This year on the Mental Health Awareness week Faradays is looking in to the Body poisitivity, self-esteem and healthy state of mind!
So, body image is mental and emotional: it’s both the mental picture that you have of your body and the way you feel about your body when you look in a mirror. Self-esteem is how you value and respect yourself as a person—it is the opinion that you have of yourself inside and out. Self-esteem impacts how you take care of yourself, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Self-esteem is about your whole self, not just your body.
Why is it important to have a positive Body Image, good Self-esteem and how is it connected to our Mental Health?
Picture A – shows that a good body image, self-esteem, and mental health are not about making yourself feel happy all the time. They are really about respecting yourself and others, thinking realistically, and taking action to cope with problems or difficulties in healthy ways.
Picture B – explains how poor body image and self-esteem can negatively affect your Mental health.
Mental Health and Physical Activities.
There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve Mental Health. For example, it can help with:
1. Better sleep – by making you feel more tired at the end of the day
2. Happier moods – physical activity releases feel-good hormones that make you feel better in yourself and give you more energy
3. Managing stress, anxiety or intrusive and racing thoughts – doing something physical releases cortisol which helps us manage stress. Being physically active also gives your brain something to focus on and can be a positive coping strategy for difficult times.
4. Better self-esteem – being more active can make you feel better about yourself as you improve and meet your goals.
5. Reducing the risk of depression – studies have shown that doing regular physical activity can reduce the like hood of experiencing a period of depression.
6. Connecting with people – doing group or team activities can help you meet new and like-minded people, and make new friends.
If you are feeling unwell it can be very hard to get started and be more active, take a break and start focusing on other things for a while. Once feeling better try to build some physical activity into your routine and find a balance by figuring out what is best for you.
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1 in 4 people suffer from Mental Health right now! We are all in in together!