Take 5 steps to wellbeing
COVID19: Healthy Lifestyle Messages
There are 5 simple steps you can take to help maintain and improve your wellbeing while social distancing at home. Try to build these into your daily life and think of them as your five a day for wellbeing.
Connect – During times of social isolation we may not have face to face contact, but we can still find other ways to connect to avoid loneliness. Use this time as an opportunity to build connections. Call an old friend or family member, send a text, set up a WhatsApp group, Skype or FaceTime. Start an online book club. Let’s be innovative – building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Be active – Being physically active makes us feel good – we may not be able to do this in the ways we normally do, but exercise can take many forms. Go outside, garden or dance. Do an exercise video at home and remember house work keeps our bodies active. Discover a physical activity that you enjoy, one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Take notice – Stop, pause and take a moment to look around you. What can you see, feel, smell or taste? Look for the beautiful. Count your blessings. Research shows that being thankful for small things can positively affect our wellbeing. Use this time to slow down and be mindful
Keep learning – Use your extra time to try something new, rediscover an old hobby or sign up for an online course. Learning new things gives us a sense of accomplishment. It helps us feel more confident and can also be fun to do. Remember not all learning takes place in a classroom. Use this as an opportunity to teach your children new skills.
Give – When you’re not isolated give back by doing something nice for a friend or a stranger. Look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable in our society. Check on the elderly, run an errand for your neighbour. Remember small gestures can mean a lot to those who are isolated. Through giving we receive.
Download a copy of the Take 5 steps to wellbeing flyer. click here
Choose to live better
Obesity is a growing public health problem in Northern Ireland, affecting around one in every four adults and around one in every five children aged 2 to 15.
The Choose to live better campaign aims to encourage the public to change their behaviour and make healthier choices in life, with an emphasis on healthy eating and getting more exercise. So if you want to avoid gaining unwanted weight while you stay at home during the Covid-19 social distancing period, get the advice you need at the following useful online resource.
There is only ‘One You’
Would you like to move more, eat well, drink less and be smoke free? Would you like to learn how to reduce your stress levels and sleep better?
Then look no further than the current NHS Campaign – One You.
What is One You?
The One You campaign aims to encourage adults – particular those in middle age – to take control of their health and view it holistically, while providing personalised information, tools and the support needed to make small changes that have a big impact.
Your health is important – not just because you can enjoy significant benefits to your life right now, but also later in life. One You can support you in finding a healthy balance that ensures you feel better every day.
So how does One You do this?
It begins with a free, online health quiz called ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and directs people to tools and advice to help them take action where it is most needed.
The quiz covers your eating, drinking, moving and smoking habits and offers practical and realistic advice on how you can make small changes that can have a huge influence on your health now and in the future.
Be healthier and reduce your risk
Making better choices today can prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as reducing our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life.
One You Apps
One You also has a number of free apps you can download encouraging more movement, easy healthy recipes, couch to 5k and alcohol and smoking advice.
Make a change now
So while we are all spending much more time at home throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and perhaps have more opportunity to focus on ourselves and our health, why not check out the One You campaign and start the fight back to a healthier you?
Steps to deal with stress
The far-reaching impacts of Covid-19, along with the constant barrage of negative news reports, are naturally leading to a heightened sense of stress and anxiety even for the most resilient among us. The uncertainty surrounding the worldwide pandemic makes it all too easy to catastrophize and these fears can be particularly detrimental to people who are already living with an anxiety disorder. But there are many things you can do – even in the face of this unique crisis – to manage and reduce your stress levels. Steps to deal with stress is a comprehensive guide providing useful advice on recognising stress, looking after yourself physically and emotionally, coping better, and recommending practical things you can do to deal with stress.
Download a copy of the Steps to deal with stress booklet. click here
Alcohol awareness – know your limits
Alcohol remains our number one drug of choice in Northern Ireland. Due to social distancing measures, people are likely to consume more alcohol and exceed the recommended limit – 14 units a week for both men and women. New evidence, which has emerged in recent years, attests that drinking too much on a single occasion or over time can take a serious toll on your physical health and make your mental health worse. The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. So the message is clear – drink less and lower your health risks. Top tip – use the alcohol units calculator at drinkaware.co.uk or download a free app from the App Store or Google Play.