Supporting World Mental Health Day through sport

Mental Health
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) dedicate October 10th every year to World Mental Health Day.
  • This years focus is “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority”
  • Mental health can impact anyone; it’s important to talk and seek help when you are struggling.
  • Sport can be a great way to improve your mental health. It also creates a positive impact on physical health.

What is World Mental Health Day?

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is recognised on the 10th of October by the World Health Organisation. This year in 2022, the focus of the day is to “Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority’.

Mental health can impact anyone, anywhere, at any time. Whether it is yourself, a family member, a friend or a colleague, the impact of mental health can be life changing. The World Health Organisation will call upon governments globally to reduce factors which currently affect our mental health and improve living conditions.

How sport can improve your Mental Health

Being active is a great way to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Physical activity releases endorphins which are chemicals in our brains, often named 'Feel-good' chemicals, as they boost happiness. By taking part in physical exercise it encourages working towards personal goals, leading to self-improvement and provides a sense of accomplishment.


Benefits of mental health through sport

The five key benefits:

  1. Release endorphins: Getting active releases endorphins, the 'Happy Hormone' that improves mood and boosts happiness. Even something as simple as a walk can have the same affect as a workout.
  2. Better sleep: As exercise releases endorphins, make sure to set aside time to wind down, as these chemicals can keep you awake. Exercising at a suitable time is proven help you fall asleep more quickly and improve your quality of sleep. Read more on how sleep is important to sport & training recovery
  3. Lower stress: Taking part in physical activity requires focus, meaning stress from throughout the day is put to one side. Physical exercise also helps lower stress hormone levels, helping you to relax.
  4. Boost cognitive performance: Physical activity boosts your concentration, and helps reduce cognitive decline by aiding your critical thinking skills. An active body equals an active mind.
  5. Build your confidence: Getting involved in sports can make us faster, fitter and stronger - it also offers the opportunity to be social, meet new people and share interests. 

Supporting World Mental Health Day through sport at Greaves

At Greaves, we aim to encourage people of all levels to get involved in sport. As a multi-sport shop we not only care about promoting the physical benefits participating in sport and getting active can bring but the beneficial impacts on mental well-being. 

Looking after your mental health is just as important as physical health. We encourage everyone to seek help when needed, on World Mental Health Day or any day, as everyone's mental wellbeing matters.

To get started on your journey of incorporating sports and physical exercise into your life, get everything you need at Greaves. Shop our wide range of sports equipment, clothing and more below!

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