Mental health and physical activity

Mar 25, 2022

 by Deanne uttley

I think with the recent announcement and additional restrictions it’s a good time to talk about this subject. 

In my first blog I wrote about being in a rut when additional measures were applied because of the lockdowns. Knowing where I was then, I am better equipped mentally this time around. However, I know not everyone feels that way. 

I can’t tell you how many people I have chatted with who say, “if they close my gym or studio I don’t know what I will do, it’s the only thing keeping me sane!”

And while that sounds hyperbolic, it’s absolutely the truth.

A publication on states:

Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems. 

Did you know that 17% of Canadians age 16-24 are contemplating suicide? This doesn’t just need our acknowledgement, it needs our serious attention. 

Are lockdowns and extreme measures doing more harm than good? 

I point this out because maybe some of you are struggling and are looking for a way to connect. And for others it’s a reminder that some of our family members, friends, extended family, co-workers and even business owners in our community may be struggling more than usual over the next few weeks. 

If you have the capacity and are looking for a way to have an impact on that 17%, I encourage you to reach out to people. 

Help them if you can, get them outside for a walk, help them move their body. Invite them to experience a little mental health boost and sense of community here at midtown-maybe a calming Yin Yoga or an IHP class that will challenge them and show them how strong they really are. 

Support a small business in the community, share a laugh as often as you can. There is a lot of power within us when we truly take care of ourselves and even more between us when we are able to then show up and support each other. 

Deanne Uttley.