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PRESS RELEASE: Dorset Mind launch ‘Move Your Mind’ initiative for 2022

Dorset Mind launch their ‘Move Your Mind’ Dorset-wide wellbeing initiative for 2022!

After the success of ‘Move Your Mind’ this year, local mental health charity Dorset Mind launch their January challenge. It encourages people in Dorset to start the New Year by getting active. The challenge is to complete at least 30 minutes of any form of movement, EVERY day, throughout the month. 

The challenge proved a huge success for people who took part in a wide range of online classes and activities. They gave the charity feedback such as, “I had a much better January than usual”, “The challenge definitely helped improve my mood and reduced my anxiety” and “I felt happy, calm and slept better at night.”  

As a result, the charity has just announced their new initiative for January 2022. 

Move your body, to free your mind

The theme this year is ‘Move your body, to free your mind.’

This theme emphasises the positive benefits of physical exercise on mental health and wellbeing. Restrictions permitting, the charity aims to run walks in person, every weekend. They will take place at various locations across Dorset as part of their January timetable. 

Regular physical exercise can help anxiety, stress and intrusive thoughts by releasing cortisol, which helps manage stress. It’s also known to reduce the likelihood of experiencing a period of depression. Importantly, by concentrating on your body and movement, that act gives your brain something else to focus on and can be used as a positive coping strategy. 

Dorset Mind’s Chief Executive, Marianne Storey said, “January is notoriously tough after the financial stresses and strains of Christmas time. Move Your Mind offers people taking part in ‘Move Your Mind‘ a fun way to follow the evidence-based ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing and improve their mental wellbeing. Getting active also gives people opportunities to connect with others taking part. We hope people will enjoy the challenge of incorporating 30 minutes of activity into their daily routine whilst fundraising for local mental health. We’ve seen considerable improvement in our entrants, staff and volunteers due to this initiative. We’re extremely keen to build upon its success.”

Dr Andy Mayers, Dorset Mind Patron and Principal Academic at Bournemouth University adds, ”I am delighted that we are running ‘Move Your Mind’ again. The benefits of activity and exercise on physical and mental wellbeing are well known. This also a great opportunity to raise awareness about mental health, which can often take a hit just after Christmas.”

How to join – for FREE

Registrations are open to everyone across the county, however mobile you are. Those taking part are encouraged to take part in whichever way they are able to.

As last year, it’s FREE to enter with the opportunity to either donate or fundraise a suggested minimum £31 (equivalent to £1 per day). Donations received will help the charity continue to provide their life-changing 1-2-1 and group support for adults and young people across Dorset. This year, over £6,000 was raised. This could help support and educate two schools, reaching up to 5,000 young people, parents and teachers.  

Entrants will be encouraged to share their stories, efforts and progress on the dedicated Instagram account, @move_your_mind_dorset, and tag their posts with the key Dorset Mind social handles and #My30Mins hashtag. This will help inspire other people taking part and spur them on too. The charity aims to repeat the success of their previous activity-based campaigns and expand their online wellbeing community. 

Further resources can be found and downloaded from https://dorsetmind.uk/move-your-mind, where there is also an opportunity to pre-order branded merchandise to support the charity’s vital work across Dorset – and your wellbeing plans alike. 

How you can help…

To help encourage participants to fundraise for them, the charity is appealing to local businesses to help sponsor the challenge; to help them promote it and to donate fundraising incentives themselves. If your organisation wishes to help support, please email Hannah at fundraising@dorsetmind.uk.

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