Having a mental health problem can be draining, so staying active can be a real struggle. But physical activity, however big or small, can improve your mood, raise energy levels and boost confidence. There are lots of little ways you can keep active at home or outside as lockdown eases. We Are Undefeatable's resources below can help you get started.
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When you're feeling unwell, exercise can often be the last thing you feel like doing. But we know that physical activity can help both your mental and physical wellbeing. Our information explains the relationship between physical activity and your mental health.
It can be challenging to maintain a routine when how you feel can change from day to day. My Daily Undefeatable is a Facebook messenger bot that reminds you to do regular check-ins on how you’re keeping active and how you’re feeling. You answer questions about what motivates you to keep moving and then schedule reminders to check in with yourself on a daily or weekly basis to help you get moving in a way that works for you.
Five in Five is a customisable mini workout to help you move in whatever way works for you. Simply pick five individual exercises from the exercise library, and do each for one minute at a time. Whether you want to boost your energy, unwind, or just have a bit of fun, you can find a combo to suit you.
What's stopping you? Our Get Set to Go site has stories and tips to help you overcome barriers to physical activity, and find something that's right for you.
Our Get Active page contains more resources and information to help you get active in your own way.
Our Infoline provides information on a range of topics relating to mental health, including help to find physical activity opportunities in your local area.
Hannah has lived with mental health problems since she was a child, spending occasional stints in psychiatric hospitals since her teens. Her depression has often made her feel demotivated and low, with exercise being the last thing she’d like to do. Her partner Hayz has been there to encourage her to move more, even if just a little, and to get out of the house. What started as going on short walks has gradually progressed to a range of activities that the two of them do together, which Hannah enjoys for more reasons than one.