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Strides Against Stress

8 reasons to take part in Strides Against Stress

10th March 2021

We’re calling on you to sign up to the Strides Against Stress challenge by walking or running at least 30 miles (a mile a day) across the month of April. Here’s why:

1. April is Stress Awareness Month

Teachers and all school staff are working tirelessly to keep children learning.

But working in education during the pandemic has come at a huge personal cost to many.

Our recent Teacher Wellbeing Index showed a sharp increase in symptoms of poor mental health, like insomnia and tearfulness. 84% of teachers and education staff describe themselves as stressed out.

As schools welcome back all students teachers and education staff will face further challenges. Your fundraising efforts will mean we can be here for them when they need support.

2. Running and walking are proven to benefit your mental health

‘Being active’ is one of the 5 pillars of mental wellbeing. According to Mind, regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

3. Helping others is also proven to benefit your mental health

Another of the 5 pillars of mental wellbeing is to ‘Give to others’; individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Your £100 fundraising target will mean that, together, we can be there for teachers and other education staff through our services, including our 24/7 counselling helpline.

4. Improve your fitness

Most of us have been in some form of physical hibernation recently, due to the winter weather and lockdown. What better way to kick-start your exercise than with a clear goal of 30 miles across 30 days?

5. It’s a flexible event – you can do it your way

You can choose to walk or run, or both! For example, you could choose to walk a mile a day whilst walking the dog. Alternatively, you could do a bit of both to look after your legs. You can also choose to cycle – however you complete the 30 miles is fine with us.

6. I’s a great way to experience Spring in your local area

You could document the changes you see in nature. Taking notice’ is another of the 5 pillars of mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that being aware of your surroundings and savouring ‘the moment’ directly enhances your wellbeing.

7. You don’t have to go it alone!

You can create a team with friends, family or colleagues. A challenge is always more fun when you have someone to share it with and spur you on!

8. You’ll be helping us support more education staff facing a mental health crisis

We’re a small charity and rely on donations from people like you to provide our free mental health services which support 1000s of teachers and education staff when they’re struggling.