World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day.⁠

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for managing our mental health. Lockdowns, social distancing, travel restrictions and the constantly changing position we find ourselves in is stressful.⁠

As young adults, many of our players are in a critical stage of physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and coaches,club leaders and mates can be important influences during this stage.⁠

A key way to manage or improve our mental health and overall wellbeing is exercise, with community sport being a great way to get in some exercise and meet our social needs. It can provide great benefits to mental health including better sleep, more energy, stress release and mood improvement.⁠

The Australian Guidelines recommend adults do at least 30 minutes of moderate to intensive physical activity.⁠

However, if you are feeling down, exercise can be the last thing you feel like doing, but here are some strategies to incorporate exercise into your day:⁠
• Set short term realistic goals (e.g 3 20 minute walks a week)⁠
• Reward yourself when you achieve a goal⁠
• Start small and build up to longer and more intense exercise⁠
• Make a plan and schedule in exercise that fits into your lifestyle. If you can’t fit in 30 minutes, try and break this up into 3 10 minute blocks⁠
• Equip yourself with everything you may need including the right runners, weights, water bottle and activewear

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