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Positive benefits of sport and looking after your mental fitness
Positive Benefits of Sport
- Positive Attitude
- Enhanced self-confidence and positive selfbelief
- Development of Good Communication skills
- Making Boundaries/ Setting Limits
- Strong sense of community/belonging
- Opportunities to socialise in a safe
- Reduced feelings of anxiety and increased
- Reduced stress and depression
- Improved mood and concentration
- Opportunity to make new friends
- Developing social skills
Looking after your Mental Fitness
- Talk to your Friends: If you have something on your mind, get it off your chest and talk to a mate – don’t bottle things up.
- Eat well: Try and eat a balanced diet and avoid sugary food and drinks which can pick you up short term but have no health or energy benefits. Good Food can = Good Mood.
- Take “Time Out” for yourself: You time is important – be it an activity, a run, chilling out watching a DVD or your favourite show –try to have something to look forward to each day – no matter how big/small.
- Get Active: It's great if you are part of a club, but you can do other active things. You can join a gym, go running with friends, go walking, do an activity where you set your own goals and objectives, boost your self-esteem and confidence.
- Be aware of all the services on your doorstep: Your community has lots of great groups who can help with a range of things from Mental Health, Debt Management/Benefit Entitlement, CVs, Employment & Learning, Education, Trauma etc. If you know your options you can make BETTER CHOICES.
Joe Donnelly is the founder of TAMHI, which stands for Tackling Awareness of Mental Health Issues, the charity is named after Donnelly's friend Thomas "Tammy Tucker" McLaughlin who took his life in 2009. TAMHI set up in 2011 to support sports clubs to raise awareness of mental health and to use the power of sport to tackle the social issues that impact on mental wellbeing.
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