As children, it was the fear of the monster under the bed that kept us awake at night.

For the one in five Australians that will experience a mental illness this year, it’s an entirely different beast that invades the mind and can leave exhaustion, fear and anxiety in its wake.

 

With Mental Health Month in full swing, How to Train Your Mental Health Monsters aims to raise awareness of the importance of regular physical activity in maintaining good mental health and preventing and managing mental health conditions.

 

How to Train Your Mental Health Monsters provides a glimpse into how these conditions may look, feel, and act and highlights techniques for helping to manage these conditions and break through the common barriers through evidence-based exercise.

 

To find out ‘How to Train Your Mental Health Monster’ – choose your monster below. And to learn more about some of the common barriers to exercise and how to overcome them, click here.

 

DEPRESSION

ANXIETY

PTSD

PTSD

Exercise & Mental Health

There is a strong relationship between physical activity and symptoms of mental illness. Studies show that regular physical activity is associated with better mental health, emotional well-being and lower rates of mental disorders. Research on anxiety, depression, PTSD and exercise also shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce symptoms and improve mood.

Click here to learn more and exercise and mental health.

Know the barriers, to break the barriers

Mental Health Monsters are calculating beasts that can often make starting and maintaining an exercise regime pretty tricky. By identifying the common barriers posed by our Mental Health Monsters however we put ourselves a step ahead and ensure we are more equipped to overcome any challenges that may arise.

Learn more about the common barriers to exercise and how to overcome them.

For more information on how to train  your mental health monsters talk to your local accredited exercise physiologist, who is the expert in prescribing the right exercise to help you.

 

**If your mental health monsters are getting too hard to handle, we recommend consulting your local GP or mental health organisations like Lifeline (13 11 14) or beyondblue (1300 224 636) for support.