This weekend a team from Avecto will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Stockport Mind. In my last blog I discussed some reasons why I think everybody should consider running to improve their own mental health. Today I will discuss how you can get started and stick to it. I’ll also draw out some similarities to software development.
On the 28th May 2017, a team from Avecto will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Stockport Mind. As an employee of Avecto and avid runner, this feels like a perfect partnership. I strongly believe that running makes me better at my job and can have a hugely positive impact on everybody's mental health.
We are all familiar with the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” well, mindapples are allegorical apples that can keep you in good mental health, as opposed to real apples which are said to keep you in good physical health. This has recently been stretched further by the NHS in England to encourage people to think about their “5-a-day” (traditionally an encourager to consume five pieces of fruit or vegetables every day) but to try and have 5 mindapples on hand for a particularly tough day.
25% of people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. Take a quick look around you now –between you and the three people closest to you – one of you is likely to have dealt with or be dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, eating disorders, self-harm or any other mental health illness.