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Physical activity can improve mental health

Active Minds

Being physically active means sitting down less and moving our bodies more. There are many studies which have shown that doing physical activity can improve mental health. Getting active can reduce anxiety and stress, combat low mood and increase self-esteem, it makes you feel good inside and out.

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects. It can:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self esteem
  • help you be more active
  • help you make new connections
  • provide peer support

We offer activity focused and outdoor groups such as gardening and walking. All our groups are facilitated by trained staff and volunteers.

Our current activity focused services

Bodmin Wellbeing Garden Group

What is it all about? – A 26 week gardening group, meeting weekly in a beautiful walled garden in Bodmin. 

What can I expect? – A warm welcome and the opportunity to be part of a group of like minded people who love being outdoors, learning about plants and growing.

When? – Our garden is open on Wednesdays, 10.00-12.30pm or 2.00-4.30pm.

What do I need? – No experience needed, just a willingness to join in. You will need walking boots or strong shoes, a pair of gardening gloves and a waterproof jacket.

How could it help my wellbeing? – Being outdoors or doing gardening means different things to people. The garden group provides opportunity to learn how to plant, grow and maintain plants. Getting your hands dirty, weeding or planting can be fun and during our tea break you are welcome to find a place to sit quietly or chat with others. You can be creative, care for the environment and take things at your own pace. We know spending time in nature can be a great healer and can help to absorb our fears and worries and the pressure of what’s going on in our daily lives. The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join? – Email info@cornwallmind.org and we will put you in touch with a project coordinator.

Falmouth Allotment Project

What is it all about? – A 6 month gardening project, meeting weekly at our Falmouth Allotment plots. 

What can I expect? – A relaxed and friendly atmosphere, meeting with like minded people. Learn how to grow vegetables and look after our allotment plots.

What do I need? – No experience needed, just a love of being outdoors. You will need gardening gloves and outdoor friendly clothing.

When? –  Our project runs on Tuesdays 10.00-1.00pm or Thursdays 2.00-4.00pm.

How could it help my wellbeing? – The garden group provides opportunity to learn how to plant, nurture and harvest fruit and vegetables, creating a real sense of achievement, boosting confidence and self-esteem. Being outside in natural light can also be helpful if you experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that affects people during particular seasons or times of year. There is always plenty to do and lots of time for tea breaks and chats. The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join? – Email info@cornwallmind.org and we will put you in touch with a project coordinator.

Bodmin Walking Group 

What’s it all about? – A recovery focused walking group, offering 10 fortnightly sessions. Walking groups bring a more relaxed approach to having conversations about mental health and provide a great opportunity to improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness in the community. 

What can I expect? – A warm welcome and a chance to exercise and socialise with others as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors. Enjoy a range of walks around the Bodmin area.

When? – Mondays 2.00 – 4.00pm, fortnightly.

What do I need? – A basic level of fitness. Suitable clothing is essential. Dress according to the weather, so bring a coat and umbrella if rain is forecast. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear such as training shoes or walking boots.

Bring a drink with you – water is advised, and a small snack, especially if you suffer with diabetes. We may stop at a café mid walk, so bring money for a drink whilst there. Please also remember to carry any medication you may require such as your inhaler if you suffer with asthma. A face mask would be advisable as it may be required to be worn in the café.

How could it help my well being? – Experience nature, enjoy the countryside and wildlife and learn more about the history of Bodmin. There are many benefits of walking, not only for our physical but our mental well being too, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, improve energy levels, lift mood and help to reduce symptoms of depression. Just a 30 minute walk is enough to activate these benefits. The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join? – E.mail info@cornwallmind.org  and we will put you in touch with a project co-ordinator.

 

Newquay Walking Group 

What’s it all about? – A recovery focused walking group, offering 10 fortnightly sessions. The walks are approximately 3 miles and the routes are fairly easy and accessible for all abilities.

What can I expect? – A warm welcome and a chance to exercise and socialise with others as you enjoy the benefits of being outdoors, which is known to help reduce stress and elevate mood. You will be encouraged to walk at your own comfortable pace.

When? – Mondays 10.00-12.30pm, fortnightly.

What do I need? – A basic level of fitness. Suitable clothing is essential. Dress according to the weather, so bring a coat and umbrella if rain is forecast. Wear comfortable and supportive footwear such as training shoes or walking boots.

Bring a drink with you – water is advised, and a small snack, especially if you suffer with diabetes. We usually stop at a café mid walk, so bring money for a drink whilst there. Please also remember to carry any medication you may require such as your inhaler if you suffer with asthma. A face mask would be advisable as it may be required to be worn in the café.

How could it help my well being? – Walking is a form of exercise which is accessible, easy and free. There are many benefits of walking, not only for our physical but our mental well being too, helping to reduce stress and anxiety, improve energy levels, lift mood and help to reduce symptoms of depression. Just a 30 minute walk is enough to activate these benefits. The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join? – E.mail info@cornwallmind.org  and we will put you in touch with a project co-ordinator.

Other Information

To join or refer to any of our wellbeing services please email info@cornwallmind.org

Resource – Mind information about how physical activity can help your mental health including tips for choosing an activity that works for you and how to overcome anything that might stop you from becoming more active – physical-activity-and-your-mental-health-2019-pdf-version