Mental Health Awareness Week

Ward-Prowse: Getting out is so important for mental health

11 May 2021

Southampton captain explains how being outdoors helps with his mental wellbeing

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Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 10-16 May and we have spoken to a number of Premier League players about their emotional wellbeing and how to maintain it.

James Ward-Prowse (SOU)

For Ward-Prowse, being outside and getting fresh air plays an important part in him maintaining good mental health, and that has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I found myself getting up first thing in the morning and just running around my local area and taking in the scenery," says the Southampton captain.

"That was my good start to the day and I'd look forward to getting up and seeing the sun come up and just being out in the fresh air.

"That helped me massively during the first lockdown."

'Exercise kept me motivated'

The benefits of exercise and being active have also played a crucial role in keeping Ward-Prowse motivated and in a positive state of mind.

"The thought of not being able to go to football and do what I love, or for people not to go to work, to take up exercise and continue it first thing in the morning really gave me a good start to the day and kept me fresh, kept me motivated, and I think that's really important," he adds.

Access the #StayWell Hub

Fans can access a library of expert advice on how to look after their mental health in the Premier League's #StayWell hub.

It shares tips and guidance from experts, the clubs and players as well as from the National Health Service and national organisations working in these areas to help supporters stay strong and positive.

And the hub will continue to develop, offering fans expert guidance in other areas to help maintain their health in these challenging times.

See: #StayWell hub

Also in this series

Part 1: PL Primary Stars helping children look after mental health
Part 2: Man Utd Foundation inspiring children to discuss mental wellbeing
Part 4: Man City and NHS link up to boost mental health support
Part 5: How Norwich helped David set his own ambitions
Part 6: Southampton campaign supports fans' mental wellbeing
Part 7: Davies: We should all reach out to help others
Part 8: Sounds of a matchday boost Newcastle fans
Part 9: How Liverpool inspired Grace to help her school's mental health
Part 10: McNeil: Team walks have a positive effect
Part 11: Aston Villa encouraging fans to keep on running

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