We’re still being asked to behave in a way that isn’t part of our daily routines and some of us are making considerable sacrifices as we adjust to the new ‘norm’.
All of this change may be having an effect on your health and wellbeing.
Our Health and Wellbeing page is full of handy tips to keep you, your employees and their families happy, healthy and positive.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021.
This year, you’re invited to immerse yourself in the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’, while reconnecting with nature across the week.
Check this page each day this week, we will be updating the information with blogs, podcasts, tips and advice from experts from four national mental health charities to improve understanding and provide vital care.
You can find out more and get involved here…
Today, we’re focusing on the theme of being active.
Engaging in regular physical activity is known to go hand in hand with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. Not everyone needs to be a fitness fanatic to boost your wellness through activity. Simply step outside, exercise your green fingers or organise a games night. You could go for a walk or run, cycle or dance. Exercise releases hormones that make you feel good. Most importantly, being active is about discovering a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
You can find more ways to be active from Mental Health UK here….
Help for young people to talk about death and bereavement
A new project involving University of Wolverhampton expertise, that aims to encourage young people to talk about death, dying and bereavement, has been launched.
More on the ‘Dying to Talk’ project which aims to break down taboos and strengthen mental health can be found here..
Anxiety is something everyone experiences at times, and feeling anxious is a perfectly natural reaction to some situations.
But sometimes feelings of anxiety can be constant, overwhelming or out of proportion to the situation and this can affect your daily life.
The good news is there are plenty of things you can try to help cope with anxiety.
Find out more and read up on the top tips for helping with anxious thoughts here…
Home Workout Videos
We could all do with a boost to feel better right now – and you don’t even need to leave the house to do it!
Exercise is great for your mind as well as your body, so clear some space and follow along with some 10-minute home workouts from the NHS.
Home workout videos – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Let’s Do This
The NHS initiative – Better Health has compiled free tools and support in its ‘Let’s Do This’ campaign.
Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support. You can also find simple ways to lift your mood with Every Mind Matters.
There has never been a better time to kickstart your health. Let’s do this!
How to deal with change and uncertainty during Covid-19
We have all faced disruption, change and uncertainty during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and that looks set to continue for a while.
It’s easy to get caught in a spiral of “what ifs” – worrying about our health, family, job and finances, and how and when things will return to normal – particularly if we are already struggling with our mental health.
But there are ways we can manage this uncertainty, reducing stress and helping us to cope better.
Take a look HERE – there are 10 things you can do to help deal with change and look after your mental wellbeing in the face of uncertainty, as well as places you can go to get further free advice and support:
Every Mind Matters
Public Health England launches new Every Mind Matters campaign
Mental health campaign supports the wellbeing of children, young people and their parents. Find out more………..
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is to help more business leaders, across the East and West Midlands, support their employees’ mental health and wellbeing, post-lockdown.
As organisations adjust to post-pandemic business conditions WMCA is extending its workplace wellbeing accreditation programme Thrive at Work which promotes employee health and wellbeing.
Active Black Country is one of 44 County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) in England working to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity across the Black Country.
For more information visit www.activeblackcountry.co.uk or follow on twitter @BCBeActive
Roll and Stroll Social Prescribing Pilot part of the Big Summer of Cycling and Walking……… Find out more
If you’re isolated or just feeling anxious about coronavirus, here are some ideas to look after your mental wellbeing.
Mental Health at Work have pulled together a handy toolkit and ideas. Find out more……
@wheelpower have launched their latest video in their Exercise at Home series, entitled: No Equipment Workout from Ella B.
All the props used in each video will be readily available in every household. Take a look:
There are some simple things you can do to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing during times of uncertainty – and doing so will help you think clearly and make sure you are able to look after yourself and those you care about. Here are 10 ways you can help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak. Find out more HERE
Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more… some expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Find out more …..
Dedicated home workouts page
WV Active have created a dedicated home workouts page for everyone to enjoy.
There are home workouts for all interests and abilities including Born to Move classes which are designed for children and Les Mills Mindfulness videos to enjoy.
The page will be updated with new workouts on a regular basis. Click here to start your next class. TIP: Best viewed in Chrome or Firefox
Five Ways to Wellbeing Activity Pack
Being at home all day can be tough and keeping yourself busy is key – especially for youngsters who are off school.
This is why our colleagues at HeadStart Wolverhampton have developed the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing Activity Pack’, which contains a lot of things to do such as physical activity, colouring and plenty of ways to still learn whilst away from school with a focus on emotional and physical wellbeing.
To download the activity book, click here.