LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING06 November 2017
There are lots of things you can do to help yourself stay well and have good wellbeing: including eating well, spending time with others, getting a good night's sleep and taking some regular exercise. Many of the things that are good for our physical health are also good for keeping our minds well too.
Some people find the '5 Ways to Wellbeing' a useful way of thinking about how you can look after your wellbeing:
1. Connect with the people around you and make time for family or friends.
2. Be active - Go for a run, play football, cycle to college or sign up for a dance class...whatever it is, make sure it is something you enjoy.
3. Take notice – Pay attention to your senses – what can you see, feel, taste, smell and hear?
4. Keep learning – Try something new, be it a new recipe or taking up an evening class.
5. Give - Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile :) Volunteer your time. It can be incredibly rewarding.
Making a few small changes to your lifestyle could make a big difference, these websites might be able to help:
-Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire aims to improve the health of the Cambridgeshire population, specifically by increasing levels of physical activity. This will be done by promoting existing opportunities, developing new opportunities, and supporting individuals that require support to achieve their goals.
-‘Prescription for Exercise’ (P4E) provides essential information and advice to increase physical activity. Doing more reduces your chance of disease and treats many long term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD and arthritis. It’s never too late to start as the greatest benefit is seen in those who are the least active. The ‘Health professional’ section is designed and written for clinicians and medical students.
- - Whether it’s getting more active, quitting smoking or reducing how much alcohol you drink this website can help!
Want to try out mindfulness? Need a little boost? Then check out the Apps page for a little inspiration!
MENTAL HEALTH APPS06 November 2017
Technology is becoming more and more prominent in everyday life, and it can be a great resource when we need a little bit of support. So here we've made a list of some great apps for your wellbeing and mental health.
The NHS App library has lots of different apps, some of which have clinical evidence to show that they help some people (these ones are labelled ‘NHS Approved’) and others are currently undergoing testing to see how effective they are.
Check out some apps on the NHS site here!
Other Mental Health and Wellbeing apps:
- Headspace. (Anxiety, Meditation, Sleep, Focus, Mindfulness)
- Dare. (Anxiety, Panic Attacks)
- Calm. (Meditation, Sleep, Stress, Mindfulness, Focus, Relationships)
- Silver Cloud. (Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Wellbeing, Chronic Illness)
- Catch It. (Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Wellbeing, Confusion)
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH? 06 November 2017
We all have mental health and we all have to take care of it. It affects how we think, feel and behave as well as determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Our mental health can change over time. Some people call mental health 'emotional health' or 'wellbeing'.
What are mental health challenges?
Changes in mental health are very common, for example with the stresses and strains of life. But if these changes don’t go away, and start to affect our everyday life, this can lead to challenges with our mental health. Over the course our lives, if we experience mental health challenges, our thinking, mood, and behaviour can be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health challenges, including our genes and life experiences.
How common are mental health problems?
Anyone can experience challenges with their mental health from mild stress to diagnosable mental health challenges, and it is thought that at any one time at least 1 person in 6 is experiencing a mental health challenge.
Mental health challenges are common but help is available and with the right support many people recover completely. Check out our Who Can Help Page for lots of services who are local and national!