Five steps to a healthy mind with TRAFFORDCITY

World Mental Health Day 10 October 2019

How many of us can say we haven't at one time or another felt stressed, overwhelmed or sad. We know that living a healthy lifestyle with good diet and exercise is the key to a healthy body but what steps can we take to ensure we maintain a healthy mind?

The New Economics Foundation have researched and developed five key steps towards wellbeing and with World Mental Health Day on 10 October we've taken a look at each of these with tips on how you can achieve each one with the help of the TRAFFORDCITY family.

Connect

It's very easy to think that by staying in touch on social media we're connecting with other people. However, evidence suggests that feeling close to and connecting with other people is a fundamental human need - and for that we need to put down the device and get together in real life!

• Arrange to meet a friend or family member for shopping trip together instead of going it alone. Stop off for a coffee and a chat while you're there.

• Reconnect and join a group of friends for a fun get together.

• Take time to talk to that person serving you in a shop or restaurant.

Be active

Get off that couch! It doesn't matter whether you decide to go for it in the gym, take up a new sport or simply walk or cycle, regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

• Try out one of the many sports activities available at TRAFFORDCITY including golf, skydiving, skiing, football and state of the art gyms.

• Lace up your trainers and try the TRAFFORDCITY 3k or 5k running routes.

• Cycle to TRAFFORDCITY along the Bridgwater Way canal route.

Take notice

Something we might call 'mindfulness', taking the time to take notice of what's happening in the present moment can positively change the way you feel. Think about your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you.

• Next time you visit intu Trafford Centre take time to look at the design of the Centre, there are some amazing facts about its design and some one million year old fossils if you take the time to find them!

• Take a woodland walk. Did you know that Wilderspool Woods is home to an array of wildlife, trees and flowers that visitors can enjoy anytime?

• Take a stroll along the canal on Bridgwater Way - it's just steps from intu Trafford Centre via Barton Square.

Keep learning

Whether that's new skills or knowledge, being open to learning enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

• Learn a new sport like skiing, skydiving or golf. Plus you'll benefit from being active and connecting with other people!

• Make new discoveries and develop new interests at SEA LIFE or LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

• Keep an eye on what's happening at EventCity where there's a packed timetable of special interest events.

Give

Research shows that people who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Whether that's raising money for charity or simply helping a friend or relative, acts of kindness are proven to increase our wellbeing.

• Organise a fundraising activity - iFLY have special fundraising packages to help support your favourite charity.

• Treat a relative or friend to a trip to TRAFFORDCITY. The monthly tea dance at intu Trafford Centre is very popular!

• Support one of intu Trafford Centre's charities by making a wish as you toss a coin into the Dolphin Fountains. And look out for free fundraising events that happen throughout the year like the annual Christmas panto.

enhance your wellbeing...

"There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone's business."

Vikram Patel

need a helping hand?

If you're in need of support, whether it's a friendly ear or more detailed advice there are a number of organisations ready to lend a helping hand.

Mind

The mental health charity, Mind won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.


Mental Health UK

Mental Health UK have supported people affected by mental health problems for over 40 years. Working across the UK, they bring together experts from four national mental health charities to improve understanding and provide vital care.


Mental Health Foundation

Dedicated to finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems.


The Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. They're there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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