“Contact with nature – whether through parks, natural bush, pets or farm animals, helps us recover from stress and mental fatigue, helps us relax and puts us in a good frame of mind. Next time you are feeling lacking in life, ‘act green’. Do some gardening, take a walk around the park or head down to the water for some time out. Act‐Belong‐Commit.”
OpenAir Fitness & Wellbeing is passionate about promoting the importance of exercise to keep mentally healthy. OpenAir Fitness & Wellbeing is a partner with Act-Belong-Commit and a strong believer of the messages in which this organisation promotes for general wellbeing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO KEEP MENTALLY HEALTHY
Keeping mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy and it’s as easy as A-B-C: Act-Belong-Commit.
ACT: Keep physically, socially and mentally active. Take a walk ride a bike, read a book, dance, do a crossword puzzle; stop for a chat. Being active helps cope with stress, builds friendships and lifts spirits. Make a list of things you really like to do. Make a plan to spend time doing these things. Do more things you enjoy.
BELONG: Join a book club, a sporting team or a cooking class, Be more involved in community groups or a volunteer organizations. Learn and use other people’s names, Hang out with people who share your values and interests. Belonging helps build friendships, creates opportunities, strengthen communities and feels good. Think about spending more time with friends and family; attend community, club or church activities. Just keep showing up. After seven appearances you will be considered a ‘regular’.
COMMIT: Take up a cause or help others in your community. Set some goals for yourself. Be a volunteer or a coach or a mentor. Support your community clubs and groups. Volunteer for office. Try something challenging: learn something new. Help others. Commitment creates opportunities for you and others, it creates a sense of belonging and it feels good. Commitment gives meaning to life.
Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. Act-Belong-Commit.
For more information on ways to keep mentally healthy, visit actbelongcommit.org.au