Free things to do in Newcastle to support your mental health
Banish the January blues with these cheap, easy and free things to do in Newcastle.
LEARN AND BE CREATIVE
Creativity isn’t just a pastime for those who can afford it. It’s an essential part in our lives and can be a game-changer when it comes to wellbeing.
Bupa explains that having creative outlets not only helps to reduce feelings of stress and loneliness, but can also improve our mood and activate different, underused parts of our brain.
The NHS reiterates that particularly learning new skills can boost our confidence, raise our self-esteem and help us build a sense of purpose.
While we can all be creative solo, we’d encourage you to use learning as a reason to get out in 2024. As a low-cost starting point, we’d recommend looking to our city’s art galleries and museums.
And if you’re looking for specific workshops that won’t break the bank, we’ve rounded up some happening right now:
SPEND TIME IN NATURE
It’s perhaps the last thing you fancy doing at this time of year but getting out and about really does work wonders for our wellbeing.
Mental health charity Mind explains that spending time in nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, help you to relax, connect you to your community and improve your self-esteem.
What’s more, being in nature has also been found to decrease anxiety and help alleviate depression.
Here in Newcastle, we’re blessed with both an award-winning coastline and rugged, sprawling countryside a stone’s throw away. Not only that, here in the city we also have an abundance of parks that instantly catapult us into greenery. Many have free basketball and tennis courts you can use, too.
As for some other ideas to get you reconnecting with nature, check out the following:
HAVE FUN AND CONNECT WITH OTHERS
People, by nature, are social. Social connections are important not just to our survival, but to our health, too.
When we’re socially connected and have stable, supportive relationships, we’re more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. We also find it easier to cope when times get hard, or when we feel stressed, anxious or depressed.
And just like our schooldays, the key to making lasting friendships is to find people you vibe with. People who enjoy the same things you do and hold the same values.
So, this is your 2024 reminder to have fun. Let loose and lower your guard. You never know: your life’s most important relationship might sneak in when you least expect it.
Need a few ideas of where to start? We’ve found the following free hangouts:
LOOK AFTER YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH
You don’t have to join a gym or start marathon training to get fitter.
It’s widely agreed by experts that small action, when done often, will burn more calories and help you to maintain a healthier BMI.
Using North East institution the Metro is a great example. The walk to and from stations is a healthy start; then, why not practise getting off one or two stops earlier and increase the length of your walk? Plus, whenever there are lifts or escalators – opt for stairs.
It’s all about being more active than we were yesterday. So, if that does mean upping your fitness game by starting a new class or getting back into a sport, let us start you off with a little low-investment inspo: