the challenge for Mental Health Awareness Week only, from the 10th to 16th May.
We have devised a list of easy tips to fit into your daily lifestyle to get you started on your way:
Let us know what works for you. Let’s add to the tips list. How will you get in the extra distance?
Should you want to know more about each event, please check out the following links.
Mental Health Awareness Week Mental Health Awarenss Month
National Walking Month National Walking Month