- Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing: Swimming can reduce stress levels and improve emotional health
- Physical Health: Cycling and dancing can improve physical heath and brain functioning
- Knowledge and Skills: Learning can offer individuals and group activities to explore experiences and develop coping mechanisms.
- Social Relationships: Socialising can help people build confidence in a range of social situations
Information on Stress, Anxiety, Wellbeing
Stress: Stress is defined as the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other parts of demands placed on them http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/encyclopaedia/s/article/stress/
Anxiety: Anxiety is defined as prolonged symptoms of stress which affects the quality of a person’s life. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/anxiety/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Mental Wellbeing: Feeling positive about the present and being hopeful about the future; Feeling confident about having the ability to handle stresses and problems; Having an overall sense of fulfillment and reward in life. Five steps to achieving mental wellbeing: https://www.getselfhelp.co.uk//clean.htm.
Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. stress and anxiety) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide (WHO 2015)
8% of Britain’s population suffers from some form of undiagnosed and untreated social anxiety (Social Anxiety Institute, 2016).
More than a third of sickness absence days are due to stress, anxiety and depression, making these conditions more common causes than musculoskeletal disorders or infectious diseases – Greater London Authority ‘The Invisible Costs of Mental Ill Health: London Mental Health, 2014.
Mental health remains one of the biggest threats to the wellbeing of society and the economy in the UK and elsewhere today. It is estimated to cost the economy around £100bn a year and around £70m working days are lost annually (Channel 4 news 2014).
Numerous studies have shown that regular physical activity has been associated with a greater sense of well-being and lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups – http://depressionanxietydiet.com/exercise/.