Session 2: Strength and Conditioning supports a healthy mind

Mental health exists on a broad continuum or range, from positive healthy functioning at one end, through to severe symptoms or conditions that impact on everyday life and work at the other.

While it’s important to be aware of your mental health when you’re at your lowest, it’s equally important to take steps to strengthen and condition your mental health even when you’re at your best. Exercise helps to improve mental health and has the propensity to reduce anxiety and depression and equally help to improve self-esteem and cognitive function.

Now that people are back to work in the office, it is easy to overlook the importance of exercise on your outlook, and to make excuses for finding the time to exercise.

To help, we have put together some simple exercise tips you can do in the workplace and to help improve your overall wellbeing.

Other ways you can look to decrease the risk of stress include:

  • taking regular breaks
  • encouraging cultures of respect within your teams;
  • calling out disrespectful or harmful behaviour; and
  • always asking for help when you need it.

Mental health at work is a shared responsibility though, and you’re not alone. Your employer also has a responsibility to create a safe environment free from mental health hazards.

If you are feeling like you need a break, or finding it difficult to clear your head at home or at work, our Sports Sports Science Lead for the Melbourne Victory A-League Women’s and Academy teams, Jayden Anderson, has some quick exercise tips for you at the video link below.