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Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May) approaches, we are delighted to announce the introduction of a new product feature designed to promote and support mental health awareness, as well as highlight the ways in which our retailers at Queensgate can provide assistance.


Mental Health Awareness Week inspiration from Queensgate Shopping Centre

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week (15-21 May), we are proud to introduce a new product feature that aims to support and raise awareness for mental health and how our retailers at Queensgate can help.

Whether you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or depression, or simply looking for ways to improve your mental wellbeing, our feature is here to offer advice and give options that may not have been thought of.

Let’s begin.

A key word for wellbeing is currently Ashwagandha (also known as ‘Indian Ginseng’), which is an adaptogenic herb with multiple health benefits, it has been used in natural practice for over 3,000 years. It’s great for relaxation and contributes towards general wellbeing, and Holland & Barrett has lots of options. We’ve selected three of the top products to help you:

Holland & Barrett Ashwagandha

500mg Capsules £11.99

Nature's Way Ashwagandha

60 Capsules £19.99

USN Ashwagandha Recovery Aid

60 Capsules £25

Boots has a vast array of products to help and a simple search can find all sorts of remedies and medicines but it’s advisable to go into store and talk to the experts about what is right for you. Here are three of their top-selling products for thought.

Multivitamin & Mineral Food Supplement with Ginkgo Biloba and Hydroxytryptophan

30 tablets £7.50

Sharp Mind is expertly formulated for your hectic lifestyle and to give you that little extra support day to day. This formula contains optimal levels of Pantothenic Acid (B5) to support mental performance and concentration, Zinc and Iodine to maintain cognitive function, and Vitamins B6 and B12 to release energy and reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Boots Ginseng, Ginkgo & Guarana

30 one a day tablets £7.30

This product contains key ingredients to help reduce tiredness and fatigue whilst helping support your mental performance and memory.

Free from Artificial Colours, Flavours and Preservatives. Lactose Free. Suitable for Vegetarians.

Boots Vegan A-Z Wellness Formula

60 Tablets £8

Boots Vegan A-Z Wellness Formula is a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement for your overall health and wellbeing. Packed with 24 vitamins and minerals, including 7 key nutrients that can be hard to get in sufficient quantities from a plant-based diet alone: Vitamins B12 and D3, Selenium, Calcium, Iodine, Iron and Zinc.

If you’re looking to take a more physical approach, we have two great options – Soul Happy and energie Fitness.

Soul Happy is located in Westgate Arcade and focusses on wellbeing, the community and sustainability. The team are super friendly – you can even get a free hug - and they have lots of events on for people to join such as Reiki, meditation and yoga!

They say: Shake off the stresses and anxieties of modern day life with Soul Happy. Designed to help people take control of their life, we always have a full calendar of events ready for you to jump straight in. Visit our Queensgate store now to see how we can help you.

énergie Fitness gym is part of one of the biggest fitness franchises in the UK. Fitness is one of the greatest healers for Mental Health and this gym offers not just equipment but classes as well as a personal touch too as it’s locally owned.

They say: The moment you walk into énergie Fitness Peterborough, things feel different. From the warm personal welcome you’ll get from our colleagues to the awesome equipment you normally only get at pricey gyms, we offer a unique blend of budget and boutique – so you really feel like you belong.

Fitness doesn’t have to cost a thing – simply step outside and moves those legs – running improves cardiovascular health, boosting mood, reducing stress, and aiding in weight loss. If you are serious about running, invest in a good pair of trainers! Check out this investment from JD Sports:

On Running Cloud Swift £140

These runners are cut from light, breathable recycled mesh with synthetic overlays for added durability. They feature a lace fastening to lock you in, with a padded collar for added support. Underfoot, they sit on a Helion superfoam midsole for cushioning, with a grippy rubber outsole for traction and a Speedboard that supports natural movement. Finished up with signature On Running branding to the tongue, heel and sidewalls.

If running isn’t for you, a good way to clear your head is a long walk but, as we all know, our weather is so unpredictable so be prepared – this time Trespass has you covered from walking boots to lightweight waterproofs. To help give you a ‘kick’ start (pun intended), we found the cheapest walking shoe for men and women to inspire you:

Women's Protective Drawstring Walking Sandals Brontie £34.99

Men's closed toe walking sandals Torrance £39.99

According to a study conducted by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK, taking a holiday can have a positive impact on mental health. The study found that 71% of people who took a holiday reported feeling less stressed and 59% said they felt more relaxed. However, the study also found that people who struggle with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, are less likely to take a holiday due to financial constraints and concerns about their ability to cope with the stress of travel. Therefore, it is important to ensure that everyone has access to affordable holiday options and support for managing their mental health during and after their vacation.

Queensgate is proudly home to both TUI and Sunny Heart Travel where you can go in and talk to a real person and find out what’s best for you – whether it’s a staycation or trip abroad. You do what’s good for you.

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