With sport being our bread and butter here at Bournemouth 7s, we took the time ahead of World Mental Health Day to go out and speak to teams at Bournemouth University about why team sport is so important for your mental well-being. 

Exercise Can Fight Stress 🥵

As well as keeping you physically fit, exercise is known for releasing those ‘feel-good’ hormones such as endorphins, reducing stress and improving anxiety.

A member of BU Rugby experienced the impact of this first-hand, as he shared “Last season I struggled with a few things myself. Once you’re in the environment of training, the games, the socials, it really takes your mind off it.”

Teammate Support 🤝 

It’s good to talk, especially with mates who have similar interests, and teammates are there to support each other on and off the battlefield.

BU Rugby encompassed this perfectly when a team member said “It’s an unwritten rule that you look out for your teammates. I know that any of these boys would do anything for me, and I would for them.”

Rest and Recuperation 💆‍♀️

Exercise and rest go hand-in-hand. Exercise can improve your quality of sleep, resulting in better brain and body repair, reduced anxiety and better mental health in the long run.

Learn Something New 🧠 

Learning a new skill, such as a sport, encourages your brain’s ability to change and adapt. This flexibility can positively affect your overall health and self-esteem.

When asked what advice they would give to somebody struggling with their mental health, a member of BU Netball said, “Reach out, branch out and try new things.”

Fun, Fun and more Fun! 💃

On top of everything else, team sports are a great reason to get together and have fun with your mates!

As somebody from BU Hockey said, “If you’re having a bit of a naff day, sport is a good excuse to get out and see your mates.” …Nothing beats that end of season sports tour with your team!

Lastly, we’d like to remind you, it’s okay to talk about your mental health, this week, next week and every week.

Make your mental health a priority 🙏

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the BU teams who took the time to speak to us and openly speak up about Mental Health 🤍

Men’s Rugby @bu_rugby

Men’s Hockey @bournemouthumhc

Netball @bournemouthuninetballclub

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