The collaboration came about in response to the recent mental health study, which found Germans’ State of Mind Score down to 60 out of 100. The aim of this project is to inspire people to exercise for their mental well-being.
Julia Engelmann says about the collaboration: “When the request came to write a poem about movement, I was immediately enthusiastic! I always wanted to put into words the feeling of coming from a standstill to movement.”
A study by ASICS shows that just 15 minutes and 9 seconds of physical activity can have a positive impact on the mind. Nevertheless, almost half of Germans admit that they have difficulties motivating themselves to exercise. More than four in five respondents indicated that they need external motivation to start exercising, with 82% of respondents finding this motivation in music. For this reason, a spoken word poem entitled “Nothing Feels Better” was created in cooperation with Julia Engelmann and Auntie Flo. It aims to inspire people to get active and experience the positive effects of exercise on their mental health.
And music psychologist Victoria Williamson explains: “The relationship between music and the brain is fascinating. By using sounds, chords and frequencies, one can increase blood flow in certain regions of the brain and stimulate different emotions. The techniques used by Auntie Flo are designed to activate the prefrontal cortex and amygdala areas of the brain: these influence how we feel while promoting energy and motivation.” And further: “Whether it’s a A walk, a run, or a workout at the gym—the poem aims to inspire you to put on your shoes and get active.”
The poem is under the search term “Nothing Feels Better” found on Spotify. For each stream, a donation is made to the German Depression Aid Foundation.