How our community Exercise Their Mood
Published: 3 May, 2018
To celebrate Exercise Your Mood week, we asked some of our passionate lived experience community presenters to share their tips for integrating exercise into daily life.
Exercising for better mental health doesn’t mean you need to conquer marathons or climb mountains. As our volunteer presenters’ stories show, it’s about finding the right activity for you and making it part of your routine. And even small changes can make a big difference to maintaining good mental wellbeing.
Mabel from Perth
“Exercise has really helped improve my mental health and I’ve been keeping physically active ever since I was discharged from Bentley Adolescent Unit in 2007. The Lorikeet Centre in Leederville assisted me with my recovery and as part of my program I was given a one-month gym membership to use. That was amazing, and I am so grateful for it. Keeping physically fit definitely keeps the negative thoughts at bay and takes my mind off the stresses of everyday life.”
Brad from Geelong
“Regular exercise is one of the best things I do to maintain better mental and physical health. I start every day off with a 7km walk and try to squeeze in other exercise throughout my week. It wasn’t all that long ago that I struggled to drag myself out of bed in the mornings or afternoons. But now I wake without alarms and am out walking by 5:45am. I’m feeling so much healthier, have lots more energy, am more focused and relaxed and am sleeping better than I ever have.”
Sandra from Launceston
“I rarely sit still, but when I do at home, I know I’m not in a good headspace. I live for the weekends, filling them with camping trips, music festivals and motorcycle racing. The outdoors is my happy place, and at home I spend as much time as I can in the garden or indulging in art and craft. As my daughters are in their teenage years, I’m conscious I need to be a good role model for how to keep good mental and physical health.”
Tom from Lennox Head
“From one day to the next I went from career focused and driven to being completely consumed with depression and anxiety. Since then I have come a long way. I’ve found some treatments that work reasonably well for me. I have a great team on my side (my psychiatrist and psychologist) … I eventually realized (with my doctor’s help) that full time work wasn’t so good for me, so I have stopped working for the time being. I now work full time at being nice to myself and looking after myself. Scuba diving (talking to the fish) is now my favourite pastime, not work. I also run several days a week. I’ve learned a lot of skills on how to stay well and what my limitations are.”
If you are looking for new ways to get active for your mental fitness, head to our Exercise Your Mood page
If you or someone you know is in crisis please call one of the following national helplines:
LIFELINE COUNSELLING SERVICE - 13 11 14
SUICIDE CALL BACK SERVICE 1300 659 467 (cost of a local call)