22 Feb 2018
EAP Focus: Improving mental wellbeing through exercise
This month’s EAP focus is on improving mental wellbeing through exercise. Research has shown that regular exercise can help to improve both our mind and wellbeing, as well as improve cognitive functioning.
High-cardio exercises such as running help to release endorphins which make us feel happier, whilst low-impact workouts like yoga can alleviate stress and anxiety.
Here are some tips to help you improve your mental wellbeing whilst at work:
- Choose the stairs over the lift
- Aim for around 6,000 – 10,000 steps a day
- Speak to colleagues in person rather than by email
- Set an alarm each hour to get out of your office chair, even if it’s just to stretch.
Outside of work, try to find ways of reaching 150 minutes exercise activity per week, as recommended by the NHS. You could join a local running club, go out for walks at the weekend or download free workouts online.
The EAP is an initiative that is part of the University’s commitment to provide support for staff wellbeing as a response to issues highlighted in the 2016 staff survey. The service complements the University’s existing staff counselling and occupational health services.
The EAP service is available 24 hours a day, and can be accessed online (use organisation code lborowell) or by ringing 0800 111 6387.