7 May 2019

Get moving for mental health

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Did you know just an hour’s exercise a week can help ward off depression?

That’s the word from The Black Dog Institute, one of Australia’s leading mental health research organisations.

As they kick off their annual Exercise Your Mood campaign (4 – 12 May 2019) they’re urging Australian workplaces to get up and moving. Besides lessening the risk of developing depression, regular exercise:

  • Improves memory, focus and thinking skills
  • Aids and improves sleep
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Builds coping and resilience

To make getting your team up and moving easier, they’ve posted a heap of resources on their website, including meditation and mindfulness routines, along with some short yoga, weights and boxing videos. You can also access workplace specific resources designed to boost the mental health of your entire team.

As an organisation, we’re mindful of the current stats on mental health and the roll-on effect anxiety and depression can have in the workplace. That’s why we’ve instituted flexible working practices, take time out for team activities and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all of our staff. Exercise is just another way to support these measures, so we’ll also be moving as a team this week.

To learn more about Exercise for Your Mind activities, Head to The Black Dog Institute’s website.

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