Benefits of Being Active: For Your Mental Health
For the Kids:
- Physical activity, like the active games in lots of our In2action activities, is a proven mood-booster!
- Giving children a chance to get outside is a great way to learn more about the world around them, leading children to understand better their place in the world
- Challenging activities like high ropes or climbing walls give children the chance to achieve something they never thought possible, which allows them to gain confidence and belief in themselves
- Lots of activities encourage teamwork and co-operation, which hopefully helps children form lasting friendships
- Trying new activities is a great way for children to develop resilience and the ability to adapt to new experiences!
For our Activity Leaders:
- Working with children can be challenging but is also the most rewarding job we know, this can help with feelings of contentment at work
- A job where staff aren’t tied to a desk gives a chance for staff to engage in physical activity each day (usually without even trying!) – regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on Physical and Mental Health
- Our staff work in teams where – though there may be niggles – support and friendship are the names of the game. After all, while living and working together in close proximity, it’s hard not to form lasting friendships with people who’ll be there for the good times and the bad
- Working is proven to improve self-esteem and confidence, therefore reducing psychological distress
- Seeing new places and experiencing new things are real mood-boosters; and our jobs abroad and in the UK certainly allow for that!