Did you know that being part of The Tall Ships Races could help improve your mental health and wellbeing?
Evidence suggests that there are five steps we can all take to help us look after our mental health and with the chance to meet new people, move more, experience new sights and sounds, learn new things and get involved – The Tall Ships Races has it all.
So, whether you’re planning to visit, volunteer or get involved, we’ve listed just some of the activities you can enjoy while also benefiting your health!
Step 1: Connect
When it comes to wellbeing, other people matter and good relationships with family, friends and the wider community are important.
So why not get involved in the Races? There’s still time for budding sailors to fund their place and get on a tall ship to Esbjerg where adventure and international friendship awaits. Find out more at: https://www.tallshipssunderland.com/get-involved/sail-trainees
Step 2: Be Active
We might think that the mind and body are separate, but being active is not only great for your physical health it can also improve your mental wellbeing.
If you’re planning on visiting the event why not walk one of the many heritage trails and explore the city’s riverside and maritime history on foot. Take part in a guided walk or use the new heritage trail app and walk at your own pace.
Step 3: Take Notice
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts and feelings and the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.
The Tall Ships Races will provide a full programme of culture and entertainment including a carnival style Crew Parade, 3pm on Thursday 12 July.
Step 4: Keep Learning
Learning new skills can be useful and it doesn’t have to mean getting new qualifications, there are lots of ways to bring learning your life.
There’s a packed programme of heritage events and activities taking place across the city over all four days. From sightseeing tours to a Georgian Festival – there are lots of opportunities to learn new facts and discover new places.
Step 5: Give
Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose.
Take part in a litter pick at Roker Beach on Friday 1 June, helping to improve our environment and getting the city shipshape for visitors.
Live Life Well – Making a difference together
If you or someone you know wants advice, information or support around mental health and wellbeing the Live Life Well service can help.
For more information, visit: https://www.livelifewell.org.uk